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Learn + Grow: Fall Floral Styling

Florals, Cocktails & your girlfriends - who wouldn't like this combo?! With a new season in full gear, we had the pleasure of kicking off our Fall-inspired workshops with our Floral Styling + Mixology workshop a fews ago! We loved how simple these arrangements were to make, yet make such a statement in a room. Read on for a step-by-step guide on making your own arrangement!

Fall Styling Design Tips

Color | It can be overwhelming where you begin planning an arrangement, using color as your first filter is a great way to narrow your selection. If you’re shopping for an event, make sure you have a color scheme first so you can shop accordingly. It’s best to design with one to two focal colors in mind to give you a direction to move towards. So, how do you choose parings?

You can opt for analogous colors, which means the colors located close to each other on the color wheel, such as purples and blues or red and pinks. Alternatively, you can pick opposing colors, such as burgundy and yellow blooms.                                          

Find Your Focus | Hone in on either one or several prominent blossoms to anchor your design and give a dramatic presence. Any bloom can be your focal point, but seasonal varieties never disappoint since they are their peak. Ranunculus, dahlias, peonies, protea and roses are great choices. 

Texture + Size | Contrast is an essential to creating your arrangement. Think of playing with different shapes, such as the spiky look of a dahlia with a soft anemone. Seek beauty in the juxtaposition of the rough and smooth!

Design With Foliage | Many often forget that arrangements are not just flowers, but also foliage. Add vines, leafy greens, berries, vines, and even fern cutting to  design around your focal florals. Foliage creates which adds character, texture and shape without distracting from your floral focal points. In many cases, you can even make foliage the focal point of your pieces.

Source Locally | Lucky for us LA natives, the Los Angeles Flower Mart located in DTLA is an amazing place with no shortage of a variety of florals and foliage. If you haven’t been, take a walk around the entire mart to get a sense of which vendors provide certain types of flowers. Chat with vendors to make connections and become familiar with what is in season! Bringing cash is highly recommended. 

Essential Techniques + Tips

Vessels | You can use just about any container for florals, which can be very fun! However, not every container is waterproof nor are they designed to hold water. In this case, make sure to find a smaller waterproof container or plastic liner to slip inside the vessel

Don’t Rush It Don't rush while putting your arrangement together, this is the fun part! If you;re not achieving the look you want, just start again. Take your time and let natures bloom guide you.

Arrange by Size Work from large at small. Anchor your large pieces first and then work around them. Focal flowers should be placed so you can see from every angle. 

Stripping | Most make the mistake of taking florals straight to vessels without any maintenance. You do need to strip your flowers however! Stripping is the process of removing any leaves on the stems of your florals that will be submerged in your water. You can leave some leaves at the base of your floral to add volume, as you can remove all. If you skip this step, your florals will not last as long, since the leaves will make your water moldy fairly quickly. 

Water | The key ingredient for good floral maintenance is water! Make sure your florals are supplied with plenty o water, and that starts right at the mart and stretches through prep and ten the final product. 

Fine-Tune Blossoms While natural beauty is more appealing than anything, not every bloom is perfect. This is where pruning comes in. If there are buds that distract from the overall arrangement, don’t be afraid to remove them. Eliminate petals that are broken or borrowing and trim any leaves competing for water. 

Keep ‘em  cool | Always place finished arrangements in a cool space. Check the water frequently — you would be surprised how much flowers can drink! 

Essential Tools

Buckets | To hold your florals while you work and keep them hydrated

Pruning Shears and scissors | To strip florals, trip leaves and petals and cut thicker stems 

Floral Wire & Floral Tape To help secure any florals. You can use wire to help wrap and arrange smaller stems as well as create structured pieces, like boutonnieres. Floral tape is self sealing tape and can be used to wrap stems or create bouquets.

Clear Floral Tape | If you’re using the grid technique, this tape is great since it is transparent and sticks to a variety of vessels.

Oasis Floral Foam | If you’re creating arrangements for an event, this floral foam is your friend! Just dunk in water and it will absorb. Stick fresh florals in and the foram will keep them hydrated and in place throughout any event. It also comes in a variety of size allowing you to create floral wreaths, hearts, and 3D shapes. 

Our Fall workshops + events are just getting started! Check out our Pairing + Styling Wine & Cheese workshops here and save your spot!

Welcome Fall: Rolling Greens Harvest Event

Alright Los Angeles, maybe you didn't get the memo since it's currently 80 degrees and sunny, but Autumn is HERE and that means one thing: PUMPKINS. Also, sweaters and candles and cozy indoor plants and Fall decor; but most importantly, pumpkins. We love this time of year and always look forward to when this beautiful inventory arrives! To celebrate the arrival of this glorious season, we're throwing a Harvest bash with all your Fall essentials and we can't wait to see you there.

We're so excited to host our Harvest Event at our LA location in just a few weeks! Put on your favorite sweater, grab your girls and join us on Saturday, October 15th from 10:00am - 6:00pm to shop our pumpkin patch, browse our brand new Fall displays and check out a on of amazing curated vendors that we've partnered with to bring you the ultimate Autumn experience. 

