FlowerSchool New York is a fantastic place to learn the art of floral arranging and last month I again had the pleasure of teaching a class. Check out the link and pictures – and sign up for a course! There are so many of NYC’s best designers that teach here and it sure is a fun way to spend an evening after a day at the office. Plus you get to take home a fabulous floral arrangement! You can’t beat that!
The 11th annual Mid-Winter Gala to benefit the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco was set in The Golden City but this year’s host, fashion power house Salvatore Ferragamo, had Beverly Hills and Florence on the brain! LMD packed up the East Coast crew and headed West to make the Italian al fresco fantasy a reality.
I wanted to recreate the Old Hollywood glitz of Rodeo Drive, so we had two large topiary trees at the entrance and 12 inside the museum. The rest was pure palazzo decadence.
I celebrated Ferragamo’s signature color red with over five thousand flowers, mostly scarlet ranunculas, red roses and clusters of pomegranates. An abundance of jasmine filled the air and we had swathes of “Giotto” blue fabric draped from the floor to the tent’s peaks that complimented the ruby-colored arrangements. The amazing color combination along with oyster velvet tablecloths nailed down the Italian palazzo mood, how do you say…? Perfettamente!
After dinner, guests–including burlesque goddess Dita Von Teese and vintage maven Liz Goldwyn, headed to the marble colonnaded courtyard for dancing. Little did they know hours before they got their groove on, the dance floor was positioned with Rodin’s The Thinker’s backside facing the DJ booth and two unattractive speakers in plain view. Designing on site is part of the job and happy accidents come from space issues. Changing it up, I decided to make The Thinker the center of the dance floor. Doing this doubled the size of the dance area and made the famous sculpture the focal point. I think Rodin would have approved.
I am excited to be part of LMD’s first ever One Kings Lane Tastemaker Sale!
The collection represents more than 11 years of hunting for unique pieces that have helped to define LMD’s aesthetic. From far off lands to New York City Flea markets I’ve found some fantastic pieces that I hope make a great addition in your home or studio.
The onset of Pinterest has completely changed the way brides-to-be approach their wedding design. In one respect, it is a great tool for narrowing down a look and pointing us designers in the right direction but on the other hand every page is beginning to look exactly the same. In a way it does provide us with the proverbial crystal ball; we can immediately tell what direction wedding design and styles are going.
This year it’s all about romance, whites and greens, a secret garden, wildflowers, ethereal, muted pastels and a shift to elegance. I am not sure if it’s the Downton Abbey effect or if everybody is just tired of blackboards and Edison bulbs, but regardless it’s a welcome change from the craftiness of the last couple of years.
It is a look we have always embraced at LMD. Enjoy a few pictures.
Last night I taught another class at The Flower School New York. To counterbalance the fifty shades of blah that describes the weather these past few days, I selected flowers with as much visual punch and juice as possible. Yves Piaget garden roses, rich purple sweet pea, jasmine vine, ranunculus, carnations, clematis, azalea and tulips, the combination was OTT and just what the doctor ordered. The side effect of this combination was the stunning fragrance, or a bouquet that I like to call the perfume bomb. Chase those winter blues away!
Mixing formal, tailored elements with effervescent colors and patterns was essential in bringing out the inner-Eloise of the Grand Ballroom at the Plaza Hotel and making it a space fit for both young adults and grown-ups alike.
Clipped boxwood globes set atop pedestals paid homage to the formal French garden and anchored the corners of the dance floor, brushed gold table lamps with elegant ivory shades cast a moody, supper-club light over hot pink anemones at the adult tables, lidded candy jars were massed with pearlescent pink gum balls and glass cloches covered pink and white swirled lolly pops and rock candy, stacks of hot pink and gold chocolate boxes were tied with cascading satin ribbon bows and clouds of bubble-gum pink cotton candy were dotted along the tables for the finishing touch.
Fleets of huge balloons in pink and gold hovered above the guests’s heads and were tethered to chairs in big clusters.
And last but certainly not least was the hot air balloon displayed on the escort card table…..
Up, up and away!
Special thank you to Eyal Tessler of Tessler Events for planning and coordination.
A spirited couple, a private and secluded ranch, an unforgettable setting: the mise en scéne for the most romantic of occasions. The native flora, the dry desert air and the piercing sun that cast a glorious light were the underpainting for our design story for a wedding in Palm Springs this past spring.
Taking full advantage of local resources we brought in mature trees, shrubs and citrus for added fullness and verdancy. The ceremony tent was filled with the fragrance of orange blossoms, oleander and lavender. Unusual blooms like coral amaryllis, white agapanthus and andromeda accompanied the more classic garden roses, ranunculus and sweet peas for an unexpected combination. The colors were straight out of the California sunset.
What a treat to work in such a marvelous place. We hope to return soon.
We recently transformed Skylight Studios into a plush dinner space and party lounge in celebration of a 25th birthday. It began with an intimate dinner for 70 – two long tables glimmering with mirror, glass and candlelight in a room that was illuminated only by a series of crystal chandeliers and projections of a moody nighttime forest and the galaxy overhead.
After dinner the room opened up to a much larger space for 250 to dance the night away complete with a gorgeous color-blocked custom dance floor and coordinating bar, modern lounge areas and lush arrangements of blooming cherry branches.
With Elizabeth K. Allen Events, Inc. at the helm, libations and eye candy by Olivier Cheng Catering, a band and DJ with an incredible sound system – all the girls just had some fun.