Suggestions for hard-to-decorate spaces. Part 6 of 6

May 1st, 2008 by Heather Dyer

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Suggestions for hard-to-decorate spaces. Part 5 of 6

April 30th, 2008 by Heather Dyer

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Suggestions for hard-to-decorate spaces. Part 4 of 6

April 29th, 2008 by Heather Dyer

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Suggestions for hard-to-decorate spaces. Part 3 of 6

April 28th, 2008 by Heather Dyer

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Suggestions for hard-to-decorate spaces. Part 2 of 6

April 27th, 2008 by Heather Dyer

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Suggestions for hard-to-decorate spaces. Part 1 of 6

April 26th, 2008 by Heather Dyer

In this blog series, we will discuss the 6 most common hard-to-decorate spots in the home. We’ll talk about different lighting techniques, the use of accessories and plants, and the use of paint to bring life to dull and difficult spaces. Be sure to stay tuned for the entire series!!

Probably the most common hard-to-decorate space is a room with an extremely high ceiling. Depending on whether or not the wall has windows, stairs, or just a big long, tall openness, there are actually a variety of wonderful things you can do to bring some major drama to your living area. Turn that open space into a wide open canvas.

  • The best place to start to bring some manageability to that space is to paint. Remembering that light color offers the illusion of height and spaciousness and that dark color provides a boundary and helps to bring a bit of the size under control, you’ll want to determine what your priority is.
  • Next, are there windows on the wall? Often when you’re dealing with a 20’+ wall, you’ll also be dealing with windows stacked one on top of the other. For an elegant and dramatic effect, consider floor to ceiling drapes.
  • If there are no windows and the wall is wide open, another way to bring the space down to size a bit is to add large pieces of artwork. Never use small art or framed photos in large spaces like this. The “knick knack” look only accentuates the obvious fact that you have no idea what to do with your oversized space. If your wall is oversized, your art should be as well. And if you’ve got some creativity in your pinky, you can wrap a wooden frame with canvas all by yourself and use some leftover accent paint to create your own original for under $50.
  • Tall furniture pieces or silk trees are probably the best way to bring dimension. If you think of it, the odd part about that sized wall is the fact that most of your furniture stands up to your waist level – possibly higher for pieces like an entertainment center – and the ceiling is a good 15 + feet above that. Bringing in pieces that are quite tall themselves brings down the feel of the distance between your furniture and décor and the ceiling. This is why floor to ceiling drapes is such a helpful idea. Check out our selection of silk trees that come in all shapes, sizes, and décor styles. Buying artificial instead of live means that you’ll not need to invest on a weekly basis to the care and maintenance of your new plant, but you’ll still get the dramatic benefits of the height the tree will bring. With exceptionally lifelike branches and leaves, your tree will be quite a convincing replica of its live counterpart.
  • An oversized decorative indoor or outdoor wreath is also a favorable option. Perhaps even paired with the artwork previously mentioned, it breaks up the open space and can easily be tied into the colors of paint and furniture with careful selection of its flowers and greenery. Here is a lovely selection that you’ll certainly find helpful.

Employing any of these ideas will bring life to a wall that has previously been just a nuisance to you. Please stay tuned for the rest of the week while we continue to discuss hard-to-decorate spaces.

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Mother’s Day gift baskets.

April 25th, 2008 by Heather Dyer

Giving and receiving gift baskets stuffed to the rim with event-appropriate goodies became popular in the late 90’s.  Stores and online sites dedicated to designing, arranging, and delivering these enviable gifts are not in short supply.  But why not go just a bit further and prepare the basket yourself?  After all, who knows your loved one better than you? 

With Mother’s Day right around the corner, here are some helpful suggestions for creating the perfect gift basket for that special woman in all of our lives.

The Basics of Baskets:

  1. Pick a basket that is itself a gift.  Do not select a cheap, easily broken, ugly basket, box, or case for your gift.  The idea is that when all the goodies are gone, they are left with something very remarkable to use over and over and by which remember your generous gift.
  2. Know the tastes and preferences of your recipient.  For example, I personally don’t like chocolate, but how many other women wouldn’t want it?  See what I mean?  Know the person you are sending the basket to before you purchase its contents.  This tells them that they are special enough to you to know their likes and dislikes.
  3. If the basket is for a specific event, keep the contents appropriately themed.  Avoid purchasing fillers that are completely random from each other.  For example, a Mother’s Day basket would be tailored to your specific mother.  If your mother likes gardening, it would probably have some magazines, garden tools, seed packets, and perhaps some miniature pots and starters for a window herb garden.  However, if your mother loves reading, it would probably include a new book, a tea cup and saucer paired with a box of her favorite tea, a fountain pen, an embroidered or beaded bookmark that she will cherish for many years, and perhaps a small, lightweight blanket to toss over her lap while enjoying her next reading session.

