We have talented local floral designer and events stylist, Dora Kovacs, to thank for making The Bull look lovely for Limpsfield in Bloom this year, despite its newly-sanded and paint-less state!
Dora will be working with the Enterprising Limpsfield design team to advise on fixtures and fittings that can be updated for seasonal theming once operational. She will also be involved with supporting the build team and advising them on outdoor design and planting to complement external seating plans and grain store area.
Read about Dora in our interview…
What made you get into floral design?
My mum used to have a shop and the girls in our shop taught me how to arrange flowers and create beautiful bouquets and arrangements.
What’s your connection to Enterprising Limpsfield?
I live fairly locally and work nearby, so I know Limpsfield and The Bull well. I learned about Enterprising Limpsfield from Adrienne, whom I know well as she encouraged and mentored me when I first set up in Oxted. It’s a great community project and sounds amazing! What an opportunity!
Aside from creating the displays for Limpsfield in Bloom, I hope to work with Enterprising Limpsfield on an ongoing basis, helping to style and accessorise events and ‘flowering it up’ generally to make everyone feel welcome and at home.
What sort of events projects do you work on normally?
It’s really very varied to be honest. I do loads of weddings, as you can see from my website, but I also do corporate events for clients, such as Diesel and Net-a-Porter.
I have done a lot of planting for restaurants and also quite a few styling projects and interior styling for Faucet Inn Ltd (who own The Grasshopper Inn). Last week I was working at Hazelwood School, creating all the arrangements for their annual Ball.
What would you say is your style?
I would say I have an eclectic style, because being a freelancer I work for a diverse client group including leading local and London-based companies and so I’ve gathered the best bits of style from a lot of places and people.
Where do you get your inspiration for your designs?
Really, I guess it’s from all sorts of places. I love taking inspiration from gardens, fashion shows, paintings, movies…everywhere really.
Where do you source all your flowers and plants?
Mainly I get my flowers from the Covent Garden Flower Market, but I also buy from a local flower grower in Hever, where I tend to get all the seasonal bits and pieces, such as Dahlias, garden roses and amazing seasonal foliage.
What are your favourite flowers to work with?
I love Ranunculus (Buttercup) which are beautiful and easy to work with and come in so many different colours. I also love rare Orchids for statement pieces and beautiful big-headed garden roses for a traditional feel. I really don’t like Lilies and Amaryllis though!
Do flowers have trends?
Yes of course! Flowers have trends just like fashion and interiors. At the moment there’s a real trend towards tropical flowers, which is largely due to the Frida Kahlo exhibition at the V&A. Frida Kahlo was known for her tropical, brightly coloured paintings featuring native flora and fauna from her home country of Mexico. She always wore very colourful prints and these are very much ‘en vogue’ this year in fashion, interiors and, of course, in floral displays.
Find our more about Dora at: www.dorakovacs.com
You can also follow her on Instagram, https://www.instagram.com/dorideco/
And Twitter! https://twitter.com/dkovacsdora