Monthly Archives: October 2018

BB Podcast Episode 29: Janelle Wylie

“I feel like it just fell in my lap. I feel like it just showed up and I either answered the door or I didn’t.”

-Janelle Wylie | Lavenders Flowers & Tono + Co

Sposto Photography

Today we’re sitting down with Janelle Wylie, owner of  Lavenders Flowers & Tono + Co in Santa Ana, California, to discuss:

  • how she transitioned her career path from speech pathology to floral design
  • the impact Larry from Craig’s List has had on her career
  • why and how she rebranded Lavenders Flowers
  • how her degree in studio art taught her resourcefulness and helped her build a network of artistic colleagues
  • her Bohemian lifestyle while going to college and running a business during the early years
  • her unusual college graduation day
  • why she likens the floral industry to an accordion
  • her  uniquely qualified team
  • the importance of having a business-minded team member to counterbalance the artistic approach of a designer
  • how she keeps her team inspired
  • how she learned to dye silk
  • how she keeps up with inventory
  • her interest in the psychology of color

Sposto Photography

Ryan Franklin Chin Photography

Links mentioned in Episode Twenty-Nine:

Sposto Photography

Sposto Photography

Ryan Franklin Chin Photography

Links of Interest:

 Website: Lavenders Flowers | Tono + Co

Instagram: Lavenders Flowers | Tono + Co

Facebook:  Lavenders Flowers | Tono + Co

Pinterest: Tono + Co

Sposto Photography


Today’s episode is brought to you by:

Comprehensive online course with Holly & Evan Chapple coming in 2019.  Click here to join their subscriber list and be the first to know when the course is released.


BB Podcast Sound Engineer: Landon McGee

Suspended Floral Designs

London Flower School | No Floral Foam

Sweet Root Village | Tart Event Co | Modern Foliage

Posey Floral and Event Design | Haute Belle Events

Nisie’s Enchanted Florist

Chloe + Mint | The Wedding Day Workshop | Dear Lovers Photography | Whiskers and Willow 

Exquisite Designs | Jacqui Cole Photography | GiaBella Weddings

Floraison Floral Design

Firenza Floral Design | L27 Weddings & Events | Holme Flowers

Sophie Felts Floral Design | Lauren R Swann Photography

Floral Verde 

Mary Lennox | The NY Times Style Magazine | Guido Castagnoli Photography

Mayesh Design Star Workshop | Santa Barbara

Have you heard about the Mayesh Design Star Workshop Series ? We’re taking a peek inside the latest MDS Workshop which was held in Santa Barbara, California. Only one more stop on the 2018 tour!  Salt Lake City, they’re coming to you next on November 12-13.

For their fourth stop of the 2018 Mayesh Design Star workshop series, Kaylee Young and the Mayesh team hosted a workshop in the beautiful beach town of Santa Barbara this past August. The workshop was held at The Narrative Loft, a funky and eclectic venue near State Street.

The selection of decor and florals at the workshop were inspired by the town of Santa Barbara itself. Kaylee selected a bright, monochromatic color palette of hot pink, coral, peach, and orange-y red florals to reflect the desert tones of the area.

Monday evening the workshop began with a networking event. Students and workshop team members mingled while they sipped on wine and enjoyed delicious appetizers. Each person at the workshop had an opportunity to get up in front of the class and share their story. They each had a unique story to tell, and a specific path that led them to a life full of flowers. This special evening of sharing stories set the tone for a warm-hearted and intimate workshop. The evening continued with Ryan O’Neil of Curate and Brad Beck of Design Master sharing some educational insights on their respective products, and finally with Kaylee leading the attendees in the mood boarding activity.

On Tuesday morning, students arrived feeling inspired and excited after having created their individual mood boards & socializing with new friends the evening before. Kaylee and her assistant, Jamie, led the students in a two-part group installation; the first, a hanging piece above the styled table, set in front the second installation composed of three large wrought iron gates. After the installation, Kaylee led a demonstration on how to design a centerpiece, and then walked around giving advice and critiques as the students worked on their own.

When their centerpieces were complete, Anna Lord photographed their work on a beautifully styled table using pieces from local rental company Party Pleasers.

To join Kaylee & Mayesh at their workshop in Salt Lake City, click here for more

Blog Post Sponsored by Mayesh Wholesale

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BB Podcast Episode 28: Kelly Mendenhall

“There may or may not be a Lego man in your bouquet.”

-Kelly Mendenhall (mother of 3)

Today we’re sitting down with Kelly Mendenhall, owner of  3 Leaf Floral in Grand Junction, Colorado, to discuss:

  • how workshop attendance affected the trajectory of her business
  • how her motherhood plays into the decisions she makes about her business
  • why she decided not to continue offering restaurant accounts and subscriptions
  • how she’s built a mentoring service to incorporate her counseling background
  • the importance of local growers to her business
  • why she recommends freelancing for business owners
  • how she problem solves issues related to living in a small town without a wholesaler
  • the challenge and adventure of working in the mountains
  • the importance of posting images of yourself for colleagues and clients to be able to connect with you
  • the importance of finding a great sales rep
  • the wedding professional who helped her get her foot in the door in her local market

Cat Mayer Photography

Katherine Ridgely Photography

Links mentioned in Episode Twenty-Eight:

Get Kelly’s free guide:

Start Here: a simple start to self motivation and creative wellness

K Robinson Photography

Links of Interest:

 Website |Instagram | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest

Cat Mayer Photography


Today’s episode is brought to you by:

Floral Intensive Retreats now available, click here for more info.


BB Podcast Sound Engineer: Landon McGee

Anthurium: Hotter Than Ever

Allium  by Olympia | Diego Padilla Magallanes Photography

Nine Blooms

Allium by Olympia

Lavenders Flowers | Tono + Co | Green Apple Event Co

Twigs Floral Design

Trille Floral

Sachi Rose | The Wing

Mayesh Wholesale | Design Master

Meg Catherine FlowersStacy Able Photography 

Lacy Bird


Catalina Neal | Glitter Guide

Lavenders Flowers | Tono + Co

Maxit Flower Design | Kelli Durham Photography

SELVA | Chantel Marie Photography

Lavenders Flowers

Floral Menagerie | Struve Photography

Color Theory Collective | Mayesh Portland

Ivy Lin