Utah Style and Design

Spring to Life: A Floral Designer

April 10, 2017

Kellie Jackstien celebrates spring’s arrival with stunning arrangements profuse with vibrant colors, fresh blooms and lively design.

When floral designer Kellie Jackstien creates floral arrangements, she focuses on the detail and beauty of each bloom—its shape, color and  texture. And when it comes to working with springtime blossoms, she’s in design heaven. The deep tone of a merlot-hued Japanese sweet pea or the dramatic arch of a heavy-headed parrot tulip, for example, can put her on cloud nine. “Spring flowers feel so fresh and new,” she explains. “Plus, many are grown in natural conditions rather than greenhouses, so they are more vibrant.”  Jackstien, owner of Artisan Bloom, recently collaborated with event planner Mara Marian of Fuse Weddings and Events to transform the interior of La Caille’s light-filled Grand Pavilion for a chic, celebratory White Party hosted by Utah Bride & Groom magazine. The event’s aesthetic: “a glam and romantic design full of polished and luxe details,” Marian says. For the floral arrangements, Jackstien worked with Esprit Raw Flowers and chose vibrant, tone-on-tone purples and fuchsias. “The monochromatic palette is modern and highlights the textures of the flowers,” says Jackstien, explaining that modern used to mean sparse and clean lines, but today it’s about bloom-to-bloom design with lots of texture. On the following pages, Jackstien’s White Party creations inspire ideas for creating similarly striking springtime florals to brighten any room, including yours.

For more floral decorating tips: Florals and BranchesGlam SlamReally Lift OffSimple and StunningCreatively Collected, Low and Lush

See more inside the Spring 2017 issue.

Written by: Brad Mee
Photos by: Angela Howard

Brad Mee
Editor-In-Chief

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