Category: ‘Decorating’

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First Impressions

by Jennifer Sparks on August 15, 2018 at 9:08 am

Walk into any nice hotel, and what is the first thing you see? A beautiful display of flowers. How did it make you feel? Many hotels and resorts use flowers to create a first impression and make you feel welcome. Likely the reason for your stay is for vacation or a business trip — either way, you want to be put at ease, and if a smile appears on your face, even better. Flowers can do that.

It’s not just a theory that the presence of flowers makes you happy, it’s scientifically proven. In fact, a study by Rutgers University demonstrates flowers’ unique ability to create instant delight — the same kind of true smiles that come when you see a baby or a puppy.

Flowers can enhance the entryway of your own home too, and make guests feel welcome the minute they enter the door. And whether you have guests or not, use flowers to create warm feelings in your home, to start you off with a smile in the morning, or greet you upon your return after a long day. Who wouldn’t want that?  Read More

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It’s been a long wait but it finally feels like spring in the Mid-Atlantic region! Once that happens, I can’t wait to enhance my outdoor spaces with flowering plants. I am fortunate to be surrounded by many trees, providing green therapy much of the year.  Read More

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Kentucky Derby Flowers 2017 by Lorraine Cooper, AAF, AIFD, PFCI, NDSFOne of the things on my bucket list was to go to the Kentucky Derby, and I was lucky enough to get the opportunity last year. And boy, I was not disappointed!

As a floral designer, I have always been excited by the tradition of the Garland of Roses presented to the winner. I had no idea about all the other flowers before, during and after the race.

The minute I got off the plane in Kentucky and walked into the terminal, we were greeted with every ticket area decorated with red roses.

On the moving escalator, a huge floral arrangement of probably 150 red roses lined the walkway every 10-ft. I counted about 24 arrangements! The red roses continued at the car rental desk, and the lobby of our hotel had flowers everywhere.  Read More

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The Incarnation of Earth’s Elements Photo Courtesy: Flower Trends Forecast, A Publication of International Floral Distributors, Inc. (IFD)The second big color and design trend theme you’ll see this year is called “The Incarnation of Earth’s Elements.” This is the second in a four-part series.

With the Incarnation of Earth’s Elements, we see how the fundamental elements found in nature, such as minerals, fire, water, and wood are incorporated into our lifestyles. Today, many of us take time to invest in ourselves in living healthier. We may eat healthier and exercise more. One may also explore outdoor activities such as hiking and bike riding which provide a balance and an escape from our hectic daily work routines. It’s all about healing our spirits.

We have seen for several years now nature becoming a strong trend incorporated into our home and work places. The addition of natural products helps us keep in touch with nature rooting and connecting us with our environment. Interior plants such as orchids, callas and easy-care succulents will continue to see a rise in popularity. We also see in interior design elements from nature being mixed — metals with interesting grainy woods such as zebra or burl to marbles and stone with wood.

Colors explode with fiery reds, watery blues, vibrant grass greens that are occasionally soothed by the addition of some more neutral gray, chocolate and champagne gold.  Read More

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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