Category Archives: Art

Design Inspiration: The Painted Garden

April 16th, 2013

We are often asked “How do you come up with this stuff?” Like any worthwhile design, the foundation must be solid before we can begin to explore the boundaries. Since we were part of the {Macy’s Flower Show} this year we thought to take the opportunity to dissect our floral masterpiece in a post as a way to answer that old question.

Having an inspired theme can make a world of difference and Macy’s is not one to disappoint. And as luck would have it, the south Asia theme this year included Thailand, a country where Emily has spent a great deal of time in her travels! We started with some sketching and the creation of an inspiration board to narrow down the color scheme and determine what design elements have the most relevance to the theme. Macy’s had a digital display of every designer’s inspiration board so visitors could interact with each display. Here is our initial sketch and design board:


The intricate use of flowers and plants in daily culture in Thailand was something we wanted to capture with the design. The central mandala, woven and otherwise manipulated tropical leaves, floral garlands, and offering trays were all key to our piece and reminiscent of Emily’s travels.



The color palette of bright orange, fuchsia, magenta, and yellow-golds are emphasized by the abundance of all the glorious tropical greenery. We also painted exotic animals using a gold low VOC paint to accent our offering trays.


The addition of white as a main color updates the look from traditional or ceremonial to translate into the modern space of the Macy’s department store. The mandala itself we “framed” with white flowers for fluidity and an added modern feel.


We hope you enjoyed this look into our design building process and the detailed shots of the piece provided by the creative, talented {Gustavo Fernandez}. Follow us on {Facebook} to see more images from the event and installation!

If we could see the miracle of a single flower clearly, our whole life would change ~ Buddha

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Bouquets to Art 2013

March 19th, 2013

Every year Spring delivers a few of our favorite things. Tulips are in season, magnolia trees begin to bloom and the annual Bouquets to Art exhibit opens at the de Young museum in Golden Gate Park!

This year we were assigned a beautiful Rothko painting with a swoonworthy color palette and simple lines. Here is an action shot of Emily putting on the final touches before we placed our floral interpretation.

We were inspired by Rothko’s exploration of color, form and space. Sleek vessels and carefully selected flowers made our statement. We used flax leaves to emphasize the linear aspects of the painting. And it was fate that brought us those pale pink tulips in that sublime shade!


And here is our floral submission:

To learn more about the annual Bouquets to Art exhibit please visit the {de Young} website. We strongly encourage you to attend this wildly popular exhibit during it’s brief annual display between March 19th-23rd!

Happy Spring!
Lydia

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Sustainable Style: Swiss Plant Art

September 20th, 2012

It’s no secret that household plants are highly beneficial for your home and office. You might be surprised to learn all the health benefits you can experience by keeping a few plants around! We love this Swiss take on indoor plants that we recently discovered thanks to one of our flower vendors.

The international airport in Zurich features three stories of vines and greenery from Chile and other exotic places displayed in frosted glass cases. Each variety is enclosed to maintain the climate of each plant’s native environment.

The plant pictured below is easy to find and a very good houseplant for any home. You may know it by it’s common name Pothos. How beautiful is this simple green?

Stay tuned for more eco-friendly design ideas and inspiration. Bra gjort Zurich! Well done Zurich!

Lydia

Source: {Land8Lounge}

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Real Wedding: Jenny + Oliver

September 13th, 2012

Jenny and Oliver had a sweet summer wedding at the {deYoung Museum} in the heart of Golden Gate Park in San Francisco. Captured beautifully by {Vincent Au Photography}, their day is full of brilliant color, touching moments and florals as unique as their love. We especially love their rich color palette that worked perfectly in the sculpture garden where their ceremony took place!

It was such a joy to create artistic florals for the museum setting. Congratulations to Jenny and Oliver!

Cheers,
Lydia

Photography: {Vincent Au Photography}
Catering: {Batty Zlatchin Catering}
Venue: {deYoung Museum} sculpture garden and cafe
Lighting: {Got Light}
Wedding cake: {Cake Coquette}

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Signature Bouquet

July 20th, 2012

Oscar Wilde once wrote, “One should either be a work of art, or wear a work of art”. Well we would like to add ‘or carry a work of art’ to that. When choosing your bridal bouquet consider your personal style, flowers that have meaning for you, colors and textures that please you and make you happy. As for the art? Leave that to our talented designers.

Here is one example of what happens when owner and creative director Emily Dreblow was given free range to design a fantasy bouquet for a photoshoot with {Ceremony Magazine}. The stunning publication keeps California brides abreast of the latest designs in contemporary, luxury weddings. Not to mention the Ceremony team is comprised of fabulous, sweet and stylish people who are a pleasure to work with!

