Home Decorating with Flowers

Color Schemes To Use When Decorating With Flowers This Fall

October 2, 2015

Believe it or not, autumn is already here, and that means it’s time to start getting into the spirit of the season! In addition to spending time partaking in traditional fall activities like apple and pumpkin picking, a popular task on the to-do list of many is to spice up the home with fall decor. However, pumpkin scented candles, garland-like leaves and spooky lights aren’t the only items that can be used to share your love for the season with your home – flowers can be too! Below, we discuss some of the best color schemes to use when choosing flowers as your fall home decor of choice.

Pumpkin Mums

Though autumn leaves are seen falling from the trees in various shades of yellows, reds, even the occasional browns, the best color to use when decorating for fall with flowers is orange. From light to dark and everything in between, you can’t go wrong with this color in a floral arrangement! Here are some top shades for 2015:

“Pumpkin” orange:

Chances are when you think of autumn and the color orange, one of the first items to cross your mind is probably a pumpkin. After all, they are a symbol of the season, and an orange one at that! If you’re not sure which shade of orange to choose for your fall decor, anything resembling a pumpkin’s natural color is sure to work well.


Butternut orange:

Looking for something just a tad darker? Then you may benefit from flowers that are butternut orange in color! While they may not be as vibrant as an orange autumn rose or pot of mums, flowers in this shade can still fulfill the “orange” portion of your decor without straying too far from the recommended color scheme.

Burnt orange:

Hoping to add a bit more of a rustic feel to your home this fall? If so, you may want to consider flowers that come in one of the darkest shades of orange – burnt orange. But don’t worry, using this color won’t make your home seem dreary; in fact, it can even make your brighter yellows and reds pop more than they already do!

Burnt Orange Chrysanthemums

If, on the other hand, you’d like to add some variation to your orange floral decor, consider choosing from the following:


Can’t decide between more red or more orange? How about choosing rust? A color that conveys a little bit of both, this is a great choice for any fall floral decor. Tip: you may find that it mixes with golds and browns best.


Bronze is the perfect color to choose if you want to make your home appear calm. And the best part is, this color isn’t too bright or too dark, so it’s an excellent happy medium that can complement the rest of your floral arrangements.

Bronze Vase


Bordering on the fence of a red/purple mix, burgundy is an awesome color to add to your floral decor. Although it is a bit darker than the bright red roses you may be considering, it can add a soothing touch to your home.

Burgundy Flowers


Straying away from the typical oranges, reds and yellows is plum! Although this may not be the first color you think of when you think of fall, you’d be surprised at how good it looks when paired with other autumn colors. Just take a look at this arrangement and see for yourself!

Plum Crazy Flowers

But aside from these recommended colors and color combos, are there any that should be avoided during the fall? While pink is the perfect choice for an anniversary arrangement or the welcoming of a new baby girl, your best bet is to always stick with traditional fall colors when it comes to fall home decor. However, if you do have the need for an anniversary gift or other special occasion this season where pink is usually the top pick, you may even find success in choosing the above fall colors in these circumstances too!


If you have yet to decide which flowers you’ll use to make your home cozy and warm for the fall, remember this – ideal flowers to use are mums, lilies, roses and wheat. And just like you should try not to use spring colors to make your fall decor stand out, stay away from spring flowers such as tulips, iris and peonies when putting together a floral arrangement to decorate your home.

There you have it! When it comes to decorating for fall it’s simple – just stick to autumn colors and your home will be golden – just like the leaves radiating the season’s color schemes!

Floral Occasions & Holidays

October Birthday Gift Ideas & Facts

September 30, 2015

Fall – what a wonderful time of year! The leaves are changing, temperatures are dropping, and we’re making our way into the ultimate holiday season! To kick off the month, learn some more about October’s birthstones, zodiac signs, birth flower and gift ideas you can consider if someone special has a birthday coming up below »

October Birthstones: Tourmaline and Opal

Those with a birthday in October have two options for birthstones – Tourmaline and Opal. The multi-colored beauty Tourmaline is one of the most popular in the eyes of jewelers and those who collect gems; primarily a result of their ability to be found in almost any shade!

Opal, another classic that comes in many different hues, is particularly known for the way its color plays on its background at any given moment. Which one of the two is your favorite?

October Birth Flower: Calendula

Perfect for the month where trees, streets and sidewalks become a sea of orange, the birth flower for October is the marigold, specifically the Calendula. A mix of orange and gold, bouquets of this nature are sometimes also referred to as the “pot marigold.” This flower, along with any other fall floral arrangement, is an excellent way to deliver the spirit of the season to anyone who is celebrating another year of life this month.

