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The floral arrangements and installations that come out of Bloom & Plume, the Los Angeles-based company started by Maurice Harris, are wildly and organically beautiful. It’s hard to even classify them as arrangements, as they couldn’t be farther from what you’d spot at the corner florist shop. It’s no surprise that when Harris decided to redecorate his Echo Park bedroom, it resulted in a space so lush you’d swear it was actually blossoming.
To get a start on the design, Harris called upon his equally creative friends: Alexis Hartman and Titian Rutkin, who he met while working at Juicy Couture. “I worked in the display department, Alexis designed prints, and Titian was the knits assistant designer,” he says. Hartman has since founded Lake August, a go-to local source for hand-printed fabric and wallpaper. “She was showing the collection to all of her friends and I fell in love with this one,” says Harris. “This shade of green is my jam.” The gilded green wallpaper is fittingly titled “Garden Wall.” “I always wanted a wallpaper-matching-sconce situation, and since she’s a friend of mine she gave me a couple extra sheets so I could do it.”
Titian Rutkin made the custom quilt. “She’s been making quilts for her friends, every time one of them has a baby,” says Harris (her first adult client). “This one is her biggest to date.” Although Rutkin didn’t need much help designing for Harris, as she knows his aesthetic and colour palette well, he did help her out a bit. “I’m such a micromanager, but I didn’t want to stifle her creativity, so I gave her specific parameters: explaining the room, the wallpaper, and about wanting the fabrics to feel complementary but also random.” The rest was up to her.
Get lucky enough to see a Bloom & Plume arrangement in person, and you’ll know instantly that Harris is no minimalist. At home he is no different. “My house is filled with a lot of doodads. I like things surrounded by more things,” he says. More friends helped to complete this look: Pilar Wiley’s ceramics accessorize tabletops and a photograph by Jesse Finley Reed (of the soap in Harris’ shower) hangs by the bedside table. “I like to be surrounded by the support system of my community, and be reminded that we’re all doing cool and amazing things.”
It’s no wonder Harris needs an inspiring place to rest at night, as he’s perhaps one of the busiest creatives in LA. Bloom & Plume is growing “organically,” taking on more installation-based projects (in addition to made-to-order arrangements). Harris also teaches a dance class in Silver Lake, makes his own fine art, and is opening a coffee shop in the space next to his Echo Park floral studio. “I just need 26 hours in the day,” he says, “Sleeping for two hours and working the rest.”