Category: ‘Lifestyle’

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You know the song, by DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince. “Summer summer summertime. Time to sit back and unwind.” Yes! Summertime is here.

Summer means warm weather, and for many, vacations to the beach. So, what’s the connection between flowers and the beach? A few summers ago, we challenged four florists to design an arrangement to delight a friend who loves the beach. The purpose was to illustrate how florists can match any personality with flowers.

With summertime here, sit back and unwind as we take a quick trip down memory lane and revisit four floral arrangements ideal for those can’t get enough of the sun, surf and sand.

This design appropriately called “Barefoot with Waves” inspires the feeling of being barefoot in the sand. The sound of the waves, the smell in the air, and looking at beautiful shades of blue make for total relaxation. Read More

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Flowers for Dad

by Suzie Kostick on June 7, 2019 at 1:30 pm

It’s June and that means Father’s Day is just around the corner. Wondering what to get Dad? Have you ever thought about giving him flowers? That’s right, bold, beautiful flowers!

Father's Day Flowers - Photo Courtesy Suzie Kostick, AIFD, CF, PFCI

Several studies link flowers to positive emotional health. So let’s make Dad happy and send flowers this Father’s Day.  Read More

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Bright and Beautiful Living Coral

by Lacee Bilke on May 12, 2019 at 7:34 pm

Summer is just around the corner! I can’t wait for the extra hours of daylight and warmer temperatures — and, of course, the chance to create fun designs featuring Living Coral, the 2019 Pantone Color of the Year.

According to Pantone, Living Coral is “an animating and life-affirming coral hue with a golden undertone that energizes and enliven with a softer edge.” I agree. Here are a few of my favorite floral designs that flaunt this bright, cheerful hue.

Pink and orange blooms mix perfectly with coral. This combination of colors and textures would be perfect to send for a birthday, get well or anniversary gift or to feature as a centerpiece for a dinner party.

Living Coral - Photo by Mandy Stansberry Photography, Floral design by Lenzee Bilke of Madeline’s Flowers in Edmond, Oklahoma

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Mom + Flowers = Happy Memories

by Lisa Greene on May 4, 2019 at 3:10 pm

As a child, many of us picked flowers for our mothers. We would present them to her, and our reward was a beautiful smile and a big hug. No matter our age, that feeling of mom’s hug is always welcome. You have grown up, and so have your choices of where to “pick” flowers. The local florist is a great place to start. Many shops are run by established entrepreneurs or “makers” passionate about the craft. Buy flowers from a purveyor who loves flowers and you will be supporting people who give back to their community that supports them.

What to look for? Every mom is blessed with a unique personality. Choose flowers that reflect her taste and style. This casual design features an upscale selection of flowers, vines and greens. Green hydrangea, lisianthus, clematis, cymbidium orchids, alliums, jasmine and olive greenery are nestled in a bamboo bowl.Mother's Day Flowers by Lisa Greene AAF, AIFD, PFCI

This centerpiece would be perfect for a formal Mother’s Day brunch. The table set would be set with heritage china, vintage silver and linen featuring hues of blue and lavender. The flowers include: Queen Anne’s Lace, iris, geranium foliage, silver dollar eucalyptus, kale, stock, drumstick allium, sunflower, dianthus, and tansy set in a heavy glass footed bowl.

Mother's Day Flowers by Lisa Greene AAF, AIFD, PFCI

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Administrative Professionals Week — Photo Courtesy Carolyn Minutillo AIFD, EMC, PFCI, of Lavender Hill LLC in Jeffersonville, IndianaEveryone appreciates being acknowledged for doing a good job at work.

It’s even more awesome when going above and beyond are rewarded with a lovely surprise, especially during Administrative Professionals Week, which this year is April 22 – 26, 2019.

The International Association of Administrative Professionals has honored office workers by sponsoring Administrative Professionals Week since 1952. Each year, administrative professionals are recognized for their skills and loyalty, attributes every office depends upon.

If the honor of sending a gift falls on your watch, you’re in luck. Here are a few tips for sending the perfect gift of appreciation.  Read More