This fall, we are all about our Kindred Spirits, those people and pets that hold a special place in our hearts—the friend, the parent, the family dog, the shameful celebrity crush you’ve never told anybody about. Whoever your Kindred Spirits are, they are worth celebrating! To help us do just that, we teamed up with our friends at And North to bring together some of our favorite people in a series of #KindredSpirits parties Upstate. First up? An intimate gathering of regional shopkeepers and business owners at the historic Saugerties Lighthouse. Before drinks can be served though, the table must be set—and flowers are a great way to start!
Flowers for this occasion came courtesy of Kelli Galloway, the florist and shopkeeper behind Hops Petunia, a charming flower shop based in Kingston, NY. A Brooklynite turned Upstater, Kelli has learned to reap the benefits of living outside the city limits— close proximity to local farms and an abundance of natural beauty. “Colors get richer, more dramatic this time of year,” Kelli notes. “There are nice rusty and dusty tones that start to show up, which I love to mix with brighter colors.”
“Because it’s still early in the fall season, I wanted to keep some lighter tones and mix them with richer, deeper fall colors,” Kelli says. “I would say that my designs are very color based. I’ve always been drawn to colors and how they play with each other, even in my former career as an art director and graphic designer. I used to take snapshots of moments in my daily life that had great color combos and try to use them in my work. Nature is an amazing inspiration, the various tones and shades you can get are endless.”
“For arranging,” Kelli continues, “I start with a greenery base that has a nice shape. I let larger branches and stems determine the swoops and high points of the arrangement, then I use my stronger flowers to dictate highlights throughout.”
“I tend to use a lot of grasses, herbs, and wildflowers. I love to use Lemon Basil as a base—it has a lovely flower and makes the whole room smell incredible. I change my staples from year to year, but I’d say this year I’ve been really drawn to Cosmos. Their wiry, wild stems are very fun to use and always give a lovely shape to an arrangement. The flower is just so sweet and paper-like, it goes with anything. Strawflower is another gem, great rich tones and unique fall colors, they are wonderful to dry.”
“I tend to connect the dots with a color story and smaller details, sometimes bringing all the similar tones together and sometimes letting the whole piece be a splatter of color. For this dinner party, I was excited about fall, so I decided to bring in a lot of color and texture, fruits and grasses.”
Stay tuned tomorrow for a recipe from our #KindredSpirits dinner!
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