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Flower-related businesses experience ups and downs during pandemic | Business Observer

You can’t underestimate the power of flowers to cheer people up, even in a pandemic. “It’s thoughtful, it’s refreshing, it’s something bright, natural and healthy,” says Jeff Gordon, the owner of Sarasota-based Suncoast Florist. “A number of our local customers comment that you just want something bright and fresh in your home.” As more people choose to spruce up their houses or the houses of friends and family members with flower arrangements, some flower-related businesses in the area have gotten a boost during portions of the pandemic. But recent months haven’t all been rosy — florists have seen their share of sales fluctuations. Plus there are new precautions to take when delivering flowers to homes, hospitals, assisted-living facilities and other locations. Thr...
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Cynthia Bailey and Mike Hill’s Wedding: Peek at the Decor

After saying "I do" on October 10, Cynthia Bailey and Mike Hill had the most lavish setup to celebrate with their loved ones.  As seen in photos and videos posted to Instagram from the big day, The Real Housewives of Atlanta couple's reception held at the Governors Towne Club in Acworth, Georgia, featured jaw-dropping details including luxe candles, gorgeous chandeliers, and a silver balloon display adorning a grand staircase where guests including Eva Marcille, Kenya Moore and Quad Webb posed for photos.  Of course, there was no shortage of places for a photo op throughout the night. In addition to a photo booth, guests gathered in front of a stunning floor-to-ceiling white flower wall featuring the couple's custom logo, an intertwined "C" and "M." Hu...
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Shop Drew Barrymore’s FLOWER Home Fall Collection for Fall

Drew Barrymore launched a daily talk show last week, but that hasn't stopped the star from keeping her FLOWER Home collection for Walmart at the top of consumers' minds. The stylish furniture and home decor line's fall offerings just dropped on Walmart.com, and as to be expected, every item reflects Barrymore's vibrant, boho aesthetic. And like previous home releases, she turned to everyday wonders to fuel her creative process. “Inspiration comes from everywhere,” Barrymore said in a press release. “Something that you love in life can become something you love in your home. Curate your love of life and live right in it.”From colorful botanical prints to eye-catching abstract patterns, the eclectic FLOWER Home collection for the new season includes peel-and-stick wallpaper designs, plus...
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Spruce up your space for fall! 13 Home decor deals from Amazon Prime Day

Our editors independently selected these items because we think you will enjoy them and might like them at these prices. If you purchase something through our links, we may earn a commission. Pricing and availability are accurate as of publish time. Learn more about Shop TODAY.Prime Day was created by Amazon which has an affiliate relationship with TODAY. Whenever you buy an Amazon product through our site, Amazon pays TODAY a small commission on that sale.In the mood to spruce up your space for fall? Whether you're shopping for a new coffee table, some wall art or anything in between, Amazon Prime Deal has plenty of home decor deals going on right now. Here are 13 the Shop TODAY editors are currently eyeing.1. Salipt LED Flickering Flameless Candles Set of 10Salipt LED Flickering Flameles...
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Late Winnetka Trustee’s Midcentury Modern Home Sells For $640,000

WINNETKA, IL — A midcentury home on the edge of the Skokie Lagoons in Winnetka sold for $640,000 last month. The four-bedroom, 3,000-square-foot home sits on a half-acre lot on Tower Road overlooking a small village-owned pond. It was built in 1956 to the northwest of the Winnetka Golf Club as part of the Forestview subdivision, according to property records. The home's architect and original owner could not be identified. Its design features a master suite, one bedroom a two-car garage and storage on the right side of its foyer. On the left side, it has two more bedrooms and a great room with floor-to-ceiling windows facing toward the south and west. Click on any image for more photos from 1620 Tower Road. (Realtor.com)The interior also includes several skylights, hardwood floors and ...
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Artificial plants and flowers for home decor

Now that everyone is spending more time indoors, faux plants that truly look real can add a touch of nature to your space, minus the upkeep. After all, some people love the look of plants in their home but seriously lack a green thumb. Others love to change things up and decorate seasonally, so they hesitate to commit to living plants, which generally have to be cared for all year. Either way, carefully selected faux plants and flowers give you all the highs of having a home with greenery without the lows of having to worry about watering, fertilizing or moving it around to ensure it gets enough sunlight. © Home Depot Nearly Natural Mix Greens Artificial Plant in Planter © Amazon MyGift Set of 3 Artificial Plants When selecting faux plants and flowers for your home, l...
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Plants and flowers perfect for decorating during the Fall season

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9 Things To Consider When Building a Vacation Home by the Beach

