Living Beautifully by Bringing the Natural World Inside
“These paintings say everything about us: the use of vibrant tones, the bloom of watercolor, and the fact that they are cactus. They are part of who we are,” Bridget says.
Education is a huge part of what Mahonia provides. The designers listen as you walk through your daily routine or as you show them a picture of your living room. Then they suggest a plant that will meet your needs. Bridget says many people don’t “see” plants — they treat them like a piece of furniture and eventually they die. Mahonia provides the education to keep buyers’ plants and flowers alive and them happier in their relationships with their homes’ new addition.
Unlike other flower shops, Mahonia prides itself on “letting the flower tell its own story.” Some floral designers use wire to manipulate the stems, but Mahonia’s designers take a more organic approach. “We look for how the stem is arching and that’s how we arrange the vase. We also source some local flowers and fill a vase with one variety. Nothing beats a big old vase of hydrangeas.” Mahonia also sells single stems to make buying flowers accessible to a variety of budgets.
Here are some of Bridget’s suggestions for giving the gift of nature :
- Terrariums (starting at $20)
- Fresh hand-tied bouquet (starting at $25) or vase arrangement (starting at $75)
- Succulent planter (starting at $50)
- In the Company of Women (book, $35)
- Amethyst or other mineral ($15-125)