Sally & Martin / Middleburg, VA

Dear Flower Friends,

I met Sally last year, in the middle of a tornado warning.  She was doing some modeling for a photoshoot and I was immediately struck by her natural beauty and kindness.  Fast forward to earlier this year to when Sally reached out to me to do flowers for her wedding to Martin (Hugh Jackman's younger twin brother!).  The wedding was held at her family's farm by the most idyllic pond nestled in the rolling hills of Virginia Hunt Country.  On the edge of the pond was the most perfect ruin of a stone house.  Of course I immediately tried to convince Sally that her guests didn't need to eat and drink - all of her resources should be spent on flowering the stone house and sail cloth tent.  She laughed and talked me down from my floral fantasy.  Their wedding day went off without a hitch and the flowers were a celebration of local blooms in wooden boxes on bare farm tables.

Soon after the wedding, Sally and Martin decided to do a relaxed wedding session with my good friend and collaborator Krysta Norman.  This time, it was just the four of us on a friend's farm just outside of Middleburg, VA.  When I say four, I mean four of us with two legs and one with four legs - the most beautiful palomino joined in.  By sunset, I was ready to take that beautiful horse home with me and pick up where my riding lessons ended when I was eight years old.

The light was perfect and as we were getting started, I was thrilled to see Krysta put her digital camera away and shoot entirely in film.  The results are soft, romantic and leave you wanting more from this delightful couple.

All photos Norman Photo and Paper / Photographed on Fuji400 film / Scans via The FIND Lab


Jane & Tynan / The Barns at Wolf Trap / Vienna, VA

Dear Flower Friends,

Where to start with Jane?  I met her and her mother in a high school classroom at an extension class taught by planner Jean Welsh.  Let's just say that despite the less than fabulous surroundings, the way Jane described the vision for her wedding, she had me at vintage inspired dress and lots of color.  While there is nothing more delicate and romantic than soft tones of blush, some couples live in technicolor. 

Jane and I talked watercolor tones exploring purple, red, pink and green.  I must admit I was giddy buying flowers but then slightly scared when I was putting everything together in the studio.  Would it be too much?  I looked through my notes and found the words "loves color" underlined twice in the margin.  No more fear!

Jane and Tynan are one of the few couples I've designed for who married in a church and then went on to their reception.  When I arrived in the church garden to deliver her bouquet, her 'maids were lined up serenading her with the Wilson Phillips' song Hold On.  This was going to be an epic celebration.

Jane's vintage inspired dress and birdcage veil were perfection.  I couldn't imagine her wearing anything else. 

All photo AE Landes Photography

Alex and Zach / Harvest House at Lost Creek / Leesburg, VA

Dear Flower Friends,

Alex and Zach had me at hello.  These two were looking for an intimate celebration channeling her Italian heritage and his cool California vibe.  Alex and I spent a long time discussing the color palette of deep red, pink and blush for their late May wedding.  Using flowers like roses, hydrangea and peonies, we decided on lush centerpieces in aged terra cotta urns.  These classic urns were perfect for the petal rich flowers accented with soft stems of Japanese maple foliage.  While the weather gods decided an outdoor wedding among the vines was not in the plan, Alex and Zach basked in the glow of candlelight and celebrated late into the night.

Photos Elizabeth Fogarty Photography  | Venue Harvest House at Lost Creek Winery  |

Florals Beaumont House Design


Gardening at Beaumont House Series: Installation One - Sowing the seeds

Dear Flower Friends,

A few years ago I read a memoir about a couple that lived on one of the barrier islands off the coast of Virginia.  The wife was a few inches shorter than her husband. One day they were walking and the husband mentioned being able to see a certain landmark.  The wife responded she had never seen that landmark when they were walking.  It then occurred to her that their difference in height gave them different perspectives on the island.

I recently had a similar epiphany.  We just finished our construction project and Beaumont House now has a second story.  My perspective to the southeast is 20 feet higher.  The field next door, owned by a neighboring farm, is now in my line of sight everyday.  Over the past few months, as I was planning my cutting garden, I realized I needed/wanted more space.  The field wasn't being used for much and the area just on the other side of our fence would be perfect for an expanded cutting garden.

