Category: ‘Lifestyle’

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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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The Secret to Happy

by Jennifer Sparks on August 2, 2018 at 1:23 pm

Have you ever wondered why the Disney parks, or any amusement park for that matter, are so perfectly landscaped? The streets and walkways are impeccably clean, the rides are fabulous, the food is fun, the music and marching bands create a lively atmosphere. So why go the extra mile to showcase and maintain such beautiful greenery, manicured gardens, and stunning hanging planters?

Is it just for aesthetics? Not likely. You see, these companies are ‘in the know’ on the importance of providing you with an amazing experience, even when you are hot, tired or hungry amidst all the fun. They want you to be distracted from the long lines, and to smile and focus on the wonder that is about to come with each ride, show, or refreshment.  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