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Colour Your Life – Wonderfully White

White is a colour with special significance, and I truly believe that it will forever be popular. At present, ‘Hamptons’ styling has firmly positioned white flowers and accessories in the spotlight, but even when that dies down, sophisticated white will remain in some other capacity.

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Hamptons Styling. Source: The girls of Lincoln Park

White is incredibly versatile in styling, it brings light and sophistication, simplicity and elegance. It suits most decors and makes a safe choice when sending flowers as a gifts when you are unsure of someone’s taste.

It is a colour I would also recommend sending when using an unknown florist in an unfamiliar area, particularly if you are unsure of the work style. Basically you can’t get white and green wrong , can you? There is no danger of mixing the wrong shades together, so it keeps things simpler.

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White is a colour associated with cleanliness, such as in hospitals and with doctors. It is also associated with heavenly creatures such as angels.

Most significantly, white is utilised in wedding celebrations. This is because pure white is symbolic of innocence, purity, and virginity. It is considered to be the colour symbolic of perfection. A white wedding dress, or white wedding flowers used to be commonplace, it was even expected, but these days, the colours used within weddings does vary.

There are many flowers available in white,  BUT there are also some special flowers that are ONLY available in white such as Lily of the Valley.

Other beauties available in white include; Queen Anne’s Lace, agapanthus, magnolia blooms, Tuberose, Snowdrops, Astilbe, Buddleja, Frangipani, Pieris, Tulips, Lilies, Calla lilies, Stock, Snapdragons, Roses, Lisianthus, Freesias, Hydrangea, Peonies, Dahlias, Chrysanthemums, Carnations, Delphiniums, Gladioli,  Protea, Fruit blossoms, Gardenia, Baby’s breath, Anthurium, Daisies, Orchids (Dendrobium, Phaleonopsis, Cymbidium, etc)

Often, when you choose your wedding gown, it is tempting to try to match your flowers to that shade…..but the reality is there are probably hundreds of shades between ‘Bridal white’ and ‘Cream’. Nature, well…it just isn’t like that. But more than that, by attempting to match something that is reproduced via formula with something that is influenced by weather, soil conditions and mineral content, rain etc… you are asking for trouble.

Varieties of David Austin roses for example, that are ordered as white, might throw just a hint of soft pink at some times, influenced by low temperatures at the beginning of the season. That same variety may appear pure white when the temperatures warm up.

By the same token, some of the whites flowers available can appear to look yellow against a pure white dress fabric. That is simply because white in nature is not a pure white when compared to something that is bleached or created artificially.

I think we can all agree there are some stunning cut flowers to choose from in white, the hard bit is deciding where to start…

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Dahlia. Source: Eat Drink Garden
Magnolia bloom
Magnolia. Source: Style Files
White Protea
White Protea. Source: Protea Flora
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Queen Anne’s Lace. Source: Shabby Cottage Studio
Tuberose
Tuberose. Source: Country Living
Lilac
Lovely Lilac. Source: My Folia
Gardenia
Gardenia. Source: Monrovia

Fwf x

 

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Colour in Your Life – Royal Purple

Some colours command attention, and purple is a colour that certainly does that. Originally, purple was an incredibly costly colour to produce which contributed to it’s exclusivity. The reason for this was that the mucous from 9000 Mediterranean sea snails was required to make just a small quantity of natural Tyrian Purple dye.

Queen Elizabeth I, implemented and enforced Sumptuary Laws; laws which regulated the colours, fabrics and clothes that society was either able or unable to wear based on their class. During her reign, the colour we now know as ‘Royal Purple’ was reserved for the royal family. Queen Elizabeth I forbad anyone outside close members of the royal family to wear it.

Then, some 150 years ago, purple began weaving it’s way into society’s lower classes when an 18 year old chemist accidently created a synthetic purple dye whilst attempting to make Quinine, an anti-malaria drug. Whoops! Whilst he was not successful in making Quinine, he became incredibly well known and successful after his fortunate discovery. When he noticed that what he had concocted in his home lab could be used to dye fabrics, he quickly patented the dye and produced it under the name aniline purple.

Purple is a colour that looks great with various shades of itself. Monocramatic colour schemes work well as they play with differing shades of one colour.

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An analogous colour scheme uses a collection of colours that sit side by side on the colour wheel. These tend to work well together and look harmonious.

