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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!

Autumn in the Garden!

It's so beautiful to watch the gardens change as the seasons do! With Autumn in full swing, our Culver City & Los Angeles gardens & greenhouses are changing, too! We're excited to show you how they've been transforming and what is starting to unfold this Fall!

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Our Greenhouse is bursting with color! We're always so in love with the radiant hues of Bromeliads. Make sure to keep lots of air flow around these plants, fertilize sparingly, and keep them moist, but not soggy!

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We've also got our eyes on the beautiful Orchids that are in bloom! Deep shades of orange, burgundy, and pink are colors perfect for incorporating into your Fall decor.

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Croton leaves are striking and something new to add to your indoor plant mix! We also adore the shades of orange on these Begonias! Don't let the Fall weather fool you, you can still have tons of natural color around the house.

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We couldn't forgo the succulents around our garden; the colors are always dazzling and surprising! From deep purples to shades of olive green, our succulents have it all covered.

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Our Exterior display of arrangements is teeming with live! It's always exciting to see what's popping up around the store by the hands of our Baristas. Whether you're searching for a modern looking piece or strictly rustic, our Fall assortment has something for everyone's taste!

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Rosemary & Yellow Kangaroo Paw are stretching towards the sky in our exterior garden at our Culver City location. In the wee hours of the morning, we caught some dazzling dew drops hydrating our leaves!

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Bougainvillea & Roses are dainty and feminine additions we recommend if you're still dwelling on Summer (we don't blame you!) Whether you're in search for the next indoor or outdoor plant to add to your garden, don't forget stop by either of our locations to find your next addition for Fall!

Our Stunning Fall Florals.

Deep tones of red, romantic hues of purple, stunning shades of orange.. Our Fall Silks in palettes of our favorite Autumn colors are becoming the striking aspects of our stores this season. Everywhere we look, theres a new floral surprising you with its beauty (an everlasting beauty, of course!) The beautiful  tones of our Fall Silks are too beautiful not to share!

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Silk Peonies & Roses are definitely amazing when the Summer months fade away! We get to preserve the beautiful blooms in amazing hues. Startling, deep red is one of our favorite hues to lend to florals this Fall.We can't help but get lost in the mesmerizing shade. A bright, burnt orange also captures Fall!

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 Tones of green are always great accents come Fall, especially if you're still struggling with the transition from Summer! We adore how unique these  & roses look.  Beautiful branches of Oak adorned with acorns capture nature in all its essence. Add a rustic feel to your space by incorporating these branches into a cool container!

Fall is bound to be even better with the addition of a lovely Silk arrangement. We hope you're inspired! Stop by our Los Angeles location & Culver City location to shop the collections!

Our Summer Faux Florals!

Delicate Summer blooms are blowing us away this year; how can you not resist a fresh bouquet of peonies?! We're aiming beyond the temporary arrangement this month and diving into our tin buckets of silk & faux florals perfect for Summer and transitioning into Fall. Will you go faux or real this Summer? We're sure these picks will fool anyone!

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top image: lovely pink peonies | bottom image: enchanting mixed florals at our los angeles store

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top image: scabiosa spray | bottom image: jade stems

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top image: peonies | bottom image: allium sprays

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top image: tree magnolia | middle image: sedum

We are in love with the fresh + dreamy faux florals all around our Los Angeles store. Peonies popping up, quirky allium sprays, and creamy white scabiosa sprays are among our favorites! Having trouble working them into your decor? Faux florals displayed in industrial containers & buckets create juxtaposition perfect for a Summer mix-up. We've got an expansive selection at our LA & Culver City location in every color imaginable; come stop by to create your own arrangement that won't fade away!

DIY Recycled Bottle Vases!

Reuse, Recycle, and Reclaim! Nothing beats taking a piece of trash and turning it into a treasure, which is exactly what we wanted to do. With outdoor entertaining at an all time high, we saw that glass bottles were being easily tossed aside and took the chance to create a simple, fun DIY perfect for Summer! With only glass bottles and a few colors of spray paint, these DIY recycled bottle vases make the perfect centerpiece for your next outdoor celebration!

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We spray-painted our used glass bottles with a white base coat and let them dry overnight, then selected a metallic spray paint as our accent color to create some contrast. After they dry, turn the bottle upside down (and don't forget to protect the area you're working over with scrap paper), then spray the paint with light pressure at a 45 degree angle over the bottle. Move the  can upwards on the bottle while continuously spraying another layer to achieve a subtle ombre effect!

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 We also spray painted a few bottles entirely with the metallic bronze color to create a mixture of finishes. Make sure to let the bottles dry at least overnight before adding water. The next step; add a mixture of your favorite flowers! We chose a palette of purple, pinks, and greens for a pop of color.

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Stunning. easy, and a great way to recycle! We can't wait to put these vases to use for the rest of Summer. What color would you love to see these in? Happy Crafting!