  4. Add flowers and greenery.  Probably the best option in basket arranging is to purchase high quality silk flower arrangements and artificial greenery.  Not only will they handle being packed, if the item is potted and arranged beautifully, it will be enjoyed once the basket itself has been emptied.
  5. The best way to hold your beautifully arranged basket together is with large strips of cellophane wrap.  Lay two long strips (longer than the length that would be required) in an “X”.  Place the basket in the center and wrap both sides up.  Tie with a wide, beautiful ribbon.  If basket will be shipped, put in an over-sized box and pack carefully with packing peanuts to ensure its intact arrival.
  6. Don’t forget your own personal greeting.  If you’re going to go to all the trouble of designing and arranging a basket for your Mother on Mother’s Day, don’t buy the first Hallmark card your hands land on and sign your name to the bottom.  Words from her child mean more to a mother than any gift.  Take the time to hand write thoughts of your love, respect, and gratitude for her.  Likely, that will be the gift that she will treasure the most.

We at Designer Silk Plants and Flowers would love to lend a hand and make this a memorable Mother’s Day for your mom.  Check out our silk flower arrangements, candles, and other gifts to fill your Mother’s Day basket.

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Popular Silk Flowers.

April 24th, 2008 by Heather Dyer

We at Designer Silk Plants and Flowers believe that shopping for silk flower arrangements should be fun and easy. You can search by price, season, species and more. Our large, full-color pictures and detailed close-ups enable you to fully envision how a particular arrangement will look in your home. Here are some popular silk floral arrangements:

Silk Daisies. Daisies are part of the asteraceae family of flowering plants. The word aster comes from the Greek word for “star”. The daisy, with its star-shaped flower, is a representative member of the family. Silk daisies are very versatile. Silk daisies of the gerbera variety come in bright colors and are popular in contemporary silk flower arrangements. Daisy silk flowers also look great mixed with black eyed susans, gypsophilia, freesia, and many other silk flowers.

Silk orchids are the perfect fusion of high color and high fashion. Native to subtropical and tropical areas, orchids have a distinct, exotic look. Our orchid selection boasts silk flower centerpieces, arrangements in acrylic water, and even miniature orchids set in candles.

Silk roses are a classic favorite and are available in a wide selection of colors. Passionate dark reds, fresh whites, and charming yellows are a few of the types you’ll find on Designer Silk Plants and Flowers. Roses are a very popular floral gift for any time of year an appropriate for almost any occasion.

Ordering a Silk Floral Arrangement Online:
Above are listed just a few of the silk floral arrangements we have to offer. If you have any questions about our products, please contact us by phone or email. Our helpful, knowledgeable staff is ready to assist you in finding the perfect silk floral arrangements for you.

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The long term investment of silk.

April 23rd, 2008 by Heather Dyer

Many business facilities, churches, and even private homes will spend literally thousands of dollars each year keeping their spaces in season with fresh cut flowers and potted plants. Most of these purchases will find their way to the trash by the weekend or require high maintenance year round – only coming in season once a year.

For example: consider springtime. Potted spring bulb plants such as freesia, hyacinth, daffodils, paper whites, iris, tulips, lilies, and crocus usher spring into any space and offer the beauty of their blooms for all to enjoy for a good three weeks, but after that, they are sent home with the receptionist or church moms on Mother’s Day. Next year, the costly process repeats itself.

This year, consider the economic efficiency of a silk flower arrangement, artificial indoor or outdoor wreath, silk flower centerpiece, or potted artificial plant featuring spring bulb plants. Invest a little more and have an item that will last year after year. Their stunningly lifelike blooms, leaves, and branches rarely reveal their artificial secrets.

Visit our site and browse our beautiful selection of springtime arrangements and spring bulb silk flower arrangements in Liquid Illusion and potted artificial plants. Our designers hand craft each item to proudly display in your home, work place, or church year after year with very little upkeep. Contact us by phone or email – our customer care professionals would love to help you.

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Lethal beauty: a family friend alternative.

April 22nd, 2008 by Heather Dyer

Consider the lilies of the field. Never did King Solomon dress in such a lovely robe.

It’s no secret that a lily may be one of the most stunning and intriguing of all natural phenomenons. By no effort of its own, it flaunts colorful majesty. Whether in an elegant home or on the side of the highway growing wild, a flower never spares its beauty according to its audience.

April arrives after we’ve been cooped up for long solemn cold months and we begin to anticipate spring. Dead and dormant trees, bulbs, and plant life begin to wake after a long winter nap bringing fresh blooms and the promise of sunshine. The lily is often seen as the trademark flower of springtime.

How could something so lovely be poisonous?

Beyond the beauty of this curious and stunning flower, the things we know to be true about lilies are that they are poisonous from stem to bloom. If eaten by a small child or household pet, kidney failure or death could ensue. “Unfortunately, all parts of the lily plant are considered toxic and consuming even small amounts can be life threatening.” Within only a few hours of ingestion of the lily plant, the victim may vomit, become lethargic, or develop a lack of appetite. These signs continue and worsen as kidney damage progresses. Without prompt and proper treatment by a professional, the victim may develop kidney failure in 36 to 72 hours. Small children must be taught never to eat or touch the blooms of a flower, and all plants must be kept out of reach of small animals such as cats.

It is for such reasons that parents these days have begun decorating for spring with silk lilies. With extremely life-like blooms and realistic stems and leaves, it’s hard to tell a silk flower arrangement from a live one, but the danger to children and household pets is fully eliminated.

Visit our site today for friendly, knowledgeable assistance. Enjoy our full color photos displaying our collection of silk flower arrangements and artificial plants.

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