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Here’s how florist Kelly Karam from Blush Flowers decorates for Christmas

There will be flowers in the tree and tones of red and pink around the house. We chat to Kelly Karam from Blush Flowers about how she does Christmas

Blush Flowers, floral Christmas, Kelly Karam

Here’s how florist Kelly Karam from Blush Flowers decorates for Christmas

Blush owner and florist Kelly lives in Ōrākei, Auckland, with husband Richard and 9-year-old son Hugo. After our photoshoot we sat down for a little chat about what she’s looking forward to this Christmas.

What floral trends are you seeing for Christmas?

Colour! I love mixing colours at Christmas. This year, I will be using blush and red. Metallics are also big, so I may include a little brass in the way of vases or a beautiful piece from Tom Dixon.

How do you decorate for Christmas?

We love the smell of a fresh pine tree so always have a couple in the house. I like to nestle lights into the tree so you don’t see the cords during the day. I’ve ordered lots of blush and red wooden balls to hang over the tree and will wrap all the gifts in complementary colours – I love Kikki.K for gift wrap.

Blush Flowers, floral Christmas, Kelly Karam

What does Christmas morning look like at your house?

Lots of presents, ham-and-cheese croissants, chocolate, coffee and a little bubbles. I think this may be the last time Santa visits our house since Hugo is now 9!

What do you love about owning your own floristry business?

I love being surrounded by natural beauty. We mostly provide flowers for happy occasions so it’s always really positive. Flowers make people happy – they just do!

What are you working on at the moment?

Many, many weddings! Wedding season has kicked off and we are crazy with weddings until April 2019. We are also branching out into a full styling and event design service in the new year.


Kelly wears Maggie Marilyn. Hair and makeup by Hayley Amundsen Beauty (Kelly’s sister).

Words by: Sally Conor. Styling by: Catherine Wilkinson. Photography by: Melanie Jenkins.

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