Date: April 29, 2019 | Story: Tiffany Adams | Photography: Rett Peek | Styling: Lauren Cerrato |
Hannah Taylor of Fayetteville’s Fleurish Floral Studio brings spring indoors with bouquet inspiration
“I do a little bit of farming, a little bit of design, and a little bit of events. It’s a fun mix,” Hannah Taylor says. After opening her Fayetteville boutique flower farm and floral design company, Fleurish Floral Studio, two years ago, the Northwest Arkansas native is finding her niche in multiple areas.
“I’ve always loved flowers, but I never knew flower farming was a thing,” says Hannah, who was a registered veterinary technician for 15 years before making a career transition. “Flower farming was my first jump into this realm, and then floral design followed after having all these flowers to play with,” she says of the evolution of her business, which now includes both weddings and the aforementioned events. “Doing the bigger installations and arrangements has been my jam!” And while she uses her own flowers when the application is fitting, she also works with a West Coast supplier to provide clients with an array of options.
Locally, her harvest finds its way into the work of florists and is available to consumers through pop-up shops and farmers markets. “I like to grow flowers in specialized colors and things that won’t travel easily from wholesalers,” she says. “I want people to be able to buy beautiful flowers, no matter the budget.”
Here, we asked her to bring a spring day to the interior of this home with three arrangements. Read on to learn more about her creations.
“Installations are a trend in the floral design world,” Hannah says. “They look as though they are grown in a place naturally.” Here, the arrangement appears to have sprouted upward from the mantel and continued, working around the frame of the mirror, leaving an opening in the center. The design includes lilacs, lavender delphiniums, sweet peas, garden roses, quince, privet, and carnations, which Hannah notes are making a comeback in “pretty antique shades.”
Sweet peas, ranunculi, and snowdrops combine for an arrangement in the bedroom. “With smaller arrangements, especially ones by the bedside or that you are in close contact with, I love to do things that are more delicate and softer on the eye,” Hannah says. “I also like these arrangements to have a light fragrance. It’s so nice to be laying in bed and get a soft whiff of the sweet peas.”
Center of Attention
The breakfast table’s centerpiece is comprised of stock, lisianthus, sweet peas, poppies, garden roses, ranunculi, nandina, and bleached fern. “Bleached foliage is a new thing happening on the coasts in floral design,” Hannah says of the peachy-hued addition seen on the right side of the grouping. “It adds this really beautiful lightness to arrangements. It’s fun and unexpected.” A custom handmade compote by Northwest Arkansas ceramicist Faith Whittle holds the arrangement. “I love compotes because they add elegance without height,” Hannah says, noting the importance of being able to converse across the table.
Special thanks to Rachel Fox for the use of her home for this shoot.