Wreath Making Workshops 2016

For the past month we have held our annual wreath making workshops and, like usual, we had a blast at every single one! We are always blown away by the beauty these ladies create! The night always starts with a little wine (to get the creative juices flowing) and then chaos ensues as fresh greens and berries fly all over the shop while they get to work on the masterpiece. We like to use grapevine wreaths because not only can you use them year after year but they are also easier to adorn because you are not dealing with wiring in your greens and textures.

Each wreath turns out different and that's what we encourage and love. We want the end product to be a direct result of their own creativity and we are always impressed. Here's to looking forward to many more workshops at Sage in 2017!


Roses + Rosé

Hi Everyone!

I know our blog posts have been far & few between, but we have been so busy at Sage (which is a good thing!). I am starting play catch-up on everything that has been going on so we can get to present time and start blogging in real time! 

Back in August we hosted a Roses + Rosé Event at the shop. It was such a fun night filled with, you guessed it, roses and rose! As guests sipped on some delicious varieties of the pink-hued wine they also created incredibly beautiful arrangements made up of roses and greenery. Our good friend, Maryjo, came up with this fun end-of-summer soiree, she definitely knows how to throw a good party! If you don't yet, follow her on Instagram @port2palm. She invites you into her gorgeous homes in Newburyport and Isle of Palms, SC and you get to see the sweetest pics of her family, her dogs and her fun-filled life on the East Coast! Another good friend of ours, Kate from Freebird Photography, was here that night to snaps some photos of the event. Kate has an amazing eye and takes the most fun photos (she also was my wedding photographer!). She's another account you will want to start following on Instagram asap @wearefreebird.

We will be rolling out a list of workshops for this Fall and Winter soon! Make sure to sign up for our emails to be up to date on the workshops as they fill up fast! Cheers!

 

 

 

Spring Window Box Inspiration

Spring 2016 is finally here & we cannot wait until this chilly weather makes its way out and the warmth comes in. On Friday we had the joy of doing our first window boxes of the season for our clients in Newburyport. They had recently moved into their beautiful new home and were graciously hosting Easter for 40 family members and friends so they wanted their window boxes to look pretty for their guests (we can't blame her!). We planted white tulips and purple hyacinth and added a little more texture with pussy willow. It was the quintessential Spring planting and we love how they came out.

Our calendar for Spring and Summer plantings fills up fast so make sure to contact us soon for availability!

Spring Window Boxes in Newburyport, Mass.

Photos by Freebird Photography

Styling With Joy Thigpen

On Tuesday I was lucky enough to attend a styling workshop with Joy Thigpen at Ceremony in Boston, hosted by Alexis of The Little Things. If you have never heard of Joy Thigpen start googling. She is the master of all things aesthetic and styling. Joy started off her career as a photographer but quickly realized she would rather be in front of the camera making sure the pictures are as beautiful as they can be and she does one amazing job. Listening to her talk about aesthetics and what goes into making a beautiful image completely opened my eyes and my creativity and plus being in Ceremony for the day didn't hurt at all (seriously one of the dreamiest spaces I've been in. I highly recommend visiting if you can or at least follow them on Instagram).

We started off with a meet and greet and then we got to listen to Joy talk about what makes a beautiful image, well, beautiful. Next we got to watch her in action as she took a set of beautiful wedding stationary (created by Gus & Ruby Letterpress out of Portsmouth) and positioned every piece so carefully for a photograph. It was intriguing to watch her in action and be a witness to her thought process. Each of us then got the chance to style our own stationary and the very talented Ruthie from Ruth Eileen Photography took a photo of each of our work for our portfolios. Next up was florals. There was a table covered in the most beautiful, fragrant flowers and again we got to watch Joy work her magic and talk us through her process. Then it was our turn and, again, once we finished Ruthie took a shot of our work. I can't wait to see these pics and add them to my portfolio! We finished the day with a casual Q & A with Joy and we got some insight on all the amazing things she's working on right now.

I left that day with a new appreciation for the art of photography and a love for all things aesthetic. I have to say Joy definitely had an impact on me in that short amount of time we spent with her. To learn more about Joy and her work, visit her website www.joythigpen.com. If you are looking to learn more about photo styling and aesthetics I highly recommend Joy's online courses (I will be signing up for these myself) http://www.ifimade.com/courses/

Reno Update

It's been five months since my post about our big renovation and I left you with pictures of our torn apart master bedroom and told you I would continue to update, so, here it is! We are in the home stretch now (finally!). There are just a few more little touch ups to be done and we can move our furniture in and enjoy all the hard work. And then of course move right along into the next room....



