Fabulous Florist :: Flowers by Lady Buggs

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Your name: Davida Buggs
Your Business name: Flowers by Lady Buggs
Your Location: Los Angeles, California

Andie Freeman Photography | Southern California Wedding Photographer

Andie Freeman Photography | Southern California Wedding Photographer

How did you start your business?
I was getting married in 2009 and decided that I wanted to design my own wedding flowers. Yes, I was that DIY bride! I did some research and took a bridal bouquet and boutonniere/corsage course given by Casey Schwartz of the Flower Duet. Casey also met me one early morning at the Los Angeles Flower Market for a tour. It was on that visit to the market that did it for me–I was hooked!

And how many years have you been in business?
I’ve been in business for 8 years

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What is the most satisfying part of being a floral designer, and why?
I love seeing my couples grow in various stages of their lives well after their weddings. Don’t get me wrong, I love being able to transform my clients visions into something special for their weddings but some of my clients have become friends and I’ll get calls for baby showers, births and birthdays. Knowing that they trust me for the special moments in their lives is extremely satisfying and rewarding for me.

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What is the best part of being your own boss? The Worst?
Having come from a corporate environment I enjoy not being behind someone else’s desk. Floral design allows me to do something that I absolutely love and I’m able to run my business my way. There are challenges being a floral designer with long hours, heavy lifting, tons of paperwork and proposals to get out, however, the hardest for me is the time away from my husband and young sons on wedding and event days.

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What is your design aesthetic?
I’m drawn to textural, lush designs with depth, layers and movement.

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How do you create your style and where do you draw your inspiration?
Many times, I draw inspiration from the elements that are going into a wedding or event. It could be as simple as the lace on the bride’s gown, the style of the venue or the feeling that my bride wants to convey to her guests through florals.

Andie Freeman Photography | Southern California Wedding Photographer

Andie Freeman Photography | Southern California Wedding Photographer

What are the trends, flowers & colors that are unique to your region?
Being in Los Angeles we come across it all from the large scale, over-the-top events to everything else in between. The same can be said for the use of color and design—one wedding can be more modern and streamlined where the next can be loose, rustic and organic. The blush wedding is clearly still ever present and just as popular and I can’t get my hands on David Austin Roses fast enough but again, we come across it all.

The one trend that I’m always happy to see are couples requesting and in search of locally grown or California grown products. There are more farmers that provide locally grown flowers and it’s refreshing to know that there are options grown here in our backyard as opposed to coming across the globe.

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Are you a retail shop, studio/warehouse or home based? My business is home based

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Do you offer any services in addition to floral designs?
Still in the floral design realm…initially we focused our efforts primarily on weddings and events, however, we will be expanding the delivery side of the business and look forward to growing in that area.

Andie Freeman Photography | Southern California Wedding Photographer

Andie Freeman Photography | Southern California Wedding Photographer

What tool in your toolbox can’t you live without?
I can’t live without my Ohana floral shears, Oasis cold glue and zip ties.

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What’s your favorite flower?
I couldn’t possibly choose one flower over another, there’s way too much pretty out there, besides for me it’s more about my favorite color which is the deeper, darker, red-tones. So, the red charm peony, burgundy dahlia, black magic rose—those are some of my favorites because of their strikingly bold color.

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Contact information: 818-808-9476
Website: www.flowersbyladybuggs.com
Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/flowersbyladybuggs
Instagram: www.instagram.com/flowersbyladybuggs/

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WORLD FLORAL EXPO HEATING UP FOR LOS ANGELES !

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In less then 3 months World Floral Expo will open its doors at LACC, the Los Angeles Convention Center, for its next edition after a successful show last year in Chicago. The trade show already has a total of 104 exhibiting companies at this moment and the projected 150 national and international participating companies is still the expected final number, according to the organizers. Although international flower growers are the biggest component of the trade show exhibitors, the number of US (Californian) participating growers and traders is growing fast and is already touching 25.

