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Large Scale Floral Arrangements
with Sarah WinwardPhotos by Braedon Flynn

kellyoshiro.com | photo: braedon flynn | floral: sarah winward

It was such an honor to collaborate with the amazing Sarah Winward for her maker editorial for Flutter Mag and Florabundance Design Days. It’s always my favorite to capture an artist at work, and Sarah is certainly that! The amazing garden of Lotusland served as our backdrop and also, as an impromptu source for floral supplies. Sarah snagged an oversized branch from the gardeners the morning of her shoot to use in her arrangement.

I pulled large urns from Elan Events Rentals and a simple round table from The Tent Merchant. Tricia Saroya lent me some of her collection of galvanized containers to hold the floral ingredients for Sarah’s arrangement. Photographer, Braedon Flynn, picked the spot, a stunning backlit location with giant Agaves on the lawn of Lotusland and it’s actually the very same spot Martha shot a cover for Living a few years ago.

From Sarah:

“I am inspired by the outdoors. I love all of the different regional flowers and foliage, and love watching them change with the season. It is the textures and color combinations that are constantly changing in nature that really ignite the passion for flowers in me.

I love that nature is wild, and unapologetic. I try to show a bit of that in my work. I like lots of different varieties in an arrangement, and I like them to have a fairly loose shape so that they look like they are still close to the garden that they came from.”

Photos: Braedon Flynn for Flutter Mag | Floral Design: Sarah Winward | Prop Styling & Editorial Production: Kelly Oshiro | Location: Lotusland | Table: The Tent Merchant | Arrangement Container: Elan Event Rentals | Galvanized Containers: Tricia Saroya


kellyoshiro.com | photo: braedon flynn | floral: sarah winward

kellyoshiro.com | photo: braedon flynn | floral: sarah winward

kellyoshiro.com | photo: braedon flynn | floral: sarah winward

kellyoshiro.com | photo: braedon flynn | floral: sarah winward

kellyoshiro.com | photo: braedon flynn | floral: sarah winward
kellyoshiro.com | photo: braedon flynn | floral: sarah winward
kellyoshiro.com | photo: braedon flynn | floral: sarah winward

kellyoshiro.com | photo: braedon flynn | floral: sarah winward

Flutter Workshop: The Art of Arrangements

I was super honored to teach Flutter magazine’s first ever workshop, The Art of Arrangements with some of the most stunning seasonal fall flowers from Fabulous Florals (which PS sells to everyday floral enthusiasts not just florists). Joel Serrato came out and shot the fun on FILM and, of course, a little champs was involved. Le Petite Chef made a spread of bite-sized lady like treats including pumpkin whoopie pies (yum). I demostrated a basic taping technique, explained how to use foliage to create the initial shape of an arrangement, how to build and place flowers for maximum effect.  Then everyone got to work playing with flowers. I pulled a variety of china, flatware and glassware from Town & Country Event Rentals and then each student got to design their own little tabletop setup. For my setup, I went with a more modern vibe and used velvet midori ribbon as an accent. It was so much fun to meet so many awesome ladies and play with flowers! And stay tuned, I’ll be teaching another intimate workshop soon…

Photography: Joel Serrato

Flowers: Kelly Oshiro

Food: Le Petite Chef

Flowers provided by: Fabulous Florals

Rentals: Town & Country Event Rentals

Prop Rental: Vintage Vignettes

Ribbon: Midori


How to Arrange a Thanksgiving Centerpiece

To create yesterday’s thanksgiving centerpiece, begin with a shallow, oblong bowl.

1. Since this container is wood, line the bowl with a piece of plastic (a trash bag would work).

2. Then soak two bricks of floral foam and place on the top and side.

3. Cut a piece of floral foam in half, length wise, and wrap with aluminum. This is where your stack fresh persimmons will go (and guests can take if they want, which is why I wrapped that piece of foam in alumnium, nobody wants their fall fruit with bits of floral foam!).

4. Begin placing the persimmon branches and bittersweet to create the base shape of your arrangement.

5. Place your dusty miller to cover the foam and use floral picks to place persimmons at different heights.

6. Place your flowers at different levels, alternating dahlias, ranunuculus and brunia to create texture and interest. Rotate the container regularly so you can make sure you’re arrangement will look good all the way around.

