There is little that is more life-filling to us than finding incredibly talented people in our creative industries who are so, SO kind and passionate. You can imagine our excitement when we found the sweet Kelly Marie Thompson, owner and creative director of Fleur Chicago. Fleur is a brick and mortar boutique, in addition be being a full service floral design studio. We'll thrilled to have Kelly teaching our floral arranging session at Bloom Bash Chicago on July 12-13th! Enjoy some insight on business and inspiration from Kelly below:
When did you start your business?
Fifteen years ago, in 2002, I opened a little storefront in the Logan Square neighborhood of Chicago.
Where does your passion stem from?
Every year it has changed slightly. Some days it’s the palette of the sun setting, and other days it's from layered petals of peonies and ranunculus. Nature in general is very powerful to me. It’s where I find myself meditating, which in turn gives me a chance to re-shift my energy and challenge myself. In 2017 I decided to really focus on self love – not saying I deserved things, but making challenges to earn things. Like time to step outside and watch the sunset and let the world be itself and take some kind of inspiration from that.
If you could go back and give yourself one piece of advice, what would it be?
Take some business classes! The floral world is so beautiful, exciting and fun, but if you don’t know the back end it will become overwhelming. Every year I take one education course, whether it’s on the business side or design, because there is always something out there you can learn.
What is one way you stay inspired outside of your industry/field?
I love cooking. Researching food and nutrition is so amazing to me, and incredibly satisfying. Creating a meal for my husband or a small dinner party makes me the happiest person in the world.
Favorite project AND most challenging project?
Anytime we have to stand on latters and hang anything from the ceiling, butterflies fly around my belly for at least a week prior to installation. But once you’re done, it’s floating in a room and creating an experience for everyone to enjoy – that’s one of the best feelings in the world.
Favorite business tool?
Communication and community within the industry has been a game changer. I love knowing that I can call up anyone of my peers when I have a mechanics questions or when I need an extra pair of hands for a set up. The floral industry is incredibly supportive and I think that is a rare tool in this day and age.
Best business advice you’ve ever received?
Always step out of your comfort zone to challenge yourself. I think about that daily.
What are you most looking forward to in 2017 for Fleur?
We have some exciting opportunities for growth this year. I have some big dreams that are being presented. I have to be cryptic for now, because I’m superstitious, and I have a lot of hard work ahead. But I’m so excited to roll up my sleeves and see where this takes us.
THREE favorite things right now:
My team is basically my world. Every day I look at them and am over the moon and thrilled to have such dedication in the name of our brand. We’re all there – growing together and supporting one another. They are true talent and joy.
Also, watercolors. I’m slowing getting back into painting and it is re-teaching me patience. It’s another wonderful way to meditate.
And finally my little bit of daily indulgence, Sparrow True Essential Oil. I use it every evening & it is aromatic and so soothing!
Thanks for sharing with us today, Kelly!
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