Fortune Cookie Coin Purse

This is definitely going on my list of holiday gifts for others.  How adorable is this leather fortune cookie coin purse?  It even has a fortune printed on the inside!  A wee bit pricey for a coin purse, but it may just be worth it…..

Fortune Cookie Coin Purse by Diana Eng – $65

 

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Wedding Concept: Upbeat Brights!

Hope everyone had a glorious weekend. One last concept to share with all ya’ll from my favorite collab. yet with Tory Williams Photography and Brita Olsen Creative.  I’m getting my freelance flowers on these days, so if you know anyone in New England or the New York area looking for some gorgeous flowers for a wedding or event, shoot them my way (rachelmercierflowers@gmail.com)!

The last concept is a more casual/picnic vibe and is envisioned by Brita for either a wedding or a birthday party!  LOVING the bright colors making their way into the summer season, so we fully embraced bright pinks, oranges, reds and yellows.  Perfect styling and photography thanks to the Miss’ tag team. Fleurs by yours truly.  For this arrangement, I used a low container perfect for a buffet setup or kids table.  Peonies, parrot tulips, golden rod, roses, anenomes, oh my!  Whose mouth is watering for a lobster roll?!!!

Styling by Brita Olsen, Photography by Tory Williams, Flowers by Rachel Mercier

Hi Frida!

Wedding Concept: Spring Elegance

Happy Friday, and super excited to share the second concept from my wedding collaboration last week with Brita Olsen and Tory Williams!

The second concept Brita designed and styled is called Spring Elegance.  A more traditional and pretty wedding feel, perfect for a daytime wedding, or a more romantic garden wedding.  I imagine lots of twinkly lights in the trees around these beautiful tables.

I was inspired to use blushy ballet pinks and creams, accented with dusty greens for the flowers.  The gorgeous milk glass pedestal, crystal tableware, and antique Queensware Wedgewood plates (my most recent Brimfield purchase) make this table sophisticated, with a vintage touch! LOVING the individual pots of fleurs designed in mini teacups at each setting – thanks to Tory!  Take a peek at Tory’s gorgeous photos below.

Styling by Brita Olsen, Photography by Tory Williams, Flowers by Rachel Mercier

More more concept coming on Monday!  Have a great weekend, everyone!

Wedding Concept: Exotic Traveler

As promised, I’m thrilled to share with you a very special collaboration I was so lucky to be a part of with two of the most talented ladies in all the wedding industry – wedding planner and stylist Brita of Brita Olsen Creative and wedding photographer extraordinaire Tory of Tory Williams Photography.  I had such a blast working off of Brita’s amazing wedding concepts to design flowers for this inspired shoot.  So let’s cut right to the chase, shall we?

The first concept Brita dreamed up is called “Exotic Traveler.” The concept weaves sunset oranges, with cobalt blues in the most elegant Morocco meets Tuscany way.  I absolutely love the accents of gold, and was inspired to create a wild yet refined flower design for this table.  Along with my flower partner in crime Tory Williams (yup, she moonlights as a flower-ista as well), we wove in beautiful parrot tulips, sahara roses, and protea for an unexpected and modern twist to a traditional English Garden look.  Please feast your eyes on Tory’s gorgeous photos below – for more intense flower photos, check out my new floral blog, (www.rachelmercier.com).

Styling by Brita Olsen, Photographs by Tory Williams, Flowers by Rachel Mercier

Can’t wait to share another concept with you tomorrow!

Wedding Shoot Preview

I am beyond excited to start sharing with you a very special wedding collaboration I did with Brita Olsen Creative and Tory Williams Photography last week.  As you all know, I’ve been dabbling in fleurs, and have had the opportunity to put my skills to good use in recent weeks!  So much so, that I’ve decided to take my show on the road and book weddings and events.  More on that in the coming days…….

I was honored to be asked by wedding planner/stylista Brita to work with her, and my favorite Tory Williams, on a wedding shoot as the floral designer.  A real dream come true and SUCH a great team to work with.  Such talented and fun-loving ladies – it was such a pleasure.

Here are a few shots from the day taken my moi on my iPhone.  Professional photos from Tory to start rolling in tomorrow on the blog.  Can’t wait to share!

Arrangement #1

Tory and Brita shooting “Exotic Traveler”

Frida looking fabulous

Low arrangement for “Upbeat Brights” concept

So many snail models!

Belly rub reward from Tory!

 

Blossoming

Hi friends!  Lots of catch you up on – namely that I’ve been dabbling in flower work.  As you probably know from my blog, flowers are one of my true loves.  From my childhood picking wildflowers, to asking my parents to tell me the names of every plant species in their respective yards, to obsessing over blooms and bulbs as a bride, I have never been able to get enough.

I’ve taken my passion on the road, and enrolled in a 4-series course at the New York Botanical Gardens.  The class just finished up yesterday – wahhh!  I learned a variety of styles from Cascade to English Garden to Victorian and more.  And the best part is that I had the chance to put my sweet new skills to work on an ad campaign for wedding dresses this past Tuesday at the Metropolitan Building in Long Island City.  Check out my progress below:

Practicing Cascade and Victorian styles at the NYBG

Gorgeous Foxgloves from the NYBG – nature made these

Putting my new skills to work on a bridal ad campaign shoot

Finished products!

I love my flowers like I love my stationery.  I could spend hours playing around with them, dreaming up new combinations, and perusing others’ work.  I hope to keep playing!

Last call for Mother’s Day orders!

Order by noon EST this Wednesday to ensure prompt Mother’s Day delivery.

Stationery Subscriptions

Gratitude Gift Boxes {6 letterpress thank you notes + gorgeous gift box from Smock}!

 

Gorgeous necklaces from Brita Olsen jewelry

Desert Wedding

I have an affinity for all weddings, and am particularly vibe-ing on desert weddings lately.  I think it’s the latest Spring Martha Stewart Weddings that brought this feeling to the forefront.  Did you see the gorgeous dessert wedding spread with beautiful oranges, yellows, and pinks? If you missed it, below are some photos from the magazine. It’s playful but elegant and SO MUCH COLOR! I love it. Have a great weekend!

Photos from Martha Stewart Weddings, Spring 2012

Katherine Sandoz

I would love to tell you about one of my favorite people I’ve never met. I learned about Katherine Sandoz from one of my favorite design blogs (sorry, I can’t remember which one) a year or so ago.  I fell in LOVE with her paintings and her eye for color.  I immediately bought a painting which continues to be a showpiece hanging above our couch in our NYC apartment.

Like her paintings, Katherine is warm, playful, and full of life! Apparently she’s quite the hostess as well, from what I gather stalking her virtually.  I hope we meet someday.  I’m already scheming where I could put a second painting, but how would I ever be able to choose.  I hope you love her work as much as I do.

Camelia No.3 by Katherine Sandoz

The Beach C by Katherine Sandoz

Marsh B by Katherine Sandoz

Winifred by Katherine Sandoz