Monday, October 13, 2014

Fall Flowers for Grosse Pointe Yacht Club Wedding



Bouquet by Sweet Pea Floral Design Detroit Ann Arbor A Fall bridal bouquet featuring garden roses including coral romantic antike dark pink baroness and ivory white david austin patience garden roses.  Ranunculus including peach pink coral red and white accented with scabies, plum ball dahlia and camellia foliage for Grosse Pointe Yacht Club wedding

Loved designing this fall bridal bouquet for Charlotte featuring a contrasting mix of plum ball dahlia, and Ivory garden roses including pops of coral and red backed by camellia foliage.

Bouquet by Sweet Pea Floral Design Detroit Ann Arbor A Fall bridal bouquet featuring garden roses including coral romantic antike dark pink baroness and ivory white david austin patience garden roses.  Ranunculus including peach pink coral red and white accented with scabies, plum ball dahlia and camellia foliage for Grosse Pointe Yacht Club wedding

Elevated Centerpiece by Sweet Pea Floral Design Grosse Pointe Ann Arbor featuring extra long white Hawaiian dendrobium orchids and curly willow in a 24" clear vase at the Grosse Pointe Yacht Club

These elevated orchid centerpieces were a perfect fit in the ballroom at the Grosse Pointe Yacht Club.

Guest table centerpiece by Sweet Pea Floral Design Detroit Grosse Pointe featuring romantic antike garden rose baroness garden rose red ball dahlia white narcissus plum and red ranunculus in a gold compote for Grosse Pointe Yacht Club fall wedding

Half the tables featured gold compote centerpieces piled with garden roses in a contrasting red, plum ivory and coral pallet.  Those Romantic Antike garden roses and Baroness GRs were SO perfect!!

Monday, October 6, 2014

Attending the Sweet Woodruff Fall Retreat




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When my friend Tracy posted a link to the Sweet Woodruff Fall Retreat announcement I immediately jumped at the opportunity.  They had me at "Escape to cottage country" to be honest but I was also enticed by "a flower immersion for flower enthusiasts"

 My expectations were already pretty high after seeing the beautiful work of Lisa Collins (read about Lisa here) and her Sweet Woodruff team.   I don't know why "cottage country made me think of bunk beds and musty old furniture, happy childhood Michigan memories I guess(#upnorth) but that was NOT AT ALL what awaited..... 

It was more like stepping into a cozy Pottery Barn catalog then a drafty Walden log cabin.  At some point Lisa said "Luxury is more about comfort then crystals" and I thought that summed it up pretty nicely... I was inspired to greater floral pursuits but almost more inspired by the hospitality the likes of which I have never known.  

My brain never got a chance to say " you know what would be prefect right now a cup/glass/pint of _______" because 5 seconds before you could have the thought someone handed you a piping hot cup of same.  There is truly an art to entertaining and Lisa and her mom Patty have it down to an effortless science.  The company was delightful, the food was phenomenal and THE FLOWERS:

Wild harvested raspberry, currents (maybe not sure what those red berries I found were) virginia creeper with ranunculus, garden roses, hellebore, privet berries and sweet pea within a rose gold bowl from Hofland







Oh AND I woke up to the loon calls on the lake outside that window there!! Never heard them before its really fun Voices: Common Loon - YouTube



More to share on this when they reveal the  Fine Art Film Photography by When He Met Her (can't wait)!!



Thursday, September 11, 2014

Great Gold Trumpet Vases for Pendleton Ceremony U of M




Sweet Pea Floral Design Detroit Ann Arbor U of M Union pendleton wedding ceremony large flower arrangements on stone pedestals in gold art deco trumpet vases white hydrangea blush roses

 Check out these new gold trumpet vases... I am in LOVE with the art deco shape and slightly vintage texture of the gold finish.  They look awesome on the faux stone pedestals we picked up earlier this year and the size (height & diameter) is perfect for getting that lovely tree like arrangement ratio.

Sweet pea Floral Design Detroit Ann Arbor U of M Union pendleton wedding ceremony large flower arrangements on stone pedestals in gold art deco trumpet vases white hydrangea blush roses


Sweet Pea Floral Design detroit ann arbor U of M Union pendleton wedding ceremony large flower arrangements on stone pedestals in gold art deco trumpet vases white hydrangea blush roses

Designed these two for an early fall wedding at the U of M union.  The ceremony was in the Pendleton room pictured here and the reception was in the ballroom.  The gold vases were a perfect fit with all the light fixtures and decorative accents around the union. 

Monday, August 25, 2014

Martha Stewart American Made Finalist!!




