By Alison Cederbaum
Walk into any palace of fine living. A beloved restaurant, bejeweled hotel lobby, friend’s penthouse. If the flowers inspire awe, chances are good that you›re gazing at one of Alix Astir›s creations. New York›s duchess of floral design, the CEO of Trellis Fine Florals is building an empire out of exquisite taste: one arrangement at a time. She and her fleet of designers craft impeccable arrangements for the city’s elite, including iconic names in hospitality and retail, and dozens of noteworthy socialites.