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.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Beauty in the shadow of Mt. Rainier

While floral design is my passion, there is no design without the flower.  That said, my blog is committed to beautiful flowers as well as beautiful design.  I can’t help but share photos from our amazing adventure.    I heard through the grapevine that Mt. Rainier was THE PLACE for wildflowers, so I put it on my bucket list.  As luck would have it, due to our long winter and nonexistent summer, the wildflowers were late!

This was the most awe inspiring hike I’ve ever that the opportunity to experience.  The sea of vivid wildflowers, beautiful lakes,  lingering snow,  intoxicating fragrance, the most amazing warm blue sky day, and let’s not forget the big guy in the distance—Mt. Rainier, simply put, took my breath away.

I am lucky to live in such an amazing area, I thought I saw amazing things and I certainly did, but this was on a whole new level.  Meadows, there were meadows covering entire hillsides that smiled with  lupines, columbine, lilies, asters and so many wonderful things I have yet to identify.

 I’m a Southern girl; there are no mountains or rolling hills where I’m from.  I’ve never seen a meadow.  I grew up with bayous and swamps and majestic oak trees---a different kind of beauty altogether.  As I experience the Pacific Northwest, I am happy to say that each of the wonderful places makes me appreciate the other even more.

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Under the sea or through the woods?

When I gaze at this photo, it takes me down in the Puget Sound about 100 feet.  It’s reminiscent of an amazing invertebrate dancing in the water, dazzling me with its bioluminescence.  But the truth is that there was no SCUBA involved in capturing the essence of this beauty.

This mysterious life is indeed a flower emerging through the forest floor.  After scavenging books and google to discover its name, I learned this enigmatic flower is commonly known as Indian Pipe.  This fascinating botanical lacks chlorophyll, thus explaining its stark appearance.  This deep in the forest with such limited light, it’s amazing that any kind of flower can survive.  I'm so thrilled to have discovered it.