Designer Spotlight

<< Sarah Winward - Honey of a Thousand Flowers >>

With this upcoming event install for the Silicon Valley Wine Auction  in Woodside, CA, I have been looking for sources of inspiration.  I already have my plans and my designs are in motion, but there is something about looking at completed installs that helps to drive and inspire me.  I think instead of competition I look to others that are in my field and their work to help elevate me, to push me on; people who I respect to give me the confidence that I am in fact following the right path, that it will work out, and there is big magic to make.  Especially for event/commercial or home installations- I know from my own experience (which I am still in the beginning phases!!) it is hard work, with endless self promotion and internalized pep talks while trying to remain an inspired and creative force.   WHEW!  It can be real daunting, but I get by with a little help from my friends :) 

One of my all time favorite women to be continually inspired and awed by is Sarah Winward, designer of Honey of a Thousand Flowers.  She specifically focuses on using flora for her installations and frequently does weddings and large events, and often gives workshops.  If you want to drool over flower arrangements and destination photos head over to her instagram pronto!  I really love that Sarah is involved in so many workshops that take her all over the world- further showing how amazing it is to elevate yourself and your peers instead of competing.  Here are a few of my favorite photos of her work:

 Wedding arch install.

Wedding arch install.

 Wedding Ceremony Install.

Wedding Ceremony Install.

 Wedding Tablescape and vines over every table... omg....

Wedding Tablescape and vines over every table... omg....

 Sarah and an arch for a workshop course&nbsp;

Sarah and an arch for a workshop course 

 Blackberry Installation in a warehouse space by Sarah Winward

Blackberry Installation in a warehouse space by Sarah Winward

 European Workshop Arrangement&nbsp;

European Workshop Arrangement 

 Wedding Editorial&nbsp;

Wedding Editorial 

 Wedding Editorial&nbsp;

Wedding Editorial 

An excerpt from her bio:

[Sarah's] flowers evoke the feeling of freshly gathered garden flowers, with all their natural variations and inconsistencies.   She has traveled all over the world creating flowers for couples in many different environments. Her philosophy is that flowers should feel natural in the environment that they are going to be viewed in. She goes to great lengths to source the perfect flowers to complete a desired look, but also finds many of her materials in the immediate area that the event will be held. The final product truly is an extension of it’s surroundings, her interpretation of nature. She finds joy in collaborating with a couple to create flowers unique for their event; taking inspiration from them, the season, and the surroundings. Each arrangement is more than just a centerpiece or a bouquet, it has layers of beauty that are meant to be experienced, not just seen. 
 The lovely Sarah Winward in her element.

The lovely Sarah Winward in her element.

I LOVE that this artist lets the material do the speaking.  She is unafraid to chose one flower or one type of greenery and just go for it.  She lets her installations have room to breath in the beautiful spaces she find herself in, instead of filling it all up (the more is less approach).  UGH SO GOOD!  Anyways... What I am really here to show y'all was my main point of inspiration for my upcoming install; an installation piece Sarah created for a client's home.  

This installation was for a client who's only guidance was something "magical". I design most of my installations by first imagining myself in the space with the finished piece, and envisioning what it would be like to experience it. Planning for most of my installation ideas begin in a very practical way: by imagining the role they are meant to play. I like to let the existing space be the guideline for how I design what goes into it.  I ask myself: What does the space need? How could it be enhanced? Where are the unique opportunities?  Every installation I create is designed specifically for the space it inhabits, just like this piece that floats above the daybed. -Sarah Winward

I MEAN COME ON NOW!!  Incredible!  Who else wants to set up shop and live on that day bed besides me??!  Check out her little video of the lunaria moving (aka money tree seed pods) <<HERE>>.  I am keeping her words of wisdom close in my heart as I plan and prep for my install (see my instagram for updates!).  Thank you Sarah for all the inspiration, all the beauty, and all community you create!  

 

Much Love -XO-

Photos courtesy of: http://sarahwinward.com/  & https://www.instagram.com/sarah_winward/

 

Vibes this Week

<< Hacienda Dreaming >>

Since moving back to Los Angeles I have realized how much I have missed LA style architecture.  In particular I have been seriously creeping on hacienda style homes!  They are everywhere in my neighborhood and throughout Los Angeles, it brings me so much joy.  Hacienda style is what I call these gems, but this style is also known as "Spanish style" / "Mission style"/ "Spanish Colonial"/ "Mediterranean Style".  Right now, after this winter's down pour of much needed rain, the landscaping normally associated with this style of architecture is popping!!  The plants are so happy, so green and blossoming, looking incredible against the terra cotta or white washed exteriors.  

I love these exteriors for their organic textures, the patinas that grow with time and make it all the better, the feeling of ease when you see them.  They look 'unplugged' from the modern hustle and bustle, they allow you to picture putting your feet up and relaxing.  They are reminiscent of  simpler times, whenever that was!  They can be simple or they can be covered in abundance, they can be a calm quiet or they can exude playful humor.  Any way- these haciendas are a breath of fresh air.     

IF you lucky enough to live in one of these incredible homes, yes, I probably inappropriately stare at your house but don't worry, I never take any pictures!  Here are some of my favorites from pinterest.

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YUP!!... I feel like I've been on vacation just by looking at these!  

I added more images for you to enjoy in my << FEELIN' THIS >> pinterest folder :)

 

-XO-

 

 

Client SpotLight

<< PROJECT: SURF ROCK ROOM >>

Leigh (the client) is cool, laid back, and collaborative, making her a dream to work with.  Leigh and her husband have a great lifestyle: they love adventures, surfing, spending time with friends, and they enjoy taking time at home. Their home has a small bonus room that had served as an impromptu storage space for items with no specific place. The walls were pale pink with a brick-red accent wall and Leigh wanted an upgrade. When we first started on this project, Leigh told me that they had never once used the room, despite it being the first room visible as you enter the house.

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