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For whatever reason, purple seems to be a colour people like to use with highly contrasting colours like orange, or bright yellow. While they certainly make an impact, these bright colour schemes do not suit everyone.

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One of my favourite colour schemes using purple is when it is combined with shades of green. It works particularly well when you also use mauve along with the royal purple.

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The colour purple combines the energetic strength of red and the stability of blue. It symbolises nobility, dignity, royalty, prestige, luxury and ambition. It conveys both wealth and extravagance. It is also associated with creativity, mystery and magic. It is a colour that resonates with creative souls and humanitarians, it promotes mental balance and harmony of the mind, encourages sensitivity and compassion. But beware, too much purple is believed to exacerbate depression in those vulnerable to it. It is a colour that should be used in the home sparingly.

If you feel like Purple is the colour for you, you certainly have some  beautiful options. Just remember that the season will affect what is available to you for your event.

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Sweet Pea. Source: Eden Brothers
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Lovely Lilac blooms 😍 Source: pinimg
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Bearded Iris. Source: Comanche Acres Iris
Purple Liatris
Purple Liatris. Source: Gardenerdy
Purple tulips
Deep purple tulips. Source: Jbirdny
Purple Lilac blooms
Purple Vanda Orchids
Purple Lisianthus
Purple Lisianthus. Source: Danisa Flowers
Various purple hyacinths
Various purple toned hyacinths. Source: Garden Design
Pretty purple carnations
Gorgeous purple carnations. Source: Pro Flowers
Butterfly buddleja
Butterfly Buddleja. Source: Not Cutts
Purple and mauve roses
Purple and mauve roses. Source: Gold Florist
Summery hydrangea
Summery hydrangea. Sourced via Pinterest
Deep purple delphinium
Delphinium. Source: Walters Garden

Another gorgeous colour to kick off your inspiration. Enjoy!

Fwf x

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Colour In Your Life – Burgundy

For whatever reason, individuals seem to be drawn to certain colours. Maybe it is entrenched from a young age; perhaps you were told that a particular colour really suited your complexion, you liked the way that felt, and before you know it, you favour that colour in almost every aspect of your life.

Or perhaps you like the way a colour makes you feel. Green, for example, I find very soothing and calming…and who doesn’t need that kind of influence in today’s world?! Being surrounded with natural greenery or accessorising with green through my home, helps create a feeling of Zen.

The benefit of favouring a colour, is as you become more comfortable with it, you build confidence in playing around with it, trying different combinations, and experimenting with different ‘looks’.

A colour can dictate a theme within a home, or create a scheme for a wedding, or party. It is not necessary to match your flowers to the other elements, instead, you use the flowers to tie the other elements together. Perhaps you like a particular colour flower….well, you can use that as your inspiration and build your colour scheme around it.

This week, we take a look at BURGUNDY. Burgundy gets its name from the colour of Burgundy Wine, and often the terms Burgundy, the French term “Bordeaux” and Wine are interchangeable to describe the colour tone.

Burgundy is a shade lighter than maroon, and became the most popular hue for lipstick back in the 1990’s. It is a rich deep red to brown colour with a purple tint. It is a rich and sophisticated colour associated with a love of the luxurious. It is thoughtful and controlled, serious, rested, yet warm and comfortable.

Burgundy looks great with:

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Deep violet, burgundy, gold, antique blush and soft grey tones; the perfect balance of rich and soft colour tones. This mix has a touch of vibrancy with the addition of the gold.

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Rich burgundy teamed with sage green, navy blue and blush pink is a grounded combination that features earthy tones together with the soft femininity of blush pink. Depending on how much of the blush tones you decide to use, this mix could be fairly deep, dark….even moody, making it quite a dramatic choice.

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The combination of mauve, soft pink and soft grey would be very soft and pastel. In fact, if not played against something rich, it could end up looking rather insipid. But, put together with the deep sophistication of burgundy, the mix is rich and romantic.

Check out the gorgeous burgundy flowers that you can choose from if you decide to use it as your inspirational feature colour.

