Please join me for a night at the farm! I will be doing a Farm-Floral Demo on taking a Kendall Farm's Flower Stand Bouquet and making a table centerpiece with foam. Tickets $100 per person are available for purchase on the Kendall Farms website.
So, things have been a bit crazy around here since the beginning of the year but I am super excited to share with you the latest endeavor of brides wanting Kendall Farms flowers for their wedding!!!
I LOVE brides! I’ve really enjoyed doing makeup for their special day over the years, but the tides have been shifting lately. With all of the design work I have been doing for the farm, brides have been asking for me to create their floral arrangements for their special day too!
When doing makeup, you are working with color, texture and of course the shape of someone’s face. How their eyes are shaped, their cheeks and their bone structure are all lend to the individual make up style I create. Well, with flowers its very similar - all those same elements are involved. Color, shape, style, structure and the brides vision inspire me to create a unique and custom floral design specific to the bride. There is something about connecting with flowers that puts the soul at rest and you can easily get lost in it …
It has been such a natural transition taking my passion for of design and make up along with my love for flowers and sharing this special experience with my beautiful brides! It’s amazing to me that my path has gone this way in the floral world but I truly feel privileged to be a part of this world and sharing it with others.
I’m enjoying each day and opportunity as they come!
Christmas greens have to be one of my all-time favorite products to work with!! Not only are they super hardy but they smell divine and can make anything feel like “Happy Holidays” in a matter of seconds!!
This is what really inspired the 1st Holiday Pop-Up for Kendall Farms ever this year!! We have this killer school bus that we converted to a tour bus for the farm. The bus is not street legal and only goes about 35 mph. Fortunately we did not need the bus on the street or to go fast for this event. We used it for the venue and it was absolutely perfect!
We parked the bus close to the bottom of the farm and filled it with tons of fun Christmas Swag!!! There were signature DK Designed door hangers, wreaths, candles and lots of Kendall Farms gear in tow. It turned out super cute and we had a great day of new and old friends coming by to check it out!! And, at the end of the day isn't that what the holidays are all about, hanging with friends and sharing a few moments of cheer together!!!
Thanks to all the peeps that came by and to those of you that missed it … we hope to have another pop-up shop real soon!!! Stay tuned!!!
Merry Christmas! Wishing you a VERY Happy New Year!!! XOXO
I recently met this fantastic woman named Michelle who sells the most beautiful pillows and Futa Textiles!! They are absolutely stunning!! When we met, we hit it off immediately. She mentioned that she does Pop Ups at West Elm in Mission Valley, San Diego and I should join her. West Elm is one of my favorite brands and I was totally on board. The next thing I know we’re coordinating a pop-up together!
West Elm was so gracious and said they would love to have DKD design bouquets and flowers (from Kendall Farms of course!) for them. I created and displayed the floral arrangements right in the middle of the store!! It was a fantastic day meeting the locals in the neighborhood and being surrounded by all of West Elm’s amazing decor and home furnishings!! Needless to say .. I was inspired!
I enjoyed seeing the Kendall Farms Flower Stand bouquets I had created find new homes with happy flower loving customers. It reminded me of how how much fun I had during my retail days!! What a great collaboration of fabulous people and great products!!! Looking forward to more fun floral design workshops!
So, I have this fantastic Marketing company JP&Co that I get to work with on a pretty regular basis. It is always exciting when we get to collaborate together because I get to do a little bit of everything! They are pretty flexible with me on the vision of what they want for their projects and that allows for me to cut loose and get inspired!
This shoot was for Matfer Bourgeat with the amazing Chef Derrick Peltz who was recently on Master Chef with Gordon Ramsey. What this combo means is … excellent food being cooked up with some serious professional chef kitchen tools!
It’s always a bonus and lots of fun behind the scenes! We started with setting the stage in a private kitchen we used for the shoot. The property we were shooting at has a ton of amazing citrus trees, that became the inspiration for the kitchen. Lemons, limes and oranges with the leaves left on! The shoot was all about the Chef and the professional tools of course! But you need a pop of color here and there to create interest for the action shots. Add some white plates and bowls on the upper shelves with just of touch of copper and things are shaping up.
