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Blumz-Mantle2-fbWhat would the holiday season be without decorations? Well, it would probably look like just another day — and how festive is that?

This winter holiday season, relax and keep your decor simple. Whether it’s a table or a mantle, remember these points:

  1. Theme
  2. Focal Item(s)
  3. Line
  4. Light Source
  5. Accent

Theme

The theme gives you a look or idea to build a display around. The list is endless. Evaluate your setting, and take into consideration what will blend or work with that style. In a formal living room, a theme that picks up the formality is best. Consider a theme with no more than one or two colors that coordinate with the surroundings. Read More

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Christmas Color Trends 2014

by Leanne Kesler on December 11, 2014 at 8:02 am

The color palettes for Christmas are absolutely gorgeous this year.

Leading the way, the complementary hues of classic red and green with a bit of updated tweaking on the traditional hues. The purest red is paired with a variety of greens that crosses the color wheel from yellow green to blue green. Flowers can be traditional roses and carnations or something a little different and unexpected like orchids, amaryllis and anthurium.

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From there, the trending colors can vary according to the age, wealth and geographical region. In the Pacific Northwest, the natural colors of the woodlands are a favorite. For the mature flower lover looking for an elegant and sophisticated look, champagne colors are fabulous. The strongest new influence on Christmas colors for 2014 is the movie, “Frozen.” As with everything else this year, Elsa and Anna have focused the world on the Crystal Sparkle palette. Read More

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Unsung Heroes Who Deserve Holiday Gratitude

by Jenny Scala on December 8, 2014 at 7:54 am

When it comes to expressing gratitude, flowers are one of the most meaningful gifts to share with important people in your life when simply saying ‘thank you’ isn’t enough. There is something special about giving a gift of beauty that shows truly how much you care. Flowers are attractive, cheerful and are visibly displayed as a constant reminder of your appreciation. On top of that, Rutgers research proves a gift of flowers creates instant smiles.

The Society of American Florists conducted a poll to find out who Americans believe deserve holiday thanks. Although the survey was conducted a few years ago, the results ring true today. Ranking atop the list of those who deserve end-of-year appreciation, are neighbors. Coming in close behind are teachers, followed by coworkers.

Here are gift recommendations for these generous everyday heroes in our daily lives:

Neighbors. Treat a great neighbor to a tall bouquet of up shooting flowers. You’ll even get to watch their eyes light up as the florist delivery truck pulls up.

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Be Grateful for Rain

by Vicki Norris on December 2, 2014 at 10:26 am

Be Grateful for RainFor 15 years, I’ve been in the trenches of disordered homes and offices across America. Every cluttered environment has one thing in common: what we focus on changes us.

The more we live in chaos – intentionally or through neglect – the more we reap that dividend. Those who choose to take back their lives and their environments make an investment in peace and fulfillment.

How we view obstacles determines the quality of our life. Loss, frustrations, and conflicts present themselves to us all, and our mindset will determine our outcomes.

I’ve taken on the belief that setbacks in life are not only temporary but that they are stepping stones. I practiced that belief, until it took root inside me. I have chosen to claim victory over the hardships and to be thankful for them –because I now know that this little bit of rain is actually watering the soil of my life!

You, too, can be grateful for the “rain” when you take on the understanding that obstacles are just veiled opportunities and that your soil is being enriched by them. A thankful attitude is an investment in a peaceful, fulfilled life. It can help you live like a flower – nimbly and gracefully in all kinds of weather and refreshed by the rain. Read More

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Trends for Weddings in 2015

by Jenny Scala on November 28, 2014 at 6:06 am

Are you planning your wedding? When you picture your wedding decor, what colors and styles do you see? Regal and romantic? Refined and formal? Bright and bold? Soft and vintage? Professional florists can customize wedding decorations to reflect your personal style with current trends. Here are four floral trends and styles for weddings and events forecasted for 2015 by floral designers Kristine Kratt, AIFD, and Bill Schaffer, AIFD.

Majestic: The regal and romantic couple will find the Majestic theme, rich in the shades of violet and purple, to be magical and amorous. A polished aesthetic and sheer romantic style that combines the natural brilliance of the luster of gold with orchids, roses and carnations in deep plums, bright violets and lavenders.

Majestic – Photo by IFD

Majestic – Photo by IFD

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