Flower Magazine

NOV-DEC 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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training at a handful of prestigious schools, including the Art Institute of Chicago. Her attention to detail on every petal and every sliver of light speaks to the level of perfection she strives for. "Every time I paint a flower, I'm trying to get better," says the artist, who typically works on a large-scale oil painting for about two months. When asked to take part in a holiday tour of homes organized by a local church, Mila enlisted two floral designers to help amp up the wow factor—Katharine Davis of Oeat Blooms, a new face in the local flower world, and Leah Hazzard of 3 Graces Design, an industry veteran who dresses houses in their Christmas best year after year. Together the three transformed the Hirsch home into a winter wonderland. The décor called for a scheme outside the traditional red and green. The result "was icy but still warm," says Davis, who designed most of the cool-toned floral arrangements in vessels. Hazzard took the lead on the larger installations, such as the garland of magnolia and foraged branches on the banister. "I wanted natural and organic," she says. "The space is already so amazing—it doesn't need anything too loud or big and shiny." This unfussy approach is echoed in the flocked Christmas tree, which commands attention even ABOVE: "There will be a day when white-and-stainless kitchens feel dated," says Mila. "So we went just the opposite with black and brass." The bold choice is a nod to designer Kelly Wearstler, Mila's former boss and a major influence in her aesthetic. BELOW: Open shelving boasts some of Mila's impressive collection of china and silver.

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