Give up Silk Flowers?…NEVER! A Tropical Trio

Happy Mid-June…Can you believe Summer is here!

Time for a quick and easy DIY  Tropical Summer Floral Arrangement.

Silk flowers are never “Faux Pas” to me.  For natural realistic looking silks my best advice is to buy as an investment.   Spending a few dollars more on quality silk stems is well worth the extra cost.

My DIY inspiration for a small tropical arrangement came from    

Protea & Torch Ginger Accent
Artificial Flower Arrangement

Price: $79.00  This small tropical arrangement is perfect for my small sofa back table.

I gathered the tropical stems I already had: Most stems I purchase from, Hobby Lobby,  Michaels and JoAnn’s.

To keep them looking new when not in use I wrap them in cotton pillow cases then store them in plastic to keep out moisture and dust.  Once in an arrangement I dust them weekly with a feather duster.  Wipe, if needed with baby wipes. 🙂  Silk floral spray cleaner is also good to use for a quick fresh clean.

I had to improvise with what I had:

To mimic the black river rocks in the inspiration arrangement I used a small blue glass jar (once a candle) to sit inside a larger glass bowl. 🙂

I wrapped a foam cube with tropical leaves (I did not want any white foam showing).   Then with a drop of hot glue on the bottom of the jar I inserted the wrapped foam into the blue glass jar.

I inserted each stem into the foam with hot glue.  Finished it with a little moss between the stems.  Then placed the arrangement in the glass bowl.  A super fast and simple DIY.   

A Tropical Trio  

 $79.00 vs. $0.00

Minor change: I switched sides of the Red Ginger and Heliconia (aka: Lobster claw).  I also did not want to cut the stem of the Red Ginger any shorter. (ya never know, I may need to use it again for another seasonal refresh) Who would guess these flowers are more than 10 years old.  In my opinion, silk florals are not faux pas, they are forever lasting beauty.

Great things I love about quality silk florals:

  • Silk flowers actually have a polyester blend which helps keep their shape and helps them from fraying
  • Real touch silks are made of a liquid polymer soft coating. The look and feel is 100% realistic, high quality and more expensive
  • Fill a floral tube with your favorite fragrance and insert it among the leaves
  • Mix them with natural/real flowers for an added boost
  • They won’t wilt when used for hot weather outdoor events
  • No worry for allergies
  • Reusable
  • No matter what season, they are always in bloom

My other arrangements are still a delight from last year. (for the full post click on the title or picture)

Tropical Leaves and Flowers and A Beautiful Orchid


Create a beautiful arrangement for your home that will last all Summer long.

Thanks for stopping by    Enjoy your Summer

Create, and enjoy loving your home


Tropical Leaves and Flowers

There is no secret that I love flowers.  Especially tropical florals and tropical plants.  And I have my share of silk ones.

A few weeks back I went to Hobby Lobby to take advantage of the floral sale from 50% up to 80% off silk stems.   This gave me the opportunity to stock up, update old and create new tropical arrangements.

I did a simple arrangement for the family room coffee table with one large Bromeliad, a small Anthurium with fern leaves.  coffeetabletropicalvignettes

 The before with fresh roses was featured in the post Copy Cat Coffee Table Vignette.  I changed the container, added the silver parrot and changed the candy dish to a glass jar with cobalt blue glass stones. Tropical Florals


In the morning sun room I added another Bird of Paradise and small tropical floral stems to the vase arrangement.

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 I completely changed this corner vignette.  I thought this new arrangement is less cluttered and gives more attention to the tropical arrangement.  Tropicalfloralvignettebeforeafter


This floor arrangement  I only used two floral stems.  A simple quick update.3 Tropicalfloorplant

This floor arrangement has changed many times but I love the large Bird of Paradise. TropicalFloorfloralplant


Before, on the wall entering the guest room was a tropical painting,  a few changes and now this vignette gives more of the tropical feel I wanted to create. 4 Tropicalfloorvignette


Another tropical accent is to use only large palm leaves.  I love the bold, dramatic look of this type of arrangement.  And it’s so simple. 8 LargeLeafFloorplant

After we trimmed our bird of paradise plant and split leaf palm I rescued two palm leaves before trash pick up.  I preserved both by spraying them with super high gloss glaze. Palm leavesSilly I know, but until they scream “Linda please let me go” they will stay.  I loved how the large Bird of Paradise leaf coordinates with the Tommy Bahama fabric pillow sham.   2LargeTropicalLeaves

After seeing beautiful large palm leaves in vignettes I wanted to do a video of my favorites.   It puts me in a Tropical “Don’t Worry” Caribbean “Happy” place.  🙂  Enjoy…


If tropical florals is not for you, but you want a bold tropical feel, try oversized palm leaves as an option.  If you love tropical flowers, which can be costly, try silk stems.  All you need are just a few to give you that island in the sun feel.

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Gardenia Centerpiece

Happy Friday!

I am so looking forward to having a wonderful week-end.  Aren’t you?  I plan to play in the garden, plant flowers and enjoy the sun.

Did I tell you about our Gardenia bushes?  This year they are over-loaded with blooms.

The last few weeks I’ve filled vases and placed them throughout the house.  But this week instead of refilling the vases, I decided to fill up a 15″ round tray and bring them to the table for a large centerpiece.  gardeniabush

After packing the tray with blooms and water, I put a small pedestal in the center of the tray for a tea-pot, also filled with Gardenias.



The Gardenia tray and palm candlesticks in the center of our breakfast table looks and smells so sweet. Gardeniateapotcenterpiece


Enjoying them while they last…..


For now our home has been  Gardenia Heaven Scent.

