'Floral decorating' weekends and Retreats in France
Lets bring out the 'Floral Decorator" in you ....
Unfortunately all dates for this summer are postponed due to the awful virus that is affecting us all.
Please take a look at the retreat at Chateau de Bourneau in November 2020
Come and join me at the beautiful fairytale Chateau de Bourneau in France. Together we will decorate the stone columned portico, the sweeping staircase, the beautiful dining room and the gorgeous yellow salon with fresh garlands, table decor, seasonal wreaths and advent chandeliers all created by yourselves under my guidance.Authentic French meals and drinks are included and you will stay in one of the charming cottages on site.Erin and JB ( as featured on Escape to the Chateau DIY) are fabulous hosts and I, will share my 35 years of knowledge with you ( along with some interesting stories of events that I have designed for celebrities and royalty worldwide).For more details please sign up on this website and I will send them to you.This really will be a fun weekend and whats more you do not have to have ant previous experience.Something to look forward to after this awful virus year.
£355.00 per person ( excluding travel)Based on 2 persons sharing
A Midsummers nights dream
Postponed due to the awful virus affecting us all
Come and join me at a 'fairytale chateau' in the Loire Valley for a beautiful evening of merriment and wonderful food.
This ,the most special of evenings, will be spent in the gorgeous woodland that is in the grounds of the chateau, we would have decorated the dinning area together to make it a simply beautiful place to dine, using foliages, mosses, twines ,gnarled boughs and branches from the woods itself, it will be truly magical.
You will stay in one of the original cottages on site and all food and drinks will be included.
Friday to Sunday....if you would like more information please fill in the contact details below to receive more information.
You do not need any previous experience with flowers....this course is 'floral decorating' not flower arranging,"its much more exciting'.
Let me bring out your creativity !
18th - 20th October 2019
FLORAL DECORATING WEEKEND
If you missed this 'fabulous' weekend sign up at the bottom of this page to be put on the mailing list for information of more retreats weekends, workshops and demonstrations coming up.
We REALLY had a wonderful time at Chateau de Bourneau.
Cathy Christmas wrote...
I was lucky enough to take part in Laura Lee's floral decoration workshop held at the beautiful Chateau Bourneau in October 2019.
My friends & I had a bit of a challenging start due to our car breaking down on the way, but thanks to Laura rescuing & reassuring us, all was well in the end!
The floral decoration workshop was even more amazing than I had imagined! We were all presented with an apron, notepad, pen, scissors & a little bag to keep them all in which we could take away with us at the end.
The large room we were going to decorate in the chateau was the 'yellow salon' - a blank canvas for our creations & everything was really well organised. There was a huge array of materials & props for us to use. An exciting beginning to a fantastic day!
Floral decoration is something I've never tried before but I was straight into it as Laura was very encouraging at all times. She demonstrated the numerous techniques of decorating, using fabulous props found at French brocantes, charity shops & even B&Q! Also gold & bronze sprayed lantern flowers, dyed leaves from London flower markets & flora & fauna found in the grounds of the chateau such as ivy & berries & moss.
At all times we were encouraged to use our own creative skills & imagination, with guidance given whenever we required it. Terry, the other half of this incredibly creative team, was on hand to help with the practicalities of preparing the props such as huge tree branches which we put together & decorated with metallic-sprayed lantern flowers. Awesome ! We learned how to use wire to hook items on. It looked absolutely stunning as did all of the other floral decorations we created! When we had finished, we looked around absolutely amazed at the results of our hard work!
The salon that had started off as a blank canvas was transformed, by us, into a magical, fragrant & flower-filled wonder! We stood back & were awestruck by our creations!
Later that evening, after we had changed into our glad rags, we entered the chateau into the library for a glass of champagne. We were then invited into our newly decorated room which had been further transformed with uplighters & fairy lights ...wow! We were all stunned at the beauty of the room.
I hope that Laura will run another of her workshops at Chateau Bourneau. I will definitely take part even though it will mean a drive of several hours to get there!
I can't wait!
Susie Buckhurst wrote...
" I have just returned from the enchanting Chateau Bourneau where I spent the weekend enjoying a floral decorating course run by Laura and Terry . To say Laura worked miracles with her vision and talents with mainly materials that can be found by most of us in our gardens or local parks & woods is an understatement. Under her patient tuition, together with Terry's encouragement, we turned our hosts dinning room into a magical candlelit Banqueting Hall where we enjoyed our gala dinner Saturday evening. Who knew that using just a few well chosen materials could work such magic. I came away totally ready to start putting my new found knowledge and ideas into practice. And to top it all off, our hosts Erin and JB were both the most delightful, talented,attentive hosts one could ever wish for and I wish them every success in their lives at the Chateau. Thank you Laura and Terry and I look forward to taking part in another course very soon! Loved, loved, loved every minute."
CHATEAU DES LYS
20th - 22nd September 2019
FLORAL DECORATING WEEKEND
It was FANTASTIC !!!
Claire Summerill wrote......
"I spent a lovely weekend of 'floral decorating' with Laura and Terry, hosted by delightful owners of the Chateau,Tim and Margreeth, and became completely enchanted with chateau life ! We were provided with thoughtfully chosen materials to decorate a mirror, lampshade,tree and candlesticks and dressed the dinning table for the evening gala dinner. It was amazing to see Laura's vision and expertise transform the room into a magical space and a wonderful dining experience was had by us all. I came away with lots of ideas and more knowledge of everything floral than I went with, here's wishing Laura and her future students much success on future floral decorating retreats."