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One of the things I look forward to the most during the holidays is making a centerpiece to welcome my guests.  I decided to put together a little DIY  with Ashley Sawtelle so that you can make one too.  For this particular centerpiece I chose a great vase and a neutral color palette that is sure to go well in any room.  I used a mixture of bought and foraged flowers and foliage – the leaves are a great color this time of year and really makes the arrangement pop.  The centerpiece that you make can be all your own, you don’t have to copy mine piece by piece.  Use what you have on hand and chose colors and textures that make you nostalgic for your holiday memories.  See the step by step directions on WEDDING SPARROW  here.


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In the throws of wedding season, I am excited to carve out a little time to blog about the new studio.  After moving from Boulder to Denver in April, redesigning a raw industrial space for the shop became a labor of love.  From sourcing old warehouse carts for vase storage to visiting every antique and second hand shop in the Denver Metro area, it all came together beautifully in the end.  The space is a combination of function and style which is hard to achieve when owning a flower shop is the equivalent of hoarding.  It took a couple of months to complete all the finishing touches (like hanging old family wedding portraits on the walls) but it has become a space where I wind up even on days when I don’t “need” to be working in the studio.  It is a calm and inspiring retreat and I am told that others feel the same sense of comfort and calm when they walk through the doors.  The studio is a little oasis in the bustling Santa Fe Art District and I couldn’t be happier about the decision to set up shop where I did.  Photo cred the incomparable Ashley Sawtelle.  See the full SMP LIVING feature here.

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This was a major moment for me.  Oncewed is a blog I only ever dreamed of being featured on.  They  are super picky about what they post on their impeccably curated site.  Needless to say, when my friend and talented wedding photographer Ashley Sawtelle approached me about submitting a DIY tutorial, I was skeptical about being published.  We made a vision board, took a trip to the flower market and then went back to my studio to put it all together.  It was an inspiring and effortless collaboration and as a result our garland was chosen for the Oncewed DIY wedding tutorial section.  It has been such a humbling experience for me to be featured the designers who I admire most.  Learn how to make a floral garland on ONCEWED here.

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The HIGHLANDS RANCH MANSIONn was the perfect backdrop for this navy wedding.  The rich history and textures of the estate stood up to the bold color palate.  Rachel Austin went bold on the table setting as well, layering a navy table cloth with navy napkins – adding silver accent pieces and fresh blueberries to tie in the theme.  To further tie in the navy theme, we used blue privet in the bouquet and centerpieces.  The oh so talented Laura Murray captured all the amazing details on film, which was a lovely nod to the history of the venue.  This was classic, yet so modern and such a different feel from most Colorado weddings we are used to.  See the full MAGNOLIA ROUGE feature here.

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Collaboration with other creatives in the wedding industry really lights my fire and styled shoots are a rare opportunity to express a vision without any constraints.  This Tuscan inspired shoot at VILLA PARKER was breathtaking. We wanted to show  couples how to incorporate pieces from the past and present to create a timeless feel for their wedding. We mixed various vintage plates and decor and we designed a eucalyptus table runner with accents of flowers in muted tones.  It was a fresh take on a classic design element and I am still swooning over the romance that the day exuded.  Ashley Sawtelle captured many of the beautiful images on film and  Marilee and Grace made sure that every design element was cohesive.  See a list of the other fabulous vendors and the full WEDDING CHICKS feature here.