Above, the Lotus Earrings — I love these with a simple dress when I’m wondering what to wear to a friend’s modern wedding. They’re a great confidence touchstone for an interview outfit or first day on your new creative dream job, too!
The old roses in my garden only bloom once a year, but when their gorgeous scent fills my studio, I know it’s worth it! This vase on my desk captures summer perfectly for me. Clockwise from the dark red center rose, this is Rosa gallica officinalis (the Apothecary Rose, also known as the Red Rose of Lancaster from the War of Roses, grown since before 1600 AD), Rosa alba ‘Maxima’, Rosa ‘Capitaine John Ingram’ (a moss rose, grown since 1854), Rosa alba ‘Semi-plena’ (the White Rose of York), and ‘Felicite et Perpetue’ (grown since 1827).
I suppose I’d better get back to work… But at least I can still enjoy these beauties! (Wish I could share their gorgeous scent with you too… It isn’t the same scent, but CB I Hate Perfume’s Tea / Rose has a similar lush gorgeousness.)
Here’s your peek behind the scenes in my studio: the alternate background I considered while photographing these… I love love love the textures, but in the end, I decided this had a little too much going on. Maybe next time!
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I love having something green and growing in my workspace, and I love growing orchids, with their strange, wonderfully beautiful flowers and traveling air roots. Unfortunately, there isn’t enough light to grow orchids well year-round in my studio. Here’s how I enjoy them during my work day anyway.
Dendrobium ‘Green Flash’ blooms frequently and prolifically for me, and its small, green and purple flowers last for a few days in a bud vase. I love the pretty-yet-edgy vibe they bring to these jewelry photos for my Wisteria Bracelet (above) and earrings from the Mechanical Garden collection (below.) Styling them was as simple as picking up my vase of studio flowers! (I love having my inspiration right in front of me!)
2. You don’t have to grow them where you enjoy them.
I have sunny (for Seattle, anyway!) east- and north-facing windows in my entryway that are great for orchids! They live here most of the time, where I get to enjoy their green leaves and pots in passing (and play spot-the-orchid-spike for upcoming blooms.) They’re joined by a couple of hoyas (below), and a tropical Nepenthes pitcher plant and Bilbergia nutans (above.) But, I don’t spend a lot of time in this spot, so when one comes into bloom, I bring it up to the desk in my studio for a week or so. (Can you spot the blooming Phalaeonopsis and Encyclia mariae here? It would be a shame not to spend time enjoying them closer up, right?)
3. Standard-size pots and a designated spot make it easy to place an orchid that’s blooming.
If I had to clear a different-sized space every time something bloomed, I’d never bother! Most of my orchids are about the same size, and I use these green Ikea cachepots for almost all of them. (The plastic pots inside have drainage holes, the cachepots don’t — so they don’t make a mess everywhere when I water them.) A designated spot on the shelf beside my window is ready for them. (Unfortunately, the window looks straight into my neighbor’s bathroom, so… Yeah. Curtains it is!)
Above and below: Oncidium ‘Tsiku Marguerite’ (one of my favs from the Twinkle family!) shows off its green cachepot, and brings a little life into a jewelry photo.
I work in my home studio, but commuters going in to the office might appreciate lightweight standard plastic pots that slide neatly into a beautiful (but heavier) cachepot that stays in the office. (Yes, you can still bring your orchids with you — especially if you spot them as they first begin to spike, when they’re shorter and less likely to get a bud knocked off. Treat the pot like a bouquet of flowers — hold it in your lap on the bus, or wedge it securely into place while you drive. And test it first with something less precious, like a Trader Joe’s mini phalaeonopsis, before risking a rare orchid’s first bloom.)
Most of the time, my orchids give me a beautiful spot to rest my eyes on a computer screen break or during some creative daydreaming. That’s reason enough to bring them in, for me! But they do have other benefits too — like inspiring photo shoots and even new jewelry styles.
Above, the Trellis Earrings are shorter dangles that look great with short haircuts like sleek bobs and razor pixie cuts, and any kind of updo. They make a statement, sure — but they’re easy to wear to the office to spice up that classic look. I love these for day to night looks where you want your personal style to shine through everything.
The big, classic circles of the Rose Window Earrings tone down their spiky edge, so you can treat them like statement hoop earrings. Wear them with a maxi dress for a summer barbecue or evening beach walk — black, if you need a great summer Goth look. (They’re modern chainmail, after all!) These are my go-to earrings for travel, since they look great with jeans or an evening outfit, they’re easy to wear with everything, and no one notices how many times I’ve worn that black cardigan when they’re busy staring at my earrings. And they’re great with longer hair, just like classic hoops.
The Garland Earrings are the longest of the three styles — great for mid-length hair, but also amazing as swinging modern chandelier earrings with a French twist or updo. I love them for evening looks — I’ve worn them to benefit galas and weddings (they’d be amazing for a modern non-traditional bride, too!) But I also love them at conference dinners and other events where I want to look great and be memorable.