Archive for June, 2010

flower Finds: Caroline Reehl Ceramics

In 2008, an Ole Miss art student was required to take a ceramics class. She had no idea that just two years later, she’d be making commissions for clients all over the Southeast and molding a budding career as a ceramic artist into full bloom.

Having already sold more than 100 ceramic vases depicting roses or lilies, Caroline Reehl is quickly building a name for herself. Though she planned to go back to school for interior design, the success from her floral works of art has spun her life around—into one continuously at the wheel, elbow-deep in wet clay.

Mostly by word of mouth, news of Reehl’s beautiful ceramic vases has quickly spread. She’s had commissions from residents of Atlanta, Nashville, Mobile, and Birmingham, to name a few, and her clientele is growing rapidly.  I, for one, cannot get enough of her unique vases, some with lilies dancing off the rims or roses trickling around the sides.

Southern women are the biggest inspiration for Reehl’s work as a whole, with each depicted flower representing inner strength and outward beauty. Every flower—none exactly like another—is made to symbolize a different facet of a woman’s character. Reehl describes the blooms she makes as “fragile, sharp, strong, sensitive, or sensual.” Some petals are almost perfectly rounded in refinement, and some are whirling about, full of spontaneity and allure.

Reehl garnered her inspiration in college and began using the flower motif while she was growing into her own as a woman—the kind of woman who loves to dress up with her heels and pearls, but who also loves getting her hands dirty in the clay or water skiing on the Mobile Bay in her hometown of Fairhope, Alabama.

Reehl makes each petal on every vase by hand, which is very time consuming but gives each vase its own personality. “By the end of the process, the roses or lilies are talking to each other,” Reehl says—which I think fits nicely into her Southern women theme, because let’s be honest… What Southern woman doesn’t like to gossip?

Each vase costs between $100 and $500. To order your own or to contact the artist directly, visit her website at www.carolinereehl.com.

In response to the BP Oil Disaster in the Gulf, Caroline Reehl has organized an event to benefit the Mobile Baykeeper. Art & Wine Spill, featuring nine Gulf Coast artists, will be on Friday, July 30th, from 6 – 9 p.m. at wmCM Studio in Fairhope, Alabama. If you’re in the area, please go check out some fabulous art and support a great cause! The event’s Facebook page can be found here.


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Floral Fashion Friday

4th of July weekend is only one week away! Inspired by the colors of our good old US of A, we’ve complied some floral and fashionable items that would be perfect for your weekend at the lake or for grilling out with friends.

To see a larger version of this inspiration board, click the image.

1. J.CREW Apple Blossom tie-front halter top and ruffle string hipster

2. J.CREW Apple Blossom underwire tank swimsuit

3. Juicy Couture Noelle Cherry sandals

4. Eugenia Kim Laura Floppy Sunhat

5. Marc by Marc Jacobs Shadow Peony Jersey Dress

6. BP. Cork Wedge Sandal

7. Gap Pleated Floral Skirt

8. Blumarine Jersey Floral Print Dress

9. Tory Burch Katie Floral Print Shorts

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Inspired Arrangements: Budget-Conscious Blooms

Written by: Katherine Perry, intern

Inspired by the flowers you see in our magazine?  We are too!  However, some of  us twenty-somethings here at the flower office also understand that the beautiful images on our pages can sometimes seem…unachievable!  I am a lover of flowers, but I have much to learn.  It can be intimidating to figure out where to start, particularly when you are working on a budget.  The wholesale florist is a world of wonder to me and I could wander for hours looking at the beautiful varieties of flowers.  The grocery store, however, is often much more conducive to my schedule and my wallet.

Have no fear!  You can create beautiful arrangements with whatever flowers you have access to, by mimicking the shapes, colors, vessels, and designs that you see in flower.  Inspired by an image in the “Wedding Flowers, Favors & Food” section of our summer issue (p. 61), I set out to do a quick, budget-conscious recreation of the arrangement.

Photo Credit: Steve Steinhardt and Sasha Gulish

I was able to find a lantern at Pier 1 on sale for $13

I stopped by the grocery store and picked up one bunch each of peach-colored gerbera daisies and white mums.

Inside the lantern you can use a clear glass votive or a baby food jar (something this size is likely floating around your house!)  Fill with water and arrange the flowers to your liking. And voilà!

Our editor-in-chief, Margot, often quotes the talented Sybil Sylvester while teaching workshops—“sisters, not twins!”  The point being that each workshop participant’s arrangement does not, and should not, look exactly alike.  Flowers are beautiful and perfect to start with, so there is no point in striving to perfect them.  Well, my arrangement and the arrangement in the magazine may be more like cousins than sisters, but both are lovely!

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Bud of the Day

“How does the Meadow flower its bloom unfold? Because the lovely little flower is free down to its root, and in that freedom bold.” —William Wordsworth

Photo Credit: Alicia Bock

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“Flowering” Your Home

via Pottery Barn

I swooned when I stumbled across Pottery Barn’s “Decorating with Flowers” section on their website. I love that they recognize the importance of flowers in interior design to the extent that they devote an entire section of their site to it. Click through it to see some great floral design tips and videos, as well as Pottery Barn’s collection of containers. And do you see their opening line? “Cut flowers are the ultimate decorating accessory…”  We couldn’t agree more.

In fact, when you open your Summer 2010 flower issue, you’ll notice we’ve added a new department called “Outside In.” This department will highlight how different notable interior designers around the country integrate flowers into their living spaces. “Outside In” will be a new fixture in our magazine, and we hope you enjoy the tips and insights from these interior designers about “flowering” your home as much as we do.

Click here to catch a sneak peek of our new department or click here to start having our magazine delivered right to your mailbox. Our summer issue will be available on newsstands in just a couple of weeks!



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Katherine’s Favorite Flower

Written by: Katherine Perry, Intern

Photo Credit: Edward Badham

As a new flower girl, I have been tasked with describing my favorite flower—an assignment that has proven difficult, as it required me to actually identify a favorite and claim it as my own.  I have recently come to flower after a stint in the world of finance.  Aching for a change of pace and purpose, I was drawn to the magazine because of its beauty, the richness of its content, and because it began to unearth my own love for flowers and my desire to learn more.  While settling into life here at the “international headquarters,” I have encountered a plethora of unfamiliar flowers and beautiful new varieties of old favorites.  Choosing a single type of flower that I find more inspiring than the rest has been both fun and challenging.

Through much thought and browsing of flower’s extensive collection of floral books, I was continuously drawn to the lily.  The lily is a flower of simple lines—clean, elegant, but not boring or stuffy.  Thought to represent purity and refined beauty, the lily has a rich history steeped in mythology and symbolism.  I love the classic shape of the lily, its range of appearances, sweet fragrance, and timeless beauty.  Most impressive, however, is the versatility of this flower.  Despite its delicate appearance the lily is a hardy plant, adapting to a range of environments, with varieties blooming throughout the year.  The lily shines in floral arrangements, but its care is not beyond the ability of the most amateur gardener.  The lily is lovely, but not fussy – beautiful, yet practical…I appreciate that in a flower!

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Magnolia Trace Topiary Workshop

We flower girls made the quick trip up to Huntsville, Alabama yesterday to teach a floral arranging workshop to the residents of the Magnolia Trace Retirement-Life Community. The beauty of the yellow-rose topiaries we made were nothing in comparison to the warmth and happiness in each participant’s smile. They touched our hearts and reminded each of us that flowers truly can make a person’s day.

My experience yesterday at Magnolia Trace is just another example of why I love my job and the mission behind the beauty of flower.


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