Fool ’em with Faux Plants

Let’s face it – we weren’t all born with a green thumb, but you can still bring the beauty of the outdoors into you home in a quick and easy fashion with artificial plants!

Fool 'em with Faux Plants

A couple rules of thumb:

1.  Choose artificial plants in colors that actually occur in nature for the most true-to-life look!

2.  Feel free to mix real elements of nature (branches, moss, etc…) into your artificial arrangement.

3.  Display your artificial plants in a natural setting.  If your plants were real, where would you place them so that they would thrive?  For example, live succulents require bright light, so place your fakes in a window! Placing them on a dark shelf is a dead giveaway that they aren’t real.

Don’t be afraid to fake it with faux plants!  Keep reading for some inspiration!

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How to Care for your Silk Flowers

Silk flowers can make a big impact on your home decor and can keep your home looking beautiful all year round!  Your silk flowers will stand the test of time if you use these tried and true tips on how to care for them!!

Caring for Silk Flowers

Placement:  Place your silk arrangement out of the direct sunlight.  Sunlight may fade the silk flowers over time, so placing your silks in partial shade is ideal.  Also, do not expose your silks to harsh weather conditions.  Most silks are not made to withstand outdoor conditions, so we recommend that you keep silk arrangements indoors.   Proper placement will keep your silk arrangement “fresh” and lead to a longer life!

Silk Arrangement on Mantle

Cleaning:  Silk arrangements may collect dust or cobwebs over time, so it may be necessary to clean your silks every once in awhile.  Be sure to lightly dust your silk arrangements as part of your dusting routine.  Dusting your arrangement with a feather duster regularly is a quick and easy way to keep your faux flowers looking their best, but sometimes your silks may need a deeper cleaning to remove dust buildup and other debris.

When dusting alone doesn’t get the job done, a more effective method to clean your silks is to use a can of compressed air (the kind that you use to clean a computer keyboard) or a blow dryer set on the cool setting. [Do not use hot air, as this may melt the glue holding your silks in place.]  The forced air effectively loosens up any stubborn dust that is on your silks! There are also specially made silk flower cleaning sprays available for purchase.

Cleaning Silks

Storage:  When not in use, wrap your arrangement in a plastic bag and store it in a box that will not get crushed by other items.  If you are storing a wreath, you can loosely hang your wreath in a closet or storage space with a sheet or plastic bag draped over it to keep the dust off.  Again, store it out of the line of direct sunlight in order to prevent fading.

Storing a Silk Wreath
This silk wreath for winter has been wrapped in cellophane and put away in a storage space for the off seasons!

Check out our previous post,  “5 Ways to Use Silks in your Home,”  for some inspiration on how to use silks in different ways in your home!

5 Ways to Use Silks in Your Home

March at Matlack Florist means one thing.  It’s time for our Annual Silk Sale!!  All through the month of March, everything silk in our shop is 20% off!!  In honor of our big sale, we’d like to share with you some ideas of what you can do with silks!  So read on for some floral inspiration!

Silks are a great way to introduce a floral presence into your home without having to worry about the care necessary for a living plant or cut flowers.  Today’s silk stems can look so real that it’s tough to tell the difference from a silk flower and the flower that it’s modeled after.  Transform your space by incorporating an eye-catching silk floral piece into your decor.

Here are 5 ways to use silk flowers in your home:

5 Ways to Use Silks In Your Home

1. Floral ArrangementsThe most classic use of silk flowers is to create a floral arrangement.  Silk arrangements can brighten up any living space, from your foyer to your living room to even your bathroom!  For the most true-to-life display, rotate your silk flowers with the season.  Your silks should reflect an arrangement that your florist could make using fresh flowers at any given point in time. For example, if it is spring time, then perhaps an arrangement of tulips or forsythia might be more appropriate than, say, a sunflower arrangement.

Many florists have pre-made silk arrangements for you to choose from or you can work with a designer to have a custom design created for your home.  Here are some things to consider when having a custom piece made:

1.  The Placement:  In which room will the arrangement be placed in your home?  How big is the space?  Will the arrangement be used as a centerpiece (viewed from all sides) or will only one side of the arrangement be viewable?

2.  The Container:  What kind of container should your silk arrangement be designed in?  Some florists may have beautiful vases available for sale, however you can also bring in your own container for the florist to use.  Don’t be afraid to get creative with your container!

3.  The Color Scheme:  Which colors should your piece include?  Bring along photos of your home decor, so that the designer can see the space that the arrangement should complement!

4.  The Style:  You’ll want your arrangement to fit into the style of your home?   Is your style Country?  Asian?  Contemporary?  Coastal?  French? Tropical? Western? Traditional?  Would you like the arrangement to be full or loose?

5.  The Size:  How big would you like your arrangement to be?  Again, consider the space that you are working with.  Is this going to be a focal point of a large foyer, or simply an extra touch in your powder room?  The space should dictate how large you can go!

Here are a couple of Matlack Florist custom designs:

Silk Arrangement 2

Silk Arrangement 3

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Birth Month Flower

Everybody knows about birthstones, but did you know that each month is represented by a specific flower as well?  It is said that the characteristics of each birth month flower may be inherited by anyone born in that month.  The tradition of giving flowers as gifts goes back as far as the Romans, and it was during the Victorian era in England that the language of flowers was introduced, giving meanings to flowers.  This enabled people to convey messages to those they loved through the gift of flowers. Read on to learn about your own Birth Month Flower!

January Birth Flower

February Birth Flower

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Caring for Your Valentine’s Day Roses!

