Name: Kaylyn Hewitt / Job Title: Owner / Business: 1956 Blooms / City/State: Boston, MA
Can you tell us a little bit about your business and what you do? 1956blooms is a floral design and styling studio based in Boston, Massachusetts. We create custom and garden inspired floral designs for weddings and events. 1956 started after I decided not to continue a career path in graduate school. I moved to Boston from Texas for grad school, and shortly after my big move, I decided that more school wasn’t for me. I’d always be drawn to flowers, and was doing some designing for a few friends’ weddings at the time, but never in a million years did I think this could be my full time job!
After doing some designing as a hobby for a few months, I a decided that what I really wanted was to be a florist. I doodled flowers, dreamt of color combinations, and yearned for creative freedom. I took a huge leap in 2012, and I haven’t looked back.
How did you develop your specific craft? I’ve always been around flowers as my mom is an avid gardener and worked at our nursery in our town. They were always around and available, so I found myself completely enamored with them at a very early age. I fell in love with flowers in gardens, so when I started designing flowers, I wanted to recreate where I had seen them most. Each design almost reminds me of my backyard growing up–lots of textures, love, and colors that just sort of melt into each other. I guess my craft grew out of this love from where I came from and it has been my way of remembering it and cherishing it.
What is your favorite part of your craft and/or business? I have so many favorite parts of this business! Honestly, it’s been such a blessing having the opportunity to love what I do. I don’t take that for granted. I would say my most favorite part is having the freedom to create, but that doesn’t happen on it’s own. Because I have extraordinary clients, the best team a girl could ask for, and a support system that I don’t feel like I deserve, I’m able to create freely.
Tell us a little bit about what you will be offering through The School of Styling this year?
This year through The School of Styling, we’ll be offer a couple of online classes as well as some one on one opportunities. In our online courses we’ll be providing a few tried and true design techniques that cover centerpiece design as well as bouquet design. We’ll also have a video available that digs deeper into the business aspect of owning a floral design company. I’m sharing a lot of what’s on my heart in these videos and there are a bunch of answers to questions I had when I was first starting.
Why did you decide to do the Instructor Program? I have fallen in love with The School of Styling. This is such a valuable resource for creative entrepreneurs in any stage of their business endeavors. There is so much wisdom being shared, and I want to be able to share what I can, as well. It can be hard not knowing where to start or how to develop your craft, but The School of Styling is providing a support system, as well as, a guide for those looking to learn more and develop their businesses. This is such a strong community of folks willing to rally each other on and learn from each other. How could I not want to be apart of this community?