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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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Prom 2018 Trends

by Lacee Bilke on April 6, 2018 at 4:59 pm

What are you wearing to prom? Check out these cool must-haves for inspiration for your big night:

Floral Cuffs and Corsages

Prom Floral Corsage Photo by Mandy Stansberry Photography, Floral design by Madeline’s Flowers in Edmond, Oklahoma

Prom Corsage Photo by Mandy Stansberry Photography, Floral design by Madeline’s Flowers in Edmond, Oklahoma

Flower Crowns

Prom Flower Crown and Cuff Photo by Mandy Stansberry Photography, Floral design by Madeline’s Flowers in Edmond, Oklahoma 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

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Make A Difference in Her Life

by Jennifer Sparks on March 2, 2018 at 12:25 pm

Last month my daughter turned 21, and I smile when I think of the amazing young woman she has become. I beam with pride and encouragement when she talks about her hopes and dreams for the future.

Last night I had dinner with my 83-year-old mother, who spoke with conviction about her views on events of late facing the nation — another reminder that my inner strength comes from her.

In the last few months I have had friends reach milestone birthdays, and I nod in agreement as they express more confidence with each new decade — as years turn into experiences, experience turns into new wisdom, and wisdom provides a greater sense of self.

The last year has been eye opening, as women of all ages have revealed horrific events in their lives that are shocking and hard to swallow. These painful truths that have been brought to light like never before have conjured up past deep wounds for many, and almost every woman can relate in some way. But as difficult as the past year has been in that respect, the good that has emerged is that women are more confident to speak up and be heard, and the compassion, support and action that has come from other women, as well as men, is changing the landscape moving forward.

March 8th is International Women’s Day, and while every day should be a day to celebrate the women in our lives, this particular occasion provides an opportunity — a reminder — to stop and consider: Who in your life do you admire? Tell her. Who has been a shining example of good in your life, or been a mentor to enhance your well being, professionally or personally? Thank her. Who has recently reached a milestone or achievement? Celebrate her. Who has a personal goal in mind but doesn’t quite know where to start? Encourage her. Who might be struggling and in need of a listening ear, comforting words, or supportive deed? Reach out to her.

A kind word or small gesture can make a big difference to the moms, daughters, sisters, friends, co workers, teachers and mentors in our lives. Go ahead, make her smile. You’ll be glad you did. Happy Women’s Day!

 

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Magnificent Mediterranean Photo Courtesy: Flower Trends Forecast, A Publication of International Floral Distributors, Inc. (IFD)Every year after researching the latest floral and design trends, it amazes me how trends continue to evolve and inspire me with newness and freshness. So much of what is happening in the world today socially, economically and politically affect color and design trends. This year, we’re seeing brighter and bolder colors. People generally feel more confident about the economy, and one indicator of this is the vibrancy and uplifting color palettes forecasted by the Color Marketing Group for 2018.

As we march through 2018, we’ll experience four key floral trends. In this post, I address the first powerful and inspiring trend — Magnificent Mediterranean. This is the first in a four-part series.

Imagine yourself strolling through the small villages on the Mediterranean, in either Italy, Spain, or Greece. We notice the rich robust colors of golden butterscotch, red-orange, olive, and frosted almond combined with the vibrant blues and calming ocean teal that surround these villages. Steeped in history, geometric floral patterns explode and can be seen in fashion, textiles (such as cotton and linens) and home decor accents. Our interest increases in seeing hand-crafted ceramics and unique home accents.  Read More