Pilar and Mona (Gorgeous and Green at the Louvre Museum Mona Lisa)

Gorgeous and Green on the Road: France!

This summer we went to France for the second time, and I have to say, it still doesn't disappoint.  Here are a few photos of interest from the trip. Lots of yummy beach time, food and of course, DESIGN that interested me.
The Paris Train Station Restaurant DETAILS
If you get the chance, have lunch at the restaurant in the Paris Gare du Nord Train Station.  It is absolutely beautiful.  This is just the ceiling.
Visiting the little beaches at Calanques National Park near Cassis
We spent the bulk of our time on the coast of France, near Marseille and Cassis.  Beautiful clear mediterranean waters, and lots of sun. This location was one of the calanques or "coves" in the mountains created by the sea. at the National Park. There is plenty of hiking and even mountain climbing to do here.  You can also just lay out and take a nap.
Final beach day in Marseille
We stopped for some chill time at a little cafe on the water in Marseille.  Great place for a dip or a late lunch and aperitif. 
lots of love in France
Lots of love in France.
Having Lunch at the Louvre, pyramid style
I always enjoy visiting the little restaurants in museums (a favorite being the Smithsonian Art Museum's cafe for tea service when I was a kid). We stopped in to the tea room at the Louvre and had lunch and of course this special chocolate bomb of a desert shaped like the museum's pyramid.
Cool ARTifact at the Louvre
Once of my favorite pieces of art/artifact at the Louvre
Yummy Dinner in Paris at Le Servan
For our last dinner in Paris a friend recommended Le Servan.  A lovely meal.
I didn't create any floral designs while I was there, but I did wear plenty of florals. :)
October 16, 2018 by Pilar Zuniga
Bridesmaid bouquets in blush and whites by Gorgeous and Green for a local wedding.

Let's Blush it.

You know I love color.  Lots of deep saturated and bright colors. Purples, magenta, burgundy, copper. It all speaks my name.  But I will do lighter shades, and love to pair them with deep hues of greens.  Take a look at an order I put together for a client this Spring for a Local California Wedding.

up close of a pin on corsage for a blush peach and white wedding with lots of green, ferns and vines by Gorgeous and Green

Beautiful corsage for pin on with a natural English Garden feel. Small order for pickup, ordered online via our online store.

unique and interesting bridesmaid bouquet with jasmine anemones and blush peonies, david austen roses by Gorgeous and Green

Unique and artsy Bridesmaid Bouquet ordered for a small local wedding in the Bay Area.

sweet boutonnieres with blush and cream and ferns by Gorgeous and Green

Fern accented boutonnieres for a wedding in Northern California.

Beautiful garden inspired blush and white bridal bouquet with jasmine anemones david austens by Gorgeous and Green

I don't do a lot of pink and white, but when I do I the BLUSH out of it!

This beauty of a Bridal Bouquet was so fun to make. I love getting creative with the seasonal abundance available.  Spring is a great time for anemones and peonies of course!

G&G

 

October 09, 2018 by Pilar Zuniga
Spring time flower beauty for a friend

Spring time flower beauty for a friend

This Spring (note the ranunculus, anemones, poppies, tulips and hellebores)

I created some beautiful artistic designs for an industry friend, Celine (of 24 East)

Close Up of this Spring floral wonder by Gorgeous and Green

I used some of my favorite vases including this crackled low bowl, 

Natural lines and a handmade vase of flowers, by Gorgeous and Green

this handmade ceramic with a golden opaque creaminess

Tall wild and beautiful floral design by Gorgeous and Green

and this handy taupe tall rectangular vase.

The designs are all a bit wild, and of course, gorgeous and green! Using local grown flowers and branches grown in the spring.

 

October 02, 2018 by Pilar Zuniga
Going wild at the Conservatory of Flowers

Going wild at the Conservatory of Flowers

Over the Summer my friend Michelle (of Le Dix Sept) invited me to attend a special jungle party at the Conservatory of Flowers. We got dressed up in our flowery and fauna-ey best, and got some food, drink and danced to some groovy music. 

It was right up my alley.   

My friend and I doing our Amazonian thing at the Conservatory of Flowers

Gorgeous and Green at the Conservatory of Flowers (her native habitat)

Gorgeous and Green in the Forest

San Francisco Conservatory of flowers

They had a cool light installation on the actual conservatory building.

I did some perusing of the local plants and this giant healthy maidenhair fern was one of my favorites. (and check out those leopard print shoes)

maidenhair growing at the Conservatory of Flowers

Fun event at the Conservatory of Flowers !

