In recent weeks, a steady stream of guests through OR’s northern and southern outposts has us in a hospitality frame of mind. Thank goodness for a Trader named Joe on whom we can rely for an array of specialty items, bath novelties, organic provisions, ridiculously tasty maple leaf cookies … and flowers.
Yes, even these two fairly green-thumbed gals turn to store bought blooms in a pinch, and then polish them up ourselves. As the saying goes, “It’s not about brand, it’s about style.” However, this time of year floral options tend to become quite specific (mum’s the word), which tends to suppress our creativity for a simple yet pretty centerpiece or bouquet. Therefore, we asked New York floral designer Amy Parr Cilmi to apply her flawless artistic eye to our DIY spirit as we continue to prep guest rooms with blooms, and think ahead to the holidays. The resident florist for Hayfields Market, Amy pivots between large events, tablescapes, and grab-and-go arrangements, and possesses an enviable agricultural chicness to which we can’t help but aspire.