Under a Tuscan Sun
When Flower Dec was asked to provide some fresh ideas to an Italian themed event, the client was about to find out just how fresh designer Samuel VanWert and owner Rosalie Stern could get. There is nothing fresher than lemons or sunflowers and both were used liberally and creatively throughout the event.
First, the entranceway of the home was lined with living lemon trees in large, rustic Italian urns. Inside, the warm hues of the Italian sun were reflected in a wall of orange vases filled with golden roses and a stunning central floral piece that incorporated roses and lemons.
In the living room, the sunflower filled fields of Tuscany came to life. Flower Dec had positioned sunflowers on the sideboard and on the dining table so they also appeared in a long mirror in the room. Guests’ visions were filled with sunflowers no matter where they looked. When the caterer, Good Gracious! Events, placed platters of food amid the sunflowers, the sensation was that of a picnic in a field of flowers.
The fresh ideas didn’t stop there. Flower Dec turned the kitchen island into an Italian herb garden with hedges of rosemary and standing topiaries. A chef prepared risotto amid this fragrant setting and guests helped themselves to a variety of topping served in Italian crockery. And yes, one of those toppings was fresh-picked rosemary!
And the home’s two fireplaces allowed Flower Dec to display some hot ideas. Inside, an elegant marble mantel was enhanced with rose topiaries, while an impressive outdoor stone fireplace was the perfect setting for lush garlands of lemon leaves and lemons. Italian urns that flanked the fireplace were filled with living lemon trees and a bed of lemons.
An outdoor tapas bar was also adorned with lemon leaf garlands and indoors, guests enjoyed dessert from a table set with vases filled with small citrus such as kumquats. Gold roses in orange glass vases also graced this table.
The entire effect was just what the client wanted – an atmosphere that placed everyone under the spell of the Tuscan sun (flower).