Sauvage Fleur was formerly branded as Blue Ivory & Co. and focused on Planning Weddings and Events. However, over the last few years, Carmen's desire to create flower arrangements and installations led her to explore a new branding path. As she develops this new company she is looking forward to expanding some day to a retail location and currently takes consultations by appointment at her home studio. To learn more about why she is "rebranding" please click here. To learn more about the designer, scroll on down and thank you for stopping by!
Sauvage Fleur is floral design studio for the wild at heart, for the refined and for beauty that radiates from within. Our designs are lush and organic, wild and "gardenisque," edgy and elegant, whimsical and yet very refined. We are inspired by nature and fashion, not trends. We believe flowers and design can co-exist with the ability to bring a touch of wildness and style to our worlds. We bring a varied approach to floral design and strive to include our client's personality into each bespoke element.
Sauvage Fleur is led by Washington Native, Carmen Arnott. She loves to pull together unexpected elements that make her clients flowers and event design stand out and yet still feel perfectly their own. In doing so she supports local and national flower farmers as much as possible. In fact she has yet to use a bloom from outside the USA.
Blue Ivory & Co. founder Carmen Arnott was raised in the Pacific Northwest where she learned to love nature by watching her parents plant and grow vegetables and later flowers. She discovered early on that she enjoyed frequent trips outside to cut her dad's old english roses and make arrangements for family and friends. In her early twenties she started a retail career that would take her from salesperson to management in a very short time. She enjoyed working for Nordstrom in a variety of roles as well as the creativity she found in merchandising but something was missing.
One afternoon while visiting her parents home, Carmen's mom showed her an article from a recent Martha Stewart magazine on the Little Flower School in Brooklyn, New York. Carmen loved the garden inspired look and wondered why she didn't see that in traditional flower shops. At the time she was soul searching and knew she want to use her skills and creativity in a different field. It was Carmen's mom who gave her a knowing look that said, you can do that too.
A few years passed and Carmen stepped away from her eight year career in management. Drawing on her love of patterns, flowers and building upon her abilities in management and merchandising, Carmen used this time of change to pursue floral design and styling. With a discerning eye and a style that can only be described as New York chic meets California bohemian, Carmen set out to rethink flower design and the way in which we source our product. She is committed to producing couture floral design first by using local and american grown flowers and plants and will occasionally source peonies out of season (they are her favorite flower). She values transparent customer service and seeks to bring a touch of fashion and joy to her clients through each arrangement.