Tuesday, April 15, 2014

floral snapshot

pink carnations

what ~ leftover flowers from the arrangements that i did for my baby sister's bridal shower last weekend, including these pretty pink carnations.

where ~ on my work table.

when ~ a few minutes ago.

why ~ because although carnations get a bad rap, i think that they have some great qualities.  first of all, they have a lovely peony-esque look (always a good thing), second, they smell really good, and third, they're inexpensive so you can use them abundantly in arrangements without breaking the bank - which definitely cannot be said about the beloved peony.

stay tuned for a carnation post soon…

xo, c

simple flowers: succulent boutonniere

succulent boutonniere

i was a little silent last week (i was preparing for a very special bridal shower that took place this past weekend - look for the post in the next few weeks!).  but i'm back and continuing on with the simple wedding flowers series.  this time i decided to put together a super easy boutonniere.  i like boutonnieres that are clean looking and not too froufrou and i think that the guys appreciate this too.  i love the architectural look of succulents and they're great as cut plant material because they last a really long time.

succulent boutonniere materials

for this boutonniere i used only the three little bits above:  one piece of a succulent called echeveria elegance, one tiny fern frond (i removed most of the bottom leaves from the stem) and one little feather.

succulent prep

i prepared the succulent by 1) trimming the stem to about 1/2"  2) then sticking a 22 gauge floral wire through the remaining piece of stem 3) and folding it down on either side.  4) i then wrapped the stem and the wire with floral tape.

put together boutonniere

i put the fern and the feather together and placed the succulent on top...

wrap & cut boutonniere

...then wrapped the whole thing with the tape and trimmed it to around 3 inches.

ribbon on boutonniere

then came the ribbon.  i started at the bottom and wrapped the whole thing, covering all of the tape.  when i got to the top i left a little length of ribbon (about 4 inches) and then made a loop and put the loose end of the ribbon through it, pulling it tight.

completed succulent boutonniere 1

when i was done i cut a little dove tail in the ribbon.  that's it!

completed boutonniere 2

a handsome and simple boutonniere for a handsome (and hopefully not too simple) groom.  

happy wedding season!

xo, c

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

floral snapshot

california poppy

what ~ a california poppy (and my little man, D).

where ~ on the grounds of the historic estate, filoli, in woodside, ca.

when ~ a few sundays ago, before a private tour of the formal gardens (lookout for a post about our tour soon!).

why ~ because the poppies are abloom all over these parts right now AND because even though my little guy wasn't really suppose to pick the flowers (at least it wasn't in the formal garden…) he loves giving them to his mama whenever he gets the chance, which always warms my heart.

xo, c

Friday, April 4, 2014

cool vases: cb2 arm band vases

vases with flowers

as i was browsing through the cb2 catalogue the other day i was drawn to these brass and copper vases - i love the color, and there's a richness to them that appeals to me.  after looking them up online i find them to be even more interesting and "cool".  the description includes the following: "inspired by the coiled metal arm bands worn by the women of Rajasthan, India, these gleaming brass and copper wire vases reflect a cultural tradition.  In this region the quality and abundance of jewelry adorning the women from head to toe is indicative of a family's social status."  i can totally imagine the women and those arm bands when i look at these vases.


these vases are part of CB2 Edition LMTD which are original works that are offered only once in limited amounts.  the vases come in two sizes and i think that they'd look great with a variety of different flowers.  PLUS they come with an interesting story about the designer's inspiration.  check them out here.

xo, c

(images from the cb2 website)

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

floral snapshot

calla lily

what ~ a single white calla lily freshly cut from my hillside.

where ~ lying on a side table in my bedroom.

when ~ just now.

why ~ because it was the only one that has popped up on our hillside so far, and because the other day one of my sons excitedly exclaimed "mama, mama, look!".  his enthusiasm for flowers must run in the family and was so frigging cute that i knew that that little flower was meant to be in our home.

xo, c

Friday, March 28, 2014

bouquets to art

bouquets to art

last week i visited the bouquets to art exhibit at the de young museum, which takes place every spring here in san francisco.  for the exhibit a number of floral designers create floral arrangements inspired by selected pieces in the museum's permanent collection. it's always fun to see the designer's interpretations of the different art pieces and there were many lovely arrangements, as usual, but it was CROWDED, also as usual - it's a very popular event!  photographing the arrangements plus the art proved a little trying with all of the people (and the not-so-good lighting in parts of the museum), but i managed to capture some of my favorites and i thought that it would be fun to share them with you.  here we go...

john singer sargent
floral arrangement by: cathy boldt // art by: john singer sargent

Andy Warhol
floral arrangement by: fantasy florals // art by: andy warhol

Eskimo Finger Maskfloral arrangement by: the fine arts museums of sf flower committee // art: eskimo finger mask for storytelling

Charles Green Shaw
floral arrangement by: gail emmons // art by: charles green shaw

stickley brothers
floral arrangement by: samantha williams // art by: stickley brothers company

john singer sargent 2
floral design by: flower play // art by: john singer sargent

Nicolas Africano
floral design by: ron morgan // art by: nicolas africano

chiura obata
floral design by: yukiko's floral design studio // art by: chiura obata

Dale Chihuly
 floral design by: twigs and stems // art by: dale chihuly

in addition to the interpretive designs there were some really lovely and imaginative pieces in the lobby and the wilsey court areas of the museum.  here are a few lovelies…

amy romano vassar
garden party by amy romano vassar

by ornamento

florealfloreals 2
by floreal

AND, for the piece de resistance, this stunning design…

water lily pond studio
pirouette by water lily pond studio

this large piece was made all the more dramatic because it was suspended from the ceiling in wilsey court in front of the infamous strontium by gerhard richter.  

here are a couple of mind blowing details about the design:

~ materials used included: 1500 apple branches, 1500 roses, 300 anthurium and 120 feet of copper tubing.

~ it was 20 feet in diameter, 15 feet high and weighed 800 pounds!

the exhibit is over because, well, cut flowers don't last forever!  but if you find yourself in the bay area this time next year i highly recommend checking it out.

xo, c