March 23rd, 2009 |

Keeping Flowers Fresh

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1 To keep your flowers looking better and lasting longer, display them in a vase and make sure that none of the leaves are covered with water. Leaves decay in water, and they’ll drastically decrease the vase-life of your cut flowers.

2 First things first: When you bring flowers home, cut the stems at an angle and then place them in fresh water for a nice long drink before removing the wrapping.

3 When the water in a vase starts getting low, don’t dump it and start all over again. Flowers are at their happiest when you just top off the existing water by adding some that is fresh.

4 Decorating a buffet with flowers? Keep the flowers away from fruit – fruit gives off ethylene gas, which accelerates the aging process of flowers.

Tips via Style At Home

March 18th, 2009 |

Make a statement with flowers

 

Images: reflection thru mirror (via lastoriafoto.com), purple tulips (brides.com),

white peonies (via zoomphotography.com), yellow flowers (via toddevents.com)

March 14th, 2009 |

What time is dinner?

Chalkboard Candles (small)

Looking for a way to let your family know what time dinner is at?!?

Look no further than these inventive chalkboard candles….not only perfect for your kitchen, but I think they would be darling as placecards or party favors.

You can find these 100% unscented soy wax candles at Delight.com.

March 11th, 2009 |

Decorating with Moss

 

Add some natural intrigue to your Spring centerpieces with moss.

I love bringing the fresh color of green into my home for Spring, and I think the moss adds a look that is raw yet refined.  Some of these images would be great  inspiration for a wedding or party.  Mixing candles with the moss balls makes a beautiful centerpiece for any party…and hanging a beautiful wreath on the door is a great way to welcome your guests.

There are currently tons of places selling moss items – moss balls at Pottery Barn, antique glass terrariums full of moss on Etsy.com – but you can also find items at craft stores or on-line to create your own (pretty inexpensively, too!).

I found the best assortment at Save-On-Crafts – not only do they have already made moss wreaths, balls, and stones, but they also have moss covered wire.  Take a look…I hope it inspires you to bring a little nature into your home!

 

Top Images: wreath with bows (marthastewartweddings.com), candles & moss centerpiece (projectwedding.com),

moss balls (potterybarn.com), topiary place card (marthastewartweddings.com), glass terrarium (etsy.com),

little girl (via gertrude & mabel), doorway with moss wreath (marthastewart.com)

March 9th, 2009 |

Deliciously Artistic Centerpiece

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I found this cute idea on Everyday with Rachel Ray….

What a great idea for Spring!

Combine six boes of Jell-O powder with half the amount of water specified, chill the mix in a glass vase for half an hour, the just push flowers into the semi-firm gelatin.  You can customize this idea for any color palette, with all different types of flowers.  Great for a spring dinner, children’s birthday or baby shower!

March 8th, 2009 |

Trend Alert: Vegetable Colors

trend-alert-vegetable-colorsVegetable colors are popping up both in apparel and in home goods this Spring.  Intense colors that remind us of butternut squash, lemons, and leafy greens are being paired together to set Spring-like tables.  Bold and fresh, it’s a great update to any home this time of year.

Images: Dining room and yellow plate (potterybarn.com), green candy bar (amyatlas.com), white, orange & green table (theknot.com), bamboo & lemons centerpiece (tapestryflowers.com) and stripe cake (theknot.com)

March 2nd, 2009 |

Modern Centerpiece Idea

fuschia-carnations-iswWho knew carnations could be so fun?!?

Image via InStyle Weddings

February 24th, 2009 |

The first signs of Spring never looked so good!

pink-orchids-instyleweddings Brighten up your kitchen table with this easy, do-it-yourself idea from InStyle.  So simple!  Take any glass vase – cube or cylander – and wrap it with different ribbons.  You can adhere the seams with either a hot glue gun or even double sided tape.  It’s a great way to freshen up your table, and so easily adapted to any color scheme.  Perfect for a party….or just a Tuesday!

February 22nd, 2009 |

Party Plates

boatman-geller-plates Talk about eye candy….I love these plates from Boatman Geller.   These melamine plates are dishwasher safe, high heat resistant (but not microwave friendly), shatter resistant, kid- friendly, affordable and incredibly stylish.  They would be great for an outdoor party, perfect for a picnic or a beach house, and nothing short of genius for a kid’s birthday party!

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