If I Had a Hammer….

“If I had a hammer,
I’d hammer in the morning
I’d hammer in the evening,
All over this land.”

Pete Seeger couldn’t have written a more perfect tune for the English Garden crew. Give us a hammer and we will get to work! We love our tools and not just the clippers & knives you might expect. Hammers, miter saws, sanders, screw drivers-we are as comfortable with a drill bit as we are a pair of florist shears. It’s not every day that we get to whip out our arsenal of super charged equipment, but when we do, great results are on the drawing board or should we say drafting table.

From large scale projects like 32 foot long custom tables and industrial chic chandeliers to more delicate or detailed items like petite wooden flower girl boxes or custom client portraits, the EG team has tackled a wide assortment of “non-floral” design tasks. When clients require a custom item or are looking for a stand-out detail that something “off the rack” cannot provide, my amazing team and I flip out our sketch pads and brainstorm. Truly “outside the box” ideas (and sometimes a little chaos) ensue. Lauren, Lacey and Renee joke that I’m really a frustrated architect/builder and I would just as soon have a circulating saw in my hands as flower. They are probably right on that count, because I jump at the opportunity to assist any time a client wants to incorporate a piece of furniture, an off the wall element or a “found object” into an event.

Merging architectural pieces, custom containers and unexpected details with beautiful flowers has become a hallmark of our larger scale corporate events and many weddings as well. When trade flower designing for hammering, sanding & painting, the entire EG team is part of the crew. Lauren loves to stain, paint and spackle and is known to literally wear her materials. She’s our resident messy Marvin but the end results are nothing shy of stunning. Amanda B. grew up working with her father’s contracting business so she is something fierce with a nail gun. I always enjoy accompanying her on trips to Lowe’s or Home Depot because she generally tells the staff there how she’s going to do it better. Gene, Nikki, and Elva love handling intricate details like custom painting, calligraphy and antiquing while Renee and Irma are masterful at hammering out the logistics of our custom container concoctions. Amanda H. and Gary are ready and willing to zip all over town hunting for quirky finds at flea markets, antique and thrift stores (and the occasional music store). My sister Lora, an amazing graphic designer, sculptor and visual artist, gets roped in on many occasion assisting with the creation of custom art pieces, backdrops and intimate design details like table numbers and place cards. And don’t think that Lacey is afraid to get her hands dirty. She’s ready to and willing to roll up her sleeves and assist on every project, but it is her uber organizational skills that keep all projects on track and most often under budget. I am always amazed at how a simple sketch I’ve doodled at a meeting can evolve into a fully realized work of art in the hands of my talented team.

So, check out this fun gallery of our “non-floral” designs. Feel free to listen to Pete’s awesome song as you do, unless you prefer Johnny & June’s cover!

Enjoy!                                                                                                                              Cydney & Vivienne

 

For Your Listening Pleasure-                                                                                     Pete Seeger’s If I Had A Hammer                                                    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TWUSM_KJF_E

Johnny & June Carter Cash’s If I Had A Hammer                              http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wdXDd0PZYtY

For Your Viewing Pleasure

A Tisket A Tasket, A creativity basket. The staff at Lowe's & Home Depot know us by name and seem consistently amused with our projects & inventions.

A Tisket A Tasket, A creativity basket. The staff at Lowe’s & Home Depot know us by name and seem consistently amused with our projects & inventions. The split rail fencing in this picture became candle filled table runners.

A MOMA-ntous Event-For a corporate art event at a Triangle modern art museum, we constructed a large scale gallery wall constructed to showcase Warhol inspired custom employee portraits

A MOMA-ntous Event-For a corporate art event at a Triangle modern art museum, we constructed a large scale gallery wall constructed to showcase Warhol inspired custom employee portraits

Making A Mark-Rustic chalkboard table runners offer a fun interactive twist to a holiday table

Making A Mark-Rustic chalkboard table runners offer a fun interactive twist to a holiday table

 

Look Ma, no hands! Lauren relishes in her painting fun as she puts finishing touches on "antiqued" farmhouse doors.
Look Ma, no hands! Lauren relishes in her painting fun as she puts finishing touches on “antiqued” farmhouse doors.

 

Dinner is Served...A close-up view of the striking 32 foot modern table built for EG by our friend Tim DeGeus reveals a fun twist-a custom table runner featuring the company's logo crafted from galvanized HVAC ductwork.

Dinner is Served…A close-up view of the striking 32 foot modern table built for EG by our friend Tim DeGeus reveals a fun twist-a custom table runner featuring the company’s logo crafted from galvanized HVAC ductwork.

