Wednesday, December 30, 2009

A Review Of '09 At The Hidden Garden

I am extremely proud of The Hidden Garden team and all of the work that we do. Looking through all of The Secret Life of Flowers' posts from 2009 I thought it would be fun to do a highlight reel of our best work from this past year. I must admit this post is inspired by a "best of" post I read on Inspired By This. I think it is a great idea to look back on your successes in 2009 and carry that forward into 2010. Leave a comment, I would love to hear what you did great in '09 and what you might do differently in '10. Happy New Year!

Coming up for Air

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Please excuse me for not blogging daily like I usually do, but this holiday season has been extremely busy for us. I am not complaining, it's been an amazing year for The Hidden Garden.

I feel extremely blessed to be able to connect with you here and I appreciate your letting me share my love of flowers with you. As I look back at 2009, some of my favorite highlights include becoming a blogger for Inside Weddings Magazine, opening a 2nd Hidden Garden shop at the gorgeous Four Seasons Westlake Village, and meeting some incredible people through networking (thank you, Twitter!)

So as my team and I finish up our year, I want to wish you all a wonderful 2010 filled with lots of success and good health.


Monday, December 21, 2009

Give the Gift of Flowers

Looking for that perfect gift for your co worker, friend, or family member? Schedule a flower delivery for that special someone to receive fresh flowers on a regular basis. Many of our clients will give the gift of flowers to someone who loves having fresh flowers in their home or office. You can choose any amount of deliveries, and let them have with it. They can call and let us know if there is any specific flowers they want, and we can deliver the pre paid arrangements for any occasion they choose, or just because. Everyone loves fresh flowers- give the perfect gift of flowers this holiday season! Call us for any more information & options ~ 310.575.6600.

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Friday, December 18, 2009

New Blog Post For Inside Weddings; Holiday Wedding Ideas!

I love the Holidays and I especially love decorating my home, my clients' homes and businesses. The tree, the wreaths, the garlands, the bows, and all the poinsettias provide endless amounts of inspiration. If a couple is getting married during the holidays, however, incorporating all of these elements might make their wedding feel like just another Holiday party. In this week's post for Inside Weddings I give tips on how to create a festive Holiday wedding without it seeming like the Griswald's were the wedding planners! Check it out here and feel free to leave your festive ideas as a comment.

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Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Winter Greens

We thought we would do something a little different today, we usually feature gorgeous florals of all shapes, sizes and colors, but today we thought we would focus on a more crisp and fresh look with Winter GREENS.

They can be used both outdoors and inside your home. For outdoors, you can take a basket (like the one above) that has a rustic outdoorsy feel to it and fill it with evergreens. The finishing touch, that really makes a statement, is the use of Christmas ornaments in the same hues as the plants. You can also have the feeling present with planters and pots that can line the entrance to your home. By using evergreens, you don't have to as concerned with the fragility that comes with using flowers.

Pictures compliments of Better Homes & Gardens December 2009

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Monday, December 14, 2009

Holiday Arrangements 2009

As you can see our customers are keeping us busy with Holiday orders left and right. Take a look at some of the arrangements that went out over the past weekend.

The beautiful golden vase and the tall golden candlabra arrangement is one of three that were featured at the Four Seasons Hotel in Los Angeles. The smaller arrangement incorporates red Christmas ball ornaments in between the roses and instead of the usual fresh greens we used forest droppings (greenery with baby pine cones) from Oregon. It was a gorgeous holiday display for a corporate function.

We love the unique elements & textures we incorporate into our designs during the holidays. Taking a simple pine cone and spray painting it in a silver or gold sheen adds an extra sparkle to an everyday arrangement. Elements or ribbon or small ornament balls add a festive touch to an everyday design.

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Thursday, December 10, 2009

New Blog Post For Inside Weddings; Favorite Books for Brides!

All this cold weather and all the holiday shopping I've been doing inspired this week's post for Inside Weddings - Favorite Books for Brides! I like to think of Preston Baily, Jeff Leatham, Mindy Weiss and Colin Cowie's books as "the classics" for brides. No bride should walk down the aisle without reading at least one of them. They also make great gifts for the brides- to-be in your life. Check out the complete post here and if you have a book to add to the list leave a comment, I'm always looking for a great read.

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Christmas Decorating

The Holiday season rages on at the Hidden Garden. Every day it's a new home or business our team is setting up for. When you get to the front door of this home you are greeted by a fragrant wreath made of scented noble, incense cedar, juniper berries, pine cones and pepper berries.

On the kitchen island we placed a beautiful oversized Poinsettia plant in a rich vibrant tone of red. It wouldn't be the holidays without poinsettias, pine cones and ribbon, with sprigs of berries popping out for dramatic effect. This arrangement was placed in a container that looks like a present.

The tree to the left is a 9-10 foot noble fir tree with over two thousand lights! It took our team of three almost four hours to adorn this tree with beautiful ornaments and ribbon accents (some of the ornaments belong to the client, but often we supplement with our own.)

More often than not, you get to see the end result of a gorgeous grandiose tree in the lobby of a local business or in the comfort of someone's home, but you would never imagine the work involved in making a tree look so good.

