Fabulous Florist :: Hothouse Design Studio




Your name: Mandy Majerik, AIFD, PFCI
Your Business name: Hothouse Design Studio
Your Location: Birmingham, AL + Beyond

How did you start your business?
I have always been around flowers my entire life. I remember from my earliest days visiting my Grandmother’s florist and helping her with floral tasks! After obtaining my college degree, I took over the family business – implemented a new marketing plan to a new target audience (wedding market) and I have been full force ever since!

What is your design aesthetic?
Expecting the Unexpected is always notable when it comes to an original Mandy Majerik – Hothouse Design! I love using objects in unexpected and inventive ways. I love collections – of buttons, butterflies, etc. My designs have been known to include overgrown okra, carrots, cotton, antlers, vintage brooches, paper remnants, men’s ties – you never know what to expect!

What inspires you?
The little things. From a crack in the cement to the shape of a garden gate – line is everywhere. I always find inspiration in the most unexpected places.

What are the trends, flowers & colors that are unique to your region?
I know it is being used in several places across the country now, but Cotton is a Southern favorite! From groom’s buttonholes to bridal bouquets – I have found the soft hue and texture to add a great quality to my designs! In Alabama we are very lucky to have several things that grow naturally and abundantly such as magnolia and gardenias,etc.

Are you a retail shop, studio/warehouse or home based?
I have a studio space with a meeting room, showroom of props and a workspace/storage where I keep all of my supplies, etc. I am primarily a wedding & event designer, but I do have several corporate accounts that I service for daily needs.

Do you offer any services in addition to floral designs?
I continue a rotation of very select interior design clients. My degree is in interior design and I do enjoy it very much. I only take on as many as my time management will allow me to – without taking away from my wedding and bridal focus.

What does your toolbox look like?
One big box of chaos! I always try to organize it – catch myself reorganizing it and then on my way out the door to an event simply tossing in a few “extra” things I can’t do without! Although my tool box can be a bit haphazard at times, I have a VERY organized stick pin collection – colored pin heads, bout pins, corsage pins, utility pins – all in one box in different compartments. I wish I could keep all of my life that organized!

What tool in your toolbox can’t you live without?
Cling – that green sticky gooey, green bubble gum like substance can be a designer’s best friend. I have used it in several instances during a spur of the moment crisis…and no one ever knew!

What’s your favorite flower?
Oh, what a hard question for a girl like me! I would have to say that I have many loves, but it is definitely a toss up between a calla lily for its “designer value” for being easily manipulated and long lasting and then my romantic side loves a garden rose – the smell, the shape and the color!

Anything else you’d like to share with Flirty Fleurs followers?
Being a member of Professional Floral organizations such as AIFD – American Institute of Floral Designers and PFCI – Professional Floral Communicators International has proven to be a great investment of time and money for all of the relationships I have developed over the years. I encourage everyone to at least look into joining an industry organization – it is invaluable.

Contact Information:
Mandy Majerik, AIFD, PFCI
Hothouse Design Studio
205.324.2663
http://www.hothousedesignstudio.com/











Fabulous Florist :: Inspired Floral Design


Your name: Katie Elfers
Your Business name: Inspired Floral Design
Your Location: Covington, KY (serving the Cincinnati, Ohio market)

How did you start your business?
I was a DIY bride (with a lot of help) in 2004 and in 2007 I was asked to return the favor for a friend… and then another… and then a friend of theirs. It took on a life of it’s own and here I am.

What is your design aesthetic?
I like my work best when the color palette is balanced, there’s tons of texture and something subtly quirky about the design.

What inspires you?
great design is everywhere! My favorite sources for inspiration are textiles, jewelry design and photography. I love taking an image and breaking it down into individual components to inspire containers, colors, shape, scale, etc.

What are the trends, flowers & colors that are unique to your region?
Well, the mid-west is typically a few years behind what’s trendy on the coasts. We’re still in the throws of
vintage/rustic themed weddings. Mason jars and vintage bottles with organically mixed
groupings of blooms are both popular and budget friendly options for a lot of brides. I’m
also seeing a lot of coral/peach/salmon requests. More formal weddings are mixing in
creamy neutrals with metallics, while the summery outdoor events are incorporating bold
accents like fuschia pink or purple.

