OUR NETWORK OF DESIGNERS
Gracious Garlands Preferred Designers are individuals with a design or floral background who are trained by us in holiday + event decorating and incorporate Gracious Garlands products in all their installations.
Preferred Designers are experienced professionals who are highly vetted and only accepted after an application and interview.
This is a group of skilled creatives who have a knack for design and are ready to help you bring your vision to life.
Currently, we have designers available to service the following areas:
Hudson Valley, NY
Bossier City, LA
Baton Rouge, LA
New Orleans, LA
If you live in a city where we currently have no designers but would be interested in hiring one of our designers, please click the button below to send us a message letting us know you're interested and where you live! Our hope is to recruit designers in cities where we have interest.
MEET OUR Gracious Garlands
Preferred Designers Servicing Nashville, TN
Ashley Reeve | Nashville Holiday House
Ashley is a lover of travel, art, and music who lives in Nashville, TN with her husband Tyler, son Harlan & their silver lab Dolly. Ashley began her career in the medical field as a coordinator for clinical research. However, after planning her own wedding, she fell in love with floral design and making pretty spaces.
After leaving the medical field, Ashley decided to tap into something that allowed her to be more creative. That’s where Gracious Garlands came in — an outlet for creativity and a chance to learn the craft of holiday greenery & design.
She has worked with GG for the past 3 years and is ready to take on clients of her own, and looks forward to providing you with the same high quality GG greenery & superior design techniques while making your holiday season beautiful!
Follow Ashley: @nashvilleholidayhouse
Melissa Smithson | Fig & Holly
A New Orleans native, Melissa moved to Nashville to study at Vanderbilt and has called Tennessee home ever since. While she spent much of her career in the research and medical industry, she always found ways to tap into her creativity where her true passion lies.
After designing and leading her own home renovations, she realized her knack for creating meaningful and beautiful spaces in the home. She aims to bring her clients’ visions to life with attention to detail and flawless execution. Her eclectic background gives her a unique perspective that inspires her ability to create dynamic and innovative designs.
Melissa is a mother, wife, dancer, traveler, and cook who joins the Gracious Garlands team of designers with passion and enthusiasm.
Follow Melissa: @melissahodges72
Elizabeth Burch | Elizabeth Burch Interiors
Born and raised in Nashville, Tennessee, Elizabeth Burch is a southerner through and through. Elizabeth graduated from the University of Alabama with a degree in elementary education in 2009 and immediately set to work teaching, while also creating warm and inviting spaces for her students.
At home and in her friends' homes, she did the same. The joy she found in design pulled her out of the classroom and into this space: designing beautiful, functional interiors for her clients.
Today, Elizabeth finds inspiration in books, art, travel, and in the interesting decor pieces she finds along the way. She still lives in Nashville with her husband, twin toddlers, and a very sweet Goldendoodle named Finley.
Follow Elizabeth: @elizabethburchinteriors
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Preferred Designers Servicing Austin, TX
Danielle Casseus | Wildly Flowered
Danielle was born in Miami Florida, and raised in Brooklyn, NY - so she has a warm heart with a spunky soul and a deep love of fashion and design.
Danielle is excited to combine her creative side with your vision. As a mom of 5, Danielle loves getting crafty with her kids. Wildly Flowered was born out of her love for florals and passion to create something beautiful everyday.
Danielle is an experienced wedding and event florist in Austin. She also designs weekly arrangments for clients all around the Austin area and is super excited to partner with Gracious Garlands to expand her holiday decorating services. Danielle's studio is always bursting with florals, and she opens the studio to host design workshops as well.
Follow Danielle: @wildlyflowered
Kelsey Bridges | K Bridges
Kelsey is an installation artist and muralist located in Austin, Texas. She tends to dip her hands in all types of mediums including woodwork, streamer installations, florals, murals and more.
Color is her best friend, and she pulls inspiration from all around her. She loves to collaborate on projects and build relationships with her clients.
Kelsey studied design at the University of North Texas, and was a display artist for Anthropologie for over 6 years. Now as a freelance artist, she has worked with many large clients including East Olivia, Music Lane, Chelsea Market and her work can be seen all over South Congress in Austin.
When she’s not busy creating, she likes to spend time with her fiancé traveling to amazing hiking destinations and exploring new places.
Follow Kelsey: @kbridgesdesigns
Erin Condron | Enda Creative
As a former dancer, Erin has an impeccable eye for aesthetics and beautiful details. Her passion for creativity runs deep, and while her dance career ended abruptly, she has found ways to incorporate her artistry into her work in media, event marketing and event design.
