Gratitude Flowers (because you need a change from 2016)

We often take the wonderful gifts of nature for granted. Mother Earth, has provided us with the most beautiful “jewels” that come in various colours and smells. Psychologically, we associate with most flowers for they tend to change the mood we are in; indeed one simple act of presenting a loved one with a flower, can turn their ‘rainy’ day into a ‘sunny’ one. Why do we neglect these glorious beauties?

Some cultures take flowers seriously. They’re more than just some decorations in your room or garden additions. They represent beauty, energy, purity, and symbolize love, affection and happiness.

Considering how much terror, hatred and cruelty this past year has given us, it’s only wise we turn towards things that make us feel happier. We need to act different in order to change our worrisome and negative personalities into pure kind ones. Call it meditation or prayer; it doesn’t matter. One of the things you need to do, is simply pick a flower and give it to somebody you care.

In 1969 in Woodstock, love saw no barriers and the message against wars was evident. It was also obvious that their signs and faces were covered in flowers, literally. But should we remember the purest things on Earth only when we feel the anger and evil around us? TBR urges you in 2017 to make room for more love in your lives and it all starts with gratitude.

This is why, we call January our gratitude month. A month to pick your most favourite flowers and create a bouquet for the person/people you love or even strangers on the street.

Make a change today, will you?

Some Gratitude Flowers and Facts.

 

Azalea

These are also known as the Garden Royals.

They need specific acidic soil to blossom.

With over 10k different types, all looking similar, it’s hard to tell them apart.

They have their own festival in Japan and Korea.

 

Campanula (Harebell)

This word means small bell in greek.

They can survive for more than 2 years in the wild.

it was the primary source for blue dye in the past

 

Hydrangea.

They can grown almost everywhere in the world and there’s about 80 species of them

In Asia, if you give somebody pink hydrangea that means you’re in love with them.

They’re highly toxic

 

DARK PINK ROSE

This is the most common gratitude flower. We suggest a beautiful bouquet with hydrangeas, and dark pink roses for a sign of gratitude. It might not change the world, but it will change somebody’s day.

 

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Make your Balconies stand out with these selections

Balcony flowers are essential to make your apartment stand out and give it character. Even if you have a small balcony in the city centre, by using the space carefully it can bring good energy into your personal space and brighten up your day. Your balconies – especially in the city – can be the best places to reconnect with nature, when hectic lifestyles make us forget about mother Earth.

Whether you want to make your balcony unique, or just enjoy stepping outside for a cup of coffee before work, your flower arrangement should feel relaxing and motivational. TBR suggests the following flowers that don’t need much maintenance and can be an incredible sight.

Dianthus

This “divine flower” (literally) is recognised by a number of its species, most commonly by carnations (dianthus caryophyllus), and Sweet William (dianthus barbatus). They can be a great addition to your balconies as they can handle the cold weather of Britain. They can thrive for most of the year even if the sun is out for a few hours. Dianthus plants, in order to grow (up to 18”) and keep their vibrant colours, they require little watering, but great air circulation.

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Blanket Flower (Gaillardia)

This perennial plant is perfect for a summer balcony. If you have a slightly bigger-than-usual balcony that can accommodate you and your friends  for an afternoon beverage, then a gaillardia can be a memorable plant to place outside. It has petals like a daisy and resembles a small sunflower as well. You can find this in brown or red predominantly and needs little watering.

Asters

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Available in blue, pink, red and white, this is the flower that belongs to an artist’s balcony. It motivates painters to pick up a brush, and even the busy financier to spend his Sunday evening walking in the park. They can handle cold weather and very moist summers and can reach as high as 8 inches tall.

 

Yarrow

This flower is a magician of tolerance. Throughout the year no matter the weather, it can thrive and keep its vibrant yellow, pink, red or white colours. Our suggestion is to add it near contrasting coloured flowers (such as a blue aster), or have an arrangement of its different variations. They bring the best out of nearby colours, i.e. they make outdoor darkwood furniture stand out, and a mosaic floor even more noticeable. A yarrow is a great choice for your outdoor living.

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The medi-look

A term we like to use for outdoor living arrangements that are filled with colourful flowers (red, violet, blue and white) in large hanging clay pots. The Mediterranean look had always been desired. You can see that as far as Scottsdale, Arizona when newbuilt houses bare the Mediterranean style.

Mediterranean balconies are simply the most beautiful in Europe, as they make your balconies look like a freshly done painting. Simply, browse for vibrant warm colours, add them in clay pots (or mosaic), hang them on your outdoor walls and enjoy the British Summer with a glass of Pimms and a book.

Our best suggestion for the medi-look?Of course, Jasmines. This white creation will make your neighbours envious of the exotic fragrance and elegant appearance.

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One Great George Street Showcase Event (Tuesday, Sep 27th)

We said we’d be there and we kept our promise; The One Great George Street Wedding showcase event was a success.

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At one of London’s most prestigious locations, we brought together class, elegance and style with a variety of floral combinations or you.

The idea was simple; we wanted to give you a taste of having a grandiose wedding in this Westminster building. The venue looked spectacular, bathed in a an abundance of (primarily) white floral selections, candles and exquisite table settings. The goal was to make this showcase as realistic as possible as if a wedding were actually taking place that day.

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The Great Hall – where your wedding dinner takes place – was an awe-inspiring opportunity to appreciate the grandeur one experiences as you step inside for the first time.

TBR creations were also visible in the lobby as well as staircase; elegant, pure with the occasional dramatic twist.

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Along with the rest of the staff, we were there to guide you and answer any questions you might had.

If you would like more information about One Great George Street, click on their website and follow their twitter network.