Are you a retail shop, studio/warehouse or home based?
I just recently moved into a studio space. My design studio is now located in a former pharmacy from the late
1800s in the historic arts district. The attached consultation space has these amazing tin
ceilings, chandeliers, built in apothecary cabinets and huge windows for lots of great
natural light. It’s a major upgrade from meeting clients at coffee shops and the cramped
dark basement I spent the first few years designing in!

Do you offer any services in addition to floral designs?
yes. I can offer event design services including coordinating linens and rentals, lighting, favors, etc. I also carry
several lines of wedding invitations and paper goods to help create a cohesive design to
the wedding from the invitations to programs to table numbers and menus.

What does your toolbox look like?
a hot mess at the moment… extra shears and snips, floral tape, oasis glue, corsage pins, wire, picks, safety pins, rubber bands, wooden shims, fishing line, business cards, extra ribbon.

What tool in your toolbox can’t you live without?
It’s probably a tie between the rubber bands and the shims. I’ve MacGuyver rigged my fair share of unleveled tables on a
tented lawn!

What’s your favorite flower?
The Hellebores from my garden. I’m the floral designer that can’t garden. My front yard was so bad we won a landscape makeover from a national TV show. The hellebores were planted by my special request. They require so
little maintenance on my part and I love snipping a few blooms for those very special
bridal bouquets.

Anything else you’d like to share with Flirty Fleurs followers?
I just recently re-launched the newly designed website and blog. I’m excited to begin posting lots of updates from
weddings I’ve been fortunate to work on in the last year.

Contact Information:
Katie Elfers
Inspired Floral Design
www.inspiredfloral.com
859-653-3029










Fabulous Florist :: Jessica’s Country Flowers


Your name: Jessica Robinson
Your Business name: Jessica’s Country Flowers (JCF)
Your Location: Collinsville, Connecticut

How did you start your business?
I started after while working for everyday florists, they wouldn’t let me design. So, I started my own company at 19. Funny part, those florists offered us money to shut our company down and wanted me to come back and design for them years later.

What is your design aesthetic?
I love monochromatic and simplicity. I also really love detail. The more detail the better. Your eye will move and be attracted throughout the table design with more details.

What inspires you?
Everything. Fashion, the nature that surrounds us.

What are the trends, flowers & colors that are unique to your region?
The great part of our company is that everything is custom designed for each client. We’re designing many weddings with white flowers, accents of either pale green or creamy colors. People are looking for romantic and sophisticated. We also are finding a trend to go “green”. Where we are utilizing as much locally and organically grown flowers, herbs and berries. (every aspect of the wedding has “green” elements) A pop of color is also trendy right now. Most popular is purple.

Are you a retail shop, studio/warehouse or home based?
We have a consultation studio in an old factory which has been renovated. Our design studio is situated on my parents farm, an old sugar house we renovated and overhauled. We added a walk in cooler and have a 40-foot storage container for supplies. We are by appointment only and design exclusively for weddings and events.

Do you offer any services in addition to floral designs?
We provide custom designed arbors, chuppahs, linen rentals, rentals of pedestals and full planning services.

What does your toolbox look like?
We have several tool boxes because we have a team of designers. It’s loaded with all the essentials and everything you “might” need.

What tool in your toolbox can’t you live without?
Probably oasis floral glue. LOVE to use that for our signature tree centerpieces.

What’s your favorite flower?
Probably David Austin garden roses. Gorgeous, fluffy petals and full of intense scents.

Anything else you’d like to share with Flirty Fleurs followers?
Think outside the box. Forget about what your competition is doing and make your company stand out. That will win you customers in the end. Connect with photographers (that your clients hired) and ask for images of the wedding. Submit those images to magazines and blogs, basically who ever will give you an editorial feature. The more real wedding images you have to show potential clients, the better.

Contact Information:
Jessica’s Country Flowers
Collinsville, Connecticut 06022
www.jesscountryflowers.com
http://jesscountryflowers.blogspot.com
860-673-6693
“Exquisite Couture floral designs for the most distinguished couples. Traveling throughout New England, New York and beyond”






Fabulous Florist :: Fancy Blossoms


Your name: Melinda Page
Your Business name: Fancy Blossoms
Your Location: Rexburg, Idaho

How did you start your business?
I’ve always wanted to be a florist and once I graduated with my B.S. in Horticulture from BYU-Idaho I went to work. Once I had some clients I put together a blog and word has spread from there.

What is your design aesthetic?
I’d say my aesthetic is modern simplistic. I try to let the flowers speak for themselves and keep it simple.

