Monday, February 6, 2012

We've taken a break from classes, as weddings have kept us busy.
For lots of pretty things to enjoy,

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Kelly from Fleur right HERE


Monday, November 29, 2010

Private Class ~ Simple Party Centerpieces

A few weeks back we had the pleasure of hosting a really fun private group class with four women from the Meeting & Events Department at DePaul University.  They were interested in learning how to create two simple centerpiece styles for their clients and we went over a few great techniques and tricks to make stylish arrangements like a pro.


Each student was given the same floral ingredients for the first arrangement, using  blue hydrangea, golden spray roses, green trick dianthus, variegated flax, and variegated lily grass.  They filled glass cubes with unique designs that showed a mix of modern and traditional elements.


We so enjoy watching everyone’s creativity blossom as everyone has their own style just like professional designers do!  One very clever student even began braiding her variegated lily grass before making loops for her arrangement out of it.


Another student used some of her lily grass cascading out and other grass in loops, creating a more whimsical style.


Some chose to group their like blooms together while others created a more mixed arrangement.  They all turned out amazing!


The second style we worked on was perfect for a cocktail table, or if used in multiples, would be great to decorate a long table with for a very organic yet urban table setting.  As the ladies learned, modern and minimal doesn’t mean simpler to do.  It just requires a different set of tools and new design direction.


This arrangement used a sleek but architectural glass vase, white river rocks, curly willow, succulents, craspedia, eggplant mini calla lilies, and little accents that each student decided to add as they saw fit.


We went over ways to bend and sculpt willow for esthetic as well as functional purposes, building style along with a framework for the other stems to be held up by.


Everyone had a great time getting out of the office for a little creative pow-wow and walked away with two awesome arrangements to show off to their friends over the weekend.

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Get your creative juices flowing!  Sign up for one of our upcoming classes or call us to book a private group class. 

Our custom designed private group classes are such a creative and unique way to entertain for showers, bachelorettes, and DIY brides.  No one will forget that special day!

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Class 2 ~ Holiday Centerpiece

December 18th, 10am-12noon

Bring holiday spirit into your home with a sweet winter arrangement in a rustic birch container.

Students of all levels will enjoy creating a beautiful display using vibrant berries, pine boughs, fresh eucalyptus, and festive accents while sipping on cider and listening to holiday grooves. We'll also share tips for adding elegant ambiance to your holiday table.

A pair of clippers will be provided for students to take home with their beautiful arrangments.

Class limit ~ 10

Class Fee ~ $125

Classes will be held at Hello Darling's studio @ 450 N. Paulina Street, Chicago, IL 60622

To register for the class please call Fleur 773.395.2770

Friday, June 18, 2010

Darling Fleur's Class Video!

Darling Fleur - Academy of Blooms from doug mcgoldrick on Vimeo.

We are SO excited about the stop motion video that Doug McGoldrick made of our first awesome Darling Fleur flower class, Peonies and Pinks. If you're wondering what our classes are all about you can see for yourself. We had a fabuloso time with everyone, loved the gorgeous bouquets everyone designed, and cannot wait for our next class which is in the works. Follow our blog so you can sign up for the next class ~ coming soon! If you are looking for a great option for your next event, small or large, but are not in love with traditional videography this is the way to go! It is so fun and fresh and Doug is such a pleasure to work with. You can check out another video he did for Hello Darling last year here as well. Enjoy!

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Our first class!

Our very first class, Peonies and Pinks was just the most lovely success. Our adorable students each created their own stunning and plush arrangement. I will update the details and a little history later, and soon we will have some incredible photos. But for now I offer a few images to speak to your inner florist.

Friday, May 21, 2010

inspiration from our studio...

More BEAUTIFUL Peonies and Pinks this sunny afternoon!
We're getting so excited to show our lovely students some tips and tricks to making these glorious Spring blooms come together on June 3rd. Don't forget to sign up! Space is limited.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Class 1 ~ Peonies & Pinks

June 3rd, 6-8pm

Learn a bit about the glory of peonies, the history of "pinks" and their friend, the pinking shears.

This fun Spring class will focus on loose, lush bouquets. Textural romantic blooms and vintage fabric accents will combine for endlessly individualized bouquets.

We welcome students with all levels of experience. A pair of clippers will be provided for each student to take home with their beautiful floral arrangement.

Class limit ~ 10

Class fee ~ $175

Classes will be held at Hello Darling's studio located at 450 N. Paulina Street, Chicago, IL 60622

To register for the class please contact us at or call Fleur at 773.395.2770

Cupcakes will be provided by Tipsycake.

Floral portraits will be provided by Doug McGoldrick.