BONS 2016 VOTING IS OPEN!

It's that time of year again and The Best of The North Shore (BONS) awards are now live! Sage has been nominated again for best florist, best accessories and best gifts! We have won the award for Best Gifts two years in a row thanks to all of you and would love to keep it going and win for our third consecutive year! You can click the link below and vote for all of your favorites and you can find our vote button next to our name in each of those three categories. We truly appreciate the support!

http://bons.nshoremag.com/l/Northshore-Magazines-Voters-Choice-2016


a stunning crane estate wedding

Back in October we had the pleasure of creating the florals for a very sweet couple, Jessica and Chris. The ceremony was held at Immaculate Conception in Newburyport followed by dinner & dancing at The Crane Estate in Ipswich. It was a beautiful fall day and this amazing property lent the perfect backdrop for the evening. Jess recently shared her stunning photos with us, taken by the talented Scott Zuehlke Photography, and now we want to share them with you! I know you will enjoy them as much as we did! 



Happy New Year!

2015 has now passed & 2016 is just beginning. We are beyond excited to see what the new year brings us! 2015 was like a new beginning for Sage in our new shop and now our minds are flooded with so many exciting things to bring our loyal clients. 

Thank you for believing in us, supporting us and becoming our friends. We have grown tremendously each year since opening our first little shop and that is in huge thanks to all of YOU!

May 2016 bring you a wealth of health & happiness!

 

Jordan + Bev

HOLIDAYS BY SAGE

At Sage, we love the Holidays. We especially love getting to create beautiful, festive designs for our clients. This year we were drawn to natural elements such as big branches, birch poles, red Holland berries & luscious greens for the planters & window boxes. For décor, we focused on gold elements & pure white pots with vibrant greens. One of our favorite creations we did this year is the winter garden.

We will have lots of pre-made arrangements available at the shop through next week for Christmas as well as lots of great little teacher gifts (mini orchids, small cyclamen, driftwood signs by Lauren Rathbone). If you need a custom order make sure to let us know by Sunday December 21st!

 

Wreath Workshop #2

We had our second wreath workshop & it was another great night! These women did such an incredible job on their wreaths and had a blast while doing so! Our favorite part of these workshops has been seeing the uniqueness & beauty in each wreath. We especially loved getting pictures of the wreaths on everyone's doors!

We had many laughs over the two nights & can't wait to do it again next year. We had two dates for the wreath making workshop this year but since it was such a hit we will make sure to add more dates next Holiday season!

 

SCENES FROM the WORKSHOP

Last night was our first wreath making workshop at the new store & we had such a great time! Surrounded by grapevine, boxes of greens and pinecones and branches of eucalyptus & berries, 16 creative ladies made wreaths to adorn their homes for the Holidays. We were blown away by the different wreaths, each one being unique & so beautiful! Looking forward to many more workshops in 2016!

Wreath Making Workshop at Sage

We are so excited to be hosting our first wreath making workshop in the new shop! Join us on Thursday, December 3rd from 6pm-9pm to create a beautiful, organic grapevine wreath adorned with greens, berries, cones & other natural foliage. The workshop will be lead by us (Beverly + Jordan) as we give you creative direction but we encourage everyone to go wild with their own design! This wreath will make a beautiful, custom display inside or outside your home for the Holidays. No experience is necessary. We will provide all the materials as well as wine, beverages & light snacks. Space is limited and we are already half way filled up so make sure to reserve your spot soon! Click on the link to take you directly to our workshop page to sign up today: http://www.sagemarketdesign.com/workshops/

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Modern Farmhouse Inspiration

In honor of our master bedroom almost being completed (finally!!) I wanted to do a design inspiration post. Since the day we bought the house I have been contemplating what style direction I wanted to take it. Taking into consideration the look and age of our home, Modern Farmhouse seems to fit perfectly and I also love this look. From white, bright, airy rooms to farmhouse sinks, shiplap & hardwood floors, everything about this aesthetic is appealing to me. I've rounded below some of my favorite inspiration pics that I will be referring back to as continue our renovations. Enjoy!

