Your name: Courtenay Lambert
Your Business name: Courtenay Lambert Florals
Your Location: Studio is in Northern Kentucky, and we service the Greater Cincinnati area.
How did you start your business?
I’m one of six girls, and one of my sisters lives in West Palm Beach and was planning her wedding there. She decided to DIY her flowers, so I was helping my mom and my aunt put the bouquets and arrangements together, and I had a blast! I worked for many years in corporate, most recently as a consultant for GE. But I always knew I wanted to tap into my creative side more than I could while working in corporate America, and I’ve always loved flowers. Really, I should have known my calling when I was in college. My friends and I used to throw some incredible parties. We would have themes, costumes, and even make up songs. We were truly obsessed and we were actually pretty good at party planning…too bad we weren’t graded on it. We were actually enlisted by a fraternity to help them throw a party based on our abilities…of course we did it.
Anyway, I enjoyed putting together the flowers so much at my sister’s wedding, that I immediately signed up for flower classes when I got back to Cincinnati. At the time, I lived in Mt. Adams (in Cincinnati) and I started distributing business cards to shops and businesses in that area. I started to get small weddings in Mt. Adams; and as the word spread, I started getting more and more requests in Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky. As my business grew, my responsibilities at GE lessened, which was perfect. And now, 8 years later, the scales have tipped and I’m fully immersed in my floral and event design business.
What is your design aesthetic?
I believe that having beautiful fresh flowers at your event is like having champagne or caviar….it might not be something you have every day, but it is special and brings an unsurpassable opulence to an event that no other décor item can. While I have tackled many aesthitics (modern, retro-modern, vintage, traditional romantic, etc.), I would have to say my aesthetic could be called lush and opulent. I love using rich, lush, opulent blooms resulting in a timeless romantic feel. In some cases I go for more of a lush garden look, which is more of a rich, full, organic garden feel. In any case, we can that floral aesthetic in a variety of interpretations (i.e. modern, vintage, traditional, garden organic, etc.).
What inspires you?
I love color!!! Whenever I see interesting use of colors it catches my eye. I love rich colored fabrics, ribbons, paper, glass, ceramic materials, or even wood. I find inspiration in nature as well as in different colored buildings in an urban area. I also find inspiration in pairing unique colors that you normally would not see paired. I think if you appreciate the beauty in color, you can find inspiration almost anywhere.
What are the trends, flowers & colors that are unique to your region?
Many of my clients are finding inspiration off of the national web sites and blogs. So, I would say that much of what they like are things that they see not only in local magazines and blogs, but national ones as well. Since we are located in the Midwest, I believe we get requests for certain themes that are used all over the US and Europe. People see ideas they like online, find something that they identify with, and we translate that into a look that reflects their style.
Are you a retail shop, studio/warehouse or home based?
Courtenay Lambert Florals is a studio space located in The Bridal Studio in Covington,KY (about a stone’s throw from downtown Cincinnati). The Bridal Studio is comprised of four women owned, wedding focused businesses servicing the Greater Cincinnati area. Our space intended for clients to come in, relax and enjoy choosing the styles and ideas that make their wedding unique.
Do you offer any services in addition to floral designs?
Yes, we are a full event design firm. Our focus is flowers, but we do entire tablescapes as well as other décor and rental items.
What does your toolbox look like?
Mainly, I like using floral clippers as opposed to using a knife. I also have wire cutters, waterproof floral tape, regular floral tape, regular floral tape, pins, Cling, glue gun, wire (including twine wire), and fishing line. I have a lot of other things in my toolbox, but I would say those are the main things.
What tool in your toolbox can’t you live without?
Cling!!!! If you don’t have it, you must get it. I use it for everything from securing a large centerpiece on top of a vase to securing pedestal to the floor, and many more things.
What’s your favorite flower?
I can’t pick one, but here are my favorites – Gardenia for the scent; Peonies for the full, lush, ruffly blooms as well as the color; black magic red Roses for the rich gorgeous color.
Anything else you’d like to share with Flirty Fleurs followers?
Thanks for reading, and please feel free to inquire about designs on my web site if you ever have them. We are glad to share our knowledge even if we are not doing your wedding.