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?
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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!
Fall in Love with BHG!
Leave it to Stephen Orr, flower fanatic and garden guru, to brighten our gray February days with a beautiful March issue of Better Homes and Gardens. It’s easy to fall in love with color and we’re especially fond of springtime hues like pinks, yellows, purples and blues. And nothing gets our spring fever going than flowering bulbs that we can grow inside while Old Man Winter overstays his welcome.
Hyacinths, Tulips and Pansies
Stores like Terrain and Trader Joe’s are bursting with potted bulbs which you can transplant into pretty vases and vessels. Line them up on a windowsill or down the middle of your dining room table and dream of spring days to come.
Tulips and Muscari
And while you’re getting your hands dirty, why not try a craft project? We think these DIY marbleized terracotta pots are charming when paired with daffodils and would make great Easter presents for family and friends.
DYI Marbleized Pots
How are you counting down the days ’til spring?
George and Michael
What do you do when Margaret Russell from Architectural Digest calls late on a Friday afternoon in December asking for designs for a photo shoot the following Monday? You say, “Yes, of course! What can we send you?” And then, when you hear that the designs are actually for Michael Smith’s makeover of George Stephanopoulos’ office at Good Morning America, you jump up and down and clap! At least, that’s what we did…
George’s Office – Before
George’s Office – Before
Last Friday, the office makeover was revealed on GMA (see the video here) and for once, we got to see the show live thanks to a snow day. The “before” pictures reminded us a college dorm room gone very bad…
George’s Office – After
George’s Office – After
Mini Tea Leaf Topiary
With a bit of Phillip Jeffries wallpaper, a patterned Stanton rug and rich mahogany Ralph Lauren furniture, Michael magically transformed the dank 10 by 16 foot hovel into a serene space befitting a news anchor and former White House Communications Director. We think our lifelike designs add the perfect natural touch and George won’t even need to water them!
P.S. We’re taking a little break from blogging this week as we spend some quality time with our boys – two of whom will be off to college in no time.
Celerie Kemble – The Kips Bay Designer Show House
We were surprised to hear during the Atlanta gift show that the fiddle-leaf fig is the “it” tree for 2016… especially since we’ve been selling our faux version of ficus lyrata since 2010. First seen in Celerie Kemble’s beautiful “lady’s study” at the 2011 Kips Bay Decorator Show House, our faux figs have graced many rooms, as well as the pages of top shelter magazines.
Deborah Martin Designs
Sam Allen Interiors
A native to western Africa, this versatile tree has a fresh, modern look that complements every style of decor and environment. And while fresh fiddle-leaf figs can be quite finicky (note that they are members of the ficus family and we have yet to meet a real ficus that can survive our black thumbs!), ours have the added advantage of never dying.
Designers love our trees, not only for their realism (they’re made with natural wood trunks and branches – only the leaves are faux) but also for their ease of maintenance. If kept out of direct sunlight and dusted often, no one will know the truth! Sometimes faux is the way to go…
study / hall / living room / living room / bedroom / porch
Thanksgiving is just a week away and we know some of you have already planned your table settings down to the flowers… Well, not us! You would think that with the kind of business we’re in, that we’d be color coordinating our china to our centerpieces but we’re more concerned with the menu right now than we are with the decorations. That’s why we’ll most likely order our flowers from a local boutique and not try to do the arrangements ourselves. Then again, we can just borrow one of our faux designs from the studio and call it a day!
Thistle and Berries
Dahlias and Roses
Truth be told, we love fresh flowers on our dining room table and our local Trader Joe’s does a decent job with their seasonal mixes. But, if we lived in Manhattan, we’d be shopping at Petal Design Studio in the heart of the flower market. Corrente’s combinations of blooms are so refreshing and her use of unexpected textures such as thistles and berries make these bouquets the perfect addition to a Thanksgiving table. Even her color palettes are unusual yet pretty. It’s only too bad they won’t last through Christmas…
Hellebore and Roses
Aubergine and Green
Green and White
Are you in full Thanksgiving mode yet?
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