Blooming Spring flowers make me want to pick up a bouquet because flowers have the power to bring positive vibrations into your home. For example, roses bring healing and love. But in New York City, I struggle to find a bouquet that is arranged in a modern and breathtaking way. Luckily, Flower Bodega just launched. Founded by Bronx native Aurea Sanabria Molaei, these mini bouquets will never remind you of the ones offered by the big chains.
Molaei is a second generation flower arranger. Her father worked at Flowers by Cort on 75th and Park Avenue, which worked with clients like The Metropolitan Museum of Art. She noticed the full depth of his skills when he helped her arrange flowers for her wedding. When she realized her similar passion, she began training formally at The New York Botanical Garden. Through her connections from working in the fashion and music industries, she began landing corporate clients. She’s worked with the teams behind Drybar x Draper James, Adidas and the R29 x Dolce & Gabbana collaboration.
When asked for tips on how to arrange bouquets at home, this is what she said:
When starting an arrangement, I like to develop a color story, so I’d start there. I love to play with textures– some of my favorite flowers to work with are fillers like astilbe, wax flowers, thistle, and craspedia. From there, I’d recommend cutting stems on the bias under running water, stripping any leaves that would sit beneath the water line, and rotating your vase as you’re placing your flowers. Paying attention to height so that the flowers don’t all sit at the same level also packs a lot of punch. Final tip – change your water daily! Fresh water really prolongs the life of your arrangements, sometimes even weeks! Seriously!
She currently only accepts large quantity orders. But she will continue to offer individual bouquets at pop-up shops throughout the year. For updates, follow @flowerbodega.