Inspired by the seasons


I absolutely love this little business of mine and it’s heartbreaking to be forced to close while the COVID-19 outbreak is on, but public safety comes first so we’re taking time out to be with the ones we love until it is deemed safe to reopen.  I set up XOX to satisfy my need to create beautiful, untamed florals in a sustainable way using seasonal flowers sourced from growers, no floral foam, no plastic flowers and minimal wrapping.  Luckily so many of you have got what we are about too, and what started out in the garage of my home has now grown to encompass a studio up in Taupo’s industrial area where we can hold workshops and create bigger commissions.  Our doors might be closed but we still want to hear from you so if have floral projects you’d like to talk to us about then contact me

Flowers from the garden

Ever since I can remember I have always picked flowers from the garden and have always, always wanted my own floral studio.  But growing up I wasn’t inspired and didn’t want to learn to be a catalogue florist.  So I became a journalist and then slowly found myself drawn back to flowers after burn out,  time spent studying Ikebana in Japan, kids and moving to a new town.  I got to a point where I knew I needed a life with flowers, done my way and so very slowly  XOX grew.

Our style

Along with my assistant Kate McDonald our mantra is to create wild, rustic florals that look like they’ve come from the garden.

Our style embraces the wild, natural beauty of the central plateau and our strength is in using foliage to create beautiful installations that look a part of the landscape, as though they have always grown there (and with minimal environmental impact).  We love hearing from you so do get in touch with any questions.


Kristen Somerville

contact me
02 2127 9727