Photographer Jon Shireman has been a blogger-favorite for a while now, and just to heap on a bit more praise, we’d like to show you some of his work.

To achieve the photographs below, Jon soaks fresh flowers in liquid nitrogen for thirty minutes and then shatters them.  We’re fascinated!  Not only because of the beauty of the flowers in both whole and broken form, but also because of the biology of the broken petals.  It’s cool to see how these same flowers that we work with every day each break so differently because of their unique structure.

Below, lisianthus and calla lily:

Have a great Friday, friends!  We’ll be back tomorrow with some photos of our events that we’re putting together this evening!

–Team KSW

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It’s Fashion to Flowers Thursday!  Check out this Oscar de la Renta Spring 2013 dress to end all dresses matched with the African Mask Leaf…

Those black and white stripes, does it get any better?  We saw this dress first on the Twitter feed of @OscarPRGirl and like a supernova the image of the dress spread like wild.  Could we have found a better horticultural pair for her than the African Mask Leaf!?

Available all year round, African Mask are plants that need serious TLC, lots of clipping the old leaves to make room for the new.  Sounds kind of like the fashion biz, hmm?

Our fashionista rocking this dress at her dinner party will have a carefully cultivated selection of African Mask Leaf along her table and in her lounge, a not-so-subtle nod to her color scheme and ability to access the rare and finite.

–Team KSW

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Image one here // Image two here

Hello friends!  Just so you know, since our studio is closed on Mondays, we are one day behind you and today is our Monday.  We’re just getting back from a whirlwind weekend of flowers and photoshoots with new friends.

We had two totally different looks for our weddings; one whimsical at the Rice Mill Lofts and the other inspired by the change of season at Southern Oaks Plantation.

Check out the bouquets below and tell us who is who :)

Then, on Sunday morning we headed over to Mrs. Vintage for a VooDoo photoshoot!  San Francisco photographer Jennifer Michelson of A Girl and A Camera shot our bride, P.S. Creative made some fabby menus and invitations, Mrs. Vintage offered the gorgeous furniture and backdrop and we of course provided the flowers!

Here’s a sneak peak from the shoot

Doesn’t that make the rainy day totally worth it?!  We can’t wait to see the rest of the photos!

Hope the rest of you had an excellent weekend.  Will we see you tomorrow at the NOLA Wedding Guide Bridal Extravaganza?!  We’ll be there!

— Team KSW

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If you’re new to Kim Starr Wise World, then you should know we’ve moved into a new studio space. We’ve got 1,000 square feet of space to work with!  That said, we’re scavenging the interior design section of the internet  for decoration ideas.  We’ve got a lot of {wall} space to fill!  We have a few ideas, if you’d like to see…

Blackboard paint!  I personally cannot wait to have our own blackboard (inspired by Australian shop Serin Cini) up on our walls to record our daily musings.  We are a funny bunch, especially when punchy.

A really BIG piece of floral art from Debbie Carlos.  How awesome is this?!  And its so big it doesn’t really need a frame, maybe just some washi tape.  First found on Design*Sponge, I am obsessed with everything Debbie Carlos creates.  But these roses were meant to be in our studio.  (Bonus they are very affordable!)

Flower constructions by Anne Ten Donkelaar.  These creations are made of paper, flower, roots, butterflies and I don’t know what else.  This definitely made me stop and look, and I would love to see ’em closer up.  If its the right size I would like to put this in the bathroom.  The rest of her artwork was pretty awesome too.

Have a great weekend!

–Team KSW

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We’re going to do a new weekly series inspired by fashion week.  Do you remember that scene of The Devil Wears Prada when Miranda Priestly chides Andie for scoffing at fashion, and she talks about the trickle down effect that fashion’s color choices have on the clothing that even the most unaffected shopper is influenced to purchase?

Well- same goes with flowers.  Our color palate is influenced by what we see and what is en vogue. Instead of waiting for the trickle down we’re going to steamline things with our Fashion to Flowers series.

Our first fashionista captured in Milan isn’t exactly a girly girl, but she likes pretty things.  This ranunculus is sitting  with two or three of his buddies on her nightstand, first thing she sees when she reaches for her iPhone in the morning.

First image via The Cut // Second image via Little Flower School

–Team KSW

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We’ve gotten a lot of great feedback on our string garden photoshoot from the sneak peeks we showed you, and the more people we talk to about it, the more we want to give a huge thank you and credit to our inspiration for the idea.

Jill and Tom of Urban Roots are friends who opened up their garden and plant supply shop this year.  We love that they are focused on being an earth-friendly and a local business, aside from their awesome selection of plants and materials!

We can’t wait to show you how we used our own vision for the string gardens, for now here is a snippt of the selection at Urban Roots.

A flower crown made of air plants, yadig?!




Phale again

As an added bonus, here’s their new kitty, Roots (what a great name!)

Make sure you check out Urban Roots for all of your local gardening needs, check ’em out on Facebook and Twitter too!

–Team KSW