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Autumnal urn arrangement

 

I have a new rusty urn.

 

Finding great floral vessels in Finland is sometimes difficult, but not impossible – it just takes lots and lots of scouting. I found this fantastic one from FinnMari a while back and when a bunch of beautiful workshop leftovers came home with me, I had to finally try it out. I love the roughness and color of the finish – perfect for autumn arranging and the natural blush and burgundy palette I curated for last weekend’s floral design workshop. (More on those later.) The base structure is chicken wire.

 

It’s an amazing time to forage and using natural elements is always the perfect way to bring movement, texture and seasonal proximity to arrangements. For this one I used foraged grasses, mystery ingredients found by my friend Kreetta (mystery ingredient = find in nature, test run, end up using and fall in love with but have no idea what it is) and the most gorgeous raspberry leaf that has toughened, curled and just begun to color. Raspberry, to be honest, has also saved me throughout the past wedding season so many times I can’t even recall. But this is the most beautiful I think I’ve ever seen it.

 

 

Flower Recipe

 

Cafe au Lait dahlias

Cafe Latte roses (came in very purple, you could easily substitute with f. ex. Amnesia)

Quicksand roses

Foraged raspberry, grasses, vine + mystery bits and bobs

Red Spirit viburnum branches, starting to flower

Queens Picotee pink hellebores

Warrior Panicum

Apricot stock

Daucus Carota

Great burnet

Cotinus Royal Purple

Dried flowering wild thyme

 

 I know some are tired of the blush and burgundy palette.. but I love it when it’s really tonal and natural like this. The gradient palette can be found within a lot of the materials used, which brings the overall look depth and softness – burgundy to dusky blush and cream within the petals of the dahlias, in the stems of the greenery and vine, creeping into the raspberry leaf, in the hellebores, in the wine red viburnum bursting into soft cream flowers. It’s nature curated.

Or rather, curated by nature.

 

New site is live!

 

Finally live! So happy to re-open my site with all the old clutter cleaned out, a gorgeous new brand by the wonderful Genevieve at Script & Vine (the DIY days are gone at last) and the re-emergence of my long lost blog. I’m not making any promises.. but I’ve been talking about blogging for the past two years or so and now feels like it could finally be the right time.

I meant to hop onto quick maintenance mode with the website and come back with a bang during early spring, but found myself still offline as summer came to an end. So did what may have been my last wedding season: some of you reading will know that I haven’t been booking any more design clients beyond the summer season, which was as amazing as it was rough. I’m so proud of what my team accomplished this summer – I am mostly a one woman show but wouldn’t have been able to do it without my amazing other half for the season, Liisa.

A lot of growth happened, in many ways. It’s time to slow down, recharge, reflect and focus on a number of other ventures, including the floral part of Love June (truly my passion project) and my work as the creative director of a family business.

In just a few weeks artist/photographer Kreetta Järvenpää and I will teach another one of our creative flower workshops as part of Helsinki Design Week – super excited and can’t wait to really get deep into using florals as a creative tool. I hope to bring some of that knowledge and a lot of that passion to this blog, too. Stay tuned for it!

I can’t wait for what’s to come next. Hope you join me for it.

 

P.S. Please let me know of any functional quirks you may stumble across on the new site! I have no idea what I’m doing.