Moss Decor Inspiration


Planning a summer , but looking for a way to beat the heat? Then a Woodland Wedding might be just the right fit! There are few ceremony locations more beautiful than a lush wooded clearing with beams of sunlight poking through. Another benefit of choosing this theme during hotter seasons is that a lot of the main floral components used in the Woodland Wedding look tend to be ultra-hardy. One in particular–that we’ll be highlighting today–is Moss! Scroll on for a breakdown of the different varieties of moss, along with some inspiration photos for how they can be used…

 

Sheet Moss – Probably the most commonly used moss type, this variety comes out of the box in–as the name suggests–sheets. Available in Dried or Fresh types, both are very easy to work with!

Sheet Moss Inspiration - FiftyFlowers

{Sources: Boutonniere display box, Table runner, Book centerpiece cluster.}

 

Mood Moss – This type of moss comes in clump-like pieces which are thicker than Sheet Moss, which makes it perfect for adding some height and dimension to your Woodland decor. Also available in Dried or Fresh varieties!

Mood Moss Inspiration - FiftyFlowers

{Sources: Centerpiece with candles, Stump with Mood Moss, Ring display with succulents.}

 

Spanish Moss – Has long strands that can easily be draped over a wall or door to create a textured surface (like the escort card photo below) or gently pulled apart into smaller tendrils (like the hanging flower arrangement below). Its neutral, sage green color makes it the perfect addition to just about any color palette! Simply pull it out of the box and lightly “fluff it up” before working it into your decor.

Spanish Moss - FiftyFlowers

{Sources: Spanish Moss escort cards, Hanging arrangement with Roses, Aisle arrangement in wooden box.}

 

Reindeer Moss – Offered in three different colors–Natural, BasilSpring Green–and an Assorted Pack of all three shades. This specific variety comes in clusters and have a sponge-y texture. Reindeer Moss dries really well and can be used over and over!

Reindeer Moss - FiftyFlowers

{Sources: Wildflower seed sign, Centerpiece with Roses and Hydrangea, Tree stump cluster with candles.}

 

Peel N Stick Moss – This dried, adhesive variety is available in Mats or Rolls, depending on how many items you need to decorate! It also has graph-paper-like grid lines on the back to help you measure and cut straight lines–which is a good thing, because the adhesive is very strong!

Peel N Stick Mossy - FiftyFlowers

{Sources: Moss-covered monogram, LOVE sign, Initials above barn door.}

 

Mountain Moss – This dried type of moss differs from Sheet Moss in its color, the size and shape of its pieces, and the size of the moss fibers (which are larger than that of Sheet Moss).

Mountain Moss - FiftyFlowers

{Sources: Table number with candles, Candlestick centerpiece, Moss-wrapped gift.}

Stay tuned on the blog tomorrow for a little video we made, introducing and differentiating the various types of moss!

 

 

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Flower Spotlight: Hyacinth

We wanted to take a moment to highlight a flower that is not only beautiful in gardens but also beautiful in bridal arrangements! For incredible texture and color Hyacinth is the perfect Spring Flower. Although their stem length is not very long (on average around 10 inches long–bloom included), they can be easily incorporated into any tall arrangement with the help of a pick and floral wire! FiftyFlowers offers Grape Hyacinth (Muscari) and Standard varieties both just as beautiful, which you’ll see examples of below. But first, check out their bloom process!

Hyacinth Flower Spotlight - FiftyFlowers

FiftyFlowers – Hyacinth Blooming Time Lapse

You may know Grape Hyacinth as Muscari (or vice versa). These two names are often interchangeable among floral professionals. However, most know them as Grape Hyacinth which is very fitting name since the blooms resemble a grape-like appearance. These flowers are known for their stunning shades of blue! Add a couple stems into your arrangement for a touch of your “something blue.” As you can see in the photos below, they make the cutest boutonnieres! FiftyFlowers offers standard Hyacinths in an array of colors, including a beautiful farm mix pack. These fragrant flowers have multiple star-shaped blooms, delicately clustered toward the top of each stem.You can also remove some of the tiny blooms from the stalk and create a wire “stem” to use them on their own (which you can see in the row of boutonnieres below). Hyacinth would be gorgeous on its own or in a mixed arrangement, which you can see from these inspiration photos! 

