InterviewKatie Searle-Williams

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Katie Searle-Williams founded Kinfolk magazine (with her hubbie Nathan and some friends) and we can honestly say she is the sweetest, modest and most fairylike woman we’ve ever encountered. It’s easy to see why the lifestyle magazine is able to combine beauty, warmth and caring in such a sincere way. At Kinfolk, they understand that it’s all about coming together with your loved ones to share great food and enjoy the gifts of nature. Just like lovely Katie does_______.

Which flower symbolizes a highlight in your life?

Katie: “I feel lucky to have grown up in the beautiful Pacific Northwest of the United States, surrounded by endless amounts of green, flora, and fauna. Until leaving for college in Hawaii and experiencing much of the same weather year-round, I hadn’t appreciated the changing of the seasons. I began to miss the bright leaves in the autumn, and the blooming flowers in spring. This experience allowed me to cherish the nature of my home that much more. One flower I now attach special meaning to is the blossoms of the Dogwood Tree. This is my mom’s, and subsequently my, favourite tree. We love the freshness of spring and these blossoms seem to symbolize change, opportunity, and are an invitation for growth.”

Which flower symbolizes a highlight in your life?

Katie: “I feel lucky to have grown up in the beautiful Pacific Northwest of the United States, surrounded by endless amounts of green, flora, and fauna. Until leaving for college in Hawaii and experiencing much of the same weather year-round, I hadn’t appreciated the changing of the seasons. I began to miss the bright leaves in the autumn, and the blooming flowers in spring. This experience allowed me to cherish the nature of my home that much more. One flower I now attach special meaning to is the blossoms of the Dogwood Tree. This is my mom’s, and subsequently my, favourite tree. We love the freshness of spring and these blossoms seem to symbolize change, opportunity, and are an invitation for growth.”

Field flowers as an ornament so beautiful, with poppies and Rumex like gemstones

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Receiving flowers is such a special thing. You can’t help but feel instantly special- they are just for you!_______

Flowercast

Ivy
Lilac
Poppies
Sorrel
Asters
Phlox

Which flower symbolizes a sad moment in your life?

Katie: “I hadn’t experienced loss until this past year- and could never have imagined what it was like. It’s odd that it is such an inevitable and collective thing, but talked about so infrequently- almost to the point where we struggle to know how to process and talk about it when it happens to us, or those around us. I was nearly six months pregnant, and our sweet son, Leo, was stillborn. Until days before learning of congenital heart defects, we’d thought he was healthy and were looking forward to starting our sweet little family. The experience was unexpected, devastating, and has changed me forever. Grief is such a strange thing- it is lonely and cold, but it’s so necessary to have others there to just hold you up- almost impossible to get through alone. We were just one month into a move abroad, far from family and friends when it happened. It was incredibly hard to not have a support network in our new community. In the days following, flowers began showing up on our doorstep. Our family and friends from home who couldn’t be with us in person, sent us these symbols of hope and love. I soaked up this sweet gesture, it helped my loved ones feel that much closer and involved in Leo’s story. I took sprigs and stems from each arrangement and dried them. This little keepsake is one of the few I have of my son and his short time with us. I keep it right by my bed so I can see it often.”

Most romantic memory of roses?

Katie: “The first time I was given flowers, was the first time I was asked to a school dance. Receiving flowers is such a special thing. You can’t help but feel instantly special- they are just for you! The boy showed up on my doorstep with a bouquet of roses in hand, nervously stammering his invitation. As classic as it gets- and it was an easy yes.”

What’s an unexpected but great place in a home to put flowers?

Katie: “I love taking a bunch of fresh eucalyptus, and hanging it upside down from our showerhead. When you take a steamy shower, the washroom fills with the rejuvenating scent. It’s like having your own personal spa at home.”

Delicate poppies in warm, earthy tones. They touch your soul

The smell of fresh flowers makes me feel…

Katie: “Awake and revitalized. If I’m on a walk and pass by delicious smelling flowers, I cannot help but stop, and yes, smell the ‘roses.’ This ritual to pause, and breath, helps me reset. And if even if it’s just for a moment, I’m able to feel a tad more grounded.”

Without flowers my home feels…

Katie: “Stagnant and stiff. Fresh flowers and houseplants bring an energy and life into a space. By brightening a room, flowers can brighten your day. I’ve always tried to incorporate nature into our living spaces, be it interesting rocks or sticks I’ve found on a walk, seashells, or moss. So if fresh flowers are hard to come by where you live or you can’t keep plants alive, try using a few of the found objects mentioned above to bring in the organic energy.”

A great DIY with flowers is…

Katie: “Nothing beats the nostalgia of a good old-fashioned daisy chain for me. As a quiet and introverted child, I spent countless recess breaks sitting in the school fields making daisy chains and crowns by myself or with a couple of friends. I would often dry them and hang the chains around my room or forts I would build.”

Which flowers were in your wedding bouquet?

Katie: “I chose blue hydrangeas for my wedding flowers. Although they don’t have a specific significance tied to them, I’ve always loved the classic elegance and timelessness of hydrangea. They also dry and preserve well and I was able to hold on to my wedding bouquet as a keepsake.”

Best work related memory of flowers?

Katie: “Although as an adult I’ve been able to help on set with shoots we produce for work that involve floral, and have done floral arranging for weddings, my favorite ‘work’ related memories are from helping my dad in our family gardens as a child. My dad grew up on a farm and has had a way with plants and flowers his whole life. In every house we lived in, my dad would landscape and create the most beautiful outdoor environments full of trees, plants, flowers, shrubs and vegetable gardens. He carried his work ethic from his farming years into his parenting, and invited us kids to spend time minding the gardens. I learned a lot about nurturing plants from him and the value of work and responsibility through weeding, watering, and tending with him.”

Do you grow your own flowers?

Katie: “Throughout the years, we’ve had many renditions of gardens and/or houseplants. What we’ve been able to stick with (and keep alive) is mostly herbs and houseplants. Some of our favorites are: rosemary, mint, lavender, geranium, philodendron, fig and Ivy. Usually the herbs reside by a kitchen windowsill, and the other plants are scattered throughout the house.”

Radiant yellow brings directly the sunny warmth of a beautiful spring day inside your home

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