Step inside the Poppies & Posies boutique in New York City and you enter a floral haven. Buckets of flowers, branches, fruits and vegetables sit on top of rustic farm tables. Wooden crates filled with antique mason jars and bottles line the walls. And birch tree stumps, vintage fabrics and pretty ribbon make an eclectic display on the wall shelves.
Owners Sierra Yaun and Juliet Totten met in late 2007 through a mutual friend and quickly decided to merge their talents. Sierra, who worked in event design, and Juliet, who had a background in visual arts, found their aesthetics and love for flowers a perfect combination. “It’s been so much fun learning together,” says Juliet, who went back to school for floral and event design. “We’re both so excited to go to the flower market when a new season rolls around. Every season has its own gems and late spring is a perfect time for peonies!”
The duo is known for their garden-inspired arrangements composed in a loose, organic style. They often mix in unexpected elements, such as branches, berries, fruits and vegetables. Follow along and get inspired as Sierra and Juliet help you welcome spring inside your own home!
Easy blooms: “Flowers at home should be unfussy,” says Sierra, who describes Poppies & Posies‘ style as perfectly imperfect. “It doesn’t have to look like it’s jumped off the pages of a magazine. A really easy way to make arranging flowers simpler is to build a bit of structure in your vessel. I really like using chicken wire in a vase to provide a little extra support for all the blooms. If you don’t have chicken wire, use heavy wood greenery or branches to build a base for your arrangements. You’ll find having a bit of foundation will make all the difference.”
Treasure hunting: “Don’t fret if you don’t have a flower market right at your fingertips,” says Juliet. “Greens, herbs and produce from a local market make for beautiful arrangements. And keep your eyes out for ‘weeds’ on the side of the road! Some of the most beautiful flowers are flora growing wild.”
Room in bloom: “Flowers always help to make a house feel more like a home,” says Sierra. “I’m a big believer in putting fresh flowers in the bedrooms when I have house guests and, when I have the energy, putting a big bunch of them on the dining table. Flowers punctuate the design in your home and make guests feel as though their visit was worth the extra effort.”
New ideas: “We’re making a move away from the more vintage, rustic look that’s been so popular in the past few years to a more refined, eclectic sensibility,” says Juliet. “We’re doing less mismatched place settings and antique mason jars, and more full sets of antique china, gilded or metal vases, and rich deep colors. We still love a bright and funky look, but are having fun doing something a little more subtle.”