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Autumn Wedding Trends!

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A true trend for 2019 are floral accessories. We all know the corsages that are worn by either the groom or the guests at the wedding, but this trend goes far beyond that. Rings, necklaces, shoulder corsages, hoop bouquets, hair accessories, you name it. Time to involve your wedding guests into the floral joy on this big day.

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The smallest floral designs on our list of real floral accessories are the rings. Small and maybe not so notable but a great looking detail. Wear them yourself or make rings for your guests. This creates a nice subject for your guests to talk about and compare their rings. They will surely be noticeable when they take a nip of champagne. Check out our t board for inspiration.

Floral Necklaces:

Floral necklaces are a perfect replacement or extension for the bridal bouquet. Many necklaces are round, following the shape of the neck, but there are also necklaces with a more “triangle” shape. Check out our P board for inspiration.

Shoulder Corsages:

The shoulder corsage is definitely growing in popularity. It can be a great eye-catcher at weddings. It can be made small and delicate or large and abundant. In most cases, the flowers used in the shoulder corsages are matching with the dress or outfit of the wearer. Great fall wedding trend for 2019. Check out our board for inspiration.

The Hoop Bouquet:

One of the most popular fall wedding trends for 2019. Especially for the bridesmaids. Since you can create hoops of any size, the possibilities are almost endless. Hoop bouquets are also a very cute accessory for children when they attend the wedding. It is also a perfect replacement for the traditional wedding bouquet. Using a hoop bouquet on your wedding gives it a more boho feeling.

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Floral Hair Accessories

There are a lot of different floral hair accessories. From floral crowns, hair clips to using a single flower. This is a trend that will definitely be big in the fall of 2019. Go to our Pinterest board to see all the possibilities and be inspired.

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Squirrel Enjoying Mother Nature!

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Dick van Duijn, 34, from the Netherlands, spent two hours and took roughly 200 photos in order to capture the moment.

In the photos, the squirrel reaches for a yellow daisy, touching the flower to its face. Its eyes close as it seemingly inhales the floral scent. Moments later, the rodent leaned in for a tasty bite, said the photographer.

“This curious ground squirrel started smelling and tasting the flower,” the photographer recalled. "I was really happy after capturing a photo like this."

"I went to Austria especially to photograph the ground squirrels,” he added. "It was great to witness this, and very satisfying."


Picking Floral Paint Colors!

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The challenge of picking paint colors isn’t that there aren’t enough options—it’s that there are endless options, so many that you could actually spend forever trying to pick just one. Plus, there’s a huge difference between liking a color or a color family and those shades actually being appropriate for your walls. Lime green might be your go-to for clothes, but it’s a tough color to put on the walls of a home.

Sometimes, though, your favorite colors might actually work on the walls of your home, especially if they can be used in smaller doses as accent colors, trim paint, or other smaller-scale paint applications. Or, if you’re dying to go bold with your paint color choices and have more subdued decor and furnishings, your favorite color—no matter what it is—can work as your wall paint color. This is especially true if your favorite color happens to be the same color as your favorite flower.


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There’s something about flowers that makes them an excellent addition to any room. They work very well in vases or indoor planters, of course, but they can also inspire some pretty amazing paint colors. Red is red, but a rose red is something a little extra—especially if rose is your favorite flower. These shades may not work as kitchen cabinet paint colors, but if you want something beyond pastel paint colors or the go-to off-white colors you’ve always known, picking a paint color based on your favorite flower might be the way to go. At the very least, you’ll have a great explanation for why your front door is hot pink (inspired by your favorite bougainvillea, of course).

Read on for nine paint colors inspired by popular flowers—you might just find inspiration for your next big (or small) paint project.


One of the most easily recognized flowers, roses come in all sorts of colors—but there’s nothing quite like a bold red rose. Try Hot Tamale by Benjamin Moore for that dusky rose look; just consider using it in small doses to keep the flower power concentrated.


Hydrangeas can be several different colors, but blue hydrangeas may be most recognizable for the majority of people. Plus, the blue is a pop of contrast against green leaves and often-pink flowers, and the lightened shade of the bloom is soft and soothing. Bring the look inside (sans hydrangea care) with Big Chill by Behr.


Who doesn’t love a sunflower? Bringing the sunny, cheerful color inside can give your home sunshiny summer vibes year-round; give it a try with English Yellow by Annie Sloan. (And if you love this paint color, there are many more chalk paint colors where that came from.)


Like most blooms, dahlias can be found in many different shades, but the pink is especially striking. Pink may be a bit much for a whole wall, but as an accent, it shines—and High Maintenance by Behr might be the best paint color for the job.


Hyacinths tend to bloom in blues and purples; a deep, almost midnight-blue inspired by this flower might be just the subtle boost your room needs. Give it a try with Formentera by Backdrop.


These iconic little blooms are like the white paint colors of the garden world—they fit in almost anywhere, they have tons of different shades, and they always look great. You could pick a number of different paint colors and call them tulip-inspired, but we’re going to pick a bolder shade and suggest Jeweled Peach by Benjamin Moore for an orange color that draws inspiration from King’s Orange tulips.