Flower Spotlight: Hyacinth - FiftyFlowers

{Sources: Pink bouquet with Ranunculus and Sweet Peas, Centerpiece with Garden Roses and Tulips, Boutonnieres with single Hyacinth blooms, Boutonniere with sprig of Rosemary, Bouquet with orange Ranunculus and Tulips, Boutonniere with lavender tie, All-Hyacinth centerpiece in mercury glass vase, Flower crown with Sweet Peas,
Purple and green bouquet with Veronica.}

Looking for more Spring inspiration? Check out our Flower Stories section (you can sort by season at the top!) or head over to our Spring Weddings Pinterest board!

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Get to Know Your Flower Types

Before diving into the flowers you will need to make your bouquet consider this: what type of bouquet shape do you want? If you’re are not sure check out our Flower Bouquet Shapes and Styles blog post for inspiration. After you decide on the look and style, you can then focus on the types of flowers you will need to make your once in a lifetime flower accessory. To make any arrangement you will need a focal, filler, and line flowers with greenery that will blend naturally.

FOCAL – The focal flower typically is the most costly, largest and has one bloom per stem. When you look at an arrangement it is the flower(s) that draws your eye. Examples of focal flowers are:

FiftyFlowers - Flower Type Breakdown

{Products: David Austin Garden Rose Ausgameson, Burgundy Berry Dahlia, White Calla Lily, Peach Gerber Daisy, White with Dark Center Anemone}

 

FILLERS – Fillers are exactly what the name implies, they are a cluster or multi bloom type flowers, which fill in the gaps of an arrangement. Examples of filler flowers are:

FiftyFlowers - Flower Type Breakdown

{Products: Wax Flower, Baby’s Breath, Hypericum Berries, Spray Roses, Solidago}

 

GREENERY – Puts the finishing touch on your flower arrangement. Greens not only give the proper enhancement to your final arrangement as well as fill in gaps, but most importantly they can give the needed structural support to your arrangement. Examples of greenery are:

FiftyFlowers - Flower Type Breakdown

{Products: Tree Fern, Salal, Lily Grass, Seeded Eucalyptus, Leather Leaf}

 

LINE – is a tall flower with multiple blooms per stem. Line flowers define the shape of an arrangement and of course can add height. Examples of line flowers are:

FiftyFlowers - Flower Type Breakdown

{Products: Stock, Lark Spur, Bells of Ireland, Orchids, Snapdragons

 

This romantic cascading bouquet showcases all of the elements I listed above! Here’s what I’d suggest to recreate this look: White Designer Lisianthus Flowers, Veronica Flower Light Pink, Creamy Pink Astilbe Flower, Scabiosa Pods, Silver Dollar Eucalyptus, and Fresh Cut Rose Blushing Bride.

 

FiftyFlowers - Flower Type Breakdown

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Love this bouquet? Check out all of our Bouquet Breakdowns on the blog and our Pinterest board! If you’ve found an arrangement that you need broken down to try and recreate yourself, just leave a comment with a link to the image and we will do our best to offer some suggestions!

 

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Carol’s Simple, Elegant Wedding Flowers in Whites and Blues at the Barn at Bury Court

A very simple but stunning scheme in whites and blues at the beautiful barn at Bury Court, here are Carol’s flowers.

