Happy Halloween

Happy Halloween!

Pumpkin with Flowers from Better Homes and Gardens

Q&A :: Building a Cooler

The Question:

I am currently in the process of renovating a new location for my business. In this new space I will be building a 8 x 10 floral cooler. Working with contractors can be scary and frustrating. I am wondering if any other business owners have already been through this process? And if so; any advice to pass along? Mistakes that your contractors or yourself made? Approximate cost for the job?
-Haley

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The Answers:

Because a cooler will be one of your major expenses, talk to local restaurant owners or managers about their walk-in coolers. Find out who is the most reliable, local refrigeration service company, and give them a call. Check out coolbot.com to see if this technology might be the best option for you. Personally, I love using a floor sink for floral work; it makes processing flowers soooo much easier!
Margaret, Texas

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Anyone else have advice for Haley? We’d love to hear it!! Just leave a comment on this post, thank you!

Do you have a question you’d like to ask for a Q&A session? Email it to me at: info@flirtyfleurs.com

Wedding Wednesday :: Just Peachy!

Peach Centerpiece

designer unknown

Finch and Thistle Floral Design Jaimie Fitzgeral Smith Photography

Finch and Thistle Floral Design
Jamie Fitzgerald Smith Photography

Eye Candy – Max Gill Design

Max Gill Design- clematis arrangement

Max Gill Design- peach bouquet

Max Gill Design- white centerpiece

Max Gill Design- peach bouquet

Romantic winter wedding flowers Iceberg, Pieter B, and Swan garden roses, huechera foliage, Guincho Purple elder foliage, white and pink snowberry, green toyon berries, sweet autumn clematis, and Asian pears

Max Gill Design- urn with orange flowers and kumquats

Max Gill Design- orange floral bouquet

Max Gill Design- pink and white bridal bouquet

Max Gill Design- bridal bouquet with ivory and copper flowers

Max Gill Design- centerpiece with flowers in an urn

Max Gill Design-large centerpiece with autum flowers

Max Gill Design- succulents, orchids

Max Gill Design- hot pink centerpiece

Max Gill Design- Bridal bouquet

Max Gill Design
Berkeley, California
http://maxgilldesign.com/

Fabulous Florist :: The English Garden, Los Angeles, California

The English Garden LA

Name: Susan Winston
Business Name: The English Garden, Floral Designs
Location: Los Angeles, California

The English Garden LA - silver container with white flower arrangement

How did you start your business?
I have always been passionate about flowers and started my business in my garage in 1996, while living in Malibu Lake. I began to miss the ‘English Sensibility’ of floral design from where I grew up, and wanted to bring that to the warmth of Southern California. I was unsure whether others shared my same aesthetic, and initially placed my flowers in a local Starbucks. I was able to experiment with how the flowers held up and gauge my community’s reaction to the ‘English Garden’ concept of floral design. It was a success! I was then doing business deals in the Starbucks parking lot. Due to the pressure of my loving family, I was taking up their space in our home, and I needed to find a studio. So I sublet a space in Westlake Village, where I am today. As my business grew, I was able to expand.

The English Garden LA - Hot Pink Flower Arrangement

How many years have you been in business?
Since 1996. So 18 years!

How do you create your style and where do you draw your inspiration?
I absolutely draw my inspiration from nature and it is a wonderful fusion of the places I have called home: England and California. Additionally, my intellectual passions of the arts, music and fashion, fuel my creative insight and exert a strong influence on how I formulate the concepts of my designs.

The English Garden LA - green and white bridal bouquet

What are the trends, flowers & colors that are unique to your region?
The warmth and temperate climate of Southern California allows for an outstanding diversity of choice. My concentration of flowers I work with are globally imported, influencing the worldly inspiration of my concepts: The flowers inspire the design, not the other way around. Everything I create is a unique surprise on the basis of what I purchase from the market.
Nowadays, for events, center pieces are less likely to be singular arrangements, and it has expanded to include vignettes of flowers. Among brides, cascading bouquets have been significant, containing very natural elements.

