Tenley Young, A Year Later!

It has been a year since “The Arrangement” has been on Logo and we last talked to you, What have you been up to?

Has it been a year already!?! Wow! Since the moment the show ended, I have been going wonderfully crazy! I’ve been on the radio, published in magazines and newspapers, on Good Day LA’s Style File, flown to Miami to teach floral design for a charity event, created landscapes for art shows and events, styled photoshoots, been involved in bridal shows, flown to Colorado and Oregon for weddings, and met some amazing people and developed a great network of vendors I couldn’t be more excited to work with. And of course, had the opportunity to create some awesome weddings, one of which was complete with a monkey passing out petals, a fire breather performance, and a room filled with 300 hanging roses…my creative juices have been monsooning!

When we last talked you were announced as the winner of The Arrangement and preparing to move your design space out of your parents house and into your own space, How is the new space?

I moved into an amazing space in downtown LA for a few months but had started working in Santa Barbara and realized that that was where I wanted to base my business, so I have opened a little studio up here. My time is now split between LA and Santa Barbara and I couldn’t be happier.

How would you describe your design aesthetic?

I get to design the gritty, artistic vibe for my LA clients and then design the laid back luxury of my Santa Barbara clients, it’s a perfect blend of my own style.

How has you design aesthetic evolved over the past year?

My design aesthetic has definitely evolved, but it’s not a “style” as much as it is a “personal styling”. With so many wonderful and different personalities out there, having a single style you’re known for doesn’t work. Brides want that special touch, created just for them, so I style each and every piece based on each individual client. From the vintage-ranch wedding to the glamorous estate affair, I love to design it all. I’m constantly learning and growing in my art, and because styles change so rapidly, I progress with the trends, often developing my own because it’s so much more fun that way!

Looking back at the show, What arrangement are you most proud of?

Looking back at the show, I am still so proud of that wedding gown. The thing was ridiculous! I actually recreated it for a bridal show and people thought I was a dress designer! I love it and would love to create something similar for a bride to wear someday!

Which one are you still asking yourself “What was I thinking?”

The seedling challenges were so stressful for me. Most of those I would ask myself, “what on earth was I thinking!?” I think my tacky vampire fabric floral arrangement was the worst thing to date. Hahaha.

What has been you professional highlight in the past 12 months?

In the last year, I’d have to say my professional highlight has been being sought after based on my talent and then given carte blanche on design. I mean, to have a client pay me to come up with whatever I want to design for their wedding is such an honor. I really love what I do and when I am given the freedom to go wild with design, you’re not going to be disappointed.

What is the greatest challenge facing the floral industry today?

As always, flowers are competitive and brides want the best of the best…and everyone claims to be the best of the best, so in order to maintain a steady stream of work, your designs have to speak for themselves and always remain consistent. There have been times when I’ve bought flowers for a client and the day of delivery, they just weren’t looking as fresh as I wanted, so I ran out and bought new flowers, because that is what represents me and my work. I will not ever deliver what I would not accept for myself.

What has the exposure you received from being on the show done for your career?

To be honest, the main exposure has been in the floral world. Everyone recognizes me at the flower mart, and it’s been really fun chatting with other florists who I never would have met if the show hadn’t aired, but other than that, I was able to use the money won to hire a PR firm, set up at bridal shows, and meet other people in the business. It’s been an amazing process and is almost overwhelming when I sit down and think about it.

Are you still in contact with the other 9 designers?

I am in contact quite often with a few of the other contestants, Anil and Tara especially. I’ve become so busy that I barely even see my friends anymore! I am so thankful for the experience from the show and for meeting the other 9 designers. It’s something I will never forget and I’ll tell my grandkids about someday.

What else would you like to tell us?

Find what you love and do it, even if it means moving home for awhile, taking the bus, and working out of the backyard. Life is too short and too amazing not to follow your dreams. I love what I do and every single day I thank my lucky stars that I stuck it out and am now able to create something new every single day. 

My dream came true so I make sure that I make my clients’ dreams come true too.

For more information, please check out Tenley’s website at http://tenleyerinyoung.com/

The Arrangement Winner is….

After 7 weeks of floral design challenges Tenley Young was the last designer left in first season of Logo’s “The Arrangement”. I was able to catch up with and ask her a few questions about the show and what’s next for her both personally and professionally.

