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In this fast-paced world we live in, we use our homes as a retreat from the hustle and bustle, and flowers help us create a sanctuary that reflects our unique personality. As we look ahead to 2017, four floral trends showcase a mix of colors, patterns, and textures that both calm and excite.

frenchconnection_michaelskaffThe “French Connection” is the first trend that demands our attention for 2017. Fall in love with France and the beauty that surrounds this culture by calling to mind the romance of cobblestone streets, country cottages, and the fabric of life that never goes out of style. This movement takes us away from bold, in-your face geometric patterns and inspires us with intimate micro-floral prints, rustic handmade ceramics and the charm that makes us fall in love with French style and cuisine — that certain “je ne sais quoi” we never can truly resist. The color palette of seductive red containing hints of chocolate and burnt orange; golden yellows; sage grey-greens; pale grey-blue; charcoal and soft muted pink. Working well within this trend we find luxurious fabrics, velvet ribbons, multi-petaled blooms, such as garden roses and peonies in combination with textural berries, such as raspberries, rose hips and viburnum. Aged metallic pedestal containers and distressed ceramic vases remind us of both the beauty found in the city of Paris as well as in the countryside. Traditional aesthetics are comforting. Read More

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Pavé Floral Designs Rock My World

by Shelby Shy on September 19, 2016 at 5:20 pm

Pave-IMG_9280-Photo-Courtesy-Shirley's-Flowers-&-GiftsPavé floral designs are pure perfection in my world right now. If you are not familiar with this type of floral design, you need to get familiar. If your style is clean, tailored, lush and sophisticated, then this design style is for you.

The term is borrowed from jewelry making, which refers to gem stones set closely together so that no metal is visible underneath.

In a pavé floral design, flower stems are cut short and are clustered tight together to create a dense and lush arrangement.

These type of arrangements are perfect for coffee tables at dinner parties. They are great conversation starters. Read More

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Through the years, we have become accustomed to a wide range of florals not only for specific holidays but for the seasons as well. There are wonderful flowers, containers, colors and symbols that definitely say “Winter” or “Christmas” or “Springtime” or “Easter.” But what about those few weeks that border the change of holidays, the temporal boundaries between fall and winter, winter and spring, spring and summer, and summer and fall?

Certainly we can, and should, enjoy flowers at these times as well. And there are some wonderful botanicals and materials that we can enjoy during these transitional periods. We call these kinds of floral designing, “Trans-Seasonal” floral art.

Here is a great example of a summer/fall trans-seasonal arrangement. The mixture of dahlias, stocks, sunflowers, and lilies is visually interesting and appealing. Red Maple foliage adds to the mixture of textures and visual interest. And yes, those are garlic scapes. Don’t they add a cool effect to this trans-seasonal floral design?

Trans-Seasonal Floral Design - Summer into Fall — Photo Courtesy The Rittners School of Floral Design, Boston

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Homecoming Couple - — Floral design by Joyce Mason-Monheim, AAF, AIFD, PFCI, AzMFWith autumn comes football, bonfires and homecoming. These traditions have been passed down for years. The presentation of the Homecoming royalty with a king and queen, the hometown parades and of course the dances have all withstood the test of time. So with all of this tradition, how do you choose flowers that make your total look epic?

It’s all about fashion and applying the newest trends to those traditions. Fashion drives the colors, the themes and the accessories of homecoming and prom. The fall chill may be in the air, but no keeping warm with the trendy style of shorter cocktail dresses. These dresses have unique shoulders with cutouts, asymmetrical lines and the retro halter style necklines. Now apply sequins, layers of lace or tulle, and you can add fun and creativity with floral adornments.

These homecoming party dresses might be a two-piece midriff style, show textural embellishments or be the traditional long formal gown. They are available in wide varieties of floral prints, sheer fabrics, lace and illusion in just about any color palette that complements your taste. Created especially for you in colors that complement you best, from reds and blues to pastel shades of pink and lavender, and of course the traditional black. Read More

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Growing Up With Flowers

by Bradley Beck on August 29, 2016 at 7:51 am

Growing Up With Flowers - Bradley Beck“Hey, you’re the flower man.” I often hear this when I go back to the local elementary school every year to teach kids about flowers, and I’m not even a florist – although I do work with florists all the time. I’ve been conducting a flower program for kids for years ever since my youngest daughter was in first grade.

A few of my peers and I wrote and created a program to share our love of flowers and the flower business with children. We developed the “Growing Up With Flowers” program to teach children about the beauty and value of flowers.

I always open and close my programs by singing a song I wrote called, “The Flower Song” to get the children’s attention. I ask the children if they want to sing a happy song about flowers? They love the simple hand gestures and the catchy rhythm: “I have a little seed, I put it in the ground. I covered it with dirt and I watered it around. Up comes the stem, and out comes the leaves. And out POPS the flower, that comes from the seed. Flowers come in many colors, from all around the world. Flowers give good feelings, to all the Boys and Girls.”  Read More