First Birthday Party

It's been a while.  I'm going to do better.  Eventually.  Promise. 

My daughter Eloise is turning five next month.  Five!  It's hard to believe. We have just started to plan her birthday party. She wants a water park party and a party in the back yard with dress up clothes and disco balls hanging from the trees.  Um...yea. That's the theme as of today.  It's quite likely to change tomorrow. 

Regardless of the event, I'm a big fan of details whether it be planning a child's birthday party, happy hour with friends or the look and feel of a couple's wedding flowers. It shows people you care.  Of course while planning, I picture every birthday party detail just as perfect as could be.  What I don't picture are all the little things that can and DO go wrong!

Here's an outtake from my daughter Alice's first birthday party.  Complete with smash cake, sarcastic family members and well a little something that didn't go quite as planned.

I hope this gives you a good laugh. Enjoy!

How to brighten up your home in February

February rolls around and it’s usually about the time that I notice my house needs a major refresh in the plant department.  I try every year to save my outdoor plants by bringing them inside, like the giant Kimberly ferns that fill our patio urns and Eugenia topiaries that flank our porch and garden shed every summer.  The vibrant green color of the ferns and sculptural detail of the topiaries add so much to a landscape or room. They just work so year after year they’re there.  I bring them in, my house turns into a greenhouse of sorts and then the dry air takes them down…or I forget to water them.  I then have to buy them, again. But let’s blame it on the radiators.

Last week I decided to spruce up our house with some new plants.  I usually buy my plants locally at nurseries or at the Boston Flower Exchange but I was at Home Depot buying paint (another way to spruce up your house in February!) and noticed they had a very full selection of plants.  I lucked out!  Below are some of the plants that came home with me.

 
Cacti and Jade plant.  Not my usual go to but they work with a colorful knit tapestry I  found recently for my daughters room.

Cacti and Jade plant.  Not my usual go to but they work with a colorful knit tapestry I  found recently for my daughters room.

 

About the tapestry for my daughter Eloise's room. This purchase made me so happy.   I snatched it up for $10 dollars!  I can't help but think it would be seen in domino or dwell magazine and for a lot more!

Colorful knit tapestry.

Colorful knit tapestry.

 You will always find ferns in my house.  I love them, again for the color they add and because for the most part they are affordable and easy to care for

Ironstone tureens are in constant rotation around here.  For the holidays they were filled with paperwhites.  Here they have a Boston fern and succulent in them.  I enjoy changing them up seasonally.

Ironstone tureens are in constant rotation around here.  For the holidays they were filled with paperwhites.  Here they have a Boston fern and succulent in them.  I enjoy changing them up seasonally.

Bronze fern ( a variety of maidenhair fern, my favorite!)

Bronze fern ( a variety of maidenhair fern, my favorite!)

Like I said earlier, cacti and succulents are not usually my thing but they looked healthy and I wanted to try something different.  Below are an unlikely pair that I think go quite well together.

I almost feel like I'm in Sedona with all these cacti around. Almost.

I almost feel like I'm in Sedona with all these cacti around. Almost.

So we've discussed plants in the house.  They are always worth it. Go on out and buy yourself some or call Poppies to help you out.   Another way to freshen up a space is with fabrics.  I rounded up a few of my favorite pillows, that go with my plant theme and work well together (or at least I think they do!). They keep our real plants company.

Palm and animal print fabrics are fun to mix and match.

Palm and animal print fabrics are fun to mix and match.

Last photo of the day.  While treasure hunting with a friend she spotted this planter and insisted I have it for Poppies.  I wasn't so sure and left without it.  Days later, I was regretting that I hadn’t taken her advice, so I went back to see if it was still there...it was!  It puts a smile on my face and reminds me not to take things too seriously.  Which is always a nice reminder. 

McCoy frog planter. 

McCoy frog planter. 

