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Resolve to Be Happy, With Flowers

by Carol Caggiano on January 4, 2016 at 9:47 am

MorningWe have sung Auld Lang Syne and 2016 is underway. We are packing away our decorations and making New Year’s resolutions regarding our health and well being. We are going to exercise more, lose weight, eat healthier, quit bad habits, be more generous, be more understanding and, by doing all of that, be happier. We join the gym, skip the middle of the grocery store and only shop the perimeter, and promise to go to church every week. We might even find a buddy who shares our goals to team up with to ensure good results. Our intentions are sincere and we are off and running. Want to know a secret weapon that can help in our quest? Flowers.

You might think, flowers? How can they possibly help? In a research study conducted by Nancy Etcoff, Ph.D., of Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School it was revealed that people feel more compassionate towards others, have less worry and anxiety, and feel less depressed when fresh flowers are present in the home.  Another behavioral study conducted at Rutger’s University found that nature provides us a simple way to improve emotional health, and that is with flowers. Just having fresh flowers in our living spaces triggers happy emotions, therefore putting us in a better frame of mind to carry on with our other resolutions. Having even small bouquets in the most frequented places in your home can make a big difference. Read More

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Mix and Match for Christmas

by Carol Caggiano on December 10, 2015 at 7:51 am

Caggiano photo 4_Christmas blogChristmas is fast approaching and if you are like me you are beginning to think of entertaining family, neighbors and friends. The time comes when the tree is up and the house looks great, ready for one guest or twenty, and to make it perfect fresh flowers are the finishing touch. With multiple things going on I like to make my décor a little convertible so that I don’t have to change everything for each gathering.

Picking a theme is usually a good way to start, and color is a huge part of the decision. Red and green is, of course, traditional but for the more contemporary home almost any color story can work. Adding colors that coordinate with your home’s décor can make your decorating sophisticated and aesthetically pleasing. Metallics such as gold, silver, copper or bronze should also be considered and can add a wonderful dimension to whatever your color palette. Read More

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Brighten the Darkest Day With Flowers

by Carol Caggiano on November 1, 2015 at 9:17 am

KitchenFlowersFall is my favorite time of year. Bright colored leaves, crisp air and blue skies give me energy and inspire me to get to those projects I have conveniently put aside. A fire in the fireplace, hot tea or a cup of hot chocolate, makes an autumn afternoon something really special. But along with all the beauty of fall comes the shorter days. We all know there is always the same amount of hours in the day no matter what time of year it is, but when it gets dark so early we often feel like our days are shorter. This feeling can be mood dampening, if not just downright depressing. We go to work in the dark and come home in the dark — yuck.

But lets get back to the good stuff.

The colors of fall are anything but depressing, as gorgeous oranges, corals, peaches, reds, burgundy, earthy browns, golds, purples and even touches of chartreuse surround us. What if we bring these attractive hues into our home with flowers? What an easy way to celebrate the vibrancy of the season and keep that energy positive and glorious. Read More

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A Very Special Wedding Tent

by Carol Caggiano on September 3, 2015 at 12:04 pm

As a floral designer, I have been involved with weddings all my life. Not long ago I calculated that I have done the flowers for over 4,000 weddings during my career. Yet no matter how many I have done, the creativity that is often exhibited in the planning of a wedding never ceases to impress me. I have the opportunity to do freelance work for Amaryllis, Inc., a floral and event design studio in the Washington, D.C., area, where I have experienced many “over the top” weddings.

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One reception that really impressed me was this past May when they set up a tent in a college basketball arena. Who came up with such an original idea, I don’t know, but it was genius. An exquisite environment was created for the wedding reception without having to worry about the weather. Read More

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We Can’t Celebrate Without Flowers

by Carol Caggiano on August 13, 2015 at 7:16 am

TableforTwoFor me, sitting down to a meal where there are flowers on the table indicates something special is happening. Whenever there is a wedding, birthday party or celebratory event, we expect to see floral centerpieces. It goes along with the importance of the occasion, and I know I look forward to those details when I attend.

It’s not always something elaborate nor does it have to be, but it does have to be there.  Whether it is a bud vase with one lovely bloom, a collection of flowers establishing a theme or color palette, or a stunning elevated design with a lush bouquet, we feel welcome as guests.

Often the flowers are the first thing that draws our attention when entering a room. A small table with a modest arrangement looks stunning and inviting, while a room filled with tables and lush bouquets can be “jaw dropping.” Most of the time we find ourselves somewhere in between. But no matter the size of the event, we enjoy the flowers for their beauty and contribution to the ambiance of the occasion. Read More