Category archives: Floral Inspiration

Flowers Elsewhere: Jon Shireman

Photographer Jon Shireman has been a blogger-favorite for a while now, and just to heap on a bit more praise, we’d like to show you some of his work.

To achieve the photographs below, Jon soaks fresh flowers in liquid nitrogen for thirty minutes and then shatters them.  We’re completely fascinated!  Not only because of the beauty of the flowers in both whole and broken form, but also because of the biology of the broken petals.  It’s cool to see how these same flowers that we work with every day each break so differently because of their unique structure.

Below, lisianthus and calla lily:

FRESH FLOWERS AND LIQUID NITROGEN

Have a great Friday, friends!  We’ll be back tomorrow with some photos of our events that we’re putting together this evening!

–Team KSW

Image via here, here and here

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Fashion to Flowers: Parrot Tulips

This is our third post in our Fashion to Flowers series!  We really love this column on our blog because it encourages us to think more widely about flowers and their personalities, rather than only focusing on what we’re working on in the studio. Last week, the fashion inspired the flower but today the flower definitely inspired the fashion.

A few weddings back, one of our brides used parrot tulips in her corsages and bouquet, and I fell in love.  Seriously, parrot tulips are my new favorite.  Each flower looks hand painted and put together in a crafty way.

Our gal wears this painted silk blouse on a Sunday stroll as the season changes. Maybe she is out to brunch with girlfriends and then the farmer’s market.  She’ll pick up some parrot tulips and display them on her sunny kitchen table.

Image one here / Image two here

–Team KSW

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Fashion to Flowers: Black and White Stripes

It’s Fashion to Flowers Thursday!

Check out this Oscar de la Renta Spring 2013 gown to end all dresses matched with the African Mask Leaf.

FASHION TO FLOWERS BLACK AND WHITE

We saw this dress first on the Twitter feed of @OscarPRGirl and like a supernova the image of the dress spread like wild.  Could we have found a better horticultural pair for her than the African Mask Leaf?

Available all year round, African Masks are plants that need serious TLC, lots of clipping the old leaves to make room for the new ones.

Our fashionista rocking this dress at her dinner party will have a carefully cultivated selection of African Mask Leaf along her table and in her lounge, a not-so-subtle nod to her color scheme and ability to access the rare and finite.

–Team KSW

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Image one here // Image two here

Flowers Elsewhere: For Your Home

Kim Starr Wise Floral Events finally moved to our new floral design studio space on Adams Street! We’ve got 1,000 square feet of space to work with, and we’re scavenging the interior design section of the internet for decoration ideas. We’ve got a lot of wall space to fill and have a few ideas…

CHALKBOARD WALL

I personally cannot wait to have our own blackboard (inspired by Australian shop Serin Cini) up on our walls to record our daily musings.  We are a funny bunch, especially when punchy.

FLORAL ART BY DEBBIE CARLOS

A really big piece of floral art from Debbie Carlos.  How awesome is this?!  And its so big it doesn’t really need a frame, maybe just some washi tape.  First found on Design*Sponge, I am obsessed with everything Debbie Carlos creates.  But these roses were meant to be in our studio, and were surprisingly affordable!

FLOWER CONSTRUCTIONS BY ANNE TEN DONKELAAR

FLOWER CONSTRUCTIONS BY ANNE TEN DONKELAAR

Flower constructions by Anne Ten Donkelaar.  These creations are made of paper, flower, roots, butterflies and I don’t know what else.  This definitely made me stop and look, and I would love to see them up closer.  If its the right size, I would like to put this in the bathroom.  The rest of her artwork was pretty awesome too.

Have a great weekend!

–Team KSW

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Fashion to Flowers

Today’s blog is inspired by New York Fashion Week!

Do you remember that scene in The Devil Wears Prada when Miranda Priestly chides Andie for scoffing at fashion, and she talks about the trickle down effect that fashion’s color choices have on the clothing that even the most unaffected shopper is influenced to purchase?

Well, the same goes with flowers.  Our color palette is influenced by what we see and what is en vogue. Instead of waiting for the trickle down we’re going to streamline things with our Fashion to Flowers series.

PINK LEATHER JACKET WITH EMBELLISHMENTS // LIGHT RANUNCULUS WITH A PUNCH

Our first fashionista captured in Milan isn’t exactly a girly girl, but she likes pretty things.  This ranunculus is sitting with two or three of his buddies on her nightstand, first thing she sees when she reaches for her iPhone in the morning.

First image via The Cut // Second image via Little Flower School

–Team KSW

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Flowers Elsewhere: Urban Roots

We’ve gotten a lot of great feedback on our string garden photoshoot from the sneak peeks we showed you, and the more people we talk to about it, the more we want to give a huge thank you and credit to our inspiration for the idea.

