Monday, August 29, 2011

Create a Labor Day Tablescape

Labor Day is right around the corner and what a great way to make use of the remaining flowers in your garden before the cold bug arrives!

Whether you are having a get together or just hanging out with your family, decorate your table and add some beauty to it!

Here are some fun and simple designs to dress your table for the occasion.




Thursday, August 25, 2011

It's Back!


This weekend we are designing a lush, garden inspired wedding. Our studio is filled with beautiful varieties of vibrant colored flowers, but through my eyes one stands out among the rest.

Ranunculus is a very timeless and romantic flower with multiple layers of delicate crepe paper thin petals. It comes in a variety of colors and is a bridal must have.

If you adore this flower as much as I do, you will be ecstatic to find out that it is just starting to make its way back into the market.


Stayed tuned next week for our wedding overview and photographs!


Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Flaming Cactus


A cable tie, also known as a zip tie is a wonderful tool,
especially when it comes to securely binding and organizing things. I became the biggest fan of zip ties, and use them for everything; draping, binding multiple rugs together,
binding rods and branches, and much more.
zip ties are my remedy to almost anything,
like windex in the movie...
My Big Fat Greek Wedding to me "Put some Windex" :)


We had an amazing weather in NYC last Saturday, and I was determined to take an adventurous trip in the city. My journey began in the Astor Place in East Village, where I saw vibrant colored zip tie installation on the lampposts. From the distance, I couldn't tell what it was made out of. I walked closer to one of the lamppost then gasped, "OMG ARE THESE ZIP TIES??" Brightly neon zip ties wrapped around all the posts and created Cactus looking lampposts.


"Flaming Cactus" installation was part of an art project from the Animus Art Collective for this year's Summer Streets Program.
The goal of the installation was to demonstrate that everyday objects can be transformed into something interesting just by combining them in usual ways.

They are coming down in June 2012, please go check them out!

Also.. few of the photos I took during my inspirational tour in SOHO/NOLITA <3


Thursday, August 18, 2011

Exotic Flair


Add some exotic flavor to your event by incorporating tropical elements to the d├ęcor.

The unique flair of design will become a conversation piece for your guests that will have them talking long after your party.

There are so many options to choose from whether it be foliage and grasses or vibrant flowers.

Some of my favorites are: Hanging Heliconia, Anthurium, Beehive Ginger, Pincushion Protea, Bird of Paradise, and Bromeliads.

When designing, I find that creating an arrangement of one variety creates a greater impact visually. However, a combination of colors and textures is aesthetically pleasing as well!

Planning a tropical inspired wedding? Check out some of these creative design ideas!


Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Lite Brite, Are You Making a Come Back?

An upcoming event has challenged us to design for a crowd with a demographic of males, ages 18 – 40. The event will showcase a variety of electronic gadgets and the boys/men who use them. The younger crowd who will be in attendance come from today’s super-high tech, 3D technology world that is leaps and bounds away form the technology that saturated the wonder years of the older generation that will be attending. We needed to find a bridge. So we are proposing a cool Lite Brite Wall as the focal point for the room and as a place to display our client’s logo.

I never had the chance to play with this legendary toy, so I did some quick research! The Lite Brite was created by Hasbro in 1967, and allows its user to create a glowing design. Essentially, this is just a light box with small colored pegs that fit into a grid of holes and illuminate from within. Users use any arrangement formed from a custom combination of eight different colored pegs (green, blue, red yellow, orange, pink, purple, and clear), so with that kind of variety, there are MANY custom designs to be created.


We think larger-than-life whenever possible so to my surprise, the largest Lite Brite ever built was an entire wall created in NYC. This structure created in 2008 by ASICS America Corporation and Vitrorobertson used 347,004 original size pegs and made it into the Guinness Book of World Records. This self-standing image was 9ft x 14ft.

A little nostalgia goes a long way and with the ever evolving App world available today, all kinds of “old school” technology has resurfaced in the shiny new form of tablet and smart phone apps. Case in point, Lite-Brite is now offered as an iPad app. You can pick the colored pegs you want and then every space you touch appears in those colors and makes a funny little sound, just as it did when Lite Brite users ripped through the paper of those fresh, new design templates that came with the game.

Our hope, is that guests will appreciate the nostalgic nod to technology that we are making by using a giant Lite Brite wall to display this ever-so-tech-forward company’s logo at their event.