Carol’s bouquet, a simple,elegant overarm bouquet of white calla lilies with a little grass finished with a navy ribbon bow and trails. 
Bridesmaids’ posies of white calla lilies and blue delphiniums with a little grass in a simple, elegant upright design for something just a little different.
Stunning, tall centrepiece using blue delphiniums and white gladioli in a trumpet vase, perfect for the barn setting at Bury Court.
The barn at Bury Court with tall centrepieces of blue delphiniums and white gladioli in elegant trumpet vases. With flowers this beautiful there is no need for anything complicated.
Traditional long and low design for the top table using white roses and calla lilies with blue delphiniums, palm leaf and grasses.

And that just leaves me to say thank you so much Carol for asking me to design and create your wedding flowers for you, it was an absolute pleasure working on this very lovely scheme for you.

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Featured FiftyFlowers Review: A (Somewhat Winter) Wedding In Austin

A (Somewhat Winter) Wedding In Austin

Floral Design By: Sallie (sister of the bride and Maid of Honor)         Location: Austin, TX         Date: December 16th, 2016

Wholesale flowers ordered: Natural Blue Thistle (50 stems), Red Ranunculus (100 stems), Burgundy Berry Dahlias (75 stems), Tropical Protea (20 stems), White Peonies for December (50 stems), Privett Berries (5 bunches), Red Ilex Berry Branches (12 bunches of Medium Branches), Olive Branches (10 bunches), Mandarin Bliss Double Tulips (100 stems), and True Blue Eucalyptus (5 bunches).

What they created: 1 bridal bouquet, 12 bridesmaids’ bouquets, 12 boutonnieres, and 20 centerpieces!

Scroll on for some gorgeous shots of the event, courtesy of Forever Photography

 

FiftyFlowers Featured Review

 

From Sallie: “These flowers were gorgeous. We had never worked with FiftyFlowers before and are hooked. I (the sister of the bride) am getting married in June and we’ll be using them again. We had lots of friends and family pitch in to help arrange. We followed all the advice on when to order, but we think we could have ordered everything a day earlier because the flowers stayed gorgeous far longer than we expected! I definitely recommend highly FiftyFlowers over all other competitors. Happy flower shopping!”

 

Vendors Used

Photographer: Forever Photography

Event Planner: Meredith Reyes of Westscott Weddings

Dress: Theia

Food Trucks: East Side King, P. Terry’s Burger Stand, Slab BBQ, Mellizoz Tacos

Band: The Night Owls

 

To see Sallie’s flower ratings, comments about her flowers, and even more beautiful photos, click here!

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RICHMOND, VIRGINIA’S QUIRK HOTEL

Hello Lovelies….thanks so much for stopping by the cafe today!  I’m featuring one of my favorite places to visit in the lovely city of Richmond, VA…..Quirk HotelTed and Katie Ukrops opened the doors of Quirk
Hotel in the Fall of 2015, located on Broad Street in downtown Richmond’s
thriving arts district.  

Let me share a few fun facts about Quirk Hotel that will truly
make you want to be a guest while visiting our city or if you live in the city,
it’s the perfect place for an overnight stay for a special occasion. I love
that the guest rooms are pink and each floor has a unique portrait made from papier-mâché
that greets you as you get off the elevator!  

Quirk Hotel also has its own custom blend coffee and I must warn you
that the packaging is so pretty you almost don’t want to open it.  The items in the gift shop are handpicked by
Katie and Ted, from custom jewelry, perfume, note cards and I especially love
the Audrey Hepburn books.  The roof top
lounge and bar is great for hosting an intimate or event or meeting up
with friends and co-workers after work. 

Now let’s check out a few beautiful images captured so beautifully by Ali of Alisandra Photography!  Enjoy…xoxo

  

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{Guest Post} Make Your Own Potpourri at Home

Nothing feels better than coming home after a long day at work and be greeted with a lovely scent. If your scent also looks appealing and adds to your home’s décor, then you are in for a treat. One of the best ways of adding this beautiful touch to your home is with flowers. But while you might not be able to enjoy fresh flowers every day of the week, a potpourri can add just the right scent with a beautiful decorative element. What’s best – you don’t even need to buy the potpourri, but you can make your own potpourri at home!

