One current trend in decorating both inside and outside the doors of our homes is using galvanized metal, which is metal that has been treated with a zinc coating to prevent it from rusting. During my life and growing up among farmers and ranchers, galvanized metal was mainly used for buckets and large horse tanks to hold water for livestock, and chicken feeders, there were many summers we got in the horse tank to cool off in lieu of a swimming pool. Today you can find galvanized metal being used for all manner of home decor and even lighting. Over the next few weeks, we are going to take a look at galvanized metal and just how it’s being used. Today we are going to get an overview of its use and see what great craftsmen and designers are coming up with for this metal that’s usually been deemed usable for “lowly” purposes. Enjoy!!! (above image via)
October 10, 2016
I have a new client that I recently helped her with the decorating of her new home for Fall and her front porch. While we went pretty traditional as far as color on the front porch we went much more neutral for the interiors, think birch branches, white, tan, and gold pumpkins as well as white and gray pumpkins and gourds. There are a lot of choices out there for neutral colored pieces to use in decorating for the seasons and holidays, you can find real pumpkins and gourds now in white and greens as well as all kinds of decorations in neutral colors that also involve gold and silver and neutral colored elements like rope, yarn, and burlap that all work well with the more neutral color schemes of our homes. I thought today we would take a look at Fall decorating in a neutral color palette and all this week we’ll go a little more in-depth as far as materials. Have fun and Enjoy!!! (above image via)
June 21, 2016
Beautiful flowers abound this time of year, from early Spring through the Summer we can find tons of beautiful florals to work with at the florist shops and grocery stores. One of the flowers I like to use in the Summer months is Goldenrod or Solidago, it’s a flowering plant in the Aster family with a gorgeous yellow color. Goldenrod adds an additional bright color to a bright Summer arrangement or adds a big punch to a more subtle white or white and green bouquet. Goldenrod is available now and will be truly in season through July and August and there are some varieties of the flower that bloom into October. I’ve gathered some pics today of arrangements using Goldenrod, hopefully, this will give you some ideas for bringing bright yellow into your life. Enjoy!!! (above image via)
May 11, 2016
If you are at all into fresh flowers then this time of year should be one of your favorites since Peonies are in season. Everyone seems to love Peonies, whether it’s for their wonderful scent, their big, full blooms or the wonderful array of spring colors they come in. There’s nothing more beautiful in the Spring than a bunch of Peonies gathered into a bouquet, one of my favorite displays of Peonies involves blue and white porcelain, I always love how the colors of the Peonies plays off the blue and white. Last week for Mother’s Day I included Peonies in some of the arrangements that were ordered for clients and they were just the right amount of punch of color the bouquets needed. I’ve gathered some images today to share with you of Peonies to give you some ideas and inspiration on how to use this Springtime favorite, Enjoy!!! (above image via)
April 15, 2016
We’ve made it to the end of another week, a week where we’ve looked at 4 different types of flowers readily available in the Spring, so I thought today we would take a look at some arrangements you can create using our flowers of the week. We’ve looked at Tulips, Muscari, Hyacinths, and Lilacs so I tried to find arrangements with some or all of those flowers in them. One thing you may notice in some of the pics I’m sharing today are Peonies, it’s still a little early for Peonies but when they do become available we’ll talk about them as well because they’re hands down everyone’s favorite Spring flower. I hope you have a wonderful weekend, enjoy these pictures and find some floral inspiration, Enjoy!!! (above via)
April 12, 2016
Day 2 of Spring Blooms and today we are going to talk about Muscari, a flower that comes in the hard to find naturally occurring color of blue as well as other colors. The common name for Muscari is Grape Hyacinth because the blooms resemble bunches of grapes, like so many other bulb plants Muscari originated along the Mediterranean. I really like Muscari and using them in arrangements with other Spring flowers like Tulips and Hyacinths, they have a delicate look to them and their color is always a nice compliment to the other bright pinks, purples, and yellows of other Spring blooms. To be honest I haven’t seen a lot of Muscari (moose-car-ee) in the floral departments of grocery stores but this time of year it’s readily available through flower shops and floral wholesalers, Enjoy!!!
December 23, 2015
We’ve almost made it, hopefully, the tree is up, most if not all of your shopping is done and you know what you are serving Christmas Eve and Christmas Day (or whenever you are getting together) but don’t forget your table. Today we’re going to take a quick look at what you can do with flowers for your holiday centerpiece. None of the flowers I’ve used are very expensive and a lot of them can be found in the flower section at the grocery store or just call a local florist and see what they have available to purchase. Here’s a peek, Enjoy!!!
November 16, 2015
Today is an anniversary in both the worlds of design and business, 100 years ago today the Root Glass Company was granted a patent for their submission that today is the iconic Coke bottle. In 1915, Coca-Cola was looking for new packaging for their famous product, they wanted a bottle that anyone would instantly recognize whether you were feeling of it in total darkness or saw it broken on the ground.
Roots submission was chosen, patented and the rest is history. Not only is the Coke bottle distinctive in its shape, but also it’s distinctive green color. Over the last century, Coke bottles have found many other uses besides being the vehicle for soda and I thought we would take a look today at those uses and peek back at the way Coca-Cola has changed over the years in the design world, congrats to Coke on a century of excellent design, Enjoy!!!
September 17, 2015
A few weeks ago a friend messaged me and asked me if I would be interested in doing the flowers for her daughter’s upcoming wedding, of course, I said yes and the planning began. The wedding was at the Bride’s family’s farm southeast of Norman, Oklahoma and it was beautiful. Because it was an outdoor wedding and we’ve had so much rain this spring and summer the farm is gorgeous, everything is so green, the Bride said she wanted all white flowers, nothing too fancy, just simple, elegant and pretty.
September 15, 2015
I was at the floral wholesalers the other day picking out flowers for a project and saw buckets of beautiful Dahlias and realized I hadn’t done a post on these beautiful blooms. Dahlias are one of my favorites this time of year, they generally come from Mexico and in 1963 Dahlias were named the national flower of Mexico.
Dahlias are related to sunflowers, zinnias, chrysanthemums and daisies, so that explains their look with all the little pocket areas in their blooms. Dahlias are one of those flowers that add a powerful punch to any arrangements they’re used in. The ones I saw the other day were a burgundy, but they also come in beautiful pinks and purples as well as white and sometimes white with colored edges. I love the orange dahlias that are available this time of year and they look wonderful in fall arrangements. I’ve gathered some examples of Dahlias growing and in arrangements for you, Enjoy!!!