Harlem business owner Charmagne Landrum said she made and sold her first floral design when she was five years old.
Landrum did not stray from her roots when she later decided to become a florist and an interior designer.
Her talent is on display at Landrum Florist and Interior Design, her full-service shop at 203 N Louisville St.
“I grew up sleeping on the floors at my mom’s florist [shop],” she said. “I enjoy working with flowers and I like the way they grow so I try to make them look like they do in nature.”
For 35 years, Landrum has used flowers to bring life to various occasions. She said she strives to offer quality and affordable service and unique designs.
The longtime Harlem resident said she also knew at a young age that she wanted to work in interior design.
“All my life, even when I was a kid, I painted my room probably 10 different times and I was always changing the furniture around,” Landrum said. “It just came to me naturally where I could just look at something and see what would make it look good.”
Landrum earned her degree in interior design from the University of Georgia and she studied at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College to become a Georgia Master Florist.
The South Georgia native later worked near Chicago, where she did store window displays.
Landrum first started her business over a decade ago before she took a break to spend time with her family. In 2016, she reopened her shop where she works with two designers, Mary Griffin and Dana Alkire.
They are preparing for a busy holiday season, which will include decorating Christmas trees for clients starting later this month. When she sees a tree that been decorated the same way for several years, she transforms it into something new, she said. Last year, she did more than 30 trees and she expects to have returning customers this year, she said.
“We come into your home and use what you have to decorate your tree or your whole house,” Landrum said. “We can put a piece of Christmas in every room.”
She said she can add something new to a certain space but she also is not afraid to work with what her clients already have.
“What I do stands out because I have an eye for design and the way things are supposed to look,” she said.
Landrum Florist and Interior Design serves Harlem, Augusta, Appling and Aiken. For more information, visit harlemgaflorist.com.