Posts Tagged “flower design”

Inspired Floral Design with Beth O’Reilly: Back to Basics

Inspired Floral Design with Beth O'Reilly: Back to Basics


The month of June’s Inspired Floral Design is bringing it back to the basics. This is a structured design made with good mechanics, color grouping, and focal lines.

Featured products: Curly willow, monstera leaves, deflexus, Love calla lilies, anthurium foliage, lilies, magenta roses, anthurium, beehive ginger and orange roses.

Hardgoods: Oasis flat cane

Inspired Floral Design With Beth O’Reilly: Flower Wall

how to create a flower wall
This Inspired Floral Design video with Beth O’Reilly AIFD explains how to make a reusable flower wall that is easily transported. Using minimal product, she shows us how to cover the entire wall and create a show-stopping conversation piece.  This flower wall design is perfect to use as a living backdrop for a wedding or event!

Featured product: Pepper berry, green hanging amaranthus, alocasia, calla lily, peach bottle brush protea, garden roses, Antigua carnations, purple mokara orchids and vanda orchids.

Inspired Floral Design with Beth O’Reilly: Ombré Design

For the month of April, Beth O’Reilly’s Inspired Floral Design is bursting with spring flowers! With the help of Design Master floral paint, she creates an ombré effect using orchid strands and tops it off with a little bit of bling from Fitz Design.

Featured product: tulips, steel grass and orchid strands.

Featured hardgoods: Design Master floral spray paint, Oasis sphere, Oasis foam disc, lomi pedestal, Fitz Ocean of Diamonds wrap, bullion wire, and Fitz quintet.


Inspired Floral Design with Beth O’Reilly: Marsala Spring Wedding

For the March installment of Inspired Floral Design, Beth O’Reilly AIFD shows us a “New Traditional” bouquet using a more free form garden technique and also highlighting Pantone’s color of the year, Marsala. This is a throwback style to the 40’s and 50’s where big is back and better than ever!

Featured product: Bay laurel, olive branch, antique hydrangea, jasmine vine,  garden roses, Japanese sweet pea, Japanese ranunculus, spray roses, pieris japonica, dahlias, Japanese lisianthus, garden roses and clematis.

Featured hardgoods: Contemporary containers from UCI


Inspired Floral Design with Beth O’Reilly: Trend Forward Valentine’s Day

For her February video, Beth O’Reilly AIFD wanted to show you a new spin on classic Valentine’s Day flower designs.  She demonstrates an innovative way to do a dozen roses that makes a statement.  Also, get tips on how to spice up your planters by adding some tubed flowers and create wrapped bouquets that are gorgeous by using paper and ribbon from Nashville Wraps.

Featured product: Phalaenopsis orchids, Hearts roses, succulents and steel grass.

Featured hardgoods: geometric containers from UCI, gold nuggets from UCI, stone wrap and paper ribbon from Nashville Wraps.


Inspired Floral Design with Beth O’Reilly AIFD: Framed Floral Sculpture

Happy New Year! It has been a pretty exciting journey that brings us to this moment!

In Beth O’Reilly’s first video of her Design Star series, “Inspired Floral Design”, she kicks it off with a BANG! Beth creates a two dimensional framed floral sculpture – a perfect wow piece for any wedding, event or even a client’s home. Think outside the box and make your design pop out of the frame!

Inspired Floral Design With Beth O’Reilly {January 2015}: Framed Floral Sculpture from Mayesh Wholesale on Vimeo.


P.S.  You may notice above that the video is hosted on Vimeo instead of YouTube.  We work hard to provide high quality videos and Vimeo’s video player is of a higher quality, so we are going to give it a try and see how things go.  If you are all about YouTube, no worries, we will still be posting our videos to our channel there as well.

Interview: Francoise Weeks

One aspect to our industry that will never cease to amaze me is that given the fact that most of us have essentially the same materials available for creative work, that all great floral designers have a unique look and design aesthetic.  Love it!  My next interview is with the designer,  Françoise Weeks and as you read on and see samples of her work, you will surely notice that she has a distinctive design style.

If you really like what you see and are interested in spending some time working with Françoise, then be sure to check out the details for her upcoming workshop in Los Angeles on March 26, 27 & 28!



When did you realize this was the career for you?

I grew up in Belgium where flowers are a part of everyday life. We always had flowers in the house! I knew that I wanted to work with flowers when I was in my mid-twenties. I interned with a florist in Antwerp for a few months and learned so much! It wasn’t until 20 years later that I started my business in Portland, OR.


When/how/why did you start your company?

For a long time I had dreamed of working in the flower industry, but starting a business was a daunting proposition. I had worked in a medical lab for 20 years; when there was word that the lab might close, I took a leap of faith and in 1996 started the business in our basement. Five years later we had a studio built in the backyard. Until recently the focus of my business has been weddings and events. Now I divide my time between doing weddings/events and teaching workshops, both in the studio and out of state.



Tell us a little about your floral extracurricular activities?

