Two Tips to Transform Your Traditional Holiday Décor

December 14, 2015

‘Tis the season for holiday parties and hosting guests! As you prepare your home or office for your next gathering, we thought you might enjoy these two simple tips from our Herban Design Studio experts for enlivening your typical décor.

Decorative Greenery

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Embellish a plain wreath by adding bows, twigs, and ornaments like the one pictured. Not a DIY-er? Our Herban Bloom shop on Vashon creates amazing ornamental wreaths in all shapes and sizes.

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Instead of flowers or berries, add pine cones and twigs to your pine branch centerpieces.

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Garland on a mantel is expected, but adding it to your table centerpiece is not. We love adding in little led-lit votive candles too.

Make Your Holiday Colors Pop

White, metallic, or pink are beautiful colors to add to your traditional red and green décor.

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Crisp white chairs contrasted by the rich green garland centerpiece infused with pink, white and red flowers is unexpected and fresh.

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Or, forgo holiday colors and opt for wintery white décor accented by shimmering gold and silver.

If you try one of these tips, we’d love to see pictures! Share them with us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

HAVE A GREEN THUMB? HERBAN BLOOM ANNOUNCES SPRING CLASSES/WORKSHOPS

April 21, 2015

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Ready to learn how to create the perfect bouquet arrangement, wow dinner guests with a gorgeous centerpiece and learn the secrets of growing and cooking herbs?

Then we have news for you! Our flower shop and floral décor store on Vashon Island is offering spring classes and workshops starting this April. Classes will take place at Herban Bloom’s beautiful shop on Vashon Island. This is the perfect way to inspire your inner-gardener (and would also make a great Mother’s Day gift!).

Here are the classes/workshops to choose from:

Art of the Seasonal Centerpiece:

Herban Bloom’s own Floral Designers will guide you to create the perfect seasonal centerpiece for your table. This hands-on class includes instruction, flowers and vases to bring your floral vision to life. Sunday, April 26th, noon-2pm. Taught by Melody Williams and Mark Grant of Herban Bloom.

Gardening & Cooking with Herbs:

Bring your garden and kitchen together in this hands-on workshop. We’ll discuss all kinds of herbs, and how to grow, harvest, cook, and preserve them. An herb-inspired lunch will be provided with recipes including: Rosemary Lemonade, Sweet Potato-Dungeness Crab Cakes, Lemony Spring Sorrel Soup Shooter, Herb and Goat Cheese Timbales, Salad of Organic Greens, Fresh Herbs and Edible Flowers with Raspberry Thyme Vinaigrette, Herb Buttermilk Knots with Chive Butter, and Rosemary Caramel Sandwich Cookies. Wednesday, May 20th, 6-8 pm. Taught by BJ Duft, owner of Herban Bloom and Herban Feast.

Make a Hypertufa Planter:

Hypertufa is a combination of mixed peat moss, cement, and perlite used to create rustic pots that are perfect for growing herbs, succulents, and other plants. This workshop will require you to tap into your imagination in order to create a hypertufa planter of your own design! Sunday, May 24th, noon-2pm. Taught by BJ Duft, owner of Herban Bloom and Herban Feast.

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All About Lavender:

Did you know that there are over 150 varieties of lavender? Learn about what varieties to grow in the Pacific Northwest, what varieties to cook with, what varieties to use for aromatherapy and much more. A light lunch will be provided with lavender-inspired recipes such as Strawberry-Lavender Lemonade, Tapenade, Chicken Pressada, Grilled Asparagus W/ Vegetable Citronette, Herbs de Provence Quinoa Pilaf, and Lavender-Lemon Shortbread Cookies. You will also get to take home an aromatic lavender sleep pillow. Sunday, May 31st, noon-2 pm. Taught by BJ Duft, owner of Herban Bloom and Herban Feast.

Don’t have time for a class this spring? We are planning additional classes for the summer and fall, so stay tuned!

All classes will enjoy light snacks and refreshments. Class fee is $50 per class. Handouts and materials will be provided. Garden gloves advised for potting and hypertufa class.

For more information and designs from Herban Bloom connect with them on Facebook  and Pinterest or contact Herban Bloom at 206-607-8885.

Happy Spring!

Herban Feast

 

Get inspired by these bridal trends for 2015

March 12, 2015

As we get closer to the peak of wedding season, we’ve been noting our favorite trends, styles, décor and themes. Here are a few that we think you’ll love as much as we do.

  1. Off-the-shoulder dresses

This romantic look was all the rage during spring runway shows and offers a fresh style for the romantic bride who’s looking beyond the ball gown.

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Photo via Harpers Bazaar, courtesy of Marchesa

  1. Marsala

Pantone’s 2015 Color Of The Year is showing up in wedding details big and small – from flowers to groom attire to cakes and décor.

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Photos via Pinterest

  1. Lace invitations

Lace has always been a trend for wedding dresses, but now it’s making the leap to other wedding details, like these invitations.

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Photo via Elegant Wedding Invites

  1. Metallic bridesmaid dresses

Just because it’s the bride’s day to shine doesn’t mean that the bridesmaids can’t stand out too! Glitz and glamour are sneaking into bridal parties, putting a spotlight on the bride’s leading ladies.

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Photo via Style Me Pretty

  1. Communal dining

Many brides this season are embracing inclusivity and togetherness with big family-style tables.