Oh, peonies—is any flower as sweet or as beloved? These little blooms feel impossibly springy, and painting a room in the house the same blush color can keep the dreamy feeling around long after the flowers wither and peony care must end. To fill your home with a sweetly romantic atmosphere, try Baby Soft by Clare.


With its tropical hot-pink and purple tones, a Bougainvillea-inspired paint color will help any home feel a little more alive. Just use it in small doses if you want to keep things a little quieter—painting with Haitian Flower by Behr makes it easy, especially in a room that gets a lot of natural light.


With gold notes and plenty of feel-good vibes, a Marigold-inspired paint color will brighten up any space. Try Golden Hour by Clare for a sunny shade that leans more gold than orange. colors

Having Fresh Flowers in Your Home Could Reduce Pain Levels!

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Sending flowers to your sick or sad friend might be a universal go-to gift, but the heartwarming gesture is actually more helpful than you think. I know it may be surprising, but there's more to flowers than just a sweet smell and a pretty face—recent research suggests they can have some seriously positive effects on our health, too.

The American Society for Horticulture Science performed a study evaluating whether plants can have therapeutic influences on surgical patients, and the results are honestly kind of shocking. Ninety patients who had recently had appendectomies were split into rooms either with plants or without plants, and those in areas with some kind of foliage had a much more positive experience overall than those who didn't.

According to the study, those exposed to flowers had lower blood pressure and heart rate, lower ratings of pain, anxiety, and fatigue, and more positive feelings and higher satisfaction about their rooms than the patients without foliage. The findings from this research actually suggests that flowers could be "complementary medicine" for recovering patients.

Bouquets of flowers can actually also make us feel less stressed out, according to a study published in Complementary Therapies In Medicine. The study gave college-aged women a fresh vase of roses for their dorm rooms, and the results included the subjects feeling more relaxed and stress-free than before. I don't know about you, but this info is persuading me to go out and buy myself a bouquet—or six.

Plants for Dorm Rooms & Apartments (6)

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Snake Plant

Snake plant (also calledSansevieriaor mother-in-law’s tongue), is a sturdy and rugged indoor houseplant. Its vertical, striped foliage adds height to small rooms and sports a trendy, modern look.

Snake Plant Care
Snake plant is easy to grow; it likes high, medium, and low light, making it the perfect choice for practically everyone. Water snake plant sparingly about once a week.

Why It’s the Perfect Pick
Because of its tolerance for low light and dry soil, snake plant is an excellent choice for busy college students who can’t devote the time to maintaining a plant.

Did You Know
Studies by the American Horticultural Therapy Association have found that caring for a plant such as snake plant increases levels of self-esteem.

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Pothos is an attractive houseplant that features long stems and green, yellow, and white leaves on winding stems that can climb trellises or posts – or trail from hanging baskets. Often used in container gardens, pothos also looks great on its own indoors.

Pothos Care
Grow pothos on a table or desk in low to medium indoor light, and allow the soil to dry between waterings.

Why It’s the Perfect Pick
Pothos’ cascading foliage looks stunning grown over the side of a dresser or mini-fridge.

Did You Know
Research done by the American Horticultural Therapy Association found that keeping plants such as pothos in your dorm, apartment, or house promotes increased feelings of calm and relaxation.

Plants for Dorm Rooms & Apartments (5)

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ZZ Plant

ZZ plant is one of the toughest plants you can grow: Its stems can hold water for weeks and it tolerates almost any lighting situation. Plus, it looks good, too.

ZZ Plant Care
Grow ZZ plant in bright, medium, or low light, and allow the soil to dry between waterings. Too much water is about the only way to kill this indoor plant.

Why It’s the Perfect Pick
ZZ plant is part of the Plants of Steel collection of practically indestructible houseplants. It’s an attractive, masculine alternative to more traditional houseplants.

Did You Know
ZZ plant releases oxygen into the air, which can improve your sleep quality. Keep ZZ plant near your bed to recover from an all-night study session!

Plants for Dorm Rooms & Apartments (4)

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Peace Lily

Peace lily is a popular houseplant that features dark green leaves and large white blooms, making it one of the prettiest houseplants you can grow. This easy-care plant has a resilient nature and natural ability to purify indoor air.

Peace Lily Care
Grow your peace lily in medium to bright light (the more light it gets, the more it blooms) and keep the soil evenly moist.

Why It’s the Perfect Pick
Peace lily works hard to keep the air clean and fresh; it also adds a charming element to your décor.

Did You Know
Research by the American Horticultural Therapy Association concludes that keeping a plant in your room such as peace lily can improve your memory.

Plants for Dorm Rooms & Apartments (3)

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Aloe Vera

Aloe vera is a no-fuss succulent that features long, narrow leaves edged in small, soft teeth. Aloe can live for a long time in a variety of conditions with minimal care.

Aloe Vera Care
Aloe loves bright light, so keep it near a window. Do not allow it to sit in standing water, but make sure the soil doesn’t dry completely either.

Why It’s the Perfect Pick
Along with its exotic appearance, old wives tales say that aloe’s gooey insides can soothe and heal minor burns and cuts.

Did You Know
According to studies from the American Horticultural Therapy Association, having plants such as aloe around your home promotes a sense of optimism and well-being