mid-week flowers

Late summer climbing roses and sweet autumn clematis (that wandered over from my neighbor’s yard) in a small blue and white bowl. Afternoon therapy. I used chicken wire scrunched in a ball and some floral tape to hold it in place. But you can use anything you have around the house. Give it a try… Continue reading mid-week flowers

weekend edit 6.14.19

Around the House:  Silk 101  I’m increasingly fascinated with the origin stories of decorative art objects and textiles. Here is an interesting short history of silk, the mysterious, luxurious, much coveted fabric, in this month’s Veranda Magazine. It includes plenty of modern day examples with sources and a chart describing the various kinds of silks… Continue reading weekend edit 6.14.19

collecting: the stylish tulipiere

The story of the tulipiere starts with Tulipmania (1634-1637), when tulips were the new gold, costing a small fortune and bringing along with them high social status (Queen Mary II was a huge fan). It has been said (though there are some conflicting reports on this, but isn’t that the case with all good stories)… Continue reading collecting: the stylish tulipiere

flower arranging: master class with James T. Farmer III

This past week I had the pleasure of attending a talk and floral design demonstration by James T. Farmer III. In addition to being an interior and floral designer and the author of several books, Mr. Farmer is a gifted storyteller. When you go to hear him speak, you will watch him effortlessly arrange flowers… Continue reading flower arranging: master class with James T. Farmer III