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Seven Tips for Surviving the Holidays

by Leanne Kesler on December 18, 2016 at 8:30 pm

Christmas Flowers - Photo Courtesy Leanne and David Kesler, Floral Design Institute, Inc., in Portland, OregonThe holidays are here. Isn’t it grand? Oh, how I love the sappy Christmas movies, traditional carols and ringing bells. The red and green makes my heart sing. Walking through the city, checking out the holiday window displays and enjoying a cup of hot cocoa as I watch people bustling about. Shopping, baking, gifting and merry making throughout the season. It’s all such fun with a little planning and self-care. It is easy to get overwhelmed. Stay in control with these seven tips, and you’ll not only survive — you’ll enjoy and have fun throughout the holiday season.

Practice the 30-minute rule. Cleaning house can take all day (or all week). Pare down to the necessities, and get it done in 30 minutes. Make the bed, shine up the bathroom and fluff the throw pillows. The goal is to spiff up the house, not to create a showroom.  Read More

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Christmas Fun with Red and Green Florals

by Stephen Rittner on December 1, 2016 at 11:45 am

Christmas Flowers - Photo Courtesy The Rittners School of Floral Design, BostonChristmas means many different things to many different people. For some, it represents the birth of Jesus. For others, it represents peace on earth and goodwill to one another. To others, it represents winter weather and sports, wonderful sales and lots of presents. Regardless of your beliefs, Christmas is celebrated worldwide. Let flowers express your favorite parts of the Christmas season.

I enjoy celebrating with the traditional Christmas colors of red and green. Flowers can be designed and displayed in so many joyous ways in reds and greens. Here are just a few examples, and your local florist has so many more. Visit their shop for expertise and a truly festive experience.

A floral arrangement with berries, vines and evergreen foliage evokes a natural Christmas feeling.  Read More

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Flowers for Halloween

by Stephen Rittner on October 25, 2016 at 2:52 am

Halloween Flowers - — Photo Courtesy The Rittners School of Floral Design, BostonThe ancient Celts called it Samhain. It was believed that the dead and fairy folk could cross over into our world at that time. It was very scary in a world that lacked modern scientific sophistication. Halloween’s origins were obviously much more somber than our current celebration of the holiday.

Today’s Halloween is a festive time, where adults join the young in enjoying trick or treating, ghosts, spiders, witches and things that go bump in the night. Flowers can play a major role in creating an atmosphere and shaping space. There are so many fun ways to celebrate Halloween with flowers.

You can never go wrong with a witch. Hydrangea and berries bubble up in this delightful witch’s caldron. What a great conversation piece for an entry area, bay window or living room. Read More

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In this fast-paced world we live in, we use our homes as a retreat from the hustle and bustle, and flowers help us create a sanctuary that reflects our unique personality. As we look ahead to 2017, four floral trends showcase a mix of colors, patterns, and textures that both calm and excite.

frenchconnection_michaelskaffThe “French Connection” is the first trend that demands our attention for 2017. Fall in love with France and the beauty that surrounds this culture by calling to mind the romance of cobblestone streets, country cottages, and the fabric of life that never goes out of style. This movement takes us away from bold, in-your face geometric patterns and inspires us with intimate micro-floral prints, rustic handmade ceramics and the charm that makes us fall in love with French style and cuisine — that certain “je ne sais quoi” we never can truly resist. The color palette of seductive red containing hints of chocolate and burnt orange; golden yellows; sage grey-greens; pale grey-blue; charcoal and soft muted pink. Working well within this trend we find luxurious fabrics, velvet ribbons, multi-petaled blooms, such as garden roses and peonies in combination with textural berries, such as raspberries, rose hips and viburnum. Aged metallic pedestal containers and distressed ceramic vases remind us of both the beauty found in the city of Paris as well as in the countryside. Traditional aesthetics are comforting. Read More

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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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