Pink San Miguelito (or Coral) vine, yarrow, Queen Anne’s lace, and three different types of roses spill out from a vase made by a local ceramist in Valle de Bravo.


La Musa de las Flores’s Artful Floral Creations Don’t Just Adorn—They Transform

Meet Gabriela Salazar, the founder of the Mexico-based studio with a global following.

June 13, 2023

As a graduate student studying architectural interiors in London, Gabriela Salazar had a mysterious knack for making every house feel like home. “Each time I moved into a new space, my friends would say it seemed like I had lived there for 10 years,” she recalls. “I realized that it was because I always filled it with plants and flowers—they’re what makes a room feel alive.” Now, as the founder of floral studio La Musa de las Flores in Valle de Bravo, Mexico, she’s made it her mission to teach the world just how transformative a vase of blooms (or vines or foliage or even dried twigs) can be.

The Artistry of Flowers: Floral Design by La Musa de las Flores (Rizzoli), $50, anthropologie.com

In her new book, The Artistry of Flowers: Floral Design by La Musa de las Flores (Rizzoli), Salazar treats floristry not as a technical skill to be mastered, but as a creative pursuit driven by emotional connection. “I really want people to experience flowers in their own way of living, not as an accessory that enters into a house like a stranger,” she explains. “There should be a sense of connection.”

Each arrangement highlights a key element of her ethos: A low vessel accented with long stems of native herbs and Queen Anne’s lace that seem to explode outward like firecrackers illustrates the need to give flowers space to breathe; a monochromatic flurry of pink roses and San Miguelito vine (the latter rescued from a construction site in Oaxaca) tumbling forth from a vase makes a case for embracing different textures. All together, they encapsulate what is perhaps her most important lesson: “Working with flowers is a collaboration between you and nature. You might be the one who plants the seed, but the rest is never up to you.”

A deceptively simple arrangement of cosmos, Agrostemma, Japanese anemones, Gordolobo (also known as Mexican mullein), forget-me-nots, and Queen Anne’s lace is accented with stems of a culinary herb that Salazar fell in love with after catching a whiff at a local market.