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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