Meet Hayley Feldman
! Co-owner of Chez Tex
in Venice and floral designer that will be leading a wreath workshop
at our Hello Autumn Event
. We caught up with this Westside local to learn a little about her world of food and design.
B+G: How did you first get started in making wreaths?
Hayley: I have taken courses over the years on floral arranging and wreath-making specifically. I found wreath-making especially fun because of the longevity of the artwork. A lot of the greens and autumn florals I like to use dry beautifully and offer daily beauty throughout the holiday season. Also, wreath-making is almost foolproof. It's a super hearty arrangement that you can really dig into and get your hands dirty, which makes it a very approachable way to arrange florals.
B+G: What are you favorite kinds of projects to work on? Anything you’re working on now you’re excited about?
Hayley: I co-own a restaurant in Venice, and do all of the florals myself with weekly trips to the Flower Mart downtown. Heading into the winter, I will be getting more into garlands.
B+G: What are you most looking forward to during the upcoming holidays?
Hayley: BAKING! I am an avid baker - especially during the holidays. Each year I like to attempt something festive and new. Last year I made a croquembouche, which is essentially a tower of profiteroles enclosed in a web of caramel It literally translates to "Crack in the mouth". The year before, I made a Buche de Noel, which ended up being way too much work, and I will likely purchase from a bakery if I ever want one again - ha!
B+G: What pointers do you have when it comes to food and decor for entertaining guests?
Hayley: I always start with a mood board on Instagram. Once I've settled on a vibe for the party, I research recipes and reference the images I've saved when I'm selecting florals at the market. From there, it's about planning ahead. Prep as much as possible ahead of time. Think about decor in unique and surprising places. I like to put a dried flower on the bathroom, or a bud vase by the bedside. It's not always about the statement centerpiece. Stay away from food that should be served hot or eaten quickly. Nothing fried or melted cheese. Food that can be enjoyed at room temperature is generally the goal!
Sign up for Hayley's Wreath Workshop at our Hello Autumn Event in the link below!
Create and take home the perfect seasonal wreath~ materials included in $25 ticket