How To - Herb Fire Starters

Fall is my favorite time of year to sit around a bonfire & now that it's officially the season, we're enhancing ours with these amazing smelling fire starters made from dried herbs. If you are like us & planted an herb garden this year and have more mint and basil than you know what to do with, this is a perfect solution to use the excess herbs.

Select a bundle of strongly-scented herbs, such as lemon thyme and rosemary, then wrap it in natural twine that will burn cleanly. The dried sprigs and stems of these simple starters make it easy to get the fire going by helping the kindling catch quickly & it will add a wonderful aromaof herbal frangrance to the smoke. We have used lavender, lemon thyme, mint, rosemary, sage to create our fire starters. Try cinnamon, clove & nutmeg for a true fall fragrance. You can even add sprigs of your favorite dried flower for an added pop of color like Terrain did below.  

Herb Fire Starters by Terrain

Herb Fire Starters by Terrain

Cinnamon & clove fire starter via hellonatural

Cinnamon & clove fire starter via hellonatural

Organic Fire Starter via thehousethatlarsbuilt.com

Organic Fire Starter via thehousethatlarsbuilt.com

Renovation Realities

Last October my fiancé and I bought a cute little home in Amesbury. We looked at a lot of houses but I kept coming back to this one. It's on a nice, quite street, has a good sized backyard for the dogs and garden and we could design the entire house how we wanted because it was a total rehab. This seemed like a great idea, and it still does, but it's a lot of work! It was owned by an elderly couple who had passed away and their children were now selling the house. The daughter had told us how she grew up in the house and her parents had owned it for many years. It was built in 1910 and there are still many original elements visible that I love but it is very obvious (by our pepto bismol pink bathroom, pea-green appliances & very ornate wallpaper) that the house has not been updated since the 70s. There is not an inch of this house that we are not touching. And did I mention we are doing this all on our own? Yup. Weekend Warriors right here. My Dad has also been such a big help. He comes up every Saturday to help Chris and we are so appreciative of that.

We (meaning I) decided to start upstairs with the Master Bedroom so we could have a comfortable, new place to hide while the rest of the house was in disarray and so that I could have a closet to hang my clothes in. Fast-forward 10 months and my poor, beautiful clothes have been in Tupperware bins for almost a year now. The front "library" room acts as my makeshift closet (see the sad picture below). We decided to take three small bedrooms and turn those into a big master with a walk-in closet. All of these rooms were connected by door openings (no hallway) so I thought it would be easy enough take down the wall in between two bedrooms and make the third smaller one that is off the second room the walk-in closet. Well, turns out, that was originally the back of the house and the second and third bedrooms were additions so that "easy" take down wall is actually a low-bearing wall and is holding up the roof. Ugh. Chris said this was why you always start from the bottom-up but I really needed a closet...lesson learned my clothes don't come first in a total house renovation.

So they had to take down the wall, build a temporary wall so the roof didn't cave in, buy these really heavy LVLs (beams) and get them as far into the ceiling as they could go, rebuild the closet wall and move the door opening. And that's just the tip of the iceburg. They ripped up the subfloor, took down every single wall, rebuilt the wall frames, took down the ceiling to clear it of very old, gross insulation (biggest mess I have EVER seen), put in all new windows, new insulation, put up all new drywall, installed recessed lighting, spackled, sanded and now we can finally paint and put down our new floor!! This is where I come (the fun stuff!). I just picked up paint samples this morning so I will be diving right into finding the perfect color to go with the gorgeous grey oak flooring we are putting in.

I've posted some photos below of the adventure so far but follow along with me as I will continue to post about this cute, little home we bought and the updates we do to it. Our first home purchase and our first big project.

 

Strapping put up, new insulation and rebuilding some of the wall structure. 

Strapping put up, new insulation and rebuilding some of the wall structure. 

Closet which will have a sliding barn door

Closet which will have a sliding barn door

New recessed lighting

New recessed lighting

Next up paint! 

Next up paint! 

The original chimney we are keeping

The original chimney we are keeping

Hello, September

Well, August is gone, September has officially arrived and it's going to be one busy month. Between weddings, baby showers, birthdays, Brimfield, The Vintage Bazaar and a trip to Ireland this month is packed full of exciting events.

