Foraged Fall Blooms

After a long dry end to summer, fall has arrived.  Walking the dogs in the evening we can smell the smoke coming from our neighbors' chimneys and just last night we had our first fire of the season.  The light at sunset is magical and we find ourselves sitting on the patio soaking it in and enjoying the chill in the air. 

This morning I gathered some of the best blooms fall has to offer.  They are a mix of locally grown flowers as well as some from my cutting garden.

Hello cosmos!  I can't get enough of this delicate flower that loves to shimmer in arrangements.  I grew two varieties from seed this year and it just made me smile every time I walked by the cutting garden.

Lavender has been a challenge for me to grow but I decided to give it another try this year.  Two of the three bushes I planted have survived and I am hoping that they will make it through the winter.  It's been a beautiful addition to bridal bouquets and boutonnieres this wedding season.  

Mounds of this silver artemisia line the entrance of our driveway.  It's one of my husband's favorites and is soft like a cat's paw!  I love to use it in bridal bouquets.

I'd have an entire grove of dogwood trees if I could.  The delicate flowering branches in the spring are stunning.  However, the red/green leaves this time of year are beyond amazing.  I spent this past weekend watching the birds descend on the tree and eating all of the bright red berries.

These are stalks of wild goldenrod.  The muted yellow weeds are great filler in arrangements.  You've probably seen its cultivar cousin, solidago, in mixed bouquets.  The wild variety is a bit softer and perfect tone for fall.

I love rose hips.  These are one of my favorite flowers to forages.  The wild rose hips I find the nearby fields are from the wild roses and provide wonderful texture in bouquets.  They play well with other flowers and can go orange or pink/red.

This bright pink/fuchsia celosia is a winner.  This came from an enormous pot we keep by the front door.  It's furry and full of texture.  Celosia comes in many different varieties and colors.  I have some bunches drying in the studio to use for wreaths later this fall.

This is sorghum, a cereal grain used for animal feed.  I found this at the flower market was intrigued by its soft orange color and beautiful texture.  It was a natural in centerpieces and looked amazing paired with locally grown orange dahlias for a barn wedding last week.  This is another beauty I am drying the studio.

One in a Melon Styled Shoot

I was delighted to be featured on The Perfect Palette this past month! This gorgeous styled shoot exuded romance, mystery and elegance.  This shoot was all about color and details.  Using a melon inspired palette, the creative team made some magic.  The combination of pinks, reds and greens told a beautiful color story.  Locally sourced blackberries, nigella pods and amaranth provided wonderful texture that combined beautifully with secret garden roses and baptisia greens.  The trellis backdrop was a wall of carnations echoing the color palette.  Carnations some times have a less than stellar reputation.  I love using the antique varieties featured in these photos.  Stringing them is a labor of love but the end result is a curtain of flowers - how lovely is that? 

Community: 48 Fields Dinner

Earlier this summer, friends from the creative community of the Rising Tide Society - Tuesdays Together, gathered for an evening of fun.  Usually we are working weddings and events and never have a chance to sit and enjoy our work.  This time was different.  We created this lovely dinner, featuring the work of some of the most lovely creatives I know.  When creatives get together, watch out!

We created a beautiful dinner at 48 Fields just outside of Leesburg, VA, filling the space with 3 king's tables.  These farm tables were the perfect backdrop to showcase floral design by Lark Floral, La Fleur du Jour and Beaumont House Design.  We each brought our own style to the tables and the overall effect was magic!  

 I love designing long tables!  The inspiration for this table came from an English potting shed and featured a collection of potted plants, cut flowers, boxwood and vintage books on gardening from my library.

I love designing long tables!  The inspiration for this table came from an English potting shed and featured a collection of potted plants, cut flowers, boxwood and vintage books on gardening from my library.

 This was one of my favorite photos of the evening.  The late afternoon light was perfect and it shows off each of the table designs.

This was one of my favorite photos of the evening.  The late afternoon light was perfect and it shows off each of the table designs.

