Sunday, November 20, 2011


Thrilled to let you know about our brand new venture.......follow me here.......

We'll be setting up shop over there so we hope you'll continue to check in with us.


Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Sophia Coppola marries long time love

I love Sophia Coppola's style. She's both elegant and hipster cool. That's difficult to pull off. She seems to have an innate understanding of what suits her.

Anyway, this past weekend she married Thomas Mars of the band Phoenix at her family home in Southern Italy. Which, by the way, also happens to be a five star hotel named Palazzo Margherita owned by Papa Coppola.

Her dress of lilac chiffon was custom designed by Azzedine Alaia. I'd love to see a full picture of the dress. It looks incredibly pretty.

Credit: Picture from People magazine

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Check us out on Style Me Pretty !

Our impromptu flower stall by the side of a country road

Our newly engaged couple choose their flowers from the flower stall.

The bride's bouquet.
To see the whole story (which by the way is very sweet) click onto the link below. And if you like what you see, would love to hear from you either on the SMP blog or here on my blog.

Thanks Style Me Pretty ! And to all of the other wonderful people I worked with that day (you can connect with them via SMP). Had a ball !

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Kate's wedding.... Part Two

The September issue of Vogue.......featuring Kate Moss' wedding.
Forgive me for blogging about this wedding, not only for a second time, but immediately following the last blogpost........

As you might well imagine, I absolutely adored this wedding. It completely reflects the bride's style.

 What a divinely romantic photo of kate with her bridesmaids.

Love the pathway of flowers. The florist for Kate's wedding: Scarlet and Violet. You may remember my blog about Victoria Brotherson from a couple of years ago. I was lucky enough to work with Vic when I lived in London.
Isn't this an adorable shot of the bridal party ?

Lila Grace is Kate's daughter

I love that Kate kept with her 1920's feel and had classic Parisian cafe chairs and Art Nouveau chandeliers.

Edwardian wicker chairs and vintage iron table with simple but gorgeous flowers !

Kate with her dad and daughter Lila Grace.

Must remember to pick up the September issue.

Plus, Hamish Bowles takes us inside the wedding.

Wish I could have been a guest.....sigh!

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

The "other" Kate's wedding

Well, she finally did it. Kate Moss married rock star Jamie Hince earlier this month. True to her own style, Kate looked amazing. It was a fabulous meeting of a perfect midsummer's eve with Edwardian style meets 1920's glamour and excess.
The Grade II listed Norman church where Kate and Jamie were married in the Cotswolds.
Kate in a bias cut gown designed by John Galliano. Her dress featured gold leaf embroidery and rhinestones.
She kept her hair very soft and loose and her makeup natural and minimal.
The tall girl at the back is Kate's younger sister. And already causing a stir in the fashion world with her pretty face.
Totally love Kate's veil. Franch lace embroidered with flowers . So 1920's !
Enroute to the chapel with her dad at her side. Handsome fellow.
I love that she had so many bridesmaids. Kate, Jamie and daughter Lila Grace.

Cool facts about the wedding:

Vogue editors (former and present) in attendance included: Anna Wintour, Carine Roitfeld, Emmanuel Alt.

Celebs in attendance included: Daphne Guiness, Jude Law, Stella McCartney, Marc Jacobs, Bryan Ferry, Karen Ellson and sooo many others....

Bridal party: 15 lovely young bridesmaids...probably one of my fave features of the wedding. How romantic and whimsical.

Official photographer: Mario Testino (surprise, surprise) and rumours of a magazine shoot of the wedding in an upcoming Vogue

Official photographer personal snaps: Mary McCartney (Stella's sister)

Champagne: copius bottles of Louis Roederer Cristal bubbly.

Inspiration: Vintage, 1920's, Edwardian countryside, Zelda Fitzgerald (wife of F. Scott Fitgerald). sidenote: Kate's engagement ring is a replica of Zelda's.

Kate's fave book: "The Beautiful and the Damned" by F Scott Fiztgerald....Mmmmm

Royal wedding inspiration

Check out our "royally inspired" bouquet in the Fall/Winter 2011 issue of Wedding Bells magazine !

Friday, July 8, 2011

Palm Springs meets Scotland in Toronto

We had a wonderful opportunity this past month to completely design a rooftop installation for one of our corporate clients' own home. 

 South West exposure....... thinking......desert..... dry, hot.  It is SO not cottage garden flowers and plants for this terrace. This is extreme territory !

 We needed to compile a list of plants that could survive a drought tolerant, wind exposed position. We also wanted both drama and tropical in an extreme sort of way......hence Palm Springs meets Scotland.

 Plants: a knotted pom pom Scots pine, aloe vera,  various succulents, bougainvillea (totally love), lava rocks, various cactus and other sun loving gems.

It worked very nicely!  We are so pleased with the results.....

And the client was very happy also.  We received an email this morning saying they spent the evening on their terrace enjoying their Palm Springs meets zen like garden, in Toronto.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

An "Elegant Farmer's Market" wedding

Phew, it's been a busy spring and early summer. Between container planters, rooftop terrace installations, corporate events and the start of wedding season, I'm feeling rather dizzy. It's been quite the whirlwind over the past couple of months. And more weddings to come !

In the meantime I wanted to post some pictures of a wedding we did this past weekend at one of my all time favourite places, Miller Lash House. I love this place ! I love this place 'cause I always think it's a lovely surprise for your guests. Anyone who knows Toronto will understand when I say, "yeah the wedding venue is located at the 401 and Morningside" normally respond with "what's out there"? It's Scarborough for crying out loud ! Or "Scarberia" as we used to call it. Let's just say it's the burbs and as such does not conjure up images of lovely 1920's Arts and Crafts houses. But there it is. And once you arrive, you feel transported.