The long table in the outside courtyard was the perfect spot to sit and have a family style meal together and taste the Chefs mouth-watering duck creation. I dressed the table with white lilies and white wax from Kendall Farms in Weck jars and a touch of silver dollar at each place setting. Well, as things go… those stubborn white lilies were not wanting to open for the shoot so they stayed closed but let me tell you sometimes these things happen!!! And we actually liked the look of the closed lilies a lot better than if they were open because it allowed the eye to be focused on the plated food while still having an elegant floral touch on the table. As always ... things work out!!
The Cali sun did not disappoint that day and the temp outside was just right. We enjoyed some time at the table together hearing about Chef Derrick's adventure of being on Master Chef and where he is headed for the future.
The final pics of the day are always the head shots for the client so that’s where I come in with powder and touch ups.... The BEST was watching Chef Derrick rock those head shots!
It’s always a great day when I get to cross over from set design, to floral then to makeup .... and It doesn’t get much better than that!!!
Designing for The Flower Stand at Kendall Farms has to be one of the most amazing projects that I get to be part of. Yes - I am a Kendall family member, but every time I step foot on the farm, there is something that transcends over me and I feel inspired by the land, the smells of the cooler, the culture and the people that work there. With any business or company, sometimes things get crazy and hectic, yet- when I’m here, all I have to do is take a short walk and breath deep and things settle and all becomes just that much clearer as to why I’m so fortunate to do what I do.
Since the launch of The Flower Stand, we have had some great opportunities to show case our bouquets but when Rachael Ray called it was very exciting!!! This was something very special for their Valentine’s Day segment. These flowers were going to be given to Rachael Ray by her husband John, and I wanted to be sure it was something she would love. I immediately started researching previous set designs from the show, her photos and what just her energy is like when she is on the show. Instead of traditional dark reds and pinks, which are so popular at Valentine’s Day - I went a different route for Rachel. I used a huge Banksia and dressed it with corals and yellows and touches of blue green eucalyptus...bright and beautiful!!
It is such a pleasure to be able to work with flowers and combine colors and textures and create a special floral bouquet that beautifully mirrored Rachael’s personality.
I’m pretty sure Rachael Ray was happy and I am sure her audience was too because they all got a bouquet too!!!!
OMG The Flower Stand at Kendall Farms is up and running! Seriously, it is such an exciting time at Kendall Farms right now! The newest brain child has been released and we are so excited!
Kendall Farms is bringing flowers straight from our fields to your home or business through our new online store! It's quick and easy to do! Simply, log on to The Flower Stand, pick a big or little bunch, select your frequency and destination (Shipping anywhere in the US). And voila! Your gorgeous flowers are on their way! How good is that!?!
The flowers are always the best of what we have in season and always an American Grown product. We believe in supporting other flower farmers and this is a great way to do just that! It was a long road to get here but we can't believe how many people love flowers the way we do!
New arrangements every month, so you are always getting something different and on trend with season. Danielle Kendall Design is excited about the opportunity to work with the Kendall Farms team and take the best of the farm and create these fabulous bouquets!
The VERY best part though ....
So check out the new website and click on The Flower Stand to get some sunshine delievered to you today!!!
Photo credit: Susie Fiebich Photography
Thinking PINK in October is all about bringing awareness to Breast Cancer! When my fabulous friend Season asked me to support her Salon, Mary Jane North, for Bubbles & Blowdries for Boobies, it was a no brainer ... What a perfect way to give back and raise money for a very worthy cause!
Most everyone has had someone close to them fight this disease and that is what motivated me. My half-sister Krystal and my dear friend Lize, both are very dynamic wonderful women that fought hard and are breast cancer survivors today.
