Eye Candy :: Putnam & Putnam

Floral designs by the one & only Putnam & Putnam

Putnam & Putnam - floral design with dates

Putnam & Putnam - Floral Cloche

Putnam & Putnam - blue and white arrangement with clematis and spirea

Putnam & Putnam - NYC, Flower Arrangement

Putnam & Putnam - compote filled with orange and white flowers with citrus

Putnam & Putnam - dining table set with lush florals

Putnam & Putnam - Dutch style floral design

Putnam & Putnam - tropical flowers and bananas

Putnam & Putnam - orange and white floral arrangement with oranges, tulips, anemones, and hellebores

Putnam & Putnam - compote floral design with peonies, ranunculus, and lilacs

Eye Candy :: Julia Testa Floral Design

Sharing some lovely floral inspiration with all of you today! These beauties were designed by Brooklyn based Julia Testa Design

Julia Testa Floral Design, New York City and Brooklyn Florist

Julia Testa Floral Design, New York City and Brooklyn Florist

Julia Testa Floral Design, New York City and Brooklyn Florist

Julia Testa Floral Design, New York City and Brooklyn Florist

Julia Testa Floral Design, New York City and Brooklyn Florist

Julia Testa Floral Design, New York City and Brooklyn Florist

Julia Testa Floral Design, New York City and Brooklyn Florist

Julia Testa Floral Design, New York City and Brooklyn Florist

Julia Testa Floral Design, New York City and Brooklyn Florist

Julia Testa Floral Design, New York City and Brooklyn Florist

Julia Testa Floral Design, New York City and Brooklyn Florist

Julia Testa Floral Design, New York City and Brooklyn Florist

Julia Testa Floral Design, New York City and Brooklyn Florist

Julia Testa Floral Design, New York City and Brooklyn Florist

Fabulous Florist :: Anissa Rae Flowers & Refinements, NYC

Anissa Rae Flowers & Refinements, NYC

Your name: Anissa Burnett
Your Business name: Anissa Rae Flowers & Refinements
Your Location: NYC- Hell’s Kitchen

Anissa Rae Flowers & Refinements, NYC -  ceremony aisle decorated with hydrangea and white orchid flower arrangements

How did you start your business?
By being ambitious! I actually have a background in sales & marketing working in the hospitality industry for years. I have no formal training as a floral designer but did garner some experience working for a florist as their Director of Sales & Marketing. It was a family owned business so we often had to wear multiple hats which allowed me to gain knowledge in other areas beside my formal job description. One day I woke up and decided I wanted to be an entrepreneur and could make a go of this. Not on my own of course! I am fortunate to have great friends and made some amazing connections in this industry and have an amazing designer who expertly crafts most of our floral designs. I like to believe that I’m innately creative and have a good eye for design so this definitely helps. Let’s just say that I’m an expert at planting things, wrapping arrangements, and those sorts of tasks. I also recently learned how to make a hand-tied bouquet. I was really proud of myself! All joking aside I run all the operations of the business, focus on sales & marketing as well as many of the other day-to-day tasks. I don’t mind leaving the flower making up to the experts that I have working with me. I’m all about being a team player. That’s how I think a business is meant to grow.

Anissa Rae Flowers & Refinements, NYC - bouquet of picasso calla lilies and purple vanda orchids

How many years have you been in business?
I started another company in 2008 under a different name that was initially an event planning company. I ended up using this platform when I transitioned away from planning into floral design. I recently re-branded to Anissa Rae Flowers & Refinements where we now concentrate on floral design for weddings & events as well as online retail arrangements, plants, succulent gardens and some home decor items.

Anissa Rae Flowers & Refinements, NYC -  bridal bouquet of roses and calla lilies

How do you create your style and where do you draw your inspiration?
Our style tends to be monochromatic. Shades of the same colors or within the same or similar color palette. We tend not to mix too many colors together. I’m pretty sure I’m making this up but I would say our style is a little what I would call “structured garden”. I use to say more compact and tight, tight, tight with flowers. We are definitely more about flowers than fluff but use lots of different elements like pods, berries and carefully selected greenery like passion ivy, jasmine, fern, etc. We try to stay true to ourselves with what we feel like is our best style but I also try to be flexible with our clients. Especially when it comes to weddings. I think there are so many beautiful flowers and greenery elements. I like designs that let the flowers and greenery speak for themselves. Nature is beautiful and when we are lucky enough to compose something I think you want to be able to recognize it and see if for what it is even when it’s mixed in with other flowers. One of my favorite things is to flip through design or home decor catalogs. I draw a lot of inspiration from them. There are so many plants, flowers, branches and leaves peppered throughout the pages and often displayed in interesting containers or vessels. It feels very comfortable and natural and I’m really drawn to that type of design. I’m also a little addicted to Instagram. It’s such an easy visually stimulating tool that connects you around the world and back in minutes. I always love seeing what other floral designers are up to. The creativity of other individuals is mind blowing sometimes! I appreciate other people’s artistry and innovation.

