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Mayesh Design Star Workshop Tour 2018 Dates

 

While it is mind blowing to us that we’re already nearing the end of our first Mayesh Design Star tour, we are so excited to embark on our second tour of floral design workshops with our brand new Design Star Kaylee Young of Flourish by Kay!

We all know how quickly time flies, so with 2018 fast approaching we wanted to announce next year’s tentative dates and locations. We are still finalizing them but wanted to share where we’re at to start getting you all excited!

This year, each workshop will take place over more than just a day, with a welcome cocktail party and possibly even a short activity the evening before! With so much material to cover and people traveling from sometimes up to a state away, we’re excited to get an early start and provide plenty of time to get to know one another before diving into the rest of the workshop.

So without further ado, our 2018 MDS Workshop Tour Dates!

 


 

FOUR US CITIES 

 

JANUARY 22 & 23  |  MIAMI, FL

 

MAY 21 & 22  |  NEW YORK/BROOKLYN, NY

 

AUGUST 6 & 7  |  SANTA BARBARA/OXNARD, CA

 

OCTOBER 15 & 16  |  SALT LAKE CITY, UT

 

 

THE MAYESH DESIGN STAR INTERNATIONAL EXPERIENCE

 

MARCH 12 – 17  |  QUITO, ECUADOR

 


 

More details to come in the very near future, but be sure to pencil us in for at least one of our 2018 workshops! It’s going to be a good year guys, we promise.

 

Mayesh Design Star: How To Work With A Stylist

Styled Table - how to work with a stylist

In October’s Mayesh Design Star video, Christy Hulsey is joined by Whitney Downs of Whitewood Events to explain the benefits of working with a stylist. Creating a relationship can save so much time in the creative process, which ultimately saves you money as well! See what Christly looks for in a stylist and what Whitney looks for in a florist to execute a perfectly curated wedding or event.

Accent Decor items:
Prive Compote
E+E Napkin Rings
Chelsea Vases

Host: Christy Hulsey,  Colonial House of Flowers
CHOF Team: Kaitlyn Baxter, Amanda Currier, Lanier Hays, Taylor Ellen
Styling: Whitney Downs, Whitewood Events
WE Team: Erica Cleary, Ashley Stalvey
Videographer: Justin Peay Productions
Photographer: Kelli Boyd Photography
Containers + Napkin Rings:  Accent Decor
Floral Supplies: Oasis Floral ProductsDesign Master
Napkins and Runners: Alanah Textiles
Ribbon: Silk & Willow
Table Linen: BBJ Linen
Plates: R. Wood Studios
Table + Chairs: Ranco Tent Rentals
Capiz Shell Calligraphy: Whimsy B. Paperie
Studio Space: Roxie Remley Fine Arts Building
Hair & makeup: Jessica Belfry, Hustle & Blow Dry Bar
Wardrobe Styling: Katie Foley-Jacobs, Cheeky Peach
Additional Wardrobe items provided by: Banana Republic & Cobblers Bench

 

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Get to Know our 2018 Design Star

 

By now you probably know that our 2018 Mayesh Design Star is Kaylee Young of Flourish by Kay, so we thought now was a good time to get to know Kaylee a little bit better and learn about the designer behind the flowers!

We hope you enjoy spending a few minutes with Kaylee below, and can’t wait to share next year’s workshop tour dates with you all in the very near future!

 


 

First of all, congratulations! We are beyond excited to have you board as our next Design Star… it’s going to be a fun year! For everyone dying to know more about you, can you just give us a little background on yourself, and how you ended up in this crazy wonderful world of flowers we find ourselves in? 

When I was 18 years old, I took a career aptitude test in college to help me determine which career was right for me, and the top career that was considered for me was ‘Florist.’ I’d literally never thought about flowers before, but I was intrigued by the idea so I signed up for a beginner floral design course at night. That’s when I decided I liked flowers and I really wanted to learn floral design. After that I bombarded the flower shop by my house, dropping off resumes every 6 months or so until they finally hired me! Took about 2 years, but I wore them down haha! After working in shops for 3 years, I moved over to the event floral side of things and started my own business, Flourish. It’s been a crazy ride but I just love what I do so much now. I can’t imagine living a life where I’m not designing and styling and creating beauty. I feel so fortunate that I get to do this for my career.

