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Fall Color Trends

by Leanne Kesler on September 15, 2014 at 9:30 am

Kesler-Lily-Mum-4474-FBThe summer days are cooling; the sun sets a bit earlier each day and the seasons transition to autumn. Long, lazy days spent outside lounging in the backyard turn to evenings cuddled in front of the fire in the great room. Families and friends gather at the kitchen counter rather than poolside. The sparkling glass of champagne is switched to a bold red zinfandel. The changing season modifies behavior and triggers the desire to warm the home with the essence of autumn.

Swap out the throw pillows, change a tablecloth and add flowers — it’s that easy!  You can have an autumn house in less than a day and without breaking the bank. The key is to find the perfect autumn colors for your home. Thank goodness, simple touches will keep you on trend with the 2014 autumn color palette.  Read More

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Touchdown! Winning Homecoming Ideas

by Ardith Beveridge on September 12, 2014 at 2:41 pm


Jump over the goal line with both feet; it’s time to carry on the all American tradition of homecoming. What part makes you smile? Reuniting with family and friends? Cheering on the football team? The parade? The school dance?

Here are a couple ideas for adding flowers to your homecoming festivities guaranteed to make you and your guests smile.

When getting together for college homecomings, friends often bring snacks to share for the pre-game festivities. Class up the tailgate with a floral design in school colors or a football made of flowers placed in the center of the snack table.

Corsages and boutonnières are a must for homecoming dances. Your local florist can customize your flowers to match your attire or give you a touch of school colors. Remember to order school spirited corsages and boutonnières for chaperones, the bandleader, guest speakers and other special guests. And a fun idea for the homecoming King and Queen — scepters decorated with flowers in school colors.

Don’t be shy. Talk to your local professional florist for suggestions to add flowers to your homecoming festivities.

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Pretty in Pink

by Lisa Greene on September 8, 2014 at 11:23 am

PinkBrideLittle girls who love pink often grow up to be brides who love pink. Barbie dolls, princess parties and fuzzy-footed pajamas. All these things make us feel warm and comfortable, loved and protected.

And there are so many wonderful things in life that make us all feel good that are pink — the color of lips that you want to kiss, the color of the palm of a newborn baby, the color of the inside of the shell that you find on a beach or the petals of a perfect pink rose.  Read More

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Live Beautifully

by Vicki Norris on September 1, 2014 at 3:54 pm

SAF_LLAF_LiveBeau_404X404When people think about organizing their life, they often focus on the external value of a “makeover” to their space. Yet, taking the time to order your environment and your life has much greater internal value – both individually and communally.

An ordered life is one that isn’t just “organized;” it’s arranged around the things that matter most to you. It’s a life that puts first-things-first.

I’ve found that people who are just “organized” actually can become enslaved to keeping up with the never-ending needs of home and work. “Organized” is a fleeting state of a-place-for-everything; whereas “ordered” is a state of living life intentionally and with your values at the center of the equation.

To be sure, being “organized” is useful, too; our minds clear as our space clears. When your environment is sensible and simple, you’re open to hospitality and possibility. Just be sure that the end goal is not tidiness, but that the arranging of space and schedules actually makes the way for your true life priorities.  Read More

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Special Treat: Flowers in Your Kitchen

by Heather de Kok on August 24, 2014 at 11:00 am

Flowers in the Kitchen — Heather de Kok, AAF, AIFD, PFCI, of Grower Direct Fresh Cut Flowers in Edmonton, Alberta. are a lot of new interior kitchen trends today. Open floor plans, creative seating areas and huge islands. The No. 1 new trend is bringing nature into the kitchen, and there is no better way to do that than with flowers.

It doesn’t matter if you have a kitchen that is relaxing, stylish, functional, elegant or just family oriented, you can accent it with flowers to help inspire that atmosphere. There aren’t any rules, but here are some tips to help you get on your way.

Classic or strong colors and containers.

If you would like to be bold with color, choose two colors at a time. For example, yellow and orange flowers look amazing together.

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Another thing to remember is that with flowers, green is a neutral while white is considered a color. Read More