Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Dinner Party

I made these pieces for a small dinner party.  Blush and cream with maroon nine bark foliage, wax flower and mauve queen anne's lace. 

Vow renewal bouquet

Frances and her husband Tony renewed their vows with a lovely dinner party at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel a few weeks ago.  Peach is her favorite color and I used it as part of color palette that also included some yellow and pinks and a beautiful varigated foliage that had subtle shades of peach and cream. 

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Birthday delivery

Beautiful birthday flowers in a wonderful color palette with homegrown peonies - such a thrill to use flowers from my garden.

On the worktable today

Arrangements for a dinner party last night - yellow on yellow, with a touch of grey.

Busy week

May sneaks up on me every year - I cruise through the early spring with a nice consistent amount of work, I can handle everything and still have time for fun, and then all of a sudden it is May and I am busy!  I made these pieces for an event at the Canadian Embassy this week.  One of the perks of living near Washington, DC is that one gets to work in the most amazing venues from time to time.  This is just a shot of the piece on the worktable - I made three identical arrangements for the very large marble table at the embassy  - they worked very well as a group.  It is so hot here already that the tropical vibe it very strong.

Friday, May 15, 2015

Event on the Hill

I made these little arrangements for a party on Capitol Hill this week.  It is fun to see the work on the Capitol dome progressing as I pass by on my way to to deliver  - it is now wrapped in some huge blanket.  I should photograph the work - maybe I can think about that next time I am there.

Anyway, two bright sunny pieces - I love a grey, white and yellow palette!

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Mother's Day flowers

I made this arrangement for a friend for Mother's Day....Lavender spray roses, Quicksand roses and cream and lavender dahlias, jack viburnum from a friend's garden and wonderful mini carnations.

UMD Graduation Flowers

Last week we made arrangements for the UMD graduation at the Shady Grove campus. Combo roses, white hydrangea, coral sprays, pierus from my garden and wonderful parrot tulips in a great bronze container.

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Dinner at St. Albans

We did the flowers for a lovely dinner party last night in the Refectory at St. Albans.  We worked with a long massive 50 foot table and made 3 different arrangements that went down the middle alternating with trios of footed candle holders.  We also made a large mantle piece.  Everything in cream and white on a fun patterned tablecloth.  It was a wonderful spring night in Washington.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Beautiful bouquet

I made this little bouquet for John Hosek's presentation at the Potomac Floral Show in March.  He designed this wonderfully delicate piece of individual hyacinth florets suspended on wires with pearls at the ends.  The wires were all gathered together into a flat fan and another wire wrapped around the gather to hold them in place. 

I love this piece - it is so light and airy but still had a lot of volume. 

Saturday, April 4, 2015


So happy to report that spring has finally come to DC.  What a relief.  Things are blooming, there are beautiful tulips at the markets and I am out in the yard cutting branches to force and foliage to use.
This is a closeup of a piece I made a few weeks ago.  The color palette was peach, yellow and green.  I used parrot tulips, peach spray roses, green hydrangeas, yellow ranuculus and brunia berries. 

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 much I would love to - there is no way to attach wreaths to the front 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!