It is always a pleasure to teach women how to enhance their beautiful features with a lesson in makeup application. So many fabulous women sat down and let me touch their faces. Of course, I had them do a little work too ... but in the end I think they left my chair feeling confident and a little bit smarter on how to apply their makeup.
With Ian (my favorite DJ and hairstylist) spinning amazing music, a room full of stylists and guests, you could just feel the energy and support for this incredible cause. Champagne, bubbles and sweet treats are always a nice touch too!!! The day turned out to be fantastic and we raised some good money. I'm thrilled I was able to be a part of this worthy event!
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Something about summer brings endless possibilities of inspiration and this summer has been exactly that….so many heartwarming moments of true INPSIRATION.
Which brings me to the question of what truly inspires a person? For everyone it is something a bit different but for some of us it feels like it’s a constant. Traveling has always been a very important part of my life and I am so grateful to say that this summer of travel did not disappoint. And indeed brought a plethora of inspiration that helped “reset” my core and inspired me even more for the months to come!
Getting the chance to travel with some of my dearest friends and no kids is a rare event. And I can honestly say that I had a trip of a lifetime. These girls have known me since college and were up for some serious fun and inspiration! It wasn't just about the food and wine, the museums and all of the impeccably-dressed individuals on the street… there was something in the air.
Late June can bring heat, yet we had a modest 70 degrees every day and felt like we floated through the city. The colors of the buildings, the Parisian architecture and the beautiful shops were so enchanting…It was as if I was in a dream state. Then, add in the gorgeous flower shops, perfumeries and of course the beauty of the people and your brain feels like it’s on steroids. The Parisians just have a swagger all their own! They were delightful and lovely! They embraced us American women with open arms and shared their beautiful city with us.
My time in Paris was such an important reminder to hone in on the moments in life we so often can miss, to look around and soak in our surroundings and to search within for inspiration.
Beautiful water, every shade of green you can imagine with white sand was the perfect backdrop for everything. But that was just the beginning!!! This was a trip with family and fabulous friends that had the incredible opportunity to experience Belize together for the first time.
The Creo talk mixed with Spanish and English was fantastic! But the best part of Belize was the easy laid back feeling everywhere you went. There is no rush - just time, lots of it to enjoy and immerse yourself in all the elements.
Sometimes the soul just needs to rest and listen to the natural surroundings to get inspired and filled up. Moments of pure rest and relaxation. Nothing pressing or urgent just the gift of being present.
It is a fabulous treat to travel with youngsters who are seeing ocean animals, palapas, and coconut trees for the first time! Being with good friends and making memories creates the kind of inspiration that keeps giving back even when you have left such a special place.
WISCONSIN AND NEW HAMPSHIRE
While vacationing in New Hampshire, one afternoon my cousin and I decided to take a drive through the back roads. We were on the hunt for the grocery store and he knew exactly what direction we should go.
As we barreled down the dirt road we came upon a beautiful property. From the charcoal barn and the vintage cherry red truck it was almost too much to taken in. The scene was set, the barn was photoshoot ready and I was INSPIRED! You couldn’t miss the flowers and the dark green lawn that were standing front and center. All I wanted to do was knock on the front door and find out who had such vision to create this classically charming space! But I restrained myself and just snuck a few photos for inspiration instead!
Seriously, it was the best drive by ever to find such a special space. It reminded me that inspiration is not just with what our eyes see but in the journey to get there as well.
Bon voyage summer … until we meet again.
How do you showcase all of the elements that make up DK Design? Well, you get innovative!
Step 1: Build the Stage
Take a beautiful outside destination and put your design stamp on it …. decorative pillows, throws, table and floral arrangements with Eucalyptus that’s dripping from everything.
Step 2: Set the Mood
Lots of lighting, cool DJ, and bring in local wine, beer and incredibly beautiful & delicious bites for the guests to enjoy.
Step 3: Inspire
Time for guest to dive in and experience the art exhibit that feels like your dream closet and check out story boards of beautiful spaces with lots of texture in an outside living space you never want to leave!
