Plant Life Balance

Between two palms with Britte Sunde

Earlier this year, we collaborated with Byron-based florist and designer Britte Sunde to create the breezy Beachy Green look. We sat down to chat with her about her muses, coastal vibes and the relationship between plants and good design.

What’s informed and inspired your style?

I’ve been inspired by the beautiful and natural surroundings in the Byron area. The rolling hills of Newrybar too – with all its coastal looks and lush rainforests.

My style was greatly inspired by the natural, abundant, unique and organic work of Australia’s leading floral designer, Saskia Havekes from Potts Point in Sydney; and Andrew Burley, who’s style is very European and structural.

I grew up in Byron and went to Sydney to become a florist when I was 18, and then came back to the Byron area to work in floristry.

Explain your space at Newrybar Merchants…

Newrybar Merchants is a collective of businesses, all under the same roof. My department is flowers – at Beautiflora, we do events, deliveries, cut flowers and bouquet. We also specialise in potted plants.

Let’s talk about the Beachy Green look that you collaborated on for Plant Life Balance. How could someone recreate this coastal look at home?

It’s a relaxed and casual look – so I would use whites and lots of open space.

Some of the characteristics of the coastal look are ocean hues, sun-bleached white, incorporation of natural material and fabrics and a celebration of natural light.

Any trends you’re noticing with your customers?

Tailing plants and hanging plants. Everyone’s relationships with plants have changed – in that a lot more people know their plant types and want to have plants in their home.

People are also recognising plants that will work well in their space – they’re getting more confident in choosing which plants to establish at home.

How would you rate your plant life balance?

I would rate it as 10/10 – it’s excellent! I have plants all around me – in my home, in my workspaces. I’m looking at them every day and living and breathing them.

View this post on Instagram

Happy International Womens Day from all of us @beautiflora florists ~ from our hearts to yours!! ~ our love for this community is spoken in the language of the carefully selected botanicals that we deliver daily 🌱🍏 This photo taken at the wonderfully inspirational #ponderosaworkshop in Byron Bay in November 18. I was lucky enough to be part of a group of empowering florist women for six incredible days. Thank you to Katie Davis for this amazing experience! WORKSHOP | @ponderosa_and_thyme PHOTOGRAPHER | @ivyandgoldphotography VENUE | Birdland House, Byron Bay WORKSHOP TEAM | @honeycombaffair @beautiflora @poppyandfernflowers #byronbayflorist #happyiwd2019 #beautiflora #iwd2019 L O V E to all the ladies who also made this floral retreat happen @personalchefbyronbay @littlebirdbloom @twfloraltruck @sweetpeaandhoneybee @byronbayorganicflowerfarm @sunandseed.floristry @twigandgrace @wild_moonflower @two_wanderinghearts @gooseberryhillflowers @theministryofflowers @keeley.iverson @n_e__s_s @ella_moda @silkandwillow @florabundanceinc @portlandaproncompany

A post shared by beautiflora (@beautiflora) on

If you could be a flower what would you be?

Magnolia Grandiflora – perfect creamy white, and attractive to bees. When they are in flower they are just stunning!

How do design, interiors and plants work together?

They’re all essential – when considered together they bring a space to life.

I can’t imagine doing any sort of interior styling without plants – plants bring a space together.  

View this post on Instagram

L O V E for flowers 🌿 #byronbayflorist

A post shared by beautiflora (@beautiflora) on

How does it make you feel being so connected to plants?

It’s essential and it keeps me happy. I can’t imagine life without them!

What advice would you give to aspiring floral designers?

Work with someone who inspires you – it’s a lot of physical labor and get your hands dirty.

Feeling inspired? Get the Beachy Green look and plant list in the Plant Life Balance app. Download it for free from the App Store or Google Play.

Add comment