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Meet Britni Jeziorski of Two Stems of Joy in Somerville

Today we’d like to introduce you to Britni Jeziorski.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
My story started back in 2015 when I was looking for a creative outlet from my job. I’ve always had an interest in art & design, and even though my job was design related, working on a computer all day left me drained. I had been trying for months to find a new, more tactile hobby, and I had a genuine “light bulb moment” after arranging a bouquet of flowers left over from a work photo shoot. I was so eager to explore this newfound hobby, so I started a blog to give myself some structure (and a reason to justify buying flowers every week) while I learned everything I could about floral design.

Over time, friends started asking me to do the flowers for their weddings, and I got my first taste of the professional floral design world while freelancing with True Vine Studio during the summer of 2016. Through those experiences and with much support and encouragement from friends & family, I started to consider a career transition into floral design. Not only did the floral design world feel like a better fit for me, but I also found myself energized by the stressful and hard moments of the job. They felt like an opportunity to learn something new and make myself a better florist, and to me, that felt like an indicator that this was the right call. So I started my floral design business – Two Stems of Joy – on the side of my full time job with a plan to eventually transition into full-time floral design. I’m still in the trenches of that transition, but it’s an exciting time where I’m seeing my floral design work become a more predominant part of my work week.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
Overall the process has been relatively smooth. I’ve been quite intentional about making a slow and thoughtful transition into floral design so that I have time to learn everything about owning a creative business. I think that pace has helped me avoid some of the pitfalls that come with big career changes, and I’ve been very blessed to have a great team of friends, family, and coworkers that have supported me along this journey. But as in any profession, there are obstacles that I’ve had to tackle to keep moving forward.

I realized early on that working with a perishable product definitely keeps you on your toes! I’ve worked events where flower shipments never arrived, arrived dead, or came in the wrong color with little time to find alternatives. Power outages, inclement weather, and heat waves have also made for some interesting working conditions at weddings and events. I’ve always been a planner, but this job has taught me how to roll with the punches and be creative and resourceful when in a bind.

Zooming out a bit, there are plenty of obstacles in learning how to manage my work-life balance, how to set my pace so I don’t burn out as I grow my business, and how to give myself grace and set aside fear as I make mistakes and figure out how to run my business effectively. I’m discovering that one of the best ways to be an effective business owner is to be excited to learn. Every obstacle and every success is a learning opportunity that you can leverage to make yourself and your business stronger.

We’d love to hear more about your business.
I specialize in custom floral designs for weddings and events. I also host floral design workshops and am in the process of creating a special series of workshops where flowers donated from TSOJ events are re-arranged and then donated to other organizations around Boston such as nursing homes, hospitals, etc. Cultivating and sharing joy through flowers has been a big part of my story the past few years and is a foundational part of all of the work that comes out of Two Stems of Joy.

My style can be described as textural, elegant, and a bit sculptural. I love using a variety of flowers and greenery, and I enjoy adding unexpected elements like berries, herbs, or foraged elements into my work. One unique influence on my work is my background in architecture; I’m a classically trained architectural designer and Boston’s architectural landscape is what drew me to this city from my home state of Montana. My love of texture, intricate detail, and rich color is pulled directly from the historic fabric of this city, and I consider the way that light, wind, and movement will affect my work when I’m creating floral designs. Having worked in the architecture world for the past few years, I’m also familiar with walking clients through a design process that is (often) unfamiliar to them; by using pictures, inspiration boards and even sketches, I work with my clients to create a floral design plan that they can envision and get excited about well before the flowers show up on site.

What were you like growing up?
I was a creative kid who was somewhat reserved and very observant. I’m a visual and kinesthetic learner, so I was always intrigued by colors, patterns, textures, and details in the world around me. I was a dancer for many years (swing dancing is still one of my favorite things to do!), and I was always drawing, painting, and listening to music. I was very studious and from an early age valued organization and planning in every task I was given. Growing up in Montana gave me a deep appreciation for nature, and my favorite memories from childhood were nights spent roasting marshmallows around the bonfire in my backyard with my family and friends.

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Image Credit:

Rory McCann Photography
Abigail Lee Photography
Micah Carling Photography
Chris Bennett Photography

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