TSOS Richmond: Day Two


We're back today with even more beauty by Rachel Linder of Blue Barn Photography from our time at Paisley & Jade! Day two is such a full and good day for our students. From hands-on sessions like floral design and tabletop styling to classroom sessions to break-out sessions. 

The attendees were greeted with the most beautiful totes by Greige Design. I mean, how gorgeous are they?! Simply Jessica Marie completed the look with custom tags that coordinated with our invitation suite. Take a peek at how lovely the classroom was that morning.

We started the day with a session on branding with Tiffany Tolliver and then jumped into centerpiece design with Sweet Root Village! The ladies created such floral magic!!

Sweet Fix sent mini lavender cheesecakes assorted macaroons as an afternoon snack. The gorgeous florals by Sweet Root Village and custom backdrop by By Brittany Branson made another appearance today!

We then jumped into breakout sessions! Each attendee chose two sessions to attend. These are so fun because they are smaller and more discussion-based. It's more like a guided conversation. I loved how open our wonderful speakers were!

Next, we began our last session, tabletop design with Jess Blazejewski. Jess gave the attendees great tips and information for them to then apply to their own creations. Nuage Linens sent beautiful linens for the ladies to choose from, Paisley & Jade provided details and furniture, Something Vintage Rentals provided beautiful glassware, flatware and china, and Simply Jessica Marie provided paper details!

We have more from Richmond coming your way next week including day three's recap and a peek at the BEAUTIFUL attendee work that was created!! 

Photography: Rachel Linder of Blue Barn Photography


TSOS Richmond: Day One


Whew! This series of posts may be my longest to date. Why? Because so much goodness happened over the course of the three days we spent in Richmond. And it was so beautifully captured by Rachel Linder of Blue Barn Photography! Each workshop is so unique, and this was no different. The energy of this workshop was invigorating and inspiring! I'm so thankful to know each and every person who attended, spoke, and contributed.

Before we jump in, I have to first recognize the amazing team of Paisley & Jade. P&J went out of their way to make it an incredible and seamless week for us. It was hands down the easiest set up and tear down experience we've had as a team thanks to them! They hosted and furnished the entire week, so if you see something beautiful, chances are it's from them.

Sweet Root Village did the amazing flower installation (hello, English garden!) and really brought the workshop vision and aesthetic to life. A little rule of thumb when it comes to greenery: you can never have too much. 

Every attendee had a beautiful welcome box awaiting them at their seat. Simply Jessica Marie did all of the hand-lettered details for the week, including the custom gift tags. In each box was a Rifle Paper Co. notebook, a Scarlet & Gold print, a pack of Malvi Mallow (so good, y'all), and a spool of ribbon from Honey Silks & Co among other goodies.

We began the day with introductions and a few sessions! Shanna Skidmore, Morgan Montgomery, and Emily Thomas began our week. Emily's session was a fun hands-on flat styling session, so the attendees were able to play with their own compositions. 

Simply Jessica Marie is the creator of all of the beautiful paper details, Wax Seals provided the seals, and Verde Studio sent the most beautiful vintage stamps!

At the end of the hands-on session, attendees gathered in smaller groups to discuss their work and others. It's so vital to talk about what does and doesn't work in our compositions so we can continue to grow as artists and designers. 

After our sessions finished, we moved into the next room for cocktail hour and a little thing I like to call speed dating :) It's such a fun way to quickly have mini conversations with other attendees that can be continued later in the week!

And how lovely is that floral backdrop By Brittany Branson created?! It was such a stunning piece.

Mosaic Catering took such great care of us all week long (just wait until I show you our final dinner!!), and the cocktail party was no exception. Sitting underneath the cluster of chandeliers with new friends was definitely a highlight of the week for me!

Check back tomorrow for a recap of day two with even MORE beauty (if it's possible!). A big thank you to our wonderful photographer Rachel Linder of Blue Barn Photography for capturing the week perfectly!


Studio Tour: Amanda Jewel Floral + Design


Name: Amanda Lankford // Age: 31 // Profession: Creative Director and Owner of Amanda Jewel Floral + Design // City, State: The sweet little town of Tucker located right outside of Atlanta // Years in Studio: We moved into the AJF+D studio in July of 2016, so we're approaching our 1 year anniversary this summer!

When did you first fall in love with design? Have you always wanted to work in the creative industry?  

I grew up on a farm where I first fell in love with flowers. I would spend my days barefoot (usually still am) picking flowers in the field, making flower crowns out of weeds. I later interned at a flower shop, sweeping the floors for two semesters before becoming the flower delivery driver. My 16-year-old self would stand in the doorway of a hospital room or on the doorstep of someone who had just lost a loved one, and when they laid eyes on the arrangement, it was like all of the sadness disappeared. I knew then that this was what I wanted to do with my life. I worked at four floral shops until I was 21 and then landed a corporate job, where I learned the true value of customer service. After five years of corporate work, the long-growing itch to work with flowers inspired me to start working weddings on the weekend. I did this for two years and then decided to go full time (well, my son decided) when my husband, Michael, and I had our first born, William Hudson. Once I was able to put all my efforts into the company on a full-time basis, it changed forever. The best moment of my career thus far was moving into the studio! I love having my own space to take care of and decorate for clients so they have a memorable client experience.

Can you tell us a little bit about your overall design for your office? Where did you draw inspiration from?

We wanted our studio to be an extension of our business - and the way we like to do business, so we sought out to design an ambiance that was both pretty and comfortable! The house itself was so charming and had great bones for being 85-years-old, so we kept some of its original charm like the fireplace, hardwoods, antique doors and hardware and the awning outside the front door. But we also added our own touch with mid-century modern decor, fun pops of color and even floral wallpaper (Dutch Love by Ashley Woodson Bailey). We drew inspiration from the era of the house + our own personal styles and what we typically like to look at. We wanted a place designed by us and what we like. In other words, we didn't worry about other designers or what they liked - just what we liked! The result was a screened in front porch that reminds me of life on the farm, a living room with a cozy fireplace and bookcases where we showcase our favorite things (currently Floret Flower seed packets and Silk & Willow Beeswax candles), and a large space for gatherings and workshops with custom-built tables my husband crafted.

What is your favorite part of your office? What do you think every creative should include in his/her office space to stay motivated?

I would have to say my office because of my wallpaper, but then I love the front porch because I enjoy sitting outside sipping coffee or a glass of wine. But, maybe it’s our backyard because I get to watch my kiddos and pup run around freely and happy, knowing they are safe too. I also catch myself staring at our shelves filled with pretty inventory. Sigh, I can’t decide. I would say to stay motivated, you need an outdoor space. Us creatives really do have a lot of computer/desk work that we really don’t like to do and can get bogged down and honestly just discouraged because it gets overwhelming at times. The outdoor space keeps me going as I love to be outside and be in nature so I always take breaks throughout the day to get a breath of fresh air. It is very much needed as a creative.

Do you have any future plans for your studio?

One of our favorite projects in the works is outside, as our goal is to be able to carefully curate cut flowers for our arrangements from our own garden in the future. We also have plans to build raised beds in the backyard for even more opportunities and to create a cozy outdoor ambiance for those backyard dinner parties and gatherings.

What are your best tips for someone looking to create a studio space that evokes inspiration and creativity?

We have an ongoing inspiration board on the wall where we rip out favorite magazine pages and tape them to the wall. It's truly inspirational as we walk by it every day and get inspired by the things we love!

Follow Amanda: www.amandajewel.com, www.facebook.com/amandajewelfloraldesign, @amandajewelfloraldesign

Photography by Paige Molina Photography