October Birth Flower- Orange Calendula Flower

October Zodiac Signs: Libra and Scorpio

Those who are born between September 24th and October 23rd fall under the Libra zodiac sign. Known as relatively peaceful people, Libras find strength in their ability to be fair and cooperative.

For those with a birthday falling on October 24th or later, their astrology sign is Scorpio. People who fall under this classification are typically known to be smart with their resources, passionate and best of all, a true and honest friend.

October Birthday Gift Ideas

Autumn Sophistication FlowersNothing says happy birthday to an autumn baby like a gift that smells, tastes and looks like the season. Between home decor that radiates orange, yellow and red, food baskets that include some of the best the harvest brings, and of course, seasonal plants and flowers, there are so many incredible gift ideas available to show someone you care.

One thing else is certain – those with an October birthday are sure to love anything outdoors when the autumn air is cool and crisp. So, why not take your someone special out for a day of apple or pumpkin picking? You can even surprise him or her with a gourmet food basket as things wrap up to enjoy a taste of seasonal treats.

Pumpkin Patch Lighted Gourds


On the other hand, do you know an October baby who lives for Halloween? In addition to spending an evening at their favorite haunted house, give them a spooktacular gift that includes holiday themes – home decor is always a big hit! And the best part is, these decorations go great with any fall plant or fall flower – a combination you surely won’t want to miss out on giving!


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Cheryl’s Is Now
Baking Gluten-Free, Too!

September 25, 2015

We HAVE to brag about our family!  The talented bakers at Cheryl’s have been working hard to create the perfect gluten-free treats, and we are thrilled to announce that they have finally arrived!

Just as sweet and delicious as the originals, these gluten-free cookies and brownies are so delicious that you won’t be able to tell the difference between our everyday treats from our gluten-free desserts! From Cheryl’s signature buttercream cookies, to delicious chocolate brownies, the bakers have been super busy to make sure they offer a wide variety of gluten-free sweets.

So, if you or someone special to you has a gluten intolerance, or are gluten-free by choice, we totally recommend trying out Cheryl’s new gluten-free desserts, available now on Cheryls.com.



Fun Flower Facts

How Can Flowers Improve Your Health?

September 23, 2015

September is Self-Improvement Month! What have you been doing to enhance your life in positive ways? If you haven’t started yet, don’t worry – there is still plenty of time to work on doing so this month, especially when it comes to your health! Did you know that flowers can help?

While most people may think of flowers as being the perfect addition to their garden or a nice gesture to send a message to a friend, family member, or significant other, they can also bring many health benefits to those who keep them around the house. Here are a few examples of how:


Often referred to as a symbol of love, roses may be able to aid your body in being able to ward off conditions like a cough or cold (just in time for fall and flu season!). How so? Since the petals are known to be a source of vitamin C, they can help with strengthening your immune system! But that’s not all they can do – if you’re looking to improve your appearance, such as your skin, roses can help in this area too as they can assist with your body’s process of creating collagen.

Pink Rose Bouquet

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Tips For Gardening With Your Dog

September 21, 2015

Did you know that Responsible Dog Ownership Day is in September? For all you dog moms and dog dads out there, we know that you probably view every day as an opportunity to give your pet the best possible care there is. But in honor of this observance, we’re touching on one more task you may not have given much thought to before – gardening with your dog.

Gardening with your pets- dog and flowers

Even though the summer is coming to an end and you may not be spending as much time in your garden as you did in the past couple of months, there are certainly plants and flowers that thrive in the fall – if you’re like us, that means you’ll definitely head out to the garden at least a few more times before the cold really sets in! And should your a-DOG-able pet be joining you as you head outdoors, here are a few tips to help keep them safe:

Be mindful of fertilizer:

Of course your plants need food to thrive, but just like you wouldn’t indulge in theirs, neither should your pets. In fact, if your dog consumes any of the fertilizer you put down in your garden, it could really take a toll on their stomach. As a result, your best bet is to keep dogs away for a while after tending to your plants and flowers – your garden and your dog will thank you!

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Floral Occasions & Holidays

September Birthday Gift Ideas & Facts

September 1, 2015

To all of you September babies – Happy Birthday! Did you know that in the Roman calendar, September was once regarded as the seventh month of the year? After all, septem, which was the month’s original name in Latin, means seven! So when did it become the ninth month, you ask? Well, the truth is that it officially became month number nine when King Numa Pompilius added the first two months to the calendar.

