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Maurice Harris of Bloom and Plume and Kristen Caissie of Moon Canyon Design Co. like to think of themselves as “flower friends.” The two designers, who are based in the Echo Park neighborhood of Los Angeles, are, in Harris’s words, out to “bridge the gap between opulent and natural,” each in their own way. Harris learned about floral arrangement observing his grandmother, who was both a florist and milliner, and started Bloom and Plume in 2009. Among his signature arrangements are bouquets of white roses accented with fig branches and feathers, and hydrangeas mixed with moss-covered magnolia stems. Caissie, who opened her studio in 2010, got her hands dirty working at Spruce Floral in Boston—an experience that helped hone an organic vision, illustrated by the exquisite wreaths she creates from California foliage. Sign up for one of her floral workshops, and you might hear her guiding principle: “The flowers will tell you where they want to go.”

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Author: Abdi Nazemian

Abdi Nazemian is the screenwriter of The Quiet, Celeste in the City, Beautiful Girl, and the short film Revolution, which he also directed. He is an alumnus of the Sundance Writer’s Lab, a mentor at the Outfest Screenwriter’s Lab, and has taught screenwriting at UCLA Extension. He lives in Los Angeles with his two children, and his dog Hedy Lamarr. The Walk-In Closet is his first novel.

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