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.

Monday, January 23, 2012

Bonjour Louisiana and Welcome to Joie de Vivre

Being from South Louisiana and having lived in the alluring city of New Orleans for many years, we recently decided that is was time to say goodbye to Seattle and venture home. So Covington is now the place we’re planting our flowers and I’m so happy to be here just a hop skip and jump from my beloved city.
A different approach to the floral business
I am serious about floral design and I am serious about taking care of you, the client. I choose the studio mode, because after working in a traditional shop for years, I knew that I was a floral entrepreneur at heart, but the retail format wasn’t for me. I wanted to focus on events and let’s face it, you don’t need a storefront to produce beautiful works of floral art; you need: a license, a cooler, supplies, dedicated space and let’s not forget the big one--talent.
It’s a smart idea, and given the economy, it’s a practical idea that is much less risky. The opportunity for longevity is by far greater with the studio model.
Most importantly, the client wins.
1. You really get the freshest possible product--purchased specifically for you (no shop surplus here).
2. More time for you--events-only business means we're not swamped with everyday orders, distracting us from your event.  We can focus on the most creative and appropriate one of a kind designs for you (no wire services here).
3. Savings--because we lack the overhead associated with traditional flower shops, we are able to transfer the savings to you.
Flower shops may sometimes scoff at us designers that opt-out of the traditional storefront mode of business. It’s probably because these Basement Betties (as many professionals refer to them) simply have no real floral education and flower shop experience.
About me
Just a little about me: floral design is my passion. In addition to having a degree from Loyola in communications, I studied at the Floral Design Institute in Seattle (now in Portland) and have taken classes in Vancouver and Seattle with famous designer, Hitomi Gilliam (in addition to managing a traditional flower shop for many years). Now that I am Louisiana, I’ve passed the LA Florist exam and have that wonderful license required by the state to legally sell cut flowers.
If you still aren’t sold, take a look at my gallery. You will see variety and creativity. It is my hope after perusing my work, you will be inclined to schedule a consultation. Whether you choose flowers to embellish your wedding, a special party or celebrate the life of a loved one, Joie de Vivre is blossoming here in Covington, Louisiana and we look forward to exceeding your expectations with flowers.