Holiday Flowers Retain Traditional Roots
Local florists reflect on trends and offer tips on how to spruce up your home for the holidays.
You might buy the newest trend in dresses or jewelry for mingling at holiday parties every winter, but local florists are keeping it classic with traditional flowers for their customers.
Lisa Keith of Bloomers Floral Studio is sticking with the demand for traditional holiday design concepts this season.
"There are no trends for Christmas — Christmas is Christmas!" she said.
Attributing the familiarity of traditions to the warm and comforting feelings of the holiday season, she says most people want their old favorites — boxwoods, pines and pine cones, holly with red berries and accents of metallic golds and silvers.
Amanda Rittmeyer, who has worked with Holiday Florist for the past eight years, said that people have been looking for traditional pieces for as long as she's been there.
"We have seen a little more color this year," she said. "We've been adding bright greens, pinks and blues to the classic evergreens."
"You can always get crazy with funky, non-traditional colors like teals, bronze and purples," she said. "It's interesting and fun to look at.
But the focus of most of her clients' decorating efforts and preferences lies in the traditional reds, golds and greens.
For those that want a bit of modern styling, but still love that traditional feel, Rebecca says that using sparkly whites, golds and silvers work well.
"Gem accents became a big trend a few years ago," she said.
Both are strong for design schemes of red with green and white with metallic colors.
Rebecca has also been helping many customers with do-it-yourself projects.
"A lot of clients are being both economically and environmentally responsible, so they're looking to breathe new life into pieces they already have by doing a few simple things to revive them," she said.
She suggests using the plentiful pine supply in the area to add a nice pine smell to an artificial wreath or centerpiece.
"It's nice to balance the artificial strength and the fresh smell," she said.
If looking to create a new centerpiece from scratch, she pitched a very simple project — cut fresh pine tips and arrange them in water or wet floral foam in a tumbler, then add some holiday ornaments or small accents.
If you already have an existing centerpiece, you can use several small tumblers to line edge of a shelf or mantel, Rebecca said.
"It's very charming, wallet friendly — and green!"