November 10th, 2016 by Alex
LUSH Cosmetics celebrated their anniversary in Chicago in grand with a pop up shop out in Millennium Park…. and we were part of it. If you are a LUSH Cosmetics customer you know that they use natural ingredients. The team from LUSH was making creams and products onsite while answering questions over the internet thru a live feed.
We created a green living wall of 13 different plants and ferns including springeri fern, Kalanhoe fern, Boston Fern, English ivy to maidenhair fern. In true style as with all of our floral walls or green walls we don’t use floral foam! It takes a little bit more work but so worth it. After the event, the kind folks at LUSH Cosmetics donated all the plants!
Close up of the green living wall at Millennium Park for LUSH Cosmetics
April 11th, 2016 by Alex
Inspiration is all around us, this year I was happy to pick up a copy of Ariella Chezar’s new book called “The Flower Workshop” It is filled with images of gorgeous flowers, unusual vines and plenty of compotes. Its got eye candy galore!
If you love to grow flowers that are hard to find this book is beaming with quite a few of those. Akebia vine aka chocolate vine will be one of this year’s garden acquisitions alongside poppies, dahlias, zinnias and love in a puff vine.
April 8th, 2016 by Alex
I’ve gotten a lot of questions over the years about my garden and how big it is. Well truth be told, I actually don’t have a huge garden. It’s more like a plot of land around 50′ by 20′ that is on the side of my house. It started about four years ago on my quest to grow dahlias that didn’t look like they had been thru war on their way to Chicago via California.
The growing bug took a hold of me and kept going. I’m not out there all the time since I do have a full time job in addition to being a mom. BUT I do enjoy gardening.
It’s still pretty darn cold and windy in Chicago. But we’ve had quite a few bouts of warm weather. It is April after all. The forsythia branches already bloomed and if the frost gets them one more time they will be gone. Nonetheless, one of my favorite flowers is starting to bloom… Hellebores is quite the resilient flower. It loves the cold weather and it last quite a long time once it blooms.
Gardening is about being patient and waiting for the moment to reap what you sow. I promise you these gardening posts will get better as the weather warms up and the year moves along.
Next week, I’ll talk about my sweet peas who need to go in the ground (rain or shine!) this coming weekend.
April 7th, 2016 by Alex
Last summer we had the pleasure of working with Katie and Samford their wedding at the University Club in Chicago. We had quite a great team of vendors such as Soiree Weddings and Events, BBJ Linen, Frost Lighting and major kudos to Andre Labour Photography for sharing these gorgeous pictures.
Katie was hoping for peonies in late August and we were able to deliver! Her bridesmaids carried bouquets of purple Vanda orchids, stock, Yves Paiget Garden roses and foliages.
Katie wanted lots of vibrant purples, magentas, plums with a lot of texture and that’s what we gave her on all of her designs with purple hydrangeas, plum calla lilies, calypso mokara orchids, dusty miller, plum ranunculus, lisianthus and dahlias.
December 18th, 2015 by Alex
If you’ve ever been to our studio and wandered off into our design area you may find Victor Vine looking at you. Victor was an art project created by my son Max a few years ago. He has been with me for a loooooong time. Amazingly enough I don’t think my son knew how much I love vines, but between you and me, I do. I love vines so much that I try to include vines in 90% of our designs. I will sneak them up on you (just like a vine) because I will use flowers that don’t quite look like a vine but are. I’m a huge lover of sweet peas (yep, they are vines!), stephanotis (it grows in a vine too), or the usual suspects that you tend to see all the time such as jasmine, clematis, or even hops. All vines!
Last year we saw a lot of designers using Smilax vines and wed id too. It’s pretty hearty and drapes beautifully. Although one of my favorites is the elusive porcelain vine, available only in the fall. It’s actually an invasive vine so a lot of counties tend to destroy it, but if you are looking hard enough you will find it.
Not all vines are created equal and they all serve their purpose, flower at different times of the year and have different strengths.
December 16th, 2015 by Alex
It’s all in the details….. if you are a foodie or a lover all pretty things like us consider adding a napkin detail to your event by adding in a small sprig of rosemary or lavender to each place setting. As your guest takes a seat they will be inclined to lift the sprig off their napkin, smell the aroma…. and voila they will be ready for dinner. A small sprig of rosemary tends to wet your palate. A herb doesn’t quite fit into your design, consider using an orchid bloom or a small succulent.