In this episode of her Mayesh Design Star series, Christy Hulsey shows us how she dresses arbors using smilax. Arbors are perfect for wedding ceremonies, event decor and photo backdrops. Smilax is a great greenery to use on large-scale pieces like arbors and chuppahs. Christy gives us tips on keeping it fresh to get the longest life out of it and in some cases reuse it.
For this particular design, Christy used about half a box of Southern Smilax.
Availability: Typically Souther Smilax is available August through March with a slight chance of getting some in April and July.
We can hardly believe it, but we’re now less than two weeks away from our FOURTH workshop featuring Christy Hulsey of Colonial House of Flowers! This workshop will be held in La Mesa, CA, about a half hour from our Carlsbad location, and guys, it’s gonna be a good one.
The space is super fun & eclectic, we have some amazing new sponsors (more about them soon!) aaand there may or may not be a taco bar (I mean come on, we’re in San Diego, how could we not have tacos?)
So let’s check out some of the details!
THE SPACE: Brick + Laurel
Megan Welker Photography
Brick + Laurel Warehouse is a historic building built in the 40’s. When we first acquired the space we wanted to keep the mostly brick appearance to appreciate the original integrity of the building. The space has a very industrial look and high rafters. Common Good Coffee Roasters and Catalina Neal Floral Design share the warehouse which creates a real artistic collaborative environment. Our warehouse provides a great space for small gatherings of all kinds.
THE PHOTOGRAPHER: Nicole Clarey Photography
You may remember her from our vendor feature for the Cleveland workshop, and we’re excited to announce that Nicole is officially a part of our workshop team and will be traveling with us for the remaining six workshops!
Nicole was amazing to work with in Cleveland and will be an awesome addition to our team. Check out her gorgeous work on Instagram!
THE STYLIST: Tristan Needham Design
Our girl Tristan is back and has been helping behind the scenes to ensure that every detail is styled to perfection! Between Tristan’s fully styled table to Nicole’s photography skills, we can assure you that you’ll have some fabulous new photos to add to your portfolio following the workshop!
There are just two tickets left so if you’ve been thinking about attending, now is the time!
For May, Christy Hulsey will be kicking off the wedding and prom season by showing us her techniques on making beautiful garden style floral rings, flat lay halos, and corsages. She also has great tips on pricing ribbon. Since it’s the month of Mother’s day, Christy invited her adorable daughter Beatrice to help out and get creative with these stunning Mayesh Luxe Blooms!
Featured product: Spanish moss, mood moss, light pink ranunculus, white hellebore, succulents, camellia leaf, burgundy dahlia, light pink mini gerbera, Clooney ranunculus, Japanese allium, eryngium, fritillaria, dendrobium orchids, vanda orchids, Icelandic poppies and scabiosa pods
Hardgoods: your favorite floral jewelry, Oasis cold glue, ribbon, wire and floral tape.
We’re thrilled to announce that we have a new sponsor on board for our MDS Flower Workshops! Rosaprima grows high-end, luxury roses, and we couldn’t be more excited to have their product at our upcoming workshops.
Read on to learn a bit more about them!
Rosaprima is an independent company with a unique passion for roses. We take pride in being one of the world’s largest growers of luxury, estate-grown roses, servicing a global customer base for over two decades. Since our founding in 1995, our values have remained the same: unequaled craftsmanship, sound business practices and a commitment to growing roses that serve as the centerpieces of life’s extraordinary moments. Our exclusive collection of over 150 rare and exclusive varieties is demanded internationally, and our roses have won global recognition for their peerless allure and resiliency. By surpassing goals in quality, service and environmental sustainability, we set a new standard for roses.
This month, Christy Hulsey of Colonial House of Flowers demonstrates the softer side of tropical flowers by incorporating them into her signature garden style design. The video begins by Christy showing you a completed compote design and then uses the same color scheme and flowers designed in a woodland planter.
It doesn’t have to be perfect, to be beautiful. Happy designing!
White clooney ranunculus
Light pink ranunculus
Sea Star Fern
Ti Leaves Stock – ti tops
Brown Cymbidium Orchids
White Mini Cymbidium Orchids
Anthuriums – choco, terra, pistache, white
Charity Garden Roses
Green eryngium – Sirius questar
Blush Tulips standard
Ornithogalum Star of Bethlehem
Black knight scabiosa
Icelandic poppy – white
Come join us at a Mayesh Design Star Flower Workshop featuring Christy Hulsey of Colonial House of Flowers! We have 2 stops in the bag and will be hitting 7 more cities throughout this next year!
