The New Windermere Flowers & Gifts

Perhaps you haven’t heard but we have moved! We are now located at 5008 Dr. Phillips Blvd. We are still in the Fresh Market plaza now just three doors down from Fresh Market.

We still have the same great floral designs you love and now we have so much more.  Today, the shop is already decorated for the holidays. You can stop in and get some great ideas for your holiday decorating  or pick up one of our fabulous ready made wreaths or trees.  We have traditional and humorous gift items and you can place your orders for centerpieces before the holiday rush sets in. Have a Virtual Visit to the New Windermere Flowers and Gifts Here

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Mason Jars

The mason jar trend isn’t close to dying out anytime soon – and we’re glad because we love these cute little vessels! Time and time again we find ourselves placing mason jars upon tables or down the aisle. We’ve seem them in a few different colors – the blue tinted jars are definitely a favorite! And if you’re a crafty gal, the possibilities are endless with a little paint or glitter. Below are a mix of nifty ways to incorporate mason jars into your special day.

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Spring Fever

I know, I know…Spring has only just begun. But at the rate this year is going, Summer will be here before we know it! I’ve got my eye on bright colorful arrangements and centerpieces for every occasion. One of my favorite trends, are adding citrus fruit to floral centerpieces. Natural centerpieces are becoming more and more popular – think wooden vases. To give arrangements a more textured, natural feel, add more greenery. I’m a sucker for rustic beauty and charm. Instead of a traditional vase, opt for a mason jar to give an instant rustic vibe. Take a look at the images I’ve put together of my favorite warm-weather arrangements.

The last photo was one of our very own arrangements!

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Bloemencorso

Bloemencorso, or “flower parade,” is an annual tradition in which massive sculptures and floats are created out of flowers. The tradition started in 1936, and has become one of the most celebrated flower events. Bloemencorso takes place in the small Dutch town of Zundert. Nearly fifty-thousand visitors travel to the Netherlands to witness this breath-taking parade of blooms. Each of the competing districts of Zundert construct an entry and compete in the parade. Zundert was also the home of Vincent Van Gogh. Take a look at the beautifully crafted floats below!

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Wedding Trends for 2013

The end of the year is upon us, and it’s time for a new year, new beginnings and new wedding trends! Hooray! Look out for these hot wedding trends in the new year.

1. Emerald Green

Pantone has named emerald green the color to watch in 2013. So naturally, we expect to see this earthy hue in weddings.

2. Patterns & Prints

Many couples are beginning to have a signature print that shows up throughout their wedding.

3. Paper Lanterns

Lanterns are used frequently and loved by many, however, paper lanterns give off a more fun and whimsical feel to your decor. There are an incredible amount of resources that teach you how to make them yourself.

4. The 1920s

This glitzy and glamorous decade will make a comeback in a huge way into weddings in 2013.

5. Mint Green

Mint green has become vastly popular amongst brides, and is expected to continue through the next year.

We hope you have had a great year, and will have an even better one in 2013!!

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Thanksgiving Centerpieces

While the turkey is usually the focal point of the traditional Thanksgiving dinner, a floral centerpiece can also have a starring role in the festivities. We would suggest something low so that your guests can see each other..and all the delicious food! The most common objects used in Thanksgiving centerpieces are pumpkins, cornucopias and other woodsy elements.

Take a look of what we have to offer at Windermere Flowers & Gifts!

We offer the traditional cornucopia style floral arrangement!

We also offer a more contemporary style centerpiece, that’s still low enough on the table!

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The First Flowers: Flowers of the White House

In the spirit of election day, we took a look at the flowers in the White House.

Laura Dowling is the Cheif Floral Designer at the White House.  She is a specialist in the garden-style approach, creating natural arrangements that are classic and modern at the same time.

She uses flowers from the woods, meadows, vineyards, and gardens to bring a new signature style to the White House since she started working in the White House in 2009 with the Obama’s.

Laura likes to use fruits and vegetables in centerpieces around the White House, which coincides with Michelle Obama’s emphasis on healthy eating.

She has been known to incorporate arrangements in custom containers that give a more relaxed and unexpected look.

All images via lauradowling.com

Happy Election Day!

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Burlap

Incorporating burlap into your wedding decor is completely affordable and DIY friendly. Adding small touches of burlap to your decor can give your wedding a rustic feel. This material is also eco-friendly, as it’s made from the jute plant which is known for it’s strength and durability. Burlap will decompose naturally if left outside. Take a look at these super-cute ways to incorporate burlap into your wedding..

1. Bouquet wraps

2. Table runners

3. Wedding invites

4. Burlap wrapped candles

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3 Trends in Wedding Flowers for 2013!

Monochromatic

We often come across brides that love one specific color.  Now there is no need to find an accent or complimentary color for your flowers, because monochromatic bouquets and centerpieces are very modern and fun for 2013 weddings.  You can mix different flowers and textures of the same hue to create a truly magical bouquet!

 

Ombre

image from Martha Stewart Weddings

photo from mydreamweddingceremony.com

The “Ombre” look has been a huge trend in hairstyles and fabric this year, but the Ombre look is being used for wedding flowers too!  Ombre is French for shaded.

 

Rainbow

image from Petal Pushers Event Design

Rainbow is back!  For Brides with bold style or brides that want to differentiate their bridesmaids’ bouquets or centerpieces, rainbow bouquets and arrangements are expected to be hot in 2013!

 

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Kaitlyn + John

We finally received images from a wedding we provided flowers for back in June! The lovely wedding of Kaitlyn and John Mielke was held at the Cypress Grove Estate House. The photos turned out stunning – take a look!

Congratulations Mr. & Mrs. Mielke!

Cypress Grove Estate House http://www.cypressgroveestatehouse.com/

Big City Catering http://www.bigcitycatering.com/

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