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Welcome to Colony!  This is my first blog post AND I’ll admit it's a little frightening!  I'm much more comfortable playing with flowers, digging in the dirt, moving furniture around my house, hitting a flea market, sourcing vintage clothing, vessels, well anything other than this.  You get the point! 

My dear friend thought of the name for this blog.  I love it because it encompasses what I intend to do; highlight the things I adore, artists I admire and places that inspire me.  A colony of sorts.  I’m a sucker for tradition so what you’ll find here are things I loved as a child (and still do), and a peek into my life with my family, friends and dog.  There will be lots of flowers, because if you ask me, they’re always appropriate.  A friend once described my style as boho glitter.  It made me laugh at first, and then it made perfect sense.  I love a fringe poncho as much as a Lily Pulitzer dress.  Mixing and matching old with new, preppy with bold, is how I try to style my life and my flowers.   I hope you enjoy it.

Might as well get right to it!

This time of year I can’t help but think of Valentine’s Day.  Sure it’s known as a “Hallmark” holiday to most but I like to think of it as a reason to fuss over the people that mean the most to me. It’s a way to beat the winter doldrums that set in, come February.  It’s a reason to bake cookies with your kids and craft with your friends.  Better yet, to pop the question! Poppies (my flower biz) loves taking part in clients special moments.  We thought it would be fun to style a valentines engagement shoot which also gave me the perfect excuse to buy the most perfect ring box I’ve ever laid eyes on.  It’s from The Mrs. Box.   It’s incredibly beautiful and a keepsake all by itself.  Take a look and let me know what you think!

 

Shell We Marry? Styling and flowers by Poppies. Photo Courtesy of Meg Manion.

Shell We Marry? Styling and flowers by Poppies. Photo Courtesy of Meg Manion.

I'm slightly obsessed with seashells and all things nautical so to pair petals, a shell and this beautiful ring box together just made sense. Shell We Marry?  I'd say yes! To the shell.  To the ring.  To the ring box.  Oh and yes, to the person!

Plated proposal.  Styling and flowers by Poppies.  Photo courtesy of Meg Manion.

Plated proposal.  Styling and flowers by Poppies.  Photo courtesy of Meg Manion.

Candles, check.  Beautiful flowers, check. Special ring, in an equally special box, check.  A plated proposal with all the little details that will set your proposal apart this valentines day.

Bubbles and brass. Styling and flowers by Poppies.  Photo courtesy of Meg Manion.

Bubbles and brass. Styling and flowers by Poppies.  Photo courtesy of Meg Manion.

Not so thrilled to pop the question over dinner.  Opt instead for bubbles and a vintage brass champagne bucket overflowing with flowers.  Here the bubbles and flowers have swapped places.  One of my favorite things to do is to put flowers in vessels that were not meant for them.  It's hard to believe champagne buckets weren't invented for flowers because in my opinion they are a match made in heaven.  Bubbles, brass and a beautiful ring in a beautiful ring box and you're done! 

No room for dessert.  Stylingand flowers by Poppies.  Photo courtesy of Meg Manion.

No room for dessert.  Stylingand flowers by Poppies.  Photo courtesy of Meg Manion.

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