Wait, What is Potpourri?

Potpourri Tutorial - FiftyFlowers

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If you’ve never encountered potpourri, let’s clear up what this fantastic thing is all about. Potpourri is essentially “a mixture of dried petals and spices placed in a bowl to perfume a room”. Potpourris come in all shapes and sizes! You can add potpourri on a large vase or fill small candleholders with your chosen mixture. Even the scent itself can be a combination of things. You have seasonal fragrances such as cinnamon and gloves available, or your potpourri could have a fresh, spring scent to it with mint and lemon as the main fragrances.

 

Why Should I Make My Own Potpourri?

Potpourri Tutorial - FiftyFlowers

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Potpourri has two obvious benefits: it adds a nice scent to your room and the dried leaf mixture looks like a decorative element when placed in pretty bowls and vases. There’s more to potpourri though. Since you are using natural dried ingredients, you aren’t adding harmful or irritating chemicals to your home. It can therefore be a much safer option to some home fragrances you buy from the stores. Not to mention creating your own potpourri can cost a fraction of home scents like candles and filters! You can find cheap ingredients from flower shops on the VoucherBin.co.uk platform and create a large mixture with just a few pounds.

 

4 Steps to Making Potpourri at Home

Potpourri Breakdown - FiftyFlowers

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Creating your own potpourri is incredibly straightforward. All it takes is to follow these simple four steps:

First, you need to select the fragrances you want to use. This means selecting your floral petals, such as roses, mints, rudbeckia and so on. You can also include essential oils to your potpourri, if you want more depth to your scent. Once you’ve picked the petals, you must dry them. The process is easy. Place your petals on a tray covered with paper towels. Place the tray somewhere warm and airy (avoid rooms that are too hot or moist). Turn the blossoms around every day and once they are dried, store in closed containers away from light. You know your petals are dry when they become bristle and feel like they are ready to crumble.

Second, you want to create a mixture with your essential oils. It’s a good idea to use two separate scents and to mix them together in a small jar. Keep the mixture in the jar overnight and test the next day to see whether you like the smell. A combination of geranium oil, lemon oil and patchouli oil works well.

Third step is about mixing your potpourri. In order to create a coherent and beautiful mixture, you’ll need a third ingredient, which is referred to as the fixative. The fixative could be orris or calamus root, for instance. Place the chosen fixative in a glass container, add your chosen oils and stir the mixture together. Once you are happy with the scent, add the dried petals, carefully stirring it all together. Seal the jar and let it set in a cool and dark place for several weeks. To ensure the mixture is properly mixed, shake the jar every few days.
The final step is all about using your potpourri. The mixture should be ready to be displayed in four to six weeks from mixing. You can place it in your chosen bowls or vases for display. If you want, potpourri makes a great gift as well!

A Simple Recipe to Start With

Potpourri Tutorial - FiftyFlowers

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If you don’t know how to get started with making your own potpourri, give a go at this easy recipe idea. All you need is:

 

6 cups of flowers – roses, mint, scented geranium and lilies

2 cups of scented geranium, lemon verbena and rose leaves

4 heaping tablespoons of chopped orris root

8 drops of rose geranium oil

8 drops of bergamot oil

5 drops of honeysuckle oil

 

Follow the above instructions when combining the above ingredients together.

 

Hopefully, the above tips will inspire you to give a go at this fantastic home décor idea. As mentioned above, potpourri also makes a fantastic gift for weddings and Christmas. You can find satchels to pour to potpourri in and give to your friends and family – they are sure to love it as much as you do!

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Bouquet Breakdown: A Perfectly Imperfect Peony Dream

Is there anything lovelier than a cloud of peonies? Well now, thanks to Sara Logan PhotographyStephanie Scholl Events and Serendipity Designs, you can create a gorgeous bouquet with this step-by-step how-to. With fluffy, sweet peonies and a variety of foraged greenery, this bouquet is perfect your big day or just because.

