Flowers have the power to make everyone happy, but each person has their own special happiness. This is where StudioRosa in Paddington comes in, with unique flowers and gifts for sale that are designed to meet people's individual needs.
StudioRosa started as an impulse buy of a bookstore, which then cooperated with a florist, which let Vicki, the owner, uncover her true passion for floristry. After operating successfully in Melbourne, Vicki has made the move to back to her hometown of Brisbane.
Enjoy a cup of coffee from the cafe next door while you wait for your flowers to be prepared
So if you want flowers that are a little bit special and have a budget of between as little as $5 or as much as $3,000, then StudioRosa is the place for you. They have pre-made bouquets for sale, some for only a few dollars. But even the cheapest reflect the originality and creativity that underlies StudioRosa.
StudioRosa also has a number of ready made bouquets
As Vicki explained to me, for her, it is not just about flowers, but about how these flowers make people feel. Even a special little arrangement can do that. But you can also buy arrangements for friends, loved ones, thank yous and every imaginable occasion. Even an event as sombre as a funeral can be more touching with the right flowers.
If you are on a budget, there are beautiful little bouquets from $6
The core of StudioRosa's business is about flower arrangements made to order. Sit down with Vicki, maybe with a cup of coffee from the cafe next door, and discuss your needs. Vicki will ask you a little bit about your ideas, who it is going to and why. Then it is a matter of constructing the bouquet to your needs.
Sit down with a cup of coffee to discuss your flower needs with Vicki
Vicki's regular clients tend to trust her. For example, while in the shop a customer came in with and just said "I need flowers for my friend, she is into alternative things." and after some simple questions such as "What colour is she wearing today?" Vicki was set to create another special arrangement.
You can walk into the store with any sort of request. Some people photograph the space where the flowers are going to go, others bring in the special vase they want flowers to sit in. It is all about the right flowers for the person, the situation and the occasion.
StudioRosa also has a variety of gifts for sale. The collection is fairly eclectic and like the flowers, reflects Vicki's passions. One of the interesting items for sale are the little individual ceramic tiles. That sounds a little odd when you first think about it, but then you realise that you can use a medium sized tile to rest a candle on, or several small ones to fill up the spaces on a shelf.
There are a wide variety of gifts and curios for sale at StudioRosa
To understand Vicki's passion for floristry, you have to realise that she rises early every morning to buy flowers from the markets. She sits down personally with customers to create small bouquets as well as designing flowers for social and corporate events all around Australia worth thousands of dollars.
Most florists really just sell bunches of flowers. A true florist will create something individual and special that really stands out. StudioRosa has that passion for floristry.
But what it really comes down to is how flowers inspire the senses and emotions. I visited StudioRosa with a friend who was having a really bad week. She hadn't slept the night before and was in a terrible mood. However. such problems are not a match for a flower arrangement from StudioRosa. It was great to watch my friend's mood transform as a flower creation was put together just for her.
Vicki's flowers are always of the highest quality flowers and the most gorgeous arrangements. You only have to walk into her shop and know you will get something wonderful and special. Paddington is extremely lucky to have StudioRosa.