A (Half) Year in Review

Well, y’all, 2016 is preparing to close her doors. If I could paint a picture of this year, I wouldn’t know where to start. When we launched our newest department, this amazing floral and events department, on May 2, I had no idea the direction it would take.
In 7 months time we have grown in ways I couldn’t imagine!
In May and June, we began crafting. Our parent company, Lanson B. Jones + Company, has designed some of Houston’s most beautiful gardens in some of the most amazing neighborhoods. And with our clients’ ample support, we were able to style our tablescapes in their stunning spaces. So as we worked with the ever gracious Swift + Company and their breathtaking rentals, we began to give a vision to this newly minted department. We slowly started designing a website, procuring products for our curated boutique, and tapping the vendors, designers, artisans, and supporters that would breathe life into our little Pink House.
And just like that, summer passed us by. We were on our way … and that way led us to the immensely talented ladies at Two Be Wed.

With the immensely talented Maya Hisse at the helm of this incredible shoot at Huntsville state park, we were able to make new “friend”-ors like Brooke Schwab, Nib & Pixel, Cakewalk Films, and Hey Lovely Makeup. And it led us to our first piece of published work on 100 Layer Cake – a blog we’ve regularly read for years. Yeah, we were walking on a cloud 9 … oh wait, we haven’t stepped off yet!
And then came October …
We traveled to Brenham with Paula Growden of Beau Tied Events to dress Allison and Michael’s luxe grey linens with hand-laid greenery runners, wine colored stems in gold compotes, 80 gold vintage bud vases (each styled in it’s own unique way), and stunning ethereal candlesticks. But what put our work to shame was a view that stretched what seemed like a million miles! Heather Curiel captured each detail to utter perfection.
On to Angleton to not only help design the florals, but plan the big day for Sydney and Spencer. Sweet pinks, fluttery ivory stems and ample verdant greens played on each table. And gorgeous blush La Tavola linens jazzed up our cake table and our sweetheart table. Oh my gosh, it may have been Indian summer, but Rachel Taylor of RaeTay Photography made it look like a cool fall day … oh yeah, and this couple is gorgeous … that helps too!
Sarah and Braeden closed out our October with their golden wedding in Hempstead. Muted roses and silvery greens styled this intimate wedding of just immediate family. It was so stunning, and we couldn’t have asked for a nicer more in love pair.
Three stunning, unique and over-the-top-gorgeous weddings in our first months of inception was a blessing that I for one am still excited over. And our calendars are flooding with bookings for those 2017 clients now. Yeah … we’re living the dream!
And along the way we were able to partner with some of Houston’s finest!
We partnered with Baanou, Modern Luxury Weddings Houston, and Everything But the Ring to execute a gorgeous intimate bridal event. Styling 4 unique bouquets, brides to be were able to use our bouquets to determine if they were a traditional, bohemian, colorful, or earthy bride. We had the best time! And Giverny Weddings snapped some stellar shots!
Then that talented Lindsey Rose King tapped us to style one of her 5 feature barcarts at the Mostess launch party at the end of October. C.Wright Photography blew our minds with her gorgeous, softly lit snapshots, and we were so happy to be standing along such stylists as Toast from the Host, Renovate Houston, For Love and Lettering, Shop the Manor, Wink by Erica, and Jack Rudy Cocktail – all in the gorgeous event space at 2929 Weslyan!
And if you haven’t attended an event with Aces of Taste, you’re missing out! After I personally attended an event they put on at Baanou in River Oaks District, we partnered up for two private dinners they hosted where we were able to create hanging floral installations. A huge challenge, but a huge reward!

