1. Style your Bouquet 3 Ways with Stem & Bloom

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    I recently had the opportunity to try out an amazing new flower subscription service, Stem & Bloom. As you know, having fresh flowers at home is something that is really important to me. Not only does it add a beautiful finishing touch to my decor, but it’s so nice to have a bit of nature in my daily life, especially in the midst of Manhattan!

    Started by my friend Lana and her fiancé Adam, Stem & Bloom’s mission is to offer gorgeous, curated bouquets to New Yorkers at an affordable price. They make it really easy to always have a lovely arrangement of fresh flowers in your home {and prices start at just $35 per week…what a steal!}. All you need to do is sign up, and they will deliver a different assortment of fresh blooms to you each week. For those of you who have full-time jobs and don’t have time to head to the Flower district for something extra special {and know that grocery and bodega flowers can be so boring!} this is the perfect idea! I am trying to convince them to deliver to Nashville, ugh!

    I invited Lana over to show us not just one, but three different ways you can arrange flowers from the same bouquet. I absolutely adore the way that each of these arrangements has such a different look, but can easily be made from the same selection of blooms! Take a look…. I guarantee you’ll want to try one of these out in your own home!

    The bouquet that we were working with included a lush, summery assortment of Peonies in pink and white, silver Brunia, yellow Yarrow, Craspedia and pink Veronica. Silver dollar Eucalyptus added a cool, sculptural backdrop for the vibrant blooms. This is Stem & Bloom’s large bouquet, but keep in mind you can apply all the same techniques to a smaller bouquet!

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    We started with a two-vase arrangement, separating out the longer, thinner branches and flowers (the Eucalyptus and Veronica) and placed them in a striking, large vase. To balance that out, we took the fuller Peonies and trimmed to about 8″, then arranged them into a shorter, tight arrangement in a much smaller vase with a wide opening {similar}. Alternating the Peony colors, we then placed the accent flowers (the silver Brunia and Craspedia) amongst them. This arrangement is perfect when you want to create a lot of drama!

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    For our second arrangement, we went more traditional. Setting aside the eucalyptus and a few stems of the Veronica we started with a low, deep vase with a wide opening {similar} and cut the rest of our flowers to a short to medium length (8-10″). Placing them one-by-one, we distributed the colors and flower types throughout the arrangement. Because of the wide mouth of the container, it may be easiest to start around the edges, and then fill in toward the center. Once all flowers have been positioned, they will hold each other in place. Keeping the Veronica that is amongst the other flowers a bit taller will add interest. Add the eucalyptus at the end, letting it drape off to the sides of your vase at two or three spots. Keeping it longer on one side and a bit shorter on the other side will add a nice asymmetry to your arrangement. Add a few stems of the longer Veronica off to  one side with the Eucalyptus.

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    Our final arrangement is a bit more whimsical. Using several smaller, clear bottles and bud vases, we separated each flower type into it’s own vessel, and arranged the tiny vases into a cluster. For this arrangement, you’ll want a bit of variety in vase size and shape. Place your taller, thinner stems and greens into the taller bottles. Then, grouping your other flowers by type, place anywhere from one to five stems of the same bloom per vase. These can then be arranged into a grouping with the taller vases in the center and smaller ones surrounding (for a coffee table or centerpiece) or look great on an entry console lined up in a neat row. Imagine a long row of these lined up down the center of a long dining table! {These sweet vases included: a circular Bud Vase, a square Bud Vase, an oval Bud Vase, a clear Milk Bottle, and a medicine bottle Bud Vase.}

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    Thank you Lana for inspiring us endlessly, and make sure to head to StemandBloom.com to get subscribed!

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  2. Chateau FH Dining Room & Kitchen Tour

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    Today is officially our move-in day to the new house. As you are reading this post I am probably knee deep in boxes and clutter – my worst nightmare. As a means for closure, I thought what better way to officially say goodbye to our old home than to post the very last ‘Home Tour’ post as #ChateauFH in NYC.

