Floral Finds

Happy Hosting

  • 31st May 2013

We love these generously sized Anthropologie mugs.  They make the perfect parting favor for a weekend brunch or afternoon tea.  And they double as a whimsical centerpiece arrangement.  Buy one alphabet mug for each guest and invite them to take their namesake mug on the way out (florals included).


Anthropologie monogrammed mug
Anthropologie monogrammed mug






This idea warrants a trip to a florist wherein you can purchase only a few stems of different flowers in varying hues, size and appearance.  (Each mug only needs a few stems)

It’s a budget way to ensure a parting gift that remains under $10.00 per person and doubles as your florals for the party.  A nice bonus, your guests will think of you every morning with their cup of coffee or tea!


The mugs works with any flowers, or even just simple greens from your garden.


Anthropologie monogrammed mug


They can be placed at the table to complement individual place-settings as well.

Monogrammed Mug, anthropologie.com, $6.00 (available in-store as well)

Anthropologie Monogrammed Mug



Alphabet mugs or beautiful coffee mugs/tea cups from a local boutique are a fine substitute as well.  


Two more floral ideas to complement any brunch or afternoon tea:


Rose Petal Soap RSH Catalog



Rose Petal Soaps from the RSH Catalog are gorgeous in your guest bath.  One petal can be used by each guest.

Rose Petal Soap, rshcatalog.com, $25.00


Floral tape is a lovely accent when wrapping guests’ gifts.  It can also be used to decorate place mats, place cards or table tents.


Botanical Paper Tape RSH Catalog



Botanical Paper Tape, rshcatalog.com, $22.00

Spotlight: The Green Vase

  • 29th March 2013

One look and you’re hooked!



The Green Vase


The Green Vase, located in Riverdale, New York offers a wide selection of beautiful blooms there is no doubt.  But, what they are truly renowned for is their spectacular paper flowers.


Hollyhocks Green Vase
Hair Flower Green Vase



Delicate, ephemeral blossoms that are light as gossamer but explosive in color!


Orange Flowers Green Vase



Designer Livia Cetti began her paper magic about three years ago when she sought to create a Caribbean themed cake for a client.  Her idea was to use hibiscus, native to the Caribbean on the cake.  Her incredibly creative mind began to fashion them out of double-sided crepe paper and so experimentation ensued…


The Green Vase flowers for cake
The Green Vase Bouquet




Once she achieved success in this endeavor, she never stopped.  She began to experiment with all of her favorite flowers in all colors of tissue paper, working with fading colors and bleach.


The Green Vase Plants




The Green Vase Anemone



Paper flowers can be purchased online, in their Riverdale store, or at John Derian in New York.


The Green Vase Centerpiece




While they are expensive, they are worth it!  They never wilt, and you can pull them out at a moment’s notice for an impromptu event chez toi!


Yellow Flower The Green Vase
Purple Flower the Green Vase


Don’t sit down and open their website until you have a block of time!  You will want to keep clicking on picture after picture of stunning color!


Lily the Green Vase
Sweet Peas The Green Vase



2747 Edgehill Avenue

Riverdale, New York 10463


Livia Cetti


Joanne Donohoe



Vase Mercure

  • 14th February 2013

Mercury glass is uber-popular, very affordable and a great way to display colorful florals.

Because the glass is not completely transparent you can sneak in a few faux stems as well, one of our favorite tricks!  If the faux stem is extra long just bend it in a “U” shape.  The extra bit of branch which loops upward provides excellent support for more fragile flower stems like tulips to lean against.


Mercury glass, White faux orchids, Fresh flowers

Mercury glass, white faux orchids, fresh flowers


Mercury glass looks especially elegant with white faux orchids.  They blend in beautifully, add much needed dimension and of course, they are an investment to be re-used again and again.


Some of our favorite Mercury glass finds:


Mercury Glass Chalice Vase


Mercury Glass Chalice Vase, save-on-crafts.com, $13.99


Mercury City Vase Extra Skinny


Mercury City Vase Extra Skinny, WestElm.com, $9.00—$34.00


Etched Mini Mercury Vase Pottery Barn


Etched Mini Mercury Glass Vases, set of 3, potterybarn.com, $38.99 (on sale now!)


