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Bouquet Basics & Floral Inspiration From 'The Arrangement' Winner Tenley Young

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The professionals make their way to the Southern California Flower Market in Downtown Los Angeles early in the morning, often in the pre-dawn hours, but if you wait until a little later, us regular folk can make the most of the city's floral hub. It was on a recent morning we met up with floral designer Tenley Young, winner of the LOGO network's first season of The Arrangement. Young took us on a tour of the flower market, offering tips for putting together your own bouquet, and talking about her design philosophy and her intriguing latest projects.

We met up with Young at one of her favorite vendors, Mayesh, where the pert young Burbank native was finishing up her shopping for a photo shoot where she would be creating lingerie from flowers. A daunting task for some, perhaps, but Young was invigorated by the challenge, and was working with equal parts plan and the wide-open spirit of seeing where her creativity might take her. Those dual forces seem to be what make for a successful artist, and Young is most definitely an artist, with flowers, leaves, stems, and unusual objects as her raw materials.

Drawn to a multitude of flowers on any given occasion, Young says she is consistently enamored with orchids, roses, and calla lilies, but will pull towards different flowers depending on the task at hand. Today it's a mix of tropicals and flowers with petals and shapes that lend themselves to being molded over the curved surfaces of the human body--she's making lingerie out of flowers, after all. Working from a list, her shopping is infused with inspiration based on what is in season and up for sale at her favorite vendors.