Category: ‘Seasonal’

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Greet Holiday Guests in Grand Style

by Lisa Greene on November 25, 2016 at 2:07 am

Holiday Front Door Decorations Holiday Greetings - Photo Courtesy Lisa Greene, AAF, AIFD, PFCITis the season for holiday visitors. Welcome guests with an entry decorated with greens, berries and, of course, bows. A popular holiday greeting — urns. Here is how you can create holiday urns to give your front door a festive look.

Start with the right container — or two containers to flank your door. Choose heavy containers so they won’t blow over in the wind. If you already have containers with plants in it, just cut the plants down to the soil level with a pair of clippers. If the containers are new, you can add potting soil or floral foam. Before you add greens, water well. If using new soil, pack it firmly.  Read More

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Easy-Peasy Thanksgiving Decorating

by Leanne Kesler on November 16, 2016 at 10:05 am

Thanksgiving Flowers — Photo Courtesy Leanne and David Kesler, Floral Design Institute, Inc., in Portland, Oregon, www.floraldesigninstitute.comFiery-hued leaves, cinnamon spiced cider, cornstalks, snuggly sweaters, shiny rain boots and pumpkin flavored EVERYTHING! Did you know? There are Pumpkin Spice Cherrios. (Really!) This is the time of year to gather together with friends and family. With the shorter daylight hours and colder temperatures, there is nothing better than entertaining at home. Cozy evenings by the fire, casual dinners and fabulous feasts are in order. And, Thanksgiving is just around the corner.

Autumn entertaining always sounds great. Then, reality sets in. Is the house ready? When was the last time you dusted? Do you have the right hostess outfit? Can the guests wear shoes in the house? And, in today’s jargon, are you “Instagram” ready?

Take a deep breath. With these simple tips, you’ll be ready for Thanksgiving in no time. Read More

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Random Acts of Kindness = Happiness

by Jennifer Sparks on November 9, 2016 at 8:44 am

In this season of giving thanks, we are grateful for random acts of kindness. Take a look at how a simple gesture, even between strangers, can turn someone’s day around. It’s inspiring!

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What inspires you?

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Through the years, we have become accustomed to a wide range of florals not only for specific holidays but for the seasons as well. There are wonderful flowers, containers, colors and symbols that definitely say “Winter” or “Christmas” or “Springtime” or “Easter.” But what about those few weeks that border the change of holidays, the temporal boundaries between fall and winter, winter and spring, spring and summer, and summer and fall?

Certainly we can, and should, enjoy flowers at these times as well. And there are some wonderful botanicals and materials that we can enjoy during these transitional periods. We call these kinds of floral designing, “Trans-Seasonal” floral art.

Here is a great example of a summer/fall trans-seasonal arrangement. The mixture of dahlias, stocks, sunflowers, and lilies is visually interesting and appealing. Red Maple foliage adds to the mixture of textures and visual interest. And yes, those are garlic scapes. Don’t they add a cool effect to this trans-seasonal floral design?

Trans-Seasonal Floral Design - Summer into Fall — Photo Courtesy The Rittners School of Floral Design, Boston

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Homecoming Couple - — Floral design by Joyce Mason-Monheim, AAF, AIFD, PFCI, AzMFWith autumn comes football, bonfires and homecoming. These traditions have been passed down for years. The presentation of the Homecoming royalty with a king and queen, the hometown parades and of course the dances have all withstood the test of time. So with all of this tradition, how do you choose flowers that make your total look epic?

It’s all about fashion and applying the newest trends to those traditions. Fashion drives the colors, the themes and the accessories of homecoming and prom. The fall chill may be in the air, but no keeping warm with the trendy style of shorter cocktail dresses. These dresses have unique shoulders with cutouts, asymmetrical lines and the retro halter style necklines. Now apply sequins, layers of lace or tulle, and you can add fun and creativity with floral adornments.

These homecoming party dresses might be a two-piece midriff style, show textural embellishments or be the traditional long formal gown. They are available in wide varieties of floral prints, sheer fabrics, lace and illusion in just about any color palette that complements your taste. Created especially for you in colors that complement you best, from reds and blues to pastel shades of pink and lavender, and of course the traditional black. Read More