31 December 2010

holiday re-cap

brace yourself, this is a long one and know i'm a little late to the party but where do i begin?  for christmas, i decided to make my mom an arrangement.  fell in love with these gardenia peonies at market -- they are insane and their scent is cra-a-zy cakes.

et voila!  here is the arrangement.  i took many more photos using that funny HDR feature on the iphone but the photos were not funny or nice at all...actually they were scary {oversaturated color and all} and kinda wack so the moral of that story is to stop pressing buttons, learn more about my phone and stop being lazy and use my regular camera.  anyway, the fun part was making the arrangement while mommy watched.  i think she was impressed.  okay, maybe not impressed but she loved it just the same.

 flowers in the attic.  imagine spending the holidays with that family?  yikes.

and then...the blizzard. got snowed in at my parents but i was warm and comfortable in my christmas pjs, eating chocolate cake and other naughties, watching no reservations marathons and the food network.  don't cry for me argentina. 

it wasn't until i left my parents {all i was doing at that point was looking out the window} that i realized what a SNOW-POCALYPSE the blizzard was.  i wasn't ready for it.  brooklyn is a situation.  whoa.  three and half hours later i arrived at my door wishing i had a chairlift, a snowmobile and snowshoes, only to find out the storm knocked out my cable and my internet, leaving me virtually disconnected to the modern world...now you can cry for me.

where have you been?
but my street finally got plowed wednesday night, internet came back on and the cable came back last night.  hallelujah.  but honestly, i was inconvenienced for a minute.  the holidays were great, my life is good.  

so on my last post of the year, i want to thank you all again for contributing to my tidings of comfort, love, beauty, family and joy.  you make me happy.

stay gold,
k xxx




23 December 2010

t minus 2 more days...

good morning sugar plums!  i'm sure you're all knee deep in holiday prep...tree trimming, checking lists {twice}, prezzie shopping, wrapping, stuffing stockings, traveling, menu planning, brining birds, baking pies and on and on.  i hope that however you celebrate, you are surrounded by joy, good cheer and a whole lot of love.  wish you and yours the happiest and loveliest of holidays!
always, k x

15 December 2010

gorgeous cookies

cookie design inspired by art nouveau stained glass and mackintosh's botanical watercolors.  
individually hand-painted, signed and numbered by maggie austin cake.  get serious points and bring them home for the holidays.  
{via oh joy}


oh yes, i need a little christmas

i was in need of some christmas cheer yesterday so i headed into the city to where else but rockefeller center to see the tree. i can't remember the last time i intentionally set out to see the tree {i lie. i can...i was a junior in high school and my friends convinced me that going to the tree lighting would be fun, not knowing the crazy large crowds it attracts nor about the stampede-like conditions}.  the tree is pretty spectacular.  new york in general is pretty magical during the holidays.  i grew up here and have great memories of the city at christmas -- the hustle and bustle of shoppers, the store windows, the decorations, the hot dog and chestnuts my mom would buy me for behaving and of course, going to see santa.

remember when things were simple, when you sat on santa's lap and told him what you wanted?  well if i could sit on santa's lap, here's what i'd ask for {in no particular order}:
  1. personal masseuse.  and i'd share with him or her with my friend sarah.
  2.  the perfect daily moisturizer.
  3.  a tub that drains properly.  tired of scrubbing the tub every day.
  4.  an apartment keeper {since i don't live in a house}.
  5.  an endless supply of cire trudon candles.
  6.  laundry that puts itself away {or number 4}.
  7.  a perfectly patina'd mirrored dresser for all that laundry. 
  8.  superpowers
  9. a brush to scrub vases with skinny necks.
  10. faster marathon time.
  11. gloves with a tracking device or that i just can't lose.
  12. fabric to reupholster my sofa
  13. the kathleen bike
  14.  end of human suffering everywhere. 
long list i know so i'll settle for the bike.  i'm staying focused. x
p.s. i had full intention of taking photos of some of the holiday windows but baltic cold + no gloves = no photos.

07 December 2010

designed by mariah carey...

lonely planet released their top countries to visit in 2011.  included in the list -- albania, syria and cape verde, none of which i've ever visited.  wouldn't it be cool to visit all 10 next year?  i can dream as i spin my butterfly globe...
p.s.  okay, mariah didn't design this but you know she loves her some butterflies.  okay, maybe you didn't know.  lol. 



cute, right?

perfect accent to your holiday party outfit.





