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Mayesh Design Star Seattle Workshop Recap

 

We just wrapped up our 2018 Mayesh Design Star Tour last month, so we wanted to take a look back at the year and all the great workshops we were able to host! This year’s tour and workshop centered around the theme of “Curate & Create,” and Kaylee of Flourish by Kay and her assistant Jamie Heusser led students in identifying their brand and creating beautiful floral designs.

 

Our Seattle workshop in July was held at Metropolist, a modern and industrial space in Seattle’s SODO district. The venue was spacious and open and provided the perfect amount of natural light for our summer workshop.

 


 

DAY ONE

 

To kick off the workshop, Monday began with a networking event. Students enjoyed wine and appetizers while getting to know each other and listening to presentations from our very own Dave Tagge about all the great products the students would be working with. Kaylee then led the students in a mood boarding activity in which she discussed the importance of identifying one’s individual brand and using that to guide their floral designs.

 

 

 


 

DAY TWO

 

To kick off day two, the students revisited their mood boards in order to have a clear vision as they dove into a day of designing, followed by a centerpiece demonstration and then finally getting their hands on all of the beautiful product to make their own, using compotes provided by Accent Decor.

 

After lunch catered by The London Plane, Kaylee and her assistant Jamie worked with the students on two different installations: a ceremony setup with petite aisle pieces and a floral trellis, and a wildflower field. Assistant extraordinaire Jamie then doubled as our model for the day, posing among the wildflower “field” the students created… we’re obsessed with how those photos turned out! The student’s work was also photographed by Nicole Clarey on a minimal yet beautifully styled table by Kaylee using pieces from Classic Vintage Rentals in Portland, OR.

 

To wrap up the workshop, Kaylee answered floral business questions and as a special treat, her husband Landon shared his passion for brand storytelling and how he has challenged Kaylee to hone in on her brand using this storytelling strategy.

 

 


 

Workshop Credits:

 

Taught by Kaylee Young of Flourish by Kay
Photography: Nicole Clarey Photography
Venue: Metropolist
Rentals: Classic Vintage Rentals
Model: Jamie Heusser

 

Workshop Product Sponsors:

 

 

 

 

 

Mayesh Design Star: Compote & Chicken Wire Centerpiece

 

In her final episode of our 2018 Design Star video series, Kaylee demonstrates how she creates one of her signature centerpieces using a compote and florist netting (aka chicken wire). This particular design features Sahara roses from QualisA and White Majolika spray roses from Hosa, both MDS sponsors. The demonstration ends with Kaylee’s tip on how to extend the length of a short stem using a water tube.

 


 

FEATURED PRODUCTS:

 

dahlias, ninebark, maple, scabiosa, foxglove, roses, spray roses, anemones,
Japanese anemones, berries, & foraged materials

 


 

For a more seasonal look, the same arrangement can be made for the holidays using a richer color palette and substituting amaryllis in lieu of dahlias. Seasonal evergreens like Port Orford cedar, juniper, and Douglas fir can replace fall foliages. Hellebores, hyacinth, Star of Bethlehem and anemones are great this time of year as secondary and accent flowers. Ilex berries or holly berry provide a nice seasonal texture as well as adding branches or cones for a more wintery look.

 

Note: Foraging, although done for thousands of years, has once again regained popularity. We would like to offer you some guidelines and etiquette to follow when you are out collecting in nature:

  • Always respect private properties and ask permission if you are unsure – do not trespass.
  • Never cut protected or endangered native species. This includes plants that are growing inside our national and local parks.
  • Do not take more than you need.
  • Avoid pulling up from the root – leave the plants intact and exercise judicial pruning.
  • Use clean shears, knives, and cutters.
  • Leave the area as you found it by leaving no trace that you were there.
  • Do not disturb natural wildlife habitats.

 

Host: Kaylee Young, Flourish by Kay
Videographer: Logan Martin, Talewind Visuals
Photographer: Maria Lamb Photography
Flower Sponsors: QualisA and Hosa

 

 

 


 

 

 

2019 MDS Workshop Dates

 

The day has finally arrived! We know how patiently you have all been waiting, and we're so excited to finally be able to announce the details, dates, and locations for our 2019 workshops with Shean Strong!

This year we're doing something a little different and will be offering two different types of classes: an All Levels Class and a Masterclass. Over the past two years we have absolutely loved meeting and working with attendees of all different skill levels, and we think that offering these two classes will provide even more value to each and every one of our students.

 

So without further ado, here are next year's dates & locations!