 

This floral design I created has nothing to do with the event, but it was a good ending note:

Floral Design with whimsy and ferns by Gorgeous and Green

September 26, 2018 by Pilar Zuniga
Still, no floral foam!

Still, no floral foam!

It's been about 9 years (woah!)  since I first blogged about floral foam and I'm still foam free.  I shared an old msds sheet for a popular brand of regular foam online so folks could see what was in it.  I even made some suggestions for more transparency, better alternatives.

Have companies offered alternatives in response? There are the new plastic cages from Holly Chapple that allow you to design foam free. But still, it's plastic. Would love to have seen a reusable metal version. There is also a biodegradable foam from a major brand that is said to biodegrade in under two years in a biologically active landfills.  But I have not heard anything about the msds cautions or if the formaldehyde and other toxins and carcinogens are still in this new formula. But, there is still plenty of metal chicken wire, and that is still what I depend on the most.

a pedestal arrangement made by Gorgeous and Green without floral foam (chicken wire mechanics)

Florists all over the world are noticing that we don't need to depend so heavily on plastics and foam, and there seems to be more movement in this generation to go back to old methods of floral design without plastics. (I for one try to never use plastic vessels)  There is even an instagram movement to share foam free designs and to get more information about floral foam's effect on the environment and oceans on a molecular level. 

Let's continue to fuel this movement toward a healthier floral industry, including florists and the planet we live on.

A large and branching floral arrangement by Gorgeous and Green without floral foam

 Pilar Zuniga of Gorgeous and Green and a bridal bouquet (no foam)

June 06, 2018 by Pilar Zuniga
Color and texture for wedding centerpieces by Gorgeous and Green

Color and texture for wedding centerpieces by Gorgeous and Green

As we start the 2018 wedding season, here's a glimpse at some centerpiece magic by Gorgeous and green with color, interesting textures and some natural lines.  Compote vases are back in style, and we love them too and still never use floral foam with our designs.
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Wild and Natural compote vase centerpiece by Gorgeous and Green
Gorgeous and Green unique and textural compote vase arrangement
Wedding centerpiece with texture and playfulness by Gorgeous and Green
In no-floral foam and health, G&G
April 13, 2018 by Pilar Zuniga
white and muted tones against a black velvet backdrop

Black Velvet

Nothing quite like the drama of a black velvet backdrop to make your flowers float in luxury. This one's called the Muted Beauty.

Wild and dramatic arrangement by Gorgeous and Green against a black velvet backdrop

Wild arrangement by Gorgeous and Green against a black velvet backdrop

From our daily offerings for bike delivery.

March 13, 2018 by Pilar Zuniga
Rustic Mexican vase with tropical and colorful florals by Gorgeous and Green

Floral designs with a lot of Mexican flavor

Apart from our usual daily offerings for local bike delivered flowers and gifts, we create designs special events and weddings.  Here are a few designs from a special event that required vivid florals and a genuine feel of Mexican art and culture.  I gathered some beautiful vases from an artist in Baja Mexico, and tried to translate my own experience of Mexican art and culture into the designs.  I think they came out well.

Large Mexican ceramic Vase with tropical and colorful flowers by Gorgeous and Green

 

 

Mexican ceramic vase with colorful and tropical flowers by Gorgeous and Green

G&G

March 08, 2018 by Pilar Zuniga
Arrangements by Gorgeous and Green in the little red wagon

My New favorite arrangement: The Fancy Pickle Jar

I love this vase.  It's ceramic, and reminiscent of a pickle jar.  So meet: The Fancy Pickle Jar arrangement by Gorgeous and Green. The wide mouth allows for a full and playful design that spreads wider than our other arrangements, and it still is floral foam free! We use some tape mechanics to help keep the stems of foliage and blooms in place.

Available for local delivery to Berkeley, Oakland and Emeryville (by bike if available) 

Order online!

 

New arrangement from Gorgeous and Green: The Pickle Jar of local grown and a little wild blooms
Jewel rich flower arrangements for delivery to Berkeley Oakland and Emeryville by Gorgeous and Green
February 19, 2018 by Pilar Zuniga
local grown bouquet and girly things gift basket La Femme by Gorgeous and Green

Valentines is just around the corner...

A nice sampling of some new gift basket offerings in the online store as well as a few examples of the Valentines Day offerings for delivery February 14th to Berkeley Oakland and Emeryville.