Tenley, Congratulations on winning “The Arrangement”.
Thank you for taking the time answer a few question for Flirtyfleurs.com

How does it feel being the winner of the first season of “The Arrangement”?
It’s an incredible feeling! It was such a shot in the dark to be chosen to compete on “The Arrangement” let alone win! I’m truly honored to have met my fellow contestants and to have gone through this experience. It changed my life in so many ways.

What does this title mean for you both professionally and personally?
Winning this show has given me the tools to really be able to move forward with my business. This competition was my last hope to save my dream, and now I’m able to invest the time and money I’ve needed to succeed. Personally, my creativity has been pushed into overdrive, and professionally, I know what I’m capable of and am on a constant search for what I can come up with next.

I downloaded the season from iTunes to look back at the series and I had forgotten how many floral items you had to design and create over the past 8 weeks. Did the challenges ever become overwhelming?
Haha! Every challenge was overwhelming! Being in the competition, the cameras watching every move I made, creating arrangements I’d never done before, being judged on everything we did, it was excruciating. On the bright side, I feel confident in my ability to create anything anyone can dream of, so I regret nothing.

Which challenge, if any, did you think “This is it, I’m going home!”?
I really had a tough time during the couture hat challenge in which we had to create a complementary hat for Nick Varreos’ gowns. I broke down mid-pitch & felt that I just wasn’t going to be able to pull myself together. With the time crunch we were held to and the surprise challenges, we all broke down from time to time. Thankfully in reality we usually have more than a moments’ notice to create something magnificent.

Which challenge arrangement are you most proud of?
Honestly, I’m proud of everything I did, but I’m most proud of my photoshoot with Tammie Brown and my final challenge, the wedding when Mindy Weiss told me that she would hire me. That was the validation I’d been waiting for. I knew I was the novice in the competition but I also knew I had what it took, and when I had impressed the legendary Mindy Weiss, I knew I was exactly where I was supposed to be.

You had quite the parade of celebrity judges each week. Which celebrity judge were you most starstruck by?
Again, Mindy Weiss was quite a surprise. She was really the person to impress – which is also why she was the most intimidating. She has quite a following and her word is gold, so her critique of my work really could make or break me in this competition.

Which one freaked you out?
(see above)

Speaking of judges, Eric has been a bit of a tough one to please, What are your feelings of his “constructive” criticism?
I always appreciated Eric’s criticism. If he thinks my arrangement isn’t cutting it, I want to know. His celebrity clientele, his world renown status, and his knowledge is really something to reach for. So I was more than happy to learn as much as I could from him during the judging, no matter how harsh.

By the time the Photo Shoot challenge rolled around it looked like you and the other designer had become pretty close. Are you still in touch with other designers?
We are all very close. It was such a bonding experience for each of us, and having to keep quiet about the results brought us even closer – especially when we’d meet in secret just to be able to talk about everything! Haha

Who did you feel was your strongest competition?
I felt that Derek was my strongest competition. He stayed out of the drama like I did, had a new approach to design, and was not afraid to take risks, which is really important in the design world.

Which designer surprised you the most? Why?
No one surprised me, I always expected everyone to do well, and they did.

How has your everyday life changed after appearing on Reality Television?
I’m a LOT busier. Working on expanding my business, designing accessories, working with my PR firm for media opportunities, etc., I am constantly thinking about the future. Sometimes I feel like my brain is going to explode because I’ve got so much going on up there. I’m working on some art installations and collaborating with other artists…more on that soon.

Now that you are the winner of “The Arrangement” Season 1, what is next for you?
Next? The world. Haha, but seriously, I feel like the world needs a modern, hipper, riskier version of Martha Stewart…I want to fill that role.

Well, Thank you so much for taking the time to answer our questions.
Congratulations again on the being the last one in “The Arrangement” and we look to seeing more of you and your work in the future!

Tenley’s website:
http://www.tenleyerindesigns.com/Site/tenley_erin_designs.html

“The Arrangement” airs Wednesdays 10/9c. Catch up on episodes here: The Arrangement Episodes . Please let us know what you think about this new series.

Special thanks to Chuck Graham of Blume Haus Floral Design for the interview.

Meet Chuck Graham, the man behind “The Arrangement” interviews!

