Shoppe in Birmingham, Alabama, is a Dream of Holiday Greenery

Shoppe Birmingham wrapping room
Photography by Mac Jamieson

When helping customers create the ultimate holiday décor, Mark is quick to share his two best tips: First, buy double the greenery and keep the second set outside because the heat of the home will most likely dry out the first. Second, after measuring your garland, lay it down in front of the desired placement, cut it in the center, and reverse one side, then tie it together with floral wire before hanging it so both sides will hang down beautifully.

Shoppe Birmingham wreaths
Photography by Mac Jamieson

More than just a shop, the storefront is also where the couple and their team work on arrangements and garden design. And during the holiday season, lush greenery makes its way to the center stage. But take a few steps past the door and you’ll quickly find that the little bungalow has so much more to offer. Orchids and magnolia wreaths and poinsettias in various shades—every room of the cottage-style shop holds a different treasure trove of holiday magic.

Shoppe Birmingham planters
Photography by Mac Jamieson

Drawing from his childhood in rural Alabama as well as global-inspired design, Mark creates arrangements to match any client’s wish list. “Sometimes I think it’s like a sixth sense,” Mark says of his design process. “I try to stay in tune with what’s current but also follow my heart, and I’m not scared of color or pattern.” Sometimes, clients come in with specific plans of what they want, while others just have a starting point, such as a family heirloom. No matter what Mark and Jay are given, though, they’re sure to bring their clients’ dreams to life.

For more Christmas inspiration, shop the issue below by clicking the cover!

Christmas 2018 cover