{favourite five : an interview with florist, nicolette camille}


"flowers... are a proud assertion that a ray of beauty outvalues all the utilities of the world"

~Ralph Waldo Emerson


With the promise of spring just around the corner, can not help but daydream of the perfect beauty of blossoming rose gardens and picnics in wildflower fields, afternoon teas on the terrace, overflowing with wisteria and nearly every corner of the house filled with favourite blooms . . .


In order to prepare for the sun-drenched days of beauty ahead, we met up with Nicolette Camille, owner of Nicolette Camille Floral Design. Nicolette's love of flowers is hereditary—as her great grandfather was a dahlia farmer, she spent her childhood in a garden with her mother and grandmother. At her grandmother's, Nicolette remembers an ". . . enormous section of lilac along the side of her house, and I adored it when it was in full bloom. We would cut armfuls of the sweetly scented blooms and bring them inside and share them with friends and neighbors."


Nicolette studied fine arts in college and spent a few years working in the commercial photography industry in New York City. She decided to move to California to change things up, and return to her roots of working with flowers. There, she found a job working in a little flower shop and realized she was in her element, doing exactly what she was meant to do. A few years later, she returned to New York and opened her own floral business. In New York, Nicolette met Sarah Ryhanen of Saipua, and together, they formed The Little Flower School. Their popular classes have been featured in The New York Times and Martha Stewart.

above & below, arrangements by saipua; all others by nicolette camille or the little flower school

Nicolette tells us, "I love to make arrangements that have an airiness and just picked from the garden feel." And so, without further ado, we are very excited to share Nicolette's top five tips for creating lush, romantic, garden-style arrangements, just in time for the beginning of a promisingly romantic spring:



{top five tips for flower arranging:}

Generally, there are three stages to building an arrangement: foundation (greenery/branchy material), focal flowers (the larger showy blooms), and the finishing touches (wispy gestural elements).

01 | When choosing flowers, look for flowers of different shapes, size and texture.

02 | Let the flowers show themselves off. When placing flowers, be sure they have enough room open and air to breath; try to avoid packing too tightly together.

03 | Be bold! Cut some flowers short and nestle them deep into the arrangement, and leave some tall and wispy. Your arrangement should have movement to draw your eye into and all around.

04 | Cluster similar color hues & pairs of the same variety together for more visual impact, instead of scattering your colors evenly like a checkerboard.

05 | For longer lasting flowers, change the water every other day; you can do so by flushing the water under the tap.




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[images: one /// two /// three /// four /// five /// six /// seven /// nicolette camille quote from here]

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Anonymous NauticalWheeler said...

Those are gorgeous!! I would love to be able to make a floral arrangement like that!

From Brooklyn with love,


March 01, 2012  
Blogger Beautiful Things said...

How beautiful! I adore flowers and I make sure that there are always fresh ones in my home.

March 01, 2012  
Blogger Teresa at Splendid Sass said...

SO beautiful. A fresh breath of spring.
Happy Friday.

March 01, 2012  
Blogger Supal Desai said...

These are fantastic tips! Since moving into my new place, I'll be adding lots of fresh flowers!

March 01, 2012  
Blogger Christine said...

Breathtaking arrangements. One is prettier than the next!

Christine :)

March 01, 2012  
Blogger fashionable palette said...

A beautiful Emerson quote, indeed. And I love that photograph of the flowers and paper and scissors...

March 01, 2012  
Blogger lorenabr said...

Adore flowers!Wonderful images! :) have a great weekend!

March 02, 2012  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

These flowers and arrangements are beautiful. I love the tips at the bottom, perfect for spring when I always love having fresh flowers around...

March 02, 2012  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nicolette has an amazing talent check her Book coming out April "Bringing Nature Home"
Her selection of flowers in her arrangements and bridal bouquets are so free and beautiful.
Love all the photos

March 02, 2012  
Blogger Audrey said...

Ha, finally a new favourite five. Beautiful arrangements, love the colors.

Have a good weekend.

March 02, 2012  
Blogger {this is glamorous} said...

audrey -- yes! apologies did not have a chance to answer your question earlier -- the series was only on a short hiatus :)

March 02, 2012  
Blogger The Magical Christmas Wreath Company said...

Beautiful arrangement. The roses are spectacular. Roll on Summer, we have a plethora of roses throughout the garden and I love cutting them on a daily basis to arrange inside.

March 03, 2012  
Blogger With love... said...

Simply beautiful.

March 04, 2012  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Such a beautiful post! :3

March 04, 2012  
Blogger Unknown said...

Wonderful post, Laily! I really enjoyed reading about Nicolette's story and work—she has such a fabulous eye and flair! It is the airiness and relaxed elegance of the arrangements that really drew me in instantly...

The interview was so delightful as well, and I found this point so interesting—something I would definitely like to try sometime soon: "Cluster similar color hues & pairs of the same variety together for more visual impact, instead of scattering your colors evenly like a checkerboard."


March 07, 2012  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Like living inside of a never-ending still life from the 19th century! Floral arrangements will never go out of style.


March 14, 2012  

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