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The little flower soap co Martha Stewart American Made finalist 2014 Martha Stewart American made summit 2014 meet martha holly rutt

So excited to announce that The Little Flower Soap Co has been named a finalist for this years Martha Stewart American Made award.  November 7th and 8th We will be traveling to Martha's studios in New York City for the American Made Summit, a networking event & maker lecture series, where we will get to meet Martha  (pinch me I'm dreaming!!)  
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Saturday, June 14, 2014

Earhart Manor Ann Arbor Wedding



Sweet Pea Floral Design Detroit Ann Arbor Grosse Pointe Michigan wedding florist bouquet peach coral green spring asymmetrical wildly textured wandering ranunculus, garden roses, astilbe, viburnum, sweet peas, peony peonies at Earhart Manor
 Jana's Bouquet featured Juliet garden roses (peach) coral ranunculus, peach sweet peas, bright green viburnum and pink astilbe.  It was so refreshing to make such a wildly textured bouquet
Sweet Pea Floral Design Detroit Ann Arbor Earhart Manor Wedding ceremony decor extra large garden urns and pedestals coral, peach and white large arrangements for wedding decor
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The ceremony was framed by two large stone garden urns filled with piles of hydrangea, and roses, on pedestals for added height and drama.  We scattered coral rose petals on the aisle.
Gold compote centerpiece coral peach pink green roses, garden roses spray roses, hydrangea astilbe jasmine vine mint herbs textured asymmetrical organic wandering wedding centerpiece for earhart manor wedding ann arbor Sweet Pea Detroit

Centerpieces were designed in gold compotes and featured mint, jasmine fine, seeded eucalyptus, spray roses, garden roses, ranunculus, hydrangea and astilbe
 Cocktail table decor and the patio at Eahart Manor were decorated with a mix of coral and peach spray roses and ranunculus including a full floral railing on the back patio

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 Congratulations Jana and Chris!! so honored to be your florist :) ~Holly



Friday, March 21, 2014

Easter Lip Balms in the Etsy Shop




New skinny "slimline" Easter lip balms in the Etsy Shop today  I thought these would make cute favors for place-settings on the Easter table or be fun in Easter Baskets. loving these delicate little tubes (0.07oz) See more here: https://www.etsy.com/listing/117260752

Friday, March 7, 2014

Designing with the Friends of Art & Flowers at The Detroit Institute of Arts



Growing up in Detroit my family attended weekly church services at a gorgeous gothic cathedral on Woodward Avenue one block from the Detroit Institute of Arts Even then I sensed the respect, awe, and wonder that still surrounds the DIA.   When an opportunity to create floral designs for the DIA presented itself naturally I jumped all over it!!
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This is a museum of epic proportions, among the top six collections in the United States with over 100 galleries, a 1,150 seat auditorium, an art reference library and state of the art conservation services laboratory.  Home to Diego Rivera's Detroit Industry fresco cycle and Vincent van Gogh's Self Portrait.  It is so easy to get inspired here and so Crazy to think we almost lost it in Detroit's ongoing bankruptcy saga.  
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 I joined the Friends of Art and Flowers in 2012 after a recommendation from a florist friend.  FAF is a group started at the DIA in 1985 for the beautification of the museum.  The ladies and gentlemen who lead this talented group of designers are about the nicest people you could hope to meet and made me feel so welcome right off.  Each week we create 3 designs with a leader for each.  All of the designs in this post were lead by yours truly (and gleefully!!)
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The above was designed for last spring's Elizabeth Sikes Kuhlman Lecture This year the lecture/luncheon will be presented by Jane Godshalk on May 1st.  Jane will represent the United States as one of six international demonstrators at the World Flower Show in Dublin.
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When I was getting started with these designs it was terribly intimidating.  They are so much bigger in person then they appear in photos and they take a LOT of flowers to look appropriately full.  On my first ever attempt I was so worried about having it look full enough from the front that I forgot to save flowers to fill in the back and ended up having to start over (oppsie).  I guess  share this as my way of encouraging all designers to attempt larger scale work if they haven't already... you can always take it apart and start over if you don't love your first try!!

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Honestly what might have sold me on joining FAF (besides my friendly team mates) is the huge gorgeous collection of vases they have in the floral design room located in the basement of the museum.  Every week we go in on Monday to clean up last weeks arrangement and drum roll please......... select our vases for this weeks designs from the candy shop which is their vase collection

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Unlike with wedding design I can pick the freshest in season flowers for the museum arrangements and let my imagination go nuts like with the above arrangement, I found the wild sage and various fall grasses and decided to wire up some ribbon to add the illusion of wind blowing the grass.... fun.
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The above was an experiment with a gluing technique I learned from Francois Weeks while in Santa Barbara the January with the Chapel Designers.  Maybe the first design that felt 100% like it belonged in an art museum.  wasn't sure how to display it so I just hung it below the weekly design like some sort of weird floral plaque (plaque: n. an ornamental tablet)
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I can not think of a better volunteer opportunity and I am so grateful that I joined up and got right to it.  Designing on this large scale has taught me so much about mechanics, movement, texture and reconnected me to the city I loved as a girl.  
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It has been a great place to tryout roses I'm considering for use in weddings, get a little kooky with designs that remind you of Dr. Seuss, and meet all kinds of kindred floral spirits.
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Can't wait for March 17th when I get to roll my sleeves back up and add my little bit of pretty to the giant halls of masterpieces in this Temple of art.