Last night at the Greystone Mansion Gala in Beverly Hills, I oohed and ahhed my way through dozens of rooms at the Greystone Mansion, all lovingly decorated by the likes of Jamie Drake, Kathryn Ireland, Lori Dennis, Kendall Wilkinson, and other amazing designers. When I wandered into the gentlemen's study and terrace on the second floor, designed by Patrick Dragonette, I was wowed by many features, including the agate slice table lamps he created (stay tuned for more photos, coming soon).
My eyes were also really drawn to the pops of color and texture in the succulent, peony, and rose arrangements in Patrick's room. These arrangements were created by Missy Fine and Neda Davari of M and N Events.I've seen succulents paired with a variety of flowers and foliage before, but this simple mix of tightly clustered red roses and peonies with accents of succulents really impressed me. When I chatted with Neda Davari about her inspiration for the arrangements, she told me, "The inspiration for these were Patrick Dragonette and his stunning room! We wanted to pick up a strong masculine accent color that would complement his work. The deep red in the roses and peonies accomplished that touch we were looking for. We used Echeveria Pulidonis plants, which are a type of succulent, to bring in that masculine character and with its rose-like features it blends into this arrangement quite nicely. It's a great accent plant to work with as it's very well behaved in floral arrangements and requires very little water." I'd love to re-create this arrangement for parties.This is also a perfect Christmas party centerpiece, since the two main holiday colors — green and red — are beautifully interpreted here, and such a nice change from your standard poinsettia.