flowers for homes

April 22, 2010

arranging CHEAP FLOWERS

Filed under: flowers, homes — Tags: , — magdalenasflowers @ 7:20 pm

the other day i had some “left overs” ……. left overs of CHEAP FLOWERS that is…… you might also call them FILLER FLOWERS……
POOR THINGS……. FLOWERS WITH A BAD REPUTATION……
what does luxurious magdalena’s flowers have to do with cheap flowers you might ask……
cheap flowers can be quite CHARMING……. in fact i have made it my mission to bring some of those cheap flowers back, arrange them quite differently and bring them into my own home and those of my esteemed clients…….
the trick is to bunch them very GENEROUSLY…….. like a lot, come on, they are cheap, no need to be stingy…..
the real CHARM OF CHEAP FLOWERS will only be revealed, if they are bunched generously, like 2 to 5 bunches of them……..

look how SWEET they can look, like picked from a WILD FIELD OF FLOWERS…….

DON’T BE SHY……..

April 2, 2010

groom your lilies people!!!!

Filed under: flower care, flowers, homes — Tags: — magdalenasflowers @ 1:03 pm

so you know how i recommended having easter lilies in your home for easter……. cause they’re so fragrant, elegant and seasonal……

and they will last you a good week……… if they are of good quality and WELL TAKEN CARE OF!!!!!

which means, please snip off all the spent blooms once they get wrinkly and fade …….. you don’t want  have those faded ones ruin the show of the blooms which are in their prime and those buds still about to perform …… 

also, there will be some dropping of the dusty pollen which looks like orange or brown powder  and can stain your table cloth or clothes and the bloom itself…….

so gently pull off the pollen with your hands, when the bloom first opens up, before the pollen even matures …… that way you won’t have to worry about any staining…… 

and last not least, please refill the water at least once during that week of continuous performance of your lilies…….. they will drink more than you think and if you don’t refill the water the vase might tip over from the weight of the newly developing blooms……

you can enjoy these true show girl flower performers for a good week, you have to TAKE CARE OF THE GIRLS though……..

March 30, 2010

it doesn’t matter if you celebrate PASSOVER, EASTER or BUDDHA’S BIRTHDAY

just make sure you have some spring flowers in the house!!!!!!!!!!

like fragrant narcissus……

or the very seasonal easter lilies…… so elegant…….. my mother had a “waterfall” of them for her bridal bouquet…….

March 12, 2010

jasmine in the house

Filed under: flowers, flowers for spiritual places, homes — Tags: , , — magdalenasflowers @ 9:10 am

blooming jasmine is in the air again……. it is that time of the year…… here in Los Angeles we do have the good fortune for a couple of weeks each spring to be blessed with it’s generous and sensual fragrance perfuming the air……. you cannot avoid it…… just take a few steps out of your house, and your nose will pick up it’s fragrance pretty soon…….

most of the year an unassuming, modest vine that won’t catch your eye…… and then all of a sudden, there it is…….. a generous waterfall of tiny pink buds and white blossoms and feathery leaves………

now, it is so worth it to take that fragrance into your home…….. you won’t need much……. just break a couple of those clusters of blooms off the vine, re-cut the tiny stems again once you’re home and put them in a bud vase filled with water to place by your house altar, into a guest room to make someone feel welcome or into a powder room……

it’s just a small accent, yet it makes a huge impact on your senses…….. believe me…… and it’s only around once a year…….

December 3, 2009

deck the halls!

Filed under: flowers, holidays, homes — Tags: — magdalenasflowers @ 11:55 am

so yesterday’s flower market downtown LA was unbelievable…… i literally jumped up and down with joy……. i expected the market to be weak after thanksgiving, but by yesterday it presented itself at it’s best……. all the good (and sometimes boring) holiday stuff was there, at it’s finest……. won’t name any names, but one wholesaler in particular had outdone himself…… lucky for me i had to do a house for a holiday party, and i know i seriously overspent, but i just couldn’t help myself……. everything was just so freaking beautiful….. the materials that i’m going to name now might sound all a bit boring, but believe me, when the quality is spectacular, you know why these materials symbolize the holidays……

so, i arranged lots of outstanding quality dark red ‘liberty’ amaryllis (which i usually don’t care for) with picture perfect magnolia tips, their glossy surface and velvety brown underbelly alone reading like warmth, luxury and festiveness……

and of course lots of noble fir, cedar ( a MUST for the fragrance it lends to the house!! ) together with seeded eucalyptus and silver brunia (form south africa??) for ornamentation…… it always trips me out when i see in semi professional publications everything with a “needle” on it called “pine” regardless, if it’s fir, pine, cedar, juniper or whatever…… get your holiday greens straight people!!

