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yes please – amy merrick’s sandstone vases

Beautiful sandstone vases from West Elm's collaboration with Amy Merrick

I have been a fan of floral designer and stylist Amy Merrick for quite a while. Her flowers are sublimely nostalgic, moody, and feminine. Beautiful, every last detail. I was so pleased to see her collaboration with West Elm on a collection of ceramic and sandstone vases. Simple shapes, subtle textures. I love how the swirls of the sandstone add movement and dimension. Yes please.

The Sandstone Bedside Vase by Amy Merrick for West ElmThe Sandstone Centerpiece Vase by Amy Merrick for West Elm




getting fresh – amy merrick

Amy Merrick's beautiful floral styling with vintage wallpaper.If you know me, you know that one of my first loves is flowers. This was first instilled in me by my mother. From a very young age I was her gardening sidekick. We would be outside for hours, digging, planting, picking, pruning. Our daily dog walks would be with spades and pruners – bringing plants, flowers, and branches back from the wild. I knew every flower and plant by name, both common and latin, domesticated and wild alike. Side by side we would make wreaths and arrangements, mine always a smaller version of hers.

…and it continued. Decades later we moved from San Francisco to a flower farm in Vermont where my mother’s hobby (obsession) became her trade. The digging, planting, picking, pruning continued and brought flower markets, flower stores, and the world of floral design, where I worked for many years. If you know me, you know that for me, flowers are a way of life.

You also know, that the ordinary just won’t do. I seek the unusual, the obscure, the extraordinary. And extraordinary Amy Merrick is.

Amy Merrick's floral design, warm pinks, oranges, and purples.Amy Merrick's floral design fruit and flowers.

Amy Merrick's floral design, wedding bouquet with fruit.She is a floral designer and stylist in Brooklyn, NY, and her work is sublime. And I don’t even use that word. Her flower pairings, her mix of textures, her choice of flowers, the mood, and oh yes, the color. Simply perfect.

She was most recently published styling for Kinfolk Magazine, for whom she created the exceptional, nostalgic, moody, feminine scenes (seen throughout) with floral fabric backdrops. These are so very… yes.

Amy Merrick's floral design, tropical bridal bouquet.

Amy Merrick's floral design, apricot hues arrangement.

Amy Merrick's floral design and styling, moody plums and violets.

Amy Merrick's floral design, lavender roses and ranunculus.

Amy Merrick's floral design and styling with vintage wallpaper.

Amy Merrick's floral design, antique blues and apricots.Thank you, Amy Merrick, you are so very, very good.

For a peak inside her work and her process, read her blog here. All images courtesy of Amy Merrick.





getting fresh – saipua



If you know me, you know that I love flowers. You may not realize how much, I am a bit coy about it, but let’s just say that it’s a lot. And, I’m sorry to admit, I do discriminate. That’s not to say that I can’t get down with the daisy but… I sure do swoon for sweet peas, garden roses, peonies, ranunculus, anemones, hellebores, fritillaria, hyacinths, lilac, mimosa, orchids, and jasmine… to name a few.
It’s not often that I am absolutely blown away by the flowers and arrangements that I see, but that’s exactly what happened when I stumbled onto Saipua, a soap and flower shop in Brooklyn, New York. Flipping fabulous.
The flowers, the combinations, the textures, the sophisticated and astute use of color… not to mention  the photography and the styling… are exquisite and executed perfectly.


I can’t even say what my favorite would be. For these and a whole lot more check them out online at Saipua. Or, if you’re in the neighborhood pop in at 147 Van Dyke Street, Brooklyn, NY (Red Hook). Saipua made me think yes.
All images are courtesy of Saipua.
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