7. Place a stack persimmons in the lower right corner to finish and you’re done!

You will need the following for your arrangement:


-1 bunch of persimmons on the branch

– 8 large persimmons

– 1 bunch bittersweet

– 3 bunches orange dahlias

– 2 bunches of dusty miller

– 2 bunches of ranunuculus

– 1 bunch brunia


– 3 blocks of floral foam

– floral shearers

– floral picks

-piece of plastic

Alternatively, if you’re a bit strapped on time, grab some persimmons, place them in a low bowl and entwine bittersweet around the fruit.  Happy arranging!

Flower Chic: Romantic Cream Bouquet

For this week’s Flower Chic I’m keeping it really romantic and classic with a soft cream bouquet.

I used soft, locally grown, garden roses from Fabulous Florals mixed with queen anne’s lace, tulips and eucalyptus.

I wrapped the bouquet in a strip of torn linen and then layered this beautiful lace trim I bought at Michael Levine’s.

To make this bouquet you will need:

-2 bunches of garden roses

-1 bunch of tulips

-1 bunch queen anne’s lace

-1 bunch eucalyptus


-Floral shearers

-Green floral tape

-torn linen (or other nuetral colored fabric, muslin would work too)

-lace trim

-pearl headed pins

As will all bouquets, its extremely helpful to have a mirror handy when you’re arranging your bouquet. It will allow you to see all angles while you’re working and make sure you get a nice round shape. Looking for my flower arranging ideas? And to see all Flower Chic posts click right here.


Flower Chic: Jewel Tone Centerpiece

I love a palette of rich jewels tones in flowers. Mix in some umbrella fern for a forest-y vibe, and you’ve got a colorful and fun centerpiece.

For this arrangement you will need:


-1 stem fritillaria

-5 stems fuschia peonies

-3 stems of umbrella fern

– 1 bunch red astilbe

– 8 stems purple anenomes

– 10 stems purple tulips

-10 stems lilac

-5 stems allium, purple sensation


-brick of floral foam, cut with a knife until it fits your container

-bucket of water

– floral shears

-container (mine is from Jamali Garden and is available here)

Begin by cutting your floral foam so that it fits your container (a craft knife works great for this). Soak your foam in water for several minutes until completely soaked through. Begin by putting a few pieces of umbrella fern at the base and the start placing your flowers, I generally start at the top to determine the highest point of the arrangement and then work down to the base from there. Keep turning your arrangement as you place flowers so you can make sure your arrangement looks good from all angles. And to see all Flower Chic posts click right here.

Flower Chic: Colorful Purple, Pink & Yellow Bouquet

So last week we made a headdress with the gorgeous clematis flower. This week I’m making a matching bouquet inspired by some fun plaid ribbon I found at a fabric store. You will need:


-2 bunches of light pink sweet pea

-1 bunch of liliac

-1 bunch hot pink ranunculus

-1 bunch cappuncino ranunuclus

-1 bunch geranium


-flower tape

– floral pick or wire

-ribbon (2 yards of each, mine are from Michael Levine)

-pearl headed pins

Begin by cleaning your flowers and taking off leaves. Trim you flowers and let them hydrate and open for a day. Use pruning shears to cut a trim the lilac and cut a slit in the bottom to allow for water uptake. Once your ready to arrange wire the ranunuclus as needed (the heads tend to be floppy and sometimes need additional support).

Start by gathering a handful of flowers, rotating as you add stems and place flowers at different heights for texture. Its helpful to use a mirror to ensure your bouquet looks good from all sides. Use floral tape to hold your bouquet together. Then over the tape, use your colorful ribbon and wind it around the bouquet. Finish by pinning the ribbon to the bouquet. Here, I added two additional trailing pieces of hand-died silk ribbon for additional color.

Cut your ribbon, and keep it long if you like that trailing look. Put on your clematis headdress and you’ve got a very colorful, and slightly bohemian, wedding day look. And to see all Flower Chic posts click right here.