Less than three weeks until spring and we’re finally seeing signs of life in our gardens… Little daffodils are poking their green leaves up from the ground in hopes that the weather will start to warm. Spring truly is our favorite season and about this time every year we begin to crave the greening of the trees and the blossoming of the bulbs. Thank goodness for Trader Joe’s and the weekly daffodils that grace our tables and windowsills! In honor of this harbinger of spring, we’ve rounded up some sunny yellow favorites and are counting the days…
Delpozo – Fluted Swing Dress
Balenciaga – Feather Pumps
Dior – Vernis “Early”
All Things Mochi – Spanish Earrings
Hunting Season – Python Bucket Bag
Are you ready for spring?
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A Bloomsbury Interior
Often called the English avant-garde of their era, Bloomsbury artists and designers believed that fine art should inhabit everyday spaces and that the same attention to detail should be lavished on the design of simple decorative objects like pillows or lamps as had been bestowed on the design creation of a painting or sculpture.
The Bloomsbury Bouquet
Our new Spring/Summer 2017 collection, Untamed Nature, is inspired by this belief as well as by the free flowing forms and geometric patterns that were embraced by the movement.
The Can Can
The Bloomsbury artists thrived on bright colors so we’ve paired vivid garden flowers like anemones, hydrangeas, peonies and lilacs with monochromatic ceramic and glass vases for bouquets that are a delight to the eye.
If you’re in Atlanta this week, please stop by and see these lovelies in person at the AmericasMart in High Design, Building 2, Floor 1, Booth #308!
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Small Green Leaf Urn with Leucadendron
When it comes to fresh flowers, Emily Thompson is one of our favorite designers. Her use of unconventional materials like real butterflies, wild smilax, fruits and berries, make her classical arrangements more organic in style. Each of her designs is like a work of art so it’s no surprise she often collaborates with sculptor and painter Mark Gagnon.
Geometric Vase with Datura and Greenbriar
Thorn Vase with Okra and Chestnuts
If you visited the 7th floor at Bergdorf Goodman this fall, perhaps you came upon a new collection which looked more like something from Alice in Wonderland than The Secret Garden. Among the crystal and and china were bouquets of dried flowers and plants painted vibrant shades of purple, yellow, orange and green spilling out of paper mache vases and urns.
Blue Small Vase with Chestnuts
Palm Urn with Chestnuts and Greenbriar
This collection, as Emily writes in her “journal”, play[ed] the line of naturalism and artifice for greatest effect, to draw the eye to the wonders of the natural world, and to do it with great material integrity and panache.”
Burst Vase with Thistle
We love how these artists mixed materials to fool the eye and created designs that are both artificial and natural at the same time.
As many of our loyal readers know, we’re not big into the color orange. You won’t find much of it in our homes or even in our closets… yes, even those Hermes boxes don’t entice us! But that doesn’t mean we don’t admire the beautiful fall foliage that abounds in our neck of the woods. It’s just that you wouldn’t necessarily find it decorating our dining tables or in our foyer.
Thankfully, coral and blush pink, mellow yellow and chocolate brown flowers are on trend this fall, especially when paired with fruit, branches and berries à la Constance Spry. And why not add persimmons, pomegranates, ornamental kale or seeded eucalyptus to a bouquet to give it that wild, natural look?
As for shape, the looser and more organic the arrangement, the better. We love how these designs evoke the fancy free days of fall.
Wishing you all a fabulous Friday!
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During our recent trip out to San Diego we couldn’t help but fall in love with the bougainvillea which lined the streets and spilled over walls. This ornamental flower native of South America grows absolutely everywhere and there are even cultivars called San Diego Red (with deep red blooms set against dark green foliage) and La Jolla (a shrub-like plant with pinkish red blossoms.)
Bougainvillea Art Print
Bougainvillea are drought resistant which is a good thing since it doesn’t rain much in Southern California and they bloom almost all year long if grown in full sun. That’s why they’re so often used to bring a pop of festive color to landscapes and container gardens.
Mission San Juan Capistrano
Leo Carrillo Ranch
Sadly, bougainvillea doesn’t grow well in our neck of the woods so we’ll just have to visit one of our boys in college to get our fill (much to his displeasure!)
Bougainvillea Wedding Cake
Tell us… Do you find bougainvillea beautiful?
petals / print / mission / ranch / bouquet / cake
Oh, the weather outside is… hot and muggy here in Atlanta so we’re staying cool knowing that Christmas is just five short months away! Thank goodness we’re showing our new Fall/Winter 2016 collections so our retail stores can stock up before the holidays. In addition to the Wanderlust collection, we’re also showing our more wintry designs at the show in a collection we’re calling First Frost.
