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Floral Designer Jody Stein’s Favorite Things

where the mom of two finds inspiration and what she’s reading right now

Our Mom Next Door Jody Stein shares her favorite things—from what she’s reading and her beauty must-haves, to her floral design muses and how she inspires her girls’ creativity.


 Her Self-Care Routine

“I take a bath every single night. I am a total water baby and don’t feel complete unless I have a bath. Don’t tell anyone, but I’m part mermaid.”

Design Inspo

“Our neighborhood is filled with architectural gems. There is an actual Frank Lloyd Wright house a few houses down. I take the dog for a walk, envisioning what would fit in each house I pass and coming up with design ideas.”

For Sparking Kiddo Creativity

“The Trove workshop is out of my home, so the girls are always helping while we do orders. There is a designated box of ‘mishap flowers’ that they get to use, and they think all our containers are fair game. I am always amazed with the colors and textures they put together.”

No. 1 Beauty Product

“I have forever and will always be obsessed with the Caviar Stick in Smoke by Laura Mercier. It does not budge.”

Books on her Nightstand

Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes
The Whole-Brain Child by Daniel J. Siegel, M.D., and Tina Payne Bryson, Ph.D.
Conversations With God by Ruchi Koval
The Last Mrs. Parrish by Liv Constantine

Favorite Floral Designer

Jeff Leatham. He is a flower god and genius. Also a huge fan of a floral institution in Spain called Bornay. They are what I imagine to be the Harry Potter of the floral world.”

Best Vacations

“Growing up in South Africa and being of Italian and Jewish descent, my heart is split between many places that I constantly ache to visit. My favorite family vacation was to Italy when it was just my husband Kyle and my oldest, who was 9 months at the time. My daughter got to meet my father before he passed and my entire Italian family.”

“My favorite place to go with our entire family is to Sullivan’s Island, South Carolina. My mother-in-law—who is originally from Charleston—is one of six [siblings], and her entire family always gets together for the Fourth of July. It’s one of the most relaxing places on earth, where time just seems to melt away.”

Photo courtesy of Carter Rose.