 


 

January 14-15  |  San Diego, California  |  Masterclass

 

May 20-21  |  Nashville, Tennessee  |  All Levels Class

 

August 12-13  |  Austin, Texas  |  Masterclass

 

November 11-12  |  Columbus, Ohio  |  All Levels Class

 

 


 

To kick things off, make sure to check out our Instagram Story tomorrow as Shean will be making a little announcement you definitely won't want to miss!

 

Mayesh Design Star: How to Design a Wreath

MDS: How to Create a Wreath

 

For our November video, Kaylee demonstrates her take on a wreath perfect for the fall & winter seasons. Using an olive branch base, Kaylee adds some berries and freeze-dried roses from Alexandra Farms, one of our amazing MDS sponsors. If you love to design wreaths, let us know in the comments some of your favorite floral products to use.

After watching the video, keep scrolling for some gorgeous photos – perfect for pinning!

 


 

Floral product:
*freeze dried garden roses from Alexandra Farms – these last up six months, aka “forever” in the flower world! 
*olive branches
*blueberry foliage
*viburnum berry

Supplies:
*wreath base
*paddle floral wire
*clippers or knife
*wire cutters

 

Host: Kaylee Young, Flourish by Kay
Videographer: Logan Martin, Talewind Visuals
Photographer: Maria Lamb Photography

 

 


 

 

Mayesh Design Star November Video Fall Wreath with Alexandra Farms Freeze Dried Roses

Mayesh Design Star November Video Fall Wreath with Alexandra Farms Freeze Dried Roses  Mayesh Design Star November Video Fall Wreath with Alexandra Farms Freeze Dried Roses

Mayesh Design Star November Video Fall Wreath with Alexandra Farms Freeze Dried Roses

 

Mayesh Design Star: Florist Tips, Tricks and Hacks

Mayesh Design Star: Florist Tips, Tricks and Hacks

 

Through the years, Kaylee Young, has collected many florist tips, tricks and hacks that she wanted to share for this month’s video. Starting with some tools that she always keeps in her bag, here are her top picks: floral clippers, Oasis cold glue, liners, 3M Command Hooks, zip ties, and a spray bottle. Other than your go-to tools like florist tape, knife, and wire, what are your favorite florist tools and hacks that you like to have on hand for your events?

Keep on scrolling for the product links and be sure to watch to the very end of this video for some other “hacks” from Kaylee that includes what to do with all of those leftover centerpieces.


 

Host: Kaylee Young, Flourish by Kay
Videographer: Logan Martin, Talewind Visuals
Photo: Anna Lord

 

LINKS

Branch cutter/clippers: https://oasisfloralproducts.com/e2wItemMain.aspx?parentId=102438&parentLink=2100001003:3100002970:3100002840

Floral Adhesive: https://oasisfloralproducts.com/e2wItemMain.aspx?parentId=73172&parentLink=2100001003:3100002970:3100002892:3100002867

Liners: https://www.syndicatesales.com/SSI_Catalog?searchText=liner

3M Command Hooks: https://www.amazon.com/Command-Utility-pounds-Decorate-Damage-Free/dp/B000M3V8XI

Zip ties: https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Dtools&field-keywords=100+count+zip+ties&rh=n%3A228013%2Ck%3A100+count+zip+ties

Spray bottle: https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_ss_fb_1_15?url=search-alias%3Dlawngarden&field-keywords=plant+spray+bottle&rh=n%3A2972638011%2Ck%3Aplant+spray+bottle

Mornings With Mayesh: September 2018

Mornings with Mayesh: September 2018

In September’s Mornings with Mayesh, Shelley, Dave & Yvonne cover a wide array of floral questions. They started the morning with Shelley and Dave talking about some of the beautiful products that are currently available. Afterward, they answered some audience questions that range from preservatives for flowers and flower coolers to wedding flower packages & more. Yvonne rounded out the show by announcing our 2019 Mayesh Design Star, Shean Strong!! Be sure to watch until the end to get to know Shean in a quick Q & A — it’s going to an amazing 2019!

Here is the podcast replay, video, and show notes:

 

 

SHOW NOTES

 

WORLD OF FLOWERS

  • Shelley/Dave – can you guys select a few pretty flowers to show off?
  • From Gaye: Where can we find a list of what flowers are available in each month?
  • From Suzanne:  I’m having more and more calls for gold roses. Would like more info on varieties and best farms that have long time availability.
    • There are only a few varieties of gold roses being grown and since they are treated as a “seasonal fall color” most rose growers don’t have a lot of real estate planted in this palette. There are a few great gold varieties in varying gradients of color saturation such as Cappuccino, Caramel Antike, Camel, Combo, Golden Mustard & Toffee BUT these are all difficult to get in big quantities especially for large events. That being said, we may need to piecemeal your orders together using different varieties from different sources. Best advice is to be flexible and supplement by offsetting your arrangements with other flowers in your seasonal color.

