Category: ‘Arrangements’

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Seven Tips for Surviving the Holidays

by Leanne Kesler on December 18, 2016 at 8:30 pm

Christmas Flowers - Photo Courtesy Leanne and David Kesler, Floral Design Institute, Inc., in Portland, OregonThe holidays are here. Isn’t it grand? Oh, how I love the sappy Christmas movies, traditional carols and ringing bells. The red and green makes my heart sing. Walking through the city, checking out the holiday window displays and enjoying a cup of hot cocoa as I watch people bustling about. Shopping, baking, gifting and merry making throughout the season. It’s all such fun with a little planning and self-care. It is easy to get overwhelmed. Stay in control with these seven tips, and you’ll not only survive — you’ll enjoy and have fun throughout the holiday season.

Practice the 30-minute rule. Cleaning house can take all day (or all week). Pare down to the necessities, and get it done in 30 minutes. Make the bed, shine up the bathroom and fluff the throw pillows. The goal is to spiff up the house, not to create a showroom.  Read More

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Christmas Fun with Red and Green Florals

by Stephen Rittner on December 1, 2016 at 11:45 am

Christmas Flowers - Photo Courtesy The Rittners School of Floral Design, BostonChristmas means many different things to many different people. For some, it represents the birth of Jesus. For others, it represents peace on earth and goodwill to one another. To others, it represents winter weather and sports, wonderful sales and lots of presents. Regardless of your beliefs, Christmas is celebrated worldwide. Let flowers express your favorite parts of the Christmas season.

I enjoy celebrating with the traditional Christmas colors of red and green. Flowers can be designed and displayed in so many joyous ways in reds and greens. Here are just a few examples, and your local florist has so many more. Visit their shop for expertise and a truly festive experience.

A floral arrangement with berries, vines and evergreen foliage evokes a natural Christmas feeling.  Read More

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Easy-Peasy Thanksgiving Decorating

by Leanne Kesler on November 16, 2016 at 10:05 am

Thanksgiving Flowers — Photo Courtesy Leanne and David Kesler, Floral Design Institute, Inc., in Portland, Oregon, www.floraldesigninstitute.comFiery-hued leaves, cinnamon spiced cider, cornstalks, snuggly sweaters, shiny rain boots and pumpkin flavored EVERYTHING! Did you know? There are Pumpkin Spice Cherrios. (Really!) This is the time of year to gather together with friends and family. With the shorter daylight hours and colder temperatures, there is nothing better than entertaining at home. Cozy evenings by the fire, casual dinners and fabulous feasts are in order. And, Thanksgiving is just around the corner.

Autumn entertaining always sounds great. Then, reality sets in. Is the house ready? When was the last time you dusted? Do you have the right hostess outfit? Can the guests wear shoes in the house? And, in today’s jargon, are you “Instagram” ready?

Take a deep breath. With these simple tips, you’ll be ready for Thanksgiving in no time. Read More

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Flowers for Halloween

by Stephen Rittner on October 25, 2016 at 2:52 am

Halloween Flowers - — Photo Courtesy The Rittners School of Floral Design, BostonThe ancient Celts called it Samhain. It was believed that the dead and fairy folk could cross over into our world at that time. It was very scary in a world that lacked modern scientific sophistication. Halloween’s origins were obviously much more somber than our current celebration of the holiday.

Today’s Halloween is a festive time, where adults join the young in enjoying trick or treating, ghosts, spiders, witches and things that go bump in the night. Flowers can play a major role in creating an atmosphere and shaping space. There are so many fun ways to celebrate Halloween with flowers.

You can never go wrong with a witch. Hydrangea and berries bubble up in this delightful witch’s caldron. What a great conversation piece for an entry area, bay window or living room. 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