Come mid-November, our jaws dropped when the famous Marie Flanigan asked us to provide floral arrangements for her Thanksgiving spread featured on their website. Her vision married so perfectly with our’s from gardens to floral, so we were just tickled pink!
Halfmoon Lettering has been an amazing print materials partner for us, and working with her to style stems in her vintage bottles and inkwells for a calligraphy class she hosted at Tiny’s No. 5 was such a fun, chilly November morning activity! We can’t thank Rachel over there for all she’s done to help us!
Culiminating our whirlwind (half) year, we were among an A-list group of florists including Bramble and Bee, Flower Vibes, Flower Power, and Heights Flower Shop to style a home at the Heights Holiday Home Tour. We worked with the gracious Arnold family to bring some holiday cheer to their Christmas cottage. Read more about that here.
And have y’all seen our Holiday Guide?!
This year we published our first official holiday catalog. Working with the talented Caroline Fontenot, the gracious Halfmoon Lettering, and the stylish Swift + Company, we were able to work in one of our client’s stylish homes to deliver a truly stellar product! If you are still looking to receive a hard copy, please email marketing@lansonbjones.com … and keep and eye peeled for our next issue!
Just reliving it all is a thrill to say the least, and this department of Lanson B. Jones + Company hasn’t even turned 1 year old yet! As we look ahead, we see our calendar full of weddings, weekly and monthly floral deliveries, corporate and private dinner parties and designing stunning centerpieces for our landscape design clients. We couldn’t be more thrilled! We couldn’t have done this without all of you to support us and foster our growth as we become rooted in this community and beyond!
For more information on weddings, private events, or weekly/monthly floral deliveries please email meganc@lansonbjones.com 
Cheers to 2017!
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Holiday Cheer: Heights Holiday Home Tour

Christmas is quite literally my favorite time of the year. When I was a kid, after we opened all the gifts and were sitting pretty with a bunch of tattered paper and new gadgets my dad would says, “Only 365 days until next Christmas.” When I tell you we counted down the days until we could decorate the house, I’m not exaggerating. So, when the season rolls around and I can decorate other people’s homes as well – well, I am a kid in a Christmas shop that’s for sure.

This year, we were asked to participate in the Heights Holiday Home Tour. We met with the Arnold family, and while we were able to bring in loads of fabulous designs, Mrs. Arnold had a vision all her own. I loved it, because it reminded me of the classically elegant “Southern Living” vibe my mother always brought to our home. Cue the nostalgic Christmas music here.

Using wild greens like Smilax, Amaranthus, Ivy, Holly and some angelic Lunaria, we created a winter mantle for an urban setting. What I loved most is that this little Christmas cottage is so classic, that the front entry room almost looked mod and retro leading into a more traditional back of the home. And y’all know me, I love a good juxtaposition.

Mrs. Arnold provided her own large sterling silver trophy in which we created a (stunning, if I do say so myself) Hydrangea, Peony, Ranunculus combo with lots of holiday greens. Then we brought in our all time favorite mint julep cups to complete the table that she set with her Christmas china. All we need is a table full of Santa and some elves and this is the jolliest set up I’ve ever seen.

Well then, as you move back toward the kitchen, we wanted to root our design in some earthy, fragrant joy. We wrapped ivory pillar candles in herbs, tucked some rosemary trees wrapped in burlap behind them and created some killer mood lighting on the side board. Oo. La. La.

Y’all, I loved this project. I seriously can’t wait for next year’s! While we’re still busy decking out our client’s homes, planning an influx of weddings for Spring/Fall 2017 brides, and reveling in all things floral, take a minute to stop and smell the roses … I mean … see the roses in our photos.

And one more for good measure!

Merry Christmas!
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‘Tis The Season to Decorate Your Door

Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year, you hear it time and time again. I wholeheartedly believe that. From the message of the season to the holiday décor … I really get into it. The second Halloween ends, I’m ready for that annual viewing of A Christmas Story, and I force my family into compiling their Christmas wishlists.
I think it’s incredibly fun to approach holiday design in a different way every year. Starting at your front door. LBJ floral + events is taking a page from our parent company’s, Lanson B. Jones & Co., book and using the world around us as inspiration. Taking a cue from their impeccable gardens, we’ve come up with 3 unique wreath designs perfect for every taste, style, home and family!
 
Boxwood Wreath:
Using the contemporary approach to holiday design with a black and white bow, we’ve taken this monochromatic Boxwood foliage and woven it into a spiraled wreath for the more modern eye.
Grapevine Wreath:
We’ve taken a grapevine base and woven materials that could be foraged from any garden. The Pampass Grass, Magnolia, and Myrtle create contrasting textures and shades that make this wreath ideal from Thanksgiving to Christmas. To make it more “holiday-y” then after the Thanksgiving season, pop some red berries into the foliage for a transitional pop of red.
Evergreen Wreath:
Using mixed greens and berries, we’ve created a very rustic, seasonal piece. I like using unexpected shades when it comes to holiday design like this pop of tangerine and a neutral ivory bow. It plays off a traditional look with a whimsical elegance.
Let us design a wreath perfect for your style!
Wreath sizes are starting at 24″ all the way up to 36″, and prices are based on design.
Contact us here or email meganc@lansonbjones.com! And thank you to Caroline Fontenot for the lovely photos!
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‘Tis The Season to Decorate Your Door

Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year, you hear it time and time again. I wholeheartedly believe that. From the message of the season to the holiday décor … I really get into it. The second Halloween ends, I’m ready for that annual viewing of A Christmas Story, and I force my family into compiling their Christmas wishlists.
I think it’s incredibly fun to approach holiday design in a different way every year. Starting at your front door. LBJ floral + events is taking a page from our parent company’s, Lanson B. Jones & Co., book and using the world around us as inspiration. Taking a cue from their impeccable gardens, we’ve come up with 3 unique wreath designs perfect for every taste, style, home and family!
 

