Roses are red, violets are blue….
How does your garden grow, Andrea Halliday? Tall and strong, and well it should. After all, her gig is flower power. As the floral designer for the Chestnut Hill store Portobello Road (named for the hip London shopping district), she creates arrangements as memorable as her own skip-a-heartbeat vibe.
Portobello Road opened in 2007, the brainchild of BFFs' Kristina Hare Lyons and Marina Kalb, to offer fashions, furnishings and flowers for women of discriminating taste. They hired Halliday, whom they'd known from a past incarnation on Newbury Street, to add another element of grace to the store. She can fill a vase with a classical theme resembling an old-world Dutch still-life or something incredibly modern. Tulips are her faves, and she loves to turn flowers inside out - a Halliday signature style.
Andrea grew up in Medfield, often digging in the dirt beside her mother, an avid gardener. She says that’s where she developed her love for the art of nature. After college she did some floral work in Boston, then went to Venice, California, for two years to study flower arranging at a studio/flower shop called Floral Art. Learning was intense; she says temperamental teachers would throw vases of uninspired student work across the room. But they liked her stuff, and eventually the young disciple became a master.
Halliday spends hours putting together her pieces, turning a flower here and a flower there into something she hopes will be unforgettable. These days she’s a feature attraction at Portobello Road, designing centerpieces for weddings, parties, bar mitzvahs—you name it. Someday she may want her own shop, but right now she really enjoys Portobello Road -- surrounding herself with beauty by offering beauty to her customers.
Table & Tulip at Portobello Road
47 Boylston Street
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467
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