For the past 13 years, Keith (AIFD and from Houston, Texas) has celebrated the New Year in Pasadena, California as the FTD Education Team, Lead Designer VIP Entries. Sponsored by FTD, Keith lavishly decorates the VIP vehicles that transport parade dignitaries in petal-perfect style. Pete Samek AIFD will be joining Keith this year.
Like thousands of others—including hundreds of well-known floral designers from across the country—Keith is up at daylight and works far into the night to bring the parade to life. The color, texture and fragrance of fresh flowers[read more]
It can be fun and easy to design floral arrangements filled with holiday cheer. Experimenting with whimsical decorative accents adds flair to traditional designs and a playful spirit to a designer’s hectic workday.
The holiday season can feel like a gift to the five senses of a floral designer. Surrounded by fragrant holiday greens, colorful decorations, joyful music, festive foods and a magical mix of design materials, one can even find pleasure in the dash to meet decorating or delivery deadlines.
How can we translate the joy we experience creating a design to the pleasure a recipient feels when receiving it? These cheerful designs, created by Smithers-Oasis design directors, illustrate adding fun and flair to holiday arrangements in three simple ways.
1. Use[read more]
Are you dreaming of a White Christmas but live where the white stuff outside is sand, not snow? Paul Miller AIFD of Fort Lauderdale—aka ‘Mr. Christmas’ to his close friends—shares his gift for creating cool looks in warm places.
Paul shared these great Christmas tree photos and decorating ideas with us. Try these six tree-trimming tips to help your clients find traditional Christmas joy in nontraditional spaces.
Create new traditions
Paul creates new traditions by “taking collections of ornaments, old and new, and blending them all together for a fresh yet nostalgic look.” As a result, his joyous red Christmas tree shown here adds visual energy to a room with a peaceful view.
When using a bold color on the tree, repeat that color[read more]
Her favorite natural fruit and vegetable wreaths have such an appetizing look that she once opened the front door to find a squirrel sitting on top of a red apple wreath, taking a bite out of an apple.
She shares with us the layering techniques she uses to create holiday wreaths perfect for greeting guests at a special event or holiday party.
Colonial Williamsburg style
What inspired her to create holiday wreaths with fresh-from-the-garden appeal?
According to Laura, her distinctive designs “represent a modern updated version of the classic traditional Colonial Williamsburg style.” She[read more]
Keep that old partypooper away and enjoy the Holidays more this season using the sage advice of Shonda Cunningham AIFD of Shonda’s Secret Garden in Ogden, Utah.
Inspired by the imaginative Dr. Seuss, Shonda discovered how the satisfaction of creating for others brings joy to her holiday season. Her whimsical ‘Dr. Seuss Christmas’ entry was chosen as the Most Inspirational Holiday Floral Design in the OASIS Floral Products 2016 INSPIRE Floral Design Showcase.
This Seussical sense of bliss can start with something as simple as a centerpiece.
A ‘Seussical’ centerpiece
“This centerpiece on our holiday table sets the[read more]
A fashionable client once commissioned floral designers Carolyn Shepard AIFD and the late Randy Baehre AIFD of Carolyn Shepard Wedding and Event Design in Charlotte, North Carolina, to dress a party in red inside a tent in the client’s backyard.
“This was a party that our client threw for her friend who owns a local women’s couture clothing store in celebration of the store’s anniversary,” says Carolyn. “Forty guests. Members of the national fashion press[read more]
No bird bashing intended, but when it’s time to get serious about setting a lovely table for Thanksgiving guests, flowers trump turkeys as the centerpiece.
Some hosts like to consider their delectable turkey as the centerpiece of their holiday table. Unfortunately, the table looks quite barren once the big bird goes quickly from beautiful to bones at a large family gathering.
Here are six ideas for using the color and fragrance of fresh flowers to decorate the home to help family and friends feel like special guests. Don’t stop with the dinner table—use flowers throughout the home to add a festive touch!
Speaking of turkeys….
Photo credit Sharon McGukin
Rambo was a wild turkey who visited our home uninvited for several[read more]
“This festive day brings us together with family and friends to pause in our busy lives and give gratitude,” says Meredith. “Not to mention – we get to eat pie,” she adds with a smile.
Meredith’s ‘Modern Cornucopia’ was chosen as the Most Inspirational Fall Holiday Floral Design in the OASIS Floral Products 2016 INSPIRE Floral Design Showcase. Design Director Kevin Ylvisaker AIFD, PFCI recreated the design for the OASIS ad that featured it.
What inspired Meredith?
“I like traditional beauty with contemporary flair. I wanted to create the customary feeling of a cornucopia, yet update it[read more]
Enthusiastic florists across the country hit the streets Oct. 19 to surprise total strangers with bouquets of fresh flowers.
Combining the concepts of ‘random acts of kindness’ and ‘pay it forward’, these generous petalistas participated in Petal It Forward, a nationwide event coordinated by the Society of American Florists (SAF). Recipients were given two bouquets. They were asked to enjoy one and Petal It Forward by giving their second bouquet to someone else.
“Flowers make people happy,” says Kelly Mace, of Smithers-Oasis. “People love to get flowers and a great reason to give them is ‘just because’!”
‘Just because’ was sentiment enough to unleash pay it forward flower power 256 times in 227 cities in all 50 states in one day![read more]
The on-trend display of sumptuous floral chandeliers takes over-the-top event décor to splendid new heights. These exquisite flower-draping designs are all the rage for brides who embrace the adage – ‘it’s not done until it’s overdone!’
Photo credit: M Little Photography Tipton & Hurst
Floral chandeliers can take several decorative forms including suspended centerpieces, architectural accents or canopies of flowers. Three designers share with us this week their designs and methods.
According to Chris Norwood AIFD, PFCI and vice president of Tipton & Hurst in Little Rock, Arkansas – sculptural chandeliers are a popular choice for brides this season. “Nine out of ten of these designs are used to enhance tents,[read more]