The Flower District in NYC… a place of beauty and intrigue as people bustle about with armloads of the most exquisite flowers. We were treated to a private tour of the shops and a behind-the-scenes look at the workings of the floral community.
The vivacious Tess Casey, the owner of Aisling Flowers, led us through the aisles, pointing out special flowers and offering tips on selection.
Tess produces flower arrangements for all types of occasions but she specializes in ‘camera ready’ flowers that are used on television and movie sets. For example, she did the flowers for the Sex in the City movie. One part of that included making 50 identical bridal bouquets that were specially designed to fall apart in the scene where Carrie hits Mr. Big with her bouquet. Lots of work goes into creating that movie magic!
Tess instructed us on the basics of floral design and then handed each of us a bucket of flowers and a vase to create our own arrangements.
It was surprising to see how many variations of floral arrangements could be created using the same flowers. This is a creative group and each arrangement was unique and beautiful.
This is the first BlogTour that featured lessons and though we all appreciate the beauty and freshness that flowers can bring to an environment, few of us knew the specifics of creating a good arrangement. Tess was a patient instructor giving us pointers on the techniques used but allowing our own creativity to take over in the design.
Thank you Tess for your time, patience and inspiration. It was a delight to spend a morning with you at your studio. And special thanks to Megan Reilly and Troy Hanson of WestEdge Design Fair for scheduling this event!
I participated in an expense-paid trip to New York City as part of Modenus’ BlogTourNYC.
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Before I left for #BlogTourNYC, a friend suggested that this could be a life-changing event. Now I understand.
BlogTourNYC group with Bunny Williams
Veronika Miller of Modenus has a skill for not only selecting people for the appropriate city for each BlogTour but also for combining a group of unique personalities. Our group seemed to bond from the instant that we met each other. So much so that even when we weren’t scheduled to be together, we were meeting up to spend more time with each other.
We walked and talked…
Walking in NYC
Marc and Jill Abelman
…learned and shared,
Vicki Gladle Bolick
Alison Habermehl and Jeanne Chung
…oohed and aahed over designs, ate and drank, and laughed!
And we were made to feel welcome wherever we went.
Veronika and her girls made it look effortless but they worked hard to pull together this fabulous trip.
Veronika Miller with her daughters
Friendships and memories were created.
Thank you so much V!
Paola Thomas says she is a food and travel photographer, but she is much more than that. Her blog’s tagline, “reflections on food, photography, design + life” starts to come closer. Her blog mirrormirror reflects her exuberant view of life. Full of gorgeous photography, luscious food, and design inspiration, it reflects her artistic eye. Take a look:
I like how she describes herself on her blog: Passionate photographer, unrepentant foodie, compulsive baker. harassed mummy, little-known blogger, snarky Brit. I live in Seattle, love colours, and have opinions. Follow Paola at mirrormirror.
Paola and I will be participating in an expense-paid trip to New York City as part of Modenus’ BlogTourNYC.
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Faith Sheridan is a design pro. With over 25 years of experience, she is able to call upon the best manufacturers and craftspeople for each project and deftly guides the process.
Faith favors custom designed rugs and furnishings so that people enjoy an environment that is tailored to them and their needs. Located in the Pacific Northwest, many of her projects involve condos as clients choose to have a secondary residence.
You will find that Faith shares a lot of design info on her blog In Good Faith. Not just what she has designed (and the photos are beautiful!) but also the thought and process that went into the choices that were made.
Faith and I will be participating in an expense-paid trip to New York City as part of Modenus’ BlogTourNYC.
Typhanie Peterson is an interior designer with a love of DIY projects and crafts. She combines those passions and creates fabrics, pillows, wallpaper, and prints in her own designs.
Her blog is a delightful mix of fun craft projects, the latest magazine recommendations, product finds and design inspiration.
Typhanie and I will be participating in an expense-paid trip to New York City as part of Modenus’ BlogTourNYC.
Meet Deborah Main. Dubbed the ‘Pillow Goddess’ (what a fun name!), she crafts lavish, custom pillows using unique fabrics (sometimes using antique and vintage pieces) and elaborate embellishments. Take a look at some of her exquisite designs.
Deborah makes it easy to add an element to your room design that is truly one-of-a-kind. And her tagline, ‘Pillow Talk with Deborah Main: Fashion, Design, Art & More!’ perfectly describes her blog.
Deborah and I will be participating in an expense-paid trip to New York City as part of Modenus’ BlogTourNYC.
Jeffrey Johnson of Jeffrey Design is busy these days. Whether it is designing stunning interiors for luxury residences or taking an active role in his social media circle (Jeffrey is one of the moderators of the Google+ *Interior Design Community*), or using his real estate license to help clients find the right space, Jeffrey uses his warmth and savvy to communicate and find the right solutions.
How does he do it all? I hear that the answer is that he starts at 4 am each day! Follow Jeffrey on his blog and be sure to say ‘hi’ too!
Jeffrey and I will be participating in an expense-paid trip to New York City as part of Modenus’ BlogTourNYC.
With an esthetic that is clean and modern, Alison Habermehl of hdSTYLESTUDIO (a division of Habermehl Design Group Inc.) designs and decorates residential and small commercial interiors. Her style is inspired by “contemporary design that’s fresh, organic, sophisticated and uncomplicated.”
The hdSTYLESTUDIO blog gives you a glance at Alison’s current design finds, inspiration from her travels, and a behind-the-scenes look at designs in progress.
Alison and I will be participating in an expense-paid trip to New York City as part of Modenus’ BlogTourNYC.
Maureen Coates of Modecor has found her niche. ‘Big Style for Small Spaces’ perfectly defines her design focus. It takes a special talent to be able to skillful fit the pieces that you need into a smaller space and she does this with flair along with a savvy understanding of color.
With the desire to live simply and smaller, it makes sense to scale down the space that we live in. Maureen shows how it can be done without it feeling cramped and tiny. There is also a spirit that shines through, a sense of happiness and delight, in each space. Follow along on her blog.
Maureen and I will be participating in an expense-paid trip to New York City as part of Modenus’ BlogTourNYC.
Hand rendering by Jeanne Chung
With a background in fashion design, Jeanne Chung brings her eye for color and design to the world of interior design. She is quickly able to spot design trends and shares those on her blog, Cozy•Stylish•Chic.
Now she is able to capture those trends and bring them to you in her new online shop! And if that’s not enough to keep her busy, Jeanne has been selected to be one of High Point Market’s Style Spotters next month!
Jeanne and I will be participating in an expense-paid trip to New York City as part of Modenus’ BlogTourNYC.