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Amaranthus, aka Love lies bleeding. The colour and texture make this such an interesting choice. Source; Swallowtail Garden Seeds
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Peonies are always a popular choice, but the stunning burgundy is something extra special. Source; Ali Express

 

Burgunday dahlias
Dahlias are always an explosion of colour, and the burgundy version is no exception. Source; Ali Express
Deep burgunday gladioli will make a statement in a vase
Burgundy gladioli. Source; Stargazer Perennials Catalogue
Ranunculus are available in many colours including burgunday/wine
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Snapdragons are available in a wide variety of colours including this rich red burgundy tone
Burgunday Snapdragons.
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Stunning burgundy anenomes. Source; Zulily
Burgundy calla lilies are often referred to as black in colour
Burgundy Calla lilies are sometimes referred to as Black in colour.

Like everything in nature, colours will vary, and what may be considered burgundy in one flower variety could vary wildly to another burgundy flower. Colour schemes are not as straight forward as picking from Pantone colour charts, it is impossible to match things in nature like that. Instead choose a scheme and understand that matching colours is not imperative to make a scheme work, but rather working with tonal variations.

Fwf x

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2018’s Ultra Cool Colour of The Year

As we begin another year, fresh and filled with promise, for us creatives we also get a glimpse into what the year ahead may look like.  This year Pantone has announced a blue based purple dubbed “Ultra Violet” as the years unique colour. It is a colour that will feature heavily throughout 2018 in all facets of design; clothing, furniture, decorator items, homewares and of course will influence what clients choose to decorate their homes, and lives with.

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This in turn will influence the bridal industry and will determine the colour palettes we will work with when creating a theme for bridal parties who are dressed in this year’s colour of the year.

Inventive and imaginative, Ultra Violet lights the way to what is yet to come.

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Purple has been a colour for individuality and non conformity for some time. It symbolises experimentation, imagination and enables an individual to truly accept what makes them unique. Ultra Violet has also been a colour associated with the mystic and the mindful. It is often used for lighting in meditation to energise and inspire connection. Ultra Violet is also associated with being intuitive and spiritual. It is exploratory: outwardly as well as inwardly.

Over the years, designers have eagerly awaited the announcement of Pantone’s colour of the year. More recently though, the interest has appeared to spill over to the general public. It is true that we all do take more interest in colour, design and aesthetics nowadays, and perhaps it is as simple as that, however, Laurie Pressman, Vice President of the Pantone Colour Institute believes that is has come to mean far more than that.

“The Pantone Color of the Year has come to mean so much more than ‘what’s trending’ in the world of design; it’s truly a reflection of what’s needed in our world today.” He says.

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For florists purple is a lovely colour to work with. It is a colour that lends itself beautifully to a variety of themes. Create a soft cottage garden affair with a combination of ultra violet, silver, soft pink and whisper whites. It is equally as stunning with deep fushcia and lime green with more of a tropical feel. Or, using a selection of blooms in varying purple tones, create a gorgeous monochromatic design. And when demure is not your vibe, pairing Ultra Violet with her true opposite orange, will create a display that will demand attention. It is clashy, contrasting and unapologetic.

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It isn’t just brides who will want a bit of Ultra Violet in their lives this year: Florists cater to a variety of customers. A vase full of fresh flowers in Ultra Violet by the bed, in the bathroom or in an entranceway can add just the right amount of Pantone’s chosen colour to be ‘on trend’ without having to rush out and change your complete decor. It doesn’t have to be complicated, it doesn’t even have to be mixed. A vase of fresh flower ‘en masse’ as they say, looks fabulously stylish, and anyone can do it!

Check out some of the gorgeous flowers that are available in Ultra Violet: hyacinth, stock, tulips, kale, sweet peas, anenomes, orchids, iris, asters, carnations, roses, and much much more.

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So whether purple is your colour or not, we hope to see your faces back in store throughout the year,

Fwf x

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It’s Never Too Late To CREATE!

“Creativity is intelligence having fun”Albert Einstein

Some people are street smart, others are book smart, and some other people are smart in a way that many are envious of…they are creative. Creative people have a unique way of looking at the world, and at looking at problems….coming up with solutions that others could not contemplate.

A 91 year old Czech woman has spent the last 30 odd years beautifying a small village, turning it into her own art gallery by hand painting flowers over the facade of the houses. It looks like Louka, a small town of only about 70 people in the Czech Republic, is set to become the next village famous simply for being charming and beautiful. Anežka (Agnes) Kašpárková, paints the window and door frames of the houses throughout spring and summer, slowly covering her hometown in her ultramarine designs. After working for years in agriculture, cultivating plants to support her family,  Agnes turned to painting about 30 years ago having being mentored by Manakova, a local women. When she passed away Agnes decided to continue her work. She uses bright blue paints which contrast the white walls of the Moravian homes. Creating intricate designs free hand, without drafting, her inspiration is from the traditional Southern Czech (Moravian) artworks. The chapel enjoys an annual touch up each May, when the artist spends 10 days decorating the freshly whitewashed chapel walls.