A few conversations later with farm manager, the expanded cutting garden is going to be a reality!  Two weeks ago, my husband, the studio dogs and I staked out a 60' x 30' area.  With a clean spade, I dug soil samples and sent them off to the Virginia Tech soil testing lab.  Within a week, the results came back and I have my recommendations for soil amendments.  My plan is to beta test the plot this year (my husband is an IT consultant - we throw the term 'beta testing' around a lot).  The garden will be all annuals, grown directly from seed. 

I'm adding dahlias to the cutting garden this year as well as some David Austin garden roses.  I'm thrilled to have dahlia tubers from Floret and my friend Ali of Hidden Hive Flowers in Illinois.  Planting time is coming up, as the threat of frost is usually around Mother's Day (I'm in USDA hardiness zone 6b/7a - the line literally goes through our property - talk about micro climate).  Curious about your hardiness zone, you can find it here.

Expanding the garden is new territory for me.  All of sudden I'm spending a lot of time thinking about irrigation, managing pests (insects, groundhogs, ticks) and weed suppression.  I'm a bit nervous, hoping I haven't overextended myself but the motto at Beaumont House tends to be "How hard can it be?".  I promise regular updates on the progress of the garden.  This is just the beginning of something good, I can feel it. 



These tete-a-tete daffodils are from the Beaumont House garden in a thrift store silver pitcher.  The work table is circa 1880 from a pewter manufacturing studio in central Pennsylvania.  Photographed on Fuji 400 film at Hip 'N Humble Interiors.

Photography by: Norman Photo + Paper

How to Make the Perfect Flower Crown

Spring is finally here!

The first flowers to bloom were the crocus, followed by a rush of tiny tete-a-tete yellow daffodils.  The cucumber magnolia is just beginning to open with its magical yellow blooms just outside the kitchen window.  What better way to celebrate than with a flower crown?!

Flower crowns are one of my favorite things to make, especially for young flowers girls.  At the end of the evening, I usually see flower girls fast asleep in an auntie's lap and their moms are tearing up the dancefloor wearing the flower crown! This proves that flower crowns are for any age. 

If we are having friends over for dinner, I love to make crowns for each of my girlfriends.  What a treat to find a sweet flower crown at your place setting when you sit down for dinner.

I love making crowns with whatever is in the garden, no matter that season.  Of course in spring/summer/fall, there are lots of showy blooms but winter crowns can be a study of evergreens, twigs and dried flowers.  You are only limited by your imagination!

Below are some simple steps for you follow to create your own lovely flower crown. Enjoy!

All photos by Love Knot Photo


  • Flocked Floral Wire (you can find this at your local craft store) or pipe cleaners
  • Floral Tape
  • Floral Wire Cutters (this is the best to cut wire - save your good scissors!)
  • Greens
  • Feature flowers


1. Create The Base:

Take a piece of floral wire and form it into a circular shape. If you are using pipe cleaners, you may have to link two together.  Rest it atop your head to see how long you need the wire to be to form a loose crown around your head. Leave a bit at each end - these will form the loops and allow you to adjust the crown. 

2. Choose Florals + Greenery:

Lay out your greens and feature flowers.  Here is where you can be as creative as you want.  I like to cut the greens in 2 inch pieces.  This makes taping them on the crown much easier.  For the feature blooms, leave about 1 - 11/2 inches of stem.  Sturdier stems are much more forging than delicate stems and don't require wiring.  Experiment with different layouts of greens and blooms.  I love full crowns with lots of feature flowers that circle the head.  Others prefer a delicate grouping of greens with a few blooms on the side - again, it's totally up to you!

3. Assemble The Crown:

I like to create "packets" of greens and flowers.  These little bunches make for a full crown and are easier to work with.  You will be layering these bunches on top of each other as you assemble your crown.  Group your first bunch about an inch from the end of the crown.  Attach the stems with floral tape, wrapping firmly on the wire a few times.  Remember to pull on the floral tape so it will stick to itself.  Attach the next "packet" to the wire, with the full end greens/flowers covering the stems of the first "packet".  Continue attaching the "packets" until you are about an inch from the other end of the wire. 

