Peek Inside a Floral Designer's Artsy, Minimalist Home + Pop-Up Shop

Skye Lin is an art school grad who has turned her attention to making the most avant-garde floral arrangements around. Get this Atlanta creative's style secrets.

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August 18, 2020

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Floral Designer Skye Lin

Just 26 years old, Savannah College of Art and Design Atlanta grad Skye Lin was born in China, grew up in Vietnam and is "full-time nostalgic" she muses, of her uprooted circumstance living in America. Her new pop-up floral shop, Pinker Times (open through Sept. 12) next door to Hermès at the hoity-toity Buckhead Village District exemplifies the expat's lyrical, whimsical approach to flowers, beauty and art.

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Pinker Times flowers are available for delivery or for purchase on the spot. Or visitors can just spend a little time at Pinker Times admiring the stunning floral display hung from the ceiling, and grooving to an atmospheric soundscape created especially for the shop.

Flowers as Art

Trained as an artist, Skye is a self-taught designer who never took a floral design class. But the quarantine was all the inspiration she needed to change direction. "In times of separation, people need a way to connect and reconnect. I feel like I am creating this bridge to do so with flowers."

An Accidental Florist

Skye Lin graduated from the Savannah College of Art and Design in Atlanta in 2016, but it was the quarantine that pushed her from art and photography into a new phase as a floral designer. "It was a huge rupture. Floral artistry was my attempt to quiet the frustration of being vulnerable to the uncertainty, the doubt and the longing I carried. Pinker Times sprouted out of nothing, or perhaps, crisis."

The Art of Happiness

"I left fine art because I felt like I wasn’t doing much by expressing my ideal in an art gallery," says Skye. "I needed to go to see the world for myself before I speak. Now, I see that message can be done as simply as delivering flowers to people. There is this instant effect with flowers as an art medium, it really makes people's day." She continues, "By creating bouquets for neighbors and friends, I aim to bring life and joy through florals to people's doorsteps."

Brighter Tomorrow

"Pinker Times is my poetic way of referring to my longing for 'better days'" says Skye. "Pinker Times was chosen because it refers to a time that we all can relate to."

Tiny Magic

Just 827 square feet, the Pinker Times floral pop-up is dominated by a spectacular combination floral arrangement and installation art piece and an "immersive soundtrack" by Yoonie. You can also buy Skye's artfully arranged flowers, which tend to look more like Renaissance still life paintings than your usual bouquet, or have them delivered to a friend.

Smart Sourcing

Skye sources her flowers at Comer, Georgia's 3 Porch Farm whose owners have served as role models in helping Skye achieve her floral artistry.

Best Friends

Skye is rarely without her beloved Samoyed, Jimmy, who matches the artist's clean, white, minimalist aesthetic beautifully. "The name Samoyed comes from the Samoyede, a semi-nomadic people from Asia who migrated to Siberia a thousand years ago. His perpetual smile tells you that he is a very carefree, confident and loving dog. Jimmy reminds me to be happy every day."

The Power of a Peony

Though Skye won't cop to a favorite flower: "How would I know since I have not seen all the flowers on earth yet?" she says, old-fashioned flowers like peonies, amaranthus, dahlias and ranunculus are clearly favorites. Skye sources these sherberty blooms with their delicate color palettes from Georgia growers including 3 Porch Farm and Chattahoochee Queen.

Flowers at Every Life Stage

Skye has decorated her home with dried flowers that become like sculptural elements in her West Midtown space in Atlanta. "Dried arrangements embrace longevity better than live arrangements," she says. "I also do my best to preserve flowers that did not sell out on time, hoping I can find a second life for them. I love installation art and always try to bring it into my daily life. My apartment has vaulted ceilings, so I utilize the existing vertical space by suspending dried branches. They are always hovering overhead, creating a whimsical aesthetic."

Simple Beauty

Skye is a fan of Aesop products as part of her beauty and self-care routine.

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Details Count

Skye uses self-adhesive stair risers to give a subtle, unique look to this dramatic flight of stairs.

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Modern Still Life

Baskets Skye sources at Ikea and her proverbial plants create a beguiling still life in her light-drenched kitchen.

Design Sources

Skye sources many of her home essentials from Muji and contemporary furniture from Rove Concepts. "But I source and repurpose a lot from Ikea which I hack into more elegant design," she says. "I am also inspired by natural forms from mother nature, which you can find by putting your phone down and looking around," Skye says.

A Kitchen for Work and Play

Like so many Asian food fans, Skye supports Atlanta grocery store and home goods mecca H Mart Doraville. But if you aren't in Atlanta, look for a sleek white rice cooker like Skye's on Amazon.

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Simple But Impactful

A rice paper lantern from the Finnish Design Shop strikes the perfect note of minimalist cool in Skye's home.

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A Minimalist Palette

Don't be fooled by Skye's predominately white, minimalist design scheme. She admits to owning some colored and printed garments as well. "But I find myself most comfortable in white. White is quiet, respectful and earnest. At least, for me it is. I also do love matching with my dog, who sheds," she notes, so wearing a wardrobe of white and keeping her home decorated in white makes a certain sense.

Mystery Revealed

Skye's particular, minimalist aesthetic was formed from a variety of influences. Born in Zhaozhou, China, her family moved to Vietnam when she was 2. Skye grew up in Chinatown in Ho Chi Minh City, where she says "you can find so much rawness and texture in food, architecture, culture and the people. I moved to Atlanta in 2012 to attend SCAD. My parents are still living in Vietnam." Since coming to America, this Renaissance woman has worked as an art director, a model, a photographer, and now, a floral designer.

Bye, Jimmy

Thanks for taking a tour of Jimmy and Skye Lin's Atlanta home.

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