Monday, February 20, 2017

Weddiing Reception

I am finally getting back to posting some new work.   These pieces were taken at the end of January at a wedding reception at the O"Byrne Gallery in Constitution Hall, a great historic building just west of the White House in the heart of federal DC.  We made small compote pieces in two sizes

for the tables and went to town on the mantle arrangement!  Photos by Alex Polyakov. 

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Buffet arrangement

I made this piece in a client's vase last week.  Was so happy to get yellow peonies and combine them with beautiful bittersweet, pumpkins, ranuculus and other flowers to get this effect.

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Engagement party

Yesterday we did the flowers for a lovely engagement party at the Landon School library.  It is a wonderful space and a meaningful space for the groom's family.

Open House flowers

Many years of Open House flowers, this is the 2016 version - I really like this loose,  end of the garden year look.

Monday, October 3, 2016


I have always made a sample for my brides - either the bouquet or the centerpiece.  It seems to give everyone some peace of mind and is well worth it.  Today I did some tweaks on a fun palette of golds and lavenders - not my usual fall palette but one that glows.   This is the most fun part of floral design for me - working with different color palettes that are often out of my comfort zone but make me try new things. 

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Fifteenth first day of school flowers

I have been doing the flowers at Holton for a while now and I think this was the fifteenth first day of school that I have made flowers for the podium as well as other area of the school.   I always use a blue and white palette to honor the school colors.

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Bridal Shower arrangement

Today I made this piece for the bridal shower of a friend.  I like this combination of cream/dark blush and burgandy and was happy to add in purple basil and blooming mint from my garden.  I love these loose gardeny style of arranging.

Friday, July 22, 2016

Pippen Hill Wedding

I was thrilled to see photos from the wedding we did at Pippen Hill Winery 2 years ago posted on the Belle Magazine blog.  The heading is "Colorful Farm Wedding" and there are lots of pictures - I can hardly remember doing all of the pieces!  Anyway, take a look - it was a wonderful wedding to work on - great colors and such a fun couple.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Mother's Day for Lucy

Now that my baby has her own baby I always give her flowers on Mother's Day. This year I had some fun and this is the result.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016


This year my friend Helen had a great Easter egg hunt at her house.   I made this arrangement for the outdoor table - wonderful red parrot tulips, ranunculus, hydrangea and jasmine vine in a nice footed compote.

Birthday flowers

I did some arrangements for a birthday party on Saturday night.   This client loves peach and coral and I do as well.  I used Fado and Versilia roses, green hydrangeas, pink hypericum, peach ranunculus, salmon parrott tulips, peach spray roses and nagi foliage...really my favorite color combo..

Friday, April 8, 2016

Flowers for a cocktail party

I just delivered this pair of arrangements to a wonderful old farmhouse for a cocktail party.  This venue is one of m favorite places.  The space is so gracious and welcoming and has a lovely feel.  These colors are ones I often use at this place - they are just right.

Sunday, April 3, 2016

Blooming Tillandsia

I found some beautiful blooming tillandsia at the wholesaler this morning - such a lovely delicate color.  I really like it in my old brown and white transferware.

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

House party

I made a bunch of arrangements for a house party tonight.  I work in this house a lot and it is always fun to see what we can come up with. 

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Tone on Tone Christmas

My great friend Loi, owner of Tone on Tone, a fabulous antique store in Bethesda, MD called me the other day to see if I had any leftover greens.  He told me he had a zinc horse head and wanted a garland for it.  I made a heavy garland and gathered a box of other decor and zipped over.  We played around with the vignette and here is the result made from fresh cedar and silver painted eucalyptus.  For more details see Loi's blog:

Monday, December 21, 2015

LIttle arrangement

I made this piece a couple of weeks ago and love the orange, burgandy and peach color combination, it seems like a fresh color palette to me.

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Christmas 2015

The Christmas decorating season is in full swing.  This morning I worked on my favorite house on Capitol Hill just a few blocks from the Capitol.

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Emily's wedding

These pictures are from Emily's wedding.  I loved working with her - she is so peppy and full of life and we just clicked and worked together so well.  What a lovely girl and a wonderful day.

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Busy weekend

This weekend I provided flowers for a wine tasting at Landon School and prepped an early weekly delivery for St. Albans among other things.  I love the colors of the fall season and I really like to play around with a mix of dried and fresh product.

Monday, October 26, 2015

Baby Shower

Today I did the flowers for an elegant baby shower - for a girl obviously...I loved doing these pieces - (especially the asymmetrical dining room piece).  The Neo Romantic Flemish Masters Constance Spry look is a favorite!

Saturday, October 24, 2015

On the worktable

I made this bouquet for Stephanie today.  She got married at the Carnegie Institute, one of my favorite venues. 

I love this color palette, peach, pink and grey.  Juliette garden roses, Blushing Parasol garden sprays, cream callas, dusty miller and a few other lovely things went into this bouquet.

Thursday, September 17, 2015

wedding thoughts

I am working on lots of different ideas for my fall weddings.  I always like consulting with the bride and then running with the ideas, at times in a totally different direction than the original plan! 

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Naval Academy Garden Club talk

The other day I gave a talk on using cut flowers from one's own garden to the Naval Academy Garden Club.  I made 12 pieces using flowers from my garden, local growers flowers and some commercial grown flowers and I had a lot of fun presenting them to the ladies of the club.