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{fashioned florals} pink and poppy... 2 Feb 2012

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While searching for a new dress for an upcoming wedding I'm attending, I came across this See by Chloé dress that was the perfect mix of pretty and dramatic. Knowing that Valentine's Day is just around the corner, I figured this group of stunning pink garden roses, delicious-smelling white sweet peas, Italian poppies, blush ranunculus, and bush ivy from the flower market would be perfect in this pink and punchy arrangement. Set in a low silver plate bowl and photographed against a black backdrop to make the most of the contrast, it makes the everything look straight out of a painting...yes?  — Liz

{left photo from Net-A-Porter, right photo by Liz for Oh Joy!}

{fashioned florals} a bouquet of spring brights... 19 Jan 2012

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This piece, "Pollen Shower" by artist Flora Bowley has such an unusual and striking color palette that I knew it would be a fun opportunity to put together something other than my usual color combinations! Heading to the flower market, I bought some dark kale, purple lisianthus, pink astilbe, lavender roses, white agapanthus and ornithogalum, some bright orange ranunculus, and I added some small purple ventana blooms from my garden for the smaller scale. The vibrant purple, pale pink, and orange is such a fun contrast that I decided to send this bouquet onto someone needing an extra pep in their day, tied with some bright blue ribbon! — Liz

{left photo from artforte gallery, right photo by Liz for Oh Joy!}

{fashioned florals} new year's whites... 5 Jan 2012

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With the new year comes my inevitable turn to simplicity, and this Long Island cottage's master bedroom looks like a perfect place to rest and rejuvenate. Taking cues from the warm, monochromatic palette of white, creams, black fixtures and a pop of green, I hopped over to the flower market to pick up some white ranunculus, peonies, scabiosa, carnations, hellebores, camelia foliage and privet berries and arranged everything in a slightly-traditional, but loose grouping. Keeping things on the classic edge, I used an silver pitcher to blend seamlessly into that East Coast vibe. — Liz

{left photo from House Beautiful, right photo by Liz for Oh Joy!}

{fashioned florals} orchid brights... 22 Dec 2011

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This Jenny Bowers illustration—in fact, a textile design for Roxy—jumped out with its saturated pinks, reds, and purples. There was something undeniably bubbly about it, and I decided it would be a great starting point to use the usual holiday colors, but put a vibrant twist into it! Picking up some seasonal red amaryllis, fuchsia peonies, ranunculus, lavender scabiosa, purple veronica, some sweet peas and some orchids from the flower market, I kept an eye towards keeping like colors together and using gradients to guide the arrangement. A simple silver julep cup adds a touch of sparkle to this little gem! — Liz

{top photo by Peep Show, bottom photo by Liz for Oh Joy!}

{fashioned florals} pomegranates and peonies... 1 Dec 2011

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As I stumbled across this strawberry galette recipe from Martha Stewart, I didn't even notice that strawberries are merely a memory of summer...instead, I was struck by the stunning red and green palette. Our current season has some equally beautiful florals and fruits in the same rose-red colorings, and that is exactly what I kept in mind when creating this arrangement. From the flower market I bought some poppies, lemon geranium, lamb's ear, and the pièce de résistance—those red tree peonies! At home I nabbed the last of the pomegranates off of our tree, some passion vine, and a touch of burgundy coleus. I kept things low and overflowing in a brass bowl, and even made use of some poppies centers sans leaves for a quirky touch. A cheerful little bowl of color to start us into the winter season! — Liz

{top photo by Martha Stewart, bottom photo by Liz for Oh Joy!}

{fashioned florals} peonies and pom poms... 10 Nov 2011

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After spotting this soft mix of neutral pom poms in Krista's bedroom, I knew that they'd be a perfect ruffly mix to re-make in flower form. I kept the soft palette of creams, pale yellows, and dusty peaches by shopping for some peach and butter yellow garden roses, white ranunculus, cream and peach stock, white amaryllis, dusty miller, and pale green lamb's ear. All assembled in a milk glass vase, the final additions of the winter season's first peonies were the ultimate addition to keep the entire arrangement light and airy—the perfect antidote to any November blues! — Liz

{top photo by Blue Eyed Yonder,  bottom photo by Liz for Oh Joy}

{fashioned florals} a sorbet bouquet... 27 Oct 2011

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This ladylike silhouette from Alice + Olivia's Spring 2012 collection just begs for a frilly and feminine garden party bouquet. With the skirt's color palette in mind, I gathered up some peach and butter garden roses, white tulips, peach yarrow, and whimsical craspedia from the store—while adding some mint, clematis leaves, oregano, and white ventana from my garden. As I arranged everything in a clear antique glass vase, I made sure to keep things loose and tumbling, a little romantic and unkept—perfect for a breezy afternoon lunch outdoors. — Liz

{left photo by Style.com,  right photo by Liz for Oh Joy}

{fashioned florals} raspberry and cream... 13 Oct 2011

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This raspberry and cream cake from Seven Spoons makes a perfect specimen to translate into florals, especially as the local flower market here in Austin had some incredible berry branches for the taking. Taking cues from the contrasting palette, I created this arrangement of crab apple branches, pink ranunculus, yarrow, cream tulips and the raspberry branches and tucked them into a unglazed ceramic vase to capture the modern-yet-rustic appeal. — Liz 

{left photo by Seven Spoons, right photo by Liz for Oh Joy}

{fashioned florals} electric dahlias... 26 Sep 2011

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With the onset of fall comes dahlia season, which is always hotly anticipated by this flower lover. Inspired by both the vibrant colors and energetic brush strokes of of Yolanda Sanchez's Orange and Pink, I jumped at the chance to showcase the electric palette still available in seasonal flowers. A wild arrangement full of texture includes dahlias, celiosa, queen anne's lace, pink crepe myrtle, purple beautyberry, and orange trumpet vine and shows that fall can still pack a punch! — Liz 

{left photo by Kathryn Markel Fine Arts, right photo by Liz for Oh Joy}

{fashioned florals} a yellow wildflower bouquet... 12 Sep 2011

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While fall is just around the corner, artist Bobbie Burger's bright, cheery summer cottage kitchen captures the best parts of the season: an abundance of natural light set against a simple white interior with a bold splash of yellow. I fashioned a loose bouquet that takes advantage of quintessential summer wildflowers in the same palette of white and vibrant yellow with cosmos, marigolds, chamomile, Queen Anne's lace with a touch of sage. — Liz 

{left photo by House & Home May 2009 issue, right photo by Liz for Oh Joy}

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