 

FLOWER CARE

  • From Joy: How do you keep the snapdragons from bending?
    • Snapdragons are both phototropic (this means they will bend towards a light source) and geotropic (meaning they want to bend away from the center of gravity in the earth). you can get them to straighten by using your favorite flower food, hydrating them standing up as straight as possible in a bucket placed directly under a light source.
    • You can also tip them out. Also, do not lay them down while working with them …as Dave says keep them upright.
  • From Hannah: What flower preservatives do you recommend?
    • Floralife & Chrysal are just a couple of big brand names that work great. It is also very important to know your type of flower. Most cut annuals and foliages can take any brand of standard floral solution BUT most perennial or bulb flowers need a floral solution intended to replace the hormones they are no longer receiving from their bulbs. Properly nourished flowers not only last longer but also look better.
  • From Darlene:  Is there a secret to keeping stock fresh?
    • Changing your water daily & re-cutting stems will keep stock fresher longer. Most floral foods already have a fungicide in them already BUT You can add a couple drops of bleach to help with problem flowers like stock. Bacteria on flower stems can grow out of control in buckets & will cause shorter flower life & foul smelling water. It is good practice to frequently change your floral solution & re-cut ALL flowers to keep bacteria levels down.
  • From Valerie: Is warm water better for most flowers when processing would you say? Than colder?
    • Best practice is always to process flowers in a hydrating solution with a temperature as close to your flowers as possible. The safest way is to prepare your buckets of floral solution the day before and keep them overnight in your cooler. When you receive your flowers, allow them to chill in your cooler for an hour or two before processing them. This way the floral solution & the flowers are at roughly the same temperature. This will cause the least amount of stress on your flowers. Conversely, you can do the same at room temperature instead BUT the cold on cold method is my favorite. When processing roses, you can leave them in their cardboard sleeves from a few hours UP TO overnight in the floral solution after cutting them. This ensures the neck of the stem just under the flower head hydrates properly, firms up & prevents head droop. If your intention is to open your flowers quickly, try using a product like Chrysal easy dip which is a  quick hydrating solution intended to speed the uptake of hydrating solutions.
  • From Valerie: Does Mayesh have any blog post or cheat sheet on processing? If not would be a great resource much like your flower availability pdf?
    • Here is some great information I got from a friend at Chrysal USA a couple years ago:
      • Never use softened water. The high salt content is deadly to flowers and potted plants
      • For some blooms, bottled or distilled water (not tap water) is the best choice.
      • Tap water contains minerals and salts that may cause “pepper spots” on petals
      • Avoid dripping on petals. Allow moisture to evaporate before placing blooms in cooler. Even a microlayer of condensation is sufficient for Botrytis spores to start germinating.
      • Keep cooler floors clean and dry. This is another place botrytis can occur and spread.
      • Clean water, clean containers, clean tools are important when preparing solutions.
      • Follow label mixing instructions–Don’t guess about the dose.
      • Under-dosing gives poor results (bacteria soup) which wastes time & money.
      • Hydration formulas are sugar-free because sugar introduced too early in the system sometimes slows uptake of solution later and can stimulate premature leaf yellowing.
      • Research proves that if only one segment of the chain uses some post-harvest treatment, longevity is still better than using no treatments at all.
      • Most cut flowers are happiest stored between 34 – 38F with the exception of tropical flowers and orchids.
      • For more information and some specific flower examples please stay tuned for our upcoming flower care guide.

 

