a book of flowers

June 15, 2012  in flowers

garden flowers by sania pell

I took these photos after picking a few flowers from my garden. It is a small space, a city garden where a little bit of nature can be seen from the kitchen through the modern grey-framed glass doors. A camelia already existed when we moved in but the rest I had great delight in selecting and planting after we remodelled the kitchen and garden about five years ago. I ordered the bulk of my initial planting through the online company Crocus, choosing plants that flower with white or pale blooms like climbing hydrangea, clematis, jasmine, black elder, white lavender and more. Each season I look forward to the bursts of flowers and am always pleasantly surprised at the bulbs that come up that I had forgotten I had planted.

flower on book by sania pell

flower on book by sania pell

flower on book by sania pell

The beautiful textured pages of old books add a nostalgic feel to the images and make lovely backdrops. They remind me of pressing flowers in old books when I was a little girl, something I always did whilst staying with my grandparents on holiday.

Photographing flowers in this way always gives me great pleasure and sparks off new ideas as I play and change the displays. I automatically tend to shoot these floral patterns from directly overhead. I think it is an ingrained way of seeing having worked as a textile designer for so many years.

abstract flowers by sania pell

sania pell flowers

drawn flowers on book by sania pell

I drew simple, fine lines in pencil creating fantasy stalks for the delicate tiny flowers of the black elder that I had dissected, capturing it in time with a little photo sketch.

This is really part one of this story as these images led on to lots more ideas that I photographed. I will post part two of my fun with flowers another time, so do pop back soon.


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  1. Rona says:

    Yet another absolutely beautiful floral blog post Sania…it never ceases to amaze me how stylishly you arrange and take photos.

    And what a lovely way to showcase these pretty garden flowers…

    Rona x

  2. Hi Sania,
    I absolutely adore these images!
    They are simply stunning……
    Tania xx

  3. This is just a GREAT time of year for flowers – they seem to be bursting out everywhere! As my little boys said to me ‘look, they’re waking up!’. Lovely photos, beautiful backdrops!

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  5. It’s art Sania! I love the way you’ve drawn those delicate stems and topped them with little blooms. The floral abstraction is beautiful too. Man you’re good!

  6. Lovely San-as always! I love the the macro shot! :-)x

  7. allesistgut says:

    Great shots and creative styling! Love every single picture!

  8. Such beautiful and delicate images.

  9. Lisa says:

    Gorgeous styling on these photos… I like the limited color palette and fusion of drawing and photography in the black elder image.

  10. Kate says:

    A beautiful, inspirational post Sania…I have been doing some blind contour drawings and continuous line drawings of flowers and plants with my class at school today and you have inspired me to press some of the flowers that we have been drawing to include in their pieces. Thanks for the idea…

  11. elisa says:

    aren’t these exquisite, sania. such delicate beauties. i like to think of these as textiles – there’s a flowering bush in my mother’s garden that i’d happily just wear! x

  12. Cathy Pyle says:

    I love the backgrounds you choose to display the flowers on – aged paper and textured linens … very inspiring!

  13. Toni says:

    You have gone and done it again LOVE your photos! You mention your modern grey kitchen doors and I’m a fan of all things grey I would love to see images some photos… 🙂

  14. Elizabeth says:

    lovely blog you have. nice to visit.. Groeten uit Nederland.

  15. Micala says:

    This is beautiful and so inspiring. I love your pencil drawn stems with little flowers on top.

  16. mandesecorry says:

    Hi Sania…I am very impress about your work and specially your drew picture. Your work is very impressive and gorgeous and we should take new creations of everything with easiest drawing of work.

  17. pengobatan kanker says:

    I really like what you guys are up to. Keep up the wonderful work! I’ve added you guys to my own blogroll.

  18. this link says:

    this is an amazing idea! I really like the flowers you have chosen for this composition. It looks very organic indeed!

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Sania Pell freelance interior stylist London.

Sania Pell is a freelance interior stylist, art/creative director and consultant based in London. She is a Contributing Stylist at Elle Decoration magazine, with whom she has worked for over 20 years, and is well known for bringing a unique aspect to photographic shoots for national publications, leading international brands and retailers as well as style consultancy for architects and property developers. She is the author of best-selling book The Homemade Home and The Homemade Home for Children. A trained, former textile designer, Sania is also involved in many multi-disciplinary creative projects.

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