Flower Magazine

SEP-OCT 2018

Browse "flower" to learn techniques from established and up-and-coming designers, be inspired by the floral decor of weddings, galas, and flower and garden shows, and infuse your lifestyle with chic floral fashion and home decor.

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FRESH STYLE I meet to get there. After graduating from Wellesley, I moved to Paris to get a job. My objective wasn't to get a job in fashion but rather a job that would pay for me to stay there! After all, I was 21 and thought I could do anything. I started as a reporter covering parties for Women's Wear Daily and W, which gave me access to some of the biggest names in fashion. Working late nights and weekends got tiresome, so I eventually landed PR positions with Louis Vuitton and Gucci. Does fashion influence your designs? No, my designs are more influenced by lifestyles than fashion styles. What role does lifestyle play? I do a lot of work in seaside locations, as you can see in my new book, Island Hopping [Vendome, 2018]. The island lifestyle is one of simplicity and leisure, so island interiors should convey a sense of ease and be conducive to relaxation and rejuvenation. Most importantly, they should be place-appropriate. Define "place-appropriate" for us. Don't try to make a coastal cottage a Park Avenue penthouse. Create layers of luxury with indigenous materials like seagrass, rattan, linen, canvas, and batik. I love to use cotton hand-printed floral fabrics, especially from China Seas. They add a touch of charm and history to any interior. I see. Let's go back to your new book. Tell us about the houses you chose to highlight. The homes are all over the map—literally BELOW: A faux-tortoiseshell French armoire houses prints, shells, and other curiosities. RIGHT: A two-tiered antique chandelier hangs above a table draped with a custom awning-striped cloth and encircled by a set of Biedermeier chairs. BOTTOM: A suite of shell watercolors hangs above a Kentian carved console. The stuffed peacock adds playfulness to the space. 16 | S E P T E M B E R / O C T O B E R 2 0 1 8

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