FLOWER BUSINESS

  • From Eva: I always have customers ask for my wedding packages with pricing but I have been hesitant to provide that since each individual wedding is so unique. What information can I give to a client at the very beginning that gives them an idea of my pricing?
    • Aside from listing your “minimum” on your website, it’s usually a good Idea to have a questionnaire on your website that can help you find out a little more about your bride. Once you move forward to the phone interview you can decide if they are a right fit for you. I addressed this pretty well in our last Mornings with Mayesh if you want to go back and take a look at my thoughts on pricing.
    • I find that most customers who are looking for “packages” are usually more interested in price than design or your work. Back in the day, a few florists would offer a bridal bouquet, a few bridesmaids bouquets and a set number of bouts and corsages for a one budget price. You can handle this a couple of ways. Either by simply saying that you do not offer packages because your work is bespoke and tailored to each bride’S individual aesthetic or simply offer your own unique version of a package with certain guidelines in mind. “I will do this, with seasonal flowers, in your color palette and in this look for X amount of dollars.” Give them 2-3 options. If you want to work with smaller budget brides and/or possibly farm that out to one of your JR designers. Then they could order items a la carte to fit their needs. And be somewhat firm about your guidelines.  I find that most brides end up busting out of the” package mode” of thinking once they sit down and interview with you and find out what a talented creative you are.
  • From Joanne: I met a designer who is selling her cooler for $1800. The dimensions are 8×8 and it’s a walk in. However, I was told I could purchase a CoolBot and that would work just as well. What are your thoughts?
    • We have a lot of customers who use the CoolBot and I have heard nothing but good things about the system. They are cost effective and apparently better for the environment as that don’t use the same forced cooling than traditional coolers use. It basically attaches to any air conditioner. There are some downsides. For example, they take longer to cool and are not as effective if you open the door to your insulated room more than 6 times per hour. You can find out more about them on the company’s website www.storeitcold.com
  • From Hannah: If you are just starting out with a studio doing flowers for events- at what point do you recommend getting a commercial refrigerator?
    • Hi Hannah, I think it’s always a good idea to get a cooler or possibly a CoolBot (see above) right when you start your business. It should be part of the investment that you make when beginning your business. You can start smaller with a commercial beverage cooler if you can’t afford to go all out but it is important to properly store your flowers. Having a cooler really alleviates the stress of trying to keep your flowers cool during our hottest months of the year. Not sure where you are located but It used to be here in California most florists could get away without one, but as we are seeing more climate change and hotter than ever temperatures year round… it’s a sound investment. I do like the CoolBot because it is more eco-friendly than running a traditional cooler. You have to build an insulated room but I think the cost is less than a traditional cooler, which isn’t always easy to find.

 

 

MARKETING NEWS: MAYESH DESIGN STAR INTERVIEW WITH SHEAN STRONG

Announce the 2019 Mayesh Design Star! Watch the segment here.

2019 Mayesh Design Star Announcement

2019 Mayesh Design Star, Shean Strong

 

It’s mid-September, which means one thing in our world … it is time to announce our newest Mayesh Design Star! My team got together to figure out how we are going to shake things up and this time we decided that we were going to observe & select. Meaning, we were paying attention to designers who are active in our community using social media – posts, blogs, live videos, etc. In other words, we did a bit of cyber-stalking. Our method is a bit unconventional, but we are so excited to be working with this designer.

I am pleased to announce that our 2019 Mayesh Design Star is Shean Strong! He is incredibly talented, has a passion for education, and embodies charming charisma that you will get to experience through his videos and workshops.

As usual, we have big plans and are crazy excited about collaborating with Shean. Be sure to stay tuned as we will be announcing our 2019 flower workshop tour plan very soon!

Congratulations Shean!!

We made our first official announcement live on today’s Mornings with Mayesh. So I edited it down to just the part with his interview. Get to know Shean better by watching the video reply here and share your thoughts in the comments below:

 

 

Interview questions:

  • Tell us a little bit about yourself and background, and how you found yourself as a floral designer?
  • What is it about teaching & education that you love so much / are so passionate about?
  • What are you most excited about for the next year as our Mayesh Design Star?
  • Without giving too much away, can you talk a little bit about what you hope our future workshop attendees will gain and take away from your classes?
  • If you could be any flower, which one would you be and why?
  • Now just tell us something fun about yourself, unrelated to flowers!

 

Photo: Shauna Veasey Photography

 

P.S. If you want a piece of the 2020 Mayesh Design Star pie, then get on our radar. Contact me, let us know where to find you on the interwebs, tag us in your posts, invite us to watch your live videos, etc. We want to get to know you and learn about what you are passionate about. Good luck!

Mayesh Design Star: Wedding Inspiration to Realization

Mayesh Design Star: Wedding Flowers Inspiration to Realization

 

In this month’s Mayesh Design Star video, Kaylee takes us through her creative process and how she brings her bride’s wedding flower vision to life. From the first client meeting to the final design, Kaylee believes it is her goal to make their dreams a reality and reflect each couple and their unique personalities.

