The Interrogator with Kelsey Harper

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In just three short years, LA native Kelsey Harper, the eyes and heart behind Flower Girl Los Angeles, has created something of a floral dynasty on the West Coast. Her bespoke arrangements and beatific crowns (no dynasty is complete without one, surely) have made their way into the halls of hotels and on the heads of anyone who thinks the world should look like a romp through Eden, which, with the help of Miss Harper, it always certainly does. Combining artfully chosen classics with unexpected textures, every piece Harper makes is like a tiny, bundled ode to the California landscape she calls home, crafted and curated and–dare we say it–improved upon. Below we talk to Harper about Basquiat, Bon Iver, and frozen sangria on a road trip through Texas

Place of residence:

Eagle Rock, Los Angeles, California

Current occupation:

Owner and floral designer at Flower Girl Los Angeles.

What do you want to be when you grow up?

I want to be exactly what I am now: a florist and mama.

Quote to live by:

“We do not grow absolutely, chronologically. We grow sometimes in one dimension, and not in another; unevenly. We grow partially. We are relative. We are mature in one realm, childish in another. The past, present, and future mingle and pull us backward, forward, or fix us in the present. We are made up of layers, cells, constellations.” — Anais Nin

First job you ever had:

I was wine gift wrapper at my family’s wine store, the Woodland Hills Wine Company.

Least favorite part of your day:

Leaving my son Harrison to go to work.

Windows down, the song you’re playing is:

“I’m on Fire” by Springsteen, currently.

Three guilty pleasures:

Watching old TV seasons on Netflix straight through in my blacked-out bedroom, mani-pedis every week, Drybar numerous times a week. It’s an addiction.

If you had to watch one movie on repeat for eternity, what would it be?

Ken Burns’ PBS baseball documentary.

You have a million dollars to spend on art, you buy…

Basquiat

Plane, train or automobile for a road trip?

Train, business class, wine car.

What IS your favorite road trip?

I took a road trip through Texas once and bought expired film from gas stations and shot everything I saw, ate tons of BBQ, and drank frozen sangria. It was unbelievable and the photos I will keep and cherish forever.

Personal travel ethos:

I generally like to do the most non-touristy things while traveling. I like to make friends with locals and do the things they like to do. Feeling like a tourist is the biggest turnoff to me.

Drink of choice:

Bulleit Bourbon Sour with egg white

Beach house or tree house:

Tree house.

Where was the best meal you ever had and what was it?

I had the most amazing bechamel lasagna in Italy at this tiny place my friend took us to. I will make it back there before I die to eat it again, it was that good.

What is the best news you ever received?

That I was going to have a baby!

Who or what is largely overrated? Explain.

Cronuts. I just don’t get why two perfectly delicious separate things would ever need to be combined. People waiting for hours to get a Cronut is insane to me.

Briefly describe the best concert you have ever gone to.

I saw Bon Iver at sunrise at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery. It was largely a slumber party that went all night, and at sunrise, in the freezing cold fog, cuddled up in blankets, they played and it was incredible.

Where do you go for inspiration, peace of mind?

I like to take time to rest at El Capitan Canyon. It’s beautiful, serene, and the accommodations are fantastic.

Photo courtesy of Tyler William Parker

Jenny Bahn

Jenny Bahn

Jenny Bahn is a writer and editor based in Brooklyn, specializing in music, fashion, the arts, and culture, both high and low. Her work has been featured in Cereal, Lenny Letter, and more.

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