What inspires you?
I’m inspired by the flowers themselves. A peony in full bloom is about the most exciting thing to me. I can’t quite wrap my mind around how something can be that pretty.

What are the trends, flowers & colors that are unique to your region?
As far as trends brides in our area are gravitating to vintage themes. Many brides want timeless flowers like peonies, ranunculas, and tulips. I have seen a lot of white bouquets happening. I think it is a classy option and will always be in season.

Are you a retail shop, studio/warehouse or home based?
I am home-based, I love the freedom that comes with being at home. However, I look forward to the day I can own a retail shop and be able to bounce creative ideas off of my co-workers. And it would be nice to make a mess somewhere else.

Do you offer any services in addition to floral designs?
Nope, just flowers.

What does your toolbox look like?
I’ve got all kinds of things like wire, clippers, glue gun, stapler, scissors, knives, wire cutters, pins, floral tape, ribbon, baggies, and picks. It’s usual somewhat organized…somewhat.

What tool in your toolbox can’t you live without?
Clippers…or good scissors….or maybe wire cutters. All of which stress me out when I can’t find them.

What’s your favorite flower?
Scabiosa, Pincushion Flower. I grew up in a greenhouse and it reminds me of my days tending to the potted plants.

Anything else you’d like to share with Flirty Fleurs followers?
I feel like I have so much to learn. Every job I’ve done so far I find new things I can improve on. I guess that’s why I enjoy designing flowers so much, I feel like there is always room to grow. (No pun intended, haha)

Contact Information:
fancyblossoms@gmail.com
http://www.fancyblossoms.blogspot.com
208.201.6367

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Fabulous Florist :: Moss Fine Floral


Your name: Cori Christensen
Your Business name: Moss Fine Floral
Your Location: Westchester, Illinois. Servicing Chicago and suburbs.

How did you start your business?
I began working in a mom and pop floral storefront in 1992. In 1999 I branched out on my own and have been creating special event décor ever since. Moss Fine Floral is a recent branding that specializes in all the workings I love.

What is your design aesthetic?
I don’t have a set design aesthetic. I tend to blend aspects of different styles into unique design concepts. I am in love with texture and that tends to show up in most of my work.

What inspires you?
I’m inspired by my clients, my colleagues, catalogs/magazines and the internet on a regular basis. BUT, the 4 distinct seasons that are experienced in the Midwest are most influential.

What are the trends, flowers & colors that are unique to your region?
I don’t know that the Midwest has any unique trends. Internet images from all over the country seem to influence my clients. I’m seeing requests for coastal, mountain, north-woodsy and urban design elements which can make for a beautiful yet eclectic concept when pulled together properly.

Are you a retail shop, studio/warehouse or home based?
My meeting area is in my home but I have a workspace that is commercial. The goal is to eventually operate under one roof in a warehouse type facility.

Do you offer any services in addition to floral designs?
I am blessed with a wonderful fiancé in the event production business so am able to use his expertise in lighting and additional décor such as draping, furniture and custom builds of anything you can dream of.

What does your toolbox look like?
My toolbox is neat and tidy. I’ve learned to carry items that I never thought would come in handy!

What tool in your toolbox can’t you live without?

I have to cheat here! I can’t live without my dearly loved black handled wire cutters and always have heavy duty tape which has come in handy on Many occasions.

What’s your favorite flower?
Right now it is hands down the Cattleya Orchid. I love, love , love their vibrant colors and ruffled edges.

Anything else you’d like to share with Flirty Fleurs followers?
As Flirty Fleurs is a blog about flowers and for the florist I would like to go out on a limb and be honest about how tough this business really is. I would like to see more florists reach out and get to know their competitors. Find inspiration in one another and offer support when needed. I would like to see a group of us come together and brainstorm on what it will take to educate our clients on the real cost of flowers and how labor intensive this business really is. As florists we work extremely hard and sometimes the reward just isn’t there. I hope to see change in the near future and have begun reaching out to some of my competitors and found it very refreshing.

Contact Information:
http://mossfinefloral.com/
312.919.5103









Fabulous Florist :: Blushing Blooms – Flowers by Sally Thompson





Your name: Blushing Blooms – Flowers by Sally Thompson
Your location: Glenhaven, Sydney, Australia

How did you start your business: I always knew that I wanted to have a career where I could be creative and work with colour and design, I was
always aware that I would not be happy working behind a desk. I studied at Richmond TAFE (Australia’s leading learning facility for floral design) and
have completed my Certificates in Floristry and during this time I immersed myself in the industry. I began work experience and quite honestly, I fell in
love. For years after this I happily worked in other florists but six months ago I knew it was my time – I wanted to begin my own journey with a boutique
studio that represented me. A store that celebrated my passion, aesthetic and values – my own vision. And today, here we are! In many ways I am beginning
that love affair with flowers all over again, this time as my own boss.

