By James Ruiz
When she's not pouring shots of espresso behind the counter at Houndstooth Coffee, Austin native Samantha Jensen is crafting beautiful floralscapes at Bricolage Curated Florals.
In addition to creating florals for events, Jensen designs arrangements for local restaurants and boutiques like By George, Contigo, Houndstooth, Juniper and the South Congress Hotel. Her living creations can also be found at the newly-opened Otoko, Chef Paul Qui’s latest restaurant, as well as Mañana, the coffee and juice bar at the South Congress Hotel.
Jensen finds inspiration everywhere, from the colors and textures of Turkish rugs to the bounty of the seasons. Rather than make her creations fit within a particular aesthetic, her process yields work that is at once romantic, untamed and thoughtful. But Jensen makes a concerted effort to keep an open mind when working through her designs. “Most of the time, I go to the wholesaler and find color patterns that I like,” says the floral artist. “I let my emotions of the day or season guide my designs.”
Jensen’s clientele is as diverse as her sources of inspiration. Her work has not only wooed local businesses — she’s also garnered the attention of brides-to-be and event coordinators looking to add her signature pieces to their weddings and parties. This increased exposure has allowed Jensen to open up her own design studio in East Austin, a cozy and sunny space where she plans to host design workshops and collaborate with local chefs for monthly pop-up dinners. For Jensen, collaborations like these come naturally. “My work has always been about creating a memorable experience for folks across a table over food or beverages.”
This summer, after almost 10 years in the hospitality industry, Jensen will finally be able to devote all of her time to Bricolage. Lucky us.
by Joanna Steblay
As the warm weather begins to set in and patio parties hit our calendars, we can’t help but embrace that summertime has returned to Austin. If you’re anything like us, you’ll be celebrating the return of the season with decadent ice cream, healthy smoothies and icy cocktails from your favorite local spots.
For those days when it’s too hot to venture out, we went to Austin’s sweet treat professionals and compiled the ultimate collection of DIY recipes to make from your home. Click through the galleries below to learn how to make everything icy and sweet, from poptails for date night to ice cream sandwiches for a dinner party.more
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by James Ruiz
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by James Ruiz
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Instead of letting all that inspiration go to waste, we tried our hand at flower arranging to see what we could create. Since we consider ourselves floral design novices, we asked a few top designers...more