Monday, 1 August 2011

where has the last month gone!!?

Time has absolutely flown over the last few weeks...
We've had sooooo much going on!
Magazine shoots, jobs with stylists, weddings, and parties. Its enough to make my head spin...
There has also been lots of comings and goings with our "Outdoor" shop as the weather has cleared in the last week. All this gorgeous sunshine is inspiring everyone to look at their gardens with fresh eyes.
Bring on SPRING!!!

Monday, 4 July 2011

wedding planning fever

I have been doing lots of wedding consultations in the last week...
One of the main trends developing for the approaching spring is the use of an all white pallet.
Just like this beautiful wedding we created last year.
It remains one of my favourites of all time.
We used glass cube vases filled with bouvadia and hyacinth, and lots of tealights.
The fragrance on a warm spring evening was absolutely beautiful.
Pure romance!

Christian Dior domes

These beautiful domes gardens were done for client Christian Dior.
The flowers and foliages in the domes (a series of three), were representative of their newly released skincare range.

Thursday, 30 June 2011

orchids at the AGNSW

I was showing a client today some pics as we decided on some flower and foliage combinations for an event we're planning together.
These beautiful orchids were done for a function we did at the Art Gallery of NSW.

Such a vibrant mixture!

Monday, 13 June 2011

Our collaboration with Woollahra Council

We are very proud and excited to announce our involvement in the Woollahra Council annual Garden Week, in September.
I am honoured to have been asked to do a presentation.

I have had to write a bio for inclusion in the advertising material...
This is what i came up with...

Lisa mattock is the co-owner and creative director of the award winning florist and homewares store Dragonfly Floral Design, and the recently opened Dragonfly Outdoor, which specialises in garden accoutrements.

She has been a florist for 7 years, avid collector and admirer of homewares, stationary and "found" goodies since she was a little girl.
She has many fond memories of being in the garden mashing petals together to make "perfume", with a pocket full of interesting pebbles and feathers.
Or was often to be found organising her crayola collection to coordinate with her mum's jars full of saved buttons, beads and sequins.

Now I am working on the content for the presentation.
I'm thinking of doing some techniques and ideas that will mean the participants get a chance to do some hands on floristry. Hints and tips that they can take away and use at home.

Other presenters for the weeks festivities include chef Matt Moran, gardening author Colleen Morris and landscape designer Steve Batley.

It promises to be a week of good fun!!
Stay tuned for details on booking tickets...

bridal bouquet trends

I've been busy with consultations and quotations in the last few weeks for the spring wedding season.

I LOVE an organised bride! Someone who plans ahead and is really particular about the vision they have.
As with all fashion, weddings flowers see different trends.
One particular trend that is at the fore at the moment is the "small bouquet". Often made with just type of flower, they are very elegant and stylish.

Monday, 6 June 2011

Charlie's table...

We are the exclusive stockist for these beautiful, bespoke tables made by celebrity landscape designer, Charlie Albone.
Charlie is best known for his work on the Lifestyle channels, Selling Houses Australia.
These tables are made to measure from river pebbles, recycled rail sleepers and a sandstone slab.
He built us one out in our courtyard area of the shop, lucky us!
Come on in and drool!

Overflowing with blooms!

Our beautiful flower stand today...
Couldn't resist a quick pic!

Friday, 3 June 2011

Grab and Go!

We have a lot of customers that run in and out of the shop in such a hurry... They often have kids and hubby in the car, waiting out the front.

I love that they know they can race in and grab "something". Be it flowers which we make up into posies already in little vases, or as one customer said to me this morning "easy peasy" gifts.
Just like these muslin wrapped soaps on ceramic dishes that we've wrapped in cello.

Instore displays...

I absolutely adore the "buying" part of owning Dragonfly.
It is part of my job to decide on all the gifts and homewares we stock here at both our stores.
Often these goodies are ordered several months in advance. So when they arrive its wonderfully good fun to redesign our display areas in the shop.
I'm really into displays using colour blocking at the moment, as you can see in this image I took yesterday of some current stock we have.

Bonny blue hyacinths

Wedding number two this week was all about masses of blue hyacinth...
The fragrance was extraordinary!
The tables were all clothed in a matching blue.
VERY beautiful!!

Beautiful Babies Breath...

In the world of floristry, as with everything else, things go in and out of fashion...
In recent years gypsophilia, or babies breath, as its more commonly known, has definately been in the "unpopular" catagory.
We did the most beautiful wedding yesterday at Gunners Barracks, Mosman.
I used all babies breath in enormous domed bunches, in large fishbowl vases.

he effect was amazing!!


We have two sales a year here at Dragonfly, January and June.

I save up all those end of line bits and pieces throughout the year,stow them in the garage, and then we pile everything onto the table in the centre of the shop.
It's so much fun to watch as our customers forage through everything to find "treasures"...
There's not anybody who doesn't love a 40% off bargain!!!!

Come on in and have a fossick around, sale finishes end of next week.

Tuesday, 17 May 2011

Cover of Real Living magazine

I still get such a buzz to see our name in print!
For the last few months we have been asked to do flowers for some feature articles in Real Living magazine.
We've also had our flowers used on the last two covers.

Dragonfly featured on "My Kitchen Rules"

I have only just had time this afternoon to check out our flowers featured on the My Kitchen Rules website.
We did them for the dinner party that was cooked at Larry's house.
They're huge big tubs of natives...and they look very beautiful if i do say so myself!

Wednesday, 11 May 2011

boxes, boxes everywhere!

Okay, I can admit it... I'm procrastinating right now.
I'm writing this as a means to avoid the disaster zone that is my office.

