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It has been a while and there is alot to share!

It has been a while since I last sat down and blogged, and I find that when I do not do it, I think about doing it all day long. This is why I am going to purpose to keep you all more updated here than I recently have. Busy or not, this is my passion and Ihave to make the time to just jot down a few little thoughts and keep you all reading when you should be working! 🙂

There have been many wonderful events and developments happening here at Blossom’s so if you need to, grab a cup of joe or tea, this is going to be a long one!

Progress on the Studio Remodel
After many hours of back cracking work, the peel and stick floor tiles have been removed. The concrete has been sanded and resurfaced and the floor is now sporting it trendy new Humboldt Earth brown skin. Our original thought was to resurface the floor and stain the concrete much like that of many event venues around town. It has a wonderful marble feel to it and it incredibly resistant to stain and wear and tear. Once we realized that the builder of the space we call our studio, used construction adhesive to apply those little stubborn floor tiles, and that the removal of them left the bare concrete in such disrepair, the cost and effort far outweighed the potential enhancement. I am a compromising gal, and having some interior design expertise, decided to go with a concrete paint with some grit added for anti slip. Michael was skeptical of the color choice at first, wondering if the dark brown earth tone would be too much and darken the space. Once the floor was painted and the grit was broadcast we dusted off our hands and walked away. I was secretly very pleased with the outcome and wanted to give it some time to cure before I explored Michaels attitude on it.

Sunday morning came and after a nice breakfast with the kids, we journeyed back out to the Studio, with coffe cups in hand and revealed the fruit of our labors. Not bad!

"Humboldt Earth" Concrete paint

"Humboldt Earth" Concrete paint

After the floor was completed and dried the necessary time, it was time to reconstruct the room. After all, a floral studio is going to need all of the necessary structure to create those beautiful florals that you are all looking for! We reconnected our new stainless steel, three weel sink and hot water heater. Next we placed the stainless steel floral processing table and the cabinets and countertops. All that was left was to bring in all of the boxes that carefully contained all of the paint, tape, wire, tools, glass and accessories!

It looks pretty empty down there, but that is where they are going to cut a hole in the wall for the walk in cooler!

It looks pretty empty down there, but that is where they are going to cut a hole in the wall for the walk in cooler!

The curtained off area was just a ordinary closet when we started. No shelves and a huge pile of “stuff” just shoved in there in no particular order. Now it is an incredibly functional space for storing vases, and supplies out of the dusty design space.

Once a dark hole, now a functional storage area with style

Once a dark hole, now a functional storage area with style

Just a little glimpse of the shelves and their contents

Just a little glimpse of the shelves and their contents

We have been struggling with a solution for storing all of the ribbon rolls that I have collected over the years, and while Michael was doing some research, we found the perfect solution. We still need to complete the finishing touches on the ribbon holder, so I am not going to share pictures of it just yet. I am totally in love with this solution. I just hope that it doesn’t inspire me to want to purchase more ribbon! Once it is done, I will be sure to get it up!

All that is left is to purchase a few more work stationtions for the side wall and the center of the room. We need space for people to work on wedding and event designs, as well as room for clients when they come in for a planned “Blossoming Design Session” If you don’t know what that is, be sure to email me for more information. Blossom@blossomstx.com

The studio bath room is just about done, all that I have to complete is finding the perfect frames to hang some of our floral photographs on the walls in that space. We have replaced the mirror, updated the light fixtures, painted the ceiling and walls, new towel rod and accessories. I even created a flowering tree for the corner of the room to create a little drama!

I have to travel the city today to purchase the final items for the studio today, including the workstations, casters, picture frames and stools. Hopefully I can find everything I need without too much running around! I would really like to get a pedicure!

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A Good Foundation

The floor is our starting point and inspiration.  I was recently at the Spicewood Vineyards Event Center, and fell in love with the stained concrete floor!  When Michael originally suggested we consider this,  I wasn’t sure it would work, however after seeing it up close and personal… I am sold!  (He is such a visionary)

We have been abusing this peel and stick tile far long enough! Time to go!
We have been abusing this peel and stick tile far long enough! Time to go!

Usually the floor in the Studio is the last thing that you would consider important!  Well, considering that Designers stand on their feet all day long, the floor quickly becomes super important.  Not only does it need to remain easily cleanable, but it must have some “grit” to it to prevent slipping and falling when the floor is covered with stems and leaves and watery messes.