Camellia and Ranunculus Bouquet in Smoky Vase
First Frost Bouquet
There’s something magical about the first frost of winter when all that is outdoors is kissed with glistening crystals. In the First Frost collection, we designed winter white bouquets of amaryllis, lilies, gardenias and roses accented by touches of greenery accents in a variety of glass vases that celebrate the season. We also added some festive reds and greens for those of you who need a bit of color to brighten up a cold day.
Red Holiday Bouquet
Large Magnolia Leaves
Come celebrate the changing seasons with us if you happen to be shopping the Atlanta Gift Show. You can find us in High Design, Building 2, Floor 1, Booth #308 until next Monday. And we’ll be there all day long!
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Wanderlust, a word meaning a strong and innate desire to roam, captures the essence of our new Fall/Winter 2016 collection. Inspired by the global traveler who wants to experience adventures and be immersed in local culture, this collection includes flowers found in exotic climates and containers that embody tribal communities. From orchids, protea and bougainvillea in sunset hues to glass vases with tortoiseshell patterns and planters with rustic glazes, our Wanderlust designs will take you places around the world.
Roses and Calla Lilies in Glass Tortoiseshell Vase
Large Succulent Planting
It’s only fitting that our new Fall/Winter 2016 collection is called Wanderlust – we don’t travel as much as we’d like and the only trip we can actually count on semi-annually is for the Atlanta Gift Show which starts this week. We’re actually looking forward to showing our new designs and having the chance to see our retail customers face-to-face. This summer, we’re also teaming up with Steve McKenzie for the Vignette Design Exhibition – Where Retail Meets Design.
Floral Window – Portugal
Purple Orchid in Antiqued Mercury Bowl
Agapanthus, Orchid and Hydrangea Bouquet
If you’re heading to the show, please drop by and say “Hi!” We’ll be in High Design, Building 2, Floor 1, Booth #308 from Thursday, July 14 through Monday, July 18th.
P.S. And while you’re there, you might want to catch our great friend, Marisa Marcantonio from StyleBeat moderating a discussion on Friday on putting your wanderlust to work… Great minds think alike, don’t they?
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Pantone Colors of the Year
As we head into a season of celebrations (birthdays! graduations! weddings!), we thought you might like to meet Emily Pinon, founder and CEO of Bastille flowers & events, and perhaps be inspired by her bespoke, one-of-a-kind floral creations. We came across Emily’s Instagram page and of course, spent the next several
hours minutes admiring her work. Whether it’s a corporate event where she hung hundreds of white calla lilies from the ceiling or a more intimate affair celebrating Pantone’s colors of the year (Rose Quartz and Serenity if you haven’t heard), Emily translates her clients desires into memories that last a lifetime.
Purple Bridal Bouquet
Speaking of memories that last a lifetime, we’re taking a little break from blogging so that we can attend some races (both on the water and at the track), plan some spring sports banquets and graduation parties and focus on our high school seniors who will, all too soon, be off to college… See you soon!
“I love spring anywhere, but if I could choose I would always greet it in a garden.” ~ Ruth Stout
Stowe House, Buckinghamshire
Despite the rain we’ve been having, Mother Nature is slowly but surely giving birth to her buds and our gardens are beginning to show signs of awakening. We have a ways to go before the lush flowers of summer take over and we can entertain our friends on the terrace. In the meantime, we resort to the pages of flower magazine and marvel at the works by designers like Carson McElheney, Lancelot “Capability” Brown and Brooke and Steve Giannetti.
Gardening for the Senses
The current issue is filled with inspiring landscapes that delight and capture the essence of what a garden should be – a place to rest, to recharge and to dream. Rarely have we lingered so thoroughly with a magazine and we’re so glad we did. It was like taking a little vacation in the middle of a busy week.
Here’s to spring!
Cothen Tulip Garden
Given our love for tulips and our Belgian upbringing, it’s no surprise that when we came across the work of Antwerp-based, Dutch-born artist Ronald van der Hilst, we had to get to know his work. Though originally from Asia, the tulip has played an important role in European history and its rich heritage captured Ronald’s imagination at an early age. For years this simple, yet iconic, bloom has become an endless source of inspiration for him.
Museum Plantin Moretus
“Falling Drop” – Cothen
But not all of Ronald’s gardens feature tulips. The landscape he designed for a Dutch businessman in the east of Holland was inspired by the music of Gustav Mahler, filled with drama and a sense of rhythm. A garden should be beautiful every day of the year so Ronald included water features to reflect the sky and surrounding landscape, adding interest even in the dead of winter.
Dijkerkoek Water Feature
With our gardens waiting for the first signs of spring, we’re so looking forward to seeing our tulips bloom!