From Serendipity DesignsLush, fluffy, romantic, and oh-so captivating, it’s no wonder peonies are often referred to as the “Queen of Flowers.” Find these gorgeous blooms in local grocery stores, farmers markets, or maybe even your neighbor’s garden from late April until June, and sometimes, an unexpected appearance again in December! To start your bouquet, or vase arrangement, first gather your materials and tools:

Materials

  • Simple clippers or flower shears
  • A few yards of gorgeous ribbon (ours is from Bellame Ribbon Co.)
  • Chenille stems or pipe cleaners
  • Floral tape (you can find this, and the chenille stems or pipe cleaners at your local craft store)
  • 5-7 stems of peonies
  • Seasonal and easily attainable greens: foraged blueberry stems, baby peach branches, bay leaves, and gardenia leaves provide the perfect accent for a summer bouquet! Plan on a total of 8-10 stems.

Instructions

Step One

Clean all stems of leaves and foliage about 3/4 of the way up, cut at an angle, and place in fresh water.

Step Two

Begin with 1 gorgeous peony and then add some greens, alternating with a gardenia, blueberry, or bay leaf stem.

Step Three

Continue with your bouquet by adding another peony and again alternating with a stem of greens, turning the bouquet in your hand as you go. Add your stems at an angle to keep a lush and full shape. Keep your hand a bit loose, giving each stem and flower a bit of room to move. This will help in creating a more natural and perfectly imperfect bouquet. (Since the peach stems are a bit more weighty and large, we will save these for last as a focal accent.)

Step Four

Once the bouquet reaches a desirable size, step back and “fluff.” Pull a couple blooms out a little or tuck some blooms lower to create a bit of depth and interest. Now is the time to pop in a baby peach branch to create a lovely focal accent.

Step Five

Add a couple more greenery stems to create more of a wild or garden look.

Step Six

Once your bouquet or arrangement looks just delightful, tie off with a chenille stem or pipe cleaner, twisting gently around the stems. Don’t lose the all the movement and dancing of the flowers! Cut stems to all be the same length. Then wrap stems with floral tape to ensure everything is held together and no wires poke out.

Step Seven

Now either place your gorgeous arrangement in a vase for display, or for a bouquet, simply tie on some lovely ribbons. No wrapping is necessary; a simple bow will do!

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Photography: Sara Logan Photography | Styling & Design: Stephanie Scholl Events | Venue: Mim’s House | Floral Direction & Design: Serendipity Designs | Ribbon: Bellame Ribbon

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Floral Table Runner with the Wedding Chicks

We recently provided flowers for a DIY table runner that the Wedding Chicks were putting together for their first ever Facebook Live video, and wanted to share the beautiful results! They were going for an ombre color scheme with bold pink, orange, and red fading to an ivory/white hue, so to achieve this we sent them a pack of Assorted Ranunculus (they received red, yellow, apricot, and orange), Creamy White Dahlia-Style Cremons, and our Whimsical Garden Rose Sample Pack (with Powder Pink, Sherbet Orange, Miso Pretty, and Berry Lace). Check out the results below, and scroll on for their step-by-step instructions!

 

Floral Table Runner w/ Wedding Chicks - FiftyFlowers

 

From Wedding Chicks:

SUPPLIES

  • Plenty of flowers with their stems cut off
  • Large sheets of poster board
  • Hot glue

Step 1: carefully cut each flower bud off it’s stem and arrange the flowers on the poster board.

Step 2: Once arranged, hot glue each flower to the poster board.

This project took two of us about an hour to complete. We recommend being very careful while hot gluing the flowers as burns can and did happen. If you love this DIY project then be sure to check out even more fun do it yourself ideas for your big day by clicking here!

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https://www.fiftyflowers.com/blog/floral-table-runner-with-the--chicks/