Hi there, My name is Chuck Graham and I am the Lead Designer and Owner of Blume Haus Floral Design Studio here in Denver. Alicia and Andrea approached me about 4 weeks ago and asked me if I would like to be a guest blogger for Flirtyfleurs.com and I took about 3.4 seconds to think about it and said “Absolutely!!!” Then they asked me what I would like to blog about. That was a little more difficult to answer but that night while watching Logo’s new television show “The Arrangement” it came to me, why not see if I could get an interview with a couple of the designers on the show. So I sent out a couple of emails and about 4 hours later I was on the phone the media team for MTV, VH1, and Logo. WOW!!!! My head was spinning, I thought this was going to take weeks for me to track down the designers, ask the question, type up the interviews, collect pictures and get them posted. Not the case. Jake and the team at VH1 had me in contact with all 10 designers the next day, a library of stock photos from the show and the answers to my questions. So without Jake’s help this series of interviews could not have been possible. Thank you so much Jake.

Okay now about the show. “The Arrangement” is a floral design reality competition show. The format of the show is not the most original but is the 1st series to be solely devoted to the art of floral design, which whatever your opinion on the skill set and talent of the designers on the 1st season, it is an awesome thing for the industry. The more we can, on any level educate the population, the better for us as floral designers. The series started out with 10 designers from around the country, The majority of the designers are based out of Southern California. At this point I hope you have had the chance to read each of the interviews, if you have not yet, take a few minutes and check them out.

The ten designers on the first season come from all different backgrounds. Gloria, who was eliminated in the second episode was a Cook County Sheriff prior to becoming a florist, Eddie is the florist to the stars of Hollywood, Tara has been in the industry for 31 years and Bonnie has only been designing for 12 weeks. Each designer has different personal and artistic styles. Tenley has a punk, raw style while Jenny is much more girly and playful.

The designers were put through several challenges that included underwater design, using flowers from the dumpster, funeral pieces for reality T.V. Star Omarosa, creating fashion hats, and wrapping a Smart Car in flowers. Each episode started with a “Seedling” challenge which the designers were usually give 30 minutes to create a smaller arrangement with some sort of twist. The winner of this challenge was given an advantage in the “Weed Out” Challenge. The second challenge is where the designers were put to the test and is what ultimately decided the winner and the designer that would be sent home. After 7 episodes of drama, tears, lots of flowers and celebrity guest judges, there are 3 designers left in “The Arrangement” and the final design show down air on Logo on December 1st. If you missed any episode you can watch them at Logotv.com or download the season from iTunes.

So tell us who you think the winner of the first season of “The Arrangement” will be?

PS- Chuck has secured an interview with the winner. We look forward to posting the interview shortly after the winner is announced. Thank you, Chuck, for all of your hard work on this project. We’ve really enjoyed reading all of the interviews and getting to know the cast of The Arrangement!!

Meet Tenley Young from The Arrangement!

Tenley Young Interview
“The Arrangement” airs Wednesdays 10/9c. Catch up on episodes here: The Arrangement Episodes . Please let us know what you think about this new series.

Special thanks to Chuck Graham of Blume Haus Floral Design for the interview.

Meet Tara Cottrell from The Arrangement!

Tara Cottrell
“The Arrangement” airs Wednesday, November 8th at 10/9c. Catch up on episodes here: The Arrangement Episodes . Please let us know what you think about this new series.

Special thanks to Chuck Graham of Blume Haus Floral Design for the interview.

Meet Russ Phillip from the Arrangement!

Russ interview

Russ interview


“The Arrangement” airs Wednesday, November 8th at 10/9c. Catch up on episodes here: The Arrangement Episodes . Please let us know what you think about this new series.

Special thanks to Chuck Graham of Blume Haus Floral Design for the interview.

Meet Jenny Barker from the Arrangement

Meet Jenny Barker
“The Arrangement” airs Wednesday, November 8th at 10/9c. Catch up on episodes here: The Arrangement Episodes . Please let us know what you think about this new series.

Special thanks to Chuck Graham of Blume Haus Floral Design for the interview.

Meet Guillermo Del Pero from the Arrangement!

Guillermo Interview
“The Arrangement” airs Wednesday, November 8th at 10/9c. Catch up on episodes here: The Arrangement Episodes . Please let us know what you think about this new series.

Special thanks to Chuck Graham of Blume Haus Floral Design for the interview.

Meet Gloria Baker from the Arrangement

gloria interview

“The Arrangement” airs Wednesday, November 8th at 10/9c. Catch up on episodes here: The Arrangement Episodes . Please let us know what you think about this new series.

Special thanks to Chuck Graham of Blume Haus Floral Design for the interview.

Meet Eddie Zaratsian – The Arrangement

Eddie Zaratsian Interview
“The Arrangement” airs Wednesdays at 10/9c. Catch up on episodes here: The Arrangement Episodes.

Special thanks to Chuck Graham of Blume Haus Floral Design for the interview.