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Wednesday October 9th, 2013

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Wednesday June 26th, 2013

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DIY Floral Crown

In the late ’90s, while still in high school, I was a bridesmaid in my first wedding. The wedding was in a garden in Southern California and all the bridesmaid wore long straight ivory dresses with floral crowns. That was the last time I wore a floral crown until just a few months ago, we…

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Thursday June 6th, 2013

Wednesday June 5th, 2013

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String Art Trellis

Two things we love: string art and flowering vines. Many of our favorite vining flowers or vegetables, such as sweet peas, morning glories or cucumbers, need a building or a trellis of string and poles to support their upward growth. Cucumbers in particular do better when lifted off the ground and are away from the…

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Tuesday May 28th, 2013

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Sound Garden: Heaven or Las Vegas

Color Month here at Design*Sponge is such a pleasure for someone like me.  The first quality that attracts me to flowers is always the hue.  I typically hone in on one bunch of something that has spectacular color and then build the rest of an arrangement around it. During this time of year, rich purple…

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Thursday May 9th, 2013

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Garden Inspired Spring Wreath

Spring is finally here in the North East and we are so excited to see all the budding trees and spring flowers coming up. Since we are foragers at heart, this week is all about the flowers we have been able to gather right from our yards and from our local flower growers. Seeking an…

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Tuesday May 7th, 2013

Wednesday May 1st, 2013

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May Day Bouquet

Traditional celebrations surrounding the start of May are marked by flowers, ribbon, and merriment. Celebrated in various ways throughout cultures this time of year is linked to the ancient Pagan ritual Beltane, the Festival of Flora honoring the Roman goddess of flowers, and in more contemporary times, May Day.  Celebrations traditionally observed on May 1st…

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Friday April 19th, 2013

Friday April 12th, 2013

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DIY: Living Arrangement

We like to think, “who doesn’t love getting flowers?!” But what happens once they pass?  We love incorporating living plants into some of our arrangements so that the joy of the gift can be more permanent. Here we’ll show you how to plant out half of a vessel and arrange flowers in the other half….

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Tuesday April 9th, 2013

Friday April 5th, 2013

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Flowers for the Bees

These past couple weeks we’ve been busy bees working to open our little retail outlet inside the Bee’s Knees Supply Co. We’ve been feverishly prepping this much anticipated new venture by sourcing interesting containers and vessels to house our flowers and plants, seeking products that blend with both our aestethic and our values, and working…

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Wednesday March 20th, 2013

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Goodbye, Winter Blooms

As winter makes its slow creep into spring, we are taking a moment to celebrate! New Englanders at heart, we jump at the chance to rejoice in making it through yet another cold and dark winter. Last month’s dreams of sunny southern California melt away with the snow as we start hanging up our down…

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Friday March 15th, 2013

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Tuesday February 26th, 2013

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Flowers Inspired by Gauguin

Image above: Nature morte à l’estampe japonaise by Paul Gauguin There is so much that can inspire floral design besides flowers — a drawing, a sculpture, weavings and textiles, architecture, the colors of a city, the movement of a field being blown by the breeze and even an album cover! We love looking to the…

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Friday February 15th, 2013

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Sound Garden: Matthew Sweet’s Girlfriend

Photos by Maxwell Tielman Welcome back to Sound Garden! This week’s musical inspiration is a study in paradox. Matthew Sweet’s third album, Girlfriend, was released in 1991 and is a shining example of utterly listenable power pop. Many critics have lauded it as among the best albums of the 1990s. This is all well and good,…

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