studio flowers: amaryllis ‘Exotic Star’

studio flowers: amaryllis ‘Exotic Star’

Look who’s in bloom now! Amaryllis ‘Exotic Star’ is brightening up this snowy day in my studio. I’m entranced by these pale green flowers, striped with dark maroon red. They’re so elegant and lush, more like an amazingly easy-to-care-for orchid or a huge alstroemeria. (Seen here with the Garland Bracelet I was supposed to be working on…)

Three open flowers and a bud on green and red-striped amaryllis 'Exotic Star' (hippeastrum), blooming in a terracotta pot on a white desk in Wraptillion's studio.

I admit it — I spent way too long spinning the pot around so I could admire it from different angles! Hope you enjoy this bit of winter beauty and botanical-meets-modern lush style too!

Closeup of three open flowers and a bud on green and red-striped amaryllis 'Exotic Star' (hippeastrum), blooming in Wraptillion's studio.
Three open flowers and a bud on green and red-striped amaryllis 'Exotic Star' (hippeastrum), blooming in a terracotta pot on a white desk in Wraptillion's studio.

You can see it just beginning to open here, with my miniature amaryllis ‘Saffron’.

Three open flowers and a bud on green and red-striped amaryllis 'Exotic Star' (hippeastrum), blooming in a terracotta pot on a white desk in Wraptillion's studio.
Closeup of three open flowers and a bud on green and red-striped amaryllis 'Exotic Star' (hippeastrum), blooming in Wraptillion's studio.
Three open flowers and a bud on green and red-striped amaryllis 'Exotic Star' (hippeastrum), blooming in a terracotta pot on a white desk in Wraptillion's studio.
Three open flowers and a bud on green and red-striped amaryllis 'Exotic Star' (hippeastrum), blooming in a terracotta pot on a white desk in Wraptillion's studio.
Closeup of a hand and wrist wearing Wraptillion's spiky floral modern chainmail Garland Bracelet with three open flowers and a bud on green and red-striped amaryllis 'Exotic Star' (hippeastrum).

Want to see more sneak peeks into my studio and what’s growing and/or blooming here? See the studio flowers tag, or just the amaryllis. Or, click on modern holiday if that’s what you’re after!

Closeup of the side view of an opening flower and two more buds on light green and red striped amaryllis (hippeastrum) 'Dragonfly' (from the Sonatini collection).
Closeup of amaryllis 'La Paz' in bloom in Wraptillion's studio, with four spiky flowers in shades of red, orange, and yellow, with another bud showing.
Closeup of amaryllis (Hippeastrum) 'Evergreen' in Wraptillion's studio.

studio flowers: spiky, architectural sea holly

studio flowers: spiky, architectural sea holly

Sea holly (Eryngium species — I think this one might be Eryngium amethystinum?) is one of my favorite flowers to cut and enjoy in my studio workspace in summer. It’s so spiky and architectural, thistle-like without actually stabbing anyone — isn’t it perfect with my Scarab Bracelet? It’s an easy perennial to grow in my garden, and looks great without any fussing (always a goal for me.) This one hasn’t reached its full electric blue coloring yet, but I love it in all stages. Here it is last summer too, in the same Heath Ceramics bud vase. Why mess with something that works so perfectly in my everyday life? Maybe vases are like earrings: as long as you have a few to choose from that fit your style perfectly and go with everything, they’ll continue to bring you joy.

Sea holly (Eryngium) in a brown bud vase by Heath Ceramics on a desk next to Wraptillion's Delicate Scarab Necklace, Delicate Lotus Necklace, reading glasses, and a laptop.

Sneak peek into my studio — here’s the Delicate Scarab Necklace and Delicate Lotus Necklace I’m working on, from the Delicate Botanicals collection.

Sea holly (Eryngium) in a brown bud vase by Heath Ceramics on a desk next to Wraptillion's Delicate Scarab Necklace, Delicate Lotus Necklace, reading glasses, ruler, pliers, and a laptop.

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Sea holly (Eryngium) in a brown bud vase by Heath Ceramics on a desk next to a jewelry stand with Wraptillion's spiky floral Trellis Earrings.

Up next: the Trellis Earrings, from the Mechanical Garden collection.

Sea holly (Eryngium) in a brown bud vase by Heath Ceramics on a desk next to a jewelry stand with Wraptillion's spiky floral Trellis Earrings.

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Want to see more sneak peeks into my studio and what’s growing and/or blooming here? See the studio flowers tag.

Compiled image of four photos featuring a small floral arrangement of sea holly and Wraptillion's jewelry in the studio.

studio flowers: star jasmine

studio flowers: star jasmine

I wish you could smell the star jasmine I cut to enjoy in my studio this week. Its gorgeous, haunting scent makes me think of evenings in California (where I grew up), lush and lovely as gardenias and orange blossom, but much easier to grow in my colder Seattle-area garden. I love the spiky, delicate flowers and shining green leaves with my Rose Window Earrings, Trellis Earrings, and Garland Earrings (from my modern botanical-inspired Mechanical Garden jewelry collection), above. This pale yellow version is Trachelospermum asiaticum, a little hardier than the Trachelospermum jasminoides I remember.

Pale yellow star jasmine (Trachelospermum asiaticum) flowers and green leaves in a bud vase by Heath Ceramics on a desk in Wraptillion's studio workspace, with the modern botanical-inspired Rose Window Earrings, Trellis Earrings, and Garland Earrings.

Here’s a closeup (in my favorite Heath Ceramics bud vase — mine’s in their Redwood glaze, which doesn’t seem to be available right now.)

