Friday, July 29, 2011

...and some roses

...Because I know you are not here to look at my messes. Those five petaled ones are called Sally Holmes roses. I love them because they look fragile, but they are actually quite tough.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Monday, July 25, 2011


this bouquet looked like it had been soaked in beets!

Thursday, July 21, 2011

lights, and design sponge

My favorite part of the whole studio project was my lights. I picked up some old exhaust fans from a junk yard, popped a plastic piece out of the top, sawed a few braces off of them, and strung them up, that simple. I think they are a perfect mix of industrial an eclectic for my space. Thank you to Kate Osborne Photography for all of the pretty pictures here.

The studio is featured in the before and after on design sponge today! Some of the photos on the feature there are by Kate and some by Yan-which you may have already seen here.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

figgy pudding

Here is a smidge of some work I recently did for a magazine issue that comes out this fall.
Other places you can see my work this week: here, here, and here.

Monday, July 18, 2011

the studio

I must admit, it is a little weird to show my face around here. I am used to having my work out there, and maybe a shot with my wrist or elbow holding flowers, but now it feels so much more personal. Here I am, internet!

This is my studio space. David and I slaved away every night in this space for two and a half months. It was once a plumbing supply store with moldy carpet, stained ceiling tiles, florescent lights, and a machine that made noises to scare the rats away. We gutted the space, drywalled the walls and the ceiling, put in reclaimed wood floor, resurfaced the counter, made the lights, build a platform for my cooler, etc. etc. It was a long few months with much patience from my clients as I made them sit on whatever I had lying around, and met them with paint in my hair and my toes drywall plastered together.

The 9th & 9th area where I am located is one that has a lot of foot traffic. Passersby at all hours of the evening, night and early morning got to see us slaving away, dancing, yelling, or being pinned on our backs between sheets of drywall and the new concrete counter. It wasn't always pretty.

I kept the design really bright and fairly utilitarian because doing flowers is a messy job. I think the lights are my favorite part. I made them out of old exhaust fans that I found at the junk yard. The wall shelving is from the brick house tutorial, and a friend and I painted the mural on the wall to look like some fabric that I love. It is nice to have a space that is mine, a place that is just for me to work in. I love the neighborhood, the dogs that constantly walk past to go to vet next door, the soft light from my north facing windows, and that the building i'm next to can smell the flowers when I am working on a wedding.

All photos by one of my very favorites, Diana Palmer of Yan photography. We shot the studio for my feature in kinfolk magazine, here are the photos we did not use.

I put a bell on the front door, you know, a "ding-a-ling-a-ling" kind. Except turns out it is REALLY loud. Can't decide if I should take it off though, sometimes it is so loud that we all laugh and it serves as a great ice-breaker.

Friday, July 15, 2011


The first issue of kinfolk magazine launched today, and I am excited to be a part of it.
Kinfolk is a guide to small scale casual entertaining. The magazine is a collaboration between a lot of artists from all over the world. There is an interview with me in the magazine, please go see it online, and/or order a copy in print. of my favorites to date

I love a copper and blush color palette for a late summer or fall wedding. I added a touch of blue, and there are a lot of rich burgundy browns in there too. It is romantic and wild, but it has a natural sophistication to it. I am really into the dark foliage lately....a sprig from my yard, a sprig from my neighbor's, and a cutting from my sweet potato vine.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Katie + Andrew

The family of Katie and Andrew were so sweet and thankful to me. That is something that makes all the hard work instantly worth it. Then it pays off again when I get pictures back from the Photographer. Christmas morning!
All photos by Alixann Loosle. Pretty, aren't they?