Category Archives: Design & Decor

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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Violet 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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Natural Jewelry

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The creativity of designers today never ceases to amaze me.

We have the benefit of being exposed to so many inspiring concepts that continually raise the bar of modern floral design.  Here are some samples of beautiful floral rings and bracelets that we hope you will find inspiring as well!

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