Romantic Wedding in Pinks and Whites

Introducing Amanda and Mike, who were married on a beautiful spring day this past May! The romantic ceremony and reception were held at Mendenhall Inn in Delaware, and Amy Tucker Photography perfectly captured the beauty and excitement of the day.

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The bridal bouquet was crafted in pale shades of pinks and whites, to include full white peonies, soft pink ranunculus, pale pink roses, dusty miller, viburnum and light touches of babies breath.

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Chic Pink and Gray Wedding

Let us introduce you to newlyweds Devon and Anthony, who came to us for the floral work for their May wedding. If you were to ask a crowd what their favorite flowers are, you would be likely to hear peonies, hydrangea, roses, and calla lilies as your most popular answers.  Well, this wedding includes them all, in beautiful shades of pink and white.

Reiner Photography perfectly captured the beauty of this celebration, which was held at Penn Oaks Golf Club.  The ceremony took place at Notre Dame de Lourdes.

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Marsala: 2015 Pantone Color of the Year

Every year, Pantone Institute, the ultimate expert on color trends, scans the pop culture universe to determine the next up-and-coming color!  This year, the winner is Marsala, a rich earthy wine-toned hue of red.

If the past is any indicator of the future, then you’ll soon be seeing this color everywhere you go, from runways to movie screens, from beauty products to interior decor.  And lest not we forget about floral designs!  We’ve gathered some floral inspiration for you to gaze your eyes on all in this year’s favorite color:  Marsala!  Enjoy!

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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!!

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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:

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