Bonsai Interiors, Modern Design

When I think of bonsai plants I usually think of traditional Japanese pottery and imagine them best suited to an Asian-inspired interior. Until stumbling upon a blog post on the site: http://architecturedesignblog.com

From an art that began in China more than 2000 years ago during the reign of the Han Dynasty, the use of bonsai in modern design has reached new heights. Whilst XII century Japanese Buddhist monks carried samples of art ‘bonsai’ believing them to be sacred objects, they are now revered by interior decorators in both minimalist and richly furnished commercial and residential spaces. (1)

Modern Bonsai Interiors

You don’t need to decorate your space in Japanese undertones to honour the bonsai. Take a look at these wonderful images showing how bonsai can cross centuries and interior styles in ‘leaves and bounds’ so to speak…

neutral lounge bonsai
Photo source: http://www.pinterest.com/ffeaus/beautiful-bonsai/

 

modern office bonsai
Photo source: http://www.pinterest.com/ffeaus/beautiful-bonsai/
modern bedroom bonsai
Photo credit: http://www.pinterest.com/ffeaus/beautiful-bonsai/
timber interior with bonsai plant
Photo source:
timber kitchen photo source: http://www.mlbdesigngroup.com/

 

bonsai in ktichen
Photo credit: http://www.architectureartdesigns.com/22-fantastic-ideas-how-to-revive-your-home-with-bonsai/

 

dining room bonsai
Photo credit: http://www.architectureartdesigns.com/22-fantastic-ideas-how-to-revive-your-home-with-bonsai/

 

bonsai in lounge room
Photo credit: http://architecturedesignblog.com/interiors-bonsai-trees/

 

Architecture bonsai
Photo credit: http://architecturedesignblog.com/interiors-bonsai-trees/

 

architectural design with bonsai
Photo credit: http://architecturedesignblog.com/interiors-bonsai-trees/

 

asian bonsai
Photo credit: http://architecturedesignblog.com/interiors-bonsai-trees/

 

And my vote for the most creative and modern display of bonsai goes to this…

creative bonsai
Photo credit: http://www.architectureartdesigns.com/22-fantastic-ideas-how-to-revive-your-home-with-bonsai/

As another home designing website says on the topic of bonsai in interior settings, ‘Bonsai can bring an air of calm and class to many interior design schemes, and can provide a relaxing hobby too, as you carefully trim the miniature branches to resemble the outstretched silhouette of its larger cousins’. (2)

Of course for the large, extremely expensive interior installations of bonsai as art pieces, such as those featured below, you would want to rely on a ‘bonsai specialist’ to take care of their maintenance and pruning…

bonsai
Photo credit: http://www.pinterest.com/ffeaus/beautiful-bonsai/

 

15-interior-design-using-bonsai-tree
Photo credit: http://www.architectureartdesigns.com/22-fantastic-ideas-how-to-revive-your-home-with-bonsai/
bonsai in bathroom
Photo credit: http://architecturedesignblog.com/interiors-bonsai-trees/

 

autumn bonsai      magnificent bonsai

 

amazing bonsai in dining space
Photo credit: http://architecturedesignblog.com/interiors-bonsai-trees/

Like what you’ve seen? Take a look at more stylish bonsai pics on our ‘Beautiful Bonsai’ Pinterest board and get inspired to become a bonsai master!

References

1. http://architecturedesignblog.com/interiors-bonsai-trees/

2. http://www.home-designing.com/2012/09/bonsai-in-interior-settings

Our Guide to Sending Sympathy Flowers

Sending sympathy and condolence flowers when a friend, colleague, or family member passes away is fortunately few and far between for the majority of us. But the reality is at some point in our lives we will want to express our thoughts with flowers in the event of a death.

Usually the process of delivering sympathy flowers is tinged with sadness, shock, pain and/or stress, and it can be difficult for people to work out what is ‘appropriate’ to send when feeling this way.

