flora + fauna
I recently saw the Matisse cut outs show at the Met, and it was definitely inspirational. This simple mobile is reminiscent of the shapes Matisse used, but more directly taken from fall leaves. The warm metallics and wood tones will look beautiful over your Thanksgiving table, or just hanging around the house as the season changes.
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I love looking at images of flower torans, which are festive garlands hung in Indian households as celebratory decorations, and decided to figure out a crepe paper version. Torans are so fun – the patterns and colors are super cheerful. There are a million ways to use this technique – you can make a wall hanging, garlands, bunting, leis, etc., and you can scale them to suit whatever space you’re decorating. They would look great as a backdrop at a party or wedding!
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I recently started a Friday Flower Club with a few of my friends. We visit the San Francisco Flower Market early in the morning and then arrange the flowers together over breakfast. I’ve been trying to keep fresh flowers around every week and it’s been so nice to wake up to flowers everyday, they make me so happy. The dinner plate dahlias are so big and beautiful! I used to have a book club but I stopped going because I never read the book. But this is a club I can get behind. Have a good weekend everybody!
photos from my Instagram
THIS is beyond words. My friend Maybelle sent over these photos of her calligraphy workshop in Australia. She is based here in San Francisco but travels the world giving really amazing workshops. When I was in Australia last October I got to meet the talented people behind this creation. (Seriously, what is up with all the Australian talent? I am blown away every time.) This class was hosted by Megan Morton, the stylist to the stylists who runs The School. They host all kinds of cool classes there. The florals for this event were done by the talented Phyllip Van Huynh at Katie Marx Flowers. He is a genius! (Interesting story, he was a Doctor here in the US before he quit and became a florist in Australia!) I love that the bulbs and roots were left on, it makes it feel so much more organic. I’m now going to beg these guys to come to some classes here in the US!
Photography by Brooke Holm (photos used with permission)
by Alix Sorrell
Don’t have time to pull together a big celebration for Mother’s Day this year? No problem, surprise her with this cute mini-party. This simple to make banner is perfect for small spaces. The floral bunches make great cupcake toppers & look great on place cards. This little party is sure to make any Mom feel appreciated. (PS – A Mother’s Day cake topper!)
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