The Silver-plated tea-pot is only used for flower arrangements.  Awhile back, I got the set and tray for less than $10 at a garage sale!  The sugar lid was missing but I knew I was only going to use the set for flowers,  potpourri and lavender seeds.  I polished it up with Wright’s Silver Cream Polish (which I stand by) and was very pleased at how it turned out.9291Gardeniasinteapot

Breakfast will be Gardenia’s served on a silver platter. 🙂Gardeniasilvertray

Time for me to pick more Gardenias.

Thanks for stopping by.

Have a wonderful week-end and take some time to play in the garden.  😉signature9332Gardenia

Framed Floral Gallery Wall

Hi there.  Happy Wednesday!  Hope you are having a wonderful week.

The saying April showers bring May flowers is definitely true, our garden is blooming beautiful flowers to welcome May. Aprilflowers2016Aren’t they beautiful? I wish they could stay this beautiful all year.  Since last Wednesday I’ve picked Gardenias and Roses,  placing them around the house.  There’s nothing like the fresh aroma of flowers.  It’s no doubt I love surrounding myself with beautiful flowers. Outside my studio window is a Gardenia bush and when I open the window….the room smells divine.


These gorgeous flowers gave me an idea… Why not do a framed floral gallery wall!

First for a little background: A few years back, I did a gallery wall in our guest room.  My husband made this beautiful extra-large frame for me. 60″wide by 42″tall.  It turned out wonderful.  For the gallery backdrop I painted a suede technique. (Did I mention I do not like to paint, unless it is a spray can or a super tiny project)

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Jamali The  framed art is by “Jamali” Fine Art;  Mystical Expressionism.  I love his creative mind.  Click here to see his Amazing Art.

Although I love this gallery wall, I’m changing the guest room and decided to use this larger frame in my studio office but use fabric as the backdrop instead of painting the wall. ( I really don’t like to paint).

So come on in to my office studio and see what I’m working with.officedoor

On the back wall was my quilt:  Time to take it down for Spring and Summer. Office quiltframed


For the floral fabric backdrop:  Looking in my stash of remnants; this fabric by Richloom was perfect. The colors and flowers are so vibrant on the black background. Plus it coordinates well with white and black.  It’s funny how you keep something for so long knowing one day the lightbulb of creativity will turn on.  Glad I did not include this in my purge pile. fabric  label

For the frame:  I dry brushed silver on just to give the frame a little highlighted accent.   frame detail

First I  screwed 1/4″ thick plywood the size of the frame opening to the wall,  (just two screws, one in each top corner).   Stapled the fabric to the back of the frame, then hung the frame over the plywood.  By doing this, the tiny nails used to hang all the small photo frames won’t go thru the plywood so your wall won’t look like swiss cheese when and if you decide to replace it or take it down.  Command strips does not work for this application because of the fabric, which is not permanently pasted to the plywood.

Then I loaded it up with photos of my wonderful daughter and sweet grands.  I couldn’t stop there, I added a wall decal.  It’s a little on the wild side, but that’s how this old gal likes it. 🙂 IMG_9223frameit

I think I still need to tweak it a bit with the smaller frames but it’s getting there.  I have a few more photo frames to play with.   The wall decal…My first and last,  I cut each letter out so the clear tape would not show between and around each letter.  IMG_9230frame1This technique actually allows me to change the background with different fabric prints.  Which I love…changing things up.

Well, I had 1/2 yard of fabric left. Since I really didn’t “need” another pillow, I decided to take my old vanity stool and give it a new life. I get tickled every time I look at it. The red flower pillow really makes a difference. It’s placed on the side of my desk for no real purpose other than…it’s cute.  🙂 7 Vanity stool

  vanitychair  8 IMG_9101vanitystool

I did the same concept on the opposite wall, but have not decided what color to replace the white frame yet.  A mirrored frame is something that I’m considering.

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The rest of my studio office is still getting a face lift.  So I’ll be back, whenever….

If you are like me and painting walls is not your forte:

If you have a collection of picture frames:

If you love to change accessories and art without breaking the budget:

If you love colorful designer fabric prints   AND

If you are like me and love to surround yourself with beautiful flowers:

Then this may be an option for you.  Putting gallery walls together is a lot of fun!Photoframeframe

And wouldn’t you know it, last week I saw another fabric print that I like more!!!

Oh well. C’est La Vie.

Thanks for stopping by. Take time to smell the roses and enjoy loving your home.signature


Beautiful Bromeliads to Welcome Spring

Bromeliads are absolutely beautiful plants.  One of our favorite plants we buy from Lowes.  8632Aechmeabromeliad

 There are so many varieties.

  This particular one is called Aechmea Bromeliad pronounced  “eek-mee-uh”.

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I tried to capture the pretty tiny lavender and fuchsia flowers.  Aechmea gets its name from a Greek word meaning “spear tip”.  So placing in with the mighty lion seemed appropriate.  A bit exotic.8648AechmeaBromeliad

In one week more flowers blossomed. BWSB_8752BWS

This giant air plant, also a species of Bromeliad.  I believe it’s called  Tillandsia Air Plant  pronounced “till-and-see-uh.  We first noticed it growing on our Bottle Brush tree in May of 2015.  It’s getting so large I’m afraid the weight of it will cause it to just drop off.  I think it’s beautiful and amazes me every time I look at it.8426tillandsiaAeranthos


Because we love Bromeliads and want to keep them year round, I purchased this silk one approx. 6 years ago.  Forgot where but as you can see, it’s still holding up. One place I go on-line for silk tropical stems year round is click here for the link. _8760BWSFor a simple centerpiece the Bromeliad is all that was needed.IMG_8765SBWSGlad it’s Spring……If you get a chance check out   Great floral stems, arrangements and loads of inspiration.  WelcomeSpringEnjoy Spring.  Thanks for stopping by. signature