Try Me

Christine <3

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

FLS Beauty Tips by Guest Blogger :: Lena Shkreli

Bio:
Hair and makeup have always been a passion of mine since I was a little girl. I always used to cut my dolls hair and give them a new style. I would take markers and pretend it were makeup pencils and color their eyes and lips with it. I became a licensed cosmetologist in 2006 and since then have had training in both hair and makeup thru TNG and Goldwell classes. I have done hair and makeup for local magazines in the Metro Detroit Area (Detroit HOUR, Styleline, and Metro Detroit Bride Magazine). I'm a hairdresser and makeup artist at Saks Fifth Avenue in Troy, MI. I also have my own freelance hair and makeup company, FLS Beauty (www.flsbeauty.com) offering brides and other women exceptional service in the comfort of their own home or the event venue.


Beauty tips:

From keeping your hair perfectly nourished to growing your lashes with out the high cost of prescriptions to making home beauty recipes this beauty tips will make you look and feel fabulous for any event you have coming up whether it be your wedding or a party your hosting!

Has the summer heat made your hair feel dry and straw like? Don't have the budget to get a in-salon treatment? Are you into all natural products? Well ladies, here is a great beauty recipe you can make in the comfort of your own home.

The Recipe:

All of the ingredients in this recipe moisturize and soften your hair.
2 eggs, beaten
1 cup plain, full-fat yogurt
2 Tbsp grapeseed oil (or olive oil)
1 Tbsp honey

Whip all ingredients in a blender until smooth. Apply to dry hair, concentrating on hair ends. Leave on for 15 minutes, covering with a shower cap to contain any drips. Shampoo as usual. Unused conditioning mask must be tightly sealed and refrigerated, and will keep for 3-4 days.


Want long, luscious lashes?! You don't have to buy Latisse. Just go to your kitchen and grab yourself some Extra Virgin Olive Oil. Pour just a small about into a cup. Take a Q-tip, dip it into the oil and apply to the lash line or as close as possible with out getting it into your eye. Do this to your bottom lashes also. Apply every night for at least 6 weeks to notice visible results.

We also want to keep our skin looking as young as possible. Don't forget to apply a SPF of at least 30 on your face everyday! Don’t over indulge in sugar, corn syrup, dextrose, & fruit-juice concentrate they can prematurely age skin. We're always looking for the next best product to reduce our fine lines or wrinkles. Here are some great supplements for your skin that you can take daily:

Coenzyme Q10 - Protects your skin from oxidative stress & helps give cells the energy to repair themselves.

Vitamin C - Without it your body can’t make collagen.

Polypodium Leucotomos (Found In Heliocare Pills) – Protects skin from UV damage.

Fish or Flaxseed Oil - Omega-3 fatty acids strengthens the skin’s barrier. Also reduces inflammation & treats eczema.

Hope you enjoy these tips! Questions or comments? Contact us at: www.flsbeauty.com

Best Regards,

Lena


Monday, August 8, 2011

Setting the Tone for the Entire Event

Last Saturday, we produced a whimsical mid summer nights dream wedding. Our overall concept for the wedding was expressed through a gorgeous harmony of textures and colors.

We wanted to create a focal point in the entry way that we felt would est the tone for the entire event. So we chose to make the Escort Card Table a huge WOW since it is the first thing the guests will see.

The table was designed with a collection of apothecary jars filled with a thin layer of moss, which was accented by succulents. The escort cards were presented in a lush bedding of moss. A series of ribbons in colors of blush pink, orange, and cream and clear votives were strung from a birch pole creating an artistic curtain overhead that highlighted the display.


HOW to create a RIBBON WALL

A ribbon wall can be easily created at home. All you need is a pole that you can string ribbons from and a collection of ribbons in different widths ranging from 7/8” to 1 ½”. Choose ribbons in monochromatic colors (recommend 3 – 4 different colors), it is visually more striking than displaying 7 different colors. You don’t want your head to spin! Cut them in varying heights, as different height to add dimension.

Voila, you’ve got your self a whimsical ribbon backdrop!

Monday, August 1, 2011

Express Yourself!

Say it with flowers is the traditional way to approach a special occasion or event, but why not go a step further and impress your guests with a little something more.

Expand your creative vision by incorporating different design elements through the use of vases. They can take a simple concept and shape it into an artistic theme.

The atmosphere and vibe of your party will change instantly.

Your guests will also be pleasantly surprised when they get to take one home too!