 Tulips in a silver vase is a look I never tire of.  This julep cup was a wedding gift to my parents.

Tulips in a silver vase is a look I never tire of.  This julep cup was a wedding gift to my parents.

 I spend a lot of time reading through gardening books.  This guide to roses is my mother's.  I have big goals to successfully grow roses but haven't had great luck.

I spend a lot of time reading through gardening books.  This guide to roses is my mother's.  I have big goals to successfully grow roses but haven't had great luck.

 These hellebores came straight from my garden and were perfect in this wooden box.

These hellebores came straight from my garden and were perfect in this wooden box.

 I love this little barrel container with a boxwood in it. All the flowers for this tables were locally sourced or foraged. 

I love this little barrel container with a boxwood in it. All the flowers for this tables were locally sourced or foraged. 

 These are onion sets from the local feed store and honeysuckle vine from our fence row.  I planted the onions and enjoyed them on our early summer salads.

These are onion sets from the local feed store and honeysuckle vine from our fence row.  I planted the onions and enjoyed them on our early summer salads.

 Very rarely do I have a chance to sit for a photo during event set up.  This is not a military jacket but rather my dad's gardening coat that I love to wear.  He was career military and my mom sewed his name tag on this jacket, in case anyone forgot who it belonged to!  I love wearing it and thinking of him tending to his garden.  I'm thrilled to happy to share this evening with you and share credit with the uber talented creative team that made for a magic evening.    Photography and Design: Bethanne Arthur Photography Instagram: @BethanneArthur    www.BethanneArthurphotography.com     Planning and Design: The One Moment Events instagram: @TheOneMomentEvents    www.TheOneMomentEvents.com     Cake Topper: Lauren Heim Studio  www.LaurenHeim.com  Instagram: @LaurenHeimstudio    Venue:  48 Fields  Instagram: @48Fields    www.48Fields.com     Table and Chair Rentals:  Jefferson Rentals   www.Jefferson-Rentals.com     Tableware Rentals:  Grand Rental Station  Instagram: @Grandrentalstationwincva  http://grandrentalwinchesterva.com     Vintage Furniture and Cake Plates:  Faccia Fresca Vintage  Instagram: @FacciaFrescaVintage     Catering:  Hidden Julles-Haymarket  Instagram: @HiddenJullesCafe     Florals Table 1:  Lark Floral  Instagram: Lark Floral  http://www.larkfloral.com     Florals Table 2:  Beaumont House Design  Instagram: @Beaumontflowers    http://www.beaumont-house.com     Florals Table 3:  La Fleur du Jour  Instagram: @lafleurdujour    http://www.lafleurdujour.com     Signage:  Shrimp Salad Circus  Instagram: @Shrimpsaladcircus    http://www.shrimpsaladcircus.com     Paper goods:  Caitlin Creative Works  Instagram: @CaitlinCreativeWorks    http://www.caitlincreativeworks.com     Wine:  Zephaniah Farm Vineyard  Instagram: @zephwine    http://www.zephwine.com     Cookie Favors:  Noshy  Instagram: @getnoshy    http://www.getnoshy.com     Amazing cake:  Sweets by e  Instagram: @Sweetsby_e    http://www.sweetsbye.com

Very rarely do I have a chance to sit for a photo during event set up.  This is not a military jacket but rather my dad's gardening coat that I love to wear.  He was career military and my mom sewed his name tag on this jacket, in case anyone forgot who it belonged to!  I love wearing it and thinking of him tending to his garden.

I'm thrilled to happy to share this evening with you and share credit with the uber talented creative team that made for a magic evening. 

