Wednesday, December 29, 2010

ring around the rosies

Bouquets of hot pink (latin lady) roses. 6 bridesmaids bouquets and a bridal bouquet with rhinestone pins.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

little cascade

A sweet little cascade of pink lilies, lavender roses (not cool water, ocean something or other) a little heather and some bear grass. If you had been at the bridal show tonight I would have given it to you.

Monday, December 27, 2010

Bouquet of lavender roses, white tulips, magenta stock and limonium for bridal show tomorrow. I generally  like to show something from the upcoming season, hence the tulips. As you can probably tell this "cool water" rose is one of my faves -  a trendy color and being a 40cm. rose I can make a more affordable bouquet.

Friday, December 24, 2010

christmas gazers

Stargazers, heather pine and holly. Merry Christmas to you all. Thanks for letting me share.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Monday, December 20, 2010

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

winter bouquet

A chilly bouquet of Vandela roses, white stock- that comes of with light blue highlights, mini calla lilies and white waxflower. Pretty, chilly and textured. There will be more posts from this wedding soon.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

hey santa

Nowadays elaborate toppers seem to be a must for designer trees. Shimmery silver, gold and white ribbon, frosted branches with a fancy Santa for a focal piece.

Friday, December 10, 2010


A lovely ( looking and smelling) bridal bouquet of casablanca lilies, lavender roses and seeded eucalyptus.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

white stag

People seem to like Christmas designs made around a central figure. This permanent design features a white stag leaping out of the juniper.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

candy tree

A traditional red green and white tree with green and white balls and old fashioned ornaments. Made for Laverne Sanders who is a complete pleasure.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

dining room swag

More of the dining room decorations. A swag in burgundy, gold and copper with sugared fruit, ornaments and pine cones. This della robbia style  piece is over the entrance with smaller, coordinating pieces over the windows and doorways. Yes, this is a very heavy, though pleasant room.

Monday, November 22, 2010

roses and wine

Don't forget that roses and wine will always be romantic and sexy. Put this on your partner's end table and who knows were it could go. It's always better to give flowers to get into trouble than out of it.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

rustic holiday design

Not everyone likes bling for their holiday designs. This natural look would be a great for a cabin or lodge style setting or just for someone who appreciates natural elements. Made in a clear vase with grapevine as an armature, burlap ribbon, cranberries, pine cones and of course a cardinal. We didn't always have floral foam you know.

Monday, November 15, 2010

roses and lisianthus 2

While going through my flower photos I found this shot of one of my very early posts "roses and lisianthus centerpiece" 6/18/10. Though not as crisp as the original (and white on white is tough) being able to see the container makes the arrangement make more sense. When using a white container you should have white flowers in the arrangement so the flowers don't look like they are sitting on top of the container.

Saturday, November 13, 2010


These 2 cute contemporary Christmas designs were made using ornaments as vases. 2 permanent antherium with flocked pine in a green ornament with stryrofoam in a cube (top). Bottom is a single fresh rose with salal leaves and gold painted bear grass in a red ornament stabilized with a gold snowflake, making a reusable Christmas bud vase.

Friday, November 12, 2010

silver and red

 Though we generally we see silver with blues, silver and red is a great combo, still traditional but chiller than red and gold.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

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transitional centerpiece

This simple permanent design in fashionable copper, green, brown and gold can be used as a transitional piece, displayed through late fall, Thanksgiving and into Christmas. When using non-traditional colors it's good to use traditional shapes, mixing contemporary with classic.

Friday, October 29, 2010

bloomless fall design

Safari sunset luecadendron, equisetum, stem-dyed silver sage, cotinus and rosehips make this textural fall design. A nice fall look without any conventional blooms.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Kristi Wiggs

After working with Kristi Wiggs and seeing how beautiful and happy these ladies are holding their bouquets makes me remember why i do what i do. The family was such a treat to work for (bonus) and the ceremony was held at my favorite venue, la Maison. Hot pink roses, pink roses, hypericum berries, orange lily, salal and happy smiles. There are worse ways to make a living.

