Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Our Favorite Things: Nurseries (or A Day of Running Around with Liz and Heidi)

Some days we do nothing but run around. Yesterday was hopelessly devoted to our foodie clients, Aster Cafe and Republic, for whom we are planting outdoor containers. After a quick trip to the Aster to size up the situation, we checked in on progress at Republic, where we found Billy O'Reilly pitching in on the painting. We heartily approve of how things are shaping up (and we daresay our paint selections are stellar in the space). After a quick stop at the Seven Corners geyser, we headed on to shop plants, including a stop at the lovely Tangletown Gardens for inspiration. 

As usual, we got gawked at at the nursery for our non-garish carts full of foliage plants. It's okay. We're cool with that. If you need smart and sexy container gardens, you know where to find us. We'd love to set you up.

Monday, May 9, 2011

Black and White and Soft All Over

Misha and Nick's wedding was an event loaded with interesting details. Starting with black and white toile linens, we kept the floral and decor soft and antique feeling with some modern elements mixed in. The result was a lush, eclectic and and very elegant event. 

We designed the personal flowers with a very light hand. Pristine roses and orchids in pale shades and little bits of texture from white nerine lilies, freesia, dusty miller, bunnytail grass, and andromeda heather resulted in restful, but highly intricate bouquets.

Having the ceremony and reception in the same room is always a challenge for event designers. Trying to create a striking and sacred space against a backlit wall of glass also requires considerable creativity. For the ceremony we envisioned a light and twinkly backdrop incorporating lucite, glass, candlelight, succulents, gardenias, orchids, terrariums, raw silk ribbon and glass bubble garland. The results were stunning.

The space was quickly turned during cocktail hour. The neutral palette was warmed up with lighting and luscious florals in soft, antique fall shades. Elevated centerpieces of peegee hydrangea, magnolia and dendrobium orchids were designed in birdfeeders. Low arrangements of roses, andromeda heather, peegee hydrangea, scabiosa pods and echeveria were held by cast iron urns.

Kudos to some of our favorite peeps who worked on this event with us: Bungalow 6 Design, Linen EffectsMinneapolis Golf Club and photography by Red Ribbon Studio.

Labor Days

Black eyes, bruises, cardboard cuts, blisters from lighters, embedded thorns, spray painted fingers, flooded cars and laps...our devoted peeps take one for the team everyday in a job that is deceptively physical. Now that we finally have a moment to take a breath, we wanted to again proclaim our eternal devotion to the people who never quit on us and make us look SO good, even when it's 10pm, when working conditions are 40 degrees and full of fumes, when lunch is pretzel m&ms and dinner is whisky and animal crackers. We couldn't possibly deserve you, but we're so glad you're here!

Monday, May 2, 2011

Frocktails Featured on Secrets of the City

Summer of Dresses, which I helped to start last year is back for it's second season of prettiness. The kick off Frocktail party is tonight from 5-8 at everyone's favorite, Aster Cafe. If you're someone who prefers 'dapper' to dresses (or just wants to surround yourself with scads of pretty ladies), you are cordially invited to join us! Follow Summer of Dresses on twitter to get your fix of eyecandy. More info can be found in Secrets of the City's feature, too.