Photography and Design: Bethanne Arthur Photography
Instagram: @BethanneArthur  
www.BethanneArthurphotography.com

Planning and Design: The One Moment Events
instagram: @TheOneMomentEvents  
www.TheOneMomentEvents.com

Cake Topper: Lauren Heim Studio
www.LaurenHeim.com
Instagram: @LaurenHeimstudio

Venue: 48 Fields
Instagram: @48Fields  
www.48Fields.com

Table and Chair Rentals: Jefferson Rentals
www.Jefferson-Rentals.com

Tableware Rentals: Grand Rental Station
Instagram: @Grandrentalstationwincva
http://grandrentalwinchesterva.com

Vintage Furniture and Cake Plates: Faccia Fresca Vintage
Instagram: @FacciaFrescaVintage

Catering: Hidden Julles-Haymarket
Instagram: @HiddenJullesCafe

Florals Table 1: Lark Floral
Instagram: Lark Floral
http://www.larkfloral.com

Florals Table 2: Beaumont House Design
Instagram: @Beaumontflowers  
http://www.beaumont-house.com

Florals Table 3: La Fleur du Jour
Instagram: @lafleurdujour  
http://www.lafleurdujour.com

Signage: Shrimp Salad Circus
Instagram: @Shrimpsaladcircus  
http://www.shrimpsaladcircus.com

Paper goods: Caitlin Creative Works
Instagram: @CaitlinCreativeWorks  
http://www.caitlincreativeworks.com

Wine: Zephaniah Farm Vineyard
Instagram: @zephwine  
http://www.zephwine.com

Cookie Favors: Noshy
Instagram: @getnoshy  
http://www.getnoshy.com

Amazing cake: Sweets by e
Instagram: @Sweetsby_e  
http://www.sweetsbye.com

Photography by: Bethanne Arthur Photography 

Featured: The Observer of Clarke County

Reading the newspaper has been a habit of mine for as long as I can remember.  Growing up, we received 3 newspapers each day - The Washington Post, The Winchester Star and the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times on Sunday.  Today I still walk with the studio dogs to the end of the driveway to pick up newspaper each morning.  I love the feel and smell of the paper in my hands and just can't get used to reading the news online.  I'm honored to be featured as the cover story on The Observer's September issue.

I spent a wonderful morning in late August with Claire Stuart, a fellow flower lover, talking about how Beaumont House Design began.  It was wonderful to sit in the studio and chat.  Of course there were flowers involved!  After our conversation, we sat and made beautiful flower crowns, talking about flowers, insects and gardening.  You can find the feature here

Capturing the Essence

I’ve been binge watching Downton Abbey lately.  While the tension between upstairs and downstairs is interesting, I really just watch for the flowers and architecture.

Some of my fondest memories are pouring through shelter magazines with my mother. Together we would go down the rabbit hole, thinking about what it would be like to live in an Irish Castle (the gardens would be spectacular) vs. a sleek penthouse in NYC (clean, modern and no clutter).  Those lazy Saturday mornings in her bed feasting on warm homemade doughnuts from the Soda Shoppe and black coffee for mom in a Styrofoam cup helped solidify my love of bloom and building.

When I first started thinking about creating Beaumont House Design, I knew I wanted to infuse a sense of time, place and history in everything I did.  The foundation of my vase and prop collection comes from inherited and found pieces.  Some of the pieces are real treasures, like the 18th century primitive pine cabinet, known as Miss Rose, won by my father in a poker game while others are thrift shop treasures picked up for a song.

In an effort to continually evolve and grow my brand, I gathered my tribe to create some beautiful images. My tribe is an amazing mix of talent.  Krysta Norman of Norman Photo and Paper and I met last year doing a wedding.  Her style and eye are incredible and I learn something from her every time we get together.

Cindy and Liz Miiller are the dynamic duo.  Cindy is planner and designer in her own right and her daughter is a hair and make up artist with a great sense of style as well.  My connection to Cindy and Liz goes way back – Cindy’s mother used to practice her dance moves perched on top of my father’s feet.

I knew I wanted to feature my flowers in a place that had a sense of history. Our 1960’s ranch wasn’t the answer.  Calling in a favor from a family friend, we spent the day on a farm that has been in production since the 1750’s.  Our yard adjoins the farm and I often see our red shouldered hawk couple hunting along our shared fence line.