Silver Mercury Glass Vase Luna Bazaar


Silver Mercury Glass Vase, lunabazaar.com, $15.95


Mercury Glass Vases Pier 1


Mercury Glass Vases, pier1.com, $5.48


Delicate Floral Vase Ones King Lane


Delicate Floral Vase, onekingslane.com, $39.00


For good faux orchid stems please try:




What I Love Today…

  • 29th January 2013

Whether you are throwing a Valentine’s dinner that’s heavy on romance or that toasts the spirit of love bonding your girl friends, Olive and Cocoa has a centerpiece we’re convinced belongs center stage on the table.  It’s modern, earthy and uses traditional roses (red or pink) in a singular display.


Le Coeur Olive and Cocoa

Le Coeur, www.oliveandcocoa.com, $98.00

Rose et Bleu

  • 26th January 2013

As deep purplish blue woodland hyacinths and pale pink crocus poke through the ground in Los Angeles, we are reminded of one of nature’s most beautiful combinations…blue and pink. It´s the sea meeting a rocky pink cliff, the twilight sky over sand dunes set a-flame in the sunset. Whether it’s a landscape or spring blooms, this pairing has inspired artists for centuries.







Try pink and blue and incorporate a luscious combination into your spring wardrobe.


Zara coat

anthropologie lace tee
Melissa Obadash



Navy turtleneck, Zara boutiques nationwide, $16.90

Navy leggings, Zara boutiques nationwide, $35.90

Baby  pink overcoat, Zara boutiques nationwide, $159.99


Eyelash Lace Tee, Anthropologie.com, $48.00


Melissa Odabash Sanela embellished jersey maxi dress, $294.00

Nicholas Kirkwood Elaphe & patent-leather sandals, net-a-porter.com, $995.00


Take a cue from Mother Nature and bring deep-purplish blue and baby pink together in homage to the season. This stunning centerpiece, begging to be painted by a master, was created by Designs by David, Los Angeles using hydrangeas, hyacinths, orchids and garden roses.



If you are trying to recreate this look you can also try delphinium, tulips, asters, lilac, ranunculus, but only hyacinths will give this syrupy smell.

Designs by David, Los Angeles, 310-854-3544

2222 Federal Ave, Los Angeles, 90064


Last Look…Rose & Bleu pour Elle Francais

French Elle

Cheap and Chic

  • 22nd January 2013

One of my favorite floral challenges is to take blooms I typically avoid and find a way to make them shine. Alstromeria, the Peruvian lily, chrysanthemums, and carnations are three blossoms that are constantly snubbed. They’re common, they’re cheap, they’re everywhere. . .your local grocery store, Costco, the farmer’s market (always!).

While usually relegated to background filler status in large bouquets, they actually look beautiful center-stage.

• Cut them short
• Keep them solo (no Baby’s Breath or greens sneaking in)
• Monochromatic is key
• Find some cheap blue and white, Asian-inspired pots/vases (also everywhere!).

yellow mums

The best part, if you add ice-cubes every other day, and change the water occasionally (nothing serious, just once-in-a-while) they will last for 3 weeks. . .yes, 3 weeks for under $10.00 for two bunches. Amazing!

The carnations keep giving and are gorgeous dried. Let them air-dry naturally (you do nothing) and use them:
• Sprinkled on top of tissue paper within a gorgeously wrapped gift box
• Casually thrown down the center of a dining table like a runner, or thrown around the base of candles for a boho-chic look
• To fill clear vases holding obviously artificial flowers (my favorite for this look, wood flowers)

wooden flowers

They fall under the heading ‘kids storage,’ but the Mercado Basket, from Serena & Lily, whose lively colors conjure up all of the fun of a festive open-air market-place could work almost anywhere in the house for gorgeous de-cluttering. Two for $48.00 is definitely doable.

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