A few members of the Chapel Designers took on the challenge of creating a fall foraged foliage design, all foliages gathered within one mile of their house and mostly from their own yards! Check out the fun results -
I have a great post today for all of you – a step by step pictorial to creating a wall of flowers! Events In Bloom of Tampa, Florida has been kind enough to share their photos of a flower wall they created for a corporate client.
In all 9 squares of floral foam were attached to a wooden frame -
Thank you to Jana of Events In Bloom for sharing this process of creating a flower wall with all of our readers!
Recently Resendiz Brothers Protea Growers sent out the above boxes of goodies to Laurie from Fleurie, Carmel from Mt Lebanon Floral and Myself. I find it so interesting how three floral designers in three different areas of the USA can receive the same box of goodies and come up with such different designs, interesting isn’t it??
First, a closeup of each flower & foliage we received -
Designs by me, Bella Fiori, Washington -
Designs by Laurie, Fleurie, California -
Designs by Carmel, Mt Lebanon Flower Shop, Pennsylvania
What happens when Craspedia (billy balls) isn’t available? Or perhaps your client likes the idea of a fun texture like craspedia, but the yellow is a bit too bright. Maybe you are concerned about the amount of pollen on the craspedia and allergies?
Laurie of Fleurie Flowers has a solution! She does a bit of work on the gaillardia flower & Voila, a faux Craspedia!
Pretty clever, right? I like how it ads a softer touch than the craspedia would have to the bouquets.
Thank you, Laurie!
Today we have a special guest, Margot Shaw, who is the founder and editor of my favorite magazine – flower
Margot, Please tell us a little bit about what prompted you to start Flower Magazine.
Well, I’ve always loved beauty, and words, and had worked in floral design for a few years, unable to find anything with a floral/lifestyle message on the newsstand, and one day had the idea to start a magazine devoted to flowers in every incarnation.Living in Birmingham, Alabama, the home base for numerous national publishing houses made my job easier, especially as I was a complete novice. But the idea began to take “root” and I’ve had amazing help, support, lots of God moments, and incredibly rich experiences in these last 7 years, as we’ve grown and increased to bi-monthly from quarterly.
What is a typical day in the life of a magazine editor?
Interesting question. For me, there is no typical day, as every day is different. Depending on where we are in the editorial cycle, what special events are on the calendar and where I might be speaking, I can be in the office looking at cover options, or in Chicago presenting to a garden club, in New York meeting with advertisers and flower world folks – my day is never boring. Plus I’m surrounded by interesting, beautiful places, gardens, people, etc. – not exactly rough duty…
As you know, the majority of our readers are floral designers and I’m quite sure
they’d like to know how to submit to Flower Magazine. Any tips?
EASY!! Just email pitch, images, etc. to email@example.com –
We LOVE submissions and our team is very quick to respond.
What elements do you look for in a floral arrangement to make it cover ready?
A cover-ready arrangement does not need to be over the top, it just has to have a seasonality and beautiful background, and of course, the flowers and design really fresh. We love an interesting container but not one that distracts from the “star of the show”.
What do you see as the next big thing in floral design? What has seen its day?
I think the next big thing is just more of the green/slow flower idea, whether its organic plant material, or just something locally grown, versus imported. The loose, garden-y look is one of my favorite throwback styles that I hope will endure. The element of simplicity seems to be gaining ground, whether it’s monochromatic arrangements or mono-bloom. I’m not sure what’s seen it’s day, as my sense is we’re just embracing more design styles and retaining what’s still good design. I still love a beautiful French hand-tied bouquet, or a sphere of rich red carnations in a footed urn, as well as a big mixed English arrangement on a console in the foyer of an important venue. So, these favorites of mine will always be in vogue with me.
What do you feel is the biggest challenge facing the floral industry?
With all the DIY blogs, Pinterest, etc., the industry MUST continue to emphasize its strengths. I think it’s really important for a designer/retailer to not only market themselves, but offer educational options. It’s one way to expose consumers to good design, and instruct them about flower care and mechanics, all the while having them in the shop/studio being familiarized with the of course, unattainable expertise of the actual designer. So we want to inspire civilians to arrange, but always foster an appreciation for the high level of skill and talent of the professional. The more people are empowered, the more they’ll see flowers as a necessity vs. a luxury, and that’s good for all of us!
Where do you find your inspiration?
I find my inspiration almost everywhere – design books, flower shows, garden tours, travel in general, fashion, interior design, even music. I think the world of design is so interrelated , with all mediums feeding off each other. Our new slogan at “flower” is “flower as a verb” meaning, a lifestyle that flourishes…
Which blogs & magazines do you read?
Well, Flirty Fleurs of course, Style Blueprint, Slow Flowers, Faith Flowers, Flower School of New York, Emily Thompson Flowers, All the Best, Cote de Texas, Honey of a Thousand Flowers, my list is pretty long, but that’s a good smattering of blogs, and magazines I read/have and hope to read: Garden Design, Architectural Digest, Elle Décor, House Beautiful, New Yorker, Victoria, Southern Living, Garden and Gun, Art and Antiques and every now and then, Rolling Stone (I’m a music fanatic)
If you were to design an arrangement for your home today what style would it be
and what flowers would you use?
Loose, garden-y, most likely from my garden, augmented by some gorgeous dahlias from my wholesaler, or whatever’s in season, that I don’t have in my garden.
And, I have to ask– what’s your favorite flower?
Right now, it’s either the scabiosa or the poppy. They’re so simple and playful. I like things that don’t take themselves too seriously, have movement, and a little sass.