The English Garden LA - Bird Cage floral centerpiece for wedding reception

What is your favorite part of being a floral designer?
Working with nature and absolute beauty every day… It never gets old! Bringing a vision to life, especially a client’s vision to life. The work is always changing and never static.

The English Garden LA - Wedding Flowers

Are you a retail shop, studio/warehouse or home based?
We are a floral design studio, with retail items within the space, and we also offer orders for arrangements via our online shop and over the phone.

The English Garden LA - Succulents

Do you offer any services in addition to floral design?
We also offer select interior design pieces.

The English Garden LA - peach and green flower arrangement

What tool can’t you live without?
A spritzer bottle. It brings me such joy to see how the beads of water set on the petals, and brings it such life and vibrancy of color!

The English Garden LA - Centerpiece with gold vessels and white hydrangeas

Anything else you would like to share with Flirty Fleurs followers?
It takes a certain type of person to pursue a career in floral design. I cannot imagine working so hard and not being able to receive such joy and pleasure as a reward. This can be back breaking work under the gun. However, the final result is so gorgeous, it makes it worth the effort. You have to be passionate, this is not for everyone. From the moment I started, that passion is still vital to me!

The English Garden LA - Ceremony Decor

Your Contact Information:
The English Garden, Floral Designs
31143 Via Colinas
Westlake Village, California
Website: www.theenglishgarden.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-English-Garden/195533828058
Instagram: TheEnglishGardenLA
Pintrest: http://www.pinterest.com/theenglishgrdn/

The English Garden LA - white and green flower bouquets

Fleur Friday

Photography Segerius-Bruce Phillippa Craddock Flowers

Philippa Craddock Flowers
Segerius Bruce Photography

Q&A :: Freelance Rates

The Question:

I’m curious about freelance rates around the country. See lots of requests for freelancers but never any info on the pay. What is the typical going rate in each city?
-Lucinda

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The Answers:

I have just done 2 freelancing jobs with the same event/floral company in LA. The going rate is roughly $15-25/hour in our area, all depending on your experience and speed.
Tara of By The Bloom, Los Angeles, California

I receive $15-20/hour in the DC/Metro Area when I have freelance for other designers.
Blair of Sweet Blossoms, Maryland

It varies somewhat, depending on the type of work and time of year. I am an experienced fleelancer in Austin, Texas. I make between $15-25/hour depending on the job and who is hiring me.
Margaret, Texas

It all depends on experience and location. We have junior designers and they charge a rate of $15 per hour, we also have a middle of the road designers, not with a ton of experience take a little longer but they get it done per our specifications and they charge $18 per hour…. and then we have two seasoned designers (floral ninjas) that come when we need them and they charge $25 per hour and they are worth every penny.
Alex of Exquisite Designs, Illinois

$40.00 an hour for free lance if you have couple years experience in Lancaster, Pennsylvania
Wedding Flowers By Cyndi

Please leave a comment and let us know what freelancers in your area are paid, we’d love to know!

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Wedding Wednesday :: Green Florals & Foliages

unknown designer

unknown designer

unknown designer

unknown designer

Fall Flowers & Foliages

I’ve been surfing various flower wholesale companies to see who has what, always fun to see what is coming into season. Check out some of the pretties (click on flower image to go to the website). Oh, and peonies are back!!

Brannan Street - Yellow Tree Peonies

Dutch Flower Line - Fall Foliage

Dutch Flower Line - Rosehips

DV Flora Black Eye Susan

Florabundance Parrot Tulips

G Page - Snowberries

Harvest Roses - A Fox Trot Orange Rose

Mayesh - Pumpkin Tree

The Designers behind the Flowers

Caroline of Passiflora

Caroline of Passiflora

Melbourne florist Melanie Stapleton

Melanie of Cecilia Fox

Floral Artistry by Alison Ellis

Alison Ellis of Floral Artistry

Della Blooms

Dana of Della Blooms

Bernadette - Diamond Custom Floral, Washington

Bernadette of Diamond Custom Floral

Jean-Pascal Lemire

Jean-Pascal Lemire of Bouquet Fleuriste

Carly Blair of Margot Blair Floral

Carly Blair of Margot Blair Floral