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Fabulous Florist :: Green Bouquet Floral Design, California

Green Bouquet Floral Design;
Your name: Jennifer Brant
Your Business name: Green Bouquet Floral Design
Your Location: Corte Madera, California

Green Bouquet Floral Design; Jen Brant

How did you start your business?

Several years ago I quit my job at Google to become a floral designer. Google was a wonderful company to work for, but I knew that if I didn’t take a leap of faith to follow my dream I would be sitting at the same desk 10 years later wondering what if? Very soon thereafter, I was lucky enough to be hired at one of the premier florists in Washington DC, Helen Olivia where I worked for almost a year before moving to Paris, France with my husband. While in Paris I worked and trained in a floral boutique, Blossom. At the same time, I studied floral design at the Catherine Muller Flower School and Djordie Varda in Paris, and Gregor Lersch in Germany. After two years in Paris, I returned to Washington DC and worked for The Enchanted Florist and for Heavenly Hydrangeas on high profile events and weddings. While in DC I also had the opportunity to work at our nation’s most prestigious residence where I studied and worked in “The New Garden Style”.
After almost two years back in DC and much consideration, we decided to move back to the West Coast where we relocated back to my native Marin County in the San Francisco Bay Area. We bought a house and renovated a space for a design studio and Green Bouquet Floral Design was born!

Green Bouquet Floral Design; Centerpiece of green hydrangea, green hypericum berries, super green roses, green cymbidiums, green lotus pods

How many years have you been in business?
Less than a year.

What is your design aesthetic?
Now that I am my own boss I am finding my own voice as a designer. I have had many amazing mentors over the last several years with such different philosophies and aesthetics. It has been liberating to wake up at 4am and go to the San Francisco Flower Market, be inspired by the local product, choose every bloom by sight, and design completely from my gut. My aesthetic continues to evolve, and continues to be highly influenced by my time spent working and studying in Paris.

Green Bouquet Floral Design; red roses, gloriosa lilies, red freesia, magenta pink stock flowers, mambo orange spray roses

How do you create your style and where do you draw your inspiration?
I draw a lot of my inspiration from the San Francisco Flower market. I usually find myself first checking out foliage from my favorite local vendors and then browsing flowers. My style comes from a feeling and being inspired by a single bloom that will become the star of the bouquet. I like to use this flower to deconstruct my color palette. I like my designs to have a layered look of unique textures, blooms and depth of color. Being able to see, feel and choose my own product has really helped develop my own style over the last year.

What are the trends, flowers & colors that are unique to your region?
I see more of a European influence here on the West Coast. The feeling is more relaxed, avant-garde and less structured. The style looks more gathered and natural. Because of our access to the SF Mart and locally grown product, you see more unique integrations of interesting textures, foliage and color combinations.

Green Bouquet Floral Design; flower arrangement of orange roses, green hypericum, magenta cymbidium orchids, pink snapdragons, mambo spray roses

Are you a retail shop, studio/warehouse or home based?
We just completed construction on my studio that is based out of our house.

Do you offer any services in addition to floral designs?
At this time we are mostly focused on floral design and assisting clients with table décor.

Green Bouquet Floral Design; flower arrangement of white hydrangea, orange roses, maple leaves, red freesia

What tool in your toolbox can’t you live without?
Kinda silly, but I can’t design without my turkey baster to fill and remove water from vases and my squeegee to clean my workspace by my side.

What’s your favorite flower?
It changes with the seasons and the week, but right now I am addicted to green ranunculus, figs and artichoke foliage.

Green Bouquet Floral Design; flower arrangement  of white hydrangea, peach roses, peach ranunculus, pink roses, pink stock flowers, mint, peach sweet peas

Anything else you’d like to share with Flirty Fleurs followers?
This is completely unsolicited, but I can’t say enough about Alicia’s online marketing class. I started my own studio about 6 months prior to signing up for Alicia’s class. It could not have been better timing. I had ticked all of the major online boxes – website, social media and major vendor listings – but I felt like I was still throwing mud at wall. I have used all of these tools personally, but not from a business perspective. I needed someone to tell me what was working and what needed work. Alicia took the time to review all of my material and gave me feedback on my website, my social media accounts and provided a helpful list of where to list my business online. Her suggestions helped me adjust my online presence and make sure that my business was being represented consistently across all of my online platforms. I would recommend Alicia’s class to anyone with a new business or business that needs help with their presence online. Thank you Alicia! Your loyal Flirty Fleurs follower!

