Flashback Friday : Made by Mahir

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TGIF!!! Thought we would start the weekend off right with some shots…. of the Mahir team’s past work! These first few photos are good examples of how arrangements can be amplified by mirrors. It’s a great way to display flowers when you want a look that’s edgy and modern, but not boring and sterile. Varying heights and textures make the reflections that much more interesting and multi-dimensional.

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The pictures of the pink orchids below are from an event we did with the Kuwait Mission.

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Nautical Nuances

You might not necessarily think of florals when it comes to decorating a beach party or nautical themed gathering, but as you can see from the pictures below, flowers can be used to mimic the ocean’s natural elements like seaweed and starfish, or wind and sand. There are so many options and creative ways to accessorize table settings with votive candles, shells and colored netting.

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And if you’re having a summer wedding, an ocean theme might be perfect for you. Flowers are easily incorporated into seaside centerpieces and add a soft, romantic flair without distracting from the oceanic elements. Try nautical accessories, table settings, rope napkin rings, coral & seaweed shaped flowers, and lilies that embody starfish.
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Seashell bouqBouquets and boutonnieres made with flowers and sea shells are eye-catching and unique.

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mason jar terrariums These also make great wedding favors for guests and chic home accessories.

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Craftbug has a handful of creative DIYs for candles and garlands.

Temptation Tuesdays : Floral Flavors

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In honor (or anguish) of the scorching heat wave we’ve been experiencing these last couple days, this Tuesday is all about sweet floral inspirations. Weather you’re hosting a BBQ or traveling to the beach, these sweet treats are sure to brighten your day and leave you with a better taste of nature.

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Edible flowers can have a longer shelf-life than you may think. By painting the petals with an egg-white wash or another one of these simple recipes, they can be refrigerated for two weeks or frozen up to six weeks. Most chefs recommended using a soft brush and choosing flowers with larger petals, like pansies. After painting, dust the petals with super-fine granulated sugar and dry it. Store preserved flowers in an airtight container in a cool, dark place. Avoid dark-colored petals as they turn even darker with this treatment.

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For cocktails and desserts, use sweeter blooms like violet, rose, or lemon verbena petals. Spicier petals like garlic, rosemary, nasturtium or chive flowers are better for savory dishes.

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Whenever you use edible flowers, it’s important to make sure that they are in fact edible, meaning that they aren’t poisonous or grown with pesticides. The flowers of most culinary herbs are safe, but you have to be careful when purchasing them from random garden centers or nurseries because many of them aren’t grown for consumption.

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Hydrangea Cupcakes

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Monday : Monochromatic Mélange

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Monochromatic flower arrangements sound more intimidating than they actually are. Generally they’re done in various shades of the same color, with a mix of different flower shapes and sizes. Depending on the vase you use and the area you choose to display them, monochromatic combos can feel modern or eclectic, formal or casual.

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Dark Reds and Purples

 

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Temptation Tuesdays : Deluxe Decor

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Adding traditional arrangements to a contemporary room creates a nice juxtaposition that prevents the mood from feeling too sterile or staged.

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Placing fluffy, soft colored flowers on top of a more pronounced tray table looks inherently more glamorous than say, a plant with crisp lines and dark coloring.

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You can really enhance a two-tone room with an interesting vase and bold flower. Something this ephemeral is easy for color commitment-phobes to bounce between different combinations.

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You can think of accessorizing with Flowers as you would with jewelry. Both should naturally enhance different aspects of the appearance without overwhelming or clashing with it.

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Metallic Monday : Let it shine

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Tarnished silver looks shabby chic especially when paired with different shades of pink and white. Add a touch of glamour to your daily routine by setting a small one on your desk or nightstand. Metal is great for reflecting sun and candlelight, which creates a sublime ambiance for whatever gathering you may be hosting.  Sun kissed metal looks magical outside.
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By incorporating silver linens and mixed glasses at various heights, the table is interesting to look at but still inviting to sit down at. A feeling of grandeur can be emulated by combining fake crystals and stringing them from random vases or chandeliers.

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And as for Gold, it’s more versatile than you may think. It adds warmth and glamour to cool backdrops and a snazzy flair to home dining.

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If you’re still worried that metallic might be too formal for your home or party table, try using a more casual shape like a silver mason jar or flower pot. A matte finish furthers the relaxed feel.

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Picking the perfect centerpiece

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Choosing centerpieces can be a daunting task, especially if you haven’t done it before. If you’re like many of us who reluctantly select the flowers, colors and height of the arrangement, the last thing you’ll want to do is math. Thankfully there are plenty of online guides with general measurements to walk you through the process.

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The general rule-of-thumb for round tables is to allow 15″ to 20″ of table space per person. This space is measured going from the edge of the table inward. For rectangular tables, allow between 2 to 2 1/2″ feet per person. For a better explanation you can consult this Table Guide.

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Betwixt Studio | www.betwixtstudio.com Lifestyle photographer Maurice Wright specializes in modern weddings, urban and outdoor engagement sessions, and contemporary portraits.

Thursday’s Theme : Baby Showers

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A baby shower flower theme is perfect because babies and flowers are so much alike — pure, beautiful and sweet!! These showers are cute and inexpensive too, since you can set the party indoors or outdoors. All you need is a sunny day and a beautiful garden to decorate the party for you, as well as a few special touches…

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If the outdoors isn’t an option on your special day, there are plenty of ways you can transform a dining room or venue into a whimsical secret garden. By incorporating fresh cut centerpieces, pastel table linens and baby inspired place settings, you can make any room feel magical.

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Create fun, individual arrangements for guests to take home at the end of the party by combining flowers, reusable glasses and cute playful accessories. The milkshakes below can be recreated with carnations, peonies, mums or cabbage roses, along with straws, colorful red and pink string, and matching bows.

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Don’t be overwhelmed by all of the pink – there are lots of options for little boys too!

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Wedding Wednesdays : Rustic Charm

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If glitz and glamour aren’t your thing, and you would prefer a simple, more rustic wedding, you can look to nature for inspiration.  Create a comfortable and cozy ambiance with warm lighting, fresh cut flowers and outdoor seating in either a barn or backyard setting. Rustic weddings are also green and budget friendly!

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Rustic, or country weddings, do not demand the opulence of traditional weddings held at landmarks, hotels or other lavish venues. The idea is to incorporate nature and all of it’s splendor into your special day. The fundamental beauty of this style wedding is the simple touches that speak volumes with their personality.

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Using wood or other natural materials, you can paint signs that outline the day’s activities or evening’s menu.  Wooden plaques or Succulent name tags can be used instead of tented escort cards on long tables draped in clean, white tablecloths. Additional accents like burlap table runners and wildflowers add a burst of texture and vibrant color.

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Rustic weddings are perfect for their imperfect touches and lack of predictability. They’re able to combine seemingly unrelated items in a elegant way, creating a feast for the senses. Rustic decorations can be made of twine, wheat, cotton, dried flowers, hay bales, pine cones, fruits, vegetables and vintage items, like bird cages and mason jars.

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