Look to nature to create this understated, lush scheme - think muted colours, relaxed arrangements and lots of glass...

From left Vintage books, £1, similar from charity shops. Daisy arrangement wrapped in hessian with a satin bow, £12; dahlia, antirrhinum and astrantia stems in glass bottles, from £4, Philippa craddock Flowers. norma Jean and Alabaster rose, Duchess peony, nigella, veronica, rosemary and oak-leaf bouquet wrapped with wide hessian ribbon, £85, Flourish & green. larkspur cow parsley and orange-blossom arrangement, from £50 (including glass jar hire), scarlet & Violet. cardboard letters, £1.99, Hobbycraft. Planter, £17.12, BHlDn. Hydrangeas, £5 per stem, Pinstripes & Peonies. Vintage French linen sheet (used as a tablecloth), from £180, guinevere. table, from £14.52 to hire, Jones Hire.

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