Simply Nia Design was started by principal designer Nia Mozee in 2011 when her sister asked her to design the baby shower for her niece Mackenzie. Simply Nia Design started as a boutique interior design business transforming private residences into living spaces that reflected her clients’ style. It’s the same as designing homes in a temporary space. We take the foundations of interior design and bring that to every event.
How long have you been a florist? What inspired you to become a florist?
I’ve been focusing on floral design for the past 3 years. I always loved flowers and realized that I love creating flowers with my hand and the creative freedom it allows me to play with color and texture.
What are your favorite flowers/greenery to work with?
My absolute favorite flowers are peony and phalaenopsis orchids. Peony, of course, for their amazing smell and full blooms. The orchids are hearty and delicate at the same time.
My new favorite greenery are tree fern and explosion grass. They are light and airy and provide coverage and movement.
What’s the first event you can remember working for which you provided florals and how did it go?
My first wedding in 2011 had simple arrangements with orchids floating with floating candles. It was a pretty easy setup.
The next bigger event with florals was 2013. It was our first time using bouquet holders and the bride and guests raved, so I’d say we did a great job.
What type of arrangements would you suggest for an event with a tight floral budget?
You can always do greenery with candles its elegant and classic.
What’s the biggest challenge you’ve ever faced while preparing florals for an event?
Flowers dying before the event – I love hydrangea because they give you lots of floral coverage and volume but they are temperamental and love lots of water!!
Also forgetting the boutonnieres in the cooler and having to remake them at setup with only a 2 hour setup window!
What are 2 trends in the industry that you’re excited about?
I love the dried flower movement that’s happening now and mixing of dried and fresh flowers. I love the push for eco-conscious floral design. Every little bit helps our environment.
What’s the most exciting thing on the horizon for you personally or professionally?
We’ve just ventured into the world of retail flowers so this should be interesting!
What are some things you wished you knew before starting your business?
How to properly price and know your worth. The long hours and meticulous attention to detail that makes the difference between ok events and outstanding events.
What sets you apart from others in your field?
Our ability to pick unusual flower combinations with classic flowers like roses and carnations!
Where do you find ideas for your floral designs?
I watch many of my floral peers for inspiration. I can always learn something new to bring into our business.