During the growing season I love being able to walk outside and cut blooms to bring indoors. I find it challenging, however, to compose an arrangement that completely satisfies me. So I am always searching for inspiration.
The problem is that so many bouquets created by professional designers use hot house flowers and mix plants that typically do not bloom together. That's not the case with the lovely bouquets created by Brooklyn-based floral designer Nicolette Owen (of Nicolette Camille) that were featured in the March issue of Veranda magazine.
A bouquet created by a student at the Little Flower School demonstrates the school's arrangement style: the base; the "face," or showy, flowers; and the tall "wispy gestures."
In the article, Owen's gorgeous creations were almost totally composed of flowers that many of us actually grow in our gardens, including Mock orange blossoms, blueberry branches, dicentra leaves, lamb's ears, clematis seed heads and peonies 'Barrington Belle,' and 'Coral Charm' to name a few. Alas, there was never a link to this story on Veranda's website, so you will have to go to the designer's site to see what I mean.
Nicolette Owen of Nicolette Camille and Sarah Ryhanen of Saipua also teach floral design classes through their joint venture, The Little Flower School.
Owen and Sarah Ryhanen of Saipua have a terrific blog where they showcase their work — and that of the students — from their joint venture: the LIttle Flower School. In addition to these inspirational images, you can see how they create their arrangements in a great how-to video from the flower school via the Wall St. Journal.
When I was checking out the school's offerings, I noticed a wreath-making class that cost $200 for a two-hour session. At first I was aghast; then realized that, after you account for NYC prices, and then add in the cost of the incredible array of fresh material you would be working with, plus expert tutorial, the price was actually a steal. For those of us too far to take a class in person, the blog — and their flickr page — offer plenty of lessons in color and composition.
The Little Flower School: An arrangement inspired by the Dutch masters.