There’s the pretty flower arrangement you order from the store down the street. And then, there’s what these gentlemen do. Michael and Darroch Putnam, the team that is Putnam Flowers, creates elegant and exquisite floral arrangements that are uniquely customized for each client.
Based in Manhattan, they’ve been wowing the fashion and entertainment world since 2014 and have been featured in high end publications (Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar) as well as luxury department stores like Bergdorf Goodman.
We were so excited to have them, along with one of our design partners, Faith Flowers, in our showroom last week talking about their passion and inspiration and their approach to each special event.
Designer Mikey, exactly as bubbly and playful as he seems, popped around in search of some bold colors, that he says are here to stay. “Color is not just an accent anymore. It’s the décor.” On rare days off, you can find him at The Met staring off into the beautiful works of Dutch Masters like Rembrandt, Hals, and Vermeer. The deep, dark, and luxurious paintings are where he finds inspiration for his creative and curated designs.
Coffee in hand, business partner and husband, Darroch, playfully puts in his practical two cents and keeps the Putnam Flowers train full steam ahead. He is the tenement and frame for the inherently untamed essence of flowers and wild things which grow, that Mikey so carefully tends to.
While they excel at classic and neutral designs, they scratch their fashion itch by choosing bold, bright flowers, and pairing them with lush and luxurious linens as the perfect base. Considering light and texture creates movement and allows their florals to dance out of their vases.
We had a chance to peek into Mikey’s creative process at the Cathedral Antiques Show here in Atlanta this past weekend and it was a dream. We were inspired by another of his mantras, “Don’t follow, make your own” and we can’t wait to put it into practice. They were smitten with our floral linens, especially the Seaglass Mikela, which just screamed Mikey Putnam, and the lush velvets, like our Glacier Blue, which were stunning bases for his arrangements.
We’re so glad to have had the chance to chat and collaborate with them and we certainly hope they come visit again!