Anissa Rae Flowers & Refinements, NYC -  stunning centerpiece of red roses with candlelight

What are the trends, flowers & colors that are unique to your region?
One of the trends right now, sort of goes along with where I was headed with looking at catalogs for inspiration. My husband works in the furniture design industry and a really big trend is for offices wanting their furniture and decor to look more like a home office or a home decor showroom like West Elm or Restoration Hardware. People want to work in relaxed and less structured environments. We are getting a lot of requests to help make their office spaces have that staged catalog feel. Live flowers and plants can make a world of difference to how people feel in their own environment as well as the way customers view their business. As far as flower and color trends that are unique to our region, that’s a tough one. I feel like NYC is a different animal than other parts of the United States. We are such a melting pot with people from all over the world. One day we can be working on a corporate event that doesn’t really care so much what the specific types of flowers used are but more about working with colors that complement their corporate branding, to a couple that traveled to NYC for a destination wedding and is getting married in Central Park, to a full blown fairy tale style wedding that wants everything white and luxurious. We are lucky in New York because we have access to so many different types of flowers in our flower market. With the right vendor we can have access to almost any type of flower. We have been really lucky over the years to have a lot of repeat clients that put a lot of trust in our work and let us choose the colors and designs. Usually the bigger request is to work with the season.

Anissa Rae Flowers & Refinements, NYC - bride and groom marry under a white flower arch

What is your favorite part of being a floral designer?
Well since I don’t official make anything myself, I would say admiring the final outcome of an arrangement, event or wedding. Many people underestimate what it takes to make something so pretty with flowers. There are a lot of steps that happen before when making florals for weddings and events. Taking a step back and seeing how we were able to make a vision from written words on paper to an actual materialized event can be pretty amazing. I’m always proud of what we are able to create. I would also say it always makes my day to receive nice notes or seeing people’s reactions when seeing their flower arrangements. I feel like we are in the business of happy. It’s so cliche but flowers make people happy and that’s what we work so hard to do every day.

Anissa Rae Flowers & Refinements, NYC - bride with a white bridal bouquet

What advice would you give to aspiring floral designers?
I would say try working with different florists/floral designers that have different styles. Designing for retail and designing for events can be very different as well so try both. Everyone has different ways of processing flowers, tips and tricks for designing, working with different types of flowers as well as the actual style. Be open to ideas and even if you think it’s not the style you love or not a place you want to stay take something positive away from it. Knowledge is power!

Are you a retail shop, studio/warehouse or home based?
We are a retail shop with a production area in the back. We’re small but powerful!

Anissa Rae Flowers & Refinements, NYC - arrangements of white hydrangeas, roses, and orchids

Do you offer any services in addition to floral designs?
We take on small landscaping projects if we know we can do it well. We can also assist in table decor, linens, and furniture rentals for weddings and events. We have designed events in the past that didn’t involve flowers. We designed displays with mannequin hands and mannequin heads for a product launch for knit hat company, we helped style an event for Leonardo DiCaprio’s birthday party one year that was coupled with his foundation. It started as a live auction so we created vignettes with props for their displays. We also worked with a company that handles a lot of events for Hennessy and were asked to come up with some displays that complemented the art work on the bottle from a well known graffiti artist.

What tool in your toolbox can’t you live without?
Definitely a sharp knife. Although knives are like socks in a dryer. They always seem to disappear and you can never figure out where they went! I’m also a fan of bind wire. I feel like you can bind wire almost anything!

Anissa Rae Flowers & Refinements, NYC - white rose bouquets

What’s your favorite flower?
I’ve always loved tulips even before I imagined I’d be in this industry. I love their shape and the way they bend toward the light. I feel like they’re even prettier as they start to fade.

Anissa Rae Flowers & Refinements, NYC - ceremony in a cathedral

Anything else you’d like to share with Flirty Fleurs followers?
I would just thank you for allowing us to be a part of your floral community. I think it’s important to be friendly with the people in your industry. It’s nice to be able to connect with other experts in the industry or find answers to questions we may all have at times.

Anissa Rae Flowers & Refinements, NYC - detail on ribbon wrap

Your contact information:
Anissa Rae Flowers & Refinements
http://anissaraeflowers.com
Twitter: https://twitter.com/anissaraeny
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AnissaRaeFlowers
Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/anissaraeflower
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/anissaraeflowers/

Fabulous Florist :: The Arrangement Floral Design and Events, New York

The Arrangement NYC Logo

Your name: Nicole Spector
Your Business name: The Arrangement Floral Design and Events
Your Location: Brooklyn, New York (Williamsburg)

McKay Imaging Photography, The Arrangement Flowers NYC, Bridal Bouquets of white stock, white roses, blue delphinium, purple clematis.

