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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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Protesters at Mike Pence event in Zanesville say workers are left behind

CLOSEAutoplayShow ThumbnailsShow CaptionsLast SlideNext SlideZANESVILLE - A common thought process ran among protesters at a Trump campaign event in Zanesville on Wednesday geared toward workers — enough is enough.Vice President Mike Pence spoke at the Workers for Trump event, which was held at the Muskingum County Fairgrounds.Pence in his speech touted the economic and job growth that occurred under Trump's presidency. But protesters painted a different picture of their last four years with the current White House, one marked by broken promises and a rosy picture of a thriving working class that they say never came true.Chuckie Denison was an employee of a General Motors plant that closed in Lordstown last year after the company reportedly decided to open a new factory outside the U.S. He...
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A Splash Of Colour

Earlier this year Brides magazine asked top planners what are the wedding trends to keep and ditch in 2020; when Neillie Butler of Mariee Ami was asked what trend to ditch, Butler said she has had enough of the all-white and green weddings. “We love the classic wedding but you can still achieve a classic style through ceremony rituals and celebration traditions that really reflect your own personal style.” I must admit that I quite agree! Yes, yes…you can never go wrong with what I sometimes call the “50 shades of white” which yields the classic bridal look. While whites, creams, and beiges with soft accents like blush or peach tend to exude subtle romance, there are many brides who would like to opt for a bolder colour scheme.There is absolutely nothing wrong with being creati...
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Wall decor paintings: 5 themes to enhance the blank walls of any room | Most Searched Products

There are numerous ways to enhance and fill the blank walls of your room. For eclectic interior design, almost anything can be wall art. Items can range from decorative plates, straw hats, musical instruments to old window frames and not-to-forget the actual framed art. Inhabitants also tend to make their art with individual artistic ability—or go for the widely-available printables and posters. While art can take many forms, the classic appeal of framed paintings is not completely lost. Here are a few wall decor paintings for your home- Paintings and portraits of divine deities bring a spiritual vibe to the home along with adding to the aesthetics. This detailed imagery printed on a vinyl base is perfect for a living room or bedroom. This painting will add an interesting focal poin...
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Use fall’s harvest to make a #focacciagarden (and dazzle your instagram feed)

This year, home bakers began dedicating their attention to sourdough bread—the proof can be seen in the rise (see what I did there?) of sourdough and starter recipes circulating the internet. What’s next? Focaccia art! A quick scroll on your social feeds and you’ll find thousands of thoughtfully topped breads (#focacciaart and #focacciagarden). If you’re not familiar with this style of bread, picture carefully placed tomato halves, pepper and onion slices, leaf-to-stem herbs, and edible flowers arranged to look like an English garden or replica of a Van Gogh (also known as Van dough). I asked Toronto baker David Marcelli to share tips for making bread masterpieces.“People gravitate towards focaccia because it’s delicious and because before it’s baked it looks like a blank canvas and it’s e...
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Clemson professor shows off results of summer Columbia residency in new exhibition | Arts

The title of Valerie Zimany’s new exhibition at 701 Center for Contemporary Art is And I Was Covered in Blossoms, an apt description.As soon as you enter the second-floor gallery space, it’s as if you walked into a pleasantly surreal artificial flower garden where the plants are in full Technicolor bloom.On the walls are hundreds of pink, red, purple and yellow carnations and flowers, which Zimany has created from paper, plastic, digitally cut card stock and other materials. On the floor is a flowery white rug, as well as a few oversized ornamented balls — beach balls, originally, which Zimany completely redecorated in a pink pattern that matches the general decor.There is, also, as you walk through the exhibition, heavily flowered ceramic pottery on the wa...
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Meet the Buzzy Artist Who Did the New Van Cleef & Arpels Windows

When Van Cleef & Arpels commissioned buzzy French artist Alexandre Benjamin Navet to create site-specific works for its boutiques, the world was in a very different place. But on the eve of the long-awaited unveiling of Navet’s joyful illustrations, the timing couldn’t feel more right. Even before customers enter the Fifth Avenue flagship, the jeweler’s windows beckon visitors with paper cutouts of colorful, childlike trellises sprinkled with flowers. Inside, sunny strokes of paint line the risers of the curved staircase and wrap the wall encircling it, while Navet’s signature hand-painted vases rise up behind display cases bursting with fresh flowers. It is a mood-lifting pop in these difficult times. Below, AD PRO speaks with Navet about his collaborations with world-famous designers...
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Everything You Need To Know About the Bridal Bouquet

The bridal bouquet is a collection of flowers held by the bride as she walks down the aisle. It's meant to be a complementary addition to the overall theme of the wedding and the style of her dress. But why do brides carry flowers? More than just something to keep a bride's hands busy when she walks down the aisle, the bridal bouquet ties all of a wedding's design and decor together. It’s an accessory, a focal point, and one of the first peeks guests get into a celebration. So if you're a bride-to-be, deciding what you’ll carry as you make your way to the altar is actually pretty important. Meet the Expert Maxine Owens is a florist based in Texas and the founder of Max Owens Design. The variety of flowers will differ as will the size of the bouquet. There are some instances in ...
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The One Easy Home Upgrade Interior Designers Recommend for Fall

The leaves are changing, the temperature's getting cooler, and once again—for better or for worse—pumpkin spice has permeated everything. That can only mean one thing: fall is right around the corner. For those looking to upgrade their home décor for the season, there are the obvious additions pulled out every year: a pumpkin here, a bowl of pinecones there. However, for anyone who wants a more understated way to transform their space, there's one genius piece of fall home decor interior design experts can't live without.According to Sara Burack, a real estate agent at Nest Seekers International who recently appeared on Netflix's Million Dollar Beach House, adding a simple blanket ladder to your home can make it instantly cozier and give it an autumnal ...
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A farmer planted over 2 million sunflowers 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. 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 dozen sunflowers. Thompson and his wife thought with everything going on this year it would be ideal to spread a little happiness to their custo...