“Every year, after Thanksgiving, I light a Christmas candle in our foyer, just like the one my mother always lit, a piney fragrance that whispers “comfort and joy” and evokes memories of my chic and stylish Mama. This is such a shimmery season full of family, friends, and food, framed by special traditions. As a flower lover, it makes my heart glad that holiday homes are trimmed in evergreens, berries, paper whites, amaryllis, and the like. I always include motifs from the natural world in gifts and entertaining – adding even more life to the liveliest of times…What fun I’ve had shopping on Taigan, never having to scroll far to find the perfect gift OR gift for me…”
With all the scurrying around during the holidays, it’s imperative that we tend to ourselves. Aerin’s Rose Hand and Body Cream is perfect for soft petalling the season. It is also just the right pampering thing for that friend who has everything.
Spruce up that neutral corner with Savage Interior’s snappy Pomegranate emblazoned decorative pillows.
This Karen Adams 2014 Calendar gift box with a shiny gold easel and hand drawn illustrations – including bees, trees, and flowers – is a timeless way to keep track of time.
One of my go-to gifts and favorite vases I own is William Yeoward’s Sophie vase. Get the Wine Red vase and fill it with green roses for Holiday or red ones for Valentine’s Day. If a vase looks fabulous even when it’s empty, well that’s just a bonus.
Southern hospitality maven, Danielle Rollins’ book, Soiree: Entertaining with Style has your name on it. It features ideas and instructions for everything from the invitation and party time-line, to linens, costumes, flowers, and menus No need to stress over Christmas dinner. You got this.
It’s a cinch this evergreen colored Bariloche Woven Polo Belt from La Matera will be the perfect fit for husband, son, brother, or beau.
These vintage white tin planters with pineapple ornaments from And George are so good looking and tailored, maybe with boxwood topiaries or the like, if you don’t order them I will.
I want this circa 1850 Old French Marriage Box from Digs, decorated with a few of my favorite things: hearts, flowers, and wildlife – and did I mention it’s French?
Give an instant heirloom. With old world artistry, Savannah-based painter Bob Christian renders ruins and ancient landscapes in grisaille and surrounds them in custom made hand-painted frames. Poussin would be proud.
Callie’s Biscuits and Southern Traditions cookbook is filled with rich and tasty recipes for every occasion. Just add flowers.
Fill this Italian Imari-inspired Carnation tureen from Beipiatti with hot soup on wintry nights, a mountain of glass ball ornaments, or a blooming plant. Or better yet, get the pair so they can keep each other company!
Spread the love with Sally’s Greatest Trio Gift Pack of Herbal Jams featuring Blueberry+ Lavender, Stawberry +Basil, and Peach Pepper+Ginger.
Longing for a hint of spring in the midst of winter? Creed’s Spring Flower fragrance will sweetly tide you over.
Be in the red, in a good way, with this red lacquered coffee table designed by the late, great Albert Hadley from Savage Interior Design. Finish with a black vase and white flowers for a real homage to the master.
If you’ve been very good or even if you just haven’t been very bad, why not ask for this Cartier Diamond Flower Brooch from Richter’s Jewelry to commemorate ANY holiday or occasion.
All is calm as you gaze at this exquisite black and white portrait of a False Solomon’s Seal in natural light, captured by Bruce Barnbaum. It’s hard to improve on nature, but I believe the artist has come pretty close.
In the late 19th Century, William Penhaligon concocted Hamman cologne for the Turkish baths of London, but your honey can still experience the heady notes of rose, musk, and sandalwood today. He’ll be transported…
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Margot Shaw was a late bloomer when it comes to the art of floral design. A self proclaimed “call and order flowers girl,” Shaw reached a watershed moment when planning her daughter’s at home wedding. Working alongside the floral/event designer, she recognized the artistry and inspiration involved in “flowering” and shortly after launched “flower” magazine.
Originally filled with floral, garden, and event design, the niche publication has gradually broadened to include content that trumpets a floral lifestyle – interior, fashion, and jewelry design, as well as entertaining. Since its debut in March of 2007, “flower” has continued to grow at a steady pace, available in all 50 states, and 17 countries and recently moving from quarterly to bimonthly.