Hello, dear friends! My new book, Paris in Bloom, releases in just a few weeks! I’m bringing you a sneak peek and sharing some very exciting news. My publisher and I have been working behind the scenes and I can now announce that every person that pre-orders Paris in Bloom before March 14 will receive an exclusive 8×10 gift print, signed by me, of this previously unreleased image:
I love this image as it conjures up a perfect spring day in Paris but it didn’t make in the final book due to space (I submitted too many photos!). However, I am so happy to be able to give it away to you now! There are no plans to release this as a print in my shops so this will be the only opportunity to own it. AND you’ll also receive an autographed ex libris book plate to place in the front of your book.
Already pre-ordered? Thank you! Just fill out the form with proof of purchase and you’ll receive your print and book plate.
And now for the sneak peek!
So much more inside the pages of the book! When I was creating it, I imagined taking all of you on a wonderful tour of my favorite floral destinations in Paris.
I can’t thank you enough for all your support and encouragement throughout the years! I’ll be signing prints to get them ready to send out to you. I can’t wait for you to see the book and receive your print and book plate!
Today I’m bringing you the most magical, imaginative floral designs! Last summer I had the privilege of photographing the breathtaking creations of internationally recognized stylist Laura Dowling, many of which now appear in her new book Floral Diplomacy at the White House. Laura served as Chief Floral Designer at the White House from 2009 until 2015, managing the floral decor for thousands of White House events, artistically using the medium of flowers for diplomatic and symbolic communication. The bouquets you see here incorporate her signature use of seasonal, local-grown flowers and hand-made containers composed of moss and leaves, and were photographed in natural settings in the Pacific Northwest, where Laura is originally from.
Floral Diplomacy at the White House is now available and is a fascinating look behind the scenes at the workings of the White House and the use of the universal language of flowers as a diplomatic tool. It’s a tremendous accomplishment and I’m very proud to have been a small part of it.
We had such wonderful day, surrounded by flowers and natural beauty. Laura is one of the loveliest and most gracious people I’ve ever met and is continuing her mission to share “floral diplomacy” through design commissions, book projects and international speaking engagements. For the latest from Laura, visit her here on Instagram.
Coming up, more news on book releases, travel and new flower projects. Wishing you a joyful weekend!
Hello, friends! Today, let me treat you to a tour of one of the most exquisite public locations in Paris, the Hôtel de Soubise, home of the French National Archives.
The Hôtel de Soubise was created in the early 1700’s for the Prince and Princess de Soubise (Anne de Rohan-Chabot, a former mistress of Louis XIV). One of its most splendid rooms is the Salon de la Princesse, above, an oval chamber embellished in finest Rococo fashion with intricate, gilded boiserie (carved wood), cherubs, ceiling paintings and mirrors.
And, of course, a sparkling chandelier which is reflected multiple times infinitely in the tall mirrors.
Boiserie is a highly-skilled art form in which wood paneling is carved in painstaking detail and then gilded or painted.
Another breathtaking room is the Salon du Prince, also an oval chamber, with ivory boiserie set against pale, duck-egg blue paneling.
This image (above) from Paris in Bloom, shows the mastery of the artisans who created the embellishments throughout the room.
And another room is decorated with this finely-detailed plaster work.
The Hôtel de Soubise is located in the Marais, at 60 rue de Francs-Bourgeouis, Paris, 75003. It is open every day except Tuesday. In addition to the beautiful interiors, it hosts fascinating and thought-provoking special exhibits as well as numerous historical documents and objects.
p.s. I post most days on Instagram @georgiannalane and would love to see you there!