flower Finds: Fortuny Flowers

Becky Vizard, founder, CEO, and chief designer of B.VIZ Design, has graced the pages of shelter magazine after shelter magazine with her luxurious pillow collections made from antique European tapestries and textiles.

That being said, you might be surprised to know that B.VIZ is straight from the Bayou. Cornfields, sycamore trees, and Cajun alligators surround Becky’s home and workspace, also known as “Locustland,” which was her family’s original plantation property in Antebellum Louisiana. Overlooking the quiet Lake Bruin in the small town of St. Joseph, Louisiana, Becky Vizard’s Southern home is always full of family, jambalaya, and the most extensive collection of antique tapestries, textiles, and trim.

After traveling to Venice, Italy in search of materials, B.VIZ produced pillows and mini Christmas stockings from Fortuny fabric (a favorite fabric of flower Editor Margot Shaw). Resourceful as she is, Becky began using her Fortuny fabric scraps to make little flowers. Her “Fortuny Flowers” are also made with scraps of linen and antique metallic trim (also scraps from pillow trim) on 18-inch cloth-wrapped wire.

In 2009, Becky began making bouquets out of her Fortuny Flowers and used them on presents for friends and clients. She sent a bouquet as a gift to the owner of Indulge Décor in Houston, and a watchful shopper saw the bouquet and wanted the entire thing. So, Becky decided to make more—and the demand has been high.

flower received a Fortuny Flower bouquet and have since been using them to accent wrapping on hostess gifts and other presents. Some more ideas for the cute Fortuny Flowers are to use them as curtain tiebacks, napkin rings, or adornments on pillows.

In March, fellow flower girl Liz Major and I attended the Mobile Festival of Flowers in Mobile, Alabama, and as I was walking around checking out all of the fine displays, I spotted some of Becky’s Fortuny Flowers on a pillow in a home interiors store display. A woman from the store—Provenance—said that yes, the flowers did in fact come from B.VIZ. How cute!

If you like these Fortuny Flowers as much as I do and want them for yourself, e-mail Becky at BViz@bviz.com or go to her website. Rolls of Fortuny fabric can also be purchased from MARY EVELYN.


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    Ann Campbell said,

    B. Viz has the most gorgeous pillows…..I loved window-shopping on her website. Glad to see that Liz is an official flower girl!

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