    Today’s tour is a look at our foyer, living room {more photos here}, dining room and kitchen {see the rest of the rooms here}. This apartment was truly an amazing one and I am sad to leave it. I decorated the apartment on my own and I love how it came together. With floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking Fifth Avenue in the heart of NYC, the apartment didn’t need much in the way of color. I left the walls white and styled a very minimalist modern look throughout. To brag for a second, my apartment has been featured on Apartment TherapyStyle Me Pretty Home Tour, Style Me Pretty Modern Living Room Style, and as a stop on the New York Junior League House Tour – it’s been such a source of pride and an amazing place to entertain.

    On a more intimate note, it was the first home to our son, the location for endless events, the start of my hashtag #FHCoffeetable where I showcased weekly coffee table stylings, the destination for oversized cheese platters and too many cocktails, endless kiddie bath time parties, and much more.

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    About the apartment: A brand new building, we were the were the first to move into the unit located in the Flatiron District just a little over a year ago. The apartment feels light and airy with white oak flooring, the kitchen features Balsatina stone slab countertops and painted glass cabinetry, the bathrooms feature fixtures from the Zuccehtti-Kos Faraway collection, and each bedroom overlooks Fifth Avenue with floor-to-ceiling windows. The apartment has an open plan flowing from living room, dining room, to kitchen which makes for the perfect entertaining space.

    Furniture: The living room features a divisional couch from Modani, standing lamps from West Elm, grey linen stools from Inspire Q, coffee table from TUI Lifestyle and Barcelona Chairs. My favorite piece of art in the apartment is the 72″ wide photograph by Stephanie Vovas that hangs above the couch. Since I entertain endlessly, I use my wide assortment of glassware as decor, displaying crystal goblets and flower vases on open shelving alongside the dining table. Then I love moving my Target bar cart around the apartment to serve drinks for parties. The remainder of the art throughout consists of Oliver Gal, Slim Aarons, and prints from the MOMA museum such as the Mark Rothko print hanging in our kitchen. I get endless compliments on our sleek high chair {that’s actually cool enough to keep out at all times}, which is by Boon.

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    It’s been so fun sharing my NYC home with you guys and I look forward to sharing the new #TNChateauFH from the design phase through the grand reveal in the coming month!!

    Home Tour Photography by: Alexandra Wolf

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  3. Chateau FH Girly Toddler Bedroom Tour

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    Since we are moving soon, I wanted to share the last few room tours to complete Chateau FH… excited for the big reveal of Chateau FH TN…

    So, enter the princess of the family’s room, little Miss Reese. We transitioned Reese’s room from a nursery into a toddler room when Reese switched from a crib to a true twin bed when she turned two. It was mostly because Brooks had outgrown his bassinet and we didn’t want to buy a second crib, but shockingly Reese was thrilled about the adjustment. When she heard about having space for pretty pillows and endless stuffed animals, she couldn’t wait to get started.

    When it came to decorating time, her toys, mini kitchen, puppy prints, and endless girly props made it easy. The first step was deciding which of her toys were nice enough to keep out on display and then which needed to find a nice home in her toy closet. Of course I had to display her precious collection of piggy banks she received when she was born and then with a new found love for ‘accessorizing’ her custom jewelry boxes made the cut as well. I actually placed a small book shelf in her closet where we house the majority of her big board books but I chose some of her smallest white and pink books to display between her Jonathan Adler book ends. For the toys that are used daily, I keep them organized and accessible in Pottery Barn chevron canvas storage boxes.

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    For furniture, we bought a simple twin mattress and box spring for her toddler bed {we plan to buy a headboard or maybe even a trundle bed once we move to the new house}. On her bed she has polka dot bedding and a wide assortment of pink and grey pillows {favorites being this and this}. Then she has the Cameron 3 row bookshelf from Pottery Barn Kids, the white Alex Dresser/ Changing Table from Giggle {although since she’s been out of diapers I have contemplated removing the top portion}, and a Chain Link Round Swivel Chair by Inspire Q {not a rocker but super comfy and not too big – rockers are huge}.

    Above the changing table I hung a floating shelf {the Hayden Shelf} to display her initials which I got at C Wonder {find similar here}.  Alongisde that shelf are an array of framed photos and some prints I picked up from TJ Maxx. But her favorite thing of all {as is mine} is her Pink Retro Kitchen by Pottery Barn Kids. Stay tuned for her new room once we move!

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