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Posted by Realty Vision on 4/20/2017

Spring is a favorite season of many. The weather gets warmer and the trees and flowers begin to bud and blossom. But spring is often a season that doesn’t get it’s own décor. Fall and winter, the coziest of seasons, have their own décor that differentiate them from the rest. Their decoration brings a cozy, warm feeling into the home. And when that décor is put away to welcome warmer weather, the home can sometimes feel empty. I’m here to help you change that. Check out these tips for the perfect home décor to welcome and celebrate spring. String Lights: One of the best things about the holidays are the decorations, which of course, includes lots and lots of lights. Although these often come down months before spring arrives, it is still nice to bring them back into the home, and outside of the home, for a new season. Have a deck or patio with a canopy or trees nearby? These are great places to hang simple string lights or decorative seasonal light strands such as stars, lanterns, and flowers. They bring a fun atmosphere to the outdoors. As for the indoors, adding lights above front doors or in bay windows can bring back some of that coziness that you feel in the cooler months. Candles: Candles are another form of décor that bring a feeling of warmth and contentment to the home and, they are not just for the fall and winter. Spring scented candles come in a myriad of fresh, floral scents. Flowers: Moods instantly brighten as the first buds begin to bloom. Bring that joy into to the home with fresh cut flowers, whether from your own garden or the local florist. They bring the season inside and add to the home’s springtime décor. Orchids, tulips, lilies, carnations and roses are perfect options to create lovely arrangements with. Arrangements are perfect for centerpieces on tables or in bay windows. Spring Holiday Decorations: Easter and Memorial Day are holidays that fall during the spring. Bring the festivities to the home by decorating for these holidays. Easter is always fun to decorate for with children but tasteful touches of Easter are equally as nice. Memorial Day may feel like the start of summer with much warmer weather and a holiday weekend, but should not be forgotten as a spring holiday. Cookouts and parties are a great excuse to add Memorial Day decorations to the indoors and outdoors. Other Home Items: There are so many other ways to add spring décor into your home. Consider decorative plates with spring colors and flowers, flower-patterned accent pillows, bedspreads, comforters, pastel colored blankets, and spring hanging artwork. Bring spring to life inside and outside of your home with décor that brings out the best of this season!





Posted by Realty Vision on 6/16/2016

flowers in vaseWe all want our flowers to last forever. We want it so much that there are entire aisles in Michael's devoted to plastic flowers that will bloom for eternity. But when it comes to creating a warm atmosphere with pleasant fragrances, nothing compares to the real thing. Here's how to get the most of your potted plants and flowers.

Choose your plants wisely

All plants are different. Some flower for different lengths of time or even at completely opposite times of the year. When it comes to cut flowers, they too last varying lengths depending on the species. The time a cut flower lasts before wilting is called its vase life. The vase life is a hard life. But certain flowers withstand it better than others.
  • Chrysanthemums (25-30 days) - They're not a flashy flower, and they don't need much to survive in a vase other than fresh water each day
  • Orchids (10-30 days) - There are countless varieties of orchids available. Aside from their unique form and appearance, orchids can also be surprisingly hardy
  • Anthurium or "flamingo flower" (15-45 days) - Flamingo flowers are a rare sight, and last quite a long time if maintained properly. But pet owners beware: they're considered toxic to dogs and cats

Preparing the vase

The first thing to remember is to clean a vase thoroughly before you put flowers in it. Once clean, start to prepare your water. Plants need food too. If your flowers came with plant food this is the best option for preserving your flower. Otherwise, there are homemade recipes for plant solution that usually involve something acidic and something sugary. Lemon juice and sugar work well mixed with water. Or you can mix one part lemon-lime soda (not diet soda) with three parts water. Next, cut the flowers slightly longer than the length of the vase and pop them in.

Caring for your flower

The job's not over once you put the flowers in the vase. The real trick to making flowers last longer is caring for them once in the vase.
  • Trim a centimeter or less off of the stems every other day
  • Add water as needed and refresh the water after a few days. Be sure to add your plant food solution as well
  • The flowers themselves can be maintained as well. Most flowers benefit from being misted with water once every day or two. Others recommend spraying things like hair spray which acts as a preservative directly onto the petals. Though it seems do defeat the purpose of taking such care to keep the flowers healthy.
  • Be sure to keep the flowers in a temperate place. If the flowers or water heat up or cool down too much the flowers could wilt

The flowers are dead. Now what?

Once the flowers have wilted (hopefully after a long amount of time due to reading the aforementioned tips!) it may seem like you have no further use for them. But there are plenty of creative ways to repurpose wilted flowers on the internet such as making a wreath or even adding them to your bath. Let us know which flowers you've had the best luck with!    







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