 

Three's the Charm. A triptych style art piece created by Lora is a playful take on the EG logo.

Three’s the Charm. A triptych style art piece created by Lora is a playful take on the EG logo.

By the Light of the Silvery Industrial Shelving-An innovative take on industrial products results in a stunning 16 foot long chandelier featuring hanging glass votives and colorful LED votives. Suspended above a custom 32 foot table the effect is stunning.

By the Light of the Silvery Industrial Shelving-An innovative take on industrial products results in a stunning 16 foot long chandelier featuring hanging glass votives and colorful LED votives. Suspended above a custom 32 foot table the effect is stunning.

 

 

 

 

 

Purple People Pleaser. An oversized oval table built to accommodate 12-15 guests is finished in a rich shade of aubergine to complement a range of purple florals and mercury glass accessories.

Purple People Pleaser. An oversized oval table built to accommodate 12-15 guests is finished in a rich shade of aubergine to complement a range of purple florals and mercury glass accessories.

How many EG employees does it take to change a light bulb? Quite a few it appears. Installing a large scale candle chandelier for a dinner at downtown Raleigh's CAM.

How many EG employees does it take to change a light bulb? Quite a few it appears. Installing a large scale candle chandelier for a dinner at downtown Raleigh’s CAM.

A custom bar constructed for EG by our wonderful friend Stephen Coppedge utilizes a wonderful interplay of unexpected materials for an industrial chic look

A custom bar constructed for EG by our wonderful friend Stephen Coppedge utilizes a wonderful interplay of unexpected materials for an industrial chic look

 

Are you green with envy? Lauren applies layers of color to standard doors during the antiquing process. She wanted to take these home and install them at her house.

Are you green with envy? Lauren applies layers of color to standard doors during the antiquing process. She wanted to take these home and install them at her house.

 

 

Bedknobs and broomsticks...An assortment of antique staircase spindles and bed posts are transformed into rustic stands for elevated floral designs.

Bedknobs and broomsticks…An assortment of antique staircase spindles and bed posts are transformed into rustic stands for elevated floral designs.

Up, up and away. A colorful collage of lanterns and orbs in a mix of vibrant hues is a dramatic installation for a corporate event.

Up, up and away. A colorful collage of lanterns and orbs in a mix of vibrant hues is a dramatic installation for a corporate event.

 

Suspended animation...hanging custom fabric banners created for a corporate event. We all flipped a coin to see who got to use the lift!

Suspended animation…hanging custom fabric banners created for a corporate event. We all flipped a coin to see who got to use the lift!

Distressed wooden table runners created by Lauren contrast beautifully with hand thrown pottery and antique linen napkins, the latter found on one of my flea market excursions. Lauren also brought tobacco from her parents' farm to pair with a bevy of NC grown florals.

Distressed wooden table runners created by Lauren contrast beautifully with hand thrown pottery and antique linen napkins, the latter found on one of my flea market excursions. Lauren also brought tobacco from her parents’ farm to pair with a bevy of NC grown florals.

On the drawing board...creating beautiful palettes of paint and materials is one of our favorite parts of the design process

On the drawing board…creating beautiful palettes of paint and materials is one of our favorite parts of the design process

You better not get out of line when Lora's on the job. A trip to Lowe's or Jerry's Artarama with my baby sis is always a walk on the wild side.

You better not get out of line when Lora’s on the job. A trip to Lowe’s or Jerry’s Artarama with my baby sis is always a walk on the wild side.

An arbor crafted from willow branches and miles of flowing ribbon creates a beautiful ceremony setting with a fantastical touch.

An arbor crafted from willow branches and miles of flowing ribbon creates a beautiful ceremony setting with a fantastical touch.

 

 

UGG Protection. Lauren suits up for one of her infamous painting projects.

UGG Protection. Lauren suits up for one of her infamous painting projects.

 

Is this the EG or the Woodwright's Shop? Amanda B. cut her building chops working with her dad and employs them on all types of EG projects.

Is this the EG or the Woodwright’s Shop? Amanda B. cut her building chops working with her dad and employs them on all types of EG projects.

 

 

Elva in action creating custom chalkboard table runners for a holiday party

Elva in action creating custom chalkboard table runners for a holiday party

A sleek white wooden table is the perfect foundation for a vivid setting of red and teal accessories and crisp white florals.

A custom table in a sleek modern white finish is the perfect foundation for a setting of vivid red and teal accessories and crisp white florals.