Each month I teach one 3-day workshop in my studio; they are intensive and inspiring, providing insights and techniques developed over my many years of European floral design. Topics alternate between weddings/events, woodlands and botanical couture. Everyone gets lots of personal attention, as I keep classes limited to 5 people (my studio is quite small and cozy!).

For the last couple of years, I have been doing presentations at garden clubs as well as at the Yard, Garden & Patio show here in Portland. Next month I will attend a 3-day workshop in New York, organized by Holly Chapple. I am really looking forward to that!


You have an upcoming workshop in Los Angeles on March 26, 27, 28 – tell us more about the event?

Lori Eshler Frystack with Blossom Alliance is hosting a 3-day, hands-on wedding/event workshop in her studio on March 26, 27 & 28. Last year she invited me to teach this floral design and business intensive for LA-area designers.

Every morning we’ll start with a one-hour open discussion about business matters (proposals, contracts, marketing, social media, intricacies of sourcing and pricing flowers etc… ) where everyone’s input and questions are welcomed. After a demonstration of techniques and mechanics, students will design their own pieces. They will hone their artistic talents and will be encouraged to listen to their intuition and further their own vision.

Day 1: we’ll explore design elements for the reception, from centerpieces to arrangements for mantles and buffets.

Day 2: we’ll focus on ceremony flowers, including altar and chuppah decorations, candelabra and pew arrangements.

Day 3: we’ll dedicate this day to design whimsical and woodland bouquets, flower purses and other personal flowers.

These types of three-day events are some of my favorites for the fun, challenge and opportunity to see how other people think about and tackle their projects.


How would you describe your design style?

Detailed and textural; I always prefer using smaller flowers mixed with herbs, edibles, seedpods, succulents, feathers etc…

I have a great curiosity about design and like to explore new ideas. My work has become a lot more varied in recent years and it’s always been a source of great satisfaction and pleasure for me.

The last few years my work has emerged into two distinctive styles:

urban woodlands – contemporary stylings of mosses, lichens, bark and forest floor gatherings
floral forward – exquisite botanical haute couture creations of shoes, purses and headpieces


What or who inspires you?

Nature and art inspire me every day.


What floral tool can you not live without?

My bonsai scissors!


If you had to pick just one (I know it is nearly impossible) what would be your favorite flower and why?

How could I ever choose? I guess if I had to pick one, I would say Iceland poppies, because of those delicate, silky petals and graceful, curved stems…


Tell us a short floral story. Have you ever had a strange floral request? Created something wonderful out of a sticky situation? Have you ever felt like MacGyver and used your mad floral skills in a non-floral situation?

Well, stories come to mind, but nothing that should be repeated! However, I will say, I once had to get very creative for an event, and used dozens of yogurt containers, meticulously wrapped with aspidistra leaves (I also used leaves from laurel, camellia, silverleaf, eucalyptus, begonia…), for an ambitious project. Later, I realized it worked so well that I made a habit of it. They make wonderfully inexpensive containers and nobody would guess there are yogurt tubs under all that elegant foliage! I like reusing the tubs and creating something so beautiful from something so plain.


What is your favorite color combination right now?

Chartreuse with chocolate, burgundy and buttery yellow


Photo Credit: Joni Shimabukuro

Photo Credit: Jamie Bosworth

Photo Credit: Robbie Augspurger

Photo Credit: Joni Shimabukuro

Photo Credit: David Barss

Photo Credit: Ted Mishima

Photo Credit: Jamie Bosworth

Photo Credit: Jamie Bosworth

Photo Credit: Joni Shimabukuro

Succulent & Airplant Christmas Tree

We have so many creative people who work within Mayesh Wholesale Florist and I love it when they email something that they whipped up.  Below you will find a beautiful and fun tabletop Christmas tree created out of echeverias and tillandsias (or succulents and air plants) created by our very own Patricia Steinman from our Cleveland, Ohio Mayesh.

Do you have a fave “traditional with a twist” flower design?


Calif Flora 2012 “Legends” Recap

Here’s a quick video review and photos of some of the great floral design & excitement that was found at the 2012 Calif Flora show – Student Competition, Phil Rulloda, and Top 10 Competition.



New Year, New Blog, New Color & Tons of Flower Choices

First, I want to say “welcome” – welcome to Mayesh’s new blog!  Mayesh Wholesale Florist is on its way to making many changes this year and one of those changes is adding a blog to our website.  For those of you that read David’s Diary blog, have no fear, his blog still exists and he actually just posted just a few days ago.  If you need to find his link, just look over to the right hand side of this blog and you will find it there.  Now I would like to introduce myself – my name is Yvonne and I live in Cleveland.  I’ve been in the floral industry for about 6 years now and have an enormous passion for flowers and all things design.  (You can find out a little bit more about me by reading my blogger bio).  I’m really looking forward to sharing, learning, and interacting with you.  I know that sounds cheesy, but it is really true!  Now that the informal formalities are out of the way, let’s talk about flowers, shall we?

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