wreath workshop

I am excited to announce a winter wreath workshop that I will be teaching on Thursday, December 11th, 2014! Bits and Pieces Rentals will be hosting at Murray & Finn in downtown Summit, New Jersey. Join us for some drinks and treats from 7:30-9 and of course, winter wreath making. The wreaths are fragrant and long lasting, perfect for a holiday gift or for yourself. Cost is $40 per guest. Everyone attending will receive 25% off Murray & Finn merchandise, it's the perfect time to holiday shop too! Register here or by visiting Murray & Finn in person. Hope to see you there!

a closer look at the flowers in the great gatsby

The Great Gatsby won two Oscars at the Academy Awards last week in the design category. The movie took large strides in inspiring both fashion and decor last year. Catherine Martin was the production manager and won Oscars in both best costumes and best production design with set decorator Beverley Dunn.

The flower scene in The Great Gatsby is my favorite, both in the novel and the movie, although the later far surpassed my limited imagination in high school English class. The scene is set for Gatsby to reunite with his beloved Daisy and no luxurious detail is spared.

"The flowers were unnecessary, for at two o’clock a greenhouse arrived from Gatsby’s, with innumerable receptacles to contain it. An hour later the front door opened nervously, and Gatsby, in a white flannel suit, silver shirt, and gold-colored tie, hurried in. He was pale, and there were dark signs of sleeplessness beneath his eyes."

Daisy and Gatsby sharing a moment amidst an explosion of lavish hot house orchids. Stems of cymbidium, dendrobium and phalaenopsis orchids in a cream, soft green and white color palette.

 "We chose to put a ludicrous number of flowers, particularly orchids, because that would've required hothouses and would represent Gatsby's extraordinary wealth." production designer Martin said.

 Martin, who also won two Oscars for production and costume design of Moulin Rouge, answered a few questions for the LA times on the art deco floral design inspiration:

What was the inspiration for those outrageous floral sprays in Gatsby's house?
I looked at interiors done by Elsie de Wolfe, but the main influence was Constance Spry, probably the most famous florist in London in the 1930s and a favorite of the duchess of Windsor. For her time, she was extremely wild and surrealist, adding cabbage leaves and unexpected country garden things to arrangements.  We chose to put a ludicrous number of flowers, particularly orchids, because that would’ve required hothouses and would represent Gatsby's extraordinary wealth. Constance Spry was one of the first people to put flowers in urns and ceramic swans and other unusual containers, but her arrangements tended to be a little less full. I chose to override her style a little bit and fill the arrangements out. The modern eye wouldn’t understand such a deliberate period look.
The Harlem apartment of Tom Buchanan's mistress also has a giddy gaudiness. How did you achieve that?
I worked with Karman Grech, who has original wallpaper sample books from the 1920s and had a floral with lots of red and pink reproduced. In the Fitzgerald book it says the couch is upholstered in something that looked like the 18th century painting of a girl in a swing by Fragonard. So we had that digitally printed onto the upholstery fabric.

I was hard pressed to find out if they were silk orchids or fresh until I came across this article pointing to an all artificial orchid scene. This explains their particularly perfect appearance, not one bruise or brown blotch in sight! What a visually stunning movie.

I put together examples of some of the orchids used:

Photo credits warner brothers and lucky magazine.

flowers for the NJ Devils

No, this was not a Christmas party, I designed flowers for a party for the New Jersey Devils! The party was at the Liberty House in Jersey City in Liberty State Park with sweeping views of NYC and the statue of liberty. It was difficult for me to get a good photo of the arrangements with the skyline stealing the show! I did find some reproduction hobnail glass vases that I absolutely love, you can see the dots slightly in the light in the photo above. Lets go Devils!

a brooklyn backyard wedding

I had the chance to design for a gorgeous brooklyn backyard wedding. 
The pretty scene was set amongst the textures of brick and ivy and featured on Style Me Pretty.


For the whole photo gallery, visit style me pretty here.

The bouquet and boutonniere are available for purchase in my shop here.
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