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Pretty Pretty Floral Inspiration from Saipua

My lovely friend Anne-Marie of Perfect Bound made a comment about another sweet friend of mine, Erika from Delphine, on Twitter last week about how “everything she touches turns to pretty.” I was so taken by that simple observation, because it’s so very very true. Everything Erika creates is perfectly pretty. Today was a day like any other and, not unsurprisingly, I found myself completely immersed in the blog of the incredibly talented Sarah of Saipua as I do quite regularly. As I dug around the blog archives as I so love to do on occasion, Anne-Marie’s comment about Erika immediately jumped to mind. Sarah is also one of those talented designers who manages to turn everything she touches into pretty. If you aren’t familiar, Saipua is known for lovely handmade soap and quite famously for extraordinary floral arrangements that are so pretty they could make you cry. Sarah is also a regular contributor on one of my favorite blogs of all time design*sponge in her Weeder’s Digest feature. Simply put, Sarah is a seemingly endless resource of truly beautiful inspiration.




The thing I love most about Sarah’s creations is how natural and organic they feel. There is nothing forced or formal about her arrangements and yet they are still completely awe-inspiring and memorable. There are no fancy embellishments or flashy crystals. They are just flowers as they should be – lovingly arranged and left to shine in their own natural beauty. When I look at these images I remember spending long summer days with my grandmother in her gardens. We’d weed and tend to each plant and at the end of the day run about the yard barefoot as we carefully clipped a large handful of beautiful blooms to take inside with us. We’d arrange them in whatever simple vessel we could find and then set about making dinner – usually sandwiches made of fresh sourdough bread and tomatoes still warm from the summer sun. When I see the work of Saipua, I think of my beloved grandmother and I’m instantly happy and at peace in my day.








Do flowers remind anyone else of beloved people or places? I’d love to know what floral designers inspire you.

{Photos by Saipua.}

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Wednesday 28th of October 2009

Oh how I wish that I could have Saipua do the flowers for our wedding! One thing that I think makes her arrangements stand out so much are the actual flowers that she uses, they're so unique and it seems like each stem has such a personality of its own!


Thursday 29th of October 2009

Juel, isn't it almost like she picks the flowers with the most character? They aren't even necessarily perfect, but they're gorgeous. I love everything she creates.

erika at delphine

Wednesday 28th of October 2009

The floral designer that inspires me most is my Mémé Delphine. She tends her rose garden nearly every day. When planting the bushes she threw all convention & rules out the window ... they are not grouped by color or type, which makes for the most amazing cutting garden. Lavenders next to peaches next to yellows next to whites next to pinks. It's a lovely jumble, which translates to an easy, breezy look once the flowers are cut and placed in vases all over the house. Mom is also genius at finding cuttings in the neighborhood to make gorgeous arrangements. Today she cut palm leaves and wound them on the inside of giant tall cylindrical vases for a photo shoot tomorrow. It looks like we spent a bunch of money on flowers for the shoot, but it's all from the backyard!


Thursday 29th of October 2009

E, can I come live in your life for a while? Your mother and grandmother are such an amazing source of inspiration. I smell a blog interview. Do you think they'd be game? ;-) I think people would love them. I know I do!

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