The sand, the sun, the sound of waves lapping against the shore—when you are living by the beach, life is good! As amazing as it all sounds, there are many things to consider if you are thinking of building a vacation home by the beach.While the location, safety factors, proximity to the beach, and accessibility can be easily fixed, it's finalizing the house plan that can feel like a Sisyphean task. Your plan outlines the complete structure of the home from the foundation to the entire interior layout. It is the "map" or the complete resource your builder has for the entire building project -- making it all the more important to get it right!With over 30K+ house plans created by over 200 design experts and architects, Architectural Designs is an excellent place to find the perfect plan for...
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Hershey home preserves 1950s architecture blended with modern updates and renovations: Cool Spaces

This home, built in 1951, retains its classic brick Colonial appeal with luxury additions that perfectly blend contemporary aesthetic suited to modern family life.The original blueprints for 360 Elm Ave., Hershey were mail ordered and dated 1949 from The Standard Home Company of Washington, D.C. These blueprints were slightly amended on Oct. 2, 1950, and the new home was finished in 1951.The owners of this now 6000-plus-square-feet downtown Hershey home took great care to respect the history of the 1951 original home, including matching the exterior brick addition to the original brick, while also adding space and incorporating many updates that families want today.The interior has an open concept flow from a foyer with staircase that appears to float thanks to a flowing, open modern sculp...
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Woman turns house into 1970s-style shrine

Watch: Mum turns her home into 1970’s by only buying second-hand interiorsWhen it comes to interiors trends, the 1970s aesthetic will always divide opinion.Some describe decor from the disco years as eclectic – filled with bright colours and mismatched accessories, but others find the linoleum floors and wood panelled walls a bit tacky. One woman, though, has fully embraced the 1970s vibe and has transformed her entire home into a tribute to the era. Estelle Bilson, 43, has spent the past five years collecting a mix of vintage pieces from auctions, charity shops and eBay. The results are pretty impressive. Estelle Bilson's home is a colourful mix of 1970s nostalgia. (SWNS)MoreBilson’s love of all things retro was taken to the next level when she moved into her Greater Manchester three-bed ...
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Wisconsin farmer plants sunflower fields to provide a respite during this rough year

Everyone could use a little sunshine in their life right now, so a Wisconsin farmer decided that's what he was going to do, and planted more than 2 million sunflowers in his fields. © Courtesy Scott Thompson Thompson Strawberry Farm has been around for 70 years, but this is the first year it is decorated with sunflowers. Scott Thompson's family has been farming in Kenosha County for more than 70 years, and this is the first year that flowers are decorating the landscape. Usually, the pick-your-own farm consists of strawberries in summer and raspberries and pumpkins in the fall. Located just 10 miles from Kenosha, Wisconsin, in Bristol, Thompson Strawberry Farm is drawing people to a simpler family outing where they can picnic, wander fields of florals and take home a doze...
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This Chic London Home Will Show You How to Mix Antiques and Modern Pieces

Photo credit: Mark RoperFrom ELLE DecorIt all started with wallpaper. For Australia-based interior designer Thomas Hamel and longtime clients from Perth looking to design their London pied-à-terre, the bonding began when Hamel first accompanied the wife to a de Gournay showroom in London. “It was like bringing a person into the best chocolate shop in the world,” Hamel says. “I was like, ‘You cannot lick the walls.’ She knew every single panel and which one had been featured in Vogue, which one was in Kate Moss’s house, and so forth.”From there, their creative collaboration took shape, leading to a Belgravia townhouse with contemporary bones, punches of pink and green, and—as promised—de Gournay prints in unexpected places.Photo credit: Mark RoperHamel, born in America and trained at Parish...
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How to Use Artificial Flowers as Home Decor | Home Guides

If you want to add life to your space without crunching your budget, or if real flowers aren't an option, consider using artificial flowers in your decor. Faux flowers have taken on a new reputation with updated technology that creates lifelike petals and stems. What was once looked down upon is now widely accepted. High-end interior designers as well as magazines geared toward the homemaker and inner decorator have chosen to add artificial flowers to decor, and offer many ways to incorporate the flora in a tasteful way. Bouquet Brightly colored flowers gathered together into a beautiful bouquet will liven up any tabletop or other surface. Bunch the stems together, then wrap and tie with string or garden twine. For a living room or reading nook, lay your favorite book open on a...
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This Houston Home Has Some of the Warmest, Most Welcoming Rooms Around

Photo credit: Julie SoeferFrom ELLE DecorA young Houston family, torn between traditional and modern approaches to interior design, recently found their perfect match in Marie Flanigan and Melanie Hamel, the principal and design director, respectively, of Houston-based Marie Flanigan Interiors, each of whom has a knack for marrying the new and the old.“My style embodies the new traditional, which celebrates a modern take on classic style,” Flanigan says. “I love to layer different textures and styles to make a home feel collected and curated.”Photo credit: Julie SoeferThe designers put an emphasis on filling the home with intimate spaces while also making sure that it could accommodate entertaining large groups of people. Those spaces were built by the architect Reagan Miller of Reagan &am...
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This Renovation Takes a French Flat From ’70s Spirit to Modern Minimalism

