It’s traditional greens and reds outside the Kew flower shop this year, with a twist of Zita-style city chic. A pared down display showcases a neat row of planters with Christmas trees minimally adorned with a mix of fabulous faux and crunchy fresh red apples.
Juxtaposed with this understated elegance, a table is laden with hand picked festive decorations and an ever-changing selection of luxurious wreaths and candle arrangements, ready to embellish every corner of your house.
On your way in, brush gently past an extraordinarily delicate textured arrangement in soft natural colours – mosses, foliage, pine cones and flowers, layered like the finest of paintings into a vast circular container – the stuff of dreams.
Once inside enjoy more clever blending of the very best of fakes with the sweet scented opulence of the real thing: reds, purples and dashes of yellow with gold and pockets of greenery.
In the room at the back an ethereal blend of muted tones whispers magic in soft silvers and earth tones interspersed with the sparkle of crystal candle holders. A fairy tale mantelpiece beckons, illuminated by a simple wooden star, with evocative florals and feather light dried foliage garlands tumbling airily down.
Late 2018 marks the reopening of Zita’s internationally celebrated flower academy following a complete makeover and the launch of dozens of new classes. The Christmas shop displays feature some of the original work of current students Yeon Gyu Kim (floral chandelier) and Lisa Kent (embellished basket shade).
Visit the dedicated website to view and sign up for the last few festive season workshops with Zita and 2019 classes in London and Seoul.
Photography © Julian Winslow