What is your design aesthetic?
I love soft, romantic designs. The prettier, more feminine and more girly the better. I’m an art deco and vintage lover so a bouquet that celebrates that aesthetic embellished with a charming little buckle or broach or bit of fancy is my idea of perfection!

What inspires you?
As a florist, inspiration is everywhere! At Blushing Blooms our inspiration is drawn from nature. We love to celebrate colour, form and seasonality. We like to create designs that allow already beautiful products to simply sing.
We follow trends from overseas in both Europe and America of course are guided by what our customers like and request – we are lucky in finding them
to have a lovely taste point.
In general, I take creative inspiration from art, interior design, music, fashion and colour.

What are the trends, flowers and colours that are unique to your region?
Australia has some amazing natives and these are enjoying resurgence with the more progressive clients in both bridal bouquets and day-to-day
designs. Peonies are the most requested bridal flower for us at the moment; unfortunately we spend lots of time educating brides that they are not
available year round! I believe yellow will be an emerging colour trend in 2011.
I guess one of the biggest and most interesting differences between the Australian and American wedding industries is the use of a planner. Most
Australian brides do not have wedding planners, whereas it seems to be the norm in the US. 95% of our wedding work we are dealing direct with a bride
not a planner.

Are you retail shop, studio, warehouse or home based?
We are a small boutique shop, we are located within a garden centre that also hosts a restaurant / café.

Do you offer any additional services in addition to floral design?
No we are purely floral designers.

What does your toolbox look like?
It’s a stainless steel tradies (tradesman’s) toolbox from the hardware store.
Its designed with compartments to be very tidy but I can’t claim that it is. It’s jam packed with my knife, scissors, secateurs, wires in a cloth binding,
embellishments, a hot glue gun, double sided tape, parafilm, rubber bands,sticky tape, deodorant – I could go on but I think I should stop here!

What’s your favourite flower?
Ranunculus. They are such a soft, pretty flower, and they remind me of
Spring.

Anything else you’d like to share with Flirty Fleurs readers?
Thank you so much for featuring us! We are honoured to be the first Australian florists on Flirty Fleurs!

Please feel free to visit our blog www.blushingblooms.com.au/blog we’d also love to hear from any other florists around the world who are blogging
– our wedding industry colleagues the photography community have really embraced one another globally and worked hard to develop a positive
blogging culture – I think the best and most progressive in floristry should be doing the same! There’s so many advantages we can capitalise on together.

Contact Information:
Blushing Blooms – Flowers by Sally Thompson
A member of the Interflora Network
609 Old Northern Rd
Glenhaven NSW Australia
Phone :+612 8850 7030
www.blushingblooms.com.au
www.blushingblooms.com.au/blog
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Blushing-Blooms-Flowers-by-Sally-Thompson/103175219738697










Images by: www.beautifulmoments.com.au

Fabulous Florist :: Floral Artistry by Alison Bucholz-Ellis


Your name: Alison Ellis
Your Business name: Floral Artistry by Alison Bucholz-Ellis
Your Location: Jericho, VT

How did you start your business?
I worked for several flower shops before branching out on my own in 2002. I started with a few local restaurant accounts and made a natural transition into focusing exclusively on weddings.

What is your design aesthetic?
I like to think that my design style is versatile, but my personal favorite designs tend to be garden-inspired, natural and not too fussy.

What inspires you?
My clients! Their vision, their wedding dresses, their site and their season. Beautiful flowers in my wholesaler’s cooler can also give me a jolt of inspiration.

What are the trends, flowers & colors that are unique to your region?
In Vermont we do a lot of locally inspired weddings with rustic, vintage details and locally grown flowers. The flower types and colors are varied depending on season featuring lilacs, peonies, zinnias, snapdragons and fresh herbs throughout the spring, summer and fall.

Are you a retail shop, studio/warehouse or home based?
I have a studio space and a home based office.

Do you offer any services in addition to floral designs?
My focus is on floral design, but most of my brides tell me that when they hire me it’s also like hiring a wedding planner. I have no shortage of opinions about planning a wedding as anyone can tell from my blog!

