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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

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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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SAF_LLAF_LiveColor_404X404Your space is your haven – As a design psychology expert, I coach my clients about how to create their ultimate havens at home and at work. Surrounding yourself with a favorite color not only improves your mood, it can affect your overall success, health and well-being. Just as important as a color is surrounding yourself with nature. Remember each of us is like a flower: unique, beautiful and the source of a smile. Show the world what colors inspire you and what variety of flower you are with these tips.

Shake it up. Do something unpredictable. Skydive, take ballroom dancing lessons, drive a race car, learn how to sail, paint the living room a wild color, hang flowers from the chandelier… try something completely new and you’ll feel new!

Make it simple. Keep the people that make your life better on speed dial; your hair stylist, your florist, your dog walker, your baby sitter. Call on the pros and trust them to make your life simple and sweet. Read More

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Refresh Your Home for Spring

by Kelli Ellis on March 18, 2012 at 10:51 am

Spring offers endless opportunities to update and refresh interior spaces with touches of color. In a room, I always start with a neutral foundation that includes walls and major pieces of furniture in shades of white, beige or brown. I love to add seasonal flourishes by changing accents and accessories. With a neutral foundation, you don’t have to invest a lot of time or money to refresh. Once you have the basics — those pieces of furniture that you absolutely love and will stand the test of time — the sky’s the limit in terms of changing accents such as valances, pillows, rugs, candle holder, even the matting on a picture. A neutral foundation opens the door to a new look with minimal changes. Read More

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Photo courtesy apartmenttherapy.com.

With every new year, there is a broad spectrum of exciting new trends. For 2012, I am seeing a subtle underlying shift to the basics, and emerging products will help you add “wow factor.” The real good news is most of the trends are cost-conscious and budget friendly. Here are three top trends for this year:

Texture

Seemingly simple neutrals become exceptional when you think “relief.” Add dimension instead of color to freshen your room’s decor. I cannot get enough of tile.  Seemingly solid, glass tiles add a subtle shine and shimmer to any room. Dimensional wallpaper and tiles add an unbeatable focal point. On a smaller but just as mighty scale, wall vases allow you to decorate with nature’s most beautiful art – flowers from your local florist. Read More