As you begin to add on, take a break every once in a while and place on your head and look in the mirror.  You want to make sure you don't have pieces sticking out at odd angles or large gaps.  The trick is to have the flowers lay smoothly against your head. 

4. Pulling It All Together: 

Once you have attached all the greens & flowers, lay the crown flat and double check that everything is securely fastened to the wire.  Flower crowns lead to spontaneous dancing so those flowers should be ready for some serious moves.  Turn the extra wire at each end back to form a loop.  This is the closure of the crown.  You can tie ribbon on here if you like.  I love using multi color ribbon in different widths. Link the loops together and voila - your crown is finished.

Practice makes perfect - I won't tell you how long it took me to make my first flower crown.  Let's just say my speed has improved greatly over the years!

Do you have any flower crown making tips? What do you want us to make next?

Spring 2017 Floral Favorites

Spring is exactly four days away, so now is the time we start to source beautiful spring blooms for our brides. Here are some of our favorite florals that are now in season...

Ranunculus: They are bold, beautiful, interesting and no two seem quite alike. These beautiful florals are great for making a statement in a centerpiece or bouquet.  My Instagram feed is filled with sumptuous photos of locally grown ranunculus right now.  As I type this blog post, I have a lovely bouquet filled with delphinium, spray roses, scabiosa pods, cherry blossoms, Queen Anne's lace and ranunculus on my grandmother's writing desk.

Poppy: These flowers are known for the vibrant color and delicate petals. These are a perfect addition to any centerpiece or bouquet but tend to need much more water and care than the average flower. They will not last long out of water but they are definitely a show stopper! When I was just starting Beaumont House Design, I traded a huge bouquet of locally grown poppies for headshots!


Tulip: The classic spring flower. Tulips comes in many varieties and colors which make they perfect for any occasion or style. Right now I have my eye on the little patch of orange flame tulips that are the first to come up every spring in the Beaumont House garden.  While I over the top Dutch tulips make my melt, there are terrific local growers that I love to support. 


Garden Rose: Roses are probably the most popular flower in the history of the English speaking peoples. It is the ancient heraldic symbol of England as well as being their national flower, and it is also our national flower. Evidence suggest that roses have been used by mankind for thousands of years. They have been valued for their fruits as well as for their restorative powers and also for their beautiful wood. Roses are a highly valuable ingredient in essential oils and perfumes. Roses come in many variations (as seen below) and Juliet is one of my favorites.  My plan this year is to add more roses to the Beaumont House garden.  I have my eye on some David Austin beauties and want to plant a climber to arch over the studio door.  This will require me to beef up my defenses against the dreaded Japanese beetles.  I'll keep you posted!

Juliet Rose

Juliet Rose


Anemone: When it comes to looking delicate and graceful, anemones are experts. These charming blooms inspired poets, artists, and songwriters for centuries with their colorful cup shaped petals and contrasting dark or yellow center. As a staple of cottage gardens and path side plantings, this common flower is tied to a surprising amount of symbolism for different cultures.  The anemone is especially dear to my heart as my bridal bouquet was all anemones.


Lavender: Brides looking for a natural, sweet smelling floral arrangement, fresh out of the fields, need to look no further than lavender. It has been treasured by humans for several thousand years for its medicinal and aromatic properties.  This is a classic herb and a new addition to the Beaumont House garden last summer.  It has wintered over nicely so I will be adding a few more plants this spring.

Peony: A fan favorite. These big blooms are bright, colorful and sure to fill your bouquet with gorgeousness! These blooms are desired by many but come at a luxurious price.  These lush blooms pair beautifully with garden roses.  If I could, I would devote a large portion of my garden to peonies.  I have added a few new varieties to the garden this year and shamelessly keep them just for me.  When peony season is in full swing, I cluster blooms in a silver julep cup by my bed - a necessary luxury!  

Sweet Pea: These sweet smelling flowers make excellent accents to bouquets and centerpieces.  I find that sweet peas tend to evoke strong memories with the mother and grandmother of the bride.  They often remember them as a childhood favorite and are quite sentimental when they see them.  One of my favorite memories from last year was walking through the greenhouse full of sweet peas at my local farmer with the studio dogs trailing behind me checking out the blooms.

