Thursday, October 28, 2010

Living Art - Style Your Home with Flowers

Say it with flowers. I was thrilled upon attending the Kips Bay Boys and Girls showcase last week discovering an introduction to Oliver Giugni's new book "Living Art" - Style your home with Flowers. It officially hits the marketplace in November.

Olivier is a world renowned floral artist who hails from St. Tropez and Aix en Provence. He has been an event planner in addition to florist. He possesses an extremely keen eye, and his work reflects that.

Phillip Ennis, is the masterful interior architecture photographer who captured the images. I know Phillip from a photoshoot at singer John Mayers' home. Sylvie Bigar wrote alongside Olivier, and the foreword is by Catherine Deneuve. People I said 'Catherine Deneuve'! What says flowers more than the elegance, grace and personification of beauty than Catherine Deneuve?

L'Olivier is my favorite florist. His uptown shop is located at 19 East 76th. Street., a mere stumble from Central Park. I feel the urge to mention this adjacency because, L'Olivier often brings the park through his front door. Many lunch hours were spent sniffing blossoms in his shop. His presentations are gorrrrrrrgeous. The intense crisp floral scents capture your attention upon entering. And should you happen to wander into Fredric Fekkai at the Mark Hotel or grand lobbies of The Plaza Hotel, The Pierre Hotel or The Carlyle, you will be greeted by the finest arrangements, gently placed and holding court.

Equally true for his downtown locale at 213 East 14th. Street in Chelsea. It is calm in the midst of busy 14th. Street. Sometimes I see people carrying the most gorgeous arrangements down the street, and you just know where they came from.

I purchase fresh flowers every Friday evening en route home. To me, the weekend isn't officially here, without fresh new blossoms. There isn't much we can do with our homes if they're already done, but we can always style it with flowers!

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