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Mixed Materials

Small Green Leaf Urn with Leucadendron

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

Geometric Vase with Datura and Greenbriar

Thorn Vase with Okra and Chestnuts

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

Blue Small Vase with Chestnuts

Palm Urn with Chestnuts and Greenbriar

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

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.

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Flower Power

Bougainvillea Bonanza

Pretty Petals

Pretty Petals

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 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

Mission San Juan Capistrano

Leo Carrillo Ranch

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!)

Bouganvillea Bouquet

Bougainvillea Bouquet

Bougainvillea Wedding Cake

Bougainvillea Wedding Cake

Tell us…  Do you find bougainvillea beautiful?

petals / print / mission / ranch / bouquet / cake

 

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Flower Power: Bastille

Pantone Colors of the Year

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.

Spring Wedding

Spring Wedding

Bridal Bouquet

Bridal Bouquet

DIFFA Table

DIFFA Table

Purple Bridal Bouquet

Purple Bridal Bouquet

Wedding Table

Wedding Table

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!

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