Archive for the ‘FLORALS’ Category

11.13.14

A UNIQUE HOLIDAY WREATH

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i really love the holiday season. there is so much beauty in the decoration and the anticipation for the traditions that this time of year brings. today, i’m excited to feature a gorgeous holiday wreath by a alyssa hoppe, a wonderfully talented new york floral designer and prop stylist. i love her take on a holiday classic that can live in your home this season if you follow her steps below…take it away, alyssa!

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I was inspired to take a modern, clean approach to fall and holiday decor this year with an asymmetrical wreath in a neutral color palette. I’m always thinking about how to repurpose or give another life to what I’m making, so with that in mind, I started with a base for my wreath that would become a great wall hanging piece even after the foliage comes off. Enjoy! – Alyssa

step1

what you’ll need:  

Wreath:

Cecropia
Wheat
Tallow Berries
Roses
Chestnut Leaves
Pittosporum Ralphii
Floral Wire

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Base:

Thick cotton twine
Black leather cord
Round Brass tube
Masking Tape

Tools:

Hack Saw
C Clamps
Scissors
Ruler
Plant Shears

step3
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how to make it: 

  • measure out desired length of brass tubing for the base of the wreath and mark with tape. We measured our tubing to 16″ long.
  • secure your tubing to the table with c clamps and use a hacksaw to make the cut
  • Using sharp scissors, cut the desired length of your leather cord. We cut our length at 64”
  • Once your leather cord is cut, slide the cord through the brass tube
  • Place the leather cord end to end and secure with masking tape so that you have a continuous loop. Slide the taped section through the brass tube so that it is hidden.

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  • Decide how long you would like the fringe to be, and cut cotton twine to twice that length. We cut 24 strands at 24″
  • fold the cotton twine in half, with a loop at the top. wrap around the brass tubing, and pull ends through the loop at the top in a “lark’s head knot”
  • Once all cotton twine strands have been attached to the tube make sure you go through and tighten all of the knots
  • Now your base is made and you’re ready to make the foliage layer that attaches.

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  • Start with your longest leaf branches and attach them end to end using floral wire.
  • Starting from the outside, working towards center, layer foliage and flowers on top of another, and attach stems with floral wire
  • Once you have reached the middle you want to make sure you cover the connection with a larger flower so it feels seamless

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  • Once you have finished, hold up the foliage layer to your base and figure out the angle you want to attach it at.
  • Using floral wire, attach the foliage to the base at the points of intersection
  • Once secure, hang it on the wall and your wreath is finished

happy holidays!

photos by: Kathleen Stalzer Bly
wreath design by: Alyssa Hoppe
more DIY projects here

08.06.14

MOON PARTY & DOWNLOADS!

this post is something i’m really excited and proud of! i love how everything came together, and i can’t wait to tell you all about it so you can have one of these magical floor parties of your own. throw one in your backyard, string up some lights, project a cool saying on the wall and voila!

hosting events and workshops is one of my absolute favorite things to do. so when epson asked me if i could come up with some alternate ways of using a home projector system my mind immediately went to parties. i feel like i constantly have something to celebrate or plan and decorate for and i thought it would be fun to have something that you could throw up on the wall to instantly make it feel like a celebration.

so we created party downloads! four different sayings and phrases that you can download and project on the wall of your own gatherings (pst, you can enter to win one of the projectors after the jump!). we picked my favorite, make your own magic, and threw a little party around the moon theme.

kristen and amy from moon canyon styled the event, from the hand-painted rocks to the perfect centerpieces, they exceeded my expectations as usual. and heirloom la created a gorgeous spread of food and the most delicious cocktails you’ve ever tasted.

they really are creative culinary geniuses!  i mean, the cocktail had edible silver flakes in it!

amy painted all of the rocks for the table and made individual mini moon watercolor place cards for everyone. the magic was in the details for this party.

i loved the idea of having a floor party…and surrounding the table with pillows and mini stools for the platters of food to be easily accessed.

we got the most beautiful assortment of pillows, moroccan rugs and tables from found rentals, they have a wonderful selection of vintage pieces that you can rent for parties. in love with all of the pillow textiles…

the colors were straight out of a dream and jesse captured the day perfectly.

we used the powerLite home cinema 2000 projector from Epson to project the saying on the wall. it worked great! we’ve also been enjoying using it in the studio to watch huge episodes of Girls on the wall during lunch time!

download one of these 4 designs to project at your next party and enter below to win the projector we use in our office for so many things!

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CLICK THROUGH TO DOWNLOAD ALL OF THE DESIGNS & WIN A PROJECTOR… 

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03.31.14

APRIL RULES

Tomorrow is April 1st. Instead of playing a prank on someone, how about doing something to make someone’s day? For the past couple of years, Yasmine has been doing little surprises for people on this day. Here’s a few ideas on how to turn April Fools into April Rules…

The flowers used for this project (tulips, lilacs, ranunculus, daffodils, feverfew, wax flower, lavender, and kumquats) were mostly sourced from the grocery store (Trader Joe’s). All fairly affordable and accessible. Inexpensive vases and craft paper were purchased at the dollar store. Leave an arrangement on someone’s doorstep. Or…

Give $5 worth of gold dollar coins to a homeless person. Pass out “you’re cute” cards to strangers. Improve someone’s spirits.

 

Wrap some inexpensive flowers in craft paper. Fill up a basket and pass them around to people you see. This project is supposed to be fun, affordable and doable for all!

I loved watching people’s faces light up when they received their free surprise! April rules.

florals by: yasmine floral design
photography by: julia stotz

03.24.14

CAKE WITH EDIBLE FLOWERS

this was one of the prettiest shoots i’ve worked on in a while. amy merrick & max wanger brought their talents to the studio last week and we collaborated on this gorgeous floral shoot. amy had been wanting to do a project with edible flowers and decided to adorn a white cake with them. the  inspiration came from this dreamy watercolor dress shown above. (which is on sale here) this would be such a gorgeous wedding cake, don’t you think?

Edible flowers used in the post- rose petals, geranium, dianthus, carnations, calendula, violets, pansies, violas, lilac, camomile and nasturtium leaves and blossoms.

Sourcing edible flowers- try to search your local farmers market, garden center or specialty grocery store for flowers and plants that have been organically grown. Since many of these flowers won’t have been grown to consume, they may have a much heavier application of pesticides which is why sourcing organic is important.

To prepare your flowers- throughly wash and dry the flowers. Generally only the petals will be edible, so avoid eating any stem, leaf or stamens. You want to avoid eating any pollen, and people with allergies should be extra careful when eating flowers.

How to keep your flowers fresh- cut your flowers off their stems as close to serving as possible. Many flowers will last longer when kept in a refrigerator, but it’s best to keep them in water until immediately before use. Once cut, they will look fresh for about an hour at room temperature.

Ways to eat flowers- Many petals are nearly tasteless and can dress up everything from baked goods to salads, soups and vegetables. Some flowers have more of a herbal or spicy flavor (nasturtiums, flowering herbs) and those are best left on the savory side of the plate.

florals by: amy merrick – see more floral posts here!
art direction by: bri emery
photos by: max wanger
model: siri thorson

03.20.14

FLORALS IN YOUR SPACE / 07

i’m really happy to share this story with you. kristen created this STUNNING floral wreath and these mini bouquets to match the decor in CHAY, a store in LA i fell in love with quickly. i had to hold back in this store, man. so many beautiful objects, sheepskin rugs, and quality creations. take a look at the next edition of “florals in your space” -bri

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