Why does she do it? “I am an Artist. I just enjoy it and I want to help.” Agnes says. “I’m just doing what I like,” she adds, humbly. “I try to help decorate the world a bit.”

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Image by Obec Louka via Bored Panda
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Image by Obec Louka via Bored Panda. Agnes seen here painstakingly painting the floral motifs
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Image by Obec Louka via Bored Panda. “I am an Artist. I just enjoy it and I want to help.”

It is not the first time something like this has been done….do you remember the little Polish village that is also adorned with flowers?

Zalipie, in Poland was just an isolated small town; bleak and somewhat forgotten. The smoke blackened huts of the village provided the local housewives with the appropriate inspiration. Initially, the women began painting the houses to disguise the black and sooty scars left by the smoke filtering out from the stoves. The women would hide the spots of soot within the intricate flower designs; a unique floral motif designed for each house, therein transforming the village into a kaleidoscope of colour and creativity. Gradually the designs began to make their way onto the outside of the houses, allowing the world to see the colour and intricacies. The quaint village has now become one of southern Poland’s best kept treasures, bringing visitors to the once quiet town.

As modern cooking methods improved, the need for these designs was lost however the town has kept them and continued to adorn any structure they can with the colourful designs; houses, bridges, chicken coop….there are no limits.

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Zalipie, Poland- a quaint village adorned with unique floral motifs designed and executed by the town’s housewives
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Image; Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland
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Intricate designs. Just look at the detail in each of the flowers and leaves. Image ; Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland

Beautifying the world around you brings a sense of calm and contentment. But more than that, Agnes reminds us that it is never too late to do something that you love, and be guided by the creativity within.

Not everyone has the option of painting a whole village, but a vaseful of fresh cut flowers or a lush indoor plant can beautify your little world. Check out what we have online via the links, or come in store to say ‘Hi’.

Fwf x

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Wedding Inspirations; Pina Colada

When people think weddings- it is easy to assume that it needs to be white all the way. Tradition says it is so, so it must be, right? But these days really anything goes. A wedding is a celebration that brings together two peoples styles (well, in theory anyway) so essentially no two weddings need be alike.

For those who enjoy, nay love a bit of colour, a wedding can feel quite restrictive if you let your head get filled with other people’s ideas of what your day should look like. So this week, I am sharing with you a colour scheme I refer to as ‘Pina Colada’- a mixture of pink, orange and gold tones. Certainly it is not for everyone, but for those brave enough to saturate their day in vibrant colour, well, this combo may just win you over 😉

I guess something that you may take into consideration when choosing a colour palette that is a bright and vivacious as this one, is that it can dictate the vibe of your soiree also. Indian weddings are notoriously brightly coloured, and they do it so brilliantly. Using brighter colour tones can bring joy and exuberance, and less formality. Give this some consideration when you are in the planning stages.

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Colours; I like to think of this colour palette as a gorgeous sunset which means that it can cover just about anything from soft apricots, lemons and powder pinks, to mid pink, burnt orange, coral, salmon, mango, gold and hot pinks- take your pick!

If you choose to go for the more pastel colouring, the result will be far softer and can suit more vintage theming. Brighter exotic flowers will suit a coastal/beach themed celebration.

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Image; Luna and Chloe Weddings via look o on flickr

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Flowers; Depending on whether you prefer the bright vibrant hues or the paler tones you will obviously have different options of flowers to use within this theme. Of course seasonality will ultimately dictate what is available at the time of year you get married.

Poppies would be an awesome choice within this colour theme as well as peonies, roses, billy buttons, ranunculus, freesias, David Austin roses, pink or red hypericum,  dahlias, freesias, orchids, jasmine, cumquot branches, calla lilies.

Accessories; This vibrant, vivacious theme lends itself to fun and funky accessories and decorations; thongs, petal confetti, lollies as favours, coloured beverages, windmills etc. Or what about water-coloured invitations, place cards and table numbers, floral table runners and gold plated cutlery? Delicious!