 

Can you talk about your style & design philosophy?

My design philosophy is all about creation & curation. I’d say beautiful floral design is made up of 50% the curation of the flowers and materials, and 50% creating the design with good technique. Being very intentional about my inspiration and ideas, and thoughtfully preparing my flower order has helped me to refine my design skills so much and produce the best results I possibly can.

I also believe being a good floral artist is a balance of striving for perfection and just ‘winging it’. I had to learn to trust myself. But once I did, that’s when I started creating all my best work.

My style is a mix of maximal and minimal design (is that a thing?) There isn’t necessarily one type of design I really love. I just love when everything looks pieced together perfectly, when the design feels like it makes its surroundings come to life, and the colors and product chosen compliment each other nicely. My goal is to come up with a feeling for each arrangement that I make and to make it match the scene that it will fit into perfectly. I like to challenge myself to use new types of flowers, or add more flowers, or less. Sometimes the design ends up totally different than what I thought it would in the beginning. But as long as I get the feeling of the arrangement right, I feel good.

 

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Cliché question, but I love hearing the unique answers people have! So… where do you draw your inspiration from?

Most of my inspiration stems from something small. Whether it be a single bloom, or a striking color, a feeling I get when I look at a photograph, or an outfit on the runway. My inspiration usually starts as something small, and then I build around it with more ideas. I love going into the city for inspiration. I like to people watch and feel the energy there. It makes me feel inspired and like anything is possible. I also like to watch other artists work on things and read about their stories. I literally know nothing about making clothing, but whenever I watch the show “Project Runway” I always walk away thinking,”Yes! If they can make clothes out of stuff from the hardware store I can do anything!”

Another thing that I think is really important, is admitting when I feel worn out or uninspired and just throwing on some sweatpants and binge-watching The Office with a pint of Ben & Jerry’s. By learning to take breaks and turning down some jobs when I feel burnt out helps me to feel inspired and to feel energized when I want and need to be.

 

2018 Mayesh Design Star Flourish by Kay

 

We are all about educating and being a resource for our customers, both new and old. What are your thoughts on education within the industry, and why do you think it’s important?

I think floral education is so important! It can be difficult to attain all of the knowledge that is out there about flowers. There are so many flower types and techniques and there is no one particular way to do anything or even learn anything. I think one of the best ways I’ve learned is by watching other florists (all with different styles and techniques) design and work and taking my favorite ideas from each person to come up with my own technique and style. I love that Mayesh strives to be a resource, too. It’s been amazing shopping with a rep who can suggest things I’ve never heard of and send me pictures, or I can look through their flower library online. It’s helped me to learn so many new flower types and new things being able to ask my Mayesh rep any questions I might have.

 

What are you most excited for next year as the Mayesh Design Star?

I am so excited to collaborate with Mayesh to deliver some amazing workshops! It is going to be SO MUCH FUN! I’m excited to meet everyone and learn about them and what makes them feel inspired, and create some beautiful things together.

 

Mayesh Design Star Flourish by Kay

 

Okay, this can be totally unrelated to flowers! What is a random or fun fact about you, to get to know the person behind the design?

A fun fact about me is that I HAVE to have my diet coke & gummy candy before I start arranging flowers. It’s like a ritual now. I go to the store and get my drink and my treats, blast some music, and I’m ready! That’s how I start out designing every time.

 

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Photo by Brian Whitt Photography

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Photo by Lauren Balingit

Mayesh Design Star Flourish by Kay

 

For more of Kaylee’s work, make sure to check out her Instagram!

