Hi everyone! I'm sharing this dogwood, spirea & ranunculus arrangement on BrittanyMakes.com as part of our monthly flower series. I've also included some tips for building larger scale arrangements that hopefully make arrangements of this scale less daunting. I hope you're enjoying the warmer weather; I know I certainly love the flowers it brings!
The lovely Marie Muscardini of Handcraft Studio School has invited me to teach a flower crown class next month, on April 5th. This studio holds a very special place in my heart. It's a quiet, creative space that hosts awesome classes just blocks from where I live and work. When I stumbled upon it on Kickstarter, I nearly fell out of my chair!
In the past, I've participated in two pop-up shops at the studio. This time around, I'll be showing a small group how to make two types of crowns: one sweet & simple, the other big & beautiful. We'll discuss which flowers work best in crowns, how to delicately wire flowers, and how to preserve your crown. Perfect for festival and wedding season, amiright? I'm really looking forward to meeting new flower friends and seeing what everyone puts together!
Fresh Flower Crown Class
April 5th, 10AM - 1PM
Handcraft Studio School
5885 Doyle Street
Emeryville, CA 94608
We're keeping it cozy with a 12 seat max, so sign up now!
Hey everyone! I've been invited to participate in Love / Make, the first wedding expo presented by the cool cats at The Bold Italic. I'll be showcasing my work with flowers alongside some of the best local vendors, including: Magbooth, Taylor Stitch, Nopalito, Ritual Coffee, Western Editions, and more! I'll be teaming up with the awesome photographer Andria Lo to bring something extra special to the table. Come through on April 27th, 12-5PM at Terra Gallery!
From The Bold Italic:
The Bold Italic is throwing its first ever wedding expo, Love/Make! San Francisco is an indie-minded, DIY, and design-focused hotspot and we want to show off the best the city has to offer. This will be a festive day-long event that brings together upwards of 40 unique local makers, caterers, venues and designers that want to help attendees craft a truly bespoke wedding experience.
Sounds good, right? Buy your tickets in advance here for $10, or get them at the door for $15. Can't wait to see you all then!
I had the pleasure of working for the talented Shotgun Floral Studio this weekend at The Parker in Palm Springs. Surprisingly, things went rather smoothly considering all the stressors: driving through LA, a late shipment of product, lashings of rain, a few car mishaps, septic tank issues... I've said it before, and I'll say it again -- something about Palm Springs just puts people at ease. The bridal party was easy going, the team meshed well, and the guests were super cool. A few hung out with us during the reception and even asked to take our picture!
The timing for this trip couldn't be better, since I've got a Palm Springs themed shoot coming up. I'm sharing a color story that explores life within PS proper --an unlikely paradise in the middle of the desert. At The Parker, The Viceroy, and The Saguaro, these playful mod citrus shades dominate. I temper the splashy oranges and yellows with the honeyed pink of a grapefruit, the rusty orange of an Eames chair, and the glossy green tropical ferns you'd expect in a desert oasis.
A sneak peek of the cocktail party shoot hosted by Libations Unlimited, mixologist Christopher Long's mobile bar concept. A lightweight teardrop trailer transforms into a fully stocked bar and coffee station, so that you can bring your party anywhere. Christopher considered every functional and aesthetic detail, from the smart glassware storage, to the built-in cutting board, to the gorgeous espresso machine custom made to echo the blonde wood and copper of the bar.
In collaboration with Ivana Matsuba of Hana & Pine, I provided cheerful, sunny florals for the cocktail party. These arrangements couldn't be simpler-- in a single bunch of poppies, you'll find all of the sunset shades you need. We mixed these poppies with ranunculus, peonies, and a medley of wild ferns in smooth concrete planters. Fun and unfussy, like the drinks.
A full day of shooting when you're working with friends doesn't really feel like work at all. Especially when you're staging ingredients with a blackberry sage margarita in hand. I had a blast working alongside my favorite gals Ivanka, Kelly & Anita, plus meeting fellow creatives, the photographer Jordan Lutes & producer Alex Lee. The warmest memory I have from this shoot is sitting down at the end of the evening to fresh shucked oysters by Jazmine of The Oyster Girls and unwinding with this talented bunch. I can't wait to work with you all again!
Photo courtesy of Ichi Sushi
I had the privilege of providing florals for Ichi Sushi's new restaurant and izakaya bar. The space itself is incredible! It retains all of the small, neighborhoody charm of the first location, but tables are oriented in a way that allows for larger parties. The dining room echoes the ethos of the top-notch sushi Chef Tim Archuleta puts out each evening; in fact, he made the chairs, stools & pendant lights himself!
For their media night florals, I was inspired by the luscious hues found on a sashimi platter -- cymbidium orchids mirror the thick slices of ruby red tuna and blush yellowtail. To counter that richness, I added wasabi and ginger by way of crisp green hellebores and pale pinky-yellow tulips. I don't know what makes my mouth water more; the sushi or the flowers!
