Schentell Nunn’s floral arrangements are captivating. They rise and fall, some sprawling and some packed tightly with layers and levels that turn every piece into a work of ephemeral art. With a childhood spent roaming wooded landscapes and a background in studying design, it’s no wonder that she has such a keen eye for artwork through the medium of flowers.
How did you get into the world of floral design?
I first began working with flowers when I was 17 and had just finished high school. At the time I was living in a very small country town in Northern Vermont, and was working at the local grocery store. Since I was a child, I was always in love with nature and crafts, and it honestly felt like a very natural fit.
What inspires you most?
I am most inspired by nature and beautiful landscapes. The way that grass blows in the wind, how vines overgrow an old tree or the highlights and lowlights of a meadow. I think it’s important to pause and take a look at what is taking place around us. It really changes the way I feel when I am placing blooms together.
“I am always finding beauty within the trees on a busy street, or the tall grass on the side of the highway. Humans tend to only celebrate the atmospheres that feel untouched, and although I wish more places were untouched, I still think it’s important to give thanks in all spaces.”
What have you learned through your journey with flowers?
Through my journey with flowers I have learned quite a bit about my own softness and need for pause. Flowers are really just a living medium to create with. Much like sculpture and painting, they allow us to lean in and explore possibility. Everyday there is a new experience and in so many ways it has helped me to practice surrender.
“Flowers are really just a living medium to create with. Much like sculpture and painting, they allow us to lean in and explore possibility.”
What are your personal favorite flowers to work with in your arrangements?
I really enjoy working with flowers that are in season and local. There is something very radiant about a bloom that is coming from a small farm at the height of Summer. I also love flowers that sort of dance or suck you in.
How do you incorporate sustainability in your personal life?
In my personal life I am very intentional with what I bring into my home, put into my body, and purchase for my wardrobe. The majority of my clothing is vintage or made by sustainable, woman-owned brands. Everything I purchase is selected to impact my life in a positive way for the years to come.
How do you Honor Mother Earth?
I love nature more than anything. Taking moments to just be present and grateful in all atmospheres, not just the visually stunning ones, is so important. I am always finding beauty within the trees on a busy street, or the tall grass on the side of the highway. Humans tend to only celebrate the atmospheres that feel untouched, and although I wish more places were untouched, I still think it’s important to give thanks in all spaces. We are all incredibly lucky to have such a beautiful place to call home.