Thank you, Margot, for sharing your passion for flowers with us! So great to get to know you a bit better!
For more information on flower magazine – click here
When floral designers are proud of our work we really, really, really want professional photos to show off our stuff. It somehow seems increasingly hard to find photographers who are willing to share their work with us. Here’s my take on it…
Why don’t wedding photographers share photos with floral designers? We always want photographers to share photos, but some are pushing back and even want to charge for photos of our work. What can we do about this as a professional community? Can’t we all just get along?
Tell us about your experience with photographers sharing professional images in the comments.
Floral Designers & Their Collections~
What do you collect? Seems many of us collect frogs, pottery vases, pitchers, etc.
Send us a picture of your pretty collection!
From Laurie in California
I love all kinds of vases, here are some of my amber and blue glass vases.
Margaret Joan Florals, California
I personally collect (or some would say Hoard) all things crystal!
I love glass, crystal and blingy accents. My obsession ranges from Vases, Candleholders, Mini Chandeliers and especially glass or crystal dining/kitchen pieces that double as floral and candle vessels!
Jennifer Manusco, Michigan
I collect vintage strawberry short cake dolls. They are a reminder of my childhood.
Tracy of Park Place Design, Michigan
I collect cookbooks. There’s something special about a hardback cookbook. I’m writing notes in mine for my daughter. Just like my grandmother used to do. I cherish those sweet & silly notes she would write. Like don’t fix this.. or you loved this as a child. I plan to pass these down to my daughter one day, just as my grandmother passed her’s on to me.
Jessica of Blooms ‘n Blossoms, Kentucky
I have always been attracted to old, art pottery. When I lived at home in the 80′s my mother, sisters and I would go thrifting on the weekends. Back in the day it was not uncommon to pick pieces up for between $2.00- $$5.00. Now, everyone covets these vessels and they are harder to get at a bargain. They are ,however, some of my favorite possessions!
Carmel of Mt. Lebanon Floral, Pennsylvania
And what does Laurie, who originally asked the question, collect? Pin cushions and Milk glass!
Do you have a question you’d like to ask for a Q&A session? Email it to me at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Recently I had the pleasure of meeting Shawn Chamberlain of FULL BLOOM when she attended one of my floral design classes in Seattle. I was instantly intrigued about her project of ‘Recycle The Love’ and wanted to learn more. FULL BLOOM is located in Coeur D’Alene, Idaho, and it is here where she spreads the power of flowers. Fresh flowers can help aid in reducing stress and give comfort to those who are dealing with death, terminal illness, severe injury or sickness. Shawn and her team of volunteers accept any gently used or fresh cut flowers from special events and/or gardens to help create beautiful bedside bouquets for local area patients. They recut, repurpose and recycle donated, gently used blooms into beautiful bedside bouquets for patients in area hospitals, hospice care, nursing homes, and other long-term care facilities. How fantastic is that?!
Shawn, How did you come up with the idea for Full Bloom and when did you start?
The idea came about one summer evening while I was working in the gardens at a local hospice facility. I could see in one of the patient rooms, a young mother. I began to reflect about her situation and wanted to do something to let her know someone was thinking about her. I had just cut some flowers, so I arranged them and gave them to a nurse and asked her to deliver them and to tell the young mother someone was thinking about her. I’m not sure it made a huge impact on the patient, but it did on me. I thought, “wait. I’m on to something here.” So that’s sort of how it came about. FULL BLOOM is in it’s 2nd year of operation and hundreds of bouquets have been delivered since that one evening. Pretty amazing, I think.
Can you tell us how Full Bloom works? How do you ‘Recycle The Love’?
I love the phrase “Recycle the Love” because that’s exactly what we are about and it’s so easy to do! To make a flower donation, all you have to do is go to thefullbloom.org and send a quick email telling us you’d like to donate. I collect a few details about the donation, then contact the planner or florist and arrange the pick up. I have volunteers recut and repurpose all the flowers into bedside bouquets and they are usually out for delivery the very next day. That’s how we recycle the love! It has been really rewarding knowing that this simple gesture has the ability to connect so many people in such a positive way. Whether it’s the one donating, receiving, or the volunteers that help arrange and deliver, every person finds some joy and meaning in it. It’s been really awesome to connect people in this way. Love is such a good thing. Isn’t it?
I’m sure you are full of wonderful stories of how flowers have touched someone who really needed them, can you share one of your favorite stories with us?
I do not personally go in to the patient rooms and deliver flowers – I leave that up to the nurses & caregivers, so I do not get to see the response of those receiving them, however, I did happen to have an experience with a patient that I will not forget. It reaffirmed to me that I am doing something good and it’s making an impact on the lives of others. It went something like this: I am on a flower delivery to a care facility. As I was bringing the last vases in, I saw a nurse and a woman ahead of me in the hallway. The nurse had just given the woman one of the bouquets of flowers.
The woman was walking with her walker, so the nurse set them on the seat of the walker.
The woman asked, “Who are those for?”
The nurse replied, “Well, they’re for you. Someone is thinking about you.”
The woman: “Who would be thinking about me?” This question stopped me in my tracks.
Nurse: “Maybe this lady behind you can tell you, she brought them in.” The woman turned to me and with moist eyes said, “These are for me? Well, they’re beautiful.”
I replied, “Yes they are and so are you..”
The woman then quietly said, “thank you, for thinking of me..” It was a very simple exchange of words, but I walked away knowing at least two lives were touched that day – hers and mine.
Thank you, Shawn, for sharing your story of Full Bloom, very inspirational!
For more on Full Bloom check out the website here