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Image; Knots Villa

 

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Red, Pink, and Orange #candy #favors
Image; Via Pinterest

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Now if this page has had you dreaming of the coming summer, keen to walk barefoot on the beach, and (gasp!) perhaps even have a dip…. then I have done my job.   Perhaps it has inspired you to get some fresh cut flowers and brighten up your home with winter behind us TOMORROW! Spring flowers are blooming and we have a magical selection available in-store and for local Sydney delivery, so come in and say Hello!

Fwf x

 

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Welcome to 2017’s Colour of the Year

As the year draws to a close, those from the design world eagerly await the announcement from Pantone on the colour deemed to be ‘Colour of the Year’.

PANTONE’s Color of the Year is defined as;
‘a symbolic color selection; a color snapshot of what we see taking place in our global culture that serves as an expression of a mood and an attitude.’

Last year was the first year that had seen them announcing dual colours to share the title, a soft pale pink quartz tone, and a soft powdery blue tone. This year though, they have once again reverted to naming just a single colour, and for me, they have certainly picked a winner!

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Image; Due Home

Greenery, Pantone colour 15-0343, is what they describe as a ‘refreshing and revitalizing shade’ and a colour they say is symbolic of new beginnings. So as we put the final touches on 2016 and start preparing for a bright New Year ahead, what could be more perfect?

As a florist, I think greenery is generally undervalued by the public. So often consumers resent paying ‘extra’ to add leaves, reeds and foliage to their arrangements, not understanding how nature’s neutral both lifts and invigorates colour schemes.
Greenery represents the lushness of gorgeous foliage, that burst into life with new growth in Spring. Pantone tells us that Greenery will allow consumers “to take a deep breath, oxygenate and reinvigorate”.

Greenery is a fabulously versatile colour that will be easily enjoyed throughout all the seasons. For us enjoying Summer in Australia, Greenery will feature throughout outdoor-ware; from beach umbrellas and towel to bbqs and deck chairs. Just as easily Greenery will lift a dreary winter wardrobe in the Northern Hemisphere by introducing pops of vibrant colour. It will work well with anything from navy, to chocolate, crimson through to burnt oranges, and will look stunning with simple black.

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Image; Fine Art America

 

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Pantone attributes a shift in the way we are living and planning to live in the immediate future to their choice this year. They have noted our changes in preferences in architecture and building design featuring green walls and green spaces on a global scale. They believe that the deeper we become entrenched in the modern world, the stronger our desire to surround ourselves with elements of the natural world will be. And that certainly rings true for me. The landscape of our world becomes less and less appealing with every new building that goes up in the place of one solitary house.Our natural environment dwindles and we find we are surrounded by less lush green, and more flat grey.

For a florist like me, I truly hope that this year we see a surge in people appreciating the textures and different colours available in many leaves and foliage. A vase filled with leaves can fill a space with a neutral colour palette. What’s more is  greenery is long lasting most of the time! Green is also an awesome colour to incorporate into your wedding or party themes. Used alone for a simple, neutral look, or in combination with your favourite colours. Who would have thought an entirely green bouquet could be so beautiful or interesting? Check out some of the beautiful ideas we have found below;

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Image; Aisle Perfect
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Image; Plan Your Perfect Wedding
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Image via Ruffled Blog. Picture by Feather and Stone

That’s the final blog for 2016, a HUGE thank you to all our loyal customers for another fantastic year here at Florist with Flowers- you guys help make our dreams come true each and everyday! See you next year!

Stay safe

Fwf x

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Creating a Christmas theme- Precious Metals

There’s a part of me that cannot believe that we are now counting down to Christmas, but I feel like I almost sped the entire year in denial these days. It was a hard kick in the butt the other day when I saw a sign up declaring there were just 41 sleeps til Christmas day, and meanwhile, I hadn’t begun my Christmas shopping.

When you have a house-full, there really are so many things to organise, and getting to the shops is hard enough, let alone shopping with a clear head and no distractions. Certainly decorating the house for Christmas is one thing that I count as pretty important especially having three young kids. It is a special time of year, and I find that as each year passes we are creating our own little family traditions, and amongst all the chaos, there are lots of moments of pure joy and fun.

Creating your theme each year can be a exciting project to sink your teeth into, and you need only be limited by the amount of time you have, your creativity, and (if your household is anything like mine) your husband’s idea of what an appropriate budget might be! Hubby tends to think the idea of starting fresh each year is ludicrus, which is fair enough, and in some ways it forces me to think more creatively in order to reuse, and up-cycle some items I already have.

