27B61BF9-78AE-47D4-B880-950F868AB1E6Just in time for Valentine’s Day, in my opinion any day, I wanted to share the story, and unique beauty, of my friend, Shelley Rosen’s Luxe Bloom. I took a photo of this glorious bouquet to show you the vast variety of colors….beyond one’s imagination.  Here is the exciting news…..go to  or follow them on Instagram @luxebloomroses. Upon check out you, my readers, can use LOVEKISSES15 for a 15% off coupon. Local Chicago clients can pick up your custom rose arrangements in the Luxe Bloom West Loop Office in time for Valentines Day. Act quickly….you want to take advantage of this special offer.

And Luxe Bloom will be on ABC’s WINDY CITY LIVE February 14 at 1pm for their Valentine’s Day Special, Mark your calendars.  You will want to keep Luxe Bloom in your contacts for special occasions or for no reason st all just as a perk to yourself or others, to me the best gift of all!

My photo of this glorious piece done as a present to Shelley that holds a place of honor in her office….Happy  Valentine’s Day!!!!


 I want you to know this isn’t a sponsored post…by now, I hope you know, I only post about things that appeal to me….books, people, collections, and in some cases businesses, this is one such example.  I love the uniqueness of the product and the dedication of Shelley and her staff.  And, bonus, you, dear readers, get a lovely 15% off coupon as a treat for yourself or a special someone!!  Enjoy! (An aside…..I’m thrilled to accept sponsorships, you can email me, or pass the thought along, at for a media kit and price list)

Shelley and I first met many years ago when she was on the Columbia College Chicago’s Board of Trustees. We have kept in touch over the years with her interest (and obtaining the rights to and) in ERTE, one of my favorite artists/designers ever!  Her current passion and “life work” is roses….in every color imaginable, and yes, they are real.

2039454E-2D3C-44E3-8ACA-184A040DDF29 I am thrilled to share this woman-owned Chicago based, Internationally recognized company Luxe Bloom that is changing the way people buy flowers and therefore is making a new market for your home and gifts but also for corporations to rethink design and visuals.  Luxe Bloom has over 100 subscription based luxury operators such as Langham, St. Regis, Waldorf Astoria,  Ritz Carlton, Four Seasons, Loews, Hilton, Hyatt, Red Door Spas nationwide.



Iconic installations like Saks Fifth Avenue New York city with 100,000 roses May, 2015.

5AF7C03D-D2F6-486F-96C7-8591FF6EF023Official Flower to Walt Disney Company “Beauty and the Beast” Premier, March, 2017. (The four above photos for nenasnotes courtesy of Shelley Rosen.)

I was invited to visit her showroom/workroom/distribution center and I must tell you it was fantasyland….absolutely gorgeous and quite the production! Each hand assembled arrangement must go through several steps each step handled by an expert straight through the packing and shipping process.  The arrangement I chose for myself was a blush rose piece in an antique silvered pedestal vase.  I watched it go through it’s assemblage, fascinating to say the least.  I’ve had it for 8 months and it is as fresh today as the day I got it….talk about “everlasting”!

Some examples of arrangements photos courtesy of Luxe Bloom…



536BBA16-D9BF-4BC7-9F4A-13FFE9873438Shelley in front of boxes and boxes full of roses for a QVC appearance….

And now some photos I took on site at the West Loop Luxe Bloom offices to show you some of the process and some finished pieces that appealed to me  I think my next bouquet will be a nosegay of multi-color roses….love them so much.  Looks like another visit is in order!





Refrigeration….all by color…

4C03BBE7-2B89-496F-AF07-1D1C54DD40C6Prepping the base…413F9650-29E9-4C97-B67D-FC0D92A353E6

Beginning the assembly…

D7698291-4993-47DA-9265-38E1FA82E353Finished bouquet….

Several of my favorites….many one of a kind…possibilities are limitless….04FE5F36-BC5D-4292-9880-72326530F501





And my most favorites…..





Mad for the framed pieces….


“Luxe Bloom Hospitality

Luxe Bloom provides long lasting luxury rose arrangements to luxury businesses (nenasnotes…and, of course, to individuals) on a recurring basis.  Our roses do not require water or refrigeration to keep their natural beauty and can last up to 60 dayS.

  • Subscription contract for every day floral
  • No water, ever
  • Saves Money-up to 30-50%% over fresh-cut contracts
  • Saves Time – with labor associated with floral care
  • Lasts up to 60 days in a hospitality setting and longer in your home
  • BESPOKE design to suit the hotel or other businesses
  • Over 20+colors and rose sizes
  • Allergy free-no aroma
  • Ships direct to business throughout the USA
  • Perfect for Private Suites, in room dining, concierge check in and more
  • Forbes Travel Guide approved as the “Official Flower” of the firm that verifies luxury”         A18D8050-65CD-4920-9FDF-FA8CD81C7760





  1. shelley rosen February 8, 2019 / 8:40 pm

    What a gracious style maker. Nena has an eye like I have never seen for all thinks luxury so when so wanted to visit our Atelier we were just thrilled. What a classy lady who made her business making women beautiful. We THANK YOU!

    • nenasnotes February 8, 2019 / 9:36 pm

      Thank you Shelley for your forward vision in luxury. Loved doing the post. Hope my readers take advantage of your generous discount!!

  2. Marcia February 8, 2019 / 8:56 pm

    Just read this great blog Nena and just ordered the three pink roses for my dressing table! Can’t wait to receive it and enjoy looking at it every morning. Thanks Nena and thanks Shelley. 💕💕💕💕💕💕

    • nenasnotes February 8, 2019 / 9:34 pm

      Bravo Marcia….enjoy it.

  3. Abra Wilkin February 9, 2019 / 1:32 am

    Will she ever do another flower – or JUST Roses?

    • nenasnotes February 9, 2019 / 1:38 am

      I think just roses but I’ll ask…any suggestions???

  4. Elenor Hawley February 9, 2019 / 1:42 pm

    Gorgeous! Thanks for the beautiful Valentine, Nena!!!!

    • nenasnotes February 9, 2019 / 9:52 pm

      Thanks Elenor….have a perfect Valentines Day!❤️🌹

  5. Stephanie (Leese) Emrich February 9, 2019 / 5:40 pm

    Exquisitely written! Having also personally toured Luxe Bloom’s Atelier, Shelley’s high standards, the level of detail and quality perfection, are evident. A spectrum of color choices & varieties to display are a winning combination.

    • nenasnotes February 9, 2019 / 9:51 pm

      Thanks Stephanine. Love her eye for detail.

  6. lindaglovinghome February 9, 2019 / 9:45 pm

    Yes!! They are Beautiful. I first discovered her on QVC marketing the beautiful roses in the tea-cup and saucer set. Simply beautiful. Great tribute to her and this is an awesome read. Thanks for sharing!

    • nenasnotes February 9, 2019 / 9:50 pm

      Thanks so much. Love her eye for detail. I appreciate your support of nenasnotes.

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