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ProFlowers floral designers Mallory Littleton and Kate Law put together some amazing ideas for using flowers as part of the latest trends.

A few of my favorite of their ideas are below:

 

Blue Blooms

Blue Blooms

1. Proflowers | 2. Proflowers | 3. Project Wedding | 4. EbiEmporium  | 5. Pinterest | 6. Oh Lovely Day | 7. Pinterest | 8. Terra Flowers Miami

” Blue hydrangeas, delphiniums and irises pair with shades of lavender, purple orchids and blue-green succulents to form displays as cool and relaxing as a dip in the bay.”

This color scheme is calming, subtle, and so pretty. It makes me want to take a trip to the beach!

Single-Serving Bouquets

Single Serving Bouquets

1. Proflowers|2. ProFlowers| 3. Pinterest | 4. Julie Blanner | 5. Centsational Girl | 6. Small Shop Studio| 7. Lonny

ProFlowers floral designers said they expect  more people to use bouquets that feature only a single variety of flower, such as a large grouping of purple tulips or pink peonies rather than a combination of colors and blooms in the same vase.

I love the idea behind this trend and can think of many ways to make it work.

Bold Rainbow

Bold Rainbow

1. Proflowers| 2. Proflowers| 3. Honestly Yum | 4. The Knot | 5. Pinterest | 6. Pinterest | 7. Wed Luxe

The brilliant, bold merging of  vibrant colors such as hot pink, orange, lime green, yellow and scarlet definitely catches the eye.

Colorful rainbows of blooms are perfect for celebrations like birthdays (it really makes me think Cinco De Mayo) but can also be used to bring pops of color to a neutral space. Just think how many smiles a bouquet in these bright hues would bring to you at your office!

Country Garden

Country Garden

1. Proflower | 2. Proflowers | 3. Proflowers | 4. Apryl Ann | 5. Snippet and Ink | 6. Hot Cocoa Design | 7. Plectrumbanjo | 8.Jose Villa

This is my favorite  – the combination of soft pastels, flowing textures, earthy elements like the burlap (absolutely love the lace on the edge).

The subtle combinations make me think of a spa day or maybe a quiet afternoon in a peaceful garden, curled up in the sunshine with a good book.

For more creative floral ideas and trends, go to ProFlowers.com blog.

What are your favorite floral trends for 2014?

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The other day I wandered around my yard with the camera. I thought I’d share what I found…

flower daffodil 2Daffodils. I think these have to be one of the cheeriest flowers. Absolutely love them!

flowers violets 2Violets always make me think of fairies.

flower jump upsJohnny-Jump-Ups bring fond memories of my grandpa to mind. He always had a bunch of them growing at his house.

Flower - hyacinth dark pinkHyacinths are so pretty. I’m quite taken with this bright pink hue.

flower hyacinth pink with beeBut I also like this pale pink one, too. So do the bees!

flower hyacinth bunchAnd you’ve got to have some lavender and purple ones as well.

flowers forsythiaThe forsythia actually belongs to our neighbor and creeps through our fence.

forsythia with lady bugBut I don’t think the ladybug cares.

Happy Spring!

She Who is So Everlasting Grateful Spring has Arrived

 

 

 

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pantone

Pantone selects a color of the year. The 2014 selection is Radiant Orchid. I think this color just screams “Springtime!”

According to their website, “Radiant Orchid blooms with confidence and magical warmth that intrigues the eye and sparks the imagination. It is an expressive, creative and embracing purple—one that draws you in with its beguiling charm. A captivating harmony of fuchsia, purple and pink undertones, Radiant Orchid emanates great joy, love and health.”

Fashion
The rosy undertones of Radiant Orchid reflect on the skin with a healthy glow. It was wildly popular in Spring 2014 fashion shows.

Beauty

Blending cool and warm undertones, this particular hue is flattering to many hair, eye and skin tones. Complimentary shades include lavender, purple and pink while red provides a strong contrast.

Interiors

Radiant Orchid is a wonderful choice to go with neutrals, especially shades of gray and tan. You can create a trendy feel to your home decor by adding accents in this unique hue through pillows, a floral arrangement, throws, or a piece of art.

About the PANTONE Color of the Year
“The color of the year selection requires careful consideration and, to arrive at the selection, Pantone combs the world looking for color influences. This can include the entertainment industry and films that are in production, traveling art collections, hot new artists, popular travel destinations and other socio-economic conditions. Influences may also stem from technology, availability of new textures and effects that impact color, and even upcoming sports events that capture worldwide attention.”

What do you think of the color? Will you incorporate it into your home or wardrobe this year?

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branches

Today, I wanted to share some quick and savvy tips for updating your home decor.

Bed Linens

Create a whole new look by making a duvet.  Place two flat sheets back to back, and sew around the perimeter, allowing for a half-inch seam. Leave an opening at the bottom. To close, sew twill-tape ties or velcro tape to the inside edges. You can also use the same sheet pattern or a contrasting design for your sheets, add some throw pillows and enjoy the new look.

Window Treatments

Lighten up any room by removing heavy drapes or window coverings. Wash the windows then add back breezy curtains or drapings. Flat sheets can also be used for curtains. Look for curtain hooks that clip on to the fabric or use bias tape or ribbon to create tabs on top of the sheets.

Lighting

Remove lamp shades from lamps, wipe off light bulbs with a microfiber cloth, dust lamps and then clean the shades. Use a soft brush attachment with your vacuum and run up and down along the shade. If you don’t have a vacuum attachment, a soft brush will do. Remember to wipe down the inside of the shade as well. If the shade was rips or stains, think about investing in a new one.

Pops of Color

Nothing chases away the winter blahs and screams spring like bright colors. Three of the most popular this spring are green, orange and bright pink. Add a vase of orange flowers or a throw pillow in hot pink and you have created an instant “welcome spring” message for your guests.

Whimsy

Have fun with your spring decor and add unexpected elements. A vase filled with bright kumquats can hold a bouquet of daffodils. Limes and hot pink flowers are so fun together in a centerpiece. Use wall decals to brighten up a wall, cupboard or even a piece of wooden furniture.

Just add a few touches here and there and soon your house will be singing spring!

She Who is More Than Ready for Spring to Stay Sprung

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