Adding fresh flowers to your home

Bringing home fresh flowers to your home can make wonders of a difference to your living space. Fresh cut flowers add both beautiful color and fragrance to a room.
Bringing life to your space, fresh flowers are wonderful to look at and admire. The unfortunate thing is while the days progress they can begin to wilt and dry becoming an eye-soar. Well let me give you some tips on what I have learned over time. The hard way!

You could help with the longevity of your beautiful fresh cut flowers by ensuring they are maintained in the proper conditions. Your flowers should be keep in a cool, dry and fairly dark place. It can be tempting to put flowers on the window sill but doing so causes your flowers to mature much quicker. This will cause flowers to dry out and wilt faster.

Another important factor is water. Fresh water that is. We as humans like to drink fresh water throughout the day, right? You typically will not drink water that has been left over night or has been in a glass for a few days. Flowers being living things are the same. They like a fresh cup/vase of water too. Replenishing the water frequently will ensure the stems will not dry out. Changing the water also helps prevent bacteria build up in the stems.

This leads me to trimmimg the stems about 1/2 inch from the bottom. This should be done when your new flowers arrive to your home ( their new home). When transporting your flowers the ends begin to dry out immediately causing cells to die. This can make it difficult for your flowers to absorb water when being placed in their new vessel. When trimming the flower stems make sure you have a sharp pair of shears, trim stems on a diagonal and remove the access leaves before placing in the vase. This will allow for your new flowers to drink the water more efficiently.

I must say once you bring a fresh bouquet home you will be in love with how they make your home look and feel. Once you master how to maintain your fresh cut flowers…oh my you will bring them home often. Trust me!

Here’s how I incorporated a fresh cut flower arrangement in my home. My amazing husband had these delivered to me. He’s the best! I put them right on our coffee table.

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Now here are some interior design ideas with flower arrangements done beautifully.

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I came across these fashion editorials and thought what a beautiful way to add flowers to your home. Along with your fresh bouquet…why not frame one of these and place near by your vase. Absolutely gorgeous!
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Out of the Blue

Lately, I have been obsessed with the color blue. Royal blue velvets, sapphire blue silks, peacock suede and all the variations in between. I guess you can say, I have a love affair with this calming and also energizing hue. Blue is such a classic color and can be used in so many ways. For instance, you can add a navy blue wall color to a room to create drama… or use an antiqued french blue accent piece for a soft and sophisticated addition.

Take a look at a few spaces I have fallen head over heels for and tell me what you think.

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Elegant Edge

Elegant rooms showcase fine design featuring style and grace. They are neither flashy nor stuffy. Rather cleverly designed functional spaces. The best way to create an elegant space of your own is to minimize the use of current trends in your home. Instead focus on achieving an elegant edge utilizing stylish pieces that are classic and will be around for many years to come.  There are a few things to keep in mind to help you along the way.

1. Introduce classic lines and soft curves. 

2. Add comfortable fabrics and textures. 

3. Keep in mind the natural flow of light (do not block with furniture placement).

4. Maintain symmetrical balance and proportions

Ultimately maintain a youthful, fresh approach to a traditional design aesthetic. This is the perfect recipe for a perfectly designed space. Take a look at a few inspirational pictures to get you on your way. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Living with Plants

I have been on a plant kick lately. It started with a peace lily in my living room, to adding several additional plants all over my apartment. Soon I will have an indoor garden, I am sure of it. Why so many you may ask? Plants bring the element and beauty of nature into my home. Indoor houseplants are like green sculptures bringing a sense of serenity to the home. Plants can soften architectural elements and add texture to an interior.

Adding indoor plants allows for you to purify the air in your home naturally. Cleaning out toxins you would typically find throughout your home. Here are some great examples of how you too can infuse life into your space using plants.

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African Flare

Lately, as I have been browsing the internet I have been fascinated with interiors with a touch of African influence. In my search I have come across a few great ways to incorporate African details to a space without looking overdone and keeping a space modern. I have even picked up a few new pieces to add to my own home, which I absolutely love. Check out some inspiration I have found that helped me along the way.

 

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Comfortable Elegance

When it comes to designing your home, you of course want to make it as comfortable as possible while keeping it stylish. Sometimes I come across homes that either have beautiful things in them that are never used or touched (kind of like a museum). I remember my grandma had one room in her house that was very fancy and off limits.

Your space should not lack all the beautiful things your heart desires because you are worried about how things may hold up. Now that was easier said then done because I am definitely working on that. I sometimes have a moment when a coaster is not used under a glass…lol.

If you are in the process of designing a comfortable and stylish space in your
home keep in mind a few things; color palette, furniture choices, fabric and textures, and lastly functionality.

1. Choose a color palette that is warm and inviting. There is nothing more unsettling then sitting in a room with a jarring color on the walls. No one will be in there very long.

2. Use furniture that is functional to the room you are placing it in. For example, if you are designing a sitting room you would place a sofa, along with side chairs for additional sitting. Creating a space plan that will accommodate a conversation between you and your quests.

3. When collecting fabrics for the room you also want to keep in mind what the room will be utilized for. High traffic rooms you may want to use fabrics deeper in tone, along with being durable.

4. All – in – all functionality is key. Keep in mind what your room will be used for and how to make it most effective for your family’s needs.

 

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Design Trend

Hello Lovelies! Have you noticed Neon Signs are popping up everywhere in design lately? You can find them in many different design styles; traditional, modern, contemporary just to name a few…and I must say they look great. I even have been considering adding a neon sign to my own wall.

I love the idea of creating art with words and putting them up on a wall. Neon signs are a great way to display words that mean a lot to you… or a mantra that you see on your way out to start your day. Take a look at some of the inspiration I found and tell me what you think of this trend. Is it something you could add to your own home?

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