January 2018 Newsletter

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Series of Online Flower Arranging Classes Begins!

Weekly Classes Available by Subscription NOW!

Flower Arranging Fridays

Flower Arrang­ing Fri­days is a new month­ly sub­scrip­tion online course just for you!

Gain from Our Unmatched Experience

We are Kit and Casey, the sis­ter design team and founders of Flower Duet in Los Ange­les. Wel­come!

Because Flower Duet is a flo­ral design stu­dio spe­cial­iz­ing in cus­tom wed­ding and event flow­ers in Los Ange­les AND we’ve taught flower arrang­ing to thou­sands of stu­dents over the past 18 years, we HAVE the flo­ral chops to show you just how it’s done.

We’ve built our own cer­e­mo­ny struc­tures, flo­ral ani­mals, AND designed a field-to-vase din­ner on a work­ing flower farm plus more. We cus­tom pick our flow­ers by walk­ing through the flower mar­kets, talk­ing to the local grow­ers and by order­ing fan­tas­tic flo­ral prod­ucts from our won­der­ful ven­dors from around the world.

We per­form every task in our flo­ral busi­ness from mar­ket­ing to sales pitch­es to clean­ing water buck­ets, to design­ing and you can ben­e­fit from our exper­tise and unmatched expe­ri­ence. We’ve helped to launch hun­dreds of flo­ral careers and we can help you to launch yours!

Enroll Today!

There will be even more class­es and resources added to our online flower school in addi­tion to our mini Fri­day class­es such as DIY Wed­ding Flow­ers for every style, a flower library, our Rolodex of trust­ed resources and more for class enrollees.

Make 2018 Your Year of Color!!!!

We usu­al­ly reserve the end of our newslet­ter for our Flower Book Rec­om­men­da­tion, but I am putting it near the top of this month’s news because I think we all need to embrace bright col­ors this year.

Ultra Violet Wedding Bouquet

Pan­tone Col­or of the Year 2018 — Ultra Vio­let Wed­ding Bou­quet by Flower Duet. Pho­to by Kit Wertz

First, let’s talk about Pantone’s Col­or of the Year 2018 — Ultra Vio­let! It’s fabulous…luxurious…and pairs so well with oth­er bright col­ors like green, yel­low and orange as well as mut­ed tones like mauve and gray. What is not to love?

From the Pan­tone press release:

Com­plex and con­tem­pla­tive, Ultra Vio­let sug­gests the mys­ter­ies of the cos­mos, the intrigue of what lies ahead, and the dis­cov­er­ies beyond where we are now. The vast and lim­it­less night sky is sym­bol­ic of what is pos­si­ble and con­tin­ues to inspire the desire to pur­sue a world beyond our own.

Enig­mat­ic pur­ples have also long been sym­bol­ic of coun­ter­cul­ture, uncon­ven­tion­al­i­ty, and artis­tic bril­liance. Musi­cal icons Prince, David Bowie, and Jimi Hen­drix brought shades of Ultra Vio­let to the fore­front of west­ern pop cul­ture as per­son­al expres­sions of indi­vid­u­al­i­ty. Nuanced and full of emo­tion, the depth of PANTONE 18–3838 Ultra Vio­let sym­bol­izes exper­i­men­ta­tion and non-con­for­mi­ty, spurring indi­vid­u­als to imag­ine their unique mark on the world, and push bound­aries through cre­ative out­lets.

His­tor­i­cal­ly, there has been a mys­ti­cal or spir­i­tu­al qual­i­ty attached to Ultra Vio­let. The col­or is often asso­ci­at­ed with mind­ful­ness prac­tices, which offer a high­er ground to those seek­ing refuge from today’s over-stim­u­lat­ed world. The use of pur­ple-toned light­ing in med­i­ta­tion spaces and oth­er gath­er­ing places ener­gizes the com­mu­ni­ties that gath­er there and inspire con­nec­tion.”

We know we will find some great inspi­ra­tion for this col­or in the form of many flow­ers from Lisianthus, to Freesia, to Car­na­tions, to Veron­i­ca!

Now, onto the book that inspired this Pop of Color

Flower Book Recommendation: Change Your Home Change Your Life with Color: What’s Your Color Story? by Moll Anderson

Moll Ander­son is a life styl­ist, inspi­ra­tion inte­ri­or design­er, col­or enthu­si­ast and tv host. This is her fifth book.

In this book, she pos­es a series of ques­tions to the read­er to help find a path to col­or that will trans­form lives.

Change Your Home Change Your Life with Col­or is eye can­dy to the max! It is laid out in a way that keeps your heart rac­ing, pages turn­ing and tru­ly inspires through­out. There are eye-catch­ing pho­tos of flow­ers and flo­ral designs through­out the book to keep any flo­ral design­er hap­py.

After the inspir­ing pages, there is a col­or quiz in the back of the book to help you find your true col­ors. For exam­ple, Ander­son asks: “When you buy flow­ers, do you like flow­ers that are all the same col­or or a mix of col­ors? If so, what col­or? What col­ors would you mix togeth­er?” and “What is the col­or of hap­pi­ness to you?”

Orange is the Happiest Color Quote by Frank Sinatra

Graph­ic by Kit Wertz

Ms. Ander­son queries the read­er: “If you could change your life in one week­end and clear out the cob­webs of your past with COLOR and a brush, would you?”

From Moll Anderson's book on color

Through­out the book, she walks you through how to make sense of col­or, under­stand­ing hues and then a pletho­ra of inspi­ra­tional pho­tos, quotes, and advice for every col­or from “Ener­giz­ing Orange” to “Uplift­ing Pink” to my favorite “Reviv­ing Turquoise.”

