Posts Tagged ‘floral design’

A Need To Read

Wednesday, July 13th, 2011
Flower Power

Flower Power

The best part about traveling for work is having three uninterrupted hours on the plane to catch up on our reading.  Along with the usual suspects, we’re packing the Summer 2011 issue of flower magazine.

In the Garden with William Yeoward

In the Garden with William Yeoward

Moda Botica Bouquet

Moda Botica Bouquet

Being the flower girls that we are, this Alabama-based magazine is a seasonal must-read.  From pretty pictures of floral compositions, tablescapes and gardens, to articles about interior and product designers (like William Yeoward and Suzanne Rheinstein), flower is filled with floral fun to please all types.  And with a mission of “enriching life through flowers,” what’s not to love?

Wedding Flowers and Favors

Wedding Flowers and Favors

Flower Finds

Flower Finds

It’s just too bad we have to wait another three months for the next issue!

Rooms in Bloom - The Greenbrier

Rooms in Bloom - The Greenbrier

Photos via flower

As Maria Would Sing…

Wednesday, December 1st, 2010

Bright copper kettles…

Bright Copper Kettles (and Pots!)

Les Casseroles de Paris

And packages tied up with strings…

Bright Door Decor

Bright Door Decor

Cream-colored peonies…

Winter White Wedding

Winter White Wedding

Daybeds and…

or Dog Beds!

or Dog Beds!

Sleighbeds…

Cozy and Comfortable

Cozy and Comfortable

Shades in white fabric with blue satin sashes,

Ashley Whittacker's White and Blue Bedroom

Ashley Whittaker's Blue and White Bedroom

Snowflakes that stay on our nose and eyelashes,

Hyper Diamond by Maybelline

Hyper Diamond by Maybelline

Silver-white winters that melt into springs,

Wonderful Winterland Table

Wonderful Winterland Table

These are a few of our favorite things…  Thanks for singing along!

Photos from Flickr, My Home Ideas, Brides, Southern Accents, House Beautiful, Andy Lee, and Country Living

Meeting Charles Faudree

Wednesday, October 20th, 2010
Carolyn and Charles Faudree

Carolyn and Charles Faudree

Saying that we’re huge fans of the charming and delightful Charles Faudree would be quite the understatement – we have all his books, love his French Country style and share his belief that flowers are the single most important decorating accessory.  So when Mr. Faudree came to town last week for a book signing at Pierre Deux in Westport, we were there with bells on and floral gift in hand!

Country French Florals & Interiors

Country French Florals & Interiors

Pink Perfection in a Pretty Glass Vase

Pink Perfection in a Pretty Glass Vase

An English Tea Box Holds a Bright Bouquet

An English Tea Box Holds a Bright Bouquet

Once our copy of Country French Florals & Interiors had been signed (for our mother, of course!) “May your home be filled with joy, much happiness and a few flowers.  Enjoy the good life!”, we stayed and chatted about Mr. Faudree’s love of flowers (as a child he helped his grandmother with her cutting garden), his long-time friendship with David Easton (we can’t divulge the antics and pranks these two played on each other!) and his fabulous interior design business and store in Tulsa, Oklahoma (which we hope to visit the next time we head west.)

Fabulous Fabrics for Vervain

Fabulous Fabrics for Vervain

A Jamaican Home, Charles Faudree Style!

A Jamaican Home, Charles Faudree Style!

Needless to say, a wonderful morning spent with a lovely person in a pretty store – who wouldn’t be tickled to be in the presence of such talent?

Photos from yours truly, Rick Stiller, Vervain and Veranda

Guilty Pleasure

Saturday, November 14th, 2009

Our latest guilty pleasure is watching fabulous floral designer Jeff Leatham create magical events on his show for TLC, Flowers Uncut (Wednesdays at 10 pm Eastern.)

Jeff Leatham in Flowers Uncut

Jeff Leatham in Flowers Uncut

Joined by his design assistant, the level-headed and calm Mat, Jeff is busy capturing the New York party scene after a very successful career as Artistic Director of the George V in Paris.  While the budgets are smaller (nothing compares to having $1 million a year for flowers!), the creations are no less amazing.  So far, Jeff has designed for a myriad of clients: a wedding at The Waldorf Astoria, a charity event at Chelsea Piers, the launch of Marc Jacob’s new perfume Lola, and an intimate dinner for a friend.

Jeff at The Waldorf Astoria

Jeff at The Waldorf Astoria

Jeff at The Waldorf Astoria

Jeff at The Waldorf Astoria

We have been fans of Jeff’s long before he became a TV celebrity.  In March 2002, Diane read an article in The New York Times about his blossoming talent and was soon on a plane to Paris just to see his flowers at the George V.  After hanging around the lobby for several days, the concierge asked her if she would like to meet the designer behind these gorgeous works of art.  Needless to say, Diane was thrilled and speaks of Jeff’s charming nature and passion for flowers to this day.  We continue to be blown away by Jeff’s originality and use of color as he transforms every room he touches into a haven for the senses, and can’t wait for more of Flowers Uncut!

Jeff's Creations at the George V

Jeff's Creations at the George V

In the meantime, here are some of Jeff’s trade secrets…  Enjoy!

1.  Add a splash of Perrier in each vase – the bubbles cling to the stems.

2.  Just when you think you have enough flowers, add one more.

3.  Stay monochromatic, or at least in the same color scheme.

4.  Change the water and recut the stems every day.

5.  At night, surround your flowers with flickering votive candles.

Flowers by Jeff Leatham

Flowers by Jeff Leatham

Photos from TLC, Blum, blisstree and Jeff Leatham