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Behind the Scenes with European Flower Shop

In my next life I’d love to own a flower shop. Not only do you get to work with your hands each and every day, but your canvas is a vase filled with overflowing beauty. There’s something magical about it that just can’t be described. So when I get the chance to pick the brains behind beauties like the European Flower Shop, I jump at the chance. With photos from Ashley Sawtelle, there’s more beauty to be found over here.

SMP: Tell us a little about European Flower Shop!
EFS: We are a boutique floral design studio, creating inspired designs for weddings and events.

SMP: How did you get into floral design?
EFS: My first job ever was at the local flower shop in my hometown. I was 15 and my parents told me it was time to get a job, there was no other place I could imagine working. I was lucky to have an amazing mentor in the owner of that shop.

SMP: The best part of running your own business?
EFS: For me it is the creative freedom coupled with the incredible brides that I get to collaborate with. They come in to my studio with a color palette and a sense of the style they are going for and then they trust me to run with it.

SMP: The worst?
EFS: Getting bogged down in the administrative aspect of running a business. I am a creative and happiest designing, so I dread doing my books every month.

SMP: Your secret to success?
EFS: Listening to my clients and really getting to know them on a deep level. Once you learn everything you can about a couple, making their vision come to life on their wedding day is effortless.

SMP: What piece of advice would you give to someone just starting out in the industry?
EFS: Develop relationships with other vendors who you admire. They will be the ones who push you to grow creatively.

SMP: One thing you wish you knew when you started your business?
EFS: That is was going to be 24/7. I go to bed at night dreaming about weddings!

SMP: From where do you draw your inspiration?
EFS: From the flowers! I have a general sense of what types of flowers I will be using for each event, but when I go to the market to pick up my order, I always wind up trading this or that when something new in the cooler catches my eye.

SMP: Your number one tip for flower arranging?
EFS: Always have a focal flower and then work on layering textures and shapes from there.

SMP: Do you have any tips for making flowers look their best for as long as possible?
EFS: It is best to change the water every day or so and to give the stems a fresh cut. It is also helpful to pull off leaves and petals that are wilting, that way all the nutrients go to the blooms.

From Ashley Sawtelle: European Flower Shop is a boutique floral design studio which creates inspired weddings and events all over the beautiful state of Colorado. Located in the heart of the Santa Fe Art District, the shop welcomes visitors from all over the country and locals alike who want to have an unforgettable destination event. Ali, the owner draws her design inspiration from the incredible artists on Santa Fe, the outdoors and from the seasonal flowers that seem to choose her.

We wanted to showcase this floral studio space and how Ali (owner of European Flower Shop) designed the space on a frugal budget. Her studio is not only a workspace, but a reflection of her work. It’s a space to create and to invite her clients to dream up the floral visions for their wedding day or event.

Photography: Ashley Sawtelle | Floral Design : European Flower Shop

Mango Banana Breakfast Smoothie

My most recent pregnancy craving has been smoothies… lots of them! So I thought we would share one that has great nutrition and super filling for breakfast! This smoothie recipe is great for a summer breakfast meal, full of protein and yumminess. Adding oats and chia seeds will fill up your tummy while also filling it with lots of nutrients to start your day – fiber, protein and calcium! Enjoy!

Mango Banana Breakfast SmoothieThe perfect way to start your day off on the right foot!
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  • 1 Cup Frozen Mango
  • 1 Banana
  • 1/2 Tbsp Chia Seeds
  • 1/4 Cup Oats
  • 1 Cup Almond Milk
  • Honey (to taste)
  1. 1. Add chia seeds and oats to blender with milk. Allow to sit for 5-10 minutes to soak.
  2. 2. Then add frozen mango and banana.
  3. 3. Taste and see if honey is something you would like to add, add to taste.
  4. 4. Serve to immediately.
  5. NOTES: Milk measurements are approximate. Add more if smoothie is too thick and would like it to be thinner. Oats tend to dilute the sweetness of the fruit a little bit, so add some honey if its not sweet enough for you!

Photography: Irrelephant | Recipe: Irrelephant

Joanna & Molly

Contributing Editor: Lifestyle
How To Organize Your Kitchen Cabinets + DIY Message Board

Now that your kitchen tools and dish collection have expanded since your wedding, it’s time to get real about organization and storage. We’ve recently teamed up with Macy’s to bring together a handful of awesome Registry to Reality ideas. And today we’re chit-chatting all about tackling those cupboards of yours! Plus? We’ve got the cutest DIY message board that ever existed.

- First and foremost, you need to take stock! Chances are, there’s a handful of things you’re missing. Try to dedicate one afternoon to pulling everything out of your cupboards and really going through it all. Make a list of what you already have, and then work out your wants and your needs. It’ll help you build a really amazing registry!

- To eliminate clutter, try to keep only the every-day essentials out on your counter. We use our Cuisinart DCC-1200 Coffee Maker multiple times daily so it just makes sense to keep it front and centre. But that toaster or panini press you only use every few days? Unplug it and tuck it into a drawer!

- There’s no need to keep every spice under the sun at arms length away. Determine your top 10-12 that you use time and time again and keep them in a rotating spice rack. The rest can be tucked away in the pantry for special occasions or specific recipes.

