Monday, August 11, 2014

Bouquets On Mondays: Green Roses & White Light


      There's something about bringing fresh blooms into the home that I find completely comforting. Having a bit of nature to keep me company while contained in four white walls and carpeting feels like an indulgence. At times it seems most of us are disconnected from nature on a continual and perpetual basis... but it really is true that you need to stop and smell the green roses every so often!   


For this arrangement, start with a bunch of your favorite shade of roses, I selected green.

Prepare the roses by plucking off any damaged outer petals and remove the leaves. Fill a vase of your choice with fresh water to keep the stems fresh and hydrated.

Cut the stems at the appropriate length for your vase and arrange them within the vessel. Be sure to cut stems at an angle because this helps the blooms get more H20 and promotes freshness.

I love adding a scented candle beside my bouquets for extra "oldfactory wowing." This candle is from Blithe & Bonny. I love it because it is handmade, has a unique scent (hyacith & heliotrope), and burns down evenly)

Adorable mushroom matches are also from previously mentioned Blithe & Bonny. I love how this useful item is also pretty enough to display. 

Voila! The finished product



      I picked up this affordable bunch of roses at Safeway for just $10. I have also found that their roses tend to look the best and last the longest (other lovely examples here and here). When the floral arrangement is on it's last leg, I love to dry the roses for additional future bouquets when fresh flowers aren't in the budget. 
      Hope this inspires you to create your own floral arrangement and perks you up this Monday!

Yours,
Nico

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Friday, July 11, 2014

Lodi Art Hop:


      
      With Friday upon us, I'd love to invite you to attend the Lodi Art Hop @ 125 South Hutchins Street from 6:30 to 8! I will be sharing my collection of coastal inspired jewelry featuring hand collected sea glass, abalone, and hawaiian shells all paired with semi precious stones and crystals! I will also have tons of succulents that I have grown myself displayed in terrariums for all those looking to expand their Summer gardens or to simply get started! Hope to see you there!













Yours,
Nico

Monday, March 24, 2014

DIG Design, Interiors, & Garden

This succulent display has me wanting a radio flyer real bad
these days. Hoping to stumble upon a vintage one sometime. 

     I loved showcasing some of my sea shell collection in this post but it was really the creature like air plants that stole the show. It's no secret that I love both nature and shopping and some of my favorite finds have been scored at DIG, here in Santa Cruz. DIG (Design, Interiors, Garden) is the home of thousands of plants & flowers all worthy of being showcased as permanent decor in your living space. I know I typically showcase a bouquet on Monday (previous arrangements found here and here) but I thought this week I would share a favorite spot for blooms and branches instead!


Build your own terrarium bar! Loved this table filled
with shells and stones, perfect for getting creative.

Those beautiful purple blooms are actually luxurious candles!
I'd love to float a couple in a clear bowl of water.

Seriously drooling over these little moss and succulent planters, so very rustic and charming.


The patio areas of DIG are filled with lovely displays and planters, I sort of wish I could bring a picnic basket and blanket to the backyard and sit down for meal.





Wishing I could transport this entire table into my home.


Yours,
Nico

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Monday, March 3, 2014

Bouquets On Mondays: Sea Creatures


      I cannot remember a time when I did not love the sea. I've always been fond of dragging bits of the ocean back home with me and that tradition has been endless. I found a trio of strange looking air plants and let them rest in empty shells for their new homes. Don't you think they look like little sea creatures? Perfect floral arrangements for anyone's inner mermaid or merman. 





Yours,
Nico

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Monday, February 17, 2014

Bouquets On Mondays: Lavender & Amethyst


      As a little girl I loved for everything to be purple. Purple stir up leggings, lavender velvet t shirts (tragic but accurate), and I even had a purple teddy bear! I suppose you could say that I never lost my interest in purple but I try to take on a more adult approach. For this simple floral arrangement I plucked some fresh lavender from my Dad's garden and placed the stems in this vintage George Washington vase. The herbal smell of fresh lavender is only enhanced by a scented candle of the same fragrance placed in a chunk of raw amethyst. I guess instead of a purple teddy bear I have an assortment of purple amethyst stones to enjoy these days!







Yours,
Nico

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