CHOF Pop-Up Shop Is A Must See For Plant Enthusiasts

CHOF Pop-Up Shop Is A Must See For Plant Enthusiasts

Our next CHOF Pop-Up Shop is at Gate City Brewing in Roswell, Georgia on Sunday November 21, 2021. Meet us there!

Plants have done so much for me. They bring me peace, energy and joy. And, they allow me to work in a business that provides for my family while embracing the artist and creativity inside my heart. I hope that with my flowers, plants, installations, workshops and decor my business can inspire others and bring happiness to their Atlanta homes, too. (Photo by Sarah-Brooke)


Two things have always been a part of life at Colonial House of Flowers.

The first: plants. Growing up in south Georgia, pretty much in the country-side and along the coast, I feel most inspired when driving off the beaten path or hiking among tree-covered trails with family and my dog. 

I have always been inspired by nature because it inspires creativity. I find plants healing and grounding. They remind me of my grandma who kept a back yard flower  garden, my dad who worked in forestry and my mom who grows plants indoors effortlessly. 

The second: creativity. There is a theme of creativity that's run strong since the inception of Colonial House of Flowers in 1968. Through shop changes the ribbon of creativity still treads through the new CHOF style of this cheerful little Atlanta-based pop-up plant and decor shop 

I have chosen to focus on community booths and festivals because I want to inspire creativity in other people while helping them bring more beauty into their lives. I moved to Atlanta so that our family can have access to the resources for dyslexia. I love the city and want to be a part of the community here. I believe bringing flowers and plants into your home makes a vibrant space that you want to live happily in, and I love the people I meet over flowers. 

The mission of Colonial House of Flowers is to help people find the right plants and flowers and decor that thrives in their space and share ideas to inspire creativity in ways that bring joy. (Photo by Katrina Barrow)

When I was younger, I just wanted to make floral arrangements. Everyone was into it in our shop but I was a little more-so and a little more of a perfectionist. As I have grown, I took floral workshops and visited a lot of botanical industry leaders and taught myself that way.

At some point a flower shop fell into my husband and I's lap. I accepted the challenge of revitalizing the establishment where I began selling my own arrangements, hosting workshops and learning more.  


When you’re creating decor using things inspired by the garden, it allows you to step away from problems in this world. Just sit down, make something and forget the stress. When I felt challenged by  systems that didn't understand the challenges and strengths living with dyslexia poses for my family bringing the outside “in” provided an escape. Three years ago, I began adding things to our online shop that can be shipped to others to help them do the same thing. (Photo by Nicole Clarey)

In 2017, I was chosen to lead a nationwide tour of flower workshops as the Mayesh Design Star. At the same time, I taught plant workshops in Pottery Barn stores. This series took me from L.A. to Portland to Houston and everywhere in between. People kept asking me for help. I was so passionate that people thought I worked at both of those places. 

In 2020, we retired the brick and mortar part of the the shop to move to Atlanta to follow our dream of being close to resources to celebrate my families dyslexic strengths.  When I went away to Atlanta, people were still messaging me about doing workshops, pop ups or buying CHOF inspired decor like wreaths and vases, lighting and even furniture. When my family was settled and people continued to ask regularly, I started selling items online and did my first workshop.

The first workshop I did as an Atlantan was done in collaboration with Melissa Ippensen from Barnsley Resort, a person I'd met through the Southern C.

She encouraged me and gave me confidence to branch out and to do it despite the fact I was so far from where I have always called home and despite the insecurity of the pandemic. Melissa, is one of those people that is bright and encouraging. 

I’ve always been creative, but I think plants really bring it out in me. I am very into exercise at the YMCA, dyslexia and animal behavior. I think the time learning to arrange flowers gives my mind freedom to get to know myself and brings out the best of me. Designing with plants comes so easy that I can think about other things. The images above are from a display my sister, Amanda, and I created. (Photo by Catherine Smeader at the Pottery Barn at Town & Country Village in Houston, Texas)

What is Colonial House of Flowers?

I do plant and flower styling and freelance design, pop-ups, online shipping and teach workshops. The pop-ups are my most fun events. I do them at places like the Makers Market at Gate City Brewing, RUMC Christmas Gift & Craft Show and the Dunwoody Spaulding Garden Club - A Garden Faire. It's kind of like put together your own plant decor. It's really fun. 

I want to inspire people to be creative and bring more joy into their lives through flowers and plants. I like to tell people "it doesn't have to be perfect to be beautiful" so they can relax and create things. I really love teaching, workshops and pop-ups. People may have never made anything in their life, and they take my workshop and are so happy they made it themselves. 

I really do anything flower-ly and creative though. This past summer, I was hired by Posie Fields and was able to help design bouquets for the Alpharetta Farmer's Market with flowers from her farm. Erin is new to the industry. I felt like I could share what I know from my experience and she could teach me tons of things and introduce me to life in north Georgia. 

There's something I really want to do in the future. I love learning about dyslexia, anything to do with it fascinates me. And I am passionate about animals. I would love to figure out a way to blend the three or use the business to make larger donations to places like Made by Dyslexia, The Dyslexia Resource and Atlanta Humane Society to help with the wonderful work they do. That's something that would be awesome-- creating and giving to something I love so much.

Pink Rose Bouquet Asian Bride at the Swan House in Atlanta, Georgia by Colonial House of Flowers

Traveling is nourishing and teaching. I feel like you see every where I have been in everything I make. (Photo by Julie Paisley taken at the Atlanta Historical Center)


Do I hope to get back to traveling someday?

Yes, I want to! Everywhere I go nature inspires me. When I visited Ecuador, I went to see the roses. I ended up falling in love with the local fauna, practices and people at Rosaprima. I used things I foraged in my arrangements along with the roses from the farm.

When I was in China, I came back with new ideas about old things like poke berries, roses and hydrangea. I always look to be inspired by traveling.  

I find a lot of uncommon people in my shop, and life, really! Beginner-friendly styles and easy-care ideas appeal to everyone. (Photo at a Succulent Workshop in La Jolla, California)


What else inspires me to create?

My family. When I make something it makes me feel connected to my mom and sister, and my dad and grandma who I was grew-up close to. I feel connected to my children, friends, my pets, and myself. I think I inspire them too because they also wonder how do I do it! It's really nice, honestly. 

What are the plans and goals for Colonial House of Flowers in Atlanta?

I am investing in a website and opening up my calendar... sort of like a web store comes to life because I really want to meet people and be a part of my new community. I found the coincidence of moving with the social restrictions of a pandemic stifling especially in an an industry that is behind the scenes. I've decided not to re-open the traditional bricks-and-mortar store because of post-covid culture, being flexible and meeting new people all around Atlanta is really exciting to me.

I’m hoping that more people visit and meet us at pop-ups. We are able to carry a lot more things like chairs, lighting, and pet decor as well. I’m also hoping to connect with more people to create things and share the profits. I am able to collaborate with other businesses and groups in the community. 

A hoop installation created for Mayesh Design Star posing in an oak tree. My husband, Brian, built the hoop for me and helped install it in Forsyth Park in Savannah, Georgia. (Photo by Kelli Boyd)

More about Colonial House of Flowers marketplace events aka Pop-Up:

We collaborate with different local artists and businesses and stores and groups around Atlanta in different neighborhoods and areas, like Roswell.  Once [a business or group] is onboard, I essentially set up a sidewalk marketplace, or booth.

My next event is Gate City Brewing's Makers Market in downtown Roswell on Sunday, November 21. I am looking froward to it! 

Gate City Brewing Makers Market, Roswell, Georgia


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