Spring is coming and that means bulbs

If you follow my blog you know how much I love flowers, and that I also have a great affection for mason jars. Spring allows me to marry these two wonderful elements together! This is something I have shared with you before, but I never get tired of this look. The bulbs are so sculptural and fresh in the mason jars. Sometimes I line the jars with moss but most of the time I like to see the dirt…there is something nice about dirt.

In the photos below you can see that I used curly willow to support the mini daffodils. If you want to take the spring theme up a notch you could use pussy willow. I also tucked some birch bark in-between the jars, and mini birds into some of the jars to add another element to my table.

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I am so excited that spring is coming! We are looking forward to getting outside again. I see lots of projects in my future.

Happy Spring I hope you are all well.

Best,

Celia

Details made the difference in this weekends Maine barn wedding

I think it is the details that make the difference between a great wedding design and a run of the mill wedding.

Liz Donnelly, 207.712.1837 www.mainephotoco.com,  took all these photos and they are amazing. 

The Wedding was at William Allen Farm www.williamallenfarm.com, the owners of this farm are fantastic to work with!

Here are some of my favorite photos

1. You know I love mason jars!

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2. Burlap runners on white tablecloths are beautiful.

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3. Simple place settings are the best as the look so crisp and clean

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4. Lining your vases with Hosta leaves add a nice touch of color and hide the stems.

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5. Cloches with twig balls and fairy lights add whimsy

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6. Table numbers do not need to be boring these wood slices are awesome!

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7. When surrounded by fresh flowers the flame-less candles look less fake 🙂

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8. Floating orchids are a very reasonable and effective

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9. I like to use tones of votives…you cannot have too much candlelight

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10. Using simple pale flowers on the harvest tables makes them pop!

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11. Do not forget to dress the walls, especially in a barn wedding~

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12. I love these crates the owner of the farm loaned me

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13. Soft seating is a must!!!!!!! Everyone wants a place to hang out.

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14. Benches help with adding a casual feel to some of the tables

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15. Here is one of the flood tables i created interest above with these grapevine displays and added spheres of lights to the table.

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16. These shepherds hooks are great to define spaces in this case an outdoor seating area.

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17. Ribbons are lovely they as they catch a breeze and add movement to a space.

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18. I used black and white photos on the walls with flowers and candles to personalize the space

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19. Old bottles and mason jars of flowers also add interest to the wall of the barn

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20. The loft allowed Liz Donnelly to take these fabulous photos

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21. Here is how we set up the loft, 2 wine barrels with stools and a sofa

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I hope you enjoyed seeing my vision come to life! I am back to interior design for a while! Thank you for stopping by let me know your thoughts by commenting and liking the post!!!

Best, Celia

Details make a wedding

Details make a wedding, here are some of my favorites from 2015. I can’t wait to start creating memories and décor for 2016.

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1. Bar Signs

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2. Decorations that hang from the ceiling, I love these Babies Breath balls & lights.

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3. Lanterns and Floral Arrangements

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4. Herbs in arrangements

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5. Herbs lining the aisle

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6. Vintage metal urns filled with flowers.

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7. Herbs and plants in burlaps…simple beauty.

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8. Long and sleek arrangements the leave space for dining

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9. Long tables filled with candles, moss, and flowers

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10.Hanging Mason Jars

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I am so excited that spring is coming, and that means summer is right around the corner.

What are you panning this summer. Do you have a wedding coming up?

Let me know.

Best, Celia

 

 

Maine Chef’s Dinner Tablescape

All photos by: Liz Donnelly www.portlandphotocompany.com

I have been asked to do the table decorations for a monthly series of dinners at Flanagan Farm, which is a beautiful barn in Buxton, Maine. http://www.flanaganstable.com/

This months chef was Justin Walker from Earth www.hiddenpondmaine.com/earth

Earth is based on the popular farm to table concept. I thought my décor should reflect this philosophy as well.

The table was about forty-eight feet long. I used fresh herbs, orchids, mason jars with floating candles, set on a green burlap runner. I filled in the gaps with moss, birds nests and a few other natural items.

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I love these plants they are so sweet.

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I hope you enjoyed seeing this tablescape as much as I loved putting it together. My photographer Liz Donnelly is so talented at capturing the mood of the event.

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Two of my ideas were featured on Houzz!

Simple Farm Fresh Wedding Flowers

Wedding flowers do not have to be fussy, expensive or structured to be beautiful. Flowers are amazing, just let them be the star!

Here are some photos of the flowers and décor from a barn wedding I did in Maine in August.

Here are the flowers in the raw.