The fireplace mantle was draped with a fresh and fragrant garland that was covered with hundreds of white lights. Then it was adorned with large rich gold ribbon. The stark white of the fireplace was a nice contrasting backdrop for this rich arrangement.

We look forward to decorating more homes and business, who knows it might be your decor we feature on our blog next time!!!

Keep an eye out for more holiday decor coming your way.

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Wednesday, December 9, 2009

HGUniversity-Flowers 101

A few weeks ago we hosted a great group of ladies in one of our floral design classes. We host these classes throughout the year by client request. Some groups decide to book a private floral design class for a bridal shower or just a fun girls night out.

With all the holiday entertaining this month, this would be a wonderful time to learn to arrange some flowers for your home or as a nice gift for a loved one.

Here is a quote from one of the ladies who recently attended a class:

We absolutely loved our class! Everything was perfect. Amy and Trisha were well organized and gave the perfect amount of help. Our arrangements turned out beautiful! Amy gave us a nice little education about how to know if flowers were fresh, and how to keep arrangements fresh. We are ready for our next session!!!

Bring your friends and nurture your creative side with a flower arrangement class with one of our expert designers. Classes have an eight person minimum and the cost is $75/person. Each "student" gets to take home their floral creation at the end of the class.

We look forward to seeing you in class!

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Friday, December 4, 2009

Christmas Fireplace Mantles

Photos courtesy of Sunset Living and Veranda

One of the first places we think of decorating in our homes for the holiday season are fireplaces. As you can see the possibilities are endless. The way you decorate your fireplace should match your own personal style and coordinate with the other holiday decor around the house. You can choose to go with the simple and whimsical or the traditional and elegant.

A bold statement could be made by using the same flower in different colors, sizes and containers as done with the poinsettias above.

If you chose to take the traditional route with garland the possibilities are unlimited. You can use one type of flower for a simple approach, or you could go wild with several types of flowers and adding pine cones and ribbon for texture and color.

You don't always have to use flowers or garland in your fireplace decor either. Take an idea from the metallic lime green inspired fire place mantle above. Filling jars with christmas ornaments in a monochromatic color scheme makes an equally bold statement.

Whatever style you chose, you are only limited by your imagination!

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Thursday, December 3, 2009

New Blog Post For Inside Weddings; Let Your Flowers Tell Your Love Story!

Maybe being around friends and family for the holidays inspired me to write my latest post for Inside Weddings. It's all about having a couple's décor and wedding flowers speak to their past, present and future. I am constantly amidst beautiful weddings, but the ones that truly stand out are those that use personal touches and make me feel like I've known the couple for years. Be sure and read a few of my ideas here and leave a comment because I'd love to know how you told, or are going to tell, your love story.

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Poinsettias Trends!

Photos courtesy of Better Homes and Garden and Sunset Living

Poinsettias are almost synonymous with the Holiday Season. They are in fact the Christmas flower. At The Hidden Garden we can find them in a variety of colors at the LA Flower Market. From cream, christmas red, marble burgundy and pink. From 4 in pots to topiary tree style...this popular christmas plant graces the home of almost everyone during the holiday season.

Most often we see poinsettias in their own planter growing as cheerfully as can be, but this season we are seeing a trend in how to decorate with poinsettias as a cut bloom.
* A single poinsettia stem makes quite a bold statement by itself. One idea is to use several small clear or silver vases and place a single stem in each one and then group them together to make a cluster of different variety of poinsettias.
*Another option is to clip a single poinsettia and let it float in a shallow water vase lined with a monochromatic colored river stones. This makes a simple, affordable, yet stunning centerpiece for a small table.
* A twist on the classic poinsettia in a pot idea is to have a simple single or double stem gently tied together with a simple ribbon, evocative of the year round orchid plant.
* Silk or Water tubed poinsettia blooms in your Christmas tree or fireplace mantle is both simple and classic.

Welcome Christmas Season!!

The Holiday Season is in full swing here at the Hidden Garden. You wouldn't believe Thanksgiving was just a week ago if you were to see all the Christmas Decor we have been working on this past week!!

These pictures are from the beautiful holiday decor we did at The Four Seasons Westlake, where we recently opened The Hidden Garden Westlake location. The Four Seasons hotels are known for their attention to detail and exquisite taste. We wanted the decor to reflect that very same classic standard.

The Christmas trees were first covered in hundreds of miniature white lights followed by elegant ribbons and bows in cream, gold and red colors. For texture, we added sprigs of berries and exquisite feathers in vibrant rich colors. The Christmas tree in the restaurant was adorned with Santa Clause figurines, trumpets and horns. The base of the tree was lined with plush stuffed teddy bears and flanked by two large nut cracker statues. The staircase was adorned with beautiful lush garland accented with gold ribbon bows and red and gold Christmas balls.

We love the blank slate a Christmas tree has to offer. We can take any tree and customize it to compliment a company or a home's unique style. We look forward to showing you what else we will be working on in the weeks to come.


Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Wedding Filled with Emotion at Skirball

One of our favorite Photographers (David Michael Photography - Michael Branigan) just sent us over a slide show from a wedding The Hidden Garden designed for Danielle & Alejandro's at Skirball Cultural Center. The slideshow is amazing....Michael captured not only our beautiful floral designs but so much emotion in all the photos. I just love it! Enjoy!

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