06 December 2010

two of a kind

hope y'all had a nice weekend.  so last week i used the above flowers for some arrangements for a corporate event.  i ended up taking the arrangement home {a rare occurrence} so i decided to re-tool the flowers into another arrangement. 
aubergine anemones, white tulips, seeded eucalyptus...
white ranunculus, brunia, leucadendron...

into this...
and this!
 also threw some pittosporum, euphorbia and arizona blue into the mix.  love when i get to play! x



03 December 2010

all i want for christmas is...

this!  still trying to figure out how to produce a prototype but dammit, i want them to figure out how to make a kathleen {or kat flower} bike come true!  this and the end of suffering everywhere is my prayer.  vraiment.  {via anthology magazine}

working it out


hi groove bunnies!  i would say tgif but my chosen career dictates that i view weekends a little differently.  can't believe that it's the 3rd day of december already {i'm still trippin' that 2011 is around the corner} but so far, december is doing right by me.  worked on a major {capital M} shoot on wednesday that was lots of fun.  the creative director and set designer kept me on my toes but i loved every minute of it -- allowed my creative juices to flow, tested my skillz and it's fun to fly by the seat of your pants.  kind of how i roll.  
the palette and style changed direction and despite being prepped and arranged, some flowers just didn't make the final cut.  shame.  so i made them a new home at home. happy endings all around. x
p.s. shout to lindsay for her help on wednesday and critique.  and yes, i'll absolutely share the shoot as soon as i'm able! x

30 November 2010

for the artphile

makes me laugh every time i read it...so true.  available at 20x200.

29 November 2010

alvin ailey american dance theater

if you live in new york and have never seen alvin ailey american theater perform during their city season, then in the words of mj, make that change and check them out!  this season marks artistic director judith jamison's farewell season and i'm sure like past seasons, it will be spectacular.  click here for the calendar.

why is almost december?


good morning and happy monday lovelies!  can't believe thanksgiving is over and the holiday season is upon us!  sorry it's been a minute since i posted -- i've been busy running {ran the philly half-marathon last week}, eating {duh, thanksgiving just passed and i've been running}, catching up with family and friends {i.e. more eating} and of course running my business {and forgetting to take photos, an annoying quality}.

anyway, this time of year is always a time of reflection and introspection for me...where am i, what have i done, what can i do better, blah, blah, blah.  along that theme, my cousin has been encouraging me to create a bucket list.  think i'm going to make one.  here's one thing that i am adding to the list that i'll share 'cause i think i can knock them out before the year is out and won't feel that dreaded feeling of incompletion -- i'm going to decorate my apartment for the holidays.  i know what you're thinking: you don't already?  and no, not really.  sure, i usually have some flowers and i display my christmas cards but i don't do much else.  so i'm going to step it up a notch this year along the lines of the photo above.  simple and easy but darling all the same.  have any easy holiday decor ideas to share avec moi?  {photo by mikkel vang from domino archives}

p.s. i might even download some christmas music.  okay, i probably won't do that.

19 November 2010

need flowers for thanksgiving?


let kat flower zhuzh up your holiday table!  big or small, flowers will help complete the culinary masterpiece that is your holiday meal or fill space where the burned fill-in-the-blank should be...either way, it will be special and impressive! and who doesn't want to be feel special or impressive?  i'm taking orders until 5pm, tuesday, november 23rdemail or call me today! {delivery available too}

18 November 2010

bonsais do it too

work and life forced me to miss the peak of this fall's foliage.  but all is not lost.  during a recent trip to the brooklyn botanic garden, i was able to check out the japanese bonsais and their beautiful autumnal colors. 
love this camellia tree



saturday at the flea

omg!  so sorry for the radio silence.  i've been trying to post this recap for a while now but some annoying issues with blogger made that impossible, hence the delay, but all is finally good in le hood.  yay!  okay, so last saturday was my last at the outdoor flea, for the season.  and what a day to go out...it was a beauty!  a few snaps of my fine flowered friends...

euphorbia
anemones
kumquats...before they sold out
astilbe
asclepia and dusty miller
peony
 and not to worry lovelies.  know that my retail outpost has come to a close but i'm available for special orders, events and of course weddings.  keep checking the blog and follow me on twitter to keep abreast as to my latest activities and where i turn up next! x



12 November 2010

real love

guess this is photo shoot week...on classic bride's blog today, a love shoot inspired by 1960s french films with a sweet little white tree peony bouquet by moi.  click here for stephanie and nick's love story.  très charmant! x  
{styling & planning: stellina events, photography: 1 art beauty life: jenny ebert photography}