Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Free style ikebana

Today in ikebana class we made free style designs.  I used sago palm - one of my least favorite types of greenery.  It is thorny and stiff and just not my cup of tea.  But it has a bit of flexibility so I took the "leaves" off of one side, bent it into an oval and wired it together.  I made two of these and tried two different looks in a cream boat shaped container.  One with orange gerbers and solomon seal leaves, the second with scabiosa pods and the same leaves.  

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Luncheon Party at Holton

Some little posies for a lunch party at Holton this spring.  I love pierus - it really extends the lily of the valley season in a way - it has a lovely scent and a slightly similar look.  I also used matricaria, scented geranium leaves, Sahara and coral roses.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Holly Chapple workshop

Last July I had the pleasure of taking a workshop with Holly Chapple at her home studio in Virginia.  We did a collaborative wedding set up and these are some detail shots that I liked very much.


Just fooling around with things on hand...anthirium leaves, beautiful parrot tulips, eucalyptus and a burgandy airplant in one of my favorite black glass containers.

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Wax flowers

Today I made a sample for a tall arrangement.  The bride originally wanted a puff of babies breath but I used a colorful wax flower instead and love the result...simple but effective.

Monday, June 23, 2014

Samples for an August wedding

These pieces are on the work table tonight - variations on a theme.  The bride loves Amnesia roses but today they came in a very tan color instead of the silver we were expecting.   I made some samples with them but also bought some lavender Ocean Song roses to use in alternate samples as well.  Purple spider mums, white astrancia, lavender spray roses, silvery lamb's ears and pink wax were all part of the testing of ideas.

Friday, June 20, 2014

Alix and David

Alix and David got married last Sat at the Whittemore House at Dupont Circle.  We worked with a blush, peach and pink color scheme and every piece was so pretty and soft.  I had lovely peonies, wonderful Emely roses and sunset colored calla lilies as the basics and added on to that palette with other complementary colors.  Everything was so pretty.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Ikebana class

Today we made a freestyle design in ikebana.  I had some wonderful dahlias that had such a nice arc in the stems.  The leaves are from a great weed in the yard.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Dinner party at the Whittemore House

Today we made arrangements for a dinner meeting of doctors at the WNDC/Whittemore House in DC.  They requested predominantly orange arrangements with touches of red.  We complied and  I think came up with a nice color story for them.  What brought it all together for me was the burgandy agonis foliage.  In addition, we used fabulous local dahlias and great tropicals to make these pieces.

Monday, June 9, 2014

Niamh's bouquet

Forgot to post this quick full on picture of the bouquet I made for Niamh.  Love the color palette on this one.  I used incredible garden roses in pinks and blush with gold and cream accents.

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Tiny wedding

Yesterday I delivered a tiny but lovely wedding to the Tabard Inn in DC.  I loved everything about this wedding, the venue, the color story and of course the bride and groom.  They chose a personal and intimate way to celebrate their marriage and I was so pleased to be a small part of it.

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Something a little different

Pieces for a dinner last night.  A bit of a tropical theme playing off of the tablecloth.  Red Protea, varigated Corydeline leaves, Vendela roses, green Anthirium, Aralia leaves and some other stuff.

First looks

I am working on a tablescape for a tiny wedding tomorrow.  The bride wants a tablescape with both milk and mercury glass.  I made a very long tan linen runner for the table, we will put an arrangement of doilies down it and then a tablescape of flowers and votives.  The flower colors will range from cream to yellow to peach to pink with a little burgandy thrown in.   I am using garden roses and peonies, I think this will be good.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Party at Landon

Landon had a thank you party for their volunteers the other night and I did the flowers.  I am loving the combination of coral, pink and creamy yellows.  I am really taken with these new (to me at least!) Teddy Bear gerbers - they are really lovely....  I also used astilbe, pierus (from the garden), cream lisianthus, baby green hydrangeas and a bit of blue hydrangea to tie things in with the tablecloth.  Such fun...

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Color play

I love this color scheme - was playing around with some left overs - Combo and Faith roses and a lovely pink black eyed Gerber.  It reminds me of wearing a camel hair coat with a pink scarf.

Having a Kaffe Fassett moment

I adore Kaffee Fassett.  Adore is not even a strong enough word.   He is such a genius of color that I often wonder why I don't just carry around several of his books when I need to think about color schemes...If you don't know his work, please google him and you will see what I mean.

I have been trying to style my photos a bit - for years I have just taken photos against a blank background so I can have a record of my work, but as I look at the work of others I am waking up a bit.  I know, always a little late to the party.

Anyway, today I had a bride coming and wanted to have something on hand to show off.  I made a little piece from corals, pinks, creams and a little creamy yellow and of course greens to show off and then thought about presenting it on one of my antique quilts.  I loved this vivid color scheme and instantly thought about Kaffe and how he uses color.   I think this works pretty well.  The first photo is from my IPhone and the second from my Canon Rebel.  It is interesting to use different devices to see what you get..

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Rachel's flower arrangement

So Rachel is 5 about to be 6.  Her family moved from Manhattan to the suburbs and her dad is planting up a storm and filling the yard with flowers and shrubs.  A few weeks ago Rachel made this centerpiece for dinner and it was so cute I just had to post it.

Spring arrangement

I made this little piece for a Senator's book signing on Capitol Hill.  The event took place in a beautiful row house right near the Capitol.  I love the pop of the coral spray roses mixed with the pink parrot tulips and larger roses....and my favorite geranium leaves for greens - they are so frilly and beautiful - they add just the right touch.

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Wedding bouquet

A quick snap of yesterday's bridal bouquet - one of my favorite color schemes - grey, cream and yellow. 

Holton Reunion

This year went by so quickly and it is amazing that it is Holton Reunion time already.  Last night there was a dinner party at one of the original school buildings on S St. NW in Washington.  The home owners have been gracious enough over the last years to allow alumnae back to see the transformation of the school into a home.  This is one of the centerpieces.

Friday, April 25, 2014

On the worktable

Just a quick pic of a piece before we rushed out the door.  These little arrangements were delivered to the UMD at Shady Grove yesterday for a party.   I love the combination of a yellow lime rose, white, green berries and grey dusty miller with a pop of coral from local quince blossoms...the yellow gloriosa added a great textural accent.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Spring luncheon

20 small posies to give away at the end of a thank you luncheon at Holton.  I used Malibu roses, blupurem, scented geranium leaves (my current favorite foliage), pink wax flower and pink astilbe.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Bridal Shower

Today I delivered some flowers to a beautiful house near the Cathedral.  I usually shy away from using blooming branches - it is so difficult to precisely pinpoint when they will come into bloom - particularly without a cooler.  Anyway, I got a couple of different lots - white cherry, double pinks, redbud and magnolia.   I was on pins and needles for a few days watching the white cherries and ended up using them for some large floor urns and a combination of things including some wonderful flowering quince I found in my inlaw's yard.  That combined with fabulous cream and pink parrot tulips and a large protea did the trick.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Blooming Dogwood

The wholesaler had some wonderful dogwood branches with immature flowers last week that I had to have.  There was so much material in each bundle that I am still using pieces as the blossoms mature.

I made these two pieces last week for an event at Landon and really love this open natural way of designing.  In addition to the branches I used ranuculus, a few roses, baby green hydrangeas, and some beautiful parrot tulips.