Your name: Brian Watson
Your Business name: Myrtie Blue
Your Location: Fort Walton Beach, Florida – Florida’s Emerald Coast
What is the most satisfying part of being a floral designer, and why?
Every day is different and every piece is unique unto its own. Variety of work and materials satisfies me to no end!
How did you start your business?
My husband and I created Myrtie Blue as a way to put our creative talents and services under one umbrella.
And how many years have you been in business? 10 years
What is the best part of being your own boss? The Worst?
The best: I can set my schedule and have the freedom to create according my aesthetic. The Worst: I am slave to my schedule – that and turning the business off is almost impossible.
What is your design aesthetic?
Naturally inspired, organic – earthy elegance
How do you create your style and where do you draw your inspiration?
My style is created from so many different sources,. It is eclectic and variety is the spice of my work. Inspiration comes from childhood impressions from being outdoors and living on a working tobacco farm…and a grandmother that loved her flowers.
What are the trends, flowers & colors that are unique to your region?
Where we live is along the Emrald Coast of FLorida.. white sand beaches emerald green and turquoise waters, salt spray in the air, grasses in the dunes, vines rambling up trees, oaks and spanish moss….all of those things lend to a very laid back and soft color palette. I have found that creating fowers and events that speak to that natually soft palette are the best match and fit so well into the multitude of outdoor weddings we have here….current/longstanding obsessions are ranunculus, southern smilax. eucalyptus varieties, white majolica spray roses, delicate garden roses, eleagnus.
Are you a retail shop, studio/warehouse or home based?
We started at home , moved to retail, now a studio and warehouse.
Do you offer any services in addition to floral designs?
Event design with a full complement of specialized lighting , furniture, draping, etc; also have started new series of workshops focused on flowers and styling – fleurishworkshop.com
What tool in your toolbox can’t you live without? my knife
What’s your favorite flower? ranunculus