Nikki Tibbles, the founder and head of Wild at Heart, is a much loved and celebrated floral designer in London with endless imagination. Known for her work with events and weddings, her creations will literally stop you in your tracks. Ms. Tibbles has worked with everyone from Kate Spade to L’Objet, creating small and large scale floral installations for important events around town.
On a recent trip to London, She conceptualized a few arrangements for our team in a beautiful rented flat in Belgravia secured through Sotheby’s International Realty. The flat was a stone’s throw from her office near the Saatchi Gallery. We spoke to her about her inspiration and how flowers became her life’s passion.
IC: When did you first realize flowers were your passion, and why did you fall in love with designing floral arrangements?
NT: I have always been creative, I love art; however, I can’t draw, paint or write music. Whilst working in advertising a friend asked me to help with her wedding flowers. I soon came to realize that I really loved working with flowers and that flowers were the outlet for my creativity.
IC: What is your favorite flower to work with and why?
NT: Peonies and roses are wonderfully diverse and old fashioned. They are beautifully blousy, generous flowers and will forever be a favorite.
IC: Where does your greatest design inspiration come from?
NT: I am heavily influenced by nature and the color and texture that comes from the different seasons. Equally, I love art and fashion also and refer to it for points of reference when creating ideas and concepts.
IC: What has been your greatest career achievement to date?
NT: There have been so many but I would say above all else, being in a position where I have achieved something that enables me to give back to the world. Honestly, that’s what makes me the happiest.
IC: What is the best advice you can give people who might be designing their own floral arrangements at home? Any tips?
NT: The best advice to give would be to always keep it simple. Consider the room of the arrangement’s display, its vase and the aesthetics. Don’t try and make anything too big to start with and above all else, enjoy it!