2013 – year of the fleur!

Happy New Year, everyone!

I’m proud to announce that Rachel Mercier Flowers is in full swing, and now has it’s own blog that you can access right here! 

I’m taking all my fun finds and will be posting them on my flower blog moving forward!  Mercier Beaucoup has been so fun, and my Rachel Mercier blog will merely be a continuation of all the good times – but connected to my flower website.  So please keep following me there!

When I started my blog at the beginning of 2011, I had no idea where it would take me.  Lots of twists and turns, but sure enough I have landed doing work I am passionate about.  So grateful.

A happy and healthy 2013 to everyone, and let’s stay in touch!

XO

Check out amazing photographs by Kari Herer right here!

I spy with my eye….

Something ranunculus.

For those who know me, it’s no secret my obsession with tone on tone.  Gasp!  I am especially digging the peachy, orange-y tones lately so put together this little ditty of stock, roses, dusty miller, basil, and ranunculus.  I think this will be a wedding go-to from now on.  More fleurs on my website!

Chive Inc

Hello, lovelies!  I’m headed upstate tomorrow to assist my favorite wedding florist Karen of Splendid Stems with a wedding for a few days.  I’m so excited to be working with her after she did such a fabulous job on our wedding!

To tide you over whilst I’m away, you must drop everything and check out Chive Inc.  They make these amazing flower vessels – each designed to showcase the beauty of the individual flower.  I must say, as much as I love the lush garden-y arrangements, I have a serious soft spot for a more modern approach to fleurs too.  I want EVERYTHING but here are some of my faves below!  Check out Chive Inc. here.

Chimney Pot

Digout

Hudson Flute

H-4 Wall Vase

H4 Hanging Donut

Loft Rectangle

 

Test Tube Flat Glass

Alu Rock

Black and White Vase

 

And, PS, if you act quick a bunch of Chive stuff is on sale right now at One King’s Lane!

Project Type

Have you all checked out Project Type on Etsy yet?  DO IT!  They are amazing and create such beautiful and inspirational prints.  Love love love!  For some reason, I have a hankering for inspirational prints lately??  Do we need to talk about this?  I guess there could be worse addictions………….

Check out some personal faves below and the rest of the goods at Project Type’s Etsy  shop here.

Happiest People

Retro Kitchen Utensils

Love Like Crazy

Be Who You Are

Oh Snap

Dreams

Amen!

Happy Menocal

I am such a sucker for illustration and watercolor.  My natural response was to start drooling upon laying eyes on these watercolor wedding invitations by Happy Menocal featured in the Once Wed Magazine.  Not to mention that these colors are my idea of absolute perfection.  I’m even dreaming up a floral scheme to go right along with this gorgeous stationery suite……..

Check out this lovely wedding suite below and more illustrations at Happy Menocal’s website here.

Flowers and more flowers

You can see where the blog is headed this fall.  I have gotten my hands more into flowers this summer, and am doing some freelance floral and event design in NYC.  Yippeee! I have been lucky enough to join the Hatch Creative Studio team and am getting involved in all kinds of floral design and event styling.  It’s fun, and SO much hard work.  Major kudos to my fellow fleur-istas out there.  It is no joke, my friends.  Brides and grooms to be – your florist is probably working for every penny you pay them so be kind.

I picked up some flowers at The River Garden at the Union Square Greenmarket yesterday for a $15 flowers post.  I was having a really hard time choosing my favorites so I increased my budget slightly for this edition.  So here you have $40 flowers.  You will see just how far your money can stretch using different sized vases and vessels and dabbling with different types of arrangements and groupings.  I picked up some sunflowers, butterfly weed, cosmos, and snapdragons for the perfect end of summer white and yellow flower-a-palooza.

{The whole lot of flowers stripped and cleaned}

{I couldn’t resist the cosmos! Aren’t they amazing?!}

{I made three large arrangements with a mix of all the flowers}

{I then layered in individual flower types into smaller containers to give a real shout out to each of the fleurs – and to justify my over-the-top collection of vessels :-)}

{All the flowers as arrangements! I hope you enjoyed}

$15 Flowers – Pastel Yarrow & Dahlias

Holy blogging hiatus! Summer is just so footloose and fancy free that it’s really hard for me to sit down on my computer and write when there’s so much to be done outdoors.

Last week I was on Martha’s Vineyard with a group of lady friends.  I was reminded that I need to get back to doing my $15 bouquets on the blog.  Today I headed down to the Union Square Greenmarket and was pulled into the force-field of The River Garden’s gorgeous blooms.  In particular, they have had this FABULOUS pastel yarrow this past week begging me to bring it home and mix it up with some friendly fleurs.  I was also delighted to see that dahlias are coming in hot!  You know it’s pre-fall when the jewel-toned dahlia’s show their lioness faces.  Naturally I grabbed a bunch of each.

I have tons of glass and crystal vases at home, but yarrow and dahlia require a bit more of a casual vessel.  I scouted around my kitchen and finally in an “aha” moment, dumped all my kitchen spoons out of my huge ceramic utensil container and used it to arrange my flowers. The red ceramic is the perfect non-fussy compliment to the beautiful red blooms and wildflower yarrow.  Check out photos below!

{Here’s what two bunches for a total of $15 looked like before arranging (so many flowers!)}

{Yummy lioness Dahlia}

{Voila! One large arrangement/bouquet with leftovers for smaller vessels}

{Closeup of ceramic utensil container with large arrangement/bouquet – would be perfect for a rustic wedding!}

{How gorgeous are these pastel yarrow?! Pretty sherbet colors.}

{One last one!}

MB in Lucky Magazine

Hi friends!

Happy Monday.  AP and I just returned from a week long excursion through New England, and it was glorious.  We celebrated his grandmother’s 90th birthday with family in the Berkshires, headed to Boston for a few days and enjoyed some of our favorite bean town establishments, headed up to Portland, Maine, then finally up to Little Cranberry Island off of Bar Harbor.  Finally, we returned to NYC and spent the weekend with my family taking advantage of the empty city, and eating at my sister’s restaurant where she is a pastry chef! Was so fun.

I was delighted to come back and see that the Stationery Shop made it into the August issue of Lucky Magazine!  Check it out in the Web Obsessions section.  Here is a pic to tide you over until I scan a real copy of the feature.

(don’t mind the smudges – I came across this while drying my nails at my fave nail establishment)

100 Layer Cake

Hi Friends!

I’m so excited to share with you my floral debut on the 100 Layer Cake blog today.  Remember that gorgeous wedding collaboration I did last month with Tory Williams and Brita Olsen?  Well, 100 Layer Cake liked it enough to blog about it.  Check out the feature here!

 

 

Katherine Sandoz 60% off

Happy Friday, friends!  It’s been awhile, but it’s well worth the wait – I assure you.  One of my favorite artists, Katherine Sandoz, is having the most ridiculously amazing sale on her works on paper collection starting today through June 30th.  Save 60% on all of her works on paper when you enter JUNEBUG during checkout on her site.

The collection features her work between 2006 and present.  Many pieces are fully rendered, full color paintings and illustrations as well as looser, mixed media works.  There are also illustrations from two full books;  one set in New York City and one set in the south of France.  From series illustrations, editorial clients, pieces developed for this blog and personal works, you may find your own face among the 181 pieces.  Take a look at her site right here, and don’t forget that the sale ends on 6/30 at midnight so don’t miss out!

Some of my current favorites from the collection below: