Effortless Christmas Decoration brings this Sag Harbor home for the holidays

December 20, 2016 in Michael's Blog

Even though The Bridgehampton Florist is bang in the middle of Main Street in Bridgehampton,  our heart is also in Sag Harbor where we’ve lived for years and years.  We were deeply saddened when our village was hit with a horrific fire this week.  The fire destroyed the front of the Sag Harbor Cinema, a beloved institution.  The flames spread to adjoining stores and the apartments above them.  Fortunately, there were no fatalities and our incredible (and entirely volunteer) fire department did a masterful job of containing what could have been a far worse scenario.   That’s of little comfort to those who lost their homes and businesses. But we will rise again, we have no doubt.  And the spirit of Christmas has been apparent all week as townspeople have vowed to rebuild and help their neighbors out in their time of need.  We will do our part too.  One of the great things that’s been going on in Sag Harbor these last few years is the number of houses that have been restored and rebuilt, always with an eye to preserving the character of our beloved village.  And one example can be seen right here.

In this beautifully restored home, our goal was to make it look as if we’d never been there.  Seriously!  We wanted to make our Christmas decorations to look for all the world like the owners had done them all by themselves.  Above, how to decorate a Christmas mantel using fruits and fir branches. The stunning modern painting above the fireplace was our color inspiration for this mantel piece.  We’ve used some red Ilex berries to bring Christmas color to our apples, oranges and pomegranates. Cranberries were used to cradle a candle bringing a note of seasonal color to the mantel and anchoring the candle in place.

In keeping with our theme of “Less is More”, a bowl of pomegranates sits atop the dining room table while two wooden candlesticks are decked out with fir branches to create a red and green theme.  In the background, a stem of white orchids and red Ilex berry branches complement the side board.

In the beautifully windowed kitchen, small wreaths placed in every window bring holiday cheer to the room which doubles as a work space.  Looking up from whatever task the owner is doing is a little reminder that it’s Christmas.

A Hypernicum Topiary is all this sitting room needs to say it’s Christmas. This simple punch of color is just what this beautiful space needs.  We really tried to make these holiday decorations look as if they were done by the homeowner herself.  But our client insisted her friends would know better!  Merry Christmas one and all!

How to Decorate for Christmas in Red, White and…Blue!

December 3, 2016 in Michael's Blog

At The Bridgehampton Florist, we believe in pulling out all the stops whenever we decorate for Christmas.  And at The American Hotel in Sag Harbor, we went all out this year in colors that not only say Merry Christmas, they’re also appropriate to our country and the name of the hotel itself.   We incorporated our collection of Blue and White China to create a Christmas look that’s Red, White and Blue.    dsc00441

Blue and White China never goes out of style.  At The Bridgehampton Florist, you’ll find a terrific selection of pieces to add to your collection.  As you can see, these two pieces bear Asian motifs.  They’re relatives of the Blue Willow pattern which became popular in England at the end of the 18th Century when English ceramic artists combined and adapted motifs that were first seen on hand-painted blue-and-white ware imported from China.   The Willow pattern was created when the first china was being mass produced.  Using engraved and printed glaze transfers–rather than hand-painting–made this mass-production possible.

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Blue and white is the perfect foil for the Hypericum Berries and Red Ilex which we used in abundance on our Holiday Mantel display.  Gold and Green Leaf accents add to the festive feeling we wanted to create in the hotel.

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A silver tray is the perfect place for a display of Red Ilex in a Blue and White Ginger Jar and for another punch of color, these Pomegranates look like they were grown for Christmas.

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At The Bridgehampton Florist, we love the look of the unexpected among our Christmas decorations.   An elephant candle holder adds a surprise to the mantelpiece.

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There can never be enough whimsy at Christmas. Here we’ve decked out the hotel mascot, a mouse head, with candy canes, a necklace of greens and hypericum berries.  The cigarette is a leftover from long ago.

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Dangling from the moose’s antlers are miniature silver lanterns.

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Tartan Ribbons are a glorious way to add color and drama to any Christmas display.  And how we love our little woodland friend tucked into a fir branches decked out with pine cones.

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A tiny moose dangles from a tartan ribbon and the live greens not only add Christmas color, they bring the scent of pine trees right into the heart of the home….or hotel in this case.

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We love to salute the hotel’s history as a witness to the days when Sag Harbor was a Whaling village.   Our anchor does just that.

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Christmas is all about the unexpected…what gifts will be under the tree? What will Santa bring? What is that set of antlers doing in the vase filled with Red Ilex? It’s just one of the wonderful surprises of Christmas.  Do stop in the shop and we’ll show you more!  We’ll help you make a Christmas you’ll never forget.

How to Decorate a Mantelpiece for Thanksgiving.

November 22, 2016 in Michael's Blog

We love to pull out all the stops when it comes to decorating mantelpieces for America’s homegrown holiday, Thanksgiving!   It seems only natural to show an abundance of objects symbolizing our bountiful harvest.  Today we will show you to three mantlepieces we put together just for Thanksgiving.  625c7c34-4318-4699-8b7f-388cbd940d0f-copy The first stop on our tour of Thanksgiving Mantelpieces is at The American Hotel in Sag Harbor.  The hotel has a long and proud history dating back to 1846 when the town of Sag Harbor was one of the great Whaling ports.   The hotel, and the town, fell on hard times and in 1972 The American Hotel was badly in need of repair, hadn’t hosted a guest since the 1930s or served a meal.  That’s when owner Ted Conklin took over and brought the place–and with it, the town, back to life.  The newly restored American Hotel served its first meal on July 4th, 1972.  And it’s been serving wonderful food and great wines ever since.  Because of its whaling past, the hotel is decorated with great maritime art. The working fireplace in the Dining Room Bar is showplace for one of the hotel’s collection of paintings.  We packed this mantelpiece with a cornucopia of locally grown gourds, pumpkins and even cauliflower and brussels sprouts for color and texture.

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The Bridgehampton Florist is a treasure trove of Ironstone pottery.  You’ll find dozens of examples of this British import which was first introduced in 1813 in Britain.  Ironstone was a mass-produced alternative to the more expensive porcelain. There is no iron in Ironstone. The name came from its strength and durability.  When it was brought to this country, Ironstone pieces endured many a wagon train journey without a scratch.

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Aside from its durability, Ironstone also boasted being so strong that it allowed for the creation of larger pieces than porcelain could be made into.  At the Bridgehampton Florist, you’ll find a large variety of Ironstone pitchers all of which make spectacular vases.  Here we’ve used Oriental Kale in one and Rose Hips in another.

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Here an Ironstone container is put to beautiful use by filling it with miniature cobs of Indian corn and Hypernicum berries, which are local to the Hamptons.

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Even the American Hotel’s Moose Mascot in the Hotel’s Bar gets some Thanksgiving glamor in the form of bittersweet boughs and Indian Corn “Earrings”.

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For a client who loves candlelight and candlesticks, we created a pumpkin themed mantelpiece to salute Thanksgiving in the dining room itself.

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Multi-colored gourds are combined with bittersweet and the unexpected: Here we used Brussels Sprouts for color and their unique texture and yes, that’s a head of Cauliflower…

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For our final Thanksgiving Mantelpiece, we worked around this fireplace surround’s permanent feature.  An Asian Gong adds a completely different feeling to this arrangement of bittersweet boughs and a selection of  gourds chosen for their warm yellow tones to complement the tiles that surround the fireplace itself. 2a910ead-dfc5-4f15-888c-13d98d286c1f-copy

Whatever you chose to do to celebrate Thanksgiving, bring along your imagination. Visit your local farm stand, take a walk in the woods and bring back treasure to create your own celebration of this most American of holidays.  Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

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Great Thanksgiving Decorating Ideas from The Bridgehampton Florist

November 17, 2016 in Michael's Blog

The air is crisp, the days are shorter and we are all awaiting Turkey Day.  This home shows how to welcome Thanksgiving guests the minute they arrive at the front door.  We’ve taken the ultimate symbols of Fall to show how to decorate a front door in great Thanksgiving style. Gourds and big orange pumpkins dominate the sidelines.  And how much bittersweet adds to the framing of the door itself!

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I like Peanut Butter

September 28, 2016 in Michael's Blog

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Visitors to The Bridgehampton Florist often wonder where on earth do all those colorfully decorated “drinking glasses” come from? Well, they’re actually peanut butter glasses! When they were in their heyday in the 1950s they were decorated with birds, butterflies, dogs, different kinds of fruit, and around Christmas time, holiday motifs. Read the rest of this entry →

And now for something completely different…

August 15, 2016 in Michael's Blog

Nothing pleases me more than a client who requests that The Bridgehampton Florist breaks the rules and comes up with an arrangement as unique as possible. That’s why I was thrilled to do this table setting for a client who asked for just that.

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How To: Make a Grand Entrance

August 3, 2016 in Michael's Blog

Flowers at the entrance of a house say a world about who lives there.  They’re the first thing your guests will see and they set the stage for the rest of the house.  They  can complement or contrast the decor and architecture of the whole house. Our clients’ homes represent a great many styles and color schemes so we treat each arrangement to a highly personalized treatment.  Some of our clients have very definite ideas about what they want, others leave the imagination to us.  Here are some recent examples of flowers that truly make a Grand Entrance.

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How To: Make a Centerpiece filled with White Hydrangeas in a very shallow bowl.

July 20, 2016 in Michael's Blog

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Hydrangeas are practically an epidemic in the Hamptons in the summer. They’re one of the most popular flowers we sell. And for good reason. Their enormous showy blossoms come in a huge variety of colors and they’re amazingly long-lived. They also have a very long season here with blooms appearing all summer long. To make the most of hydrangea season, we’ve arranged them in every conceivable container.   But for a centerpiece, which must be low enough that everyone at the table can see over it, here’s how we do it. Read the rest of this entry →

Thought you might like to see ‘The Better Half’….of Ina Garten

July 12, 2016 in Michael's Blog

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Easter Holiday at The American Hotel

March 25, 2016 in Michael's Blog

Every year for Easter and other holidays, we get to decorate The American Hotel in beautiful Sag Harbor. This year we went chocolate. The Bridgehampton Florist wishes you all the best for this weekend. Have fun decorating!

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What Jim did to Mr Moose!

 

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