 

MDS Atlanta Workshop with Accent Decor Photo Recap

MDS Flower Workshop Atlanta Accent Decor

 

Just before The Bridal Theory published our Carlsbad workshop, our Atlanta workshop with Accent Decor also made an appearance on the blog! This was a special workshop since it took place in the AD showroom, and while The Bridal Theory published many of our favorite images, there are more we’d love to share with you (and maybe a few repeats because they’re just that good).

Quick side note on the tour – our Portland workshop has officially sold out, so your last chance to learn from Christy Hulsey of Colonial House of Flowers is at our final stop in November in Detroit, MI! Find out more info here, and if you can’t make this one, not to worry! We just announced our new Design Star and will be announcing 2018 workshop dates soon!

 


 

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Sponsors:

 

Accent Décor

Design Master

Rosaprima

Oasis Floral Products

Cameron Hughes Wine

H.L. Franklin’s Healthy Honey

Pottery Barn

 

Vendors:

 

Venue – Accent Decor Showroom

Photographer – Becca Stanley

 

Announcing Our 2018 Mayesh Design Star

2018 Mayesh Design Star

Remember way back in 2011 when Mayesh decided to do this crazy contest looking for a designer to be the face of our first floral design video series? Also, I remember being excited when our first video almost hit 800 views in its initial month of going live, while today this month’s design video has well over 10,000 views on YouTube and Facebook combined in just 14 days!  Top that off with the fact that our videos are watched around the world from the US to the UK, Taiwan, Spain, Brazil and beyond – we can truly say that we have created a series that has reached the far corners of the world. I love taking the time to reminisce, appreciate how far we have come, and know that this part of our journey is still well and will continue to evolve. However, none of this would have been possible without our amazing and inspiring Mayesh Design Stars who all share the passion and love of sharing their knowledge of floral design.

My team had its work cut out, as we had 38 people enter this year’s contest! And I know I say this every year, but it still is true – we are blown away with all of the amazingly talented people who entered the contest. We watched every video, reviewed workshop curriculums, debated, conducted interviews and deliberated some more. Thank you to everyone who entered this year’s contest. We appreciate all of the hard work and effort that went into your entry and we treasure your support!

With the deliberations complete, I am happy to finally announce our 2018 Mayesh Design Star, Kaylee Young of Flourish by Kay!! We love her energy, her fresh ideas, and are excited to start collaborating on our 2018 Mayesh Design Star tour and video series. To give you just a tiny taste of her 12-page proposal, Kaylee’s theme is “CURATE, CREATE, BE YOURSELF, AND THRIVE” – I think that mantra really resonates with our community! Get to know Kaylee in an upcoming interview that will be posted on the blog very soon.

Congratulations Kaylee, we are so excited to have you join our team!!

P.S. I have already started to receive inquiries about tickets for next year’s tour. We are hitting 4 U.S. cities and will be hosting a workshop experience in Quito, Ecuador. Once I have the dates finalized, the tickets will be available for sale. Stay tuned…

MDS Carlsbad Workshop Photo Recap

MDS Flower Workshop Carlsbad

 

Last week our Carlsbad workshop was published on The Bridal Theory with a full recap and beautiful images of the day. They can only include so many images, and since we have such an awesome photographer (shoutout to Nicole), there are many more favorites we’re excited to share with you!

And if you’re interested in attending one of our final two workshops in Portland or Detroit, find out more info here!

 


 

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Photos by Nicole Clarey Photography

 


 

Workshop Tour Sponsors:

Accent Décor

Design Master 

Oasis Floral Products 

Cameron Hughes Wine

Eco Fresh Bouquet

Rosaprima

Sande Flowers

 

Carlsbad Tour Sponsors:

Adore Folklore

Creative Candles

Eufloria Flowers

 

Vendors:

Designer- Christy Hulsey – Colonial House of Flowers

Photographer – Nicole Clarey Photography

Stylist – Tristan Needham Design

Venue – Brick + Laurel

Lunch – Del Mar Taco Co.

Ribbon + Runner – Tono + Co.

