Thursday, January 31, 2013
Tuesday, January 29, 2013
Sunday, January 27, 2013
We've come out with a line of artificial floating flowers that look just like the real floating flowers found in many gardens. These are great for any application where you want something that gives your decor a pop of elegance. Many event companies are using them for high end parties to use them in fountains and pools. When back lit or under lit, such as in a pool they will give any event a classy look. They've become more and more popular with our wedding clients as they love to use them in their reception decor or when having an outdoor wedding in a garden setting. Use them in your own garden setting to give it a visual beauty only floating flowers can give, then just watch the stress of the day melt away as only a garden can accomplish.
Friday, January 25, 2013
Spring is creeping up on us and weddings are in the air, beautiful spring colors, fresh air and warmer days are what make spring the most popular time of year for weddings. With the birds chirping and gentle spring breezes blowing many will have their wedding in beautiful blooming floral gardens, while others will bring those gardens inside just in case Mother Nature doesn’t want to cooperate on their special day. Bringing floral gardens inside can be tricky when dealing with live flowers not to mention expensive. A bouquet of flowers can cost in excess of $100 or more depending on the style, size and types of flowers used. When you take in to count how many flowers you’ll need to bring your floral garden inside, it can use up most of your budget for your entire wedding.
This is why many brides to be are choosing silk wedding flowers instead of the real counterpart. With today’s technology silk flowers are more realistic looking than ever before. It gives them an indoor floral garden for a fraction of the cost without sacrificing beauty and a big chunk of their budget. Our design department has developed a line of silk wedding flowers that match many styles and colors that are most popular with wedding parties. Browse our selection of wedding bouquets, décor and artificial trees for your wedding reception décor by clicking here.
Wednesday, January 23, 2013
Tuesday, January 22, 2013
If you've ever created your own silk flower arrangement or wanted to change silk flowers in and out of your favorite vase, you know that you can't use acrylic water products. Acrylic water will permanently harden into your vase and when you want to switch flowers, it's impossible to save the vase. We've known about this problem and have looked for a product that can not only give you the look of fresh water but also is re-useable. Craft water is a gel like substance that you can easily mix and pour into your favorite vase then just insert your silk flowers. When you get tired of the flowers or the season changes you can take your flowers out and add new ones. Not every ones decor stays the same so you may want to change the color and style of your arrangements. Craft Water makes it easy to save your vase yet hold your silk flowers in place.
Sunday, January 20, 2013
Using greenery such as cypress, cedar and shaped boxwoods are a great way to finish off the Tuscan design look. Using urns to plant them in is a great idea however make sure, if they will be placed outdoors, that they have drain holes to keep water from settling in the bottom of the planter. Cone shaped are the most popular for Tuscan design however feel free to use spiral shaped artificial topiaries as they are a staple in Tuscan design.
Flowers such as brightly colored gardenias, bougainvilleas, sunflowers and morning glory are all great choices when trying to get a Tuscan style in your home or garden. Wooden planter boxes with some hanging outdoor artificial flowers are great to accent windows and over doorways. If you have a balcony, try adding some pot holders and set clay pots around the balcony with some for the mentioned flower bushes in different colors to brighten up your outdoor space.
Friday, January 18, 2013
One of our newest additions is our 10 foot LED lighted artificial palm trees. If you’re looking to make a statement and wow your guests then you’ve just found the right tool for the job. They come in two color patterns, white or brown and green. White is perfect for wedding receptions, winter events, night clubs or even for your home if you have the room. The brown and green tradition palm tree colors are great for summer events or if you just want to add a special pop to an entrance.
If you’re an event company these are great to use as a rental or add to your party décor. Since these are not the least expensive thing we carry, they are the most unique. Traditional lighted artificial palm trees are typically a normal silk palm tree with some lights strung up and down the trunk and palm fronds. They look nice and give off a nice ambiance but they rarely make a statement. If you want to find out how to make a statement at your next event, click on the links below to view the trees.
Thank you for reading our blog, however these trees have been discontinued.
Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Many of us have been to a high end hotel or at least have seen pictures of them with their beautiful rooms and lobbies filled with what seems to be high end décor. The truth is that many of these hotels are employing professional designers to create the look of elegance. What you don’t know is that these items are offered by us in the smaller home scale versions allowing you to replicate what the high end hotels are creating to wow their guests.
First take some time to browse the internet for some creative ideas that the hotels are using. Start with one product at a time such as an artificial flower arrangement and then search our site for something similar and sized for your space. Next move on to the greenery and accents they use to soften edges yet give a nice clean, elegant look. Our elegant arrangements page is a great place to start looking for flower and plant arrangements that are used in the high end hotels and resorts we sell to. If you’re up to it you can try starting from scratch and purchase all the items separately to make your own elegant arrangement that fits your style. All you have to do is look at some of the hotels and office building lobbies to get your inspiration. Have fun and send us your pictures when you’re done and we may feature your design in our blog.
