The Madam's got style!

the shop: madam lampini location: opposite 263 darling st balmain contact: 02 9818 2816 website: the florist: marisa number of years in floristry: 18

best thing about being a florist: the sense of freedom you get from being able to create something uniquely beautiful that you know for that moment has the power to change how someone feels about their day. favourite flower combination: rather predictably it would be all the garden flowers- hydrangeas, dahlias, cornflowers, peonies, foliage, berries and so on. my parents still live in the same house i grew up in. i love to visit- the garden still has a wonderful weeping willow and copper beech tree. there are peonies, hydrangea, limey foliage and stunning garden roses. the front of the house is covered in wisteria. my mother insists that my love of flowers comes from the fact that she picked a fresh flower every day that she was pregnant with me. most memorable event/occasion you have done flowers for: i am very fortunate in having had the privilege to work along side many talented people at some wonderful and inspiring events. a few that pop to mind include a funeral at westminster abbey. the space is so vast, stately and beautiful. we used thousands of garden roses- it was so heavily scented and emulated nature perfectly. i have also worked closely with quite a few very high profile actors, and i could have more than one or two stories to tell here but professional discretion prevents me sharing too much about these.

you are inspired by: fashion, architecture and travel and how these have evolved over time. i take great enjoyment from understanding why things are as they are. i have been heavily influenced and continue to be inspired by my family. my mother is very, very, very english- in a good way. she has a tremendous amount of style and has firmly instilled in me a strong work ethic- something you cant do without as a florist! my father is french italian and has taught me that true quality is something never to be compromised. his saying, "if a job's worth doing, it's worth doing well" rings frequently in my ears!

you are passionate about: my children, and my wonderful husband. they make me laugh every day and encourage me to do what i love doing.