Katherine Anderson, our flower columnist, goes to Paris, and comes back with lots of design inspiration. Here, she shows some photos from her trip and shows us how to make a beautifully layered flower arrangement, inspired by her Parisian sojourn.
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Les Fleurs de Paris
On a recent visit to Paris, I found that some of my favorite flower shops from previous visits didn't feel so innovative anymore. Instead, I found amazing flowers when I poked my head into the Hotel Georges V, one of Paris's most luxurious hotels.
Yep, here were the gorgeous tall arrangements, with ferns and orchids dancing in vases taller than myself. I then discovered that Hermès and The Conran Shop have, curiously, started selling flowers. At the new Hermès boutique on rue de Sèvres, on the Left Bank, the front window is filled with armloads of luxury flowers, the way Takashimaya used to be in New York, before it closed. Organized by tones and layered in tiers, the display is flawlessly executed. Here's is a snapshot of sweet peas and peonies at Hermès.
Marigold and Mint is an organic farm, a retail shop, and a studio. The farm is situated along the Snoqualmie River, about 30 miles east of Seattle and the shop is located in the Melrose Market on Capitol Hill in Seattle, Washington. Founded in 2008 by owner Katherine Anderson, Marigold and Mint reflects her lifetime love of flowers and landscapes. Trained as a landscape architect, she brings her affection for both clean and clear design and intricate patterns to Marigold and Mint.