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Making Seniors Smile

by Carol Caggiano on April 8, 2014 at 9:04 am

Nurturing-CroppedSome of my most treasured memories are of my grandparents. I was fortunate to have them nearby sharing so many great adventures over the years. Now I am a grandparent myself and still remember those days like they were yesterday. Am I really a “senior?” Who would have ever thought that would happen? We definitely see things differently when we are personally involved.

Lately I have had the opportunity to help some other seniors who are having difficulty.  One has serious health issues and another is struggling with her own mother who has dementia. Often just being a good listener is a big help, but I have found another way I can contribute, and that is to bring flowers. No matter how many times I visit, I still get such a thrill out of seeing faces literally light up when a bouquet of flowers comes into view. A big genuine smile is such a welcome sight from someone you know is having a hard time.

I know for sure that having flowers in my house makes me feel good. The reason for their magic? I do not know, but when there are not flowers on the table, the house just doesn’t feel the same. Although research gives us a hint: Rutgers University released the results of a behavioral study, which proved senior citizens who had flowers in their living spaces were happier, more social, and had better recent memory than those who did not have flowers. How wonderful is that? It’s a privilege to grow older but not without cost. Failing health, memory loss and reduced social interaction can all contribute to severe depression. When someone is depressed, nothing else works right, but if a lovely bouquet of flowers can bring joy and happiness, then that is surely easy “medicine” to prescribe. Read More

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Flowers, the Life of the Party

by Carol Caggiano on August 13, 2013 at 1:13 pm

Tall Centerpieces in Pinks and RedsEveryone loves a party! Planning one can be as much fun as attending, especially if you get a little help along the way. My favorite part of the party is the décor. As a floral designer, how things look are very important to me and set the ambiance of the party right from the first moment the party begins. Here are a few tips for planning your next party or event.

Whether it is a simple “at home” affair or a major event at a lavish venue, a few simple guidelines will help make the planning of the décor enjoyable.

First, pick a theme. You already have a reason to have the party, maybe a birthday, anniversary or just a way to get together with family and friends. Whatever the reason for the celebration, a theme will add not only a festive aspect but will also give you a direction to develop the party. A theme can be specific, such as a favorite movie, sport, story, and country or can be as simple as a color theme such as black and white, orange, hot pink and chartreuse or royal, turquoise and emerald. You’ll find that once you have an overall plan, the details become a lot easier. Read More

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Get in the Halloween Spirit With Flowers

by Carol Caggiano on October 24, 2012 at 12:38 pm

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Ghosts, goblins, jack-o-lanterns and witches are appearing everywhere in the spirit of Halloween. What used to be a simple time for children to Trick or Treat has turned into a major holiday with all the trimmings. Young and old alike enjoy this crazy time and the more festive the better!

In addition to elaborate costumes, outdoor decorations and displays, you can have a great time for Halloween with flowers. Simple but clever arrangements can be just the right touch to complete a table setting, cheer a friend at work, or maybe sit on your favorite teacher’s desk. Fun or ghoulish, it’s up to you and your personality which interpretation you choose. Read More

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At Home With Flowers

by Carol Caggiano on October 8, 2012 at 1:05 pm

Flowers for the kitchen

Having guests to my home is something I truly enjoy. I like to cook, set a nice table and fuss over small details that show my guests that I am excited they came. One of those very special details is fresh flowers. For me, that is as important as planning the menu or making sure the house is in order. I am one of those people that have at least a small vase of fresh flowers in my home all the time. Usually placed on the kitchen table, they make me feel good and things just don’t feel right if they are not there.  So you can imagine that when I am having company I “kick it up a notch.”

The dinner table is always a focal point and I usually put some extra effort there. It could be formal in the dining room or more casual out on the porch but either way I would never consider not having flowers as part of the setting.

Fill a collection of bottles with blooms

A collection of vases or bottles is my favorite choice of containers and I fill them with individual blooms depending on the time of year or what color theme I am working with. Sometimes I pick the flowers first and then work everything else to match or I could do it the other way around. Setting the table is the fun part. Working with different combinations of linens, flowers, dishes and glassware is creatively challenging and the end result usually turns out beautifully. Read More

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The Colors of Fall: Change Them Up A Bit

by Carol Caggiano on August 30, 2012 at 12:12 pm

Fall is my favorite time of year. I love everything about it. The coolness and crispness in the air enhanced by the beautiful colors all around me. The changing leaves, especially in Virginia where I live, set a background of gold, orange, brown and red everywhere you look. Yet as much as I look forward to the traditional and expected signs of the season I love the spirit of adventure. Exploring beyond the predictable and discovering enchanting hues makes the fall season even more invigorating. I’m not afraid to create color palettes that are unique and give even more dimension to my fall décor. Here are a few ideas to get you inspired too.

Image courtesy of Pantone.com

For 2012 we first look at the Pantone top ten colors of the year for direction. Tangerine Tango was number one and we’ve been seeing this cheerful dynamic hue everywhere from fashion to home décor all year and there is no stopping it now. I have to admit to including a pair of Tangerine Tango shoes to my current wardrobe and I love them. However, we won’t see this luscious color with its predictable companions of gold and brown alone this fall. Splashes of Indigo and Midnight creep into the palette for a new level of sophistication. Gold for fall is more yellow brighter than in past years. Magenta and fuchsia make an appearance just to liven things up. Both blued and yellowed greens introduce a fresh approach to the season, creating a background that is unexpected and fresh. Soft grays and beiges complete an earthy, happy palette.

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