Since E and I got together three years ago flowers have been a regular thing for us. Birthday flowers, anniversary flowers, and even the “just because” bunches. My favourite flower shop for those special moments is a teeny tiny spot in Northbridge, and the brain behind the business is a creative soul with a flair for the art.
Perth flower child Stacey Lenstra fell into floristry whilst pretending to study at university… I’m glad I wasn’t the only one who did that. Fast forward ten plus years and she isn’t using said degree, she’s now a fully fledged florist and runs her own gorgeous little flower haven Beans & Bunches in the William Street Arcade. I sat down with Stacey to find out what it’s really like to play with pretty blooms all day.
Who is Stacey?
An uncoordinated yet hardworking, headstrong, creative florist.
What do you do?
Floristry started off as a casual job for me, but slowly and surely the flowers grew on me. Eleven or so years later, here I am – into the 4th year of running my own flower shop!
Why do you do it?
I could not imagine a day without flowers, or anything more rewarding than what I do.
What inspires you?
First and foremost, the seasons. Seeing the flower varieties change is exciting and keeps me interested. The flowers themselves tend to dictate the style of each arrangement.
I am definitely inspired by other talented florists near and far. The Little Florist in Toronto, Myra at My Violet in Sydney, Vic Brotherson and her beautiful books and all the stunning wedding features by Style Me Pretty. There are a multitude of incredible florists creating amazing things all over the world.
In tough times, my partner Safari and family are always there for me, with all their love, support and advice. They inspire and encourage me to work harder, and to do the best that I can.
Anything exciting we should look out for in the near future?
As You Like It opened at the State Theater Center on the 21st of this month, so I’ve currently been working on that, as well as the WAAPA Foundation launch last weekend.
There are some super special, amazing wedding receptions coming up next season, although I’m very much looking forward to a few quiet weekends over winter before then!
I have also been contemplating whether to run classes for small groups, for example wreath making, or eco-friendly floristry. I just need to find a big enough space as my store is so tiny!
Is it possible to choose a favourite flower?
Eek, tough question! I’ve always loved tuber-rose, in fact anything scented… hyacinth, peonies. Pepper Berry take me to another world. Every season change I am reminded of another favourite. At the moment I am in love with Hawthorn Berry. I try to get a variety of unique flowers in my shop, to use more seasonal blooms and locally grown flowers where possible, as well as native flowers.
Take my advice, this flower child is brilliant and she’s certainly not your run of the mill florist. So next time you’re in Northbridge pop in and say hi, you might just discover a new favourite bloom (or a funky new record at her partner Safari’s adjoining record store). Beans and Bunches is located at Shop 3 Arcade 189 William Street and is open six days a week.
What is your favourite flower?