I can’t even tell you how incredibly excited I am to be able to share with you the stunning pictures and video from Jeremy Chou Photography and Talewind Visuals. The media below tells the story of Mayesh’s inaugural workshop, which was held in Los Angeles at FD Photo Studio, where it all started.
Keep on scrolling down to view the magic created by our LA Mayesh Design Star team!
Maybe you feel like this when working on wedding flowers, but the planning and styling of the workshop was half the fun of having a workshop! Seeing all of the little details coming together was pure magic. The students had access to some of the best Japanese, Dutch and local floral product in the industry for their arrangements, and the end product just couldn’t have been more dreamy.
Part of the planning was putting together a special thank you gift. The students were treated to a private selection of Cameron Hughes wine, and a beautifully styled gift box by Salt and Pepper Co., full of items from: Sugar Paper, HomArt, Cameron Hughes, TOCCA, and Accent Decor.
Christy instructed the students on how to create their Oasis Floral florist netting structure to insert into their Accent Decor vessel. Once the vessels were prepped and ready to go, Christy shared how to utilize branches, where to place vines a.k.a. “dancers”, what to do with large “real estate” blooms, how she utilizes her Design Master color tools, where to put unexpected pops of foraged blooms, and many other invaluable techniques that she has picked up over the course of her career. Also, the students were given a few tips and tricks on utilizing Mayesh’s beautiful garland as either a swag, or a bride and groom chair backer.
The End Results
After the students were finished, they headed over to the photography station where they had their arrangement photographed on a fully styled table to use in their professional portfolio. Then, Jeremy Chou and Tristan Needham both gave a tutorial on photography and styling – how to always put your best foot forward with your images, and what tools have been most helpful to them in elevating their brands.
In the March edition of the Mayesh Design Star series for 2017, Christy Hulsey shows us how to make a monochromatic spring door dressing using a custom pre-made wreath.
Mayesh offers customizable pre-made wreaths as well as pre-made garlands. You call out the size and product and we can ship it to your door or have it available for pick up at your local Mayesh branch.
Featured product: custom pre-made wreath, snow berries, white Japanese sweetpeas, feverfew, Tillandsia air plant and a custom garland.
Materials used: water tubes, wire, Design Master spray in Olive Bright.
Have a basket, cake stand or favorite gift item in your studio that would be a perfect setting for flowers? Christy makes a garden wild statement piece, a loose organic “unbouquet”, using a container, which may be a little unexpected, that you love and can also be a gift on its own! Watch the video below and let us know what you would like to see in the upcoming months in the comments below.
Olli Ella Belly Basket from Karen Alweil Studio
Flowers from Mayesh:
Dutch lisianthus black pearl
Navy privet berry
Vuvuzela garden roses
Moonstone garden spray roses
Café latte garden roses
Mini green berzillia
Chippendale garden roses
Café Au Lait dahlias
Blush Hanoi Clooney ranunculus
And don’t forget to keep on scrolling to view the gorgeous pictures that Justin Brown of The Happy Bloom captured of Christy’s floral design.
Last week we celebrated YOU at our annual Open House, deeming this year’s theme “Customer Appreciation Day.” All of our locations had so much fun decking out their branches and highlighting our brand new Mayesh Luxe Blooms line which launched last week!
We are kicking off the New Year with a bang! We are proud to present to you our 2017 Mayesh Design Star video series featuring Christy Hulsey! In the first installment of her series, Christy is going to show us how to make a classic Valentine’s Day design with a wild garden style spin!
If you love this video, then be sure to check our workshop dates to see if Christy will be in your city and get to work with her in real life!
Containers & Vases: all of those amazing containers you see throughout the video are provided by Accent Decor!
Product used: Product used: Gardenia foliage, dutch black pearl lisianthus, xerographica air plants, white Japanese sweet peas, Italian Clooney ranuculus: blush hanoi and black, beige mocca amaryllis, Kahala rose, Nature’s Cherry rose, Chippendale garden roses, antigua carnations, black privet berries, mini green berzillia, panda anemones, white hyacinth, mauve astrantia, baby pineapples, blush moonstone garden spray roses, Icelandic poppies, white nerines, coral gerrondo gerberas and daisy chamomile/feverfew.