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Enhancing Wellness in Your Life

by Mark Woodman on January 13, 2018 at 10:57 am

The hurried, non-stop lifestyles that we live today can be stressful. After a long day or before the start of a new one, it is important for our homes to serve as a refuge, a place where we can escape from the pressures of the outside world. There is a simple, easy way to achieve that – flowers. Did you know that flowers are scientifically proven to decrease worry and anxiety? Even certain colors can create a feeling of zen. Check out these tips from interior designer Kelli Ellis and me on how you can create spaces in your home to help you decompress and relax.

Have you ever experienced a moment of calm in the presence of flowers?

For more tips and advice, visit aboutflowers.com/twominutetrends.

Trends: Wellness - Photo Courtesy Society of American Florists

Trends: Wellness - Photo Courtesy Society of American Florists

Trends: Wellness - Photo Courtesy Society of American Florists

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Creating Welcoming Entryways

by Kelli Ellis on January 6, 2018 at 8:18 am

First impressions mean a lot when it comes to our homes. Our entryways – large or small – provide the opportunity for our guests to feel welcome the moment they walk in the door. Adding bright splashes of color to a neutral entryway can give the space a WOW factor. One way that’s simple and always makes a statement is flowers. They say, “I’m glad you’re here.”

I recently partnered with color expert Mark Woodman to show you how to make a meaningful first impression in your home.

What is your favorite way to make your guests feel welcome?

For more tips and advice, visit aboutflowers.com/twominutetrends.

Trends: Welcoming Entryways - Photo Courtesy Society of American Florists

Trends: Welcoming Entryways - Photo Courtesy Society of American Florists

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Top Flower Factor Blog Posts of 2017

by Jenny Scala on December 31, 2017 at 7:03 am

With the new year, it’s human nature to reflect on the passing year. In 2017, we celebrated prom and Valentine’s Day in a big way. We showed the true power of flowers through Petal It Forward, randomly surprising people with flowers in more than 465 cities in all 50 states, and by participating with Wish of Lifetime on a “Cupid Crew,” delivering Valentine’s Day roses to seniors in assisted living communities. We got an inside look at the U.S. Postal Service’s new Celebration stamps, showcasing a corsage and boutonnière. And we saw some really neat trends, including Pantone’s 2017 Color of the Year, “Boroccan” weddings, flower crowns, kokedamas, and much, much more.

Thank you to our contributors for their trend-spotting and sharing their floral expertise. And a great big thanks to YOU for reading and sharing the ideas on all things floral.

And now, please enjoy our look back at some of the most popular Flower Factor posts of 2017:

Wonderful WristletsProm is such a special time! As a florist for more than 40 years, we have seen the prom corsage design change over the years. Even with all the change, flowers continue to be the star of the corsage, also known as “wristlet.” However, over the past couple of years not only has the flower been the main component of the wristlet, ribbon and flower accents have become a great way to add personality and make your wristlet uniquely yours.

Prom Wristlets - Photo Courtesy: Floral design created by Tricia Upshaw, AIFD, AMF and Aaron Lemaster of Shirley’s Flower Studio Rogers, Arkansas. Photography by Lumos Images Read More

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Wedding flowers2018 is right around the corner, and if you are planning your wedding (congratulations!), it can be hard to know where to start as the style trends of the new year are beginning to emerge. Have no fear, as this is the year in which you can select a sophisticated and chic look or embrace the unique style of the casual hipster and still be on trend. 2018 is the time to embrace your personal style in making your wedding day simply unforgettable.

Your florist can help you make the day a unique celebration you, your family, and your guests will all remember for years to come. Your florist can help you define your wedding style through color, texture, and design elements. They are your go-to source for what’s on trend, as they are constantly working with brides to deliver a day full of beauty and glamour.

This coming year, wedding gowns seem to have a Mediterranean influence, bearing some skin in a classic way with a Grecian goddess look. Paired with bouquets and arrangements that have a natural, freeform styling, incorporating vines, fruits, and greens, set in formal pedestal vases and against structured patterns, this trend has the opulence of coastal Europe to add to the decadence of the day.  Read More

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Celebrate Christmas with Kokedamas

by Lynne Tischler on December 12, 2017 at 4:04 pm

Every artist goes through phases. Picasso had his Blue Period, George Harrison embraced the sitar for a spell. My crew and I are in a kokedama phase. We have used them all summer long in outdoor parties and interior spaces. Our clients have been fascinated by them, and we think you will be, too.

If you haven’t heard of kokedamas, allow me to introduce you to this Japanese variant of bonsai. Translated, “kokedama” means “moss ball.” This free-form style of planting is created by encasing a plant’s root system in a mud ball, enveloping that in a layer of green moss, and then wrapping with string to hold it all together.

For the holidays, kokedamas can be displayed in a decorative bowl with ornaments, hung individually for a whimsical display, or in a grouping for an eclectic, suspended Christmas tree alternative. They can also be a unique gift for everyone on your list. Below are a few inspirations for contemporary kokedama Christmas décor.

For this design, a Cyclamen kokedama is nestled in a large orb balanced on a bubble bowl vase filled with ornaments.

Christmas Kokedama — Photo courtesy Lynne Tischler, AAF, CPFD, PFCI, with Keith Osborne and Jessie Thompson of Your Enchanted Florist in St. Paul, Minnesota. https://yourenchantedflorist.net/ Read More