Friday, October 22, 2010

orchids and trachelium

This bouquet is a great example of the use of texture. Smooth cymbidium and hypericum berries, ruffly stock and  fuzzy purple trachelium (a sadly underused flower.) Stressing design principles always makes an effective piece.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

bowl centerpiece

An unusual low centerpiece that can  be made in any color palette. A great way to make to make use of broken stems to get your bride the most use out of her flowers. Floating candles in or around the design would make this even more effective.Coupled with a few taller centerpieces on other tables with similar flowers this concept would make some lovely and interesting table arrangements and an interesting reception room. Oh yeah, lavender carnations, green hydrangea, cymbidium and green marbles.


I recently did a post of a mock-up of this bouquet and it's corresponding centerpiece. While doing so I ran across this great closeup of the bouquet itself and found it to be a much more effective image. I will not remove the previous post since it was coupled with a centerpice. Lisa mycologista is correct however- get closer!

Saturday, October 16, 2010

something old

Amy Kolb's bouquet of orange unique roses and circus roses, collared with folded ti leaves. For her something old she had me include her grandmother's earrings and brooch.

Fall centerpiece

Beautiful fall table setting for Amy Kolb's wedding. Glads, roses, alstroemeria, seeded eucalyptus, curly willow and lily grass made in a design bowl and adhered to a pebble filled pilsner vase.

Sunday, October 10, 2010


With the current design trends it's been a long time since I have done any Japanese inspired designs. Keeping in mind that the most important aspect of design is your choice of elements, this is very good exercise. 2 leucadendron stems, 2 croton leaves, curly willow, a touch of yarrow and hypericum berries and Bob's your uncle. Balance and line.

Friday, October 8, 2010

Emma Robinson's bouquets

An excellent choice of elements for fall bouquets by Ms. Robinson. Terra cotta roses (a must) with burnt orange calla lilies. Juxtaposed with green hypericum berries and ringed with specimen green mini cymbidium orchids. A wonderful and surprising flower for a fall bouquet.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Kromer altar piece

Alter piece for previous terra cotta bouquet. orange and terra cotta roses, safari sunset leucodendron, orange waxflower and seeded eucalyptus.

terra cotta

Terra cotta and orange roses. A simple and beautiful fall bouquet. If you choose the the right elements they will practically make themselves. There will be more posts from this wedding soon.

Monday, October 4, 2010

gazers and cymbids

Here is a closeup of lovely high-style design, although this arrangement was taller than pictured, this is the place where your eye rests after taking in the piece as a whole. A perfect stargazers lily accompanied by green cymbidiums, a few green button mums, variegated pittosporum and calathea foliage leaves your eyes in a nice, pretty place to end their looking journey.

Saturday, October 2, 2010

roses and callas

A simple, beautiful, clutch bouquet of white roses and eggplant calla lilies.I seem to have an affinity for using just a few elements so you really get to see the beauty of both flowers.

Thursday, September 30, 2010


A pretty ruffly textured bouquet in lavender stock, purple stock, alstroemeria and green carnations, made in one of my favorite color combos. A very lovely bouquet that is not a budget-breaker. Fragrant and touchable (gently, mind you.)

pink topper

A creamy cake topper of spray roses, pink dendrobiums, hydrangea and lily grass. unfortunatly this is a pick up wedding. I hope this is a very large cake!

callas and cymbidiums

An interesting bouquet of green cymbidiums, eggplant calla lilies, white calla lilies, light green roses and white stock. Finished with a shelter of lily grass and collared with variegated oregonia. Classic elements generally used in a cascade bouquet done in a modern clutch style.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

purple and white supersize bouquet

A large, beautiful bouquet of gerbera daisies, purple lisianthus, white stock (9 of them fer cryin out loud), limonium and collared by variegated oregonia. Rather complex combination of elements, but all's well that ends pretty. Did i mention that this was very large?

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

pink, orange and green bouquet

A very hot bridesmaid's bouquet of pink attache roses, orange mirage roses and green hypericum berries. The handle is finished with hot pink ribbon and wrapped with green wire. Only 3 elements but the contrasting colors make this a really effective bouquet - youthful and vibrant. Below is the bouquet with one of the sample centerpieces. There will be several other centerpiece styles in this wedding (with slightly different flowers) but all in this hot color scheme.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

classic cascade

 A nice cascade of Eskimo roses, red spray roses, white dendrobiums, lily grass and myrtle. Staging by Lusti Alexander

Wednesday, September 8, 2010


A hip fall design featuring; orange carnations, hypericum berries, solidago, leucadendron, curly willow and bittersweet for motion. Collared with millet in a pebble-filled cylinder vase.