These are just a few of spring's gorgeous blooms. I can't wait to share the local goodness over the next few weeks!  Now, we are off to start locally sourcing the best florals and more for our upcoming spring couples!

But before we go, what is your favorite spring flower? 

Valentine's Day inspiration

Cupid, draw back your bow
And let your arrow go
Straight to my lover’s heart for me
— Sam Cooke

Love is in the air today!  Happy Valentine's Day!  I hope you have fabulous plans that involve some sparkle, shine and of course, flowers. 

Whether it's a hand drawn card from your little one, sassy sentiments celebrating friendship from one of your gal pals or something for your eyes only from your sweet pea, celebrate in style.  In a perfect world, my Valentine's Day would be breakfast in bed, serious snuggling, a long walk with the dogs, a nap and then cooking dinner together.  The reality is breakfast in bed means sharing my waffles with two little white dogs, a walk and then right to making dinner (can you tell who is in charge at Beaumont House?). 

A few days ago, I put together a little inspiration photo shoot with two of my super talented girlfriends - Krysta Norman, the genius behind the lens at Norman Photo + Paper and Cathleen Titcomb, the genius running her 19th century presses at Curious Fox Press.  All three of us thought breakfast in bed with beautiful flowers and a love note would be the perfect way to start February 14th.  If you need some help inspiring the love of your life, hopefully these images will do the trick!

Sending you love and flowers,




Film Photography: Norman Photo + Paper

Letterpress by: Curious Fox Express

Silks:  Silk and Willow

The Best of 2016 Recap

2016 was a big year for Beaumont House Design. We created florals for the most beautiful in-love couples, hosted four floral workshops, expanded our team, spread our creative wings in some gorgeous styled shoots and have enjoyed every step of the way. I am so grateful to all those who have supported Beaumont House since our beginning in 2014. You continue to make this journey a true delight.

Below you will find our recap of 2016's best moments. Thank you to everyone who made these moments possible. You are a gift!



Photography by:  Amanda K Photography

Photography by: Amanda K Photography

Photos by:  Victoria Selman
Photos by:  Love Knot Photo

Photos by: Love Knot Photo

Photo by:  Green and Grey

Photo by: Green and Grey

Inspired by the winter landscape

When I left my corporate life behind a few years ago, I remember telling someone that I needed to touch the earth again.  I spent my childhood in the country and something in me was longing for wide open spaces again.  While the summer and fall landscape in the Shenandoah Valley are spectacular, I look forward to the stillness of winter.  The fields are golden and dried remnants of wildflowers and grasses have taken the place of green vines and wild roses.  Morning frost highlights the intricate patterns on fallen leaves and the beautiful forms of trees are revealed against a pale blue sky.

I wanted to capture this icy stillness in a foraged bouquet.  After a season of creating lush bouquets filled with petal rich flowers, I was ready for something lean, spare and quiet.  These looks have me wishing for a winter wedding.


Creative Team

Photography // Green and Grey

Dress // Elaya Vaughn

Florals // Beaumont House Design

Hair & Makeup Artist // Liz Miller

Invitation Suite // Curious Fox Press

Models // Sierra Ward & Stephen Nickens

Tuxedo // The Black Tux

Venue // Hip and Humble


Style Resolutions for 2017

The first few weeks of a new year are always brimming with promises to eat right, exercise more and be better organized.  I'm off to a good start. I stocked the cookie jar with fig newtons and jogged to the mailbox.  Our house currently looks like an episode of Hoarders.  I blame this on the extensive construction going on and not my less than stellar housekeeping skills.  Nothing interests me less than sorting through boxes. 

On the eve of 2017, rather than beat myself up about diet and exercise, I made some style resolutions.  These were infinitely more fun to come up with, will nourish my soul throughout the year and be WAY easier to keep. Below you'll find my six style resolutions for 2017.

Resolution One

Always have flowers in the house. This may seem like a no brainer for a floral designer but it's not always the case.  Right now I'm eyeing the soft purple heather that's blooming just outside the studio window, thinking it would look beautiful in a simple white pitcher by my bed tonight.

