Category Archives: Outside the Studio

Canada + Weekly Round Up

The Nouveau Romantics // Travel // Temagami Canoe Trip

I’m back from the wilds of Canada and re-adjusting to the Texas temperatures. We ended up splitting our trip in Toronto between a 5 day canoe trip into the Temagami wilderness area (an area I have visited many times during my summers at camp and leading canoe trips), visiting friends and family, and eating our way through the big city of T.O.

The Nouveau Romantics // Travel // Bakerbots Bakery + Ice Cream Sandwiches

Highlights included eating at Taboule on Queen East, Grand Electric for the fish tacos, and the ice cream sandwiches at Bakerbots [above]. FYI: Field Guided’s Toronto guide was very, very helpful!

I also got to meet the delightful Lisa of Sweet Woodruff and talk shop — I really love getting the chance to talk with fellow florists and designers and find common ground, frustrations, success, and outlook. In short, these ladies are my colleagues, and it goes without saying that I appreciate the chance to meet and develop friendships with them.

Now that I’m back in the studio and working, here’s my weekly round up of goodies: Read More

On the Road | Montreal

On the Road // Montreal // The Old CityI’m on the road up north, enjoying the bounty of Montreal this past weekend and relishing the weather—anything with less than 90% humidity is amazing! It’s almost been a decade since I graduated from the halls of McGill’s School of Architecture, and I always enjoy returning. It’s been interesting to meander around the Plateau and Mile End area and see just how much it’s developed, evolved. A good friend put together an amazing list of new restaurants, coffee places, cocktail patios for me — I’ll give the full list shortly. But here are my highlights so far ….

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Spring Wedding at The Wild Onion Ranch // Citrus and Chambray // Photo by The Nichols // Event Design + Florals by The Nouveau Romantics // Austin Wedding Planning and Event Design Studio

Let’s call this the “watermelon + summer day dreams edition” — which, here, might involve a lot of thinking about cool recipes (literally), cooler temperatures, swimming holes, and vacations out of the 103F Texas heat.

That being said, we’ve been busy this week! Check it out:

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Flower Workshop // Florals for the Holiday Table // Vancouver

Flower Workshop // Florals for the Holiday Table // The Nouveau Romantics // Austin Wedding Planning and Event Design Studio

Join Us for a Flower Workshop!

Wednesday, December 19th, 2012 • 6:30 – 10:00 PM
Hosted by Oliver and Lilly’s • 1520 West 13th Avenue, Vancouver, B.C.

Calling all Vancouverites! [And outlying areas, even … Seattle?] I’m offering a flower workshop on Florals for the Holiday Table! I will introduce the techniques and approaches in creating a lush, seasonal winter arrangement for the holiday table. You will learn how to create loose, romantic arrangements where the design is guided by the natural shape and form of the flowers. I’ll discuss techniques, tricks, colour, composition and balance. Each student will practice first with hand-held bouquets, and eventually go home with an arrangement of their own creation.

All refreshments and materials will be provided. Students of all levels are welcome; no prior floral experience is required. Cost is $250. Class is limited to 12 students.

To reserve your space email me at:

The ladies from Spread Love Events will be there alongside us at the adorable South Granville shop Oliver and Lilly’s to enjoy a beautiful range of florals and some celebratory bubbly to ease into holiday cheer. I’d love to see some of you there!

NYC Bound

NYC Bound // The Nouveau Romantics

I’m NYC bound today, to a city I know so well—like the back of my hand—and yet not at all. It’s been over a year since I’ve been back and I’ve got a certifiable itch, which is a rather expensive itch to scratch. ML is joining me for the weekend, as he hasn’t been back since we moved from its hallowed avenues over two years ago. Plenty of eating will take place, as well, no doubt, meeting of floral minds. Excited doesn’t even begin to touch it.

This quote still stays with me, from a long off NY Times article:

“My dawn moment with the skyline is a moment every New Yorker knows, when the demanding city suddenly gives back, yields beauty from its pounding restlessness, grants some miracle of iron and light, and in so doing summons the energy and civility that has helped set things right.”

I love that first glimpse of the skyline. It does me in every time.

[Image via The Nouveau Romantics’ 2007 iphone.]

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