March is a mood. We’re feeling it. It’s natural to crave spring cleaning and spirit brightening right now, and we’ve found both, in the simple pleasures that are fresh flowers + beautiful vases.
Flowers On Order: Arrangements, Delivery, Vases & More
We’ve fallen in local love with Snapdragon Flowers in Philly. We also have eyes and hearts on Roots and Blooms (Atlanta), and Bloom & Noosh (Denver). And those same eyes and hearts are also set on gorgeous vases and vessels, like these collected beach stone beauties from Bloomist and these color block glass vases from Serena & Lily.
We’re not talking closet cleanouts and basement purges here, that’s another conversation. This is simply, clean-off your desk, nightstand or console, put the holiday decorations away, purge a shelf or two, and then reward yourself with a new vase and some fresh flowers. Simple, easy, feels good.
You know what else feels good? Sending flowers to someone who could use a mood brightener themselves. In the spirit of supporting local florists (especially those owned by women, minorities and people of color), we can also help a hard-hit industry stay in full bloom. We love the idea of ordering a weekly (or monthly) floral subscription for ourselves, or for someone we love.
To better help support local businesses, we asked our TME reader community to weigh in on their favorite local florists — a huge thank you to everyone who participated — and that helpful list is located below (as well as a few of my personal favorites).
My Favorite Floral Arrangement Subscriptions**
I’m sure there’s a word for the style of floral arrangement that most warms my heart (I’m just at a loss for what that word might be, but I know it when I see it) and THIS is it. This Philly florist closed their storefront, but you simply order, and they deliver! I’m trying this one this week and can’t wait to see what arrives!
If you click the about page on Roots and Blooms, Ednita has a cool story about where her inspiration comes from that makes me wish I was local to Atlanta. If you are, lucky you! I’m willing to bet you won’t regret a subscription to her blooms!
My college roommate is a Denver native and local, so these Denver blooms by Milli might be finding their way to her real soon! (As I come to a full stop moment of realization that her birthday is TODAY. That snuck up on me! OK, today, I try Bloom & Noosh!)
**More reader recommended florists below
This amazing home shop is located in Portland, Oregon. They very consciously and intentionally select their wares and goods, and have all sorts of workshops, services, private shopping, curbside pick-up, all the things….so check them out if you are local to Portland, or online if you aren’t. Among the many things I fell in love with on their site are these modern terrazzo pots-they have such great character!
I love a good modern color block, and wow — it’s amazing when one of the colors is, actually, clear glass. This is just gorgeous.
Mix and match these handcrafted beauties made of recycled glass! They are available in six shapes and sizes, as a full set, a partial set, individually, and both in clear or a lovely currant color. And they are currently on sale!
A modern, rustic, hand-painted, wide-mouth, round-body terracotta vase that holds an arrangement of cuttings, as well as flowers…that also stands alone as a gorgeous piece of sculpture or as a stand alone accent piece? YES.
These come in five different shapes and sizes and make a perfect arrangement on their own as works of terracotta art, but also display flowers and greens in an easy-going, gorgeous way.
West Elm’s Local Makers collaborations keep getting better and better. Melanie Abrantes from California uses sustainable and locally sourced materials to create one-of-a-kind vases, planters and serveware.Crafted of solid cherry, walnut or maple hardwood, this vase is hand-finished with mineral oil and beeswax. Each vase includes a glass vial for fresh flowers (the trick to making a wood vase hold water). They are just so beautiful.
Back to the elegant basics. Floral and greens arrangements sometimes speak best for themselves in the simplest of clear glass vases. The shapes and sizes are what help define the arrangement. I often have one of the tallest of these at the end of my counter–it’s substantial enough that it doesn’t get knocked over by everyday kitchen action, and I prefer the lower ones on a table so that we can still set eyes on one another with a floral arrangement in place.
Another fun modern collaboration with West Elm Local, Virginia Sin is a Brooklyn-based ceramicist. I love the windows at the top of this modern work of art.
