Millstone Flowers spreads joy across the Hamptons this season through its stunning and sustainable floral designs.
Stephanie Lessing’s fall arrangement tip? “Loosely gather a peachy-orange bouquet of different-size spray, tea and garden roses, tie it with raffia in a tiny burlap bag and just toss it on the table. You can keep it hydrated inside the bag with Eco Fresh wraps.”
Millstone Flowers was born out of a little white barn on Millstone Road in Water Mill belonging to Stephanie Lessing and her husband, Dan. “It’s been filled with flowers since day one and has become a very happy place,” Lessing says. After her first pop-up at One Kings Lane, the Hamptonite’s floral design biz began to take off . “I think it all fell into place because I had the perfect backdrop,” she shares. “No matter what I did, it looked pretty in this house, and that gave me the confidence to keep going.”
Lessing’s discovery of sustainable flower farming and clean alternatives to traditional floristry materials truly honed her vision. “I held flower workshops here in my studio to spread the word and I filled the whole place with buckets of pesticide-free pink garden roses. It was like walking into a dream—mostly because the fragrance of clean flowers is exactly what you’d expect, incredible,” she explains. Her creative and environmentally friendly designs have attracted a roster of fashionable clients including Bandier, LoveShackFancy and the new Kathy Kuo store in Southampton.
This fall and winter, Stephanie and Dan will share painted photos of their beautiful blooms in a series of private art showings (look for dates to be announced @millstoneflowers). “They were created here, by my husband and me, and they give me the same feeling this house gives me,” Lessing says. “They’re the happiest thing we’ve ever done.”