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
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.
Blushing Blooms – Flowers by Sally Thompson
A member of the Interflora Network
609 Old Northern Rd
Glenhaven NSW Australia
Phone :+612 8850 7030
Images by: www.beautifulmoments.com.au