I sit here surrounded by mountains of cardboard boxes, those very annoying packaging peanuty-shaped-thingys, and invoices that need to be gone through.
Last week we had a really busy time in the lead up to Mother's Day.
So, I went on a stock ordering frenzy. And, its all arrived at once this afternoon...

We are going to have to have a huge reshuffle to find homes for new wooden trays with rope handles, linen aprons, ceramic soap dishes and cannisters, framed bus scrolls, new fragrances in the palm beach candles and diffusers, metal framed blackboards, to name but a few bits and pieces!


Oh my goodness, there was icicles on my eyelashes this morning as I made my way around the flower market!
This cold weather makes getting up out of a warm bed sooooo hard!
But, there are so many delights to be had once I'm there and rummaging around.
The flowers, foliages and berries at this time of year are very beautiful.

Tulips, hyacinth, peach sticks, miniature kales,privett berry, nerines and stock.
We did oodles of bouquets and posies using combinations of these for Mother's Day last weekend.
We presented them in the most divine french ceramic pitchers, wrapped in cellophane and thick grosgrain ribbon.
Another year, another lot of happy mums! Cheers to that!

Friday, 29 April 2011

a week of busy-ness...

I can't believe how much we have managed to squeeze into the last few days...
We have had so much new stock arrive in time for Mother's Day.
Every time a courier truck pulls up out the front of the shop, I think "here we go again!!"
There's been decorative pieces, pots and plants galore for "Outdoor".
And for our other shop, some of the staff favourites have been hand made spanish glass vases, candles from Palm Beach, phalaenopsis orchids which we've potted into glass vessels with moss, muslin and linen wrapped soaps, and zinc finish storage chests.

We've also had two photo shoots, potted up atriums by the dozens for homewares chain store "Papaya", and been on a buying trip to the country for more pots.

Glass of chardy was enjoyed whilst watching wedding last night...
I loved every minute of it, the pomp and ceremony, the dress, the trees and flowers in the abbey, and the beautiful bride with her dashing prince.

Monday, 25 April 2011

We're on Channel 7...

We are very excited to have been asked to do the flowers on the set of "The Morning Show", on channel 7 this week.
For today, Anzac Day, I used all Australian natives.
The rest of this week the programming will be based around the royal wedding, so I'm planning lots of blousey blooms in pastels.
Thanks for the invitation Channel 7!!!

found treasures...

We had a wander around the markets yesterday at Rozelle and found this very beautiful 1940's meat safe.
It looks amazing after a clean and with a candle inside.

Saturday, 23 April 2011

glittering boxes of beads

I have had time today to get out my boxes of beads...
I have been collecting them for ages, and use them to make necklaces that we sell at Dragonfly.
Beads, fabric scraps and ribbons...I get lost in this world of possibilities for hours!

luggage trunks

These beautiful, old luggage trunks must have such stories to tell...
We found them at a salvage shed in Lucknow, a village just outside Orange.
Their appeal for me is in their sense of originality.
My favoured design style is to mix old and new, pieces that are modern with those that have an aged patina.

A nook in my chicken coop...

We have a "reconditioned/salvaged" chicken coop in our kitchen, a perfect display space for treasues...

Friday, 22 April 2011

orchids in our kitchen...

Having some time off over this easter weekend is so blissful!
Gives me time to contemplate the big how much I love these orchids in our kitchen.

Wednesday, 20 April 2011

new website

Much excitement here at Dragonfly headquarters...

Our new website has gone live!!
Same address, new look...
Check it out,

Styling for Rick Stein cooking demo.

Yesterday we did the styling for a cooking demonstration by celebrity chef Rick Stein.
As you would know Rick is known for his mediterranean fare, so that was our inspiration for designing the set...
Think crates (many crates!) of mandarins, lemons, red onions and garlic bulbs, all put in groupings of huge glass vases.
We wrapped vases full of rosemary, thyme and basil in hessian and twine.
We used branches from olive and valencia orange trees, with the fruit attached.
As you can imagine the fragrance was divine!

blogs, blogs, everywhere!

We have been lucky enough to have our launch parties for Dragonfly Outdoor mentioned on some other peoples blogs in the last few days...
Here are some of my favourites....

Sunday, 17 April 2011

a weekend of parties!

We have just had the most fabulous couple of days celebrating the opening of our new shop, Dragonfly Outdoor.
We hosted three parties (why have one when you can have three!!)
I have so many beautiful pics to show...
So many fun stories to tell...
and so many people to write thank you notes to!

The last two days of festive fun have made me so grateful for the collaboration we have formed with our friends Juliet Love and Charlie Albone.
Juliet, a very talented stylist and her company LoveStyle,will be working with Dragonfly to do styling work together.
Charlie and his company Inspired Exteriors specialise in beautiful landscape design. He is seen on Selling Houses Australia on the Lifestyle channel.
Dragonfly Outdoor is the exclusive distributor for Charlie's range of outdoor furniture.

Oh my, the fun to be had by all! Regular updates of our adventures to follow!

Monday, 11 April 2011

apothecary of my favourite things

one of my collecting obseesions is old apothecary jars, perfect for a single stem of a seasonal bloom...

Sunday, 10 April 2011

soggy sunday

our garden courtyard looks so tranquil on a wet sunday afternoon

a weekend of weddings

One of the weddings we did this weekend was using all beautiful full field roses in pastels...Hundreds and hundreds of them!

Saturday, 9 April 2011

a new beginning!

My first BLOG!
I'm going to use this space to showcase all the adventures, discoveries and inspirations that come my way during the busy days at our two shops in Bondi Junction, Dragonfly Floral Design, and Dragonfly Outdoor.
Here's to the start of a whole new world!