What does your toolbox look like?
I have a “bag of tricks” and I don’t leave home without it. I’ve got a little bit of everything in there including my trusty clippers, ribbon scissors, wire cutters, extra boutonniere pins, florist tape and wire, 3-5 shades of ribbon, fishing line, safety pins, bark covered wire, bind wire and water tubes.

What tool in your toolbox can’t you live without?
Other than my clippers it’s got to be the bind wire. It looks almost like raffia, but the wire makes it perfect for so many of my jobs from tying bouquets to attaching branches to tent poles.

What’s your favorite flower?
That’s a tough one! I have a whole series on my blog about my favorite things and about how I totally overuse the word “favorite” when talking about flowers. Today I’ll say my favorite flower is the poppy. When they are fresh and pop out of their little “shell” I cannot resist how ephemeral they look. (like the ones on the top header of your website!)

Anything else you’d like to share with Flirty Fleurs followers?
I believe that the true art of floral design is found through high quality flowers and superior design technique. Whether you are a florist or a boutique wedding professional beautiful flowers evoke emotions in a very unique and special way.

Contact Information:
Alison Bucholz-Ellis
802-899-1490
www.floralartvt.com









Fabulous Florists :: Studio Stems


Your name: Audrey O’Brien
Your Business name: Studio Stems
Your Location: Provo, Utah

How did you start your business?
I have always been a very creative minded person. I have a background in interior design and that soon led to thinking about floral design more in depth. It just spoke to me so I started to investigate those feelings. That lead to me seeking out a little more specific education and getting a part time job at a supplier to learn the basics about flowers from a more horticulture perspective. A swift time of learning for me! I also have always had a bit of an entrepreneurial spirit, so it made sense to start a floral design business when I felt ready.

What is your design aesthetic?
Every designer should have a design type niche or signature. Sometimes its hard to define though, I can see my touch and spin on all that i do and i can see that on the work of others that i admire. If i had to nail down my touch i guess it would be eclectic modern romance. My clients are usually attracted to my work because they feel its just enough of uniqueness and still something traditional and realistic. When i get to do what i want with full reigns its usually very organic, eclectic, and clean.

What inspires you?
what doesnt might be an easier question! Fabrics, nature, my kids, architecture, color, flowers themselves of course, but i think a bit off the beaten inspiration path, music! I listen to a lot of music in the studio. I really think about what mood i need to be in to create certain designs, i have oodles of pandora stations and custom mixed cd’s for this purpose. and you know what, it works for me!

What are the trends, flowers & colors that are unique to your region?
I think we are right along with the rest of the country for the most part, lots of succulent based designs, a lot of blue and purples to come in 2011 and more unique bases like gray, gold, silver, charcoal, rather then the black and the brown we have now grown out of. I do think that Utah is very seasonally affected because we really do have seasons unlike some parts of the country. So most often we see very wintery weddings and colors in the winter, very spring in the spring and so forth.

Are you a retail shop, studio/warehouse or home based?
I have a private office space that i rent out in the SLC area. But i also have a home based studio that is completely separate from my home but on the same property, it serves as office space, a cooler, inventory storage, and work space.

Do you offer any services in addition to floral designs?
I do full event design for a few select clients each year and i also have a vast inventory of rental options for staging purposes etc.

What does your toolbox look like?
Oh oh i really like this question! Mostly because i would like to see a few others toolboxes. I have 2. one for on site and on the go. and then the studio toolbox. The to go box is a handle carried rectangular Tupperware type box. its pretty messy and at this exact moment it has ribbon spools from the last several weddings, a few containers with pins in them of a various nature, a few extra wrist corsage bracelet bases, wire, glue, scissors, a knife, tape, rubber bands, and two things i never go anywhere without … my business cards and a sharpie! as for the toolbox here at the studio, i am very organized actually and its very segmented. there is a drawer for several categories like tools, which as all the types of cutting utensils and a few other things like a small set of screwdrivers and a hammer. I have tape drawer for all kinds, glue for any type of adhesive, pinks and other things of that nature. tubes & materials such as that etc.

What tool in your toolbox can’t you live without?
well i can live without the sharpie and the business cards but i like to have them! but i think the essentials would be my clippers, tape, rubber band, floral glue, and wire. fix just about anything with that combo.

What’s your favorite flower?
ranunculus. hands down. so many layers and so many facets. reminds me of myself, and how beautiful life is!