Boxwood Wreath:
Using the contemporary approach to holiday design with a black and white bow, we’ve taken this monochromatic Boxwood foliage and woven it into a spiraled wreath for the more modern eye.

Grapevine Wreath:
We’ve taken a grapevine base and woven materials that could be foraged from any garden. The Pampass Grass, Magnolia, and Myrtle create contrasting textures and shades that make this wreath ideal from Thanksgiving to Christmas. To make it more “holiday-y” then after the Thanksgiving season, pop some red berries into the foliage for a transitional pop of red.

Evergreen Wreath:
Using mixed greens and berries, we’ve created a very rustic, seasonal piece. I like using unexpected shades when it comes to holiday design like this pop of tangerine and a neutral ivory bow. It plays off a traditional look with a whimsical elegance.
Let us design a wreath perfect for your style!
Wreath sizes are starting at 24″ all the way up to 36″, and prices are based on design.
Contact us here or email meganc@lansonbjones.com! And thank you to Caroline Fontenot for the lovely photos!
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An Intimate Affair

An Intimate Affair

Often times, I will travel to our gardens with our landscape design team and become inspired by the work they create and the spaces they inspire. On one such particular day, I was inspired by the languid elegance of this garden in South Hampton. Designed and tailored specifically to the needs of the family, this Oak branch drifted out over a little cutout of gravel, an outdoor room as our team would call it, off of the porch where the family sips their afternoon cocktails. I imagined a small intimate wedding of no more than 20 or so, gathered together on a warm summer night sharing in the love of an “at-home” wedding. So I had to make it!

 

Swift + Company. helped us to pull the look together with their stunning rentals and these blush Silk & Willow napkins offer a contrast to the table creating a softness and picking up some of the floral shades to tie our entire scape together.

What’s a place setting without a beautifully designed menu and what’s a wedding without an invitation? Katie & Co. is one of my favorite stationery spots in town, and she’s one talented graphic designer! Using gold scrolled font, we worked with a plethora of mixed metals from rose gold flatware to gold chairs to silver goblets.

And then our bride … stunning in a romantic and ethereal piece from Ivory Bridal Atelier, she dazzled in this outdoor setting really highlighting the ambiance of this “faux-outdoor gathering.”

 

That talented Kelli Durham pulled it all together with her stunning photos, and now we’re swooning over them. A styled shoot, any designer will tell you, is a chance to flex their creative muscles and to image something outside the everyday – which is the fun that comes with job. And we’re so fortunate to have these amazing gardens in which to set our stage. After all – that clever Anne of Green Gables says, “Because when you are imagining, you might as well imagine something worthwhile.”

Vendors:
Photography: Kelli Durham Photography
Garden Design: Lanson B. Jones & Company
Rentals: Swift + Company
Napkins: Silk & Willow
Paper Design: Katie & Co.
Dress: Ivory Bridal Atelier

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Yet Another … Bouquet Breakdown