- If you’ve been lucky enough to get your hands on gorgeous everyday cookware the likes of All-Clad Copper Core 10 Piece Cookware Set, you’ll want to treat each piece with tender loving care. Keep everything on a rubberized shelf liner to protect from nicks and scratches. In addition, we love those pot lid holders you can install on the cupboard door to help wrangle all those loose bits!

- It’s always a great idea to reach for matched sets of dishes (or at the very least, a single color or color family). This helps reduce visual clutter, making your cupboards feel significantly more streamlined with little to no work at all! We are ridiculously obsessed with Mikasa Antique White Dinnerware as each piece is of crazy high quality, and totally timeless to boot.

- When it comes to your tupperware, here at SMP we strongly suggest picking up a set where every lid is the same size. They totally exist, and it makes your life so. much. easier. – I’m a big fan of hanging anything that clutters up your drawers: think stick on hooks on the inside of your cupboard to hang measuring cups and spoons, KitchenAid mixer attachments and oddly shaped utensils!

- Though this may seem like a no-brainer, I can’t tell you how often I’ve seen people do the exact opposite. Store your pots and pans as close to your stove as possible for quick and easy access.

- Consider the function of your space and organize accordingly. We love to store our colanders with our pasta pot, and our mixing bowls with our bakeware so that everything is set up in stations, so to speak. – You know that upper shelf that you can barely-reach? Save it for specialty-use items like your Vera Wang Wedgwood Orient Candlesticks, Marchesa by Lenox Stemware, Paisley Bloom Flute or your Lenox Simply Fine Chirp Round Place Setting.

And our best tool to stay organized? An awesome message board, a family command centre, if you will, that contains a calendar, grocery list and anything else you need to keep your family on track at all times!

Materials ½ yard printed fabric of your choice (we got ours at Jo-Ann’s)

Thin cork sheet
Hot glue gun & glue sticks
Grocery list

step-1 Iron the fabric to remove any wrinkles. Cut the fabric to be 2” wider than the cork sheet on all sides. Lay the fabric printed side down. step-1 Spray one side of the cork with a light coat of spray adhesive then center the fabric over the cork and press down, starting in the center and working outwards to smooth out any air bubbles. step-1 Step 3: Pull the edges of the fabric tight against the backside of the cork and hot glue in place. Cut a diagonal line in the fabric at each corner and layer the fabric as smooth as possible so the fabric doesn’t bulk up at the corners, and hot glue in place. step-1 Step 4: Hang the corkboard inside your cabinet door. Depending on how permanent you want it to be, you could screw it in with very shallow screws, or use 3M sticky tape. step-1 Step 5: Hang tacks and cute organizing tools like grocery lists and calendars for the whole family to use. *Note: We used a single 12” x 24” cork panel, but if your shelves are in the way, you could buy smaller cork squares or cut a cork panel to fit the dimensions inside your cabinet.

Ready for even more inspiration? Check out our Macy’s Registry to Reality Pinterest board!

Photography: Keith Morrison

MACY’S PRODUCTS USED IN GLASSES CABINET: Counter: Coffeemaker: Cuisinart DCC-1200 Coffee Maker, Brew Central 12-Cup | Vase: kate spade new york Bud Vase, Castle Peak | Bottom Shelf left to right: Wine Glasses: Waterford Stemware, Lismore Nouveau Wine Glass Waterford Stemware | Wine Glasses: Marchesa by Lenox Wine Glass, Paisley Bloom | Champagne Flutes: Marchesa by Lenox Stemware, Paisley Bloom Flute | Middle Shelf left to right: Coffee Mugs: Mikasa Dinnerware, Antique White Collection | Coffee Mugs: Hotel Collection Dinnerware, Bone China Collection | Coffee Mugs: Mikasa Dinnerware, Antique White Collection | Top Shelf: left to right: Candlesticks: Vera Wang Wedgwood Orient Candlesticks | Printed Plate & Teacup: Lenox Simply Fine Chirp Round 4-Piece Place Setting | Ramekins: Corningware French White 10 Piece Bakeware Set

MACY’S PRODUCTS USED IN DISHES CABINET: Bottom Shelf: Fancy Bowls: Noritake Dinnerware, Austin Platinum Collection | Fancy Plate Set: Noritake Dinnerware, Austin Platinum Collection | Middle Shelf: White Bowls: Hotel Collection Dinnerware, Bone China Collection | White Plate Set: Mikasa Dinnerware, Antique White Collection | Top Shelf: White Bowls: Mikasa Dinnerware, Antique White Collection | Bread Plates: Noritake Dinnerware, Austin Platinum Collection

MACY’S PRODUCTS USED IN THE POT CABINET: Bottom Shelf: Steel & Copper Pot: All-Clad Copper Core 10 Piece Cookware Set | Middle Shelf: Saucepot: All-Clad Stainless Steel 10 Piece Cookware Set | Bronze Stock Pot: Anolon Advanced Stock Nonstick 11 Piece Cookware Set | Top Shelf: Frying Pans: All-Clad Stainless Steel 10 Piece Cookware Set