Catching up with floral stylist Willow Crossley

We discuss cookbooks, comfy tracksuits and the undeniable joy of tea and toast

Written by The Sette February 8, 2021

When we’re looking for flowers to really bring a table to life, The Sette’s number one choice is celebrated floral stylist (and author of three books) Willow Crossley. When she’s not dreaming up arrangements from her garden workroom in Oxfordshire, Willow whips up recipes from the cookbooks of Tart London and Nigel Slater – the perfect partners for The Sette’s scalloped plates. While she’s fond of her husband’s cooking (particularly his Yorkshire puddings and chicken and leek pie), Willow’s real weakness is for Dairy Milk, Haribo’s fizzy cherries and lots and lots of tea. Blooming marvellous, we think you’ll agree. 

The most used appliance in my kitchen is…

It’s a toss up between the kettle and the toaster. I drink a lot of tea but the boys (we have three sons) eat a lot of toast!

The one cookbook everyone should own…

A Love of Eating: Recipes from Tart London by Lucy Carr Ellison and Jemima Jones. It’s absolutely brilliant, very beautifully done and has delicious original recipes. I also love Nigel Slaters books, there’s something so comforting about his recipes.

In my fridge you’ll always find…

Yoghurt, Rachel’s rhubarb and Fage Total Greek are family favourites.

Favourite item from The Sette is…

The scallop starter and dinner plates.

My most memorable meal…

When Charlie (my husband) and I first started dating he made me my own tray of 18 Yorkshire puddings with gravy. The only way to a Brit’s heart!

No celebration is complete without…

Prosecco with pomegranate seeds in.

When I’m invited to dinner I always take…

A homemade posy of flowers.

The restaurant I’ll be rushing to after lockdown is…

The Bull Inn in Charlbury.

My guilty pleasure is…

Dairy Milk chocolate or Haribo Sour Cherries.

For dinner tonight…

Charlie’s Chicken and leek pie.

Jet-sette… favourite holiday spot?

Tresco in the Isles of Scilly.

Sette the record straight… something people might not know about you?

I’m obsessed with cars.

Sunrise or sunsette… favourite time of the day.

Sunrise. I’m definitely a morning person.

Heart sette on… what’s on your wishlist?

A Pangaia tracksuit in every one of their colours and some shearling slippers from Sleeper.