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Design Star: Lessons from the New York School of Flower Design Hardcover – September 13, 2011

4.6 out of 5 stars 37 customer reviews

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The Best of The Twin Cities says ''Michael Gaffney has created a wonderful book on not only how-to designs but a look into the  real world of the professional designer. Twin Cities Monthly

The Best of The Twin Cities says ''Michael Gaffney has created a wonderful book on not only how-to designs but a look into the  real world of the professional designer. Twin Cities Monthly --Best of the Twin Cities

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Welcome to the world of flower design! I started my career on Wall Street, but a chance meeting in a flower shop led me to my career in flower design over the past 25 years. Inside this book are the secrets, tips, and formulas used by top designers to create memorable designs that wow their customers. Design Star also gives you the inside scoop on running a flower business, a fast-paced, exciting world that few people ever get to experience. I also teach design classes with schools in eight cities across the country. Using the methods illustrated in this book, anyone is capable of producing attractive, professional-looking designs.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 228 pages
  • Publisher: Source Book Publ., Half Full Press (September 13, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0971955247
  • ISBN-13: 978-0971955240
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 10.6 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,025,131 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Kathryn A. Houck on September 24, 2011
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I have dozens of Floral Design Books and this is the best by far. There are a bunch of tips and tricks and the photos are absolutely beautiful! I love, love, love this book!
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I decided to take a flower design class through a community college. I reinforced my learning by looking up ideas and techniques on the internet. I ran into Michael Gaffney's Youtube 101 videos and decided to purchase Design Star. The book is beautifully illustrated and written in straight forward and easy to understand terminology. It was very helpful to reinforce what I was learning and gave me great ideas on flower combinations, designs and current styles. I did find the book a little lengthy with same pictures being used repetitively throughout the book. I would have appreciated less same photo recurrence.
Overall the book is informative and very helpful for the beginner.
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Be very careful picking this book!!! It will make you want to go buy lots of flowers and pick all that you can! The pictures are just amazing and the you end up learning all about designing flowers. I saw the author on tv and he was so interesting that I bought his book. You will refer to it over and over.
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By floral1 on February 8, 2012
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Excellent. I have enjoyed every page, and Michael makes things easy to understand and put into practice. Would recommend it.
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I love his youtube videos. This book is worth it's weight in gold, given the valuable secret tips AND the awesome photos! The cost alone for the large color print and large print is worth it!
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By Sidphx on December 27, 2012
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My brother, a floral designer, really likes this book. He found the step by step tutorials to very informative and helpful.
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By Nona on December 19, 2012
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I thought there would be more design detail. I did get some good tips. But this book is more for someone looking to go into the business big time. Not for the average person to do a little flower arranging.
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I registered for classes, then ordered book - kindle and hard cover. Very detailed how tos and includes business info. I've been putting together floral designs based on info in book and they are really amazing. IT's amazing - how good a tutorial it is and also how much Michael Gaffney shares about designs and that business.
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