Love is Love is Love
By Niree Noel
Flowers are an integral part of Spring Street Social Society. They find their way onto tabletops and windowsills, wrapped around columns and exploding out of old velvet couches. There’s a moment of joy when guests walk into a previously raw space transformed by flowers. We wanted to capture that moment and translate it for the everyday, so we tapped stylist extraordinaire and floral designer Kelsea Olivia of EastOlivia to walk us through how to whip up an arrangement that will delight any recipient, whomever she might be.
Selections from the floral market.
Hit the flower markets–early
“Getting there at 6am will work to your advantage–that’s when they have the best selection. In New York, Mondays and Wednesdays are typically the best days, ”
“Pre-select your vessels for each arrangement and keep in mind a few seasonal blooms you’re hoping to find.”
But don’t over-prepare
“Some selections I made purely because when I saw something, I immediately thought of that person. Others, I planned for ahead of time, knowing what would most likely be available.”
Let your feelings guide you
“When creating an arrangement inspired by a specific person, I really let my knowledge about the person and the nature of our relationship be the motivation for choosing ingredients.
For the Rebellious Little Sister You Look Up To
Dried splatter painted banana leaf
For the Best Friend Who May Be Your Polar Opposite
For the Entrepreneur Who’s Also an Incredibly Gracious Hostess
Start with a color that feels most like the person–whether that’s their favorite color, a color they incorporate in their business, a color ever-present in their home, or a color that just really feels right.
For bold personalities, try adding a large focal piece. For subdued personalities, stick with soft shapes that drape nicely.
Don’t be afraid to feel the flowers. From velvety to bristly, there is a world of texture that will add dimension to your bouquet.
Playful, somber, outré, brash: flowers have personality, just like people. If you pass by a flower that makes you giggle, consider adding it to a funny friend’s bouquet.