Friday, February 5, 2010

Inspiration: Studio Choo

The two ladies behind San Francisco’s Studio Choo never fail to inspire me…see for yourself…

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All pictures courtesy of Studio Choo

we like it wild: we heart flowers

I am posting this link courtesy of the talented ladies at Studio Choo in San Francisco who put together this lovely Valentine’s Day project for Design*Sponge. Hopefully it will inspire you!

Avoid adding to the glut of office chocolate and candy hearts this Valentine’s Day by bringing a bit of of the outside in. You don’t need to be head-over-heels in love with someone to add some sweetness and color to their day, and these bite-sized arrangements are guaranteed brighten up any cubicle.

We recycled a heart-shaped box to use as our tray (spray-painted white) and mini tins as our candy cups (we found ours in the baking section of Bed, Bath and Beyond and spray-painted them gold). Once your paint has dried, arrange the cups in your box the way that candy would sit in a candy box. Add a small amount of water to each cup, enough to keep your stems wet but not so much that they’ll spill over on the drive to work. Choose a few scoops of your favorite flowers to artfully distribute to the tiny cups. The nice thing about this project is that you can use smaller flowers that are sometimes too small and delicate to work into large arrangements. Cut short stems and sort them into the cups. We used narcissus, quince blossoms, and ranunculus but any small flowers will do fine. Add the lid and secure with a ribbon. Be careful transporting them and be sure to keep the box level (that’s why we kept the water low).

Pass out the mini-arrangements or let your coworkers choose their favorite ones. The arrangements may only last a few days, but that’s a few days more than a box of candy would last and with so fewer calories. Don’t forget to save one for your desk, too!

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Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Flowers: Spring arrangement

I was thrilled to see the first peonies at the market last week. This delivery from last week had fuchsia peonies, lime vibernum, sage/pink leucadendron and lime green hellebore and cherry blossom twigs from my own garden.
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Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Design: Winter Tablescape

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A private dinner party was a great opportunity to try out a new tablescape idea. The hostess wanted a “wintry theme but no cut flowers.” Hmm. I went with potted paper whites, small ivy topiary balls and trees and a selection of wooden reindeer and icicle balls to round it out. Table gifts of books were wrapped in craft paper and tied with gardening twine. My favorite burlap runner on the gorgeous rough-finished dining table contrasted nicely with the vintage blue Spode plates and gold and silver Christmas crackers. Lots and lots of white candles and little glass dishes of nuts and malt balls filled out the table and kept the guests happy while they waited for the next course…
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Monday, February 1, 2010

Flowers: KCTS channel 9 at SAM

First of the pictures from a busy, busy week - centerpieces for a KCTS channel 9 event for Rick Steves held at the Seattle Art Museum.
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