Thursday, June 21, 2012

Baubles and Beads and Blooms

There's no question that flowers are beautiful on their own.
But sometimes you just want to add some bling...
maybe to your bridal bouquet or centerpieces.

Well, you have lots of options! 
You can add jewelry to your bouquet, perhaps a simple locket or jeweled buckle.

Wire is very effective in adding sparkle, as in this beautiful bouquet where it's used as a collar for the
pretty gathering of orchids, roses, carnations and hypericum berries..

Or you can go all the way, with a "Brooch Bouquet", made entirely of jewelry. 
This can be a true keepsake, one to pass down to the next generation, 
especially if it contains jewelry or bits that have a meaning to you and your family.

For centerpieces, you can add sparkle with beaded accents, such as these dainty pearls. 
They help carry the white from the Lilies and Alstromeria down into the container itself, 
creating a unified design.

Sometimes just a sprinkling of 'jewels' on the table is enough sparkle.
But these loops of silver wire, beaded at the tips, elevate this design of roses to spectacular!

And let's not forget underwater candlelight. 
Its sparkle is magnified by the water and really adds so much drama to even the simplest centerpiece,
such as this grouping of alstromeria.

 Ribbon should be more than an afterthought. 
It can take a few blooms such as these Peonies and transform them into a uniquely stunning bouquet. 

And let's not forget feathers...
they are available in a wide range of colors, shapes and sizes,
and when properly incorporated, can add drama or whimsey. 

And don't forget your guy- he wants bling, too!
Boutonnieres have come a long way from that tired single rose with artificial leaf accent.
Just about anything can be used-jewelry, beading, ribbon, feathers, buttons,
fabric: the list is endless!

Bloomers Floral Design
122 South Front St.
Wilmington, NC 28401

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Sell a Home Faster with Flowers!


If you're like me, you love visiting open houses and model homes, especially those that are 'staged'. 
(Who wants to look at someone's unmade beds and sink full of dishes?)

One item in particular that I take note of is the presence (or lack of) flowers and plants! 
As a florist, I make a point of having fresh flowers in my home, 
and I know the power they have on our moods. 
When I visit someone else's home, the lack of flowers or plants is noticeable, 
and I really feel as though something is missing.


Savvy real estate agents know that a successful open house 
is more than a few balloons on the corner of the street. 
Even something as simple as a tiny bouquet in the bathroom 
feels luxurious, and signals an attention to detail.

Fresh flowers on the kitchen counter and a few well-placed plants
are a powerful signal to prospective buyers. 
Whether the client is a flower lover or not isn't important...
the presence of living things in the home makes it feel fresh, cared-for, liveable and inviting.

How wonderful to be greeted by this beauty at the door!

Europeans know the importance of flowers in daily life. 
Picking up a bouquet of flowers is as commonplace as buying the daily loaf of bread. 
Why haven't we recognized the power of flowers here yet? 
The point of flowers is exactly their fleeting beauty-the opportunity to enjoy something while it exists. 
What joy that holds, whether it's a few stems you pick for yourself, 
or a statement-making arrangement you gift to someone special. 

Give it a try! Bring some fresh flowers home or work; 
notice how they lighten your mood, and bring life to your environment.
I promise you won't be disappointed!

Bloomers Floral Design
122 South Front St.
Wilmington, NC 28401