The search for vases led me to Bloomist — a collective of makers considerate to the earth, and now I’m in love with all their vessels, textiles and accent pieces! The collection is gorgeous. Their About page is worth a read, as well as some of the other pages that help explain the company as a whole and all the people behind it. For now, I’m starting with this perfectly clean, modern, and minimalist bottle vase.
One more from Bloomist, because, well, I’m lost in the goodness on their site. These are handcrafted in Maine, from stones collected on riverbanks and beaches in coastal New England. They are so naturally, absolutely stunning.
Great accent piece! This easy-going little guy can take a drop-in small plant, as well as a bunch of flowers (cut short) and adds an easy pop of beauty to any table, counter, mantle or shelf.
A Florist In Your Neighborhood | TME Reader Recommendations
Sweetness & Light (Benicia, CA): woman-owned, sustainable design meets innovative use of materials
Esscents Of Flowers (Oakland, CA): Black woman-owned, justice-focused & supporter of local businesses
Bloom Tuesday (San Francisco, CA): delivers locally sourced, seasonal blooms in simple packaging (minimal waste!)
Matilda’s Bloombox (San Francisco, CA): work with Bay Area farmers & provides fact & tip cards for at-home arrangements
Flowers For Dreams (Chicaco, IL | Milwaukee, WI | Detroit, MI): donates portion of proceeds to local charities
Oak & Bloom (Chicago, IL): woman-owned; monthly spotlight on charitable organizations
Starry Fields Farm (Rockfield, KY): small family farm, specializes in sustainably grown heirloom flowers
Giselle’s Flowers & Gifts (Roxbury, MA): woman & minority-owned, one-of-a-kind arrangements
Poppy Jar Flowers (Saint Michaels, MD): all-natural organic growing methods to raise flowers from seed to bloom
Olive’s Bloombox (Ferndale, MI): woman-owned, known for textural designs inspired by nature
Lutey’s Flowers (Marquette, MI): family-owned, and has been operating for more than 80 years
Bouquets By Carolyn (Saint Paul, MN): Saint Paul’s 1st Black woman-owned floral business
Wildly Floral Co. (South Orange, NJ): woman-owned & committed to featuring locally grown flowers & sustainable practices
Hanato Floral Design (Brooklyn, NY): woman-owned boutique flower shop & design studio with custom & pre-made arrangements
Farmhouse Floral Design (Middleburgh, NY): purchase flowers from 6 local farmers & work directly with growers
Harry J. Design (New York, NY): Black-owned business sources from local vendors & specializes in unique floral creations
Ora La Casa de Las Flores (Sunnyside, NY): Latin woman-owned floral boutique + skincare, naturally harvested & ethically sourced
Paper Twigs (Canton, OH): brick-&-mortar studio “reminiscent of a big city Boutique with a HomeTown soul”
Sunny Meadows Flower Farm (Columbus, OH): focus on a healthy environment, growing sustainably with organic practices in mind
Yelo Aple (Columbus, OH): “the Postmates for plants in Columbus, Ohio”
Coy & CO (Portland, OR): Portland’s 1st sustainably certified florist
Pomelo (Philadelphia, PA): woman-owned, began as a pop-up in Rittenhouse and recently opened a permanent location
ReVased (Philadelphia, PA): women-owned, work w/ sustainable-minded farms & use eco-friendly shipping methods
Avanda Flowers (Philadelphia, PA): Asian-owned & award-winning, opened by a lovely woman (with an inspiring story) named Timm in 1991, specializing in orchids
According to a popular meme, we’re living through Fools’ Spring which will soon be followed by Second Winter, Third Winter, and The Pollening, before we actually get to spring. Hang tough and hopeful-we’re getting there. This leaves PLENTY of time for closet cleanouts and basement purges. For now, start small, manageable and easy — one pretty little space at a time. Hope your day has some bright moments or that you find inspiration to make a few here!
PS: Follow along with me on Pinterest for more Home Inspiration and other random distractions via pretty visuals. xo A
This one’s for the Pinners…