What a dream come true to build a business around all the things I love to do. It was such a pleasure to create a space that involved all the elements that I do for my clients. Weather you wear it, live in it or just want to own it style and design are part of everyday life. The evening was not only to introduce DK Design but it was an evening set out to INSPIRE!!
Once and awhile there are these opportunities to take an “unloved” space and turn it into something worth flipping out over! That was just the case for this quaint condo in Palm Desert, CA. Linoleum floors, dated cabinets, a bar from 1970's with a broken mirror and stained carpet from who knows what, is not so pretty. The golf course where it sits is absolutely stunning and it just needed some overdue love to bring it back to life.
If I could have kept this little gem for a weekend getaway I would have … but let’s be realistic, life is busy and if the numbers make sense, why not clean it up and find a new happy owner for it!
The great thing about flipping a house is that hopefully someone else will be living in it once it’s done, so making some of those hard decisions about finishes becomes a little bit easier. Classic materials, clean open spaces, fresh paint, new cabinets and appliances helped breath life back into this home. Add a few pieces for staging and its starts to all come together. There are always a few bumps in a project (like a cracked marble countertop for the master bath vanity) but once it’s finished it’s totally worth it!
The day started off with a makeup application for a photo shoot but turned into so much more! Marissa, the featured executive chef for the shoot is naturally stunning. Getting to do her makeup was a treat because in August this beauty is getting married! So this was a fantastic time to get her beautified for the shoot but also talk details about her upcoming wedding and the look she would like for her big day.
With spring inspiration in mind, I used, Bobbi Browns Shimmer Brick in Rose Quartz and a beautiful Sephora lip color called Rose Dawn. A dust of Trish McEvoy's Peach Shimmer on her lids and lots of Loreal Voluminous black mascara finished the look. Sometimes a little less makeup packs more of a punch!
Well, once we were wrapped with make-up, I had to stick around for touch ups and to see the action happen with the photographer!! I am so glad I did!! I just can’t resist myself, once things start rolling I saw some opportunities for the pictures and just had to get my hands dirty and do some food styling! I dressed the PIG with local, seasonal vegetables and herbs for its big reveal in the kitchen while Marissa created a fabulous pork dish made from parts of the PIG. You just never know what the job will call for, so glad I got to seize the moment and DRESS the PIG!!! Doesn't this chef just look so PRETTY with her PORK!
Take a look as those beautiful hand built shelves!!! Well, those shelves are brand spanking NEW! Believe it or not, that "used to be" the entry wall/closet and now it is the backside of a fantastic set of stairs that leads to a new family room addition. These beauties also lead into Susie's workspace so they had to be styled just right.
As you may have guessed, Susie is a photographer and a fabulous collector of all things vintage. Going to Susie's home is like a shopping experience all in itself. We had to do some deleting of items but now you see all of her treasures highlighted and on display! Sometimes by de-cluttering and starting fresh you can see new possibilities in your space and still have your personality shine through. Great rule to live by: One new item that comes in means one old item must go out!
The best addition is the new sitting chairs for visiting clients that have a vintage vibe. We also took all her mix match frames and spray painted them gold. (I do have a slight addiction to gold spray paint). We popped in some of her personal prints and the space was ready to go.
Photo credit props to: Susie Fiebich
Where do I start? This is Kendall Farms and yes, I am married to Mr. Kendall. 500 acres of breathtaking flowers and greens!! So, when the farm needs help with events they call for reinforcements (AKA me!)
That cool hanging swag that is showcased in our packing house was a beast! (It took quite a bit of helpers to get that one hung just right.) It is made of fallen oak branches from the farm with added Protea and Greens to complete a really cool piece of design! The family style table was a perfect fit for an afternoon BBQ lunch for some other local growers! Plus, mason jars and some rustic touches helped finish the decor for the table.
We build those dreamy wood carts and use them to sell mason jar bouquets to different vendors. Designing on any level for the farm is always a treat! Working with rustic and hearty California products for the past few years has taught me so much!! Every time I get to touch something so naturally beautiful it helps center and inspire me for future projects...