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Image Master the Masses via Pinterest

For anyone who has been reading this blog for some time you may remember that last year I did an inspiration piece called “Seas and Greetings”, creating a beach themed Christmas using soft emerald greens, blues, silvers and whites. So in the spirit of reusing and recycling, this year we can utilise all the silver elements again, integrating them easily into a Metallic theme. Coppers, golds and silvers are definitely versatile additions to any Christmas box, so hubby can calm down knowing that I will be able to use many of these pieces again at some stage over the coming years. Phew.

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Image: Boxwood Clippings

Starting with a fairly plain or neutral base is key to being able to reuse elements. For instance, I would pick a green tree for starters- that is of course if you favour an artifical tree. By using a green tree you can easily change the look dramatically each year simply by changing the baubles you use.

Copper tones have been popular over the last year, and you are able to personalise the look by adding other colours. Think soft pink….this will make make it look like you have chosen to decorate in precious metals; white gold, yellow gold and rose gold.

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Image: Inspired By This

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To tie in your fresh flower arrangements you have a variety of options. Add sprayed pine cones, berries or holly leaves to your table arrangements to easily add touches of your metallic gold, silver or copper tones to fresh flowers and green foliage. Alternatively you can use materials that naturally come in these sorts of tones like; dusty miller, eucalyptus leaves, copper backed magnolia leaves or you can even use clusters of wired matching baubles within an arrangement in neutral tones.

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With a little over a month to go, we are certainly on the countdown til Christmas! Keep you eye out for our new Christmas range, but for the moment you can start gathering ideas for home or gifts here.

Fwf x

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Wedding Inspirations: Featuring Pantone’s Twin Tones of 2016

When you look back on photos, some things clearly give away the time and place of the picture, whether it be the fashion, the hairstyles, or even the decor and setting. Things that were at the height of fashion at the time, can seem so dated when looking back, and we find ourselves cringing at the choices we made for ourselves, or that our parents made for us as children (Hey, there has to be someone to blame right?)

Weddings are no different. The dress, the decor, the engagement ring even, can give away the time frame that the event took place, and just as fashions come, fashions go, and no matter what choices you make, there is a good chance that at some point in your lifetime, your tastes will change.

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No matter what, your pictures will take a snapshot of this time and place in your life, and at 80 years old, sitting up in the easy chair looking through your wedding album with your beloved, I can hardly imagine that you will be regretting what colour scheme you chose, or how you did your hair.

For a clear snapshot of the year that was, why not incorporate the colour of the year in your wedding palette. For 2016, Pantone chose two subtle tones, Serenity, a soft blue, and Rose Quartz, a pastel pink tone. And, as an added bonus, by choosing this colour scheme for your wedding, any traditionalists will find it easy to include ‘something blue’ with no trouble at all.

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Image: Fab Mood

Pastel tones work well for wedding palettes as they add soft bursts of colour without providing too much contrast against a light ivory/white/cream dress. The benefit of Pantone’s choice this year means that you can also incorporate the colour in key items such as the groom/groomsmen suits/ties.

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Image: Lover.Ly

 

Get the look for your bouquets by using a blend of flowers in the two Pantone tones. You can certainly add white/ivory/cream to tone the colours down, or include a third tone to make the blend a more harmonious pastel blend.

Soft pink choices could include: hydrangea, roses, hyacinth, sweet peas, dahlias, blushing bride, astibille, veronica, ranunculas, peonies, freesias, geraldton wax, jasmine, singapore orchids, celosia, cherry blossom, peppercorn,

Dusty Blue flowers could include: Sea Holly (Equinox/thistle), hydrangea, grape hyacinth, hyacinth, veronica, celosia, delphinium, forget me nots,

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There are amazing seasonal flowers that are available throughout the year. What is available to you, obviously depends on when you are getting married. I think that it is important to stress that the particular tones in this colour palette are soft and muted. This really means that any dyed varieties of flowers are out. The blue and pink tones achieved with systemic or dip dyes are far too intense to work within this theme. (Phew!)

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Bouquets Top L-R Bouquet handheld, Blue Bouquet, Bottom L-R Wild gathered Bouquet, hand held ribboned bouquet

The softness of the blue and pastel pink tones  lend themselves to a decidedly old world feel, reminiscent of Royal Albert vintage tea sets. They are particularly soft and romantic, and work well in gathered garden style posies, as well as cascading bouquets.

