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Floral fantasies at the Four Seasons' George V in Paris

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Jeff Leatham's beautiful arrangements at the George V in Paris.

Walking through the public spaces of the George V hotel in Paris is a sensually rich experience. Not only are the marble-clad spaces sumptuously textural and luxuriously sophisticated, the floral arrangements are so inventive that they are more colorful sculpture than mere stems and blossoms would portend. The veritable works of art are created by the hotel’s artistic director Jeff Leatham. Each week, he chooses a theme and designs his creations around that theme using some 9,000 blooms he purchases from the Netherlands.

This is no small task, as the hotel requires 23 major arrangements for the public areas and an additional 150 smaller bouquets for other spots throughout the property. Before being lured to Paris, Leatham was the artistic director at the Four Seasons Hotel in Los Angeles, a city known for its appreciation for drama!

Originally from Ogden, Utah, Jeff attributes his inspiration to his father, who was a landscape artist. He had no formal training before he began working with flowers. In fact, he was a runway model, which likely influenced his sense of style: what better world than fashion to train the eye for color, accessories and composition, after all? One thing is for certain: his passion for creating beauty truly shows!

I’ve posted some other Parisian experiences that were just as memorable (and some of them quite delicious) on my blog, Roaming by Design. I hope you’ll stop in and take a moment to relish the Paris I enjoyed so much!

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