Makeup was and is still one of my first loves. Beautiful Nina allowed me to try out a new fabulous lip color on her and add some light dusting of Mac iridescent loose powder for photos.
NARS did it right with Charlotte lipstick and Lanikai lipliner. As you can see, it was stunning! Those Dior Lashes weren't so shabby either.... It really is such a treat trying new products, and educating people on what’s right for them and having fun while doing it.
Well, as we all know, every moment is an opportunity to create so why not make a lily floral headpiece to go with that gorgeous lip? Nina was a trooper and I got to work with my next favorite things - FLOWERS!
The Phillips house is one of those homes where you just want to kick your shoes off and grab a drink and chill (which I have had the pleasure of doing many times). It’s a bustling home of six in constant motion (3 young boys plus the little cutie on the chair, Frodo). The blend of beautiful, inherited antique pieces with some fresh new items truly match the personality of this young family. Fresh flowers and stacked books add charm and some flavor!
The dining table was designed and crafted by the owners. Restoration Hardware chairs nicely finish off the look. Living close to the ocean calls for some touches including local shells, candles, and a fabulous linen from Parker and Clay… and becomes the perfect spot for family dinners and homework evenings.
The sideboard table is also a handcrafted mission style piece from the owners. Fantastic art, a catch tray for keys, and some fun pops of color finish it off. I enjoy taking what the client already owns and styling it to feel updated. Most everyone has a few pieces that they love and want to incorporate into the new design. Up-cycling is a great way to enhance your home without breaking the budget.
The fireplace came with the home and its wood mantel is a showstopper. For now, a little accessorizing to enhance its better qualities is all the attention it needs! Keep checking back in, because there are some changes coming soon for this mighty fireplace!
Every now and then I get to style a photo shoot. This one was especially unique because it included feathers and chickens (they were the photographers’ pets so no chickens were harmed while shooting)! The vision was “French Avant Garde Meets Chickens.” I knew that getting the right pieces together for the photographer was very important so we reviewed the looks and shots and it came together beautifully.
A lot of details go into a photo shoot and it takes time. I have to make sure the clothing is on point, knowing that every little detail gets picked up on film. So, I analyze it all and in every direction before we even begin shooting. This saves everyone time and the less editing for the photographer, always a plus.
Whenver possible ... "vision meetings" are key! They give you the ability to strategize and prepare in advance and the opportunity to create a special shoot piece. Because there were feathers involved I decided, why not try and make a headpiece for the model? It took some late night crafting but it turned out beautifully and Nicole our fabulous model rocked it! The DVF dress she wearing is pretty fabulous too!!!
Photo credit props to Susie Fiebich
I love opening up my home to friends and family! With everyone’s busy schedules it’s so nice to get the ladies (and occasionally the gents) together and catch up on life. This was one of those days! Good food, floral accents, music, and some extra decor pieces set the mood off right! Champagne does help quite a bit too...
One person cannot do it alone, so collaborating with the right peeps helps a ton! My beautiful friend Lize, a chef and food consultant, jumped right in... I told her what was on the menu and while I finished floral displays, she went to town!!! Easy, simple and sharing style food goes a long way....
That white stallion was also at the party and has become part of the family. It is a piece that I move around quite frequently, and for this event, he was adorned with a small flower bouquet. If you love a specific piece, working it into your event/holiday decor makes it more personal and enjoyable throughout the year.
The other thing I like to mix together is floral with natural elements, like GOLD pine cones (the cones shown above are from my backyard tree, embellished with that handy spray can of GOLD) or even a piece of fruit. Natural elements add interest to floral pieces and it’s unexpected.
The last little floral beauty was just something pretty and a bit more traditional than my usual designs. Using a clear glass container and adding moss to cover the floral foam, it turned into a great centerpiece. That container is usually used for some yummy layering desserts but why not change it up and put flowers in it!!