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Invites (L-R): Watercolours, Floral, Lace

I’m sure you will agree that the twin tones that Pantone named the colours of the year 2016 provide a beautiful, soft and subtle base for a wedding palette. The watercolour tones can easily be integrated throughout the wedding in small details like invitations, jewelery, and ties, or as major components such as bridesmaids gowns, flowers, and the men’s suits.

Regardless of the colour palette you choose, remember that in the scheme of things, a wedding day is insignificant within a marriage, a marriage is so much more.

Fwf x

Header Featured Image: http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/wedding-color-trends-2016-pantones-rose-quartz-serenity-226737

 

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Deciduous trees

Autumnal temperatures are a bit fabulous aren’t they? Despite the rain this week, more than not, customers have been reveling in the moderate temperatures, thankful for the relief from the extended humidity.

Autumn is a beautiful time of year. Generally speaking there is less rainfall, temperatures are moderate, but it is not without sharp spikes in temperature in either direction….trust me, I got married on a 38 degree day late in March  a few years ago. And as if that wasn’t enough, the trees begin to turn golden, amber, rust and chocolate tones.

Plants may be deciduous, semi deciduous or evergreen. Deciduous trees, plants and shrubs, lose their leaves at maturity, “falling away after its purpose is finished”, which generally coincides with Autumn. The term deciduous when speaking about plants, refers to varieties that lose all of their leaves for part of the year. This is called abscission. The process is a means to conserve water and to better survive the winter conditions.

An evergreen plant loses its leaves on a different kind of schedule to deciduous plants, therefore giving it the appearance of being always green.

Semi deciduous plants lose old foliage when new growth starts.

Abscission is a highly complex series of physiological changes within the deciduous plant. Primarily, plants decrease the supply of chlorophyll to the leaves, in turn decreasing the green tone in the leaves, and instead allowing other colours to be more apparent. Chlorophyll production is at its highest in the summer months, when photosynthesis is taking place throughout the longer days.

Carotenoids pigments result in yellow, orange and brown tones that are present in the leaves.

Anthocyanin pigments result in red and purple tones, however these are not always present in the leaves. Anthocyanins are a result of sugars becoming trapped in the leaf structure late in the summer months, after the process of abscission has begun.

Here in Australia, the two best know deciduous trees are:

 

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Australian Red Cedar – Toona Ciliata

Once favoured as Australia’s premier hardwood, the Australian Red cedar is now not commonly found. It is an extremely large tree, growing to heights up to 35 metres, so requires adequate space.

It is a traditional deciduous tree in that it sheds all its leaves and then produces a rich red new growth in spring.

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White Cedar – Melia azedarach var.australasica

This cedar plant can grow up to 20 metres in height, and is a fast growing plant, favoured by many home gardeners. The tree  produces a yellow fruit which is poisonous to humans,  but much to the delight of hungry birds, remains on the tree long after the last leaf has fallen.

Both of these trees occur in subtropical rainforests of Queensland and New South Wales. In Tasmania the deciduous beech (Nothofagus gunnii) can be found.

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Other deciduous trees include:

Tanglefoot Beech – Nothofagus gunnii

This plant favours colder climates, so you will see them happily flourishing in Tasmania. It is very much a traditional example of a deciduous tree in that all the leaves turn golden, amber, and red tones before shedding completely at the beginning of winter.

Some trees are semi deciduous in Australia such as:

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Silky Oak – Grevillea robusta 

Semi deciduous plant, losing it’s leaves before presenting it’s showy blooms.

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Illawarra flame tree (Brachychiton acerifolius)

This is not seen as a true deciduous tree as whilst it does lose all its leaves, the striking red bell flower remains. It creates a stunning contrast against the bare stems.

In the coming weeks you will start to notice more leaves on the trees turning a decidedly golden tone and from there, amber, rich rusty tones, ruby and aubergine. Be inspired by what surrounds you, and ask Florist with Flowers to create you fresh flower bouquets in Autumnal tones, full of texture and earthly delights like berries, seed pods and interesting foliage.

We hope we see some of you over this Easter weekend to create special bunches for your homes, or to organise a fresh flower delivery for someone throughout Sydney.

Wishing you a Happy Easter, here’s hopping the Easter Bunny is god to you

Fwf x

 

 

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