Bev will be overseas for 10 days on a blissful tour of Southeastern Ireland (jealous!). She travels from Dublin to Cork and then to Shannon to take in all the amazing sites she can. Bev will be sure to share her beautiful photos of her incredible trip on here when she gets back. I will be making my first-ever trip to Brimfield! I'm excited and nervous at the same time. I am going on this little adventure by myself so I am hoping I can use the time there efficiently and not miss anything good! I'm doing my research now to come up with a plan on which fields I need to pass through & vendors I need to hit up. For those of you who have never heard of Brimfield, it is the country's oldest flea market and attracts over 50,000 people each week its held. Even Martha Stewart doesn't miss it! Read up on the magic of Brimfield here: https://brimfieldantiquefleamarket.com 

Just a few days later we get to celebrate my beautiful sister-in-law and the can't-come-soon-enough new member of our family, Baby Fowler! We are so excited and cannot wait to lay eyes on the newest Fowler in October and to finally find out if it's a girl or boy!

Although I do love Fall and believe we are very lucky to live in New England at this time of the year, I am not ready to say goodbye to Summer. I going to get to the beach, cook on the grill, eat al fresco and exercise outside as many times as I can before it's officially gone for the year. It's 95 degrees outside right now and even though I am hot as hell, I refuse to complain about it.

SNUG HARBOR FARM + HIDDEN POND

On Tuesday we took a road trip to Kennebunk, Maine to visit one of our favorite places, Snug Harbor Farm. We like to visit every few months to see how the farm changes with the seasons and to check out what new plants are growing. It's such a magical place and I feel like every time we go I find something new I didn't see the last time. We stocked up on succulents & topiaries for the shop and grabbed some things for ourselves because we just couldn't help it. If you've never been I highly suggest planning a road trip there soon!

After we were done exploring Snug Harbor we drove through downtown Kennebunkport to another one of our favorites spots in town, Hidden Pond. This is a luxury resort like I've never seen been. It's name definitely does it justice because you can very easily drive right by its entrance it's so secrete. As you make your way down the long driveway, through the woods, you pass an adorable little shop, Provisions, and the resorts organic farm and bicycle hut where guests can borrow their adorable beach cruisers. A little further down you come into the cabins. Each one as unique & enchanting as the next with a stylish guest building in the middle where you can relax in cabanas by the pool, play lawn games or roast marshmallows in the fire pit. Just around the corner is the resorts famed restaurant, Earth. This is one of the most beautiful restaurants I have ever seen. The attention to detail was impeccable, right down to the drink menu and small organic farm behind the building where guests can pluck ripe, delicious tomatoes right from the vine. The restaurant is only open for dinner so during the day guests can lounge poolside at the second pool located right next to Earth, sip cocktails from the outdoor "farm bar" and nosh on sandwiches from Provisions. Heaven on (or should I say at) Earth.

Welcome to the new Sage Market + Design!

So many exciting things have been happening over here at Sage! In June, we re-opened in our new location at 58 Merrimac St. in Horton's Yard next to our great new neighbors Get In Shape for Women and Interlocks! We couldn't be happier with our new home. We have the room we need (let's face it, we outgrew our old space fast!) and we are able to bring in a lot more beautiful items for our clients to see. We have the most amazing view of the river and boatyard (and rumor has it the location of the new hotel...). We have a separate workspace where we can work on our florals and plantings without the whole store looking like a hot-mess while we prep for a wedding. Everyone has been so supportive & the response to the new shop has been overwhelming! It's so amazing to hear people say such great things about our new home!

Also this summer we launched our new website! The very talented & sweet Becky from Salty Anchor Design (www.saltyanchordesign.com) is the creative behind our new site. As luck would have it Becky came into our old shop one day while I was there & mentioned what she does and how her business can help ours (and this just happened to come at a time when we were talking about giving our site an over-haul). A few months later, we reconnected with Becky and viola! The new site perfectly reflects where Sage is now compared to three years ago. Before our website was basically just an online shop (made before we opened in Newburyport) but now that we have our brick & mortar, our site can more reflect our work with our amazing clients! Thank you Becky!

And lastly, this blog is new to us too! Follow along with us as we continue to grow Sage & see where our business adventure takes us!

-Jordan + Bev