Green Bouquet Floral Design; flower centerpiece of green cymbidium orchids, grey berzillia berries, green trick dianthus, succulents, scabiosa pods and kiwi vine

Contact Information:
Website: http://www.greenbouquetfloraldesign.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GreenBouquet
Twitter: https://twitter.com/lebouquetvert
Instagram: http://instagram.com/greenbouquet
Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/lebouquetvert/

Green Bouquet Floral Design; flower centerpiece of magenta pink roses, pink calla lilies, pink freesia, lavender stock flowers, purple anemones,

Happy Holidays

Hello Dearest Flower Friends,

Just a note to let you know that we will be taking the next two weeks off from blogging here on Flirty Fleurs! We’ll be back on January 6, 2014 with lots of flowery content!!

Meanwhile, if you are here visiting us while we are on Christmas Vacation we hope you take some time to peruse the previous posts – 3 1/2 years of blogs to read through! Surely you’ll find something you haven’t seen before?! we hope so! 🙂

Also, a few important notes:

If you haven’t done so already – be sure to sign up for one of the Chapel Designer Conferences!

Santa Barbara – January 20, 21, & 22, 2014
Speakers this year include: Holly Chapple, Nancy Liu Chin, Joe Massie & Francoise Weeks
Many of you will remember what a fantastic time we had with Joost and crew last year! If you haven’t signed up yet, I recommend you sign up today!

New York City – March 10, 11, & 12, 2014
Hard to believe this is the 4th year already!? This is a great event and I highly recommend attending! The list of Speakers has not been released just yet, however, I know Holly and I know it’ll be an impressive lineup!

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I will be teaching Bouquet classes – The Bridal Bouquet & Pricing Workshop!!
In this hands-on workshop you will learn how to design luscious hand-tied and cascading bridal bouquets. After we all design a beautiful bridal bouquet we will have a discussion and learning session about pricing our designs.
Seattle – February 1, 2014
Maui – February 23, 2014

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The next Online Marketing Class is scheduled to start on January 6, 2014 – sign up now and join in!!
My first online Social Media Marketing Class was a ton of fun! So much fun that I’m already planning a second online class. The next Class will start on January 6 and run through February 9th. The forum will remain online for an additional month for students viewing pleasure.
Due to my attendance at Florabundance Inspirational Design Days & The Chapel Designers event mentioned above, class will not be held online the week of January 20th.
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Plus, the Marketing Workbook is available for download – perfect for working on your 2014 Business Goals!
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We recently launched The Pricing Worksheet Toolbox – perfect for beginners in the business who are trying to learn the basics of pricing.
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WOW – that was a lot of information!!
Hopefully you’ll find what you are looking for and be inspired by all the floral designers and designs in the previous blog posts.
We wish you and your loved ones very Happy Holidays!!
Sincerely,
Alicia

Holiday Wreath Inspiration

I sure have noticed a lot of posts with holiday wreaths this year, have you all noticed them? The variety of designs is just amazing and I’ve seen plenty that I’d be proud to hang on my front door!!

grey christmas wreath with succulents

Designed by WILDHEART

red and green holiday wreath with cinnamon

Designed by Miss Pickering

christmas wreaths by London designer

Designed by Wild at Heart

red and green christmas wreath

Designed by Miss Pickering

red hydrangea flower wreath

Available at Dutch Flower Line

green wreath with fruit wreath

Designed by Miss Pickering

Blue Spruce and pussy willow holiday wreath

Designed by Miss Pickering

magnolia leaf wreath

Available at Dutch Flower Line

banksia protea flower wreath

Available at Torchio Nursery