Erin has created for brands like Random House, Harper Collins, The Soho House, Outdoor Voices, Bumble, Richard’s Rainwater, Fareground, Padre’s Wine and more. She also curates and hosts a mindfulness event series, Warriors and Wine, and is developing additional concepts to launch this Winter.
Her intention, bringing people together through meaningful events. It was her experience becoming a mother that inspired Erin to also pursue design and decorating. Erin is thrilled to work with Gracious Garlands and to have Elle’s support and expertise on this journey in seasonal decorating.
Follow Erin: @erincondron
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Preferred Designers Servicing Memphis, TN, Jonesboro, AR and Oxford, MS
Chaney DeLong | Cocoa Moose Holiday
Chaney owns and operates a professional holiday design firm and online store, Cocoa Moose Holiday.
A native of Nashville, Tennessee, Chaney currently lives in Jonesboro, Arkansas with her husband, young daughter, and two lovable dogs including Moose, the rescue she adopted just as she began turning her holiday and design passion into a full-time profession.
With the goal of sharing her love for holiday magic, Chaney is continually inspired by spaces that serve as comfortable settings for celebrating life's best moments. Her aim is to emphasize the soul and personality of each client, while ensuring the final product is liveable and warm.
Chaney describes her design aesthetic as "lived in holiday".
After spending three years working with residential and commercial clients from Dallas to Nashville and many places between, Chaneyis excited to grow her partnership with the Gracious Garlands family, as her clients have loved these product offerings from day one.
Follow Chaney: @cocoamooseholiday
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Preferred Designers Servicing Bossier City and Shreveport, LA
Angela Pfanner | Birdwell's
A lifelong native of Louisiana along with growing up with a love of southern styles and traditions taught by her grandmothers and mama, Angela loves to incorporate touches of both in the homes of clients.
Through Birdwell's, Angela offers customized decorating and design. These services include home styling to commercial design of spaces. Holiday styling has also been a service offered through Birdwell's and this year we are thrilled to share more!
Angela believes one of the best of southern traditions is bringing the beauty of fresh florals, nature and greens to the decorating table. It's a love she has always had and to this day incorporates this love every holiday with a fresh tree and greenery in her personal home. So why not offer this to our area by partnering Gracious Garlands!
We believe bringing Gracious Garlands to our area is not only unique but will elevate your holiday decor while bringing a touch of southern style to your home!
Follow Angela: @shopbirdwells
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Preferred Designers Servicing Lafayette, Baton Rouge and New Orleans, LA
NIKI EPSTEIN | NIKI EPSTEIN
Niki is a leading expert in exterior and interior plant styling. She has worked with world renowned design professionals, celebrities, and clients, to create unique green spaces that are as luxurious as they are livable
Her work has been featured in The New York Times, Garden and Gun, Elle Decor, Southern Living and more. In 2019 she was awarded “Design Master of Landscaping” by New Orleans Magazine. She is a regular Fox8 News contributor on plant styling. She has a BS in Psychology and earned a certificate in Landscape Design and Management from Northwestern University. She is a Licensed Landscape Horticulturist and Master Gardener. With more than 20 years of horticulture and design experience she creates plant scapes appropriate to the environment, taking the guesswork out of designing with nature. Niki has the unique ability to align style and function that allow plants to flourish while simultaneously producing well-being and beauty.
She promises to connect you, and your clients, with nature, bring value to your project, and ensures your green investment thrives. Her services also include floral design, holiday styling, sourcing high quality material, and consulting.
Follow Niki: @nikieps
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Preferred Designers Servicing Waco and Dallas, TX
Madeleine Herskind | Madeleine Creative
What started with a calligraphy pen oh so many years ago, next reaching for a paintbrush, and now a myriad of mediums to customize an event— Madeleine Creative is the work of Madeleine Herskind, a Texan tastemaker thrilled at the opportunity to take every celebration over the top.
Specializing in creative styling services, Madeleine focuses on the unique niche of what she calls “petite parties,” lending her creative eye and entertaining expertise to soirées petite in size. Designed to provide constant inspiration for both her clients’ and her own projects, Madeleine Creative is here to help brighten your next celebration.2021 was the year the "petite party" expanded into holiday hosting services— Madeleine began frosting clients' homes with custom Christmas tree decorating, living and dining room decor setting, gift wrapping services and much more.
She's delighted to partner with Gracious Garlands to expand her holiday offering around Dallas, and continue to brighten clients' homes for the holidays. When not decorating, painting, planning, designing, and more, you can find Madeleine on a walk with her golden Ruskin, cooking at home with her family, out at the ranch for a long weekend, or beachside for some extra sun.