 

Jill and Tom of Urban Roots are friends who opened up their garden and plant supply shop in the Irish Channel this year.  We love that they are focused on being an earth-friendly and a local business, aside from their incredible selection of plants and materials!

We can’t wait to show you how we used our own vision for the string gardens, for now here is a snippt of the selection at Urban Roots.

AIR PLANT FLOWER CROWN

A flower crown made of air plants.

Oncidium Orchids

Oncidium Orchids

Phale Orchids

Phale Orchids

Ladyslipper Orchids

Ladyslipper Orchids

As an added bonus, here’s their new shop kitty, Roots – what a great name!

Make sure you check out Urban Roots for all of your local gardening needs, check ’em out on Facebook and Twitter too!

–Team KSW

Themed Event Florals

Next week is all about incorporating floral designs with specific themes.  We love brides who have a refined and traditional taste, but sometimes a little wacky is good. Sometimes a little wacky is great!

“Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.” – Mark Twain

While researching themed events, this fun Superhero wedding caught our eye.  This couple looks like they really had some fun getting this all together!

SUPERHERO THEMED WEDDING

We can’t wait for a bride to come to us with this idea in mind!

(image via Pinterest)

Would you do a theme wedding? If so, what kind?

–Team KSW

Flowers For Your Hair

FLOWER CROWN IN VANITY FAIR

This flower crown image from Vanity Fair’s Tumblr inspired me to look for more options for flowers in our hair.

Growing up, I had a French teacher who held class outdoors on pleasant afternoons, and I remember pulling up those white flowery weeds and tying them together to make a crown.  I even wore my floral creation throughout the day and remember feeling like medieval royalty.

Thankfully, creative minds have found much better material to make flower crowns out of, and now they’re all over the place.  Flower crowns are appropriate at your wedding or even at a music festival like Bonnaroo.  Even better – your wedding held at Bonnaroo!

Would you wear a flower crown?  What do you think?

There are all sorts of options out there, but here are some of what we like best.
TROPICAL FLOWER CROWN

We love the tropical vibes from this bright fresh flower crown featured on Saipua

FESTIVAL FLOWER CROWNBRIDAL FLORAL HEADBANDDAINTY FLOWER CROWNGREEN AND WHITE FLOWER CROWNabove, Tessa Kim

Please let me know if I can credit any of the above photos!  (All images sourced from Pinterest)

P.S. Do you watch Girls on HBO?  Remember Jessa’s surprise wedding?

JESSA FROM GIRLS WEARING A FLOWER CROWN

P.P.S. These dog flower crowns!

FRENCH BULLDOG IN FLOWER CROWN

image via Botanical Brouhaha, Sharla Flock Design and Viera Photographics 

Inspiration: Lovely Wedding Magazine

Australians are just so cool.  I feel comfortable making that blanket statement.  Have you ever met an uncool Australian?  Some of my favorite online reading are provided by chic and sophisticated Australians who curate material that is also…you guessed it…really cool.

I was pleasantly surprised when I got an email from the folks at Adore Magazine with the announcement of their new Lovely Wedding Magazine.  I dropped everything to click around and was rewarded with gorgeous photos that all reflect sophisticated and warm real weddings.

Each feature was brimming with floral design inspiration, all of the brides in this edition have such a great aesthetic!

FLOATING GARDEN

A ‘rustic & homely’ surprise wedding featuring a floating garden with 1-2 blooms in glass bottles.

WEDDING IN A BARN

Country wedding with a dinner reception in a barn.

WHITE FLORAL CHANDELIER

An elegant New York wedding with classic white florals and a stunning floral chandelier.

EARTHY WEDDING DESIGN

The ‘elegant and earthy’ wedding of one of my most favorite style bloggers Claudia.

And we all love these moss bunnies, and we’ve already thought of how we can create them!

FOLIAGE MOSS BUNNIES

Make sure you head over and subscribe to Lovely Wedding Magazine, I already can’t wait for the next edition!

–Team KSW

Flowers Elsewhere: Walking the Historic Garden District

Yesterday was our first full day back in New Orleans after the hurricane.  Things were mostly back to normal, a little debris here and there but nothing a little elbow grease can’t clean up in a few days.

After catching Moonrise Kingdom at the Prytania Theatre we took a long meandering walk through the historic Garden District.  Luckily the flowers were still blooming!

Below are some of my snapshots featuring a few of the flowers that our caught our attention during this afternoon stroll.  Plus, listen to this Fats Domino song while you read!
FLOWERS BLOOMING IN THE HISTORIC GARDEN DISTRICT OF NEW ORLEANS