Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Little pretty

There are more images to share from this fall wedding, but I couldn't wait to post this one. 
First post of the year...oh well, better late than never!  

Friday, September 27, 2013

Pipe Dreams

Friday mornings are for coffee at our house.  Since my husband, Lee, bought an espresso machine with his saved up Christmas and birthday money, we've been opening the door on Fridays to friends and neighbors who want a good cup.  It has been this communal thing that we didn't expect and we are so grateful.  We serve up coffee and then get to enjoy the company of whoever stops by.  Everyone wins!  And if I have a flower job, friends just step over the buckets of flowers and hang out while I make boutonnieres.  

We have this dream to open a coffee flower shop one day.  I have visions of a community of people gathering to share life with each other over a cup of coffee with the hubbub of flower design in the background.  I'm sure it would be a crazy way to work, but something about it feels so right. Maybe one day.  For now, if you are in the neighborhood on Friday morning, you can stop by for a cup and visit for a while.  

Tuesday, September 03, 2013

Every Last Detail feature!

Meredith of Teasley Photography and I are so very honored to be featured on Every Last Detail today!  This past spring, Meredith and I collaborated on a styled shoot and we couldn't be happier to be featured today.  Check out all of the images that Meredith so beautifully captured on their blog today!  

Every Last Detail feature


Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Ruby Nashville Wedding ~Kathryn & Justin

 Kumquats, plums, radishes, olive branch, cabbages.  
Peonies, ranunculus, garden roses, jasmine vine.
Cake plates and vintage milk glass.  
An urban setting.
A sweet, lovely couple.
A smitten floral designer!   

Vintage Florals, Nashville
Ruby Event Space in Nashville

Beautiful photography by Jessica Lorren.
Lovely event design and styling by Jessica Sloane.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Vintage Florals + minted.

I've recently partnered with the online stationary company, Minted., to create an inspiration board with one of their templates and beautiful wedding invitations.  Most of the pictures on the board are from a styled shoot that I was involved in last year.  It has been a pleasure working with Minted, so I hope you enjoy this little bit of inspiration!  And if you are in need of anything stationary (especially the wedding invitations with florals!), you should head over and take a look around.  I recently ordered a personalized journal and I love it!

Enjoy a little inspiration!  
Vintage Chic by Melissa, see more wedding invitations
Vintage Chic board by Melissa. See more wedding invitations

Florals:  Vintage Florals*
Styling:  Creative Design Events-Tiffani Helms*
Photography:  Twila's Photography*

*on all but silverware place setting and cake photo's

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Love reaches high and low, digs deep, pursues, presses in, waits patiently...

Praying to love well this week.

Thursday, January 31, 2013

First Friday DIY: Indoor "gardening"

So here's my confession:  I don't have a green thumb.  
From the responses that I get from people when talking about gardening, I have the feeling that I'm supposed to know what I'm doing with a bag of dirt and a trowel.  
It makes sense...I do put flowers together for a living.  
But that just it, I put them together.  
I buy them from a store, cut the stems, and arrange them in a glass of water.  
There is no gardening involved here.  
I wish I wish I wish I knew what I was doing in the yard.  One day, when the kids are bigger..maybe even out of the house...I will learn how, and when, and where to put, for example, a peony plant.  
For now, the one peony plant that I do have will keep putting out only 2-3 blooms a year, even though I know that it's supposed to be loaded down to the ground with flowers.  
I can't worry about it right now.  
I have to let that one go.  

I have, however, found something that I can do!  

I can buy a potted plant, set it on any flat surface in my house, water it every once in a while, and voila! a healthy plant is LIVING, thriving even, under my own care!

Here are some tips for sprucing up and choosing potted plants for your home.  

1. Trader Joe's sells the prettiest, and cheapest potted plants ever, but if you don't have one, a local grocery store,  Home Depot, or Lowe's will carry them as well.   Just check in the floral or indoor plant section. 

2.  Don't pay attention to the ugly cellophane wrapper on the container-you are going to ditch it as soon as you get it home.  

3. Look for green, healthy foliage and pretty blooms.  Sometimes I buy plants that haven't bloomed yet so that I can enjoy them longer.  

4.  Find a container in your garage, or around the house, that is a little bigger than the pot holding the plant.  Drop the plant down into the pretty container.  

5.  Water, and enjoy. This is my kind of gardening, people. 

I've recently had a bit of luck potting succulants, or echiveria, as well.   This is a little bit more involved, but if I can do it, you can too.  

If you buy the succulant already in a pot, you should be good to go with an established root system.  I usually just have the blooms from the wholesale flower shop where I buy them.  In this case, a little bit of the stem on the bottom needs to be cut off.  I use a paring knife for this-it's like cutting a broccoli stem. You are basically trimming off the dry part to let water absorb into the stem again and grow roots. 

The little roots below are what grow once the stem has been trimmed and planted in moist soil for a couple weeks.  

I use a potting soil that I bought at Home Depot for indoor plants.  
It just needs to be a type of soil that drains well.  

Fill the container with soil.  If your container is really deep, fill it half-way with styrofoam peanuts or rocks, and then fill the rest with your soil.

Nestle the succulent into the soil, pressing gently.  Water the soil once or twice a week.  If you are buying a potted succulent, and just want to repot to a different container, skip to this step.  

My photographer friend, Meredith Teasley, and I had fun the other day styling some of these shots, so here are a few more pretties to enjoy!  Thank you for the beautiful photos, Meredith!  

Little tip for the above potted plant.  I used a terra cotta pot for this one, and since there's a drainage hole at the bottom, I put a pretty plate underneath.  This is a good idea if you are using a decorative aluminum container too, as they tend to leak and sometimes can rust onto your table.  

Beautiful Jasmine plant that I "repotted"....I hope to plant this sucker in the Spring...we'll see how that goes!

Happy "gardening"!!