Change is in the air! We can’t deny the chill the setting sun brings—nearly an hour earlier than this time a month ago, or the slight blink of red on the tips of those maple leaves. It is a little bittersweet…we love our BBQs, boating, and porch swings, but there is still a part of us ready for routine and consistency. The kids are all back to school and we are settling into our fall groove as well. As we prepare for “sweater weather,” we are bringing all the cozy feels inside!
Transitioning your home for the next season doesn’t need to be dramatic! Creating small, inspired vignettes can add interest and warmth. We’ve put together four coffee table arrangements to help guide you!
Start with a strong base! Here, we selected a rustic, oversized wooden board and placed it on a woven table runner. A natural wood chain-link catches your eye as it cascades off the edge of the board. Continuing the antique feel, we added a handled wooden bowl—a unique vessel for seasonal items such as this wicker wrapped pumpkin, seed pods, or other harvest themed decor.
Select items of varying heights and shapes to create interest. Here, geometric candles in the same shade, but opposing size, complement one another. The olive green color brings a fun addition to the neutral palette (we have these in black, cream, olive, citrus, and marine!). A rattan wrapped vase (available in four sizes!) filled with dried florals adds additional height—replicating the florals and laying them on the base of the chopping board ties everything together.
Rule of three! Strive for an odd number of items when styling. The lack of symmetry adds depth and builds interest. Blending styles, such as pairing this sleek and modern marble board with a more distressed, wood sugar mold creates a unique appeal. With your base in place, start experimenting with fall themed accessories—pumpkins, oversized acorns, gourds, or natural items from your yard. We like including a fall scent to spice things up! Fun fact, the geometric, glazed, ceramic candle in this arrangement can be repurposed as a planter!
Reflect your personal style! One of our favorite ways to style small vignettes is with items from our own homes. Books are such an ideal way to do that! Consider your favorite hobbies or interests—cooking, gardening, or spooky mysteries with Halloween in mind. Books add an individualized feel, but also bring desired height to your arrangement (use as many or few as you need). Here, a vintage pillar made from reclaimed wood is paired with a stout candle embossed with gold stripes, creating contrast (and an inviting scent). Finally, we bring in the fall feels with a frosted acorn and seasonal faux florals.
These arrangements are simply inspiration! Try experimenting at home and come visit our boutique for more ideas. We are truly delighted to help our guests find something just right for the season!
Moving into our new, larger space two years ago was transformative—we had worked tirelessly for weeks demoing, hammering, schlepping materials all around, painting, designing, and staging. We finally had the space we had been dreaming about! It seriously made our hearts skip a beat and take a pause.
But, we knew we couldn’t keep building on our own. We needed an exceptional and fearless team to take OPD to the next level. Fast forward two years and we are so proud of this outstanding crew. This team is not accidental. We had a vision in mind when we met with every one of them. We knew they possessed key qualities that made them just the right fit:
Passion & Dedication: Spring 2022 was epic. Seven major weddings over the course of just two weekends, plus prom, Mother’s Day, and graduations. This team never faltered. There were many nights our floral team was making centerpieces and installation pieces well past midnight. We had crews driving hours in opposite directions for event set-ups, and a boutique crew racing to fulfill orders.
Trust: And, then there was our back of house crew quietly keeping things moving along – managing the boutique, tracking inventory, packing weddings, coordinating transportation, photographing, and sharing our journey with you on social. There are a lot of moving parts here, but we trust and rely on this group to get it done!
Calm Under Pressure: We would love to tell you that all our events are executed seamlessly without any hiccups or stress. But stuff happens! It’s not always easy! Glass breaks, stems snap, technology fails, and Cape traffic on a Friday is real! We turn to calm and steady leadership and trust in our team. We get it done through all the sweat and mishaps because we know every member of OPD shows up with a “can do” attitude. This team will not stop until every wedding, every event, every boutique floor set is executed perfectly.
Resilience : We like to think we offer our team a good time! We travel to spectacular venues and love to celebrate. We really do try to have fun through it all. But this work is often HARD and unexpected! We are regularly climbing ladders, lifting heavy buckets, painting, cleaning, cutting wire…there are bumps and bruises and many, many late nights.
Joy: The best part of working with this team—we genuinely love and support them. Our spring event season culminated with the personal, real-life triumphs of these individuals. We had moms celebrating their children’s major milestones–high school graduations, preschool end-of-year celebrations, and moving up ceremonies. We had college students completing exams, teachers concluding another year, and college graduates just beginning their career. Our inbox was full of shared family photos and proud moments we are so honored to be a part of!