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Photo Brandon Pato Photography

  1. Flower crowns for the bride

All hail the floral queen! Brides are taking spring flowers to a new level, using them to top off their wedding ‘do. It’s an easy (and inexpensive) way to add some bohemian glam to your look.

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Photo via The Wedding Blog

  1. Chalkboards

Chalkboards are the new black. From invitations to menus to seating charts, they’ve become a new wedding staple.

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Photo via The Wedding Blog

  1. Greenery

While we all know flowers and weddings go hand-in-hand, brides this season are opting for a “greener” floral arrangement. Greenery is showing up on all the trendy wedding tables and in many bride bouquets this spring. Perfect for an enchanting summer wedding.

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Photos via Love My Dress

  1. Fishtail braids

This laid back look is all the rage on the runways and red carpet this year. Now, brides are making it their own. With this messy yet stylish look you won’t have to fret about your hair during your big day.

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         10. Local and sustainable food

Weddings are going green as brides and grooms are becoming more thoughtful about what they’re serving friends and family. Couples are requesting local food that is sustainably sourced, like our new spring/summer menus featuring ingredients from Northwest farms and producers.

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Photo via Herban Feast galleries

For more wedding favorites take a look at the real weddings we featured here and here. Connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest!

Xo,

Herban Feast

A fresh arrangement! Herban Bloom Opens

December 2, 2014

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Roses are red, violets are blue, we’re thrilled to introduce Herban Bloom to you. Herban Bloom is an exciting extension of our floral design capabilities, creating strong connections to local growers and infusing a new level of floral creativity into our Herban Design Studio.  Located on Vashon Island, Herban Bloom’s retail shop is managed by islander Melody Williams who brings over 30 years of floral design experience.

Read on to see photos from our Grand Opening celebration!

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The perfect home and floral gifts await you.

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A peek from the street.

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Hop on the ferry for an island adventure and stop by the store for your holiday floral arrangements, wreaths, centerpieces and gifts.

 

We hope to see you soon!

Q&A with Seattle Event Planner, Michelle Bernard of Married with Michelle

December 16, 2013

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In our featured partner Q&A, event planner and wedding connoisseur, Michelle from “Married with Michelle,” is sharing her thoughts about upcoming trends and her experience in the wedding industry! Michelle has been planning weddings, galas and events for over ten years now— including many, many events with us!

1. What trends are you seeing for the coming year?

2014 brings trends that carry through from the past year such as lace, navy blue, nudes and blush tones. For attire, embellishments for hair such as lush floral crowns and intricate headpieces. Styled grooms have unique tailored suits, bow ties, patterned socks and eclectic touches. Floral and botanicals this year focus on succulents paired with soft peonies and garden roses in muted tones. In lieu of traditional table linens, rustic wide planked farm tables and wooden benches are a natural alternative. Parisian design and influence has also taken center stage and can be seen in lace gowns, decadent petit four dessert displays, large marquee letters of the couples initials and cafe lights.

photo courtesy of pinterest.com

photo courtesy of pinterest.com

2. Why did you become a wedding planner?

I have always loved to take care of people. Being a wedding planner allows me to take each couple under my wing and guide them in a way that lets them enjoy their engagement. I am typically working with the couples for a year or more, which creates a unique relationship. I am their biggest cheerleader, voice of reason, counselor and trusted partner. Coming from a background in corporate public relations, there is a satisfaction I get in planning a momentous life event such as a wedding.

Photo courtesy of Marriedwithmichelle.com at Sodo Park

Photo courtesy of Marriedwithmichelle.com at Sodo Park

3. What do you love about your job?

The wedding day of course! I like to think I am on the same adrenaline rush as my couples, come wedding day. All the hard work of planning and taking them on the journey from inception to completion comes down to that day. When I see that my couple and their guests are completely at ease and in the moment it is the most rewarding feeling. To hear “this was the most amazing day of our lives” and “this is the best wedding I have ever attended” makes me honored that I was allowed to play a small part in their life journey.

To peek at Michelle’s portfolio or book her for your special day, check out her website or Facebook page!

As Seen on King 5: Wedding DIY Tips!

June 13, 2013

Our Herban Design Studio Creative Director, Nicole Haynes, was invited to join King 5’s Christie Johnson for a special DIY segment. Here are a few favorite takeaways!

Check Grandma’s House, Antique Stores and Thrift Shops

These are great places to find china, crystal glasses, chandelier prisms and strands, vintage mirrors, and delicate lace.  Select several pieces and cluster them together. Selectively incorporate a single bloom or two in a bud vase and you’ll have a beautiful centerpiece.

Visit the Beach!

Beachcombing is amazing for finding interesting natural pieces like driftwood, nautilus shells, and sand washed rocks.  Add these elements to your vintage finds for warmth and visual interest. Beautiful when paired with orchids.

The Gem Store + A Glue Gun = Inexpensive Details

Bring on that bling! Add a simple but dramatic detail to an inexpensive votive or vase, by adding gem stones or vintage broaches with a glue gun. Choose a single palette for monochromatic simplicity or go bold with a multitude of bright colors and shapes. Adding a vintage broach to ribbon can be used to wrap a glass vase, or create a gorgeous detail to a napkin fold.

For more ideas or to schedule your own DIY class with Nicole when she’s not busy creating wedding flowers seattle drools over, please contact us at 206-932-4717.