“I really like the wall of alcoves, as it adds character and it gives a vacation vibe to the apartment when the windows are open to the balcony,” confesses the owner, who enjoys the 129-square-foot alfresco space that offers views of the back gardens of the neighboring houses. “Having dinner outside in the summer is definitely a big plus.”BEFORE: The basic layout of the kitchen was fine but needed a jolt of color and modernity. AFTER: In the peacock blue and walnut kitchen, some pieces are by IKEA, and the cabinet doors are by Helsingö. Natural materials were used throughout. For example, the waxed concrete floor creates unity and fluidity throughout the whole apartment; the wooden logs at the entrance and on the legs of the dining room table are a reference to Japan; the birch plywood in ...
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Coshocton County United Way celebrates 80 years

CLOSEOrganization recognized by government officials for longevity in the communityStory HighlightsThe United Way of Coshocton County is celebrating its 80th year. It started in 1940 as the Community Chest.State. Sen Jay Hottinger and Tim Ross of Congressman Bob Gibbs' office recently presented proclamations for the anniversary.The local chapter has 13 partner agencies and supports projects like the Dolly Parton Imagination Library.The campaign goal is $325,000. Several events, like Taste of Coshocton, have been cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.Buy PhotoEmployees, board members and local dignitaries with proclamations presented by State Sen. Jay Hottinger and Tim Ross from the office of Congressman Bob Gibbs honoring the local organization's 80 years in the local community in front o...
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Detroit school students’ outdoor library, garden vandalized

CLOSEBooks were torn at an outside library in a Detroit public school Thursday morning. (Photo: Used with permission by Derek Clark)Staff members at Greenfield Union Elementary-Middle School are in shock Thursday after they found their student-built outdoor library and gardens in ruin.Vandals left a huge mess — the books were either shredded or soaked with water. Pots were cracked and broken. Bookcases and benches were flipped over. Only one book was left intact. "That garden means a lot. So for it to be damaged was very heartbreaking," Dean of Culture Derek Clark said. The Detroit school outdoor library was an ongoing project spanning five years, built by the school's own students.The library had shelves full of books, with flower pots and benches decorating the yard. It was a lively dest...
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A midcentury home receives a sensitive renovation in Montreal

Local practice Salem Architecture has recently renovated the Maison Ave Courcelette, a stately, midcentury home with an improved indoor/outdoor connection in the heart of Montreal. Originally constructed in 1947, the house was built with beautiful attention to detail and sculptural, rounded openings — elements that both the architect, Jad Salem, and the owner wanted to preserve and highlight. The resulting transformation achieves those goals while generously opening up the interior to the large exterior courtyard and bringing an abundance of natural light indoors. Continue reading below Our Featured Videos Located in the residential borough of Outremont, the Maison Ave Courcelette project connects to a large backyard and is surrounded by many mature trees around the perimeter of th...
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Interior designers share 12 things they would buy from Target right now

Target is a great place to shop if you’re looking to update and refresh your space. Since the retailer has so many options, Insider spoke to two interior designers to narrow down some of their top picks. Read on to see what two interior designers would buy from Target right now. This round, metallic pouf can be used in just about any room of your home. This metallic pouf, measuring 14 inches by 20 inches by 20 inches, adds personality to any part of the home, according to Michelle Harrison-McAllister, interior designer and founder of Michelle Harrison Design. She said you can use it as a footstool in a living room, extra seating for your kids to play video games, or as a place to hold towels in the bathroom. The round pouf is available in silver, gold, and bronze colour varieties. The...
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Publix saves couple’s wedding cake over Zoom

Laura Jazmin Tolliver-Jackson   | Palm Beach Post When the coronavirus pandemic derailed a Florida-born bride's dream of having Publix cake at her wedding, the supermarket chain came to the rescue and showed that not all heroes wear capes. They sometimes wear aprons.Newlyweds Erin and Ben Cohen were expecting to have their ceremony surrounded by loved ones in her hometown of Coral Springs, but when the pandemic hit, it caused them to nix their travel plans and pivot. The couple began strategizing how they would get a Publix cake to their new wedding location in Ben’s parents’ backyard in Minneapolis, Minnesota where family and friends would watch them wed live on Zoom. Since Publix locations only go as far up as Virginia, getting a fluffy buttercream cake over 1,600 miles north would pose ...