Monday, January 14, 2013
If you’re making an outdoor artificial cactus garden then you’ll want to stick with the cactus and succulents that are made of a plastic or poly blend material. Traditional silk or fabric flowers and plants will fade in the harsh UV rays causing them to turn an unnatural color. Typically the saguaro’s, barrels and different styles of echeveria tend to be made of a plastic material rendering them for better use in outdoor applications. Try using a sandy type of dirt to plant them in and maybe try topping off with some pea gravel for more realism. Using a taller cactus along with two or three smaller ones right next to it will give your garden an authentic look. You can also use some other southwestern décor to place in and around the garden for a fun and distinctive look.
For indoor artificial cactus gardens you can use any type of cactus or succulent you desire. Place them in terra cotta or some type clay style planters for an authentic southwestern look. Once again you can use sandy style dirt and add some pea gravel or small rocks to the top to give it a realistic look. By placing a watering tray underneath the planter it gives it a realistic look. The same rules used outdoors can be used indoors, placing a taller cactus or succulent with two or three smaller ones right next to it makes the arrangement look natural. Yucca grass, sanseveria and sedum succulents work great to give some height.
Taking some time to think about how you want your artificial cactus garden to look will help you greatly when you’re ready to start your project. Remember nothing you do is ever wrong as long as it looks good to you. There are many styles of cactus gardens and doing a bit of pre planning before you start will render the best results.
Saturday, January 12, 2013
Wreaths date back to ancient Greece and the Pythian games which is now called the Olympic Games. Laurel wreaths were given to the winner of a competition as a symbol of their victory. Golden wreaths were only adorned by royalty. In ancient Celtic times in Europe they used to decorate their homes with boughs of holly wreaths to celebrate the winter solstice and the returning of the sun. This is what we now know today as Christmas wreaths that we hang on our doors. Christmas wreaths are by far the most widely used décor during the holiday season but know many people are using wreaths to decorate their homes all year long.
Traditional wreaths were made from real holly, pine or flowers but when they die you have to throw them out. Our newest line of artificial wreaths will last you for many years and will create beauty that not only looks authentic but is easy to maintain. Wreaths can be used for doors, walls, wedding décor or to decorate your cubicle at work where you have limited desk space. They come in different shapes and sizes along with styles of contemporary, traditional or floral style artificial wreaths. Spring and summer is a great time to hang sunflower wreaths, floral wreaths or green plant wreaths. Use orange, burgundy and browns to hang in the fall and winter. Of course don’t forget about Christmas wreaths for your decorating needs in December. Whatever you choose, you won’t go wrong with artificial wreaths because if you ever get tired of it just take it down and replace with another seasonal one, it can’t get any easier than that.
Thursday, January 10, 2013
Many have tried placing the traditional indoor style silk plants around their yard only to find out that they start to fade and turn an ugly blue green color that doesn’t look natural. Since the traditional silk plant is made of silk screened polyester, it will fade after a few months just as if you were to leave your favorite colored shirt outside in the sun for a couple months. This can be expensive along with being ugly if you don’t constantly replace them on a regular basis. There are only a few options for artificial outdoor plants and some are very expensive but below is an inexpensive way to combat this problem.
We are now carrying a full line of professional grade to mid grade outdoor artificial plants including palms, bushes, flowers, topiaries and now hedges. If the description says it’s UV inherent or protected then you can take it right out of the box and place it in your yard for enjoyment. If they don’t, then the plant is made of a durable poly blend plastic that will stand up to the elements but will have to be sprayed with a clear coat UV protecting spray that you can purchase for about $11 at your local paint or hardware store. Krylon makes a great product for this and it’s as easy as spray painting the plant with the clear coat and letting it dry. It will keep the plants that are not UV protected keep their color and integrity for years. This little secret can help you get much more usage out of your outdoor artificial plants and in the long term save you hundreds and in some cases thousands of dollars.
Office building owners, hotels and property management companies are getting in on this growing trend as the cost to run these facilities are growing higher and higher each year. It makes sense as the maintenance on these plants are basically hosing them off from time to time and the indoor ones are just as easy when you use an artificial plant cleaner to spray on about once a month. It not only beautifies the properties but is also eliminates the need for plant care expenses such as watering and pruning services in turn saving companies thousands of dollars a year. Apartment owners with balconies love these new hedges because it gives them a way to provide privacy in areas where it would be almost impossible to keep real hedges alive.
We all know that plants and greenery add softness and a touch of elegance to any home, office or special event and now with the highly requested hedges, we have done it again and solved a problem that has plagued many for years. We will keep looking for new and exciting products in the future and in the mean time you can visit our newest line of outdoor artificial plants by clicking here.