Kelsea Olivia’s New York-based boutique floral design company, East Olivia, is known for over-the-top installations for events. But when the pandemic put a pause on gatherings, Olivia pivoted and created Shop East Olivia to sell dried and preserved bouquets. Browse through her new online storefront, and you’ll find the latest floral design trends reflected in the stunning handcrafted collections and arrangements. Specifically, “artistic, hand-painted materials are definitely big,” Olivia says. She’s also seeing “a real focus on seasonal ingredients.” Here she shares some of the secrets behind her signature style so you can enjoy trendy dyed, dried, and wildly painted flowers in your own arrangements.
Who says gilding the lily is a bad thing? Flowers in metallic or super-saturated colors instantly bring an arrangement into 2021. Painted foliage and seed heads also offer visual excitement. “At East Olivia, we’ve been collaborating with fine artists to paint dried palm, which looks amazing.” While you can get dyed flowers from your local florist, you can also experiment with this trend yourself by coating fresh or dried botanicals with a floral spray paint.