Celebrate the joys of your life with Joie de Vivre.

Joie de Vivre brings freelance floral design to your Northshore, New Orleans and Baton Rouge events. We meet, discuss your vision and collaborate to make your floral idea a reality.

No storefront means no overhead for me and better prices for you. It also means that flowers are purchased for you and only you, allowing you to benefit from the freshest possible product. Attention and creativity is poured into making your event a memorable one, not just some pretty flowers in a vase.

While Joie de Vivre is my business and design is my passion, it all starts with the flower. Hope you enjoy my many ramblings.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Challenging oneself

My goal as a floral designer constantly revolves around creating beautiful innovative pieces while avoiding mediocrity.  When the product is so beautiful to begin with, it is easy to fall into the rut of just putting flowers in a vase and calling it good.  While it’s good enough for some, it’s never good enough for me.

This is an attempt at pushing the envelope.  These leftover flowers having been sitting in bucket, withering away, just begging to be transformed into something more.  I recognized and accepted the challenge and a challenge it was. 

The result--  a work of art?  Probably not.  A big mess?   Possibly.   But the point of the exercise is to travel outside that plain old vase.    Based on that thought, mission accomplished!

Thursday, July 21, 2011


My pretty pink peonies finally popped and were soon after pounded by a deluge of rain.  Needless to say, the beautiful and delicate blossoms looked as though they had seen better days.
Yet after that same rainstorm this amazing tiger lily managed to survive with little visible stress.   This beauty captured my attention while walking the Iron Horse Trail. While most people enjoy the amazing mountain views and rock climbing the trail offers, my eyes are always glued to the foliage, searching for beautiful new things sprouting on the scene.  I’ve only seen lilies in my garden, in flower shops, and in books, but never growing in the wild.  I couldn’t believe I saw a wild lily!  The icing on the cake was that it was fragrant—what a surprise!

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Euro Lounge

We were so excited to discover that North Bend has added a crepe shop to its collection of coffee shops and eateries.  Simon and I can’t get enough of the Euro Lounge.  I kid you not, we’ve been there at least three times this week.  Just a few doors down from the infamous Tweedes, Euro Lounge  will be your new favorite destination.  Whether you are experiencing an undeniable sweet tooth or just a need to relax with a cup of coffee, check it out.  You will be sure to be greeted with warm hospitality and wonderful treats.  
You might even see my flowers while you are at it.  I had a wonderful time designing these pieces.  When you find cool containers like these, its amazing how easily the inspiration flows!

Saturday, July 16, 2011



While Joie de Vivre is my business and floral design is my passion, it all starts with the flower.  Everywhere you turn it is possible to find nature’s beauty-- whether it be carnivorous flora flown in from Timbuktu at our local flower market, in an exotic design at a luxurious hotel lobby or a wonderful floral discovery on a leisurely afternoon hike.

 Sometimes we move so fast we miss the beauty that is right under our nose.  I hope that as this flower girl rambles away, my passion for nature’s beauty will be contagious.  Soon enough, you too will feel the same passion I feel upon discovering something beautiful.  So please, take a moment and smell the gardenia, or peony or honeysuckle or whatever flower it is that you are admiring.  Chances are, for that fleeting moment, that intoxicating fragrance will transport you to another world and bring a smile to your face (or it might make you sneeze if you are allergic or gasp if it’s skunk cabbage—but in any case it will make you smile and you will remember that moment…)
Joie de vivre translates to joy of living and I hope to bring that same joie de vivre to you through the art and beauty of flowers.