How To Care For Roses

Did you receive a lovely bouquet of roses from your one and only this Valentine’s Day? Lucky you!! Those blooming beauties may not live forever, but with proper care, your cut roses could last up to a week or more! Follow the tried-and-true tips below to ensure that your beautiful blooms stay fresh for as long as possible! (If your roses arrived already arranged, you can skip steps 1-4).

FillYour VaseFirst things first, make sure to choose a clean vase for your flowers! It cannot be stressed enough how important good, clean water is for the longevity of your roses.  You’ll want to fill your vase two-thirds full with lukewarm water, and then add the floral preservatives that you should have received with your flowers. The floral preservatives will help to keep the water bacteria-free and provide essential nutrients for your roses to extend their life.

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Debunking the Poinsettia Myth

Good news for Poinsettia-lovers;   your favorite holiday plants are not toxic!

Poinsettia Tree 5

The Society of American Florists teamed up with researchers at Ohio State University to complete scientific studies on the toxicity of poinsettias on both people and pets.  The results indicated that there were absolutely no reasons to worry about the effects of these plants on the health of your children or pets!  The POISINDEX Information Service, the primary resource for most poison control centers, states that a child would have to ingest 500-600 poinsettia leaves to exceed the experimental dosage that revealed no toxicity on test animals.

However with that said, poinsettias, like most other ornamental plants, are not intended for consumption.

WHITE POINSETTIA

Enjoy your holiday poinsettias!!

Matlack Florist’s Holiday Breads

Matlack Florist's Holiday Breads

Our Holiday Open House is quickly approaching!  This Friday (12/5) and Saturday (12/6), join us as we fill the shop with the spirit of Christmas!  Enjoy the sights, sounds and scents of the season here at Matlack Florist, while you shop for great seasonal decor items for your home and gifts for loved ones!!

For more details on this year’s event, please visit our previous Save the Date post!

Every year, we serve our family-recipe homemade breads for customers to nosh on while they shop, and inevitably we receive many requests for the recipes!  So this year, we thought we’d beat you to the punch, and post them online for you to enjoy!

Cranberry Nut Bread

Strawberry Bread

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Holiday Greenery 101

The holiday season has arrived (T-minus 10 days ’til Christmas!), and that means that we’ve been working winter greens into all of our seasonal designs!  With so many different varieties, it’s tough to know the difference between fir, pine, and cedar! So, in case you were wondering, we created this breakdown of some of the different types of greens decorating our spaces around the holidays and through the winter season!

carolina-sapphire
Carolina Sapphire Cypress
 

cedar
Port Orford Cedar
 

magnolia
Magnolia
 

noble-fir
Noble Fir
 

variegated-holly
Variegated Holly
 

douglas-fir
Douglas Fir
 

dusty-miller
Dusty Miller

 

white-pine
White Pine
 

acacia-feather
Acacia Feather
 

boxwood
Boxwood American

 

When you gather a few of these greens together and add some beautiful flowers to the mix, the results can be stunning!  Greens can add texture, shape, proportion and extra color to give the most simple of designs a bit of dimension and movement.

Pictured below is our ‘Merlot’ arrangement. You can see how much of this arrangement is really made with different types of greens, helping to both fill out the arrangement perfectly and letting the flowers really shine!

MERLOT
‘Merlot’ by Matlack Florist. This arrangement features red roses, protea, leucadendron, dusty miller, seeded eucalyptus, carolina sapphire cypress, acacia feather, and magnolia.

Our Boxwood Evergreen Tree is primarily made with a mixture of carolina sapphire cypress, seeded eucalyptus, noble fir, and you guessed it, boxwood! Add some festive bows, baubles, faux fruit, and pinecones, and the results are…well, see for yourself!

BOXWOOD TREE
‘Boxwood Evergreen Tree’ by Matlack Florist.  Pro Tip:  If you leave it alone and do not add water to it, it will naturally dry out beautifully!

Now that you know a little bit more about these greens, you may be wondering how you should go about caring for the cut greens in your arrangements, garlands, swags, etc…  Well, again we are here to help!  Here are a few tips on how to ensure that your holiday greens last as long as possible!

To increase the life of your holiday greens:

1. Keep your greens away from heat, sun, and hot & cold drafts.

2. Add water to arrangements or mist greens daily to maintain your cuttings. Greens need a source of moisture, particularly in dry winter weather.

3. Store arrangements in a cool place when you are not home to enjoy them.

Happy Holidays from Matlack Florist!

Fall Harvest Bridal Shower

Fall Harvest Bridal Shower:  Create beautiful centerpiece for your next event using nature as your inspiration!  #MatlackFlorist

This Fall Harvest Bridal Shower was held for our very own favorite administrative assistant here at Matlack Florist, Stephanie!  After having worked with Stephanie for a year and a half at the shop, I was honored when she asked me to be a part of her bridal party, and so excited to plan a bridal shower with my fellow bridesmaids!

Here is Stephanie in her office hard at work:

Stephanie - Matlack Florist

Fall In Love Ladder:  This ladder was created using a decorative ladder from home festively adorned with pennants and faux fall leaves.  The pennants were created from card stock and stickers, and attached to the ladder using wash tape.  #MatlackFlorist

To celebrate this autumn-loving bride-to-be, we planned a shower to fit the season with a Fall Harvest theme.  We used a lot of our own personal items from home and added festive touches of fall to each item for the shower!

This miniature-sized ladder (right) was decorated using cardstock cut into pennant shapes (which were attached to the ladder using decorative washi tape), letter-shaped stickers to read “Fall in Love” and finished off with autumn leaves!

The bridal shower umbrella (below) was decorated with faux fall leaves as well to incorporate it into the theme!

Dress up a bridal umbrella to fit your theme!  We added faux fall leaves to this umbrella to give it a festive autumn feel.  #MatlackFlorist

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