Congratulations again to the Ichi team!
I'm back from the dead now, with both feet firmly planted on this side of Valentine's Day. In one crazy flower-filled week, I worked with four different studios, popped up in two cities, fulfilled over a dozen custom orders, and provided the florals for a restaurant opening. I subsisted on five hours of sleep (total?) and Milano cookies for most meals. At different points, I found myself: maiming fellow BART riders with cherry branches, processing a truckload of wax flower in the rain (in the dark, in the alley behind the Mart), selling a bucket of flowers (bucket included!) to a stranger at MacArthur station, building a cardboard tatami to protect passengers from the nastiness that is my flower wagon, and battling the Chinese New Year parade goers to find ribbon for a last minute bridal bouquet wrap job. All that, plus making new flower friends while stuffing myrtle into a box, enjoying an affogato with the ladies of NBD, and burying my nose in the hyacinth leftovers to my right.
It's worth repeating: I never thought my life could be this way. And now, I can't see it any other way. Thank you so much for your support; I couldn't have pulled this off without you.
This is one of two color stories I presented for a Palm Springs-y inspired shoot. I took inspiration from the colors found in Palm Desert -- some think the desert is a dull expanse of beige, but upon closer inspection, it's full of unimaginably vibrant and curious colors! I honed in on the cooler, richer midtones -- the blues, greens, pinks & purples -- and then introduced a bit of grounding golden sand. This palette flirts with prismatic photo filters, the unnatural natural world, and modern design. Oh, and it also features the Pantone Color of the Year for good measure.
For those romantics in the SF Bay Area, I'm offering Valentine's Day arrangements for local delivery or pick-up on February 13 and 14. For East Bay lovers, pick-up will be at the Handcraft Studio School in Emeryville. San Franciscans, I will update you once a pick-up location is finalized.
I have three arrangements for you to choose from, one in each color palette above using seasonally available ingredients (sorry, no dahlias yet!). Each arrangement comes in a smooth matte white vase that your valentine will be able to reuse. $75 for pick-up, and a small delivery fee dependent on where you want us to deliver!
If you've got a different look in mind, send me your idea and I'll create a custom piece for your sweetheart!
For all inquiries and orders, please fill out the form below or drop me a line:
(415) 758 - 0770
Shasta and Rebecca were married at the San Francisco Civic Center Courthouse in the presence of their closest loved ones, two weeks to the day after deciding to elope. Shasta, an incredible floral designer in her own right, reached out to me eleven days before their ceremony. Through rapid fire correspondence, we put together this dreamy underwater inspired look for their City Hall ceremony and reception at the iconic Boulevard on the waterfront.
Shasta's bouquet featured 'Patience' garden roses, anemones, ranunculus, lilac, seeded eucalyptus, dusty miller, blue bear's paw, and a variety of sea-like succulents. Rebecca's tiny boutonniere of ranunculus and blue bear's paw was perfect for the slim lapel of her slick suit. For the table, we filled the couple's collection of vintage loving cups with potted succulents and flowers. Pearlescent votives I found steps away (and moments before!) at the Ferry Building echoed the seaside. These stunning photos are from the talented duo at Suzuran Photography. See the entire day here.
Thank you to Shasta and Rebecca, for sweeping me up in your romantic adventure. Congratulations to you both!
Ceremony Venue | SAN FRANCISCO CIVIC CENTER COURTHOUSE
Photography | SUZURAN PHOTOGRAPHY
Hair | JANINE BRYNE
Make-Up | JILL MLYNCZYK
Engagement Ring | LOLA BROOKS
Wedding Bands | BRILLIANT EARTH
Floral Design | AMANDA LUU
Coordination | DEVYN MADSEN
Reception Venue | BOULEVARD RESTAURANT
Cake | B. PATTISERIE
Sparkling Wine | INMAN FAMILY WINES
You know that friend you send frazzled emails to at 2AM? The emails that quickly escalate from "should I get bangs?" to "should I dye my hair lilac?" or "should I subway tile my kitchen?" to "eff it, I subway tiled my kitchen!" For me, that's Brittany. The perfect sounding board, she's at that style sweet spot of feminine, edgy and modern. Seriously, I challenge you to find someone who could rock sequin pants and a belly bump this hard!
Brittany is the creative director, crafter, curator, photographer and writer (phew!) of the DIY shelter blog, BrittanyMakes. There, she chronicles her projects for the home and shares her interior design ethos. For 2014, we've teamed up to bring you a simple, seasonal arrangement each month. Our thinking: anyone can be a floral designer armed with the right tools and the tricks of the trade. I'm hoping this series inspires you to play with flowers. After all, the Earth laughs in flowers!
See our first conversation in full here. And stay tuned for future posts!