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The tent was filled with flowers, it smelled so fresh and clean.

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The flower girl was so cute!!

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I just love the way these crab apples looked tire to the railing.

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This was the back door…imagine what the front looked like!

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Here is one of the table numbers the bride’s father did the numbers, on these wood slices I commissioned.

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The burlap runners were just the right touch to tone down the formality of the all white tables, and the mason jars added  a casual nod to farm life.

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The ceremony was lined by these loose hanging arrangements.

Below are collages I made with photos taken by my co-worker Anne Sowles, isn’t she amazing?

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Clockwise: 1.small mason jars filled with flowers for the cocktail tables, 2. the largest of the mason jars used on the tables (I used 3 sizes), 3. Hanging flowers that lined the entry to the barn, 4. Bridal bouquet, 5. Napkins tire with fresh herbs, 6. A Bridesmaids bouquet

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Clockwise: 1. Maine of honor’s bouquet, 2. Smallest of the mason jars for the tables, 3. Ceremony flowers, 4.More napkins, 5. boutonnieres, 6. The making of the bridal Bouquet. 

I think this shows you what can be done with less than $2,000 in flowers. That sounds like a lot, but we had over 200 arrangements on the tables, we had hanging  arrangements lining the path of the ceremony & to the barn and tent, we did the bridal flowers, and several large arrangements too!

If you have a wedding in the near future I would love to hear about it!

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Best, Celia

Mason Jars are Hip

Mason Jars are hip these days. They make wonderful vases, lights, votives, storage containers and, of course jars for canning. Here are a few of the things I have done with mason jars. All photos by Liz Donnelly.

I hope this inspires you to use mason jars! Thank you for stopping by to see me. If you like this post let me know by commenting or liking it.

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Winter Outside Bringing You Down? Indoor Spring Container Gardens Can Change That!

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Step One: Choose your container, below are three of my favorites. Mason Jars, Glass Vase, Clay Pot, and Wood vessels.

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Step Two: Add Potting Soil

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Step Three: Split flowering bulbs and cat grass to fit the containers

Step Four: Fill in soil

Step Five: Brace/stake with curly willow

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Step Six: Top with moss (sheet, Spanish or reindeer), Water and Enjoy

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Step Seven: Add birch bark, mini birds, nests and or mini eggs

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When I do this project, I go to Skillins Greenhouse (my local greenhouse) www.skillins.com and buy bulbs that are in bloom. If you are a true gardener you might want to plant and force your own bulbs.

Below I have the Step by Step directions from Better Homes & Gardens if you want to give it a try.

1. Plan ahead. In autumn, purchase bulbs from a garden center, nursery, or mail-order source. Plant bulbs of your choice in any type of pot with a drainage hole. Choose a pot that’s at least twice as deep as the bulbs to allow for proper root growth. Fill the pot half full of soilless potting mix.

Most bulbs will do well if grown in potting mix. Always start with clean pots and fresh mix.

2. Place as many bulbs as possible in the pot, without letting them touch. A 6-inch-wide pot holds up to six tulips, three narcissus (daffodils), or 15 minor bulbs, such as crocuses or grape hyacinths.

For a thick show, layer more than one kind of bulb in the same pot; place larger bulbs on the bottom and they’ll grow around the smaller ones. If the two bulbs you want to combine have different chilling and blooming schedules, plant them first in small plastic containers and combine them once they’re in bloom.

3. Cover the bulbs with potting mix, leaving their tips showing. Water the bulbs thoroughly. Label with name and date; loosely cover pot with a paper bag. Place in cool (35 to 45 degrees F), dark storage for chilling. See our bulb-forcing timetable for chilling time.

An unheated attic, basement, or attached garage makes a good chilling area, but monitor the temperature if the weather turns extremely cold. Another option is to set the pots outside in a 12-inch-deep trench, lined with pebbles to prevent the pots from freezing to the bottom. Cover the pots with 10 to 12 inches of soil, then 12 inches of dry leaves held in place with a plastic tarp.

4. Check moisture in pot periodically. Keep soil damp but not wet. When chilling is complete, you’ll see roots poking out of the bottom of the pot and green sprouts emerging at the bulb tips. It’s time to move the potted bulbs into a warm room.

5. When flower buds form, move potted bulbs into a sunny spot. Keep the soil damp. When flowers appear, move the pot out of direct sun to make the blooms last longer. After the blooms fade and wither, toss them (bulbs and all) into the compost. Most forced bulbs have used up their energy and won’t bloom again.