Our OPD journey continues! You may have heard we are opening a second location for florals and plants in the coming months. Stay tuned! It all just keeps getting better!
It’s time to celebrate M O M! We are so excited to launch our 2022 Mother’s Day Gift Guides!
While you are enjoying these sunny days, get a jump start on selecting something she will truly love. We have thoughtfully styled these unique guides for all those amazing mamas out there–moms of littles, moms of grown-ups, stepmoms, grandmas, and even plant and dog mamas. Settle in and enjoy!
You can shop online and pick up in store, ship to your home, OR ship directly to HER! Of course, we will gift wrap it for you too! Or maybe you want to call us with your wish list, and then give your husband a hint to shop at OPD!
It makes us so happy to see all the design elements of your wedding come together seamlessly. We want your vibe to transcend every moment!
What happens when you work with us? Many brides are surprised to learn that the first thing we do is set up a consultation. We can’t possibly begin to bring your wedding vision to life until we have made that personal connection. We want to hear everything! Send us a Pinterest board, bring your photos, and all the ideas…dream big and then let us handle the details.
This process should be fun and exciting! Let’s talk about your wedding hopes and inspiration. Are you coastal? Boho? Elegant? We will help direct you on theming and weave in gorgeous, statement features to make your wedding truly unique and personal. Struggling with color palette? Few things bring us more joy than selecting just the right hues for your season, venue, and style!
Lindsay Hackney Photography
We’ve got you covered on all the moving pieces too. Our event designers know exactly where your signage needs to be placed, how many centerpieces you really need, and what can be repurposed after the ceremony. When you leave, we want you to feel completely psyched and confident that every detail is taken care of.
We always meet a few weeks before your big day to confirm all the details—date, venue, headcount—and make any necessary adjustments. Our team also works directly with your venue to ensure everything is set to perfection—every last detail. You won’t have to do a thing!
Lindsay Hackney Photography
Are you ready to hear more? How can we help? We only have a few dates left for 2022 and we are already booking 2023!
We’re in love with all the feminine details of this floral top. With it’s bell sleeves, delicately tied neckline and ruched waist, it dresses up any piece in your wardrobe. Here we show it with our SPANX skinny jean in light vintage wash and layered under our taupe button front jacket. Brass fringe earrings handmade by Nest Pretty Things add a romantic touch.
We are so excited the flare leg pant is back in style!! These SPANX flare jeans in midnight shade are everything!! Don’t they look great with our chevron chenille puffer jacket? We show it here layered over our seek joy tee, which makes a great gift for all your Galentines.
We accessorized with our macrame hoop earrings by Twenty Two West in camel. Also available in dune, ink, and evergreen. This beautiful line of jewelry is handmade in Charlotte, NC.
This perfectly distressed denim top will quickly become the most versatile item in your closet! We have the light wash option (we have dark too!) layered over our “LOVE is a Verb” tee. And, once again, the faux leather SPANX leggings are red hot. If you don’t own them yet, run, don’t walk! These won’t stay in stock for long. This look is perfectly complemented by our iris stud earring in black from Like Wildflower jewelry.
This crochet maxi dress in soft blush makes the perfect backdrop for your valentine glass of bubbly. The details in the bodice of this dress just define pretty. Although the dress can stand well on it’s own, we think our Venice wide brim hat in olive takes it to the next level.
We’ve accessorized with a stack of our beaded diffuser bracelets, just add a few drops of your favorite essential oils!
We have so many more options in our boutique — you will have to come find your perfect date night look!. If you aren’t local, that’s ok — find these bestsellers online too! And, of course, don’t forget Valentine’s gifting. We will be taking orders for floral arrangements (pick up or local delivery) and have so many gorgeous pieces of jewelry and hand lettered cards to choose from!
Hi! We are Heather & Dianne and we’re the proud owners of Only Prettier Design...wedding florists and designers! Our shop in the greater Boston area is filled with fresh blooms and all the home decor to make your heart swoon. Besides entrepreneurs, we are also busy moms to 4 kiddos each! Our lives are crazy, but beautiful. We are excited to share our story with you, all while keeping it very real. While we’re super excited to show you how to execute a beautiful tablescape and design a stunning floral arrangement...we also want this to be a place to share the real struggles of balancing work and life while creating a life we love!