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Magnificent Mediterranean Photo Courtesy: Flower Trends Forecast, A Publication of International Floral Distributors, Inc. (IFD)Every year after researching the latest floral and design trends, it amazes me how trends continue to evolve and inspire me with newness and freshness. So much of what is happening in the world today socially, economically and politically affect color and design trends. This year, we’re seeing brighter and bolder colors. People generally feel more confident about the economy, and one indicator of this is the vibrancy and uplifting color palettes forecasted by the Color Marketing Group for 2018.

As we march through 2018, we’ll experience four key floral trends. In this post, I address the first powerful and inspiring trend — Magnificent Mediterranean. This is the first in a four-part series.

Imagine yourself strolling through the small villages on the Mediterranean, in either Italy, Spain, or Greece. We notice the rich robust colors of golden butterscotch, red-orange, olive, and frosted almond combined with the vibrant blues and calming ocean teal that surround these villages. Steeped in history, geometric floral patterns explode and can be seen in fashion, textiles (such as cotton and linens) and home decor accents. Our interest increases in seeing hand-crafted ceramics and unique home accents.  Read More

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What Your Valentine’s Day Flowers Reveal

by Lynne Tischler on February 8, 2018 at 12:24 pm

Every Valentine’s Day floral arrangement is an expression of love. As a florist, it is truly a privilege and honor to see how people love and be a part of their love story. Here are a few examples of different ways flowers show affection and reveal part of your sweetheart’s personality:

Some Valentines carefully select each blossom for their beauty and meaning. The card messages that accompany these bouquets melt my heart. Each flower in this hand-tied bouquet was chosen for its meaning: alstroemeria symbolizes “devotion,” ranunculus “radiant charm,” tulip “perfect love,” and stock “lasting love”.

Valentine's Day Flowers - Photo courtesy Lynne Tischler, AAF, CPFD, PFCI, with Jessie Thompson of Your Enchanted Florist in St. Paul, Minnesota.yourenchantedflorist.net

Some Valentines celebrate the contemporary and gravitate toward an arrangement like this one with trendy metallic accents. Elegant cymbidium orchids and spray roses are surrounded by foliage with eye-catching whispers of gold in a compact design.

Valentine's Day Flowers - Photo courtesy Lynne Tischler, AAF, CPFD, PFCI, with Jessie Thompson of Your Enchanted Florist in St. Paul, Minnesota.yourenchantedflorist.net

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How to Surprise Your Valentine at Work

by Lacee Bilke on February 5, 2018 at 8:08 am

This year, Valentine’s Day falls on a Wednesday, making it the perfect opportunity to surprise your sweetheart at work. Pavé floral designs and flowers in keepsake coffee mugs are two great options for Valentine’s Day flowers, especially if your sweetheart works in an office. Here are a few ideas sure to inspire you this Valentine’s Day.

For the love of your life, a modern pavé design of red roses shaped as a heart makes a bold declaration.Valentine's Day Flowers - Photo by Mandy Stansberry Photography, Floral design by Madeline’s Flowers in Edmond, Oklahoma

If your sweetheart enjoys gardening, you cannot go wrong with a heart pavé of succulents and lisianthus.

Valentine's Day Flowers - Photo by Mandy Stansberry Photography, Floral design by Madeline’s Flowers in Edmond, Oklahoma

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Did you know that flowers and plants are scientifically proven to improve the dynamic in the workplace, whether in a corporate space or home office? Research shows that workers’ idea generation, creative performance and problem solving skills improve substantially in workplaces that include flowers and plants.

The great news is: It’s an easy way to spark creativity and boost morale. Interior designer Kelli Ellis and I recently partnered to provide tips and trends for using flowers to your advantage in the workplace. You’ll even find out which colors can help fight fatigue!

Have you ever worked in a place that had flowers in meeting rooms or offices? How did it make you feel?

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

Trends: Office/Problem Solving - Photo Courtesy Society of American Florists

Trends: Office/Problem Solving - Photo Courtesy Society of American Florists

Trends: Office/Problem Solving - Photo Courtesy Society of American Florists

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The Secret to Inspiring Conversation

by Kelli Ellis on January 20, 2018 at 9:06 am

In today’s high-tech world, it’s more important than ever to spend time talking and looking each other in the eye. Did you know that flowers are scientifically proven to help make intimate connections and increase contact with family and friends? Think about when you’ve had flowers in your home. People tend to gather around them because nature engages us. There’s a good reason why you see flowers used on the sets of talk shows, in hotel lobbies and restaurants. Color expert Mark Woodman and I share easy tips on how to use color and small touches to spark conversation at home.

Try it: Place flowers in your family room or kitchen. Did it help?

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

Trends: Inspiring Conversation - Photo Courtesy Society of American Florists

Trends: Inspiring Conversation - Photo Courtesy Society of American Florists

Trends: Inspiring Conversation - Photo Courtesy Society of American Florists

Trends: Inspiring Conversation - Photo Courtesy Society of American Florists