Category: ‘VaseOff! Design Challenge’

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Art Pop

by Jennifer Sparks on May 14, 2014 at 10:55 am

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By Walter Fedyshyn

The artful shapes and eye-popping color of bromeliads, manzanita branch, miniature calla and succulents mimic the bold pattern and daring colors of a pop art glass vessel. The primary color scheme takes center stage.

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Flowers and materials featured: Bromeliads, assorted succulents, craspedia, hypericum, manzanita, miniature calla and lemon cypress

About the Florist: Walter Fedyshyn

Walter is the creative design manager for Phillip’s Flowers & Gifts in Chicago. He has designed for two Presidential inaugurations and the Academy Awards, and has been featured in numerous industry design books and national trade publications. Walter has been a guest speaker for garden clubs, students and other florists throughout the United States and most recently spent several months as an educator in Vietnam for a floral retailer. He is a member of the American Institute of Floral Designers and Professional Floral Communicators – International. Walter won the Surprise Flowers VaseOff! Challenge in November 2013.

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A Case for Life

by Jennifer Sparks on May 14, 2014 at 10:54 am

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By Coby Neal

This is a piece that’s meant to inspire us to celebrate life. No matter at what stage in our journey, there is always hope to be more than you ever thought you could be. It’s a piece meant to stir the young to look toward a bright future; and to others, that each day, regardless of the challenges, is full of joy and color. Despite settling in a worn antique violin case, the arrangement’s cheerful lavender and pink roses won’t be contained as the explosion of the yellow craspedia balls and bursting color of stargazer lilies shine through the arrangement like rays of hope. We see here that no matter the case, there are always beautiful notes in life to be played.

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Flowers and materials featured: Lavender roses, pink roses, stargazer lilies, yellow craspedia balls, heather, ti leaves, anthurium and green hydrangea

About the Florist: Coby Neal

Coby owns The Flower Studio in Austin, Texas, and won the Society of American Florists’ 2008 Sylvia Cup Design Competition, Florists’ Review magazine’s 2008 Best Wedding Reception Award and Wedding Day Magazine’s 2008 Best Creative Contributions Award. Trade publications, wedding magazines and newspapers have featured his floral creations. Coby has received honors from local chapters of the International Special Events Society (ISES), including Austin’s Lifetime Achievement and Spirit of ISES awards, and Dallas’ Texas Star Award for Best Tabletop & Best Floral Design. He presents floral design programs for floral industry and consumer groups. Coby is a member of the American Institute of Floral Designers, Professional Floral Communicators – International and Allied Florists of Houston. Coby won The Great Gatsby Inspired Bridal Bouquet VaseOff! Challenge in April 2012.

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VaseOff! All-Stars ChallengeAfter five exciting VaseOff! Challenges, friendly online design competitions among florists to create arrangements around a theme, we’re hosting the grand finale. We’re bringing back the past VaseOff! winners to compete for the ultimate title — the VaseOff! All-Stars Champion — and we want you to vote right here May 15-29 to help crown the victor.

For the All-Stars challenge, each florist has been tasked with creating an arrangement that inspires a friend to live life to the fullest, encompassing one of the areas from the Live Like a Flower series: Live Colorfully – Dare to be Different.

We’ve seen their arrangements. As expected, the florists delivered — their entries so perfectly illustrate how a gift of flowers can be inspirational and empowering. We can’t wait to see which floral design inspires you most!

So please, check back here starting May 15 to vote. The florists going head-to-head in the final matchup are:

To make sure you don’t miss out on voting for the Champion, Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter where we’ll be posting updates.

In the meantime, please post a comment about the flowers and colors that inspire you to “Live Colorfully, Dare to Be Different.”

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Your Top 12 Favorite Posts of 2013

by Jenny Scala on December 30, 2013 at 3:24 pm

Most end-of-the year countdowns take a look back at the top 10. Well, you are in for a real treat because here we’re listing the 12 most popular Flower Factor posts of 2013. Enjoy!

1. VaseOff! Challenge: Surprise Flowers, Just BecauseWe asked four contestants to design and deliver a custom arrangement to highlight the one-of-a-kind taste and style of a popular blogger in their area based on their blogs and Pinterest pages. Boy, were you intrigued by florists matching flowers to personalities, making this post our most visited in 2013. Flower enthusiasts, bloggers, and florists voted here for the design best matching its recipient. “Lemonesque” won.


2. 5 Tips for a Successful ThanksgivingHosting Thanksgiving can be stressful, and we shared easy strategies for joyous holiday entertaining.

Thanksgiving Triad — Leanne and David Kesler, Floral Design Institute, Inc., in Portland, Ore.

3. VaseOff! Challenge: Mother’s Day FlowersThis post resulted in us bringing a moment of happiness through flowers to hundreds of sick children and their families at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, Seattle Children’s Hospital, Shriners Hospitals for Children — Philadelphia and Shriners Hospitals for Children – Tampa. The flowers were a thank-you gift for helping us rally votes for the Mother’s Day VaseOff! Challenge, when we asked florist contestants to create arrangements designed to celebrate and pamper the busy on-the-go mom. The winning arrangement was “Mother Nature.”

Mother Nature by Rowena Johnson

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A New Year’s Eve Wedding

by Mandy Majerik on December 26, 2013 at 7:36 am

It is a night filled with bells, whistles, sparkle, shine, glitter, fireworks and flowers. New Year’s Eve weddings are becoming more and more popular as couples want to celebrate their special day with the ultimate party.

When decorating for a New Year’s Eve wedding reception, mixing metals — gold, silver and mercury — can enhance the overall glitz and glamour. Floral selections tend to go neutral in color with the accent pieces and metallic touches making the perfect complement.

(And, psssst! Take a hint from these ideas to incorporate into your New Year’s Eve party at home. Your florist can help you add pizzazz to a fun evening.)

New Year's Eve Wedding Table — HotHouse Design Studio in Birmingham, AL

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