Winter I

So remember when I said that after my experience at Alt Summit you were going to start noticing some changes around here? I wasn't kidding! Today, I'm thrilled to announce that one of my dearest design + blogger friends, Tami Ramsay of Tami Ramsay Design, will be guest editing a few new columns here at CLOTH & KIND. The first of which is called Anatomy of Flora.

You may already know Tami for her completely unique design aesthetic (and by the way, I truly think she is one of the greatest and most original interior design talents out there) but did you also know that she has major floral skills as well? Check this out! Just like her interiors, Tami's floral creations defy the norm, are original, raw, simple and, well, just plain pretty as all get out.

In Anatomy of Flora, Tami will share her approach to developing gorgeous floral creations first by breaking them down piece by piece for us, then by showing us the finished arrangement... or in the case of today's post, two beautiful options. Please join me in welcoming Tami! We both hope you enjoy this new series as much as we already do. KRISTA

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As much as I embrace Spring and the floral bounty that awakens after a long season’s nap, I cannot get enough of Winter’s bone. Finding blooms that insist on rising in spite of the cold hard ground and frigid air is a thrill I anxiously await. I have never met a berry that did not turn my head, and give me a nodding bloom in February and I am totally hooked.

The flowers and berries featured in today’s post are common in my garden here in Athens, GA and thrive in such conditions. In the first arrangement, a simple gathering of hellebores and narcissus huddle in a mercury glass vase and nestle perfectly on a table sprinkled with coarse confetti.

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In the second arrangement, a single white hellebore mingles with a cluster of nubby spined spirea, dotted with tiny white blooms, finished with a spire of mahonia berries.

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For me, the beauty lies in a gathered approach to arranging flowers; no real plan, just an inspired handful after a wander through the yard or the woods. The vase is usually what I have on hand, but what is on hand is usually a special little something picked up in my travels. I am especially fond of this old Ammonium Hydroxide glass bottle, one of six picked up at a local estate sale. Once used to contain the NH4 + OH solution in a University of Georgia chemistry lab in days long gone, it now serves as a vessel for flowers and always piques the interest of the passerby.

So, what’s blooming in your garden or along the path you commonly walk? Open your eyes, Winter beauty abounds. TAMI

 

PHOTO + PROP CREDITS | All floral arrangements, styling and photographic images courtesy of Tami Ramsay | Indigo dipped hand towel via Rinne Allen & Lucy Allen Gillis' Our Field Trip