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Meet Schentell Nunn (@offerings.co), a Los Angeles based florist. We’ve had the opportunity to work with Schentell at a few Kinn events—and see her stunning floral arrangements come to life.
For this Meet The Artist series, we spoke with Schentell about her career path, challenges she’s faced, and what sparked her love of flowers.
Kinn: Can you describe your journey to becoming a florist?
Schentell: I first began my floral journey when I was 17. I worked at the local floral counter at the “fancy” grocery store as my first job after high school. I then worked in shops for the next 3 years, and when moving to San Francisco for college left the industry for a bit. After getting sober at 30, and helping a dear friend plan her wedding, I realized I truly missed working with natural elements as an artform. I had never fully stepped away from flowers over the years, but I realized that the connection between me and floristry was much stronger and natural for me then the other mediums I had played with.
Kinn: What inspired you to pursue your line of work?
Schentell: I have always been a nature loving lady since I was a little girl. I would make daisy chains and friendship bracelets endlessly, and loved working with my hands and creating anything from nature for as long as I can remember. After studying interior design, and operating a jewelry business for a bit, I realized that I wanted to do work with something that felt meaningful on a different level. Florals are directly related to individuals' emotions and most special moments, and that deep connection to love and respect really motivated me to explore my love of flowers as a career.
Kinn: What are some of the road blocks that you’ve faced to get where you are today?
Schentell: Being a florist and business owner is much more layered than just making beautiful arrangements. If only that was all it took! I have always had grit and a bit of hustle in me, but operating an in demand service business has been quite a journey. Learning to be comfortable with managing people, realizing being a business owner means not only do you now have a 9-5, but you have a sunrise - whatever time you clock out, learning how to implement boundaries with work & with yourself, and not being afraid of asking for help are all some serious lessons that I have learned along the way.
Kinn: What’s your favorite thing about your career and flower arranging in general?
Schentell: I love that every flower is different and every arrangement is its very own creation. The variation in form and flow is endless and it allows for never ending creative expression.
Kinn: Do you have any tips for those of us that don’t have a green thumb? How to keep flowers alive longer, etc.?
Schentell: When first returning to flowers 6 years ago I worked for an adorable flower shop in San Francisco for a bit. The owner there once said “flowers are just beautiful zombies. Once they are cut they are already dead, but we get to enjoy them for those final moments.” It’s a little dark but so true! We can only help them last by giving them the most ideal conditions. Keeping them out of the heat/direct sunlight, clean water, and fresh cuts every day or two will help them live their maximum life.
Kinn: We know you’ve worked with some amazing clients. Can you tell us a little bit about what that’s like?
Schentell: I have been very fortunate to have some incredible clientele over the years. It's really a beautiful honor to be trusted by such established and respected brands and individuals who really set the foundation for beauty and taste in our current atmosphere. There really is nothing like being pure to your art and being celebrated and respected for it.
Photography by Sam Gezari.
Schentell is wearing the Classic Cigar Band Ring, Petite Link Chain Bracelet, Classic Hoop Earrings - Large, Petite Link Chain Necklace, Dylan Diamond Tennis Bracelet, and the Chloé Checked Earrings II. Shop her favorite solid gold pieces HERE.
See more of Schentell’s work HERE.