I’m always looking for ways to increase my visibility and skills. There are so many opportunities to advance ourselves……we just have to seize that moment when it calls!
Home staging and “fluffing” has been one area I’ve worked hard at over the years: giving my client’s spaces new vision with the added bonus of functionality. One day someone asked if I could do some work for them, then the journey began. Again, did I know exactly how to do all this? Crap, no! Just went for it and kept proving myself over and over again.
What this involves is the knowledge of different styles, how this family lives, and what they expect from you. I’m the kind of designer that finds out what they’re after, then LEAVE ME THE HECK ALONE because I get totally confused if someone is staring at me while I’m working. When they’re gone I get so much freedom with creative juices flowing around my brain.
Add on sales are a must with this venture. I’ve sold permanent designs, accessories and fresh plant creations by having them with me for the client to see, or suggesting I create for this or that location. You can’t imagine how this helps your cash flow.
Trust me, this ain’t something that just happens. You need to put it out there that you have these skills, act on them, and don’t waver in what you charge. I get a hefty amount for my time without a problem one. I make sure they get their money’s worth with a fun experience that makes their home a prime vision to enjoy for the next couple months. Then I’m back again to restage their space for a new look…..or maybe they need a friendly face to justify their new purchase, placing it in the right spot. Now that’s a trusting relationship for fun AND profit!
The other day I was thinking about what factors motivate men to buy flowers. Are they just trying to be nice guys? Do they think that flowers make the world a more beautiful place? Or is there a hidden agenda? My little brain came to the conclusion that masculine flower buying focuses around the three things that I think drive our productive beings: money, power, sex. Sometimes one, two or all three.
Continue reading The Psychology of Men and Flowers
Flower Walls are beautiful backdrops for any event, especially creating for occasions which require a setting that can be moved around to different locations. This design I helped create with my friend Beth O’Reilly for our local AIFD Southwest Region wedding seminar held in Southern California. Beth purchased a “rolling” clothing stand on wheels from Ikea, then constructed (this girl is great with tools!) the frame that can easily be removed in pieces. Continue reading Flower Walls Are Sweet!
A bit of glitzy ribbon, manzanita branching, tinted pine cones and curly willow, my fav melaleuca bark, a 30″ faux wreath and you’ve got yourself a lasting décor piece of your holiday dreams. Continue reading Wreath Glam with Nature
Nature is definitely all around us, begging to be recreated into beautiful floral designs to capture our audience. These birch branches, succulents, and evergreens became the focus for this primitive, Native American designed wall piece…..along with a few faux touches for accent.
Using fresh birch gives this piece it’s arching movement (you’ll need a few thinner pieces to add for thickness) to bend into the shape you want using pieces of 22 gauge wire to attach together. I added a somewhat horizontal branch to help the design keep it’s shape and to have another surface to dangle items from; the more visual movement the better! Continue reading Naturally Wreathn’ it….
Artful plant designs are right up there with creative fresh flower arrangements; don’t think of them as “dish gardens” or “potted plants” but as Garden Designs that lift someone’s spirit for years to come. I’m such a fan of this Eco Décor that I hope I can get your plant mojo revved up! Continue reading Be Green and Create
I started this site to help anyone who would listen how to design flowers and decor for fun AND profit. How to take something from nothing, create it into a viable design that will capture your audience (and those audiences do vary around the world) in the cheapest way possible that will turn an exceptional profit for the product, time and energy spent. Continue reading Heads Out of our Bummies…
I’m a designer that enjoys having tons of materials around me to choose from. Many times I can’t define a design until I get the first object into place. In this case it’s a birch log from a bundle I purchased 1/2 off at Michael’s that I happen to see close to check out. These babies were perfect specimens, a great price, so what the heck?! Yup, sometimes I “let go and spend a little dough”.
The flowers and greens were purchased at permanent flower supplier in LA, International Silk Inc. that has incredible deals. They buy left overs from major manufacturers, so you get quality product at a great price. They ship as well with a $100 minimum (easy to get there!). I was in the area so I stopped by. I was definitely a kid in a candy store! The product from this supplier is what I used in this permanent design, although you can find similar items at Michaels.
Continue reading Faux loggn’
Fall is that time of year when we start getting motivated to decorate and create magic in our homes. Summer is gone, the creative mojo is kicking in, excitement is building. This short video shows how your everyday accessories mix right in with some holiday fresh and dried goods that you pick up at your favorite craft store, blending with items your precious yard (or your friendly neighbor) has that is begging you to gather up. It is exciting to take what you already have and give it a new spin. Try different things; if they don’t look right, rework the setting till your satisfied. Always remember the world wasn’t built in a day, so have fun creating!
This flower arrangement is one of my favs. The flow and architectural elements capture your eye, taking it up, around and through the design. Did I have this planned? No way! My little pee brain can plan, but most of the time I take my product and put it together the way it happens. Continue reading Quirky Cool