Flower Magazine

MAY-JUN 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 arrange tank, and it was nothing like I had hoped. After I became pregnant with my first child, I left that job and spent the next several years as a stay-at-home mother with three children. While staying at home with my children was wonderful, I yearned for something more. When our last child entered kindergarten, my husband suggested floral design as a business idea. While I had been around flowers my whole life and made arrange- ments for the home, I had never imagined myself as a floral designer. However, once I got started, it was clear that there was no going back, and a true passion for flowers was ignited in me. What do you feel is your greatest achievement so far? I think my greatest achievement is that I have been able to grow my business from nothing to some- thing in a rather short period of time. Your favorite travel destinations are . . . I love Japan and Europe, and I will travel to either of those destinations in a heartbeat. If you could live anywhere in the world, it would be . . . Florence, Italy. I lived in Italy as both an undergraduate and graduate student, and I loved every- thing about it. Europe (and the Old World in general) is a place where I feel most at home and in my element. If you could take only three books with you on a journey into space, what would they be, and why? I'd take Claire by Dorothea Malm, Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë, and The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah. For me, the common theme of all these books is the strength of the MATERIALS: Coleus leaf Garden rose Persian shield leaf Cosmos Clematis Wild sweet pea Columbine Potato vine Geranium Underwood likes a purple palette for outdoor parties, especially more feminine gatherings like bridal or baby showers. 40 | M AY/J U N E 2 0 1 8

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