fabulous fall flowers..

designing floral arrangements is one of my most favorite things to do. it is almost always a special occasion that i am creating designs for which makes it all the more fun. i usually start the process by getting inspired by something i find online, or have seen in the past. if they are for a client, the colors and style are dependant upon the occasion and color scheme if there is one. i rack my brain for hours, create countless designs in my head, then head to the floral shop. upon arrival into the frigid cooler packed with boxes and buckets and the intoxicating smell of thousands of flowers--i panic. it is totally self induced, i know it's coming, and i can never stop it.

i am overwhelmed by all the choices. somehow, mirculously, the design comes to life as i grab and bunch my choices together. 25 of this, 10 of that, a bunch of this, three of that... 

if you have never tried your hand at floral design, i highly suggest you do. it is calming, creative, and it has been said that fresh flowers lift spirits...when's the last time you were upset you recieved flowers?!

a simple recipe is a couple small vases of the same bloom packed tight, a monochromatic garden style bouquet in a mason jar tied with raffia, or a bunch of tall greens placed in a clear glass jar or vase can be the perfect compliment to the kitchen or bath.

here are some great choices i am using for inspiration before i head off today to purchase my flowers:









happy holidays.... enjoy!


a late summer garden wedding...



a late summer garden wedding.

flowers: white hydrangea, purple freesia, button dahlia, green berzillia, kale, dusty miller, parrot tulip. 

vase wrapped in garden elephant hotsa leaf



kitchen envy: carrera marble and a mini makeover..

in light of a kitchen reno on my mind, here is what i am basing my dream kitchen on...


i need this in my life. i would do away with those orange & yellow decos and sub white bowls...

love: the window, island, rug & top cabinets


i could almost cry. insert self at sink.

love: inset cabinets, range, subway tile, island


love: the hardwood. makes it warm and feels more like another living space rather than the lame old lino typically used in the outdated kitchens (such as my own)...


love: everything (this kitchen most resembles my kitchen layout sans island and some major square footage)


nothing like my dream kitchen but it's mine and i love it-- and yes friends, it is black. 



here's my humble abode...taken with my iphone, i didn't use a flash, and i know they are terrible. it's actually very bright and cheery in real life contrary to what these photos show....

here's the update while i wait for the real update.

cabinets: dark pine primed, painted and glazed, hardware replaced. removed top cabinet doors to display glass & white dishes, yellow formica countertop primed, painted in ralph lauren river rock (to look like concrete), polyurethaned, pendant over sink replaced. yellow formica backsplash primed and painted with chalkboard paint. useable. appliances upgraded, baguette for bruschetta for friends birthday dinner later. flowers from friends garden.

cost: a couple gallons of paint and lots of my time (plus new appliances)

before: beware, it is messy, and ugly



so my carrera marble and white kitchen will have to wait. in the mean time, here is a great reminder of what a little paint can do.



hello? giveaway as an apology...

i have been an absolute terrible blogger... as an apology to any readers i may have left! i am giving away a beautiful, bright and happy shower curtain. please leave a comment on why flowers make you happy, and i will select a winner at random Wednesday August 3 at 12 pm EST. check back because i will notify you by commenting on your comment so i may get your shipping info. GOOD LUCK! and thank you for visiting!!


valued @ 59.95 item is in new, never been used condition

i also will be doing more blogging, an updated portfolio and giveaways on a regular basis...and there are lots of goodies in my designer closet waiting for a new home! xo


time to plant your gardens...


winston flowers

spring is here! the snow has melted, and the crocuses and daffodils have pushed their way through the winter's ground. it's been a little quiet here on the stella blog--what better way to say hello than with some inspiration for your garden?! the forecast is calling for planting weather this weekend. get your inspiration fix today so you can spend tomorrow creating your very own secret garden....happy weekend, enjoy xo

some unique gardens and lovely work spaces: 


apartment therapy






hawthorne threads: super cool fabric...











i just discovered hawthorne threads when i was looking for a springy background for my blog. they have some awesomely cool fabrics which are fantastically priced. i tried to share the pictures they show of what other people made out of the specific fabrics, but no such luck.... have a look and get inspired. my 85 year old grandmother asked me yesterday if i could help her start sewing again as she is in need of a new apron. i obliged. hopefully i will have something to share sooner than later....oh and these fabrics are ridiculously fairly priced and they offer $5 shipping on all domestic orders...you can also find ty pennington's new fabric line here, case 'yer lookin...