“It is not more than logical that the Californian flower industry has a trade show of its own where growers and buyers meet, like in every other important flower producing nation. Actually I am surprised that there was no specialised international cut flower trade show until now in a state where so many flowers are being produced. I am glad that we had the chance to team up with CalFlowers, the Californian Flower Growers & Shippers Association, which for sure will contribute to a much higher participation of Californian, as well as other US states, based flower growers ”. For this purpose a large area has been set apart in the exhibit hall, which will be allocated especially to US floral companies. I see it as a challenge, but also as my job to develop a trade show especially created for the US cut flower industry”.

The number of pre registered flower buyers is higher then ever. Until now almost 250 specialised buyers signed up already to attend, while traditionally most registrations take place after Valentines. “There is a sense of enthousiasm and excitement that California is getting its own international flower trade fair ”. “That, together with having most of the US flower growers in its backyard, will certainly increase the success factor of the show”, concludes Dick van Raamsdonk, spokesman of the fair.

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Fabulous Florist :: The English Garden, Los Angeles, California

The English Garden LA

Name: Susan Winston
Business Name: The English Garden, Floral Designs
Location: Los Angeles, California

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How did you start your business?
I have always been passionate about flowers and started my business in my garage in 1996, while living in Malibu Lake. I began to miss the ‘English Sensibility’ of floral design from where I grew up, and wanted to bring that to the warmth of Southern California. I was unsure whether others shared my same aesthetic, and initially placed my flowers in a local Starbucks. I was able to experiment with how the flowers held up and gauge my community’s reaction to the ‘English Garden’ concept of floral design. It was a success! I was then doing business deals in the Starbucks parking lot. Due to the pressure of my loving family, I was taking up their space in our home, and I needed to find a studio. So I sublet a space in Westlake Village, where I am today. As my business grew, I was able to expand.

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How many years have you been in business?
Since 1996. So 18 years!

How do you create your style and where do you draw your inspiration?
I absolutely draw my inspiration from nature and it is a wonderful fusion of the places I have called home: England and California. Additionally, my intellectual passions of the arts, music and fashion, fuel my creative insight and exert a strong influence on how I formulate the concepts of my designs.

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What are the trends, flowers & colors that are unique to your region?
The warmth and temperate climate of Southern California allows for an outstanding diversity of choice. My concentration of flowers I work with are globally imported, influencing the worldly inspiration of my concepts: The flowers inspire the design, not the other way around. Everything I create is a unique surprise on the basis of what I purchase from the market.
Nowadays, for events, center pieces are less likely to be singular arrangements, and it has expanded to include vignettes of flowers. Among brides, cascading bouquets have been significant, containing very natural elements.

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What is your favorite part of being a floral designer?
Working with nature and absolute beauty every day… It never gets old! Bringing a vision to life, especially a client’s vision to life. The work is always changing and never static.

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Are you a retail shop, studio/warehouse or home based?
We are a floral design studio, with retail items within the space, and we also offer orders for arrangements via our online shop and over the phone.

The English Garden LA - Succulents

Do you offer any services in addition to floral design?
We also offer select interior design pieces.

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What tool can’t you live without?
A spritzer bottle. It brings me such joy to see how the beads of water set on the petals, and brings it such life and vibrancy of color!

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Anything else you would like to share with Flirty Fleurs followers?
It takes a certain type of person to pursue a career in floral design. I cannot imagine working so hard and not being able to receive such joy and pleasure as a reward. This can be back breaking work under the gun. However, the final result is so gorgeous, it makes it worth the effort. You have to be passionate, this is not for everyone. From the moment I started, that passion is still vital to me!

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Your Contact Information:
The English Garden, Floral Designs
31143 Via Colinas
Westlake Village, California
Website: www.theenglishgarden.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-English-Garden/195533828058
Instagram: TheEnglishGarden_LA
Pintrest: http://www.pinterest.com/theenglishgrdn/

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Fabulous Florist :: Flower Duet, Los Angeles, California

Flower Duet Los Angeles Flower Classes
Your Business name: Flower Duet
Your name: Casey Coleman Schwartz and Kit Wertz
Your Location: Los Angeles, California

Kit Flower Duet

Kit talking flowers

Casey Flower Duet

Casey giving a demonstration

How did you start your business?
Casey was an experienced floral designer when she helped her sister, Kit do her own wedding flowers in 1997. After Kit studied floral design for a few years, we teamed up to create Flower Duet and began creating wedding flowers for friends and then offered flower arranging parties at people’s homes and in restaurants all over Los Angeles. Currently, our business consists of creating custom wedding and events flowers and teaching workshops at our own design studio in the South Bay of Los Angeles. We also teach adult and children’s floral design workshops at The Huntington Library in San Marino.