Kaylee uses a real-life wedding while reviewing the different elements that she takes into consideration when coming up with a design plan for her clients. The process includes getting to know her clients on a more personal basis, creating a proposal, and putting together a mood board! The results for Kaylee is knowing that her clients have a great understanding of the shared vision, building trust, and having a happy wedding couple at the end of their special day!

 


 

Host: Kaylee Young, Flourish by Kay
Videographer: Logan Martin, Talewind Visuals
Photographer: Chantel Marie

 

 

 


 


Mayesh Design Star: Wedding Flowers Inspiration to Realization

Mayesh Design Star: Wedding Flowers Inspiration to Realization

Mayesh Design Star: Wedding Flowers Inspiration to Realization

Mayesh Design Star: Wedding Flowers Inspiration to Realization

Mayesh Design Star: Wedding Flowers Inspiration to Realization

Mayesh Design Star: Wedding Flowers Inspiration to Realization

Mayesh Design Star: Wedding Flowers Inspiration to Realization

Mayesh Design Star: Wedding Flowers Inspiration to Realization

Mayesh Design Star: Wedding Flowers Inspiration to Realization

Mayesh Design Star: Wedding Flowers Inspiration to Realization

Mayesh Design Star: Wedding Flowers Inspiration to Realization

 

 

Mayesh Design Star Charleston Workshop Recap

 

The year is flying by, and although we have only one workshop left in our 2018 Mayesh Design Star workshop series, we still have our past three workshops to recap!

 

First up: CHARLESTON

 

Our May Charleston workshop was just featured on Botanical Brouhaha, but there are so many more beautiful photos we just had to share.

The workshop was held at The Cedar Room, a dreamy venue located in Charleston’s historic Cigar Factory. With white washed brick walls, tall windows and as much natural light as you could possibly hope for, this venue was more than perfect for our spring inspired workshop.

 


 

DAY ONE

 

As with our Miami workshop, we started the workshop Monday evening with a networking event. The students enjoyed appetizers and wine while meeting one another and watching presentations from Ryan O’Neil of Curate & Jodi Duncan for Design Master. Following their educational presentations, Kaylee discussed the important role mood boards play in her design process, and had each student create their own as a way to help define their style. Everyone – the Mayesh team included! – then went around and wrote a descriptive word next to each mood board, leaving each student with a long list of words to help articulate their style in five words. This exercise was a great way to get the students thinking about their unique styles and coming into day two with more intention.

 

 

 


 

DAY TWO

 

Day two was all about design. Kaylee and her assistant Jamie led the students in a group installation activity. When the students arrived, the ceremony was set up with a simple, bare arch and two large urn arrangements to show one option for a ceremony set up. Then, as a class they created the second ceremony option: a lush floral arch and aisleway installation using spirea, garden roses and peonies.

Following the installation, Kaylee demonstrated how she creates her signature bridal bouquets. The students then designed their own bouquets, finished off with gorgeous silk ribbon from Adorn Company and photographed with local model Hilary Rose.

 

 

Workshop Credits:

 

Taught by Kaylee Young of Flourish by Kay
Photography: Nicole Clarey Photography
Venue: The Cedar Room
Rentals: Ooh! Events
Ribbon: Adorn
Model: Hilary Rose
Dress: Fabulous Frocks Bridal
HMUA: Pampered & Pretty

 

Workshop Product Sponsors:

 

 


 

To learn more and reserve your spot in our LAST workshop of the year in Salt Lake City, click here!

 

Mayesh Design Star: How to Make a Floating Installation

Mayesh Design Star How to Make a Floating Installation

 

In this month’s Mayesh Design Star video, Kaylee Young teaches you how she creates a floating, cloud-like baby’s breath installation for a whimsical wedding reception.

 


 

Featured flowers: baby’s breath

Supplies: Clippers, wire cutters, scissors, fishing line, Oasis wire netting (chicken wire), Oasis caged bricks, Oasis non-caged bricks, Lomey dishes

 

Host: Kaylee Young, Flourish by Kay
Videographer: Logan Martin, Talewind Visuals
Photographer: Chantel Marie

 

 


 

 

Mayesh Design Star How to Make a Floating Installation

Mayesh Design Star How to Make a Floating Installation

Mayesh Design Star How to Make a Floating Installation

Mayesh Design Star How to Make a Floating Installation

Mayesh Design Star How to Make a Floating Installation

Mayesh Design Star How to Make a Floating Installation

Mayesh Design Star How to Make a Floating Installation

Mayesh Design Star How to Make a Floating Installation

Mayesh Design Star How to Make a Floating Installation

Mayesh Design Star

 

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