Resolution Two

No more Sunday best.  I pulled out the wedding china and family silver and resolve to use it ALL THE TIME.  While it requires more hand washing and polishing, it means more time chatting with my husband after dinner.  There is something special about those after dinner moments that I love.  Sometimes it's as mundane as reminding ourselves to buy more dish soap but other times it leads to an impromptu dance party in the kitchen with the dogs barking madly as we twirl around the island.

Resolution Three

Dress up for the day. While working from a home studio may sound like a dream to many, it can turn a beautiful swan into a sloth in a matter of months.  I've been caught a few times running errands in town wishing I had coordinated my ensemble a bit better.  I treated myself to a grey felt hat this winter which hides some serious bedhead and paired with a scarf, dark jeans and killer shades, makes me feel like a million bucks.

Resolution Four

Wear lipstick. In a previous life I trolled the cosmetic counters at Nordstrom like the shark pursued the Orca in Jaws.  That, combined with a late night weakness for QVC, has resulted in a lot of lipstick and lip gloss needing attention.  Right now I am crushing on Mac's Deelight.

Resolution Five

Read for pleasure. There is nothing more stylish than a beautiful mind.  At some point over the past few years, I fell out of the habit of reading for pleasure and I miss it.  Right now I have an eclectic stack of books onthe bedside table including H is for Hawk, The Juniper Tree and Other Grimm's Fairy Tales illustrated by Maurice Sendak (talk about wanting to keep the lights on when you read these stories), Gertrude Jekyll's The Gardener's Essential and a stack of New Yorker magazines from the past few weeks.  It's exciting to travel between the story of keeping a goshawk, reading darker fairy tales and keeping up on the latest museum openings in NYC.

Resolution Six

Say no to the ordinary. We are nearing the end of the construction on our house and choosing finishes.  While it would be easy to do with ceiling white or a stock finish, I'm giving myself permission to explore all the options and not be afraid to try something outside of my comfort zone.  While I have spent way more time than I care to admit on looking at door hardware, it's been a fun journey to explore what's out there.

I'd love to know what your style resolutions are for 2017! Leave them in the comments below.



{Photos by: Norman Photo and Paper}


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Wreath Making Workshop

Dressing the front door of the house with the wreath signals the beginning of the holiday season.  The door wreath is like the piece of fabulous jewelry you put on your house when dressing it for the holidays.  This year, holiday season is construction season at Beaumont House.  While no Christmas decorations are going up in the house, we finally have the technical expertise to place a huge bolt in the side of the house to hang the 5' wreath I bought a few years ago.  It looks great and is a beacon for planes landing at nearby Dulles airport.


To get my fix of fresh fir, I reached out to my good friend Alicia at Love Knot Photo to see if she wanted to host a wreath making workshop with me.  We had done a flower crown workshop in March and were eager to do another class together.  Elizabeth at Modern Mercantile in Berryville, VA hosted us and within 24 hours, we sold out the morning workshop and added an afternoon workshop.  In the days leading up to the workshop, I foraged a beautiful collection of dried grasses, sparkly bits and brought in a collection of fragrant greens like noble fir, western cedar, fraser fir, juniper and Douglas fir.  Workshop Saturday was perfect - bright, sunny with a little nip in the air.  The space was filled to the brim with greens as well as Duck Donuts and Cordial Coffee.  Cathleen from Curious Fox Press did a special run of letterpress Christmas cards for us as well.  I'm continually amazed at how creative and different each wreath was considering everyone was working with the same materials.


For me, the best part of teaching these workshops is watching the creative process.  I like to give a lesson on technique and then set everyone loose to create their color palette.  It was fun to walk around and watch how each wreath came together.  As the wreaths were finished, Alicia ushered everyone into our photo booth and captured her creation.   

Photography: Love Knot Photo

Space: Modern Mercantile

Holiday Treats: Ducks Donuts // Cordial Coffee

Letterpress Christmas CardsCurious Fox Press






the Beaumont House Holiday celebration

If it were up to me, I'd have you over this Sunday morning for a beautiful Christmas brunch.  On the menu would be some of our family favorites - oysters on the half shell, Virginia ham, pannettone from our favorite bakery and a decadent sansrival cake. Since I know you are probably busy with your own holiday feast, I thought I could bring the party to you. 

