Yolo paint has been around since 1996 but it is new to me since moving to Oregon. They have an incredible line of environmentally-friendly paints. It is a tightly edited color range, but looks current and fresh. What I like best is that you can buy these oversized sheets of the colors to see how they would look on your wall. Then, I supposed you could use them for crafting after.
So many wonderful combinations are possible - what do you think? Leaf 02 with Clay 06 or Stone 05 with Petal 01?
I enjoyed going to the Portland Yard, Garden and Patio show yesterday. There were pot and pots of one of my favorite garden flowers - Helleborus.
Red Ridge Farms had some lovely pre-potted groupings and herbs...
many other growers with racks and racks of goodies... heathers, saxifrage, echeveria
a miniature potted garden by 7 Dees
piles of gorgeous plants by Fergusen's Garden
and some more great specimens from them including begonia on the left and heuchera "lime ricky" on the right - a fav of mine (as you all already know - because it's chartreuse!)
This time of year is when there starts to be talk of brides..the rustling of pages through Martha Stewart Weddings. Here is a selection of flowers I did for some dear friends' wedding last spring. The combination of lavender roses with dusty miller give the bouquet a vintage and yet organic feeling.
the flower girls' bouquets - very loose with fragrant hyacinth and sweetpeas...
the maid of honor's bouquet - filled with fresh tulips
For yesterday's orders, I was inspired by these slender birch branches which I made into loops. And as you can see, my mind is still stuck on the coral and green color-story - so energizing for rainy weather.
Here is the smallest one...the stripes on the bottom are a leaf wrap inside the glass vase.
...and a larger one...dripping with parrot tulips
this one looks like an oversized blossom-filled nest...
I got into looking at some of our photos from our trip to Bali 6 years ago. Usually with great travels, the mind tends to embellish on the truth...but this memory really does meet up with reality. We stayed at this hotel in Ubud, Bali which used to be called the Chedi. It is now called The Alila. Although based on traditional Balinese design, it is an incredible example of modern design (with its clean lines and neutral colors) blending in seamlessly to an organic environment. The pool sits perched above a ravine on both sides which goes down to the Ayung River below - the hillsides are covered with tropical plants and rice fields. Out by the pool, the giant arrangements of tuberose gave everything a magical scent. Take a mini trip through these photos - enjoy!
To brighten up from the rain the last few days, I changed out our bedding to a more vibrant look. And I have been reading (and soaking in the photos) from Ariella Chezar's "Flowers for the Table". She is one of my favorite floral designers. The clever color combinations used in this book will brighten any day. I feel we have a lot in common in terms of the philosophy we use to design with flowers. It starts with an incredible appreciation of nature in all its forms. And continues with a passion for the seasons and all the wonders in nature created at each different time of the year.