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How many years have you been in business?
We just celebrated 14 years.

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What is your design aesthetic?
When we talk about our floral design styles, we often joke that we each prefer a little different look to our designs. Casey likes the more organic and wild look while Kit likes everything to be neat and compact. Over the years, we’ve both learned to love and appreciate both the wild and more European look as well as the modern, contemporary massed blooms designs. Since we teach flower arranging as well as create custom floral designs, we don’t limit ourselves to one design aesthetic; however, we rarely manipulate flowers by bending, flexing, gluing or painting flowers. We really try to work with the natural beauty that each flower delivers to the design.

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How do you create your style and where do you draw your inspiration?
We are inspired by everything we see from a new botanical garden we’ve visited to a hotel lobby floral design we might see in our travels to current fashion and interior design trends. But, what is always inspirational is our regular trips to our local flower market. We continue to be amazed at the new varieties of flowers available to us in our fabulous Los Angeles Floral District and are inspired year-after-year by our vendors at the mart.

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What are the trends, flowers & colors that are unique to your region?
Since we live in a desert climate, we see succulents combined with flowers as a growing trend. We did one of our first weddings with succulents back in 2008 and don’t see this trend going away any time soon. We’ve had calls from brides in Connecticut and from florists in Florida asking us how to work with succulents since they just don’t have the resources there to know how to go it or where to get the plants. We are also seeing a trend toward a more eco-conscious floral consumer. People seem to care a little more about where the flowers are coming from and are happy to know that they were grown in California and in some cases, within 50 miles of Los Angeles. We just hosted Debra Prinzing, author of “Slow Flowers” and “The 50 Mile Bouquet” in our studio for a floral design demonstration and book signing and had a great turnout of gardeners, florists, and many floral enthusiasts.

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Are you a retail shop, studio/warehouse or home based?
Like a lot of florists, we started our business in our kitchens and expanded to the garage on occasion, but are fortunate now to work in a 4500 square foot design studio that we share with Casey’s commercial print photographer husband, Randy Schwartz. This allows us to have our kids work with us (they play while we work) and gives a great space to entertain clients, brides and hold our group floral design classes.

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Do you offer any services in addition to floral designs?
We offer private flower arranging lessons and group classes using premium flowers, while covering the latest floral design trends. We offer consultations for those interested in becoming florists and for brides who want to do their own flowers. Our professional guidance is offered at an hourly rate and is customized. We also offer group tours each month of the Los Angeles Floral District. Details are on our website at flowerduet.com/workshops. We also write a free monthly email newsletter that covers current floral trends.

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What tool in your toolbox can’t you live without?
Along with the requisite floral cutters, wire, floral tape and a plethora of buckets, we could not live without zip ties for attaching floral sprays to arches, draping fabric and a plethora of other fantastic uses.

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What’s your favorite flower?
In our classes, we ask our students what their favorite flowers are so we can share a little knowledge about how to purchase or care for that cut flower. Casey’s favorite is the spray rose, because you get a lot of bang for the bunch with all the little flowers on the end of each stem. Kit always says the red rose is her favorite – has been since she was little. But, really, we love all flowers.

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Anything else you’d like to share with Flirty Fleurs followers?
We feel that everyone can learn to create a lovely floral design and we often see this ability in very young children. Some of our best students are aged 7 years old. The reason they are so good is because they have no fear of what the end result will be and their designs often look better than the demonstration we created for the class. So, the lesson we can learn from our children is that anyone can create a beautiful floral design!

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Contact information:
flowerduet.com
310-792-4968
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