…dotted by Meghann*
I have learned a very important lesson in the past week that I’d like to share: when in doubt, buy flowers. Buy LOTS of flowers. And, if at all possible, buy them from Coleen’s Flower Shop at 912 Dorchester Avenue right by JFK T station. SHE. IS. AWESOME.
You see, a few weeks ago, fellow Dottie and writer/photographer extraordinaire Leslie called me up and told me she wanted to do an article on the renovation of our house for the new Boston lifestyle magazine, Exhale. Here’s how my reaction went:
(sputter. Giggle. Laugh outright.) “Um, OK. But WHY?”
“Because you have a good eye for stuff.” Oh…OK, right. YUP; got it. I’ve got weird stuff on my walls (see my post about the bath tub currently in-residence) that I tend to find at yard sales, antique shops, on the street, “borrow” from my mother or in-laws and then call “art”. Apparently people find this to be an interesting design approach. Don’t believe me? Try putting a tub on YOUR walls and see what happens. See? Thought so.
So I happily ignored the impending shoot date and pretended like it wasn’t happening. And then Leslie very sweetly reminded me of the date (read: “Girl; get your stuff TOGETHER!”). And I panicked. Seriously panicked…as in breathing into a paper bag panicked. And then, based on what I saw on Yelp, I made my way to Coleen’s.
I walked in and instantly, I felt like it was all going to be okay. It might have been the woman in line telling me the that Coleen had been there for 31 years and had taken care of every family wedding she’d ever attended. Or it may have been watching Coleen deftly make a fairy wand out of a trinket for a nervous little girl.
But whatever it was, I breathed again without worry. I introduced myself and told her my conundrum. She laughed, asked me what I was looking for, took me down to see the cut-stem options and then bundled them up so that they looked like this…
I KNOW, right??? She also suggested that I get a single $6.00 stem of quince, cut it in half (See? She could have tried to sell me 2 and I would have…but she didn’t), put both stems in water and then enjoy their blooming over the next several weeks. Seriously; $6.00? For this?
This woman is a genius. I saw one $35.00 arrangement go out the door and I almost fell over. It looked like a $100.00 arrangement. G-O-R-G-E-O-U-S.
And so, even though I still needed my paper bag this morning before the photo shoot (case in point: this is what my kitchen looked like approximately 45 minutes before Leslie arrived)…
…I knew that at least she would get some great shots of flowers m.i.d. (made in Dorchester).
Thank you Coleen; you’re a flower rock-star!
Now, where is my paper bag?