And Ms. Ander­son must have known that pur­ple would take cen­ter stage in 2018, too with this rich­ly illus­trat­ed chap­ter on “Enrich­ing Vio­let!”

It can be a bright future for you in your home or work­space with the help of this won­der­ful­ly put togeth­er book. I encour­age you to make it a gift for your­self and bring some much-need­ed bright col­or into your life.

Flower Duet Flower Classes in Los Angeles for January and February 2018

Ice Flower Design by Flower Duet

Here is our inspi­ra­tion for our Jan­u­ary Ice Flower Class! In the class, you’ll learn three tech­niques for mak­ing flow­ers and foliage look like they are cov­ered with ice, snow, and frost. Pho­to by Kit Wertz

In addi­tion to our new online flower class­es, we con­tin­ue to offer in stu­dio and on loca­tion class­es and pri­vate group lessons!

We are off to a busy start in Jan­u­ary and Feb­ru­ary with group class­es in Los Ange­les at our stu­dio and at The Hunt­ing­ton Library in San Mari­no. Here is a list­ing of what we are teach­ing in Jan­u­ary and Feb­ru­ary. Learn more on our work­shops page!

Jan­u­ary 20, 2018 — Win­ter Ice Flo­ral Design Work­shop

Jan­u­ary 24, 2018 — Bou­quet & Bou­ton­niere Wednes­day Night Wed­ding Work­shop

Feb­ru­ary 3, 2018 — Fire & Ice Flo­ral Design (at The Hunt­ing­ton Library)

Feb­ru­ary 3, 2018 — Orchids for Kids Class (at The Hunt­ing­ton library)

Feb­ru­ary 17, 2018 — Liv­ing Suc­cu­lent Wreath (at The Hunt­ing­ton Library)

Feb­ru­ary 24, 2018 — Hot Tulips Work­shop

Feb­ru­ary 28, 2018 — Wed­ding Cen­ter­pieces & Table Accents Wednes­day Night Work­shop

Bridal Bouquet Wedding Flowers Class at Flower Duet.

We are con­tin­u­ing our wed­ding class­es this year on one Wednes­day night per month! Join Us! Pho­to by Krisa Mason.

2019 Flower Design Classes

Flower Duet’s South­bay Stu­dio
Reg­is­ter for these class­es online. *LA Flower Mart Tours avail­able some dates also.

  • Jan­u­ary 12, 2019 — The Ele­gant Calla Lily
  • Feb­ru­ary 9, 2019 – Organ­ic Con­tain­ers
  • March 9, 2019 – Eccen­tric Emer­ald Flow­ers
  • April 20, 2019 – A Mod­ern Take on the Bas­ket of Flow­ers
  • May 11, 2019 – Tulips for Mother’s Day
  • June 15, 2019 – A Pock­et Full of Posies
  • July 20, 2019 – Large-Scale Flo­ral Design with Ros­es
  • August 17, 2019 – Too Hot Trop­i­cal Flow­ers with Orchids
  • Sep­tem­ber 14, 2019 – Suc­cu­lents & Flow­ers
  • Octo­ber 12, 2019 – Fall, Tall & Ter­rif­ic Flow­ers
  • Novem­ber 23, 2019 – Flo­rals On the Table Work­shop
  • Decem­ber 14, 2019 – Ever­greens & Flow­ers

Wednes­day Night Wed­ding Series Work­shops:

  • Jan­u­ary 30, 2019 – Bou­quet & Bou­ton­nière
  • Feb­ru­ary 27, 2019 – Cen­ter­piece & Table Accents
  • May 22, 2019 – Bou­quet & Bou­ton­nière
  • June 26, 2019 – Cen­ter­piece & Table Accents
  • Sep­tem­ber 25, 2019 – Bou­quet & Bou­ton­nière
  • Octo­ber 23, 2019 – Cen­ter­piece & Table Accents

Hunt­ing­ton Library
Reg­is­ter for these class­es through brownpapertickets.com.

  • Jan­u­ary 19, 2019 — Herb Gar­den Flow­ers
  • March 2, 2019 — Bulb Spring Flow­ers
  • May 4, 2019 — Cin­co de Mayo Bright Flow­ers
  • June 1, 2019 — Ros­es

More in 2019 in the fall!

Autry Muse­um
Watch for Novem­ber Class in 2019!



Wedding Flowers

Fall Wedding Bouquet by Flower Duet

Flower Duet offers a gen­er­ous wed­ding pack­age includ­ing a trip to the LA Flower Mart and a mock­up design of the wed­ding vision. Check out the details on our Wed­ding Flow­ers page. If you are com­ing to the Los Ange­les area for your wed­ding, we are your Los Ange­les wed­ding des­ti­na­tion florist!

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Each month, we cov­er a cur­rent event in the flo­ral trade, flo­rals from real wed­dings, our lat­est flower adven­tures and endeav­ors, design tips, cur­rent flo­ral trends, flo­ral design class­es and work­shops, book rec­om­men­da­tions and flo­ral tooltips.

Since 2010, we’ve cre­at­ed a hot list of what’s on for flo­ral design in South­ern Cal­i­for­nia and beyond. As guest speak­ers inside and out­side of Cal­i­for­nia, we know what clients are search­ing for in the wed­ding and event indus­try. We are your trust­ed resource for flo­ral design tips and tech­niques for all lev­els of the flower enthu­si­ast.

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