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Shop Tour: The Farmer’s Daughter Flower Shop

by Quelcy Kogel

Flowers are like a second language, a language which I have a hard time wrapping my brain and tongue around. Their exotic names often escape me, but I love to think of them like I think about paper or paint- materials to be sculpted or composed. Lauren Work Phillips is someone who can both speak flowers, as well as compose and sculpt them. She pours her passion into her blooms, from planting seeds at her family farm, to delivering painterly arrangements to events in the city. She’s one of the most passionate and energizing people to be around, which makes popping into her Pittsburgh brick-and-mortar all the more enticing.  

Lauren honed her floral skills working for Zuzu’s Petals, a flower shop in Brooklyn. She was surrounded and nurtured by other talented women who really loved flowers, so Lauren learned to appreciate, respect and care for every bloom she touched. Most importantly, she was encouraged to put herself into her work, and though she loved that work, she missed the simplicity and beauty of nature. Having grown up on a farm in Western Pennsylvania, she longed for dirt and fresh air, so she returned to nearby Pittsburgh with a strong vision to create a floral business rooted in her family’s farm.

Her vision also included a shop – a place to combine her floral services with plant-inspired gifts. The perfect location finally presented itself- a storefront in the historic Deutschtown neighborhood of Pittsburgh, and The Farmer’s Daughter Flowers was born. The space was a blank canvas – white walls and a subfloor, which Lauren and her husband Paul spent seven months transforming. The shop’s design had been such a long time coming. Lauren said, “The piece that we built the entire shop around was a 5’x7′ Dutch inspired floral painting. My husband bought it for me while we were still living in Brooklyn to put in my future flower shop.”

Today, shopper after shopper ‘grams that dramatic framed piece. It’d be easy to chalk up the shop to destiny, but “Work” is Lauren’s middle name after all. She has hustled hard and put her heart into her craft, and she takes nothing for granted. “The shop is filled with laughter, music, and coffee. I consider myself the luckiest to be surrounded by the most creative ladies and a wonderful husband on a daily basis. I am also so thankful for the clients/customers the shop attracts. We have created some wonderful relationships with wonderful people!” See what I mean? Don’t you just want to catch Lauren’s positive energy? You owe yourself a visit! –Quelcy

Photography by Quelcy.

Image Above: A wall in The Farmer’s Daughter Flowers showcases Lauren Works Phillips’ desire to combine dark, moody tones with lighter, whimsical products. 

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The Farmer’s Daughter Flowers storefront is located in the historical Deutschtown neighborhood of Pittsburgh, but owner Lauren Work Phillips can often be found at her family’s farm planting and tending to bulbs.

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Ashley Artisan, Lauren Work Phillips and Molly Waters prep products and the shop for customers. Many of Lauren’s longtime friends have contributed their creative energies to her business, and she’s grateful to be surrounded by such a strong support system.

Source List:

Yellow Couch – Urban Outfitters
Wallcolor – custom
Flemish painting – vintage
Wooden cart – vintage

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Lauren has an expert eye for combining vintage pieces like this bureau with bright pops of color and botanical elements.

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When it comes to stocking the shop, Lauren says, “I always start as close to home as possible.  We carry several Pittsburgh brands!  The majority of the items in the shop are made in the U.S. by other small business owners. I love creating relationships with them all, and a lot of the times they will offer to make custom items just for the shop!”

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Lauren said she always wants the shop “to feel moody yet whimsical. I fill it to the brim with flowers, plants, apothecaries, and sweet gifts, so everywhere you look, you’ll notice something new!”

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Lauren’s close friend, Jessi Evans, hand lettered the Tom Petty lyrics above the mantle, which describe Lauren’s spirit perfectly.

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It’s hard to resist the delicate beauty of peonies, but there’s even more reason to buy them when they are grown and harvested locally.

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Lauren says her designs “allow flowers to be as they are – fresh and pure, while being naturally whimsical.”

Source List

Wooden credenza – vintage

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When the storefront next to Lauren’s original space (the grey room) became available, she jumped at the opportunity to expand. The rose colored room offered the opportunity for more merchandizing, more workspace, and a space to meet with clients for wedding and events consults.

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Lauren said the most challenging aspect of designing the shop was selecting the paint colors. She and her husband worked with Sherwin Williams to custom create the grey, but the rosy hue was a Sherwin Williams color from The Historical Collection of Charleston called Edisto Sunset.

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Lauren and her husband Paul hand painted the tile floor pattern. This collection of seeds and garden accessories speaks to Lauren’s passion for her farm upbringing.

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This rosy and vibrant shelving area marks the entrance to the shop’s expansion and sets the warm, happy tone for The Farmer’s Daughter shopping experience.

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The Anthropologie wallpaper provides a beautiful backdrop to the blue velvet sofa where client consults take place.

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Not just a name, Lauren Works Phillip really is The Farmer’s Daughter, and she has beautifully channeled her upbringing into one of Pittsburgh’s leading floral shops filled to the brim with her positive energy and passion.

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