‘Mitzvahs are totally the most fun parties, both to design and to attend. I’m not afraid to say my social life peaked in 7th grade- those we THE BEST PARTIES EVER! It’s such an honor and a stellar mission to impress pre-teens today- and what with the helium cliff and all we almost had to go to Mars, (where one supplier told us helium was in plentitude), to do it! Venue Six Ten has the futurist, interplanetary vibe for sure.
Carnations made a such a big comeback in the early 2000s New York flower scene that Vogue ran almost monthly editorials heralding the news, with gorgeous bowls of them priced at $300 and stars in the field bitterly feuding over who was responsible for their redux
Now the show stopping chrysanthemum is officially back. ( Joy! I’ve been waiting since they stole the show in the production design of Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, in great porcelain bowls ). It’s wonderful to look at these flowers with the eyes of a florist in the 1920′s, with amazement at their intricacy, strength and showiness. There is a damn good reason these flowers were in such heavy rotation for half a century.
Like fireworks, these almost embarrassingly beautiful flowers are also native to China and must have inspired their invention.
Bringing honey to the Green City market with our dear friends from the Chicago Honey Co-op last weekend, my hustle went something like this:
“Have you tried the summer honey from the Chicago Honey Co-op? We are the most local vendor at the green city market, with hives in Humboldt Park, Back of the Yards and the near South Side. Shhhh….. I’ll tell you a secret, I hate honey, I mean supermarket, cloying stick in your throat, way too sweet honey, but this honey…. oh man oh manachevitz. This honey I eat standing up with a spoon in my kitchen until it is all gone. Here, try some…..
Right????? ( at this point people’s eyes are rolling back into their heads, and they are speechless)
It’s a spiritual experience! WHY is it so incredible, so lemony-ice-perfume-psycho-delish-italian-lavender-pee-in-your pants-good you say?
It’s because the nectar forage in Chicago is so varied, this here is poly floral honey rather than your basic mono floral clover or buckwheat honey, a lot of which is started with high fructose corn syrup…..”
But mostly it was just people well familiar with the product, securing their weekly dose or filling suitcases of it bound for Asia and I was practically in their way. Seriously, what better way to spend a Saturday than sharing sweetness and the good news that nature delights in our fair city’s diversity?
This week we introduced fermented bee pollen. Aside from nectar, this is known as the food of the gods or, ambrosia. It tastes kind of like fig newtons, and a few raw foods devotee’s quickly snapped it all up before any other mere mortals could partake.
As we all know, hot pink and gold are the ultimate spell caster duo- but not everyone knows that the antidote to any boring harvest arrangement is hot pink. A little sure shot of it can snap a whole table out of the deepest tryptophan daze. Here we have cyclamen and raspberry garden roses shaking up the old standbys, bittersweet, hydrangea and fall foliage….
For this corporate dinner we expressed the company’s signature blue with dutch hydrangea, delphinium and nitiya vanda orchids. Throwback 80′s style ferns and naga foliage along with these massive variegated alocacia leaves and fragrant bay laurel were also in effect. Our clever client chose these clear acrylic Versailles chairs and federal blue silk shantung tablecloths which underlined the evening’s purpose but didn’t interfere the venue’s unrivaled glamour.
We were honored to provide flowers for the public debut of a house done by our favorite interior designers, Norra C. Marra Interiors recently. Best of all, it was to raise money for Rush Hospital as part of the Winnetka Cooks’ House Tour. The house is a hushed haven of meta luxe textiles, timeless, almost nonchalant elegance and knuckle-biting style. Vitality garden roses, diablo ninebark, swirling tillandsia bromeliads and heaps of textural thistle, fountian grass, silver vase protea and of course lamb’s ear were just some of the happy coals we brought to Newcastle.
We spent a super-fun afternoon decorating the barn at Elawa farm recently. A “gentleman’s farm” built in 1917 for Watson Armour, it is essentially a glamour farm, making it the perfect setting for the winning and ever so glamorous Skirt PR’s 10th anniversary dinner. It is quite the dream scape, boasting a chicken coop designed by David Adler, both formal and kitchen gardens and even a prairie bobcat. Here’s to Skirt PR’s continued success for, like, ever!
Love all these dreamy blues and violets- this peak season hydrangea comes in so many hues you can just zone out on all the shading in a single head. Cloisonné dahlias and hybrid delphinium resplendent in electric shades of lilac took over our studio…total luxury!
Some of our most dashing weddings come out of an improbable dream and this weekend’s wedding missive was no exception; gild the Racquet Club (the superlative preppy man-cave) with the bride’s incredibly feminine, delicate, floral style. Pyrocantha berries, lace-cap hydrangea, chinese lanterns, bubble gum pink dahlias and early peach amaryllis were all happily on hand for the task…
Suddenly summer is ending, and it’s gone so fast I kind of just want it to be Christmas already! But this past few weeks everyone has come out of their nooks and crannies and wants to have fun- all of us over-worked hyper busy adults are sheeshing and shirking hypnotic, distracted, doldrums of work / comfort and hanging out, having fun! Eating at Avec last night, I was awed by how that stripped down, brilliant food snaps you right into the present, so delicious it stops you dead in your tracks, saying; hey! hey! this food is growing right now! outside! It’s august 24th, 2013! can you dig it?!?