Emily is the amazingly talented florist behind Design by Nature and with the help of her studio buddy Daphne runs her Creative Floristry Studio in Tottenham. We first had the pleasure of meeting Emily when we commissioned her to work on a dog themed floral centre piece for our Dogs + Design pop up store during London's Design Week. We loved the piece so much it now has a permanent place in our Hackney studio.
We spoke to Emily about her life with Daphne and how this beautiful Lurcher already has a love for playing with flowers
Tell us about Daphne and how she came into your life
Last summer my boyfriend and I were on holiday in Wales where we met the most beautiful dog. After chatting to the owners asking them about the breed we were totally in love with this gorgeous, shaggy '40 mile an hour couch potato” lurcher.
The dog was from a small family run breeders in Exmoor and had been named the Exmoor Lurcher. The original cross is Greyhound, Deerhound and Beddlington Terrier. We immediately got in touch with breeders and kept an eye on the potential of any puppies.
Fast forward 10 months and I had seen that breeders friend (who owned an Exmoor Lurcher) dog had puppies and we went along to visit them.
We left London saying we probably wont get a puppy and set off on the 4 hours driver to Dorset with a make shift cardboard box bed and blanket (We were obviously kidding ourselves) At the farm we were met by a litter of 10 gorgeous puppies and the parents were the most beautiful dogs and so chilled out. 7 of the puppies had the grey shaggy hair and 3 were smooth like greyhounds. No one wanted the 3 short hair puppies so I felt like we should have one of them.
How does your Daphne fit into your general working day?
I’m a florist and I run my own floristry business in Tottenham. My working day often starts very early in the morning and I leave the house to head off to the flowers market at around 5am and Daphne is very much still asleep. By the time I’m back from the market its often around 7.30am so its the perfect time for a coffee and to take Daphne out for a morning walk.
After this I head off to the studio to prepare the flowers for the day and Daphne has a morning nap at home. Luckily my studio is 2 minutes walk from our house so I can head home and collect her at around 11am. Daphne then comes into the studio and enjoys helping me out with the flowers, by helping, I mean she will often find a flower stem to chew on or rip up some leaves.
As start I so early, often the bouquets are out for delivery at around 1pm which means the afternoon is spent sorting through the emails and Daphne gets some well deserved play time in the studio. We normally head home around 5pm and off out for a evening walk.
On the days when I’m working on a wedding or onsite at clients venue Daphne will either go to work with my partner, Ben or she has the best doggy daycare just around the corner where she gets to meet her friends and spend all day playing.
When you’re not working where do you both like to hang out?
On the weekends we often find ourselves hanging out locally around Tottenham, we get up and out early on Saturday mornings and head to Tottenham Marshes for a walk. Daphne can sometimes find herself at one of the local breweries in Tottenham such as Beavertown or Pressure Drop or we head out for lunch with friends.
If we’re not in Tottenham then we may be in Devon, visiting family and letting Daphne run free. In the countryside or on the beach is where she is happiest
What essentials do you always have on you when heading out for a dog walk and what do you carry them in?
As Daphne is a lurcher we have to be especially aware of her recall and making sure its safe for her to run off the lead, so I always have pocket full of her favourite doggy treats as bait to tempt her back to us. If we’re heading out to the pub or somewhere for lunch we always take Daphne’s comfort blanket. Its something she has had since we got her and she knows when the blanket is down its time to settle for nap. Daphne’s items are always carried in a pink and black Resident Advisor tote bag which is where Ben works. He often comes home with various merchandise from the office that facilitates as Daphne’s wardrobe.
What adventures do you and Daphne have planned for the rest of the year?
In November Daphne is coming along on a group holiday with some of our friends to Suffolk. The idea is long country walks, log fires and red wine (for us). We will be back in Devon again at Christmas and we are just applying for Daphne’s passport so we can take her camping with us next summer in France.
You can follow Emily and Daphne's adventures together on the Design by Nature Instagram Page and check out Emily's work Here