Category: ‘Fleurtations’

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Chic Thanksgiving Centerpieces

by Shelby Shy on November 15, 2012 at 9:13 am

Succulents — Photo Courtesy Shirley's Flowers & Gifts, Inc., Rogers, Ark.

When you think of Thanksgiving what comes to mind? Turkey, sweet potatoes, cream corn? If you’re reading this, you know a Thanksgiving table doesn’t just include food — you have to have flowers, too. Here are four ideas for chic Thanksgiving centerpieces.

Succulents are fun and trendy. They add a completely new twist to any table. Here, we added a modern theme to our Thanksgiving feast with brightly colored plates and a long row of succulents clustered down the middle of the table.

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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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2012 Wedding Flowers and Style Trends

by Jeanne Benedict on January 30, 2012 at 12:23 pm

Last year’s nuptial news is tough to top with the excitement of Prince William and Kate’s Royal Wedding. Wedding flowers andRoyal Wedding of William and Catherine Duke & Duchess of Cambridge trends are certainly reminiscent of the UK big day, but with some interesting designer twists inspired by Kate’s dress and Beatrice’s fascinator (the Dr. Seuss type hat perched atop the head of Sarah Ferguson’s daughter).

Flower trends, as always, are ever-changing based on the creativity that individual florists bring to each design. However, this year’s brides may seem partial to a “gathered” flower style, which could appear easy to arrange, but really requires professional floral design skills, so the bouquet gives the bride a polished look as opposed to holding a “thrown together” bunch of blooms. To find you your own local floral design expert, check out the National Florist Directory. Read More

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Winter is great for many reasons — warm soup, fuzzy coats and toasty fires. And, it’s also a season in which on some days, it seems like the sun gets swallowed up by the moon, never to be seen again. Days are short, the landscape is grey and drab, and the temperature keeps you hiding inside. As a result, you start to feel just like the outside landscape — drab, sad and blah.

I lived this way for years, every February finding myself in a panic to escape the Midwest winter — put me on a plane to anywhere. But this got expensive, didn’t always fit my schedule and frankly, waiting until you get to the point where you just “have to” do anything isn’t the best way to make decisions. You spend more, waste time and usually don’t get what you need. One short burst of sun to combat the effects of the months of winter gloom just didn’t cut it. Read More

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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:


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