and yes, also threw in there some ilex berries, which usually costs an arm and a leg, for what?? but when it’s short, and loaded with hundreds of juicy berries, it’s good………

and last not least: “bowl of cream” peonies from new zealand, AAA quality…….. ah, the luxurious, richer than thou, “you wanna see how many petals i have, here look, i got thousands of them” – quality makes up for the fortune they cost…….

"bowl of cream" peonies from new zealand

 

ah, nothing like the holidays!!!! deck the halls people!!

November 29, 2009

grey, baroque and soft leaves for winter

Filed under: flowers, homes — magdalenasflowers @ 5:20 pm

so what florals did i have in my house for this past holiday (thanxgiving, my favorite american holiday!!) and probably for a while to come??

lots of dusty miller leaves…….. those grey, soft, almost baroque and very ornamental leaves, that you just have to reach out and touch and caress, cause they are so textile, almost like fur……..

and they last and last……. one vase in my house i’ve had already for 2 weeks and counting…..

so forget the “seasonal” orange or yellow, or green and red……. boring……

go for soft leaves, soft like a favorite sweater or scarf…….. grey, soft and white like snow…….. and  ornamental like, well xmas ornaments……. we’ll add some white flowers and fragrant holiday greens later……..

October 31, 2009

purple gladiolas in my house

Filed under: flowers, homes — magdalenasflowers @ 4:54 pm

so remember the flowers i arranged earlier this week in my home…… “to embrace the moodiness of the grey day in LA”??

purple gladiolas arranged in a large, pale blue glass vase…….. the glads here in california are the last of the  season, and don’t look like the look in summer….. i still love them though……. they develop in the vase and get more showy each day…… and they very much transformed my living room…….

and today, i did what everybody should do with gladioals after having had them for a few days in a vase at their house……..

please make the effort to cut them short, take the spent blooms off and arrange them in a shorter, more rounder vase……..

they will work now in a different spot in your house …… they are not as “grand” as when they were long…… they are more intimate, more luscious, more “baroque” now…….

maybe you want to place them on a mantle, next to some precious, little finds…… or close to your vanity……. there is something more sensuous, voluptuous about them now….. and i like that you can get a second performance out of them…….

October 27, 2009

grey day in LA

Filed under: flowers, homes — magdalenasflowers @ 5:11 pm

so it’s unusually grey, windy and gloomy today in los angeles……. and i needed to do something to bringhten my mood…….. first i put a pot with brown rice and fragrant curry on the stove which is now scenting the apartment and the very next thing i needed to do was to arrange those dark purple gladiolas i had bought for my home…… and surprise……. the place is instantly transformed……. i don’t feel lonesome anymore, but in charge of my destiny……. all right, this might sound a little too grand, but i did something to very much embrace the moodiness of this day……. and so should you……

wish i could post a picture from my home with this post, but don’t have a camera yet, if you can believe it….. here is a picture from my favorite interior design book at the moment…… you know the one from 1966 which combines “modern” interior design with antiques……. enjoy……

October 12, 2009

all right. flowers for homes.

Filed under: flowers, homes — Tags: , — magdalenasflowers @ 8:38 pm

flowers for homes has a nice ring to it. i like it.

i should, cause i’ve been wanting to write about flowers in private spaces, flowers and interior design for a while now.

i think i can show how flowers transform personal spaces. change the mood and bring a whole room to life.

would like to share with everybody this precious find. a book my husband found at a european flea market.

it’s called “alte kunst in neuen räumen” (antiquities in modern homes) from 1966 and i find it so fresh and yes, modern.

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love this room and its furnishings. would love to see a yellow flower arrangement not in the corner on the side table as suggested with the silk flowers pictured, but on the glass coffee table, off center. and yes, daffodils could be nice, although they only last for a couple of days. what about bright yellow, fluffy china mums….. which grow bigger and fluffier with each day, up to 2 weeks. maybe arranged in a turquoise ceramic bowl (possibly an antique from the 60s). would be so strong and fresh and pick up the turquoise of the antique tapestry on the wall.

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