Interview with Moss N Stone

At Ellie Jean, we love making a house a home, and what’s more beautiful than a home filled with fresh flowers?

We asked Sandie Foran, the owner of Moss N Stone some questions!

Ellie Jean: In your opinion, what makes a house a home?

Sandie: A home is a collection of all things you – the way you design your home and your decor is a sum of your style, your quirks, your loves and all the things that inspire you.

It’s the small details; the picture frames that tell a story of who you are, the pattern on your cushions, the colour of your bedspread, the minimalism or even the clutter. A house is a home when it reflects the characteristics of its owner.

Ellie Jean: It must be hard to choose, but what’s your favourite type of flower? And why?

Sandie: I’ve always loved Iris, they hold a very special place in my heart. They remind me of my Nan, who would always have fresh Iris on her dining table. I also used to love art in high-school, particularly drawing.

I drew a picture for my teacher, which was of Iris flowers. My teacher kept this picture, and had this hanging in her house for many, many years, until she passed away.

Ellie Jean: Fresh Flowers make such a wonderful accent to a home. Which flowers last the longest in a vase?

Sandie: The longevity of your flowers depends entirely on how well they are looked after. To ensure you get the longest life out of your florals, be sure to clean the vase and change the water daily or every second day and always cut the stems when you do this.

The longest-lasting blooms are native flowers, as well as disbuds and chrysanthemums. Lilys are also a beautiful addition to the home – we always recommend buying them when they have tight buds, so you can enjoy watching them open as well as their sweet fragrance.

Different foliage is really popular too – a bundle of gum or large tropical leaves can be used for statement pieces and will last, without much maintenance. While they are not “fresh” flowers, dried floral arrangements are in vogue at the moment and provide an everlasting decoration to your home.

Ellie Jean: Other than being surrounded by beautiful blooms all day every day! (Which would probably be my answer!) What made you want to become a florist?

Sandie: We really are extremely lucky to be surrounded by and able to work with beautiful florals daily!

It’s also knowing you are able to bring happiness to people’s lives with those blooms, and being a part of all of life’s important moments – from births, celebrations, graduations, engagements, weddings, anniversaries, and even funerals.

Ellie Jean: Attention to detail and an eye for creativity must be the secret to creating beautiful bouquets, do you have your own “secrets” or “go to’s” that you use when creating a bouquet of flowers.

Sandie: We always use fresh, high-quality, locally-sourced florals and foliage for our bouquets and arrangements, to ensure they are not only beautiful, but last for a long time for our customers to enjoy.

Each of our florists have their own unique style and method of creating, our blooms are not conventional – they are a little more wild and unstructured and we love playing with different textures.