Gathering around the table with family and friends this time of year brings me great joy.  Our celebration includes lots of dogs, a roaring fire in the dining room and red wine.  As Beaumont House is a construction site this year, we moved the celebration to a friend's beautiful 100 year-old barn in the middle of a Christmas tree farm. 

This year's party was a thank you to the amazing tribe of people who have helped Beaumont House Design grow into a beautiful floral studio. Around the table were family, old friends and new friends.  Thanks to Hidden Julles Café for bringing The Rambler filled to the brim with the tastes of the season and Krysta Norman of Norman Photo + Paper for capturing the evening with her keen eye and sense of style. 

A special thank you to Logan Martin from Talewind Visuals who told a story of love, light and magic on film. This glimpse into our Christmas celebration is my love letter to you.  From our house to your house, we wish you peace, love and joy. 



Elopement Under the Horse Chestnut Tree

Beaumont House sits in between two enormous farms.  To the north is a farm with a long history of raising champion thoroughbreds and was once the home of Nellie Custis.  To the south is a farm that has been in production since the 1750's.  It's this farm that has captured my imagination.  From my kitchen window I can see the old farm house which is shaded by an enormous horse chestnut tree.  Earlier this year I was able to create a beautiful table under that tree.  I imagine this tree has lots of stories to tell from shading family picnics on hot summer afternoons, couples stealing kisses behind its enormous trunk and children using it as base during games of tag.

Together, our gang of creatives set up a simple table set for six, imagining a lovely couple exchanging vows under the big branches with the magnificent Blue Ridge mountains in the background. 

We sourced locally grown flowers and used heirloom china, crystal and silver from our own mothers and grandmothers set on a locally made farm table.  I love using heirloom pieces for many reasons.  People can actually enjoy them instead of just looking at them behind glass in the china cabinet.  Each of these pieces has a story.  As we were setting the table, we shared stories about family dinners, holiday traditions and favorite recipes.  The silver on the table was my mother's.  We have used it at every family gathering for as long I can remember and now my sister continues the tradition at her house with it.

The flowers were the highlight of spring. The locally sourced poppies and sweet pea vines make me melt.  The vase is an aged terra cotta urn, one of my favorites to design in.  It has a beautiful shape with green moss growing on the terra cotta.

The fun part about this table is that after we photographed it, we sat down and enjoyed it with the finest take out pizza and bottles of red wine.  We talked around the table until it was dark, laughing and telling stories.  I know the tree was listening.

Photography: Norman Photo +  Paper

Vintage metal garden chairs:  Hip and Humble Interiors

Anniversary Dinner

Ten years of marriage is something to celebrate. One year ago, with family and friends gathered for an intimate dinner for 25, we toasted to a decade of  "Paradise Found". We wanted a small celebration that would give us a chance to spend time with those closest to us.  Almost everyone at the table had been a guest at our wedding. 

It was a treat to be my own client and bring our vision to life.  We knew we wanted to celebrate the colors fall and made a commitment to locally source as much as we could.  To that end, almost all of the flowers were grown within a 20 mile radius of Beaumont House and we spent time in the fields foraging for greens.  The majority of the menu came from local farms as well.

It's been said that marriage is about compromise and learning to embrace what your partner loves.  In our case, I have learned to love professional ice hockey (Go Caps!) and my husband has supported my addiction to entertaining.  As we were planning this little soiree, he was the one who pushed for the crazy fabulous tents in the backyard and made the final wine choices.  I'm thrilled to share this little glimpse into our life at Beaumont House. 

Thanks to Lace and Loyalty for featuring our celebration on their blog in September.  I won't deny that it is great to have some wonderful creative friends who helped make our celebration one for the books!  Check out the list of creatives at the bottom of the post. 



Invitation suite - Momental Design | Photography - Love Knot Photography | Linens - La Tavola Fine Linens | Tent & Event Rental - Grand Rental Station | Catering - WK Hearth | Cake - Market Salamander | Flatware - private collection