McKay Imaging Photography

How did you start your business?
My background is in art but I ended up working in the production side of photography, organizing photo shoots and handling contract negotiations for talent. It took me some time to realize it wasn’t for me; ultimately I needed more creativity. I needed a career do over! I started taking floral design classes as an outlet and really fell in love with it. I then started interning on the weekends at an amazing shop/event company in Manhattan that soon turned into a full time job where I was lucky enough to be thrown into all aspects of the floral industry. I was ecstatic to find a profession that could mix my love of art and design with my production background. Being able to create something everyday with my hands is a gift! After honing my skills there I decided to freelance around and start working with clients on my own. Fast-forward 4 years and The Arrangement was born!
The main chunk of our business right now is wedding and event work but we also create store installations and have a nice roster of weekly standing order clients.

How many years have you been in business?
We are a new business that just started in 2013, but we’ve started out with a bang and have nothing but great expectations for the future!

The Arrangement NYC, Contemporary Floral Design with White Flowers.

ASH Event

What is your design aesthetic?
If I had to pick two words that best describe our style it would be modern romantic. My partner, Tom, and I like to joke that we are the yin to each other’s yang when it comes to design. He tends to favor more contemporary looks and I like things a bit wild. But ultimately our style is decided by the event we are working on, it’s our job to bring each clients vision to reality. Sometimes that’s a casual eclectic setting or sometimes that means ultra luxurious. It doesn’t make sense to pigeonhole ourselves, I like to think people come to us because we produce great work and offer an excellent service.

Kristina Bumphrey Photography, The Arrangement NYC, Contemporary Floral Arrangement of fuchsia phalaenopsis orchids, bells of Ireland

Kristina Bumphrey Photography

How do you create your style and where do you draw your inspiration?
Oh wow, I am inspired by so many different things lately, a lot of inspiration comes from just walking around the NYC floral district, I completely geek out over all the different beautiful blooms. I also draw inspiration from fashion; I find what’s on trend with colors and style in clothing, which can easily be translated to floral. I live in downtown Jersey City and my neighborhood is amazing. Just taking a stroll down the street and peeking at everyone’s garden is so refreshing. Just a few weeks ago I noticed a whole front garden of lily of the valley!

Kristina Bumphrey Photography, The Arrangement NYC, Orange pincushion proteas, birds of paradise, bells of Ireland.

Kristina Bumphrey Photography

What are the trends, flowers & colors that are unique to your region?
We get a lot of requests for succulents, which I love incorporating into designs. Especially into weddings, this way you can have something from your décor that will last at home and your guests can even enjoy them after the big day. I also see the pendulum starting to swing the other way away from the rustic farm look. People still seem to favor the garden look but are asking for it to be more tailored and less rustic.

The Arrangement NYC, White Cymbidium Orchid flower arrangement

What is your favorite part of being a floral designer?
Getting to create and work with beauty every day! This job can be very stressful at times, both emotionally and physically but I always remember that what I’m making will brighten someone’s day. We are all so lucky to do what we do!

Kristina Bumphrey Photography, The Arrangement NYC, Contemporary arrangement of anthurium and calla lilies

Kristina Bumphrey Photography

What advice would you give to aspiring floral designers?
This job is truly a labor of love for any designer; grueling hours, a lot of schlepping and thinking on your toes. If you really love designing, keep at it and immerse yourself in flowers.

Lelia Marie Photography, The Arrangement NYC, bottle with yellow ranunculus and chamomile

Lelia Marie Photography

Are you a retail shop, studio/warehouse or home based?
Currently we are studio based but are hoping to open a larger space in the fall that would be open to the public.

Lelia Marie Photography, The Arrangement NYC, Bridal bouquet of gold roses, orange ranunculus, craspedia, grey berzillia berries, white freesia.

Lelia Marie Photography

Do you offer any services in addition to floral designs?
Certainly! We often help clients’ source linens or other décor items, whether they are rentals or custom. Also, my partner Tom teaches floral and wedding design classes at the New York Botanical Garden.

The Arrangement NYC, Contemporary design of ornamental kale and Vanda Orchids

What tool in your toolbox can’t you live without?
My floral knife of course ☺

Lelia Marie Photography, The Arrangement NYC, Event setup with yellow and white flowers

Lelia Marie Photography

What’s your favorite flower?
That such a hard question! Clematis and dahlia are always at the top of my list but I’ve recently have been cheating on them with parrot tulips. Also, I love working with ferns. They are so delicate and give breath to any arrangement.

Kristina Bumphrey Photography, The Arrangement NYC, Orange Anemones, red ranunculus, vendelas, seeded

Kristina Bumphrey Photography

Contact Information:
Phone: 646.770.3766
Website: www.thearrangementnyc.com
Facebook: facebook.com/thearrangementnyc
Instagram: instagram.com/thearrangementnyc

Display of air plants and succulents at The Arrangement NYC