Anything else you’d like to share with Flirty Fleurs followers?

a continued education, and good humble attitude is the key to floral business success!

Contact Information:
801.404.0927
www.studiostems.com
www.utahbrideblog.com

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Fabulous Florists :: Studio Fleurette


Your name: Danielle Erickson
Your Business name: Studio Fleurette
Your Location: Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota

How did you start your business?
I started my event and wedding floral design business as a natural transition from working as a garden designer and horticulturalist. I was raised in a family wholesale and retail greenhouse/nursery farm in Wisconsin and have been around plants and flowers my whole life. Later I earned a degree in Horticulture and also received some formal floral design training. My first clients were family and friends.

What is your design aesthetic?
My eye really loves to see loose, natural and somewhat asymmetrical arrangements, as a designer that is my favorite style to create and sometimes the most difficult as well.

What inspires you?
I get most of my inspiration first from the countryside and the peacefulness in nature.
I notice the grasses, the way branches intertwine in the woods, and the random wild roses growing by
the road. I get a lot of color/texture inspiration from local garden centers and I also often will start with a
concept idea from a certain container or vessel I have seen somewhere while traveling.

What are the trends, flowers & colors that are unique to your region?
We have a lot of farms here and barn and outdoor garden weddings are common and my personal favorites to work with.

Are you a retail shop, studio/warehouse or home based?
I am home based at this time.

Do you offer any services in addition to floral designs?
Not at this time. I will say that floral designers are rapidly becoming more like event/wedding stylists just because the flowers and the way they are designed add so much color, texture and ultimately bring together all the other details.

What does your toolbox look like?
I am kind of a minimalist so it is pretty clean. It holds Oriental shears, a wire cutter, a scissors, some pins, a tube of glue, a little wire, twine and my Felco Clippers.

What tool in your toolbox can’t you live without?
I really love my Felco Clippers. I think that comes from my former boss requiring that I always carry them when professionally gardening.

What’s your favorite flower?
I love Anemones. I like it when flowers are hard to find because they are so seasonal. We appreciate them more.

Anything else you’d like to share with Flirty Fleurs followers?
I think it is really important to try and develop your own style and design philosophy. I think that can take a long time and meanwhile it’s vital to find new inspiration and learn from other people.

Contact Information:
http://www.studiofleurette.com/
telephone 651~208~4218







Fabulous Florists :: Françoise Weeks Florist


Your name: Françoise Weeks
Your Business name: Françoise Weeks Florist
Your Location: Portland, OR

How did you start your business?
I grew up in Belgium where flowers are part of everyday life. Fourteen
years ago I decided to follow my dream of working with flowers. My
husband remodeled part of the basement and that is where my flower
venture started. Five years later, I had totally outgrown the space; we
had a fabulous studio – with lots of windows! – built in the backyard.
Weddings and events are the focus of my business.
Three years ago, a childhood memory evolved into creating a wide range
of woodland arrangements: decorating a log with texture is how it
started, ideas for centerpieces and woodland bridal bouquets
followed…. The arrangements are ‘very Northwest’:few or no flowers,
but full of fun textures that abound here: berries, pods, ferns,
succulents, small fruits and veggies, mosses, lichens, branches, mushrooms…
Earlier this year I became intrigued with other projects:flower purses
as well as with ‘whimsical bouquets’, using wire, beads and feathers. So
much fun!

What is your design aesthetic?
Detailed, intuitive, passion

What inspires you?
Nature foremost – and objects

What are the trends, flowers & colors that are unique to your region?
This past year, the buzz words have been: eco-friendly, organic. White
and green have been quite popular again. The selection that the local
growers offer is opulent and quite varied!

Are you a retail shop, studio/warehouse or home based?
Home studio

Do you offer any services in addition to floral designs?
I teach seasonal flower arranging classes and wedding workshops in my
studio; for more details, check out my website: www.francoiseweeks.com

What does your toolbox look like?
Clippers, zipties, scissors, ribbon, wire, tape,…anything that I may
need when setting up for a wedding or event

What tool in your toolbox can’t you live without?
Clippers

What’s your favorite flower?
Quite a few: poppies, checkered lily, hellebore, gloriosa lily,
sweetpeas, lily-of-the-valley,…

Contact Information:
http://francoiseweeks.com/
503 236 5829












Photo credits:
First photo of woodland bridal bouquet by Nicole Wickens
All other photos by Joni Shimabukuro