Mayesh Design Star: Large Scale Altar Arrangement

How to design a large luxe arrangement / alter piece

In this episode of Mayesh Design Star, Christy Hulsey shows us how to make a grand, large-scale altar piece in her signature free form style using the Majesty vase from Accent Decor. The design highlights seasonal luxe rose varieties from Rosaprima. The bonus is that the design is done in such a way to make transport easy!

Featured product: Foraged branches, Silver Dollar Eucalyptus, wisteria,
poke berries, passion vine, king protea, peach amaryllis, Ohara garden rose, Quicksand rose, Juliet garden rose (David Austin), Putumayo carnation, white ranunculus, Cafe Au Lait dahlia, white mini tulips, luminaria and pampas grass.

Materials used: Oasis netting, water tubes and the Majesty vase from Accent Decor.

Videographer: Justin Peay Productions
Photographer: Kelli Boyd Photography
Roses: Rosaprima
Floral Supplies:  Accent DecorOasis Floral ProductsDesign Master
Hair & Makeup: Hustle & Blow Dry Bar

 

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Mayesh Design Star: Garden Style for a Retail Florist

Mayesh Design Star: Garden Style for a Retail Florist

In this episode, Christy shows 4 different price points for the garden style arrangement in a retail setting – a single bud vase, small, medium, and large designs. She also gives some insight on how she made her shop stand apart from other floral retailers in her area by finding her “purple cow”.

Featured product: eucalyptus, camellia, maiden hair fern, olive, Quicksand rose, fox glove, ranunculus, fever few, Bikini rose, Free Spirit rose, Juliet garden rose, tulips and godetia.

Videographer: Justin Peay Productions
Photographer: Kelli Boyd Photography
Roses: Rosaprima
Floral Supplies:  Accent DecorOasis Floral ProductsDesign Master
Ribbon: Offray

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Mayesh Design Star: Garden Style Bridal Bouquet

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In this episode of Mayesh Design Star, Christy teaches us how to make a bridal bouquet in the freeform garden style. She also shows come cool techniques for keeping your bouquet in place without losing its shape.This beautiful bouquet also doubles as a centerpiece for the sweetheart table. So charming!

Featured product: Russian olive, camellia leaf, protea, White Ohara garden rose, Juliet garden rose, Cafe Late rose, explosion grass, white spray rose, Putumayo carnation, Cafe Au Lait Dahlia, tulips, scabiosa pods, white scabiosa and blush peony.

Container: Gatsby from Accent Decor
Supplies used: rubber bands and zip ties.

Videographer: Justin Peay Productions
Photographer: Kelli Boyd Photography
Flowers: Rosaprima, Sande Flowers
Floral Supplies:  Accent DecorEco Fresh BouquetOasis Floral ProductsDesign Master
Ribbon: Silk & Willow

 

MDS Cleveland Workshop Photo Recap!

Mayesh Design Star Cleveland Workshop

 

Now that our Cleveland workshop has officially been published by The Bridal Theory, we’re so excited to share our favorite images from our second workshop back in March! Once we received these gorgeous images from Nicole Clarey, we knew we had to make her an official part of our workshop team, so stay tuned for more beautiful photos this as we continue on our #MDSFlowerWorkshop tour. And for a more detailed recap of our Cleveland workshop, make sure to check out The Bridal Theory’s post!

 

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Photos by Nicole Clarey Photography

 

Sponsors:

 

Accent Décor

Design Master 

Oasis Floral Products 

Borrow Vintage & Eclectic 

 

Vendors:

 

Designer- Christy Hulsey – Colonial House of Flowers

Venue – Lake Erie Building

Photographer – Nicole Clarey Photography

Stylist – Tristan Needham Design

Rentals –  Event Source Rental

Wine – Cameron Hughes Wine

Lunch – Spice Catering Co.

 


 

Our next stop on the tour is Houston (sold out!) but we still have a few seats left for Charlotte, Phoenix, Portland and Detroit! Make sure to reserve your seat now!

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