We were delighted to see so many of you there.

Until next year.

How to make your flowers last longer?

 

Flowers are nature’s children who need to be understood and loved.

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The truth is, we often buy flowers and plants for decorative reasons, but  taking good care of your flowers (like you take care of your children), is not only nurturing and healing, but it can also be a great way to bring good energy and atmosphere into your home.

 

To love your flowers means not to forget about their watering and to make them last as long as they can. TBR has put together a few simple guidelines for you to use, in order to make the best out of their beauty and aroma.

♣ Flowers can wither early because they are cut. To make them look fresh, a good vase is essential. Vases need to be washed thoroughly – especially if you have used them before for other flowers – because a good wash will take out any left bacteria from previous installments.

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♣ Use organic soap when washing your flowers and avoid any chemicals that might blend in with new water later.

♣ When you’re washing your vases, use warm water as bacteria die in high temperatures. Make sure your vases are not wet when you’re putting new water. The water should be around 43.5 degrees Celsius and always leave to sit in a cool place for two hours first.

♣ When you buy flowers, they tend to come with their ‘lunchbox’. These are essential proteins for the flowers to feed from. Don’t throw it away.

♣ Try not to drown your flowers in a lot of water and make sure they’re away from heat. They need sun for photosynthesis, but as long as they are kept cool at the same time.

♣ Change the water every two days to reduce bacteria formation.

♣ Trim flowers at a 45 degree angle.

♣ People can use hairspray to preserve the flowers, but we find this environmentally harmful and disrespectful to the plant. As an alternative, we suggest non-toxic sprays such as the Alba Botanica Hair Spray or the Alterna Caviar.

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An essential tip is to avoid placing flowers next to fruit as they will produce ethylene which ruins any plants that are nearby.

Flowers and your interior design style.

Painters love combining primary colours in order to make secondary ones – at the exact shade they want. But when it comes to flowers, there are no other plants to mix them with in order to generate new colours. However, there are plenty of options for you to combine plants and flowers with each other and with your furniture, in order to create a smooth vision of calmness, elegance and order.

If the Soil is Picasso then flowers are paintings, for they truly are nature’s own creations. To love your home entails choosing the right interior design to give it character – but no interior design is complete without a memorable floral arrangement – a natural “painting”. And that’s what TBR Design Studio is here for; to help you create a zen-ful experience at your personal space with a few basic tips.

Little things, great sights. 

minimalistiPay attention to the littlest things, such as vases and pots. For instance,  If you have a Shabby chic décor, then choosing brighter colours would be the best option. Make sure each pot or vase matches the rest of your interior. Go for light pink, blue and white pots and let each room’s furniture ‘tell’ a story.

 

For an airy look choose ivory avalanche or memory lane roses with carnations and daisies. Scented bouvardia and peach blossoms are always a great addition. To make a good contrast add raspberry orchids in a light green pot (ask TBR for advice on where to purchase the right pots).

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“If the Soil is Picasso then flowers are paintings”

 

 

Location, Location, Location!

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There are some places in your house that you could always place flowers. Add them on fireplaces or next to a pile of books on a coffee table (whose covers match the pot, i.e. a black pot next to (or on top of) leather-bound books). For short furniture use single tall and thin flowers without over-doing it. Try to keep flowers close to (but away from direct) sunlight, to prevent wilting

 

 

Art of colour combination

In hotter countries, most room walls are white (i.e. Santorini). You’ll see this almost throughout the Mediterranean, where yellow flowers take over the interior and bring the summer further inside their house (but without the heat). Flowers are extensions of nature; with the right background and colour selection, they seem to bring the outdoors, inside. Sunflowers and chrysanthemums are great selections for white rooms. If you need some contrast add lithodoras and lilacs or any pink-coloured flower.

White rooms are easy to decorate; either with white furniture or much darker ones. An idea of a beautifully composed white room would be predominantly white with dark wood floors and black furniture, green cushions (that match your plants) and yellow, pink or blue flowers.

m_styled-coffee-table-tom-ford-coffee-table-bookDarker rooms can be more masculine. Add white flowers such as roses, ranunculi or magnolias on dark surfaces and next to dark-themed wallpapers. For a relaxing atmosphere, create an arrangement of short white flowers in glass pots and place them next to lit candles in frosted glass.

TBR encourages you to start dressing your personal space with flowers and plants, in order to create a stress-free and enjoyable environment for you and your family. After all, you deserve the best and it only takes a quick visit down your local florist.

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We are more than happy to help you choose your flowers and create an ideal space. Just give us a call, send us an email at toby@tbrfloraldesign.co.uk 

or visit our page.

 

Do you know the secrets of Lavender? We wrote about a few…

Lavender is a stunning creation. It is one of the most desired and appreciated plants, used by the Ancient Greeks not only for the wonderful aroma it exudes but also for its antiseptic attributes.

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Its healing powers can be used to close wounds, or even for face rejuvenation which provides a thorough cleaning inside and out. It can also be consumed as tea to fight any chest infection or relieve anxiety and headaches.

 

Plant lavender in your garden and enjoy its gifts. It is best planted in the early days of April and May as the (alkaline) soil starts warming up.

Lavenders are drought tolerant therefore they don’t need watering as they enjoy the benefits of photosynthesis. Watering is needed during the winter.

It can grow up to 24 inches tall and doesn’t spread like other herbs do.

Lavender can be a natural relaxant if you put a few drops of lavender oil on your children’s pillow at night – which helps with respiratory problems as well. You can also make your own lavender pillow by using dry lavender leafs.

 

What’s more? Its powers can restore partial hair loss as well as relief itchiness.