I hope our quick snaps convey how lovely this wedding was. The feel was "an elegant farmer's market" without actually looking like a farmer's market. We took a textural, organic approach. We used hessian (burlap) runners on the tables, linen napkins, displayed peaches with scrolled name tags and we kept the head table "humble" with simple ferns in aged stone containers, while the guest tables had sumptuous arrangements of garden roses, hydrangeas, clematis vines and peonies. We wanted the guests to feel special !

I love how it all turned out.

The peaches were gorgeous, not too ripe for our needs, made a faux stem with birch twigs and placed the guests' names on lovely paper and scrolled the edges.

The final table. It was a bit of a cafuffle (?) to get the peaches in place. But finally the table looked adorable. The brides' father made the chalkboard. Sweet.

The lovely Robin, a wonderful creative florist, putting the final touches to a guest table. 

The view into the tent. I loved the hessian runners on the tables.
Oh, and I should mention that most weddings take place in the tent, not the house. That's because it's not a huge house, but it is awfully pretty. 

The head table up close. So simple, but so chic. The hessian, the aged pots with ferns and peaches randomly laid along the table. We also placed two cherries on the menu as an added charming touch.
It's all about the details ! These are things guests notice and appreciate. 

The view from the tent. 

Jessica, the beautiful bride, with her parents. Her bouquet was composed of sweet peas, lisianthus, waxflowers, veronica, soft foliages and freesias. 

Thank you to Jessica and her incredible mother Eunice. Both were so brilliant to work with. Jessica had an inspiration and we hope we helped her to achieve it. Eunice, thank you for all of your support and kindness.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

To Mothers Everywhere....

This Sunday, May 8th is Mother's Day around the world. I know I'm biased but I truly believe flowers are the sweetest gift. They're impulsive, sincere, endearing and thoughtful.

Have a wonderful and Happy Mother's Day.

Monday, April 18, 2011

Be inspired by Gwyneth Paltrow this Easter

                      A Fresh Take on Traditional !

Vintage linens, mismatched candlesticks, silver cups and fresh, loose bouquets of the prettiest spring flowers beautifully arranged along a rough hewn table.

Be inspired by Gwyneth's tablescape and incorporate some gorgeous blooms from Wild thyme into your Easter lunch celebration.

Wild thyme will deliver the most charming bouquets right to your door. We'll have blossom branches, tulips, sweet peas, hyacinths, hellebores, hydrangeas and more...... all in hues ranging from fresh greens, crisp whites and pale lilacs to lavenders mixed with deep burgundy blacks for some added drama.

Call us on 416.440.2614 or to place your order.

Check out the rest of GP's collaboration with the girls from

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Flower Class was so much fun !

Thank you to everyone who joined us for our Sunday flower class. What a blast ! Check out some of our photos below.

 The studio and flowers before the students arrived.

 We had some very lovely Spring flowers; tulips, sweet peas, ranunculus, hyacinths, but also garden roses, guelder rose, freesias, peonies (yes, early peonies !) and some nice foliages.

 That would be me, waiting nervously for the students to arrive. Sorry about the goofy look on my face.

 I'd like to introduce you to one of the loveliest people I know...Kathy MacLachlan. Kathy was one of my very first customers (10 years ago) and has been a great client and friend ever since. 
Thank you Kathy !

 The ladies starting to muck in. And also have a bit of a giggle.

 Totally focused on the task at hand.

 Choosing flowers for their compositions.

 I think everyone was totally into their creations. And by the way, doing an AMAZING job.

 But still having time to crack jokes, relax and have fun.

Everyone seemed to like the choice of mossy urn for their arrangements. Something they would definitely use after their flowers had expired. I heard talk of planting with herbs for the kitchen counter. Nice one !

If you like to check out our flower  classes email us at

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Bespoke Country House Parties

So, last year I stumbled across this company that throws bespoke country house parties in the beautifully charming Cotswolds. It just so happens that one of the partners' in this retreat is  Sophie Conran (yes, that Conran, daughter of the great Terence). Man, it must be in their blood to be so entreprenuerial and also so talented. This family rocks !

And so does this place ! Temple Guiting is actually owned by a fellow called Steven Collins. Steven decided that he wanted to convert this family property into an investment. Smart man. Together with the famed Sophie Conran they have created this gorgeous retreat for anybody (which is semi affordable if you don't mind saving for a year and not take another holiday for another year --- the weekend rates will make you gulp a little) to hold your own private country party (just like the wealthy Edwardians did). 

Sounds good to me.You name it. It can be organized. They have experts from a varied and wide set of backgrounds. Hmmmm.....want to do a little fly fishing ? No problem. Always wanted to spend an afternoon baking artisinal breads ? No problemo. How about hot air ballooning, wine tasting, jam making, shooting, learning to play bridge/poker ?  It's covered. And of course, my favourite......the floristry course.

All this, and in the most gorgeous setting. The accomodation is to die for. Heck who cares about the activities. I just want to go and hang out....go for long country walks, read by a roaring fire, eat wonderful meals, drink great wine and sleep in the most sumptuous bedrooms ever !

Of course, there's always the  National Trust  or the  Landmark Trust  if you're not in need of so much pampering but still want to have that great country house/manor  experience. I think this is more my speed and more of what my wallet can handle. But if money were not an object........ then here I come Temple Guiting. Just for the weekend only.

More pictures and definitely more info on their website.


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