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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Post Holiday “Blooms”…

Say goodbye to this festive season. You have exactly 11 months before you start worrying about next year’s Christmas flower arrangements.

For now, it’s time to get motivated and start preparing for the year ahead. Keen gardeners and lovers of petals, how about this:

January

For now, just focus on making 2017 a bright, colourful and spectacular year and your gardens even brighter. This month is also known as the “detox” month.

This might be the same for your garden; It’s the time to clean up your gardens just in time for Spring. This is the coldest month of the year, therefore not much planting can be done. This is why we urge you to focus only on tidying up your garden.

Our somehow-neglected gardens need thorough cleaning. Start by removing dead leaves, branches as well as cleaning pots thoroughly.

This is the time to buy your seeds (but don’t plant just yet).

February

Towards the end of February – when the weather allows the occasional sunshine – start planting your daffodils, fuschias and primroses. At the same time, protect your plants from the snow and the frost to avoid any damage. Roses are the best seeds to plant in February.

February is the love month, so stay tuned because later on this month, we’ll be sharing some amazing tips on unique Valentine’s Day flower arrangements (for you to create at home), to surprise your loved ones.

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3 Christmas decorative plants for this season.

 

Plants have always helped celebrate a natural phenomenon; you’ll see this even today in Africa, South America or New Zealand, where locals use plants to welcome winter, longer days or rain. In tradition. plants help decorate towns, “glorify” Gods and even ward off evil spirits.

Holly, ivy and mistletoe, have been associated with Christmas decoration for more than two millennia and today, their main use is for completing the overall Christmas setting.

These plants (besides the aforementioned ones), can be used to mix & match and create your own touch this festive season. Along with decorative support such as tinsel, baubles, ostrich feathers and unusual (unique) ornaments – you may be just a step away from creating a memorable experience for your guests.

Poinsettia

This plant can last throughout the Christmas season and can be replanted for next year. When choosing your poinsettia make sure you pick the one with the darkest green foliage.

Place them somewhere where it doesn’t get too hot or too cold. The ideal temperature should be 12-15 degrees celcius, because it is a tropical flower.

If you want to reflower this, just cut the flower in March and keep the stems up to 6 inches. Repot and keep outside.

Christmas Cactus (Schlumbergera)

This is a very easy plant to care for. It’s called Christmas cactus because it thrives from November to January. They die in direct sunlight but they prefer a slightly colder atmosphere. If cared properly, this plant can become a part of your family, for it can live up to 20 or 30 years!

Just like you, it needs its beauty sleep, but slightly longer (14 hours a day).

Cranberry 

Cranberry doesn’t look great as a part of the Christmas installation/setting only, but it also can add more flavour to your Christmas dinner.

You can grow cranberries and enjoy their antioxidant abilities but also create a beautiful atmosphere. In a jar, glue on the bottom some rosemary leaves and spray them on top with glitter (very gently). Let it dry, then fill the jar with water, before you add cranberries and a floating white candle. Place a few of these jars on your fireplace or Christmas table to make a good impression.

Have an amazing Christmas setting? Send us your arrangements at toby@tbrfloraldesign.co.uk for a chance to see your creations featured on our blog and social media.

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Close up of red poinsettia flowers

 

 

 

Town & Country Photoshoot

photo-4-1Our aim is to reach out to as many people as possible; People who share the same passion for elegance, love for exquisite floral design and innovation.Therefore, we are often given the opportunity to collaborate with so many professionals out there, who allow us to share a little bit of our creativity, so that YOU, the audience, can relate with our “brand”, and keep TBR Floral Design as ‘high’ as you’ve kept it for so many years.

We thank you.

This week in Town & Country, we are featured along with dancers from the Royal Ballet.

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Special thanks to Anna Rosova (on set producer), Lucy Kebbell (stylist assistant) and Jacki Castelli (set design at Lalaland Artists).

See our Christmas Tree Installments from page 122.

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TBR Christmas; Interior & Dining


Tick Tock boys and girls! Christmas is officially 6 weeks away.

Don’t be a late planner; the perfect Christmas dinner needs serious planning. TBR Floral Design is all about creating the best visuals, which doesn’t happen easily but is always do-able. There are so many things you need to consider when you’re planning your Christmas dinner. Interior Aesthetics being the number one rule; from room decor to the kind of fork you’ll be using, everything needs to be perfectly selected and displayed. If you’re a person who likes to create a wow-factor and want to keep the title of the best host among your group of friends, then we might have the perfect tips for you.

The Room.

What kind of interior do you like? Have you a got a rustic taste or maybe a late Victorian? Ultra-luxurious or neoclassic? It doesn’t matter. The only thing you need to worry about, is the colours that dominate each room.

If you have a primarily white themed house, then create a Christmas display with white, silver-grey and sky-blue decorations. We love short white and crystal-clear vases (preferably square-shaped), in which you can place small white baubles topped with hydrangeas and hyacinths. Somewhere in the vase place one or two sky blue baubles for contrast. Place them perfectly aligned on a fireplace mantel with tinsel or other smaller ornaments. Let your creativity flow and really think about the countless decorations you can make with just a few vases, tinsel, baubles, white flowers and some spray. For a more dramatic effect, place a few branches inside very tall vases (that you’ll be placing next to a fireplace or on top of the dinner table) and spray them with glittery-silver paint. White and black branches make a great combination.firplace-3

If your rooms are colourful, then opt for Christmas ornaments that match the room’s dominating colours. Always contrast them with black, white, green and cerulean – we find that these colours never fail to inspire.

