Archive for December, 2015

Victor Vine

Friday, December 18th, 2015

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!

Victori Vine

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.

Sweet peas on a vine

Not all vines are created equal and they all serve their purpose, flower at different times of the year and have different strengths.

Cascading Bridal Bouquet with vines

Napkin Details

Wednesday, December 16th, 2015

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.

Rosemary on a Napkin


Dior and I – How trends are born and a designer gets inspired

Monday, December 14th, 2015

Ever seen the movie Dior and I? If you are in a creative field or you ever wonder how the heck do floral designers get inspired  (because boy we get this question all the time).   Or better yet, see how we feel on the day of an event you should watch this movie. I must admit that I cried a little at the end. The movie is about Raf Simons, a Belgian designer who took over the Dior Couture Fashion House in 2012. Although Raf is no longer the creative director at Dior he will be dearly missed, especially by all of us in the floral world and I’ll tell you why.

There was a video floating around and for floral designers it was a dream come true. Watch it here. We knew about Raf long before the movie came about. The five minute video showed  floral designer Eric Chauvin from Un Jeurs de Fleurs cover those walls with flowers. His mechanics are shown, the flowers he used and the absolute insane amount of flowers. Orchids, delphiniums, dahlias and roses galore.

Raf’s opening show would be a fall/winter collection and as fittingly so he decided that the walls of the Parisian mansion should be covered in flowers. He was inspired from Jeff Koons art work called “Puppy”. Are you seeing how a designer is getting inspired and changing the design ever so slightly to take on it’s own life form?  Covering entire walls in flowers its a statement.

Delphinium walls


I talked about flower walls last week. Kanye and Kim decided what the hell we will build one of those and get married in front of it. Eventually clients began thinking big and asking for flower walls too, and it trickled itself onto events. Thats how trends are created and inspiration works.

I wrote this post because I want you all to Think Big! Think outside of the Pinterest box.  Pinterest is great to help you form your thoughts and see how your colors work well together. But when you ask us to copy something to a T, it kills a little piece of our artistic soul. We don’t want to copy (although some do!) we want to create new things…. give us a little bit of freedom. I assure you we will come up with ten better ideas than any of your favorite Pinterest pins.



All About Garlands

Friday, December 11th, 2015

The use of garlands has become quite popular in the last few months.  Add flowers, candles, tossed petals and it’s a great way to dress up a table.

We like using a minimum of two different types of greenery for garlands. Usually silver dollar eucalyptus as a base along with either salal (aka. lemon leaf) to bulk up a garland or seeded eucalyptus for a little bit of texture but still drape.

Garland Backdrop


Garlands on Tables


Thanks to the ladies from Soiree Wedding and Events for introducing us to Reba, and of course, thanks to  Reba herself for letting us have so much fun with her decor at Room 1520!

Ombre Aisle

Wednesday, December 9th, 2015

Not a fan of the traditional fabric aisle runner but looking to dress up an aisle. Consider using rose petals to create a runner. We created this beauty for a southern beauty to walk down the aisle at Room 1520 alongside Soiree Weddings and Events.

Ombre Aisle Petals aisle

If you are wondering how many roses it took to create this effect…. well if you guessed around 1000 you are correct.

The Year of the Flower Wall

Tuesday, December 8th, 2015

Pulling the cobwebs off the blog. It has been a long time since I’ve posted. Mainly I’ve been focused on our clients and also I wanted to makes sure our posts are informative and fun.  Since we got a little break,  I thought it would be good to let you know what we’ve been working on the last few months.

It has been without a doubt the year of the flower wall at Exquisite Designs.  Flower walls, champagne glasses walls, freestanding  walls, cacti walls, escort card walls….. we have done them all.

It only seemed fitting that we started this trip down the wall crazed with a champagne wall on New Years Eve with Lola Event Productions at the Bridgeport Art Center. Lori asked if we could just think out of the box for the escort card table. Well why not greet every guests with an empty champagne flute they would have to find with their names on a champagne wall.


Champagne Wall

Spring was rounding the corner and we got to do another  flower wall for our friends at (No Subject) we created a wall of roses, hydrangeas, peonies, jasmine vine and amaranths in a faux boxwood wall at the Westfield Old Orchard Mall. It was a great event with  Louise Roe and the Everyday Girl amongst a few other fashion bloggers.


Flower Wall Exquisite Designs

Next we got to do a 8′ x 8′  flower wall for a lovely bride with Honeybee Weddings at the Blackstone Hotel.  All roses, spray roses, hydrangeas and gilded lemon leaf accents on a green moss background.

Flower Wall at the Blackstone Hotel


The following day (yes you read that right! the following day) we got to head on over to the Chicago Botanic Gardens with Parties Etc and an escort card table turned wall! Because well…. why not!


Escort Card Wall at the Chicago Botanic Gardens


Finishing off the wall trend with a cacti wall at 19 East (formerly known as the Chicago Illuminating Company) for Create & Cultivate. If you live in Chicago, 19 East has 12 shelves that go high up…. almost 30′ in the air. We got to do an ombre cacti wall with 180 cacti. It surely didn’t take a few minutes to set this beauty up as it required a lift and someone who wasn’t daunted by the fear of heights (like me!). But I’m not going to lie, it was fun to see it and since Create & Cultivate is put together by the branding dynamos from (No Subject) we got to see the hashtag for the event on Instagram along with the attendees reaction to it.

What did we do with 180 cacti? We gifted, donated them and we even kept a few!

Cacti Wall at 19 East


We get asked how do we do these flower walls, and how do we ensure that the flowers stay alive for long periods of time. It is a little craft secret in our studio, but know we don’t use floral foam. I’m not one to say we don’t shy away from using floral foam but we certainly try our best to do without when we can. So there you have it! The year of the flower wall. We shall see what next year holds.

You have a crazy idea, give us a call.  We are happy to join you on the creative roller coaster ride and even help you hit the gas!