Christy Hulsey of Colonial House of Flowers decided to go out on a limb and enter Mayesh’s annual Design Star challenge – and by no surprise, she won! In addition to the how-to YouTube videos that go along with the title of Mayesh Design Star – Mayesh wanted to provide an opportunity for a more personal experience and decided to take Christy on the road for an eight city Mayesh Design Star Workshop tour. The photos below tell the story of Mayesh’s inaugural workshop, which was held in Los Angeles, where it all started. The students had access to some of the best Japanese, Dutch and local product in the industry for their arrangements, and the end product just couldn’t have been more dreamy.
When designing the workshop, we knew we wanted to keep the space light and airy, so the flowers and the students’ arrangements could be the stars.
This time of year, there are so many events that involve gifting flowers for your love – Mother’s Day, Valentine’s Day, Wedding’s, Easter, etc.. we knew we wanted to keep it fresh/ unexpected, with a spring vibe. Pale lavender and pink hellebore, trailing jasmine, dots of chocolate cosmos, blush/ burgundy/ and pink ranunculus, white and pink lisianthus, and roses in almost every shade you could imagine were all at the attendees’ fingertips.
Upon entering the studio, students were greeted with mimosas and yummy breakfast nibbles. To get to know each other a little better, we kicked off the workshop by having everyone share their “flower” story, and how they came to be at the workshop. Christy then instructed the students on how to create their Oasis / chicken wire structure to insert into their vessel. Once the vessels were prepped and ready to go, Christy shared how to utilize : branches, where to place vines a.k.a. “dancers”, what to do with large “real estate” blooms, how she utilizes her Design Master color tools, where to put unexpected pops of foraged blooms, and many other invaluable techniques that she has picked up over the course of her career.
After the students were finished, they headed over to the photography station where they had their arrangement photographed on a fully styled table to use in their professional portfolio. Their white Accent Decor vessel had the perfect amount of texture and shape, keeping the arrangement feminine and interesting. Then, Jeremy Chou and Tristan Needham both gave a tutorial on photography and styling – how to always put your best foot forward with your images, and what tools have been most helpful to them in elevating their brands.
While Jeremy photographed arrangements, the students were given a few tips and tricks on utilizing Mayesh’s beautiful garland as either a swag, or a bride and groom chair backer.
At the end of the day, the students were treated to private selection of Cameron Hughes wine, and a beautifully styled gift box by Salt and Pepper Co., with items from : Sugar Paper, HomArt, Cameron Hughes, Tocca, Sugarfina, Poppin, and Accent Decor.