More September Fun Facts

Due to the calendar’s alignment each year, September always starts on the same day of the week as December. Additionally if you were born in September, you share the same birth month as Beyonce, Adam Sandler, Jimmy Fallon, Will Smith and even Prince Harry! How cool is that?

September Birthstone: Sapphire

Known to provide protection, the sapphire is the beautiful birthstone for all those born in September. With its popularity growing around the Middle Ages, many medieval clergy were known to wear this precious gem as a symbol of heaven. Do you wear one today?

September Sapphire Birth Stone

Although sapphires are available in multiple colors (like July’s Ruby), September is typically represented by variations of blue stones. And which ones are most sought after? Those that are found in medium or medium/dark blue, and those that display a hint of violet.

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Holiday Decorations

Celebrating Grandparents Day

August 21, 2015

Being a grandparent is the best excuse to be a kid again! At least one afternoon a week I plan some type of creative activity to do with my granddaughter Juliette – watercolor painting, calligraphy, planting a fairy garden, and one of my all time favorites – coloring! According to Digital Trends website, adult coloring books are the latest, and definitely least techy, method that people are choosing to help relax! In the past few weeks anywhere from four to eight of the top 20 best selling books on Amazon are coloring books!

Grandma Coloring with Granddaughter

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Celebrating Local Food, Flowers and Philanthropic Endeavors

August 12, 2015

We recently announced a special “charity of choice” here at 1800Flowers.com—Smile Farms!

Smile Farms
Smile Farms is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting the unemployed—and often forgotten— developmentally disabled neighbors in our communities across the country. They’re focused on providing meaningful work opportunities to these adults at local farms, urban gardens, greenhouses and farm stands where they can grow and sell flowers and produce in the communities where they live.

Moreover, they’re dedicated to rallying our neighbors (individuals, small businesses and civic organizations) to support the purchase of these products so that together we’re taking care of each other. Because, just like us, Smile Farms believes that our communities are stronger when everyone has a stake in them—and that together is smart.
Even better—Smile Farms is certified American Grown!

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Coastal Chic Color Palette

August 11, 2015

Coastal Inspiration- Summer Entertaining

Beach Inspired Decor for a Summer Soiree

Keep your floral varieties classic, such as roses and orchids, and use just one variety per arrangement and mass it out for maximum impact.

Coastal Flowers- Roses in a Conch Shell

To design in a large shell simply place a piece of saturated floral foam in the opening of the shell, cut the floral stems short and insert into the floral foam until the entire opening is filled with flowers.

Coastal Table Placecards That Are as Easy as a Summer Breeze

Coastal Orchids and Table Placecards

Do the same thing with other containers such as the white ceramic pedestal bowl filled with bronze dendrobium orchids. Buy full stems of orchids and cut each flower off of the main stem and insert into the wet foam that you have placed in the container. If the container isn’t waterproof simply add a plastic liner first before placing the foam and making the arrangement.

Sand dollars make the perfect place cards. Tucking a single cymbidium under the sand dollar brings it altogether for a customized look that’s sure to impress!

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Labor Day: A Time to Honor the American Worker

August 6, 2015

The History of Labor Day

While Labor Day signals the end of summer for many—and the weekend is often filled with beach parties, barbecues and picnics—I’m guessing that most people don’t think about the historical and lasting significance of Labor Day.

Celebrated since 1882, Labor Day became a national holiday in 1894 to honor the contributions of the working men and women who built this country. Indeed, laborers are the backbone of this nation, and Labor Day is a time to recognize the dignity of work and the belief that honest, fairly-compensated labor gives meaning and structure to our lives. This is, and always will be, a core American value.

Celebrating the American Worker

This Labor Day, I want to honor Mary Doyle Keefe. As the model for Norman Rockwell’s “Rosie the Riveter,” Mary Doyle Keefe became the symbol of American women working on the home front during World War II. Ms. Keefe died recently at her home in Simsbury, Connecticut at age 92.

There was another image, similar to that of Rosie, at the same time that was part of a nationwide campaign to sell war bonds. While not the same character, the message was the same: “We Can Do It.”

Rosie the Riveter Flower Arrangement

I created this beautiful bouquet for Mother’s Day one year using an old galvanized toolbox as the container and filled it with a variety of garden flowers. There are many versions of the original “We Can Do It” image. I loved this version with the baby being held in the strong arm of the working woman. To me, it says so much about the many roles a woman plays.

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