Read on for our standard etiquette guide to sending sympathy flowers:

  • Typically people send flowers in white and green, so if you are unsure, we recommend staying in this traditional colour palette. 
  • Always send flowers that are in a vase, pot or gift box, so the recipient does not need to worry about putting them in water. 
  • In most instances, it is more common these days to send sympathy flowers to someone’s residence rather than a funeral home. 

One of our most popular sympathy flower arrangements is this simple design in white and green featuring oriental lilies and roses below:

White sympathy flower arrangement

This flower arrangement, however, features perfumed blooms (oriental lilies in particular have a strong scent), so if you are not sure whether the recipient has allergies or sensitivity to certain flowers, it is wise to choose a flower arrangement that is non or low-allergenic.

White orchids, roses, gerbera and chyrsanthemum daisies, snapdragons, hydrangea, gladioli, carnations and tulips are all good options, such as these sympathy floral designs pictured below:

White sympathy flowers       White sympathy flowers

Plants are also a wonderful alternatives to sympathy flowers, as they typically provide weeks or months of enjoyment well and truly after sympathy flower bouquets have faded.

Sympathy flowers delivered     White sympathy flowers

Browse from our beautiful collection of sympathy flowers, funeral wreaths and arrangements perfect for expressing your thoughts and condolences.

At the end of the day, if you are undecided or finding the decision emotionally difficult to make, we suggest calling our floral consultants on 1800 66 66 46 who can talk you through your order personally.

Hospital Flower Etiquette

Whether you are sending flowers to hospital to cheer up an ill patient or celebrate the arrival of a newborn baby, there are certain considerations to take into account. If in doubt, we also recommend phoning the hospital and asking to speak with the ward. Medically, there may be specific advice you need to follow with regards to flower restrictions.

Meanwhile, take a look at our etiquette guide to delivering hospital flowers below…

TO VASE, OR NOT TO VASE?

Vase. No question about it – when selecting flowers online or in-store, make sure to order a flower arrangement designed in a pot, vase or gift box over a stand-alone bouquet. Hospitals aren’t florists, and nursing staff are not able to service patient’s flower deliveries by looking for vessels to put them in. In addition, flower couriers are expected to leave floral arrangements at a nurses station where it can often take a while for them to make it up to a patient’s room. We can’t have your pretty blooms going without water for too long now!

Pink Roses in Paris Pot

Plants with colourful flowers are also a great alternative and breathe life into a hospital room.

Phalaenopsis Orchid

LOW ALLERGENIC FLOWERS

If you are unsure whether the patient has an allergy to certain flowers, then it is generally best to opt for non or low allergenic flowers. This is particularly important if the patient is sharing a room. Also, you never know whether the nurse on shift happens to be allergic to oriental lilies!

We recommend flower arrangements that contain the likes of roses, snapdragons, iris, gerbera daisies, chrysanthemums, tulips, orchids, anthurium lilies and other tropical flowers. If you are unsure, it is best to speak with your florist at the time of ordering and they will guide you as to what’s in season.

Tulips in Vase Close Up

AVOID PERFUMED BLOOMS

Sadly, what might be a patient’s favourite flower at home, might be a little overpowering in a small hospital room that typically has limited air ventilation. When one is unwell, a strong scent coming from one or more flower arrangements can make a patient feel worse. And again, if a patient is sharing a room, then it is essential their needs are taken into account as well. Otherwise you may find your thoughtful gift ends up out at the nurses station or back-of-house!

To play it safe, avoid perfumed oriental and November lilies, heavily perfumed roses, stock, hyacinth, belladonna lilies and sweet peas. Instead, opt for perfume free blooms such as orchids and other tropicals, Asiatic lilies, delphinium, gladioli, rhododendron, hydrangea, anthurium lilies, alstroemeria lily, gerbera daisies and chrysanthemums, tulips, peonies, perfume-free roses, lisianthus and snapdragons.

Peony Arrangement

HOSPITAL OR HOME?

