A couple of weeks ago, I decided to buy this beautiful photograph. Initially my motive was to support the arts, but I came to realize that this image spoke to me - it symbolized and represented a very blurry and dizzying 2020. It was an unforgettable year, and on reflection, I wanted something tangible that would live in my home and remind me to embrace the imperfect and unfocused.
For those who know Belle Fleur’s design philosophy, we color within the lines; our style and business practice has always been unapologetically polished and refined. We had to go out of our comfort zone to reinvent ourselves in order to meet the challenges of 2020. We launched a DIY business, Box of Blooms, with a Create / Learn / Share edict that has become an essential part of our business. Its success can be attributed to how it supercharges creativity, feeds the hunger in all of us to learn, and allows us to share what we've created with the world.
Life has shifted for all of us as we’ve had to pause, practice patience and place importance on our well-being, realizing that true beauty lies in our connections with each other. Every day, as we send out your bouquets and your Box of Blooms, I cherish the thought of what each recipient will feel when they receive our blooms. I'm grateful to be your messenger, it feeds my soul. Our team of Fleurettes design with intent and our raison d'etre is conveying your affections through our flowers.
Let’s go into the new year with focus that the doors of 2020 have officially closed and the open doors of 2021 are revealing a more meaningful purpose with new possibilities. Join Belle Fleur as we look through life’s lens with a clear perspective and a mindset based on love, empathy and justice. Flowers continue to bloom and butterflies will gracefully flutter around them, representing hope and the vitality of life.
Wishes upon wishes for a beautiful and safe year ahead for all.
With your help, we will 'Petal it Forward' to twelve charities near and dear to our hearts. This month, we are contributing to the AUSTRALIAN RED CROSS in support of Australia's communities and wildlife, so devastatingly affected by bushfires.
We wanted to reach out and make an impact with our first post of 2020 and we think you'll be delighted to hear about our new, year-long charity initiative.
Belle Fleur Flowers is thrilled to be celebrating our 25th year of being part of the most wonderful and heartwarming moments. Using flowers as our medium, we have played cupid for thousands of New Yorkers; we’ve designed weddings for hundreds of blissful couples, the Queen Bee, and even a prince. Our blooms have healed souls and mended friendships, and turned chaos into order; little girls receiving Sweet Peas from their Dads; bosses thanking assistants for burning the midnight oil. We’ve sent posies from dogs to cats, and have chartered a helicopter to deliver orchids to the Hamptons. Some outrageous orders, but mostly just sincere and heartfelt.
We share in this collective narrative and we are grateful for being your fleuriste.
As a way to honor you, our loyal clients, we will be your liaison to 'Petal' it Forward. Each month Belle Fleur will donate a portion of our floral gifting business to a charity carefully selected and close to our hearts.
Thank you all for your support! - Meredith & the Belle Fleur team.
January 2020: Australian Red Cross February 2020: American Heart Association March 2020: GirlForward April 2020: Pure Earth May 2020: Every Mother Counts June 2020: The Trevor Project July 2020: The Honeybee Conservancy August 2020: Healthy Child Healthy World September 2020: Pajama Program October 2020: Pink Pony Promise November 2020: City Harvest December 2020: Make A Wish Foundation
Welcome to the new frontier of scenting, where aroma, technology and luxury design merge to radically elevate your lifestyle
The romanticism of an aromatic candle’s flickering flame will never get old, but for anyone that’s ever run out of matches at an inopportune time or departed the house wondering if a candle was left burning, Belle Fleur Maison brings a modern-day solution to the home fragrance industry, an industry that hasn’t changed in a century and has found it challenging to introduce technology that both works well and looks beautiful.
No one doubts that there is incontrovertible evidence of technology taking over our lives - from self-driving cars and fully tech-integrated homes, to objects that make our lives easier and more convenient. With our launch of AERÔMYST, Belle Fleur is diving in head first where scenting is concerned. While we’ve purposely avoided the cliché and the kitschy, we have focused on outwardly beautiful, technologically efficient diffusion and being able to conveniently control when, where and how someone may want to diffuse a fragrance of their choice.
