Category: ‘Lifestyle’

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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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Enhancing Wellness in Your Life

by Mark Woodman on January 13, 2018 at 10:57 am

The hurried, non-stop lifestyles that we live today can be stressful. After a long day or before the start of a new one, it is important for our homes to serve as a refuge, a place where we can escape from the pressures of the outside world. There is a simple, easy way to achieve that – flowers. Did you know that flowers are scientifically proven to decrease worry and anxiety? Even certain colors can create a feeling of zen. Check out these tips from interior designer Kelli Ellis and me on how you can create spaces in your home to help you decompress and relax.

Have you ever experienced a moment of calm in the presence of flowers?

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

Trends: Wellness - Photo Courtesy Society of American Florists

Trends: Wellness - Photo Courtesy Society of American Florists

Trends: Wellness - 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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Celebrate Christmas with Kokedamas

by Lynne Tischler on December 12, 2017 at 4:04 pm

Every artist goes through phases. Picasso had his Blue Period, George Harrison embraced the sitar for a spell. My crew and I are in a kokedama phase. We have used them all summer long in outdoor parties and interior spaces. Our clients have been fascinated by them, and we think you will be, too.

If you haven’t heard of kokedamas, allow me to introduce you to this Japanese variant of bonsai. Translated, “kokedama” means “moss ball.” This free-form style of planting is created by encasing a plant’s root system in a mud ball, enveloping that in a layer of green moss, and then wrapping with string to hold it all together.

For the holidays, kokedamas can be displayed in a decorative bowl with ornaments, hung individually for a whimsical display, or in a grouping for an eclectic, suspended Christmas tree alternative. They can also be a unique gift for everyone on your list. Below are a few inspirations for contemporary kokedama Christmas décor.

For this design, a Cyclamen kokedama is nestled in a large orb balanced on a bubble bowl vase filled with ornaments.

Christmas Kokedama — Photo courtesy Lynne Tischler, AAF, CPFD, PFCI, with Keith Osborne and Jessie Thompson of Your Enchanted Florist in St. Paul, Minnesota. https://yourenchantedflorist.net/ Read More

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Festive Flowers and Plants for Christmas

by Brian Wheat on December 4, 2017 at 10:37 am

Festive Christmas Flowers and Plants— Photo Courtesy Brian Wheat, AAF, PFCI, of Lafayette Florist, Gift Shop & Garden Center in Lafayette, Colorado. www.lafayetteflorist.comMany people in the United States celebrate Christmas day on December 25. It was declared a federal holiday in 1870. The day celebrates Jesus Christ’s birth and is often combined with many other customs and pre-Christian winter celebrations. We decorate our homes, spend time with family and friends, and do gift exchanges, we gather together for holiday feasts.

For many people, it’s the most wonderful time of the year. Many of our favorite childhood memories are filled with the images of Santa Claus and his eight tiny reindeer, colorfully wrapped presents, Christmas carols, candy canes and the sugar plums dancing in our heads.

In my memories, there was always a constant — our home was filled with fragrant flowers and festive seasonal plants.  Read More