Lifestyle

The Flower District

I love gardening. Growing up in Texas I spent so much time as a little girl with my grandmother in her garden harvesting tomatoes and and watermelons, or pruning rose bushes. It’s a rare thing to partake in this peaceful and caring activity piled upon each other in the concrete jungle of Manhattan but I find ways to carve out my own piece of nature. I recently moved uptown and traded the bridge and tunnel traffic for Central Park and Riverside Park. I needed to see green. I needed to be able to escape the things that make living in this city difficult while at the same time better enjoying the things that make it the greatest. 

Through some sort of twist of fate I found my dream apartment, which at the moment is still mostly empty while I start the slow search for new (but probably old) furniture to fill her beautifully molded walls. {pause – and check out my Snapchat story today to see the vintage vanity just delivered!} This past weekend I decided to start with the sweet little terrace. I wanted to create a relaxing space to sip my morning coffee and for it to become beyond lovely for a glass of wine at night while watching the sun set behind Riverside Park. I wanted to look out my french doors at an explosion of color and life. 

Any time I need flowers or plants, be it for photo shoots or personal use, I head to Manhattan’s flower district on 28th between 6th and 7th Avenue. Trying to stay out of the way of the professional event planners, florists, and interior designers that tear through here can be slightly intimidating but totally worth it to open up a world of botanical wonder. It’s here were I first learned about succulents and that roses come in so many more interesting colors than deli-shop-red.

So on a Saturday in New York City, I popped on my new little environmentally friendly Bon George dress, Monica Rich Kosannearth charm necklace” and set out for 28th street with a terrace transformation in mind….

  Photographer Jamie Beck visits Manhattan's flower district to purchase plants for her new Upper West Side terrace...    Photographer Jamie Beck visits Manhattan's flower district to purchase plants for her new Upper West Side terrace...    Photographer Jamie Beck visits Manhattan's flower district to purchase plants for her new Upper West Side terrace... Photographer Jamie Beck visits Manhattan's flower district to purchase plants for her new Upper West Side terrace... Photographer Jamie Beck visits Manhattan's flower district to purchase plants for her new Upper West Side terrace... Photographer Jamie Beck visits Manhattan's flower district to purchase plants for her new Upper West Side terrace... Photographer Jamie Beck visits Manhattan's flower district to purchase plants for her new Upper West Side terrace... Photographer Jamie Beck visits Manhattan's flower district to purchase plants for her new Upper West Side terrace... Photographer Jamie Beck visits Manhattan's flower district to purchase plants for her new Upper West Side terrace... Photographer Jamie Beck visits Manhattan's flower district to purchase plants for her new Upper West Side terrace... Photographer Jamie Beck visits Manhattan's flower district to purchase plants for her new Upper West Side terrace... Photographer Jamie Beck visits Manhattan's flower district to purchase plants for her new Upper West Side terrace... Photographer Jamie Beck visits Manhattan's flower district to purchase plants for her new Upper West Side terrace...

Getting my hands dirty. Below- from my snapchat in my “glamorous” gardening clothing which is actually my go-to moving outfit or has been at least for the past 3 moves.  Flower_District_23 Photographer Jamie Beck visits Manhattan's flower district to purchase plants for her new Upper West Side terrace...  

Enjoying it for the first time in a Ralph Lauren silk camisole & skirt  Photographer Jamie Beck visits Manhattan's flower district to purchase plants for her new Upper West Side terrace... Photographer Jamie Beck visits Manhattan's flower district to purchase plants for her new Upper West Side terrace... Above, the happy view from the bedroom window. Below, stepping out in the morning in my vintage Frenchman’s linen shirt I bought on my last trip to Paris Photographer Jamie Beck visits Manhattan's flower district to purchase plants for her new Upper West Side terrace...



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  • How enchanting you make summertime look in the city! Your terrace, the french doors, and all those gorgeous flowers are such perfection, I know the rest of your apartment will turn out just as beautiful.

    So incredibly excited for your new dream apartment (and for the adweek article today!!)… hope the good things keep on comin’ for you guys, you both deserve it! <3

    • Thank you for all your love and support, you’re such a doll. I greatly appreciate your kind words as always my dear.

  • All so lovely, Jamie!

  • Looks beautiful! Well done.

  • Looks like the perfect little oasis in the city! And ps, your snapchat is my new favourite haha your new vanity is gorg! And your emoji use is perfection 😉 xo

    • hahahaha, I’m having so much fun with it. It’s nice to be able to be loose-y goose-y and silly. :) Thanks for the feedback!

  • What a perfect terrace to escape the hustle of the city! Beautiful pictures.

    http://www.freedupgirl.com

  • Stunning photographs. I must go to the flower market. It seems I work all the time lately, and don’t have any time for the most important things (flowers, obviously!). Congratulations on your new apartment! Looks like a dream.

    • Been there girl. Trying to take better care of my soul these days and not just work work work to death.

      • Necessary! Especially in this hot weather… Looks like your terrace is great solace :) xx

  • SO beautiful, Jamie! Congratulations on the new flat! Your snaps are making me want to move in! xx

  • Tarragona IN

    Plants are so important to give life a house and to become a home!!!
    http://tarragonain.blogspot.com.es

  • CONGRATULATIONS on the new place Jamie! And on the lovely garden terrace (insert heart eyes here). xo

  • I’m exactly the same with regards to needing to see green daily!

    http://www.ode2vogue.blogspot.com

  • Lauren Lyons

    You’re such a sweet, young girl with a beautiful old soul. These types of posts are my faves of yours… where it’s SO evident that you enjoy your life. Brava!!

  • So glad I got to see this in color (the black and white Instagram photos were such a tease)!

    I’ve started working on bringing more green into our space as well, though I would kill for more light!

  • I’m just so thrilled for you! Your new apartment is a glorious dream! I’ve so enjoyed seeing little peeks of it here and there on snapchat (I’m jademsheldon). Oh, and your new vanity…. AH! It’s perfect. Makes me want to sit in front of it while I wear pearls and carefully apply red lipstick…

  • Jamie

    lovely!

  • I JUST found your blog (can you believe it?¡) LOVE IT! Love how you filter your pictures – and your apartemnt! lovely.

    http://www.flightofspice.com

  • Your photos are so vibrant!

    http://csconfetti.blogspot.com

  • Alfredo Ciano

    Fantastic Flowers & Fantastic Jamie…

  • Marsha @ Splenderosa

    No wonder I love you, you’re from TEXAS !!
    Me too.
    xx’s