Yeah, we're already drooling just looking at this list. From ice cream to jams to stunning henna tattoos, we'll have a bit of everything. Get ready for a beautifully curated pop-up experience, and in the meantime, check out our wonderful vendors:

Simply Brigadeiro - bite sized gourmet chocolate desserts.
Shivani Mirpuri - Henna artist + henna pumpkins

Zlicious Confections - salted caramel corn and savory popcorn

Sweet & Divine by Emmaline - gourmet boutique bakery

M Greenwood Jams - gourmet jams
Semolina Pasta - artisanal, handmade pasta
T.A.R. Works - handmade wooden goods
Sweet Rose Creamery (1pm-5pm) - handmade ice cream

In addition to the pumpkin patch and pop-up shops, we'll also be hosting our signature Pumpkin Succulent Arrangement workshops at 11:00am and 2:00pm. These arrangements are a fun twist on the traditional pumpkin and are the perfect addition to your Fall Decor! 50% of the proceeds from these workshops will be donated to Children's Hospital Los Angeles. Sign up online to reserve your spot - we can't wait for these!

As you can see, we're heading into Fall full force, even if the LA weather hasn't gotten it together yet. Celebrate the season with us on October 15th! 

Our first ever pumpkin patch
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This year, for the first time ever, our Los Angeles store will be selling live pumpkins! Beautiful white and peach fairytale pumpkins, small odd shaped gourds as well as long stemmed orange pumpkins have filled our store over the last week and we couldn't be more excited. pumpkins_2pumpkins

There are so many eclectic varieties outside of the traditional orange jack-o-lantern. One of our favorites is the fairytale pumpkin, it's true name is the Musque De Provence which comes from the varieties original origin of France. Or the mini "Jack-be-little" pumpkins that can last for months if they are kept out of the sun. Another trendy pumpkin is the Australian jarrahdale pumpkin, noticeable by their slate-green coloring and drum shape.

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Nothing screams fall more than a good pumpkin and with halloween only 3 weeks away it's time to start picking yours. We love them for decorating a porch or mantel and of course for all the fun do-it-yourself projects.  If you need help in the DIY department we have just the thing for you, our fun succulent pumpkin workshop! The event will be led by Laurie March from HGTV and the DIYNetwork alongside one of our talented arrangement bar baristas on Saturday October 24th at 3p.m. So mark your calendar and don't forget to sign up on our website before all the seats are taken.

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For those of you who can handle a small craft on your own we suggest taking a pledge to join in the teal pumpkin project. The halloween project was created  last year by FARE (Food Allergy Research & Education) to bring awareness to the 1 in 13 children who suffer from food allergies. Halloween is known for tricks and treats, but unfortunately for children with food allergies halloween traditions can be anything but fun when candy can trigger an allergic reaction. By placing a teal pumpkin in front of your home you are informing the small goblins in the neighborhood that your home has more to offer than candy. FARE suggest non-food items such as stickers, glow sticks and bubbles to promote safety, inclusion, and respect for those managing food allergies.

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Don't forget to pick up your pumpkins at our pumpkin patch!

Designing a Harvest Table
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The harvest season has always been a source of great inspiration for us. With fall products going out in stores over the next couple of weeks we are eagerly awaiting the season and hopefully a climate change! To kick off the season we are sharing a few fall tabletop ideas with you.IMG_6636IMG_6635 IMG_6632-1IMG_6633Our newly remodeled pantry area and stunning new products such as our aged turkish cutting boards, glassware and graphic serving bowls adorned the event perfectly! With gourmet appetizers from our friends at The Cheese Store of Beverly Hills, cocktails and a homemade cake we had all the right ingredients for a dinner party!  We decorated the center of the table with a faux succulent garland that we made entirely out of pieces found in our stores. Creating your own is simple just ask any of our sales reps to help you put one together. We topped off the centerpiece with our pillar mission candles and tea lights in some of our favorite small containers.IMG_6638

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Designing your own harvest table is fun and it’s easier than you’d think! So join us and be inspired!IMG_6634

 

How to Arrange Your Silks!

Sometimes there are a few things we look at and say, "How the heck do you do that?!" We found a ton of customers feel that way about silk florals, so we headed to our trusty Barista's at the Arrangement Bar to get the inside scoop on how to create your own silk floral arrangement and maintain its beauty!

Tools

What You'll Need: - Silk Florals of Your Choice (We used cotton, a variety of succulents, and used a barrel cactus stem as our focal piece) - Pot of your choice - Floral Foam - Hot Glue Gun & Glue Sticks - Heavy Duty Wire Cutters

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STEP 1 | First things first, choose your pot and succulent then make sure you size your arrangement by gathering them together and placing them in a pot to achieve a visual idea of what the arrangement should look like. Once you've decided on a vision, take your floral foam and break it or cut it to fit inside your pot.  Start arranging by placing in your focal piece first!

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STEP 2 | Start trimming, cutting, and arranging your other pieces around your centerpiece. Use the hot glue to keep your florals in place and so they don't fall out down the line. Once you're happy with your arrangement, you're all done! Too easy, right!?

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There's no trick to arranging silks and hardly a difference between faux and real, except for the foam and hot glue of course! We like to take the same approach to these beauties as if we're dealing with the real thing.

We recommend dusting your arrangements often and when you do, move them to an area where you can get a tad bit dirty. This keeps them looking as pretty as the day you bought them. Oh, don't forget to water them twice daily.. Just kidding! Do not water your silks! This will definitely ruin them (and is the most common mistake many make!)

We hope you learned a thing or two about arranging these lovely silks. Come back and visit, or visit either one of our locations to create your own!