Follow Madeleine: @madeleinecreative
Norma Benitez | Norma's Blooming Bike
Welcome to the enchanting world of Norma's Blooming Bike – where flowers aren’t just our business, they're our avenue to spread joy and advocate for mental health. Our journey began four heartwarming years ago at the Waco Farmers Market with a simple, charming flower cart. Today, our full-service floral boutique in Waco, TX, continues to be a beacon of happiness, beauty, and community spirit.
Our services have blossomed beyond the farmers market, extending into bespoke floral arrangements for weddings, corporate events, and more. Our arrangements aren't just displays, but heartfelt narratives of each client's story, each stem and petal curated with love and a deep understanding of our customer’s desires.
Our partnership with Gracious Garlands is a natural extension of our commitment to beauty, joy, and community well-being. This collaboration is bound by a shared vision: to beautify spaces with nature’s own artwork, ensuring every significant life event is not only memorable but filled with awe and grace.
At Norma's Blooming Bike, every flower is a promise of joy, and every bouquet is an advocacy of mental well-being. Join us on this journey, and let's create those perfect, unforgettable backdrops for your life’s beautiful moments!
Follow Norma: @normasbloomingbike
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Preferred Designers Servicing Albany/Leesburg, GA
Lindsay Majeski | Vine and Branches Garden
In the South, there is truly no place like home. As a South Georgia native, Lindsay’s enthusiasm for southern charm and hospitality influences her joy for container gardening and fresh floral designs. Through Vine and Branches Garden, Lindsay creates customized floral planters and offers seasonal decorating for residential and commercial clients.
After graduating from the University of Georgia with a degree in Education, Lindsay spent over a decade teaching and inspiring her students in her community to pursue their talents and goals. Then as her family’s agricultural business grew, Lindsay joined her husband to serve the cotton and peanut farmers in southwest Georgia. She and her husband live in Leesburg, Georgia with their two daughters. Where they enjoy flower, vegetable, and fruit gardening. Consequently, the love of growing plants and serving her community, ignited a joy to offer fresh farm greenery for the holidays.
Flowers and fresh greenery designs, make gorgeous grand entrances and fabulous first impressions. Therefore, Lindsay is thrilled to partner with Gracious Garlands to offer seasonal farm fresh wreaths and garlands to make your visitors feel welcome with true southern hospitality for the holidays.
Follow Lindsay: @lindsay_majeski
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Preferred Designers Servicing Columbus, OH
Regina Prange | Natural Designs
With over thirty-five years experience in floral design and seasonal styling, I know well the joy that beautiful flowers bring to our client's homes, special occasions and ordinary days.
After graduating from Ohio State University with a degree in horticulture, I worked with some of Columbus’ top florists, before venturing out on my own with Natural Designs. Since then, I have been privileged to work with countless brides, designing elegant and truly memorable weddings and with both corporate and private clients, to bring sophistication and smiles to their most important occasions.
There’s nothing like the Holidays, and at Natural Designs, we delight in creating décor that brings the Merry & Bright season to life in our client's homes. From a stunning entrance to a sparkling holiday party, our experience with design and hospitality promises seasonal accents that are beautiful and stylish. We love knowing what we create for the holidays is enjoyed by our clients, their family and friends.
Whether you are planning a grand party, an intimate evening or a festive Christmas, I look forward to helping you celebrate beautifully.
Follow Regina: @naturaldesignflorals
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Preferred Designers in Hudson Valley, NY
Evelyne Kopp | The Hudson Valley Wreath Company
Evelyne is the owner of the Hudson Valley Wreath Company and is a self-taught wreath artist. The HV Wreath Co. specializes in handcrafted seasonal wreaths and garlands that ship all over the United States.
Evelyne has years of experience working with fresh pine and seasonal greenery, from harvesting the most beautiful trees to clipping individual stems to order, her knowledge of the product will help her provide clients with the best service. She has a team of employees prepped and ready to bring holiday dreams to life!
In addition to handcrafting wreaths and garlands, Evelyne has been hosting wreath making workshops since 2019, for large and small groups, fundraisers, online tutorials, and private classes. She has been voted 'Best Entrepreneur' in 2021 and 2023 by theHudson Valley Magazinereaders' ballot, is currently being featured in the November 2023 edition of Main Street Magazine, and was previously featured in a fall 2020 digital edition of Taste of Home. She works with both private residences and local businesses in the Hudson Valley. Evelyne is beyond excited to be partnering with Gracious Garlands to bring their beautiful products to the Hudson Valley.
Follow Evelyne: @handcrafted.by.evelyne
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keep in mind
We believe our network of Preferred Designers will uphold the high standards of the Gracious Garlands brand by providing you with our premium greenery and individualized client care. Please keep in mind our designers are operating under their own entity and are not employees of Gracious Garlands. If you enter into an agreement with them for services, it is between the two of you.
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