Alethea Harampolis and Jill Rizzo are insanely talented floral designers. They co-own Studio Choo, a San Francisco based design studio. They are also co-authors of two books that I constantly turn to for inspiration, "Flower recipe" and "Wreath recipe", published by Chronicle books.
Studio Choo's style is loose and earthy but with a lovely light hand. In "Flower recipe" the pair walk you through making delightful designs using both common and not so common blooms, showing you first how to set off a flower by itself and building up to more variety filled designs. I love how they use varied containers including one of a kind jugs, vases and bowls to show how uncomplicated but unexpected flower design can be.
"Wreath recipe" is in a similar vein, and is blowing my mind on a daily basis. What I love most about this book is how they take the idea of a wreath and interpret that in a completely differently way than you usually see. The book follows a similar format to the "Flower recipe" by taking a single bloom as a starting point and showing different ways to use it. Loose organic circular wreaths are here, but so too are ribbon pendants with delicate blooms attached for a pretty wall hanging.
I carry both books at the shop. They are a constant source of inspiration to me, even after over 20 years in the flower biz so I can say with certainty they make a perfect gift for any flower lover (hey, why not pair a copy with a gift certificate to put towards one of our flower workshops for something extra special? Just putting that out there.)
If you'd like to see more of the beautiful work this talented pair puts together you can find more on their website here, and you can follow them on their instagram feed here.