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Celebrate Christmas with Kokedamas

by Lynne Tischler on December 12, 2017 at 4:04 pm

Every artist goes through phases. Picasso had his Blue Period, George Harrison embraced the sitar for a spell. My crew and I are in a kokedama phase. We have used them all summer long in outdoor parties and interior spaces. Our clients have been fascinated by them, and we think you will be, too.

If you haven’t heard of kokedamas, allow me to introduce you to this Japanese variant of bonsai. Translated, “kokedama” means “moss ball.” This free-form style of planting is created by encasing a plant’s root system in a mud ball, enveloping that in a layer of green moss, and then wrapping with string to hold it all together.

For the holidays, kokedamas can be displayed in a decorative bowl with ornaments, hung individually for a whimsical display, or in a grouping for an eclectic, suspended Christmas tree alternative. They can also be a unique gift for everyone on your list. Below are a few inspirations for contemporary kokedama Christmas décor.

For this design, a Cyclamen kokedama is nestled in a large orb balanced on a bubble bowl vase filled with ornaments.

Christmas Kokedama — Photo courtesy Lynne Tischler, AAF, CPFD, PFCI, with Keith Osborne and Jessie Thompson of Your Enchanted Florist in St. Paul, Minnesota. https://yourenchantedflorist.net/ Read More

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Festive Flowers and Plants for Christmas

by Brian Wheat on December 4, 2017 at 10:37 am

Festive Christmas Flowers and Plants— Photo Courtesy Brian Wheat, AAF, PFCI, of Lafayette Florist, Gift Shop & Garden Center in Lafayette, Colorado. www.lafayetteflorist.comMany people in the United States celebrate Christmas day on December 25. It was declared a federal holiday in 1870. The day celebrates Jesus Christ’s birth and is often combined with many other customs and pre-Christian winter celebrations. We decorate our homes, spend time with family and friends, and do gift exchanges, we gather together for holiday feasts.

For many people, it’s the most wonderful time of the year. Many of our favorite childhood memories are filled with the images of Santa Claus and his eight tiny reindeer, colorfully wrapped presents, Christmas carols, candy canes and the sugar plums dancing in our heads.

In my memories, there was always a constant — our home was filled with fragrant flowers and festive seasonal plants.  Read More

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Stylish Holiday Home Decorating Trends

by Suzie Kostick on November 23, 2017 at 5:10 pm

Photo courtesy of Flora Magazine; Designed by Suzie Kostick, AIFD, CFD, CF PFCI The turkey has been devoured, the last bite of dressing has been eaten and there is not an ounce of cranberry sauce to be found. So now what? Time to haul out the tinsel, hang the holly and untangle the hundreds of strands of twinkle lights, that’s what.

The holidays are here, and that means celebrations, gatherings and a ton of great decorating opportunities. The choices of where to find decorating inspiration and where to purchase this year’s hottest decorations are endless, but nothing beats your local professional florists for innovative ideas and beautiful accessories.

The looks for this holiday season seem to range from glitz and sparkles to natural and organic with each having several styles from which to select. Although each end of the spectrum has its appeal, styles that keep just a little tradition hidden in them seem to be the favorites.

If you like anything that sparkles and shines, you’ll love the mixed metallic look. Items that combine soft golds with aged silvers work well with many home decor styles.

Looking for a softer, warmer look? You’ll love the many selections in tones of rose gold and champagne that can be found in tree trimmings, ribbons, wreaths, candle holders and ornaments.  Read More

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Thanksgiving Cornucopia by Sandy Schroeck, AIFD, PFCIWhen we think of Thanksgiving, we tend to picture traditional fall colors of oranges, yellows and browns. And when we think of Christmas, we see red and green.

But with a little creativity, it is possible to celebrate both seasons with the same centerpiece. Here are two examples.

This trendy Thanksgiving cornucopia features statement flowers and plants. The tillandsia xerographica can become a keepsake later in home decor. Protea and leucadendron add a unique twist on traditional fall flowers. Roses and cushion mums combine with textural foliage, perfect for celebrating the beginning of the Christmas season.  Read More

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iStock-482724248_Kostick Now that the Halloween pumpkins are put away and the mounds of candy are all but gone our thoughts turn to the last of the fall holidays — Thanksgiving. This almost forgotten holiday seems hidden beneath the throes of Christmas decorations, images of Santa and his reindeer and the non-stop sounds of “Deck the Halls” and “White Christmas” that blare through our car radios.

What’s wrong with taking a pause to give this season its rightful place in the holiday lineup? Why not slow our pace and take time to smell the turkey?

No doubt Thanksgiving is the official kick-off to the much larger celebrated Christmas, but without it, we’d miss the awkward yet memorable time spent with our families, football games, parades, Black Friday and pre-Black Friday sales and the food!

For those of us who host the Thanksgiving festivities, we are left to plan the menus, clean the house, prepare the fixings and decorate the house for this all too short season. That my friends is where your professional local florist comes in.

iStock-485780400_KostickSince first impressions are important, you’ll want to make sure your front door welcomes your guests with a display of autumn favorites such as mum plants, gourds and pumpkins, branches, vines and berries.

Because this season is pretty short, all these items can be found in fresh varieties that will brighten up your stoop until the first frost.

If you’d rather have something to display year after year, faux items that look as good if not better than the real thing can be found at your local florist as well.

Not sure where to start? Just ask anyone at the flower shop for ideas and they’ll happily point you in the right direction.  Read More