Pale yellow star jasmine (Trachelospermum asiaticum) flowers and green leaves in a bud vase by Heath Ceramics on a desk in Wraptillion's studio workspace, with the modern botanical-inspired Rose Window Earrings, Trellis Earrings, and Garland Earrings, reading glasses, and an open laptop..

Time to get back to work! Or… I could watch the mesmerizing swing of these earrings a little longer…

Cover screen for a short video featuring pale yellow star jasmine (Trachelospermum asiaticum) flowers and green leaves in a bud vase by Heath Ceramics on a desk in Wraptillion's studio workspace, with the modern botanical-inspired Rose Window Earrings, Trellis Earrings, and Garland Earrings.

Want to see more of how I bring a little beauty to my workspace? See more of my studio flowers posts.

Rose Window Earrings by Wraptillion (modern botanical-inspired silver-tone earrings)
Trellis Earrings by Wraptillion (modern botanical-inspired spiky abstract floral silver-tone earrings)
Garland Earrings by Wraptillion (modern botanical-inspired spiky abstract floral silver-tone chandelier earrings)

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Comppiled image of 3 photos featuring pale yellow star jasmine (Trachelospermum asiaticum) flowers and green leaves in a bud vase by Heath Ceramics on a desk in Wraptillion's studio workspace, with the modern botanical-inspired Rose Window Earrings, Trellis Earrings, and Garland Earrings, reading glasses, jewelry in progress, and a laptop. Text on image reads: studio flowers: star jasmine. wraptillion.

Vine, Fir Cone, and Tendril Earrings, from the Mechanical Garden collection

Wraptillion's Vine Earrings, Fir Cones Earrings, and Tendril Earrings with blooming orchid Encyclia mariae.

Looking for delicate botanical-inspired earrings that are sleek and modern, but still sinuous and organic? These little dangles will add a touch of edgy style to your look without raising any eyebrows in the office. Above, the Vine Earrings, Fir Cone Earrings, and Tendril Earrings, from from my modern botanical-inspired Mechanical Garden jewelry collection.

Wraptillion's Vine Earrings with blooming orchid Encyclia mariae.

Above, the Vine Earrings

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Wraptillion's Fir Cones Earrings with blooming orchid Encyclia mariae.

Above, the Fir Cone Earrings,

see the Fir Cone Earrings modeled here

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Wraptillion's Tendril Earrings with blooming orchid Encyclia mariae.

Above, the Tendril Earrings

see the Tendril Earrings modeled here

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Just here for the orchids? Here you go. (I love them too!)

The orchid featured here is my Encyclia mariae (formerly known as Euchile mariae.)

Orchid Encyclia mariae (formerly Euchile mariae) blooms on a desk in Wraptillion's studio next to a steel jewelry stand and earrings from Wraptillion's Mechanical Garden collection.
Compiled image of 4 photos featuring Wraptillion's Vine Earrings, Fir Cone Earrings, and Tendril Earrings with blooming orchid Encyclia mariae in a green cachepot.

Fuchsia, Hops, and Laburnum Earrings, from the Mechanical Garden collection

Wraptillion's Short Fuchsia Earrings, Long Fuchsia Earrings, Hops Earrings, and Laburnum Earrings with blooming orchid Encyclia mariae.

Here’s a few more earring photos from my modern botanical-inspired Mechanical Garden jewelry collection, taken with this gorgeous orchid in my studio workspace! Above, the Short Fuchsia Earrings and Long Fuchsia Earrings are delicate little abstract floral dangle earrings, while the swinging, kinetic sculptural Hops Earrings and Laburnum Earrings have a bolder, edgy feel. Somehow, their abstract modern style pairs perfectly with lush Art Deco and Art Nouveau designs.

Wraptillion's Short Fuchsia Earrings with blooming orchid Encyclia mariae.

Above, the Short Fuchsia Earrings — smallest and most delicate of this group. Perfect for travel, for work or for fun — these lightweight, easy neutral earrings go with everything!

see the Short Fuchsia Earrings modeled here

Wraptillion's Long Fuchsia Earrings with blooming orchid Encyclia mariae.

Above, the Long Fuchsia Earrings: medium length, an easy day-to-night, office-to-date option. Office appropriate, but definitely your style.

see the Long Fuchsia Earrings modeled here

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Wraptillion's Hops Earrings with blooming orchid Encyclia mariae.

Above, the Hops Earrings: perfect for date night at the brewpub with jeans, or something a little fancier — wherever your plans take you.

see the Hops Earrings modeled here

Wraptillion's Laburnum Earrings with blooming orchid Encyclia mariae.

Above, the Laburnum Earrings: great for a modern, edgy black tie outfit that’s not at all stuffy — think hip benefit gala or cool modern wedding. But they pair well with a simple summer maxi dress, too — wear them to that summer concert under the stars or vacation date on the lanai!

see the Laburnum Earrings modeled here

Shop the Mechanical Garden collection

Just here for the orchids? Here you go. (I love them too!)

The orchid featured here is my Encyclia mariae (formerly known as Euchile mariae.)

Orchid Encyclia mariae (formerly Euchile mariae) blooms on a desk in Wraptillion's studio next to a steel jewelry stand and earrings from Wraptillion's Mechanical Garden collection.
Compiled image of 4 photos featuring Wraptillion's Short and Long Fuchsia Earrings, Hops Earrings, and Laburnum Earrings with blooming orchid Encyclia mariae in a green cachepot.