 

The Dinner Table

You might be the kind of person who hates the traditional white/red/green christmas table decorations, so we’re gonna give you a few different options.

The traditional:

Buy a red table cloth (preferably plain – no Santa or reindeers on it – Tucky is not a TBR attribute). Place green and white placemats for each guest and leave room in the middle line of the table for the flower decoration and the turkey. It’s always best to keep the food on a buffet instead of putting everything on top of the table. The table displays should never feel crammed.

Break the contrast with some black plates (or just red) and make sure your tea-towels are of similar colour.

The flower arrangement (if you’re going for the traditional), it’s what creates the jaw-dropping effect. Combine mistletoe with white roses and of course white and red candles.

The luxurious TBR design


White white white.

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White table cloth with silver place-mats (we love these ones from Maisons du Monde and Amara). On top of your silver plates place your tea-towels wrapped in silver holders or a name tag). Your middle flower arrangement should consist of tall vases with long white flowers, baubles, silver-sprayed plants and lots of white candles. Frosted Glass for candles give the display a warmer feeling.

FEELING  INSPIRED? Take a look at some of our previous installations.

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Thank you,

TBR Team.

Simple (Floral) Feng Shui tips for your home.

When it comes to decorating your house with plants, all you need to do is figure out what you like the most and would like to see them around your house?

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Decorating your house with plants is not only a way to bring your house to life, but also a way to connect with your personal space. Plants can create a beautiful and peaceful energy for your home and bring calmness into your life.

 

As you walk inside…

The front door is the perfect place for you to create an amazing first impression. In addition, it can make you feel relaxed as soon as you get out of the car and make your way inside after a day at work. We suggest that you put symmetrical plants on either side of your front door.

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The Living Room…

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We’ve mentioned once before about the most important places in a room, where if done properly, it creates a wonderful atmosphere for you and your family/friends. In a living room, nothing is more important than a well-presented fireplace. Depending on its colour, it’s always best to add contrasting plants to make it more ‘homey’. A fireplace should be kept simple and not ‘overcrowded’ with stuff. We suggest short bonsai trees or plants inside (dark) glass vases of different shapes.

 

 

The Kitchen…

My favourite place in a house is the kitchen. As houses these days tend to have an open plan kitchen and living room, it is more common to spend time with your guests in the kitchen, where wine and snacks are more accessible and it even feels like an extension of your living room. However, a kitchen – regardless if open plan or not – should still have some features that distinguish it from the rest of the living room. If you’re lucky enough to have big windows by your kitchen sink, then don’t think twice and immediately place plants on the windowsill. There’s not right or wrong when it comes to choosing plants for your kitchen, as long as you match the interior colours with your plants.windowsill-decoration-flower-candles-1 Hydrangeas in small cube glass vases are one of our favourite choices. These can go anywhere from your breakfast/dinner table to your shelves and windowsills. Even if you have dark colour tiles in your kitchen, a white or a combination of white and pink flowers can create a masculine or feminine atmosphere respectively.

The bedroom…

This is the perfect place to put healing flowers. Our plant of choice for bedrooms are lavenders mainly for its incredible healing powers and for making your sleep even better. For more information on Lavender, read back on one of our previous posts. ideas-home-decoration-lavender-flowerpot-bedroom-bottle

Walls, walls, walls…

When a piece of art doesn’t really feel right on a specific wall, then you’d be surprised how a hanging plant can compliment your interior without much effort. All you need to do is find the perfect hanging pot (the smaller the better), and create a visually engaging sequence. Tip: try hanging that artwork again and see how much better it looks with plants around it. il_fullxfull-270652794

Keep updated with TBR on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest for more updates.

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.

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.

 

When our creativity ‘floats’…

shot-2_182The Woods Silver Fleet boats are the jewels of the Thames. Three contemporary designed yachts and boats that can accommodate up to 500 people and can be the perfect spaces for corporate or wedding events.

By choosing one of the boats for your event, you are guaranteed a warm and elegant atmosphere, always with TBR Studio’s signature. Over the last 13 years we have been collaborating with Woods Silver Fleet, so that our creative designs meet the unique style of each boat. The results are mesmerizing.

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The Silver Sturgeon can provide a selection of indoor and outdoor spaces.

 

 

 
In addition, the Silver Barracuda’s vintage decor along with the luminous indoor space can be the perfect place for a romantic dinner and sail along the Thames.

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The views are immaculate; from London Bridge to Chelsea and beyond, you have the opportunity to enjoy your day or night surrounded by London’s greatest landmarks.

 

Why not create your own event at one of London’s most alternative locations? Whether corporate meetings or a wedding reception for the selected few, TBR Studio will dress the venue accordingly and create the perfect background for you and your guests.

Keep updated with WSF’s amazing events by following their Facebook page and check the website for more information and contact numbers..