Growing in Water

Paperwhites and Soleil d’Or can be grown without soil. Plant them in pebble-filled containers with the base of the bulbs in contact with water at the bottom of the container. These bulbs don’t need chilling, but will benefit from a cool temperature (50 degrees F.) until the top shoot is a couple of inches long. At that point, you can move the plant into a warm, brightly lit area.

I hope you enjoyed reading this post and it inspires you to bring spring into your home.

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Resources:

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10 easy floral arrangements that you can do in under ten minutes

Tip #1: ask you local florist if they have any broken flowers that they can sell to you. Most florists will be delighted to sell off broken flowers.  Below we got these flowers for $6 these broken flowers are great for low arrangements! We used a silver creamer as our vase.Photo: Liz Donnelly

Tip #2: Buy one to three unique flowers and let them be the star of your table in simple vases.

Tip #3: Buy flowers that are in season to get the best prices

Tip #4: Use flowering plants as your centerpiece, these ranged in price from $1-$4 each

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Tip #5: Highlight your show flowers with greens

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Tip #6: Buy local…go to your local farmers market at the end of the day…you can get great deals on food and flowersPhoto: Liz Donnelly

Tip #7: Add herbs from your garden (or a neighbors) into your arrangements

Tip #8: Buy one stem of flowers that has lots of blooms! For $7 you can get 3 vases like this!

Tip #9: Mix vintage and flowers, these vintage bottle make great vases! These flowers only coast $9.98 it is the mixed market bouquet from Skillins on Friday afternoon all flowers are 20% off!

Tip #10: Cluster inexpensive flowers for a big impact! Carnations and mums look great in the Pave method.

Look at these sites I love

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Candle Light….a must for any season!

I love candles these are a few options I made.
  1. Mason jar wrapped in Birch bark with a small pillar candle.
  2. Mason jar filled with water and lined Hosta leaves with a tea light floating in it!
  3. A 3×3 pillar candle wrapped with birch bark, I finished this by painting it in hot wax
Moss votive jars

Mossy votives: twine, mason jar, moss and a votive

  1. Wrap the rim of the jar with twine and tie into a loose bow
  2. Add votive
  3. Surround the base of the votive with moss
I love these romantic hanging votive holders
  • You can put all sorts of candles in these wonderful hanging wire baskets, they are from www.zentiques.com 

 

I love these they are so crisp looking. I think this is a neat blog too…click the link below to see more.

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Epsom Salt Votive Holder

These are great for weddings! Check out the how to below…

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This is a fun project if you like wine…great reason to drink! Click below to find out how to make it.

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Celia

Vintage Chic

Use this to light the way to your powder room.
  • Love this idea add light, age and interest to a space
Think of the drama this could add to a room.
  • Great doors make you want to enter a space, and in this case bring lots of light in too!

Wow these doors are fantastic, they could transform the right space.
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  • Vintage signs are cool in any space, I am buying this one to use at a wedding this fall.

  • If you have random silver pieces collect them and display together to add a little bling to small spaces.
Collect vintage items and display together, here we have mason jars and old pots planted with herbs and a topiary
  • We used plants in old pots and jars to add a lived in feel to this new camp (that is what Mainer’s call non water front cottages and cabins)
This wonderful clock adds age to this new home
  • Here we used an antique clock and old books to add charm to this room
Could be cool as spice drawers?
  • Repurpose items and use them to fit your life style this is a small chest of drawers it can hold jewelry or even spices in a kitchen

Rustic Country Wedding

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On May 19th my niece got married on her parent’s farm in the beautiful Virginia country side. I had the pleasure of being the event planner/florist for the event. The colors were purple and yellow and the setting was stunning! I used mason jars and jelly jars for all the flower arrangements. The flowers were all locally grown they included; Peonies, Queen Ann’s Lace, Stock, Bachelor buttons, Viburnum, Sweet Peas, Tulips, Roses,  Baptisia & Zebra and Green Grasses. The flowers came from a local farm www.wollamgardens.com, the flowers were freshly cut for the wedding. It was a pleasure working with these fabulous flowers, they were so fragrant!

This is the bridal table looking out on the farm and the mountains

We topped white table clothes with a fun yellow and white checked table runner. I used yellow and purple ribbon from www.mayarts.com on each flower arrangement. My wedding gift to the bride and groom was the monogrammed napkins that were used at the wedding. I am sure those n apkins will be used for every one of their family function for years to come!

Mini Arrangements in jam jars
We put two small and one large arrangement on each long table
Country flowers and country view out the tent
Check table runners are a great finishing touch
We filled the tent ceiling with white paper Chinese lanterns

Look at the beautiful bride and her father dancing, and look at the letters on the floor they have lights in them at night they were magical.

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