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Love is Love is Love

 
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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.

 
 
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Selections from the floral market. 
 
Here, Kelsea’s guidelines for making bespoke bouquets:

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, ”

 

Prepare...

“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.

 

 
The Carah

For the Rebellious Little Sister You Look Up To

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“The banana leaf was bright, full of texture and dimension, and totally unapologetic. I paired it with the orange-red Nina roses for a rock ‘n’ roll feel (because Carah is the most rock ‘n’ person I’ve ever met).”

The Flowers

Dried splatter painted banana leaf
Quicksand Rose
Nina Rose

Asparagus Fern

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The Bridget

For the Best Friend Who May Be Your Polar Opposite

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“Eucalyptus and spirea helped capture Bridget’s classic taste, while the yellow mimosas added a touch of fun, feminine texture without being too girly.”

The Flowers

Spirea
Flannel flower
Yellow mimosa

Quicksand Rosez
Tropical hops
Rainbow Eucalyptus

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The Elisa

For the Entrepreneur Who’s Also an Incredibly Gracious Hostess  

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“Elisa owns Maman, so I chose blooms that reminded me of a French countryside ensuring that I incorporated her signature ‘Maman Blue.’ Poppies represent the warmth, youthfulness, and spirit of creativity that I have come to appreciate about her as her friend.”

The Flowers

Japanese pansies
Poppies
Sumac
Combo rose
Quicksand Rose
Delphinium
Rainbow Eucalyptus
Erica mediterranea

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Some things to look out for when you’re creating your own custom arrangements:
 
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Colors

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.

 

Shapes

For bold personalities, try adding a large focal piece. For subdued personalities, stick with soft shapes that drape nicely.

 

Textures

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.

 

Personality

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. 

 

PHOTOS BY: SAM ORTIZ