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Welcome to our site. the handpicked vase is our latest venture and adventure among many. We’ve been friends since childhood and we both grew up in and around the nation’s capital. After long careers in other fields -- Shelley in law and Nancy in public policy -- we set off on a creative journey to study and practice the art of floral design. We were lucky to find excellent teachers and mentors along the way. Our work began with specializing in small events, like bridal showers and corporate luncheons, and grew to include weddings as well as major D.C. events like the 2014 Smithsonian Craft Show Preview Night.

Inspired by the chance discovery of a stunning antique vase in the Berkshire Mountains, we created a companion rental business. Thus, the handpicked vase, a boutique offering vases, props and other floral accessories for rent in the Washington, D.C. region, was born. Our company now offers a full spectrum of services, everything from a robust selection of curated rental items to the design of floral arrangements for all occasions. This combination of rental products and design services enables us to satisfy the needs of a wide range of clients all with the personal approach of a boutique.

So please explore our offerings and contact us. We would love to start a conversation about your event and how we can help.

Thank you for visiting our site.

Nancy and Shelley

"I am a professional artist. Whether it was for parties, thank you arrangements, or a memorial service, Nancy’s and Shelley’s designs have exceeded my ultimate expectations with results that were perfection in the making. I am happy to be a reference for their work. Just ask them for my phone number."


Betty Miyanaga-Lupton

"For the past several years, the thoughtful and elegant flower arrangements from the handpicked vase have graced the many tables at our very large community Passover Seder at The Sixth & I Historic Synagogue. We always look forward to seeing their newest creations. Thank you Shelley and Nancy."


Rory and Shelton Zuckerman
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