For women who experience an uncomplicated natural birth, they will generally be sent home within 48 hours. Those who undergo a caesarian generally stay in hospital for five days. As a result it might be a good idea to check with the patient’s partner or family when they expect to leave hospital before arranging flower delivery.

Pink Lisianthus and Roses close up

COLOUR THERAPY

There has been plenty of research into the health implications colours have on us. They influence our mood and emotions. They have their impact on our sense of well-being or un-easiness. They influence the flow and amount of energy in our bodies, and can help jump-start the tired or diseased body. (1)

Color healing, known as Chromotherapy, can be implemented in a number of ways. The ancients actually built great halls of color healing, where individuals entered and were bathed in light that was filtered through various colored glass panels or windows. (1)

For a detailed outline of different colours’ health benefits, take a look at this site. Yes, it is a little ‘hippy’ but their outline of how colours can affect us is an interesting read.

Gerberas on Boat Jetty

Like the look of the flowers pictured in this article? These beauties are available for flower delivery Australia wide. Check out our online florist shop here: www.flowersforeveryone.com.au 

References:

Colour Therapy: http://www.deeptrancenow.com/colortherapy.htm

 

Winter in Flowers

WARM TONES OF BURNT ORANGE, AMBER, GOLD AND CRIMSON. CRISP PERFECT WHITE AND GREEN. RICH WINTER BURGUNDY, DEEP PURPLE, SILVER AND EYE-CATCHING PINK.

Velvety and sculptural, lush and full of texture, this is our expression of winter in flowers for 2014.

Our Winter Wonderland floral collection launched this week, and we are stupendously excited about both the fabulous new designs and the new look ‘lifestyle’ imagery snapped by Flowers for Everyone owner, Ryan Primrose, on his family farm.

It turns out Ryan is quite the photographer, having first tried his hand at styling and shooting pics to promote the launch of our Autumn range last season…

Autumn Floral Collection Autumn Flowers on Jetty

So inspired by the Autumn floral shoot, Ryan decided to photograph the entire new winter collection on the farm. Take a look at some of these gorgeous new designs by our talented creative team, using the best of the best winter flowers. Our new collection is so hot right now!

Monet’s Garden

One of our personal favourites, this new bouquet uses all the winter beauties – velvety celosia (the one that looks like lambs brains, there, we said it), lushy cymbidium orchids, roses, willow and silver dust foliage as pretty as the flowers themselves.

Monet's Garden Bouquet

Delectable Cymbids

We LOVE winter because it means Cymbidium Orchids. That is, the most gorgeous of gorgeous orchid plants and cut stems abundant in a wild array of colours, from the softest pink to deep, dark chocolate. Their flowers last anywhere from weeks to months (because lets face it, you do need to water them!), and they just love the cold weather. To get them to re-flower the following year, take a peak at our article on caring for Cymbidium orchid plants for some hot winter tips.

Cymbidium orchid plant

Green cymbidium bouquet

Golden winter bouquet

Winter Blues 

Perfumed hyacinth, ornamental kale (‘cabbage flowers’), lipstick pink celosia and cornflower blue delphinium = yum. Our florist crew have teamed these fabulous blue, purple, pink and lilac toned flowers with the likes of willow, berries, rich burgundy Copper Beech and Smoke Bush for texture and depth. Also expect to see frilly cottage garden snapdragons, lilies, Cymbidium orchids and roses thrown into the mix for a splash of contrasting colour…

Blue Hyacinth

Delphinium bouquet

Pastel Winter posy       

Tulip Tango

What would winter be without tulips? We have tulips dancing in every corner of the workshop, in every colour you can imagine. Combined with colourful winter foliages and sculptural branches, we are making the most of every minute these ridiculously fabulous tulip flowers are in season!

Tulip Bouquet

Winter flowers in Australia – send this season’s latest floral designs to congratulate, commemorate, celebrate, spoil, cherish, or appreciate.

Check out our gorgeous new range now!