The farm runs beef cattle and hairless sheep.  A few weeks before the shoot, we visited and spent time in the lamb nursery, conjuring up ways to get a few photos of newborn lambs with flower crowns.  That was not meant to be as Kelsie, the resident guard llama, was not too keen on letting us too close to her flock.

  One of the lambs in the nursery.

One of the lambs in the nursery.

We decided to concentrate on three parts of the farm: the slave quarters, front porch of the main house and under the spectacular horse chestnut (Aesculus hippocastanum) in the front yard.  The slave quarters had recently undergone extensive preservation and stabilization and while the outside of the building looked new, the interiors hadn’t been touched in years.  Between the weathered walls and beautiful light, we made some magic!  I have decided that the slave quarters would make the perfect floral studio.  One day I will recreate this building!

 Our home for most of the shoot, the recently preserved slave quarters.

Our home for most of the shoot, the recently preserved slave quarters.

 Bouquet with hosta, astilbe, garden roses, stock, tulip, campanula and pea shoots resting against a 19th century cane chair.  Photo by Norman Photo and Paper.

Bouquet with hosta, astilbe, garden roses, stock, tulip, campanula and pea shoots resting against a 19th century cane chair.  Photo by Norman Photo and Paper.

  This wedding dress was worn by both my mother and sister.  It was a thrill to take it out of the box before the shoot and remember my sister’s wedding day.  It was the first wedding I had ever been in.  Photo:  Norman Photo and Paper.

This wedding dress was worn by both my mother and sister.  It was a thrill to take it out of the box before the shoot and remember my sister’s wedding day.  It was the first wedding I had ever been in.  Photo:  Norman Photo and Paper.

  The gorgeous light poured through the windows all afternoon.  Photo:  Norman Photo and Paper.

The gorgeous light poured through the windows all afternoon.  Photo:  Norman Photo and Paper.

The front porch had a beautiful marble table, perfect for a tea party.  With borrowed china and linens and my own family silver, we created a charming tablescape using thrift shop pitchers and locally grown bachelors buttons and ladies mantle.

 The marble table on the front porch was in the inspiration for this table.  Cindy’s mother’s china with a forget-me-not pattern was perfect paired with the bachelor buttons and ladies mantle.  Photo:  Norman Photo and Paper

The marble table on the front porch was in the inspiration for this table.  Cindy’s mother’s china with a forget-me-not pattern was perfect paired with the bachelor buttons and ladies mantle.  Photo:  Norman Photo and Paper

For the main tablescape, I wanted to put together a table that was the essence of simple, elegant and just right for the setting.  I’ve spoken often on the blog about my love of trees and this horse chestnut is spectacular.

We set the locally made farm table up under the large tree branch and used a palette of cream, yellow, green and gold featuring locally grown poppies. Cindy’s vintage china and crystal combined with my mother’s circa 1950 Danish modern silver and made for a beautiful table.  We suspended an arbor of fern and foraged bush honeysuckle above the table, because every table needs greens hovering just above it.

  The tapestry chairs are from my mother and the garden chairs were on loan from Hip and Humble in Berryville.  Photo:  Norman Photo and Paper.

The tapestry chairs are from my mother and the garden chairs were on loan from Hip and Humble in Berryville.  Photo:  Norman Photo and Paper.

 The pea shoots were an added bonus.  My wonderful local flower farmer and I talked via phone earlier in the week about what was in bloom.  She mentioned the pea shoots as we were finishing up and I of course said yes.  Photo:  Norman Photo and Paper.

The pea shoots were an added bonus.  My wonderful local flower farmer and I talked via phone earlier in the week about what was in bloom.  She mentioned the pea shoots as we were finishing up and I of course said yes.  Photo:  Norman Photo and Paper.

After the shoot finished, the clouds cleared and the views across the valley to mountains opened up.  Not to let the table go unappreciated, we all enjoyed dinner and cigars under the tree until the light started to fade.

As I sat there, I could only imagine the generations before us who had gathered in that same spot.  To me, that is what Beaumont House is all about, sitting together under a magnificent tree after a long day, sharing stories and making memories. — XO, Julie