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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PHOTO BY BETH HONTZAS 6 | S E P T E M B E R / O C T O B E R 2 0 1 8 WATERING CAN wateringcan@flowermag.com or Letters to the Editor Flower magazine P.O. Box 530645 Birmingham, AL 35253 Please send your comments, triumphs, challenges & questions to: Get the Flower email newsletter! Sign up at flowermag.com/news. Follow us I have purchased several fashion items from designers I've spied on my feed and have found interesting prospects for future stories in the magazine—and I've actually spoken to some of these folks. What felt so hopeful about that dinner, aside from our being able to lovingly agree to disagree on certain issues, was that we all felt that these "mom and pop," if you will, entrepreneurial artisans and designers, seem to represent a move in the culture back to the future, where we use technology to advance a simpler, thoughtful, and more human zeitgeist. It seems that this issue reflects this ethos: Wendy Wurtzburger, former global co-president of Anthropologie and current small- business owner, harvests from her gardens for a smashing fall family feast in her home in Philadelphia; Mandy and Steve O'Shea of Moonflower Designs in Comer, Georgia, grow their own flowers organically for farmers markets and exquisite weddings; and Birmingham architect James Carter fills his house and Sunday brunch décor with family heirlooms, mementos, and favorite flowers fetchingly arranged by a friend. The subjects in all these stories and others are keeping it personal, thoughtful, and, yes, somewhat simpler. Here's to the future. It's looking bright and beautiful. LAST NIGHT, MY HUSBAND AND I DINED with one of his dearest friends from college who was passing through Birmingham. We covered a lot of territory in our conversation, as the three of us are all extroverts with opinions, and not shy about sharing them. We disagreed, pleasantly, on several things and discussed them civilly. It was positively counter- cultural, at least counter to the culture that we sometimes witness on mainstream and social media. After we covered politics, religion, and our children's whereabouts, we addressed the potential for a pendulum swing away from virtual reality, artificial intelligence, and life lived on a screen and toward personal connections and the renaissance of an independent, artisanal, more homespun economy—a subculture that seems to be bubbling up in our nation, ironically helped in part by social media and, in particular, Instagram. Margot Shaw EDITOR-IN-CHIEF SDG,

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