On Saturday, October 29, we capped off a busy fall wedding season in Hempstead, Texas. Here, we designed hand-laid runners, a breathtaking ceremony altar overlooking a gorgeous little country pond, small touches, and the sweetest autumn bouquet you ever did see. I love the way the colors timed together, and the way these wispy pieces all pulled together to create a “just picked from the garden” dreaminess that we all know and love. Let’s break it down, shall we?
Lisianthus: I love the way Lisianthus blooms move and sway off the stem. When they blow open they create this stunning flutter that delicately just floats off the surface of your bouquet.
Quick Sand Rose: Here, she’s the star of the show! This rose was integrated into the bouquet with another rose called an Earl Gray Rose, each boast a dusty romantic tone. Quick Sand’s tone is more champagne while Earl Gray is more silver. But here, Quick Sand is the prima ballerina!
Olive Leaf: Lately, we’ve seen Olive Leaf dictate our bride’s Pinterest boards. The way these leaves read both misty green on one side and very verdant on the other is a great play on texture, and the way the stems bend and lean gives this foliage a lot of movement ideal for a bouquet.
Gumphria: Gumphria, here in white, is a playful little button shape that flatters these more delicate stems and gives the wildflower look that this outdoor wedding embodied.
Brezilla Berries: To play off of the silver shade of the dusty miller, the Brezilla Berries unify the cool tones and promote a different texture.
Astrantia: Our bride wanted lovely lavender and purple shades woven throughout her day, and Astrantia provides and elegant deeper tone while being a delicate inclusion with it’s wispy nature and fluttery-ness (is that a word? It is now).
Dusty Miller: I often hesitate to include dusty miller when it’s not immersed in water, because it has a tendency to wilt and wilt fast. But, I took a risk here because I felt like it really framed this bouquet and provided a softness that was essential. I believe, the risk paid off … look how pretty!
Lavender: Our bride just wanted Lavender – Lavender everywhere! From the fragrance to the texture to the color, it suited this event so well. So, using the more substantial Spanish Lavender, I carefully timed it throughout the bouquet to pop that subtle dose of purple.
Seeded Eucalyptus: Those Pink House followers know the Seeded Eucalyptus is some of my favorite framing foliage. No different in this case!
Ranunculus: Ranunculus petals are so soft and romantic. They are one of my all time favorites, and in this bouquet we had so many fluttery textures I felt that we needed some roundness to … well … round it out.
Hellebore: Rarely are there stems out there as romantic as Hellebore. The way it bends, folds open to reveal shades of monochromatic tone-on-tone, the multiple little petals on each stem. Golly, she’s a pretty flower, and that bright, bold green was so needed here.
I can’t list enough reasons why I love this bouquet so much, but when I finished it off with just a simple champagne ribbon, I had a feelin similar to what I think “beaming with pride” feels like. I didn’t want to hand it over … occupational hazard it seems!
Cheers!

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Bouquet Breakdown

This weekend, we designed the florals for Allison and Michael’s killer wedding out in the lovely Brenham. Working with coordinator Paula Growden of Beautied Events was a dream come true, and her execution was stunning. We were just honored to be a part of it! Using deep aubergine tones, oxblood hues, and some softer pops of blush and peach underlined by luxe greenery and wispy touches, the entire look seemed as if it had just been picked from the garden and displayed on the tables overlooking rolling countryside. Yep … it was as unbelievable as it sounds. And we just can’t wait to see Heather Curiel’s amazing images documenting the day. In the meantime, y’all will have to settle for my embarrassing iPhone photo taken outside of the church where our Bride and Groom said their vows. I had to get a picture of this bouquet though, it was a fall-inspired beaut if I ever saw one. Let’s break it down shall we (insert 90s rap background music here):
Dahlias: These MASSIVE purple Dahlias stood front and center on Saturday. Monopolizing most of our vessels due to sheer size, we had to insert the mack-daddy of all the Dahlias into Allison’s bouquet. This was the anchor. I always like to have an anchor stem that all of the other stems compliment. Well, to NOT use these Dahlias as the anchor stem would be a crime. A true, huge, crime. So, here she sits, front and center.
Juliet Garden Roses: Nothing is quite so purty as a Juliet Garden Rose. Juliet Roses are a kind of David Austin Rose along with our favorites like Kiera, Beatrice (hello, yellow beautiful roses), and Patience (also featured here). Juliet’s can attribute their popularity to the way the petals fade in an almost ombre like fashion. All we know is, these bad boys really softened the overall wildflower look of the bouquet
Patience Cream: Another soft stem, the buttery color of this garden rose offers a subtlety to the overall stronger hues that we used throughout the design. Plus they are just pretty, okay?
Dark Hearts Roses: Now, we’ve heard that red roses are cheesy time and time again. We couldn’t disagree more. These Dark Hearts were the color that we needed to unify that stunning Dahlia and the softer shades we folded in. We never recommend going from dark to light with no transitional shade in between. It illuminates the flaws in the lighter color stem giving a less cohesive and pristine look. So, ta-da, Dark Heart Roses, ladies and gents.
Ornithogalum: Yeah, I don’t really know how to say it either, but it looks great, doesn’t it? The fluttery white bloom that juts off the bright green center boasts this black eye that really plays well with the darker-meets-lighter shades and the overall just picked from the garden look. A great and unexpected inclusion.
Privet Berries: Typically you see a darker colored privet berry. Unfortunately (or fortunately, however you choose to look at it) these privets hadn’t darkened yet so they were still a bright green. Ultimately, this allowed for more texture play with our greenery, so you won’t get too many complaints out of me … though I was hoping for an almost black colored berry. But you win some you lose some. Que Sera, Sera.
Italian Ruscus and Nandina: I used oodles of Ruscus, Eucalyptus and Nandina in these arrangements and bouquets, and couldn’t be happier about the combo!
Cheers to Allison and Michael! We were so thrilled you included us in your day!
 