We have looked at many flooring options including clearing the old tiles away and painting the concrete, ceramic tile, marble and the like, but when the flooring specialist told  us about how they can intersperse some sandy grit in the finishing coat of the staining process to prevent skid, that seemed like the perfect option.

Here is what we plan to do with the floor.

1.  Chip and remove all of the old peel and stick tile and residue from the glue

2. Buff the floor and repair any cracks with concrete sealant

3. Stain the floor with an acid based staining process

4. Seal and broadcast the grit.

Some of the best laid plans never really go quite the way you planned them however.  After three weeks of chipping, scraping and prying the linoleum tiles from the construction adhesive that was used to apply them, we started considering what condition the slab was in, and just how much time investment would be necessary to make it acceptable for the staining process.  Here are a few photos of during the removal.

Mountain of floor chippings

Mountain of floor chippings

Parts of the floor were so stuck we needed to be on all fours!

Parts of the floor were so stuck we needed to be on all fours!

Phew!  It was a long arduous task, but I  can honestly tell you that once all of the tiles were removed the job seemed to snowball.  The contractors advised us that the best prep method for the slab after the removal of the tiles was a sort of “sanding”.  We rented the appropriate equipment, and armed with breathing masks and dust filters we began to sand.  TWO DAYS of sanding and a boat load of dust and the floor was finally ready for some finishing.

The time that we wasted on chipping the tiles and sanding the floor and the impeding deadline fast approaching led us to our second choice for the floor.  We decided that the three step process for concrete staining was going to have to be modifed.  After a short trip to the hardware store paint department I came back to the studio armed with some oil based concrete paint and grit!

Rollers, paint brushes and elbow grease and the floor will finally be finished!

Hands and knees to cut in around the room.

Hands and knees to cut in around the room.

Grab the rollers crew!

10-15 minutes after we began rolling the paint

10-15 minutes after we began rolling the paint

And… the finished floor!

Wow!  That looks so great!

Wow! That looks so great!

The chocolate brown paint was the perfect accent for the moss green walls.  Two coats on the floor and 24 hours to dry and we were ready to paing the loading door and trim.  All thats left is to start moving all of the bones back into the room.  Counter tops, sink, hot water heater ect…

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Announcing our Studio Remodel Project!!

Being a floral Designer has always seemed like a glamorous job. Most of the time the general perception is that being a designer is a beautiful and glorious job. The real truth is that although it is a very rewarding job indeed, it is often dirty. During the course of design, there is constantly water on most of the surfaces in the Studio. Combine that with leaves, cut stems, floral foam, tacky spray and spray paint, and what happens? You guessed it, things start to look dingy and Grey. Things just aren’t as pretty and enjoyable as they used to be.

Michael and I sat down a few weeks ago and decided what the important foundational upgrades would be, and might I say we made great progress! When we discussed decor, colors and accents, wouldn’t you know he suggested that we ask all of you for your input! What a fabulous idea! Having an interior design background is definitely a plus when undertaking such an event, but sometimes outside input is just the thing I need to find a new inspiration idea! Over the next four weeks, we are going to completely gut and redesign the Studio. Along the journey we will be posting our progress and photos and asking for your ideas and feedback.

The look and feel we want to create is a soothing and elegant space that will enhance the natual light necessary for accurate color representation when designing flowers. The space not only needs to function efficiently, but the way the light hits the floral and accents will ultimately either hinder or enhance our ability to color match to your bridal attire. Here are a few of our preliminary color design ideas for the space.

We are thinking of a warm earthy chestnut brown acid stain for the concrete. With that to visually ground the space, we want to have some fun with the wall colors. I am totally in love with green, but not certain whether I should encompas the entire room with it, or just use it as an accent. Here are a few inspiration photos to get the feedback going!

Moss green paint is fabulous and fun
Moss green paint is fabulous and fun

I absolutely love the green walls, and it matches our logo too!

Walnut Acid Satined Concrete
Walnut Acid Satined Concrete

The only difference in our floor will be that we don’t have as much shine as this one does due to the addition of the grit.

So… what do you think? Have any ideas about colors that might work? I would love to hear them!

Stay tuned to our “Whats Happening in the Studion Page” for more updates and photos of our progress. I am certain I will be out there helping the crew get things rolling this weekend.

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