A House Full of Flowers

A House Full of Flowers

A House Full of Flowers

This week I have been involved with a project called Flower House Detroit.

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The front facade of Flower House Detroit

The rear facade of the house and Lisa Waud's installation

The rear facade of the house and Lisa Waud’s installation

What is that, you ask. Flower House is the brain child of Lisa Waud, owner of Pot and Box florist. She was inspired by the Christian Dior director, Belgian designer Raf Simons, who made his design debut by filling 5 rooms with one million flowers for his first fashion show in 2012. The movie about the Dior show was shown last week at the Detroit Institute of Arts and was so amazing. I personally like her design much better- just sayin’. So, Lisa bought 2 houses in the Hamtramck part of Detroit, each costing $250. One house is being used for Flower House and after it is over this weekend, Reclaim Detroit will deconstruct the house and dispose of it responsibly, keeping it out of a landfill. After the house is removed, Lisa will grow flowers there for her floral business. One of the major missions of this art installation is to bring attention to American-grown flower farms. The florists involved hail from all over the country and Canada. As soon as I heard about it, I knew I wanted to be involved somehow and when they asked for volunteers, I was there. When I showed up on Tuesday, there were many volunteers helping. Two ladies I was working with, asked me if I was from around there. I said no, I’m from Livonia. Where is that, she asked. I pointed towards Livonia and said 20 miles that way. Where are you from, I asked. Washington state she said. I then said, yes, I am from around here. She and her friend flew here to volunteer for two days! They didn’t even get to see the finished product. That’s how passionate people are about this project.

Here are some pictures from Tuesday when all the flowers were being delivered and processed.

Friday, my daughter and I returned to tour the house. There are a ton of pictures so I have picked a few pictures to show you. If you would like to see the rest of the pictures, go to my page here to see them.

Let’s start at the beginning. In May, Lisa had a preview of what could be, in the house next door. Nothing has been touched since then and it still looks amazing!

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Okay, moving on. Let’s get to the Flower House Detroit, 2015.

Flower vignette in the living room

Flower vignette in the living room

Spring in the Little Michigan Magic room

Spring in the Little Michigan Magic room. Love the nest with eggs….

Love this display with all the houseplants!

Love this display with all the houseplants! The sound of water was amazing, too. The water dripped from the ceiling on to the table and through to the floor display.

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The ceiling in the hall closet

Marigold shower curtain in the downstairs bathroom

Marigold shower curtain in the downstairs bathroom

Flower Fall bedroom

Flower Fall bedroom

The downstairs kitchen cupboard cascading with fruit

The downstairs kitchen cupboard cascading with fruit

Love the zig zag globe yellow flowers going up the back stairway

Love the zig zag globe yellow flowers going up the back stairway

I love these roses in the upstairs kitchen

I love these roses with artichokes in the upstairs kitchen

The floral whirlwind

The floral whirlwind

Flowers cascading down the wall in the Wild, Floral Graffiti room

Flowers cascading down the wall in the Wild, Floral Graffiti room

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The floral bed in the upstairs bedroom

 

The upstairs bathroom with plenty of reading material

The upstairs bathroom with plenty of reading material

Floral arrangement in the upstairs bedroom

Floral arrangement in the upstairs bedroom

The stairway leading out

The stairway leading out

Flowers spilling onto the porch from the Michigan Magic room

Flowers spilling onto the porch from the Michigan Magic room

The front landscaping

The front landscaping

(More information about each room, including the florists and their businesses are all included on my page here.)

I was so honored to be a part of this project. Lisa had an amazing vision and to see it come to fruition is unbelievable. The talent and imagination of these florists is something I can’t even imagine having. This truly was a beautiful and touching art installation and I’m glad I can share it with others that were unable to attend. I hope you enjoy the pictures and beauty of this project.

2 Responses to "A House Full of Flowers"

  • Hi..You really out did yourself on this one..I would LOVE to be involved in something like this…So impressive what was done with a demo structure..Thanks for sharing…

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