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al fresco dining

There is no denying that the Houston summer is brutal. But when the night rolls in, sometimes we’re lucky enough for the heat to break and give way to a truly amazing outdoor dining experience.
Gardens are made to be enjoyed, and your outdoor spaces are as much a reflection of you are your interior spaces or your attire and personal presentation. So, when you have an opportunity to dine al fresco or host an al fresco dining opportunity, seize it with these tips!

Set the stage: in every garden or yard there is framework. Either a patch of shade, a flowering hedge, or if you’re very lucky, there is an existing structure to set your table off. Not only does it create a focus, but it also creates a flow for the event.

The Power of a Place Setting: charger, charger, charger. Nothing makes an impact like the elegance of a charger. Woven, wooden, ceramic … it all works.

Napkins, and Menus and Greens … Oh My!: Take elements from your garden or yard to set off your napkins. Tie with a sprig of herbs if you have an herb garden blooming. Rose bush nearby? Snip a few blooms and gently lay them across the plate. Unify your yard and table with natural elements. And don’t feel like a printed menu is overkill. It’s thoughtful and ties the entire setting together

Flowers and Candles and Their Dual Purpose: Yes, mosquitos and gnats are just part of summer in the South. But setting off your statement floral centerpiece with candles offers a little buffer for those pesky bugs. Not to mention they set the tone for an intimate dining experience

Family Style Dining: Keeping a stunning, but single centerpiece framed by pretty, contained candles as a focus allows for passed trays of food from appetizers to salads to pizzas. Passing the plates makes a more interactive dinner and for a dinner party of 6 to 16 this makes a fun impact and memorable evening

Al fresco dining is a way to celebrate the warmer season and is one of our favorite parts of southern entertaining!
Cheers!
*thanks to Swift & Co. for the dining pieces and Kelli Durham for the photos!
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the art of the centerpiece

The art of an elegant table is just that: an art. It’s not fussy or overworked or mundane, at that. it bears some nod to the creative vision of the hostess, and it should represent both the event, what’s being served and the season. 
While a focal centerpiece will never go out of style, the table runner has become a trend in recent years when it comes to weddings. There is no reason why it cannot become a trend on your dining table too.
 

To start, roll coated chicken wire out along your table to get the appropriate length. Cut the wire at the end of the table. Remember, your cascade comes from the greens, not the framework. Once the wire is cut, you’ll roll it and wrap the edges around themselves to create a tube down your table. 
To create a base of greens use long stems of greenery tucked into the chicken wire. I do recommend having floral wire handy to secure some wayward pieces, but in general the greens should hook into the chicken wire easily. You want the lush, wilder look, so embrace the way the greens sway. 

Once your base of greens is set, the fun part of creating a spring runner is adding the flowers. We chose to go with a romantic pastel palette, but this can transcend seasons all based on the shades of and kind of blooms you choose. Here we’ve chosen:

anemones
ranunculus
garden roses
peonies
tulips 
sweet peas

Any flower with a long, malleable stem is ideal. 
To construct, start at one end and work your way down, getting heavier in the quantity of flowers as you get towards one end. We want the flowers to build on themselves and crescendo down the side of your table that your guests will see as they enter. 

As they cascade, that’s when using small pieces of floral wire will come in handy. Securing the stems to the greenery base will allow for them to spill romantically down the side of the table. Finish off your runner by adding more textured feathery greens like ferns. 

The charger creates a base for your table, and anchors the china to the overall design of the centerpiece. I chose a lighter, glass charger here to allow the runner to flourish on its’ own without the distraction of a gold or ceramic charger.

The napkin fold and inclusion of a printed menu may seem silly to some, but it’s a detail that makes a huge impact. It’s so simple, yet so stunning at the same time. 

Final touches. Straighten the details. And you’ve secured your dining experience as one radiating that ever-elusive southern charisma only captured by a truly exceptional presentation!
Cheers!
*thanks to Swift & Co. for the dining pieces and Kelli Durham for the photos!
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