With the push of a button on your smartphone, AERÔMYST’s Bluetooth technology is only part of the equation. The system was designed to diffuse nano-particles through a cold-air/dry-mist diffusion system which means cleaner, safer and better scenting for any space. The intuitive fragrance controls via smartphone app offers an endless array of customizable settings at your fingertips, from aroma intensity level to any day and hour of the week in combinations that suit your lifestyle. These stunning diffusers are wrapped in hand stitched Italian leather in an array of colors, emphasizing Belle Fleur’s design-driven approach that proves you can have both, superior quality fragrances and luxury design, in one sleek package.
In dense urban environments, the magic of hidden gardens happen in the most unexpected of places
Although a rarity, experiencing an intimate rooftop in New York City is one of the most splendid and surprising wonders of city life. As New Yorkers, we rarely look up as we make our way through the stone and glass canyons that surround us on our daily pilgrimage to and from work. It’s difficult to imagine that housed atop some of these structures exist tiny gems of lush intimacy - jewels in the sky that offer respite from the noise and harshness of a bustling city below.
One such place, where we had the honor of designing and hosting an intimate gathering of industry friends a few weeks ago for a night of music, dinner and drinks, was 620 Loft and Garden. One would never think that hidden atop the two, six story buildings flanking the Fifth Avenue walkway to Rockefeller Center, exists not one but two stunningly beautiful and intimate oases. Though far from being high in the sky, this intimate setting offers the most spectacular views of Midtown East and St. Patrick’s Cathedral. For the event, two long communal dining tables adorned with feathery, pinkish astilbe centerpieces under a cascading canopy of eucalyptus, were set in the middle of the garden with the scent of our Velvet Santal wafting throughout. The perfectly manicured bushes, blooming flowers and the azure reflecting pool couldn't help but give the feeling of being transported to the grounds of a lovely chateau in the French countryside, though oddly surrounded by the surreal vignettes of classic Midtown New York City.
Interested in what that night may have smelled like? Try our Velvet Santal, an exotic blend of spice, sandalwood, oud and Turkish rose absolute.
A collaboration with perfumer Jerome Epinette brought the concept of an enigmatic architectural icon to olfactive life.
You’ve seen Casa Malaparte before, though you may not have realized it - most famously, in Jean-Luc Goddard’s 1963 film, “Contempt” starring Brigitte Bardot as the blithe femme fatale and most recently as the backdrop in a series of advertisements for high profile designer brands. The iconic villa, a radically modernist structure for its time (1937), is as provocative and mysterious as its designer/owner, Curzio Malaparte - journalist, diplomat and agent provocateur, and continues to seduce and mesmerize history, design and architectural enthusiasts alike.
Set on Capri, the fabled isle of pleasure, the house sits alone perched eighty feet above the sea, atop a rocky promontory overlooking the Bay of Naples. The only access is by a long, winding footpath through thick, green vegetation or by sea - precariously climbing the jagged rock via a staircase carved into the stone. It is a striking juxtaposition between the natural and the man-made. The house has always been an obscure object of desire to the curious and to those who've dreamt of inhabiting her, if but for a moment of time - yet very few have ever been allowed inside. The closest they’ve come to experiencing it has been through an SLR zoom lens aboard one of dozens of tourist boats anchored below. To all who make the pilgrimage, Casa Malaparte appears to be the perfect symbol of solitary beauty, and like the Bardot character, lies in state as a blissfully indifferent exhibitionist luxuriating in the Amalfi sun.
To capture the essence of Casa Malaparte, we wanted to create a fragrance that represented both the physical qualities of the natural surroundings - the sea on one side and green vegetation on the other - and the modernist, formal element of the house itself and what it represented: a sculpture that bridged the gap between land and sea, between the natural and the synthetic. We wanted to create a space within the aroma that was inviting, contextual and representational of the uniqueness of the house and its surroundings. We chose a sparkling citrus note to give it a light, airy, overarching quality - typical of an Amalfi summer day. A nuanced, lush green base coupled with an ethereal salted sea air accord were chosen to represent the building’s overt, external sensuality and to give it context, while an accord of heliotrope, bright florals and white musk were designed to capture the mysterious and incomparable splendor of what inhabiting such a beauty might feel like.