Another fantastic bouquet dreamt up by Emily for {The Lab Event} , a unique wedding expo that was anything but an expo featuring a handpicked selection of the best Bay Area wedding vendors.

And what signature bouquet would be complete without an accompanying boutonniere? Choosing just a few stand-out elements so that the boutonniere becomes a miniature of your bouquet not only distinguishes grooms but will add a sweetness to your wedding photos.

For more inspiration please view the {Gallery} on our website or stay current by visiting us on {Facebook}.

Cheers,
Lydia

Credits:
{Ceremony Magazine} photos by {Orange Photography}
{The Lab Event} photo by {Edyta Szyszlo}

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Florals in Vogue

June 8th, 2012

As the first day of summer draws near we thought we would reflect back on all the beauty that Spring has brought. What better way to celebrate the bounty of Spring than gorgeous blooms and stunning gowns? Fabulous floral inspired couture is definitely how we are going to wish Spring a fond farewell and say hello to Summer!


All photos are from past issues of {Vogue} presented in a floral inspired collection. See the full gallery {here}.

Cheers to Summer!
Lydia

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Bouquets to Art 2012

March 20th, 2012

As many of you know, {Bouquets to Art} at the {de Young Museum} is an annual celebration of floral art and we always look forward to participating every year. Each of the 150 participating floral designers are assigned a piece of artwork to interpret through flowers, fauna and foliage. This year we were given Dale Chihuly’s simply stunning ‘Green Leaf Venetian.’ We chose to create a vertical interpretation of his spectacular piece inspired by the movement, texture and sculptural qualities. Our selected materials included a metal frame, woven jute, broad palm leaves, hazelnut branches, succulents, airplants, green anthirium and gold leafing.

Enjoy!

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Press: Ceremony Magazine Ambiance Antiques Photo Shoot

February 10th, 2012

We are so excited that {Ceremony Magazine} has come to the Bay Area and we are so glad to be a part of the inaugural San Francisco Bay Area edition. It was an honor to work with such high caliber of talent and special thanks to all the other amazing partners we collaborated with on the editorial photo shoot at {Ambiance Antiques}. We are thrilled with the results, so please do enjoy!

We selected {Ambiance Antiques} for the photo shoot because it is a beautiful venue with a thoughtful collection of marvelous antiques right at your fingertips. They have built a reputation on such beauty with 30 years experience in the business of procuring antiques. Old World meets contemporary in this wonderful setting located next to the San Francisco Design Center.

Gilded fixtures and antique French upholstery inspired us for this shoot. We brought overall design together with fine linens from {Wildflower Linens}, elegant china from {Classic Party Rentals} and soft textures in the florals. Our soft color palette included cream, nude, lavender and rose to complement the golden, gray setting.

We are so grateful to Natalie at {Orange Photography} for capturing all the details so gracefully.

Welcome to the Bay Area {Ceremony Magazine}!

Cheers,
Lydia

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Welcome Pissarro’s People!

October 26th, 2011

The {Pissarro’s People} exhibition recently opened at the {Legion of Honor} here in San Francisco until January 22, 2012. Check out the florals we provided for the Donor Opening and you just may catch a glimpse of some amazing Rodin sculptures!

Plum and white callas, two varieties of thistle, acorns, succulents, hydrangea, flax and pussy willow were used to capture the rustic nature of Pissaro’s work while mercury glass provided the perfect refinement for the museum setting. We loved the opportunity to create beauty from unexpected florals to enhance Rodin’s stunning sculptures. Visit the {museum’s webpage} to buy tickets to the fall exhibit.

Happy Fall,
Lydia

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Channeling Cristobal Balenciaga

July 15th, 2011

As many of you know, Cristobal Balenciaga was the highly acclaimed Spanish fashion designer. He was famed for his inventive haute couture fashion design and had a recent exhibition at the de Young Museum featuring a 120-piece retrospective. In May, the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco Board of Trustees had their welcome dinner celebration for their newest members. This special occasion was themed around the Balenciaga exhibit and included florals by Soulflower Floral Design.

Soulflower owner, Emily Dreblow, remarks on the event: “It was truly an honor to provide florals to the de Young and Legion of Honor’s Board of Trustees. For an incredibly sophisticated group with such high regard for the arts, I am flattered to be able to add our sense of style and channel Balenciaga’s flair for drama. We chose to take a monochromatic approach with the dramatic use of large black tropical leaves coupled with fuchsia, ‘Coral’ and ‘Red Charm’ peonies and speckled tiger orchids.”

Just seeing the event’s photos makes me want to dance the flamenco and drink Spanish wine! If you missed this exhibition, there’s still plenty of time to enjoy Picasso’s fine work.

Viva Balenciaga!

Lydia

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