Sunday, March 22, 2015

Brown and white tureen spring arrangement

I have a great collection of brown and white transferware (as mentioned on the Tone on Tone blog last fall) but I don't use it much.  But the other day I got inspired by the impeding visit of a bride and her family to make a nice spring arrangement.  I used pink garden roses, wonderful daffodils and parrot tulips, apricot spray roses, pink leptos,  and coppery azalea leaves.  Such fun and relief that it is finally spring in MD. 



Monday, March 16, 2015

Potomac Floral Wholesale 2015 show

This weekend, Potomac Floral Wholesale put on their annual open house.  John Hosek was the guest designer and I was lucky enough to work with him on his designs for the stage.  We made about 30 beautiful bouquets, 5 or so headpieces, and a host of other things.  John is a very talented designer with an interesting background in horticulture and engineering and had a precise way of working.  It was a honor to learn from him.  You can see photos of some of the pieces on the Potomac Floral Wholesale web site.

I have had a great time the past few weeks learning from some very talented people!

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Philadelphia Flower Show

I was very lucky last week to be part of the Schaffer Design team creating a large installation at the Philadelphia Flower Show.  The overall theme was the movies and the movie they interpreted was The Nightmare Before Christmas.  They produced 6 large vignettes with scenes from the movie and they were just fantastical and fun.  The team consisted of 45 people and I made a lot of new floral friends.  What a great experience.  The funniest part was seeing myself on the front page of USA Today's website.  There I was painting florescent paint onto dyed mums and looking like I was really concentrating - which I was!

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Today's arrangements

I have a bunch of work going out the door today - luckily we didn't get much of the freezing rain forecast.  I really feel for florist in New England - deliveries are hard enough as it is, and to deal with many feet of snow and ice is not fun.

Anyway, the little piece in the silver  bowl is going to a luncheon this afternoon, I like the pastel color palette - very early spring and cheerful.  Lavender japanese sweet peas, apricot spray roses, pink ranuculus, cream tulips and mini green hydrangeas are used is this piece.

The second piece is an interesting color story of Early Grey roses - a sort of pale grey lavender rose, mixed with cream lisianthus.  I have to play with these colors a bit more - I like the idea of cool and warm juxtaposed like this. 


Friday, February 6, 2015

Version #2

A second version of yesterday's sample, this one has dark callas added and it a bit larger..

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Centerpiece sample

I made this sample the other day - love the marsala (color of the year), champagne and beige color story.  I used the new Quicksand Bel roses, Champagne sweethearts, dark pink cymbidium orchids, violet ranuculus and succulents. 

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Tropical arrangement

A piece for an anniversary gift today - the order was for all tropicals so I used lots of fun stuff -  orange shampoo ginger, pink ginger, heliconia, orchids, arailia leaves and a gold dusted succulent.  I did cheat and added in some parrot tulips since they fit the color story so well.

Landon event

I made these pieces today for a makeup party for Landon moms.  They wanted a lavender and pink color palette and I was happy to work on some nice happy spring colors on this very cold day here in MD.  I used lavender tulips and sweet peas, pink and variagated ranuculus, Sweet Unique roses, cream lisianthus, jasmine vine and fuschia wax flower for a flowing arrangement.


Wrist corsage

I love this little jeweled wrist corsage -and how it looks on my plaster hand!  I used single hyacinth blooms with white spray roses on a base of eucalyptus leaves. 

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Busy Day

We always get busy after the holidays, but this year it seems that we are getting going a little earlier than usual.  Anyway, here are a few of the pieces that we delivered today.
 A red garden rose and orchid arrangement with blackberries and jasmine greens for a luncheon.

 Blue, white and pale yellow arrangements for a get together.
Purple and silver centerpieces for a Board dinner. 

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Outdoor Decor

so now that Christmas is over and my brain is back in gear I can post some photos of some other things I did for the holidays.  This is an old basket with round dividers - not sure what it is but I love it - this year I filled it with ilex and cedar and it provides a nice bit of color at my inlaws's house across the street...

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Christmas Party
















For the past 4 years we have participated at various levels for a large Christmas party.  This year we did the entire house and tent decor installation and all the florals.  Here are a few of the things we put our hands on.

Monday, December 8, 2014

Christmas install

Just a simple install at a lovely townhouse on Capitol Hill.  I love the look of roping and traditional red bows.  This year I added a fun glitter and burlap print bow to make the large wreaths on the railings pop....as much I would love to - there is no way to attach wreaths to the front doors...so they go on the railings.



Saturday, November 29, 2014

Wedding tablescape

I have a wedding coming up and the bride and groom are bookworms (my favorite type of people).
They want a tablescape of books and this is one idea I am working on.  Such fun to do something a little different!


Thursday, November 27, 2014

Thanksgiving Flowers for Frances


I made this arrangements this morning for Frances'  Thanksgiving dinner tonight. 

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Landon Reunion

This is Reunion weekend at Landon School - lots of activities for the old boys.  I made a couple of these large pieces for the buffet and used lovely antique hydrangeas, rust mums, Leonides roses,  bright red celosia, green hypericum berries, a few magnolia leaves, sweet gum leaves, hanging burgandy amaranthus and bay leaves that smelled so great.  I like the quiet opulence of this piece.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Dinner party

I delivered these flowers for a dinner party tonight.  The linens were a nice gold and rust brocade and I used Coffee Break roses, warm gold and red spray roses,  some faux Florentine vegetables, veautiful maple leaves and gold filler.  Gold vases and votives added to the warmth of this event.



Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Claire's wedding

Claire got married this weekend.  Hers was the my last wedding of the season.  The venue was Woodend in Chevy Chase, a nice mansion in a nature preserve.   Claire wanted a bright fall color palette and I was happy to oblige.  I used lots of dahlias, gomphena, solidago, roses, hypericum, sunflowers, millet, broom corn and mexican sage. 





Sunday, October 19, 2014

Landon party

I made some small arrangements for a party at Landon yesterday.  I love the carpeting - it is mocha, light turquoise, pink and cream and so pretty, I always try to key the arrangements to it.   For the dining room I used an old Turkish brazier that I have had for years - it is a wonderful piece. 

 I used Juliette garden roses, succulents, bronze mums, Coffee break roses, burgandy foliage, pin cushions, green hydrangea, silver brezillia berries, hydrangea berries, eucalyptus - lots of elements in these pieces.




Queen Victoria's left hand

Found this lovely hand at one of my favorite stores in Frederick, MD called Paul's Great Stuff - he really has great stuff in two locations and you can always find some interesting prop.  My little wrist corsage looks good in it.  I used Red Mikado sprays, gold painted hydrangea berries and a little bling on the leaves...all this on a gold wire base.




Thursday, October 16, 2014

Dinner party

We delivered the flowers for a law firm dinner party tonight.  They wanted bright fall colors and I had a great time playing with the wonderful colors and flowers available at this time of year.  I used yellow Duet roses, artichokes, sunflowers, flame celosia, purple ageratum, hydrangea berries, bronze mums, marigolds and millet.  This is my favorite time of year.



Sunday, October 5, 2014

Wishing tree

Our latest bride and groom wanted a wishing tree at their reception.  Their guests wrote their wishes for the couple on cute tags and hung them from the branches.  We made it from a couple of manzanita branches rising from a mossed container.  The container itself was decorated with air plants, succulents and other rustic items.

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Yesterday's Bride's bouquet

Juliette garden roses, Senorita roses, white astrancia, lamb's ears, Luviana spray roses, and cream lisianthus.....such a pretty combination for a pretty bride.