Placing unique objects around your house is a great way to personalize and freshen up a space. Keep your eyes peeled for unique wall coverings, plant vessels or anything that might look nice and unexpected in your home.   And remember plants always bring life to a room!

What are your tricks for sprucing up a space?  Feel free to share below.

Beyond The Red Rose

A red rose.  They are what most people associate with romance and what most people gravitate toward come Valentine's Day.   Believe it or not I know people who think they shouldn't buy roses for themselves.  That roses are only to be received from that special someone on a special occasion.  I know, I can't believe it either! If a rose is what you like, do yourself a favor and buy them for yourself anytime you like.  I'd suggest once a week.  My obsession with fresh flowers really kicked into high gear once I had my first job out of college.  It was at a law firm in Boston's financial district.  There was a great flower kiosk on Federal Street (may still be there?) where I would stop and buy flowers for my desk and home every week.  It was such a treat and one I continue today.

This Valentine's Day think beyond the red rose friends!  I love a red rose just as much as the next person but there is so much pretty to be had when it comes to flowers for Valentine's Day.  I'd much prefer to receive a mixed bouquet of blooms...here's a little inspiration from Poppies to you.

 
Little pops of color.  Floral Design by Poppies.  Photo by Meg Manion Photography.  

Little pops of color.  Floral Design by Poppies.  Photo by Meg Manion Photography.  

 
Tulips and not just any tulips.  Fringe tulips! Hellebores, ranunculus, blackberries, sweet peas and geranium leaves just to name a few of the ingredients featured here.  Floral Design by Poppies.  Photo by Meg Manion Photography.

Tulips and not just any tulips.  Fringe tulips! Hellebores, ranunculus, blackberries, sweet peas and geranium leaves just to name a few of the ingredients featured here.  Floral Design by Poppies.  Photo by Meg Manion Photography.

Always take care when wrapping a bouquet.  Pretty paper and ribbon goes a long way.  Floral Design by Poppies.  Photo by Meg Manion Photography.

Always take care when wrapping a bouquet.  Pretty paper and ribbon goes a long way.  Floral Design by Poppies.  Photo by Meg Manion Photography.

 
Finished and ready to arrive on your doorstep this Valentines Day! Floral Design by Poppies.  Photo by Meg Manion Photography.

Finished and ready to arrive on your doorstep this Valentines Day! Floral Design by Poppies.  Photo by Meg Manion Photography.

 

I'd love to know what your go to is for Valentine's Day.  Share your comments below.

floweRing Box

Welcome to Colony!  This is my first blog post AND I’ll admit it's a little frightening!  I'm much more comfortable playing with flowers, digging in the dirt, moving furniture around my house, hitting a flea market, sourcing vintage clothing, vessels, well anything other than this.  You get the point! 

My dear friend thought of the name for this blog.  I love it because it encompasses what I intend to do; highlight the things I adore, artists I admire and places that inspire me.  A colony of sorts.  I’m a sucker for tradition so what you’ll find here are things I loved as a child (and still do), and a peek into my life with my family, friends and dog.  There will be lots of flowers, because if you ask me, they’re always appropriate.  A friend once described my style as boho glitter.  It made me laugh at first, and then it made perfect sense.  I love a fringe poncho as much as a Lily Pulitzer dress.  Mixing and matching old with new, preppy with bold, is how I try to style my life and my flowers.   I hope you enjoy it.

Might as well get right to it!

This time of year I can’t help but think of Valentine’s Day.  Sure it’s known as a “Hallmark” holiday to most but I like to think of it as a reason to fuss over the people that mean the most to me. It’s a way to beat the winter doldrums that set in, come February.  It’s a reason to bake cookies with your kids and craft with your friends.  Better yet, to pop the question! Poppies (my flower biz) loves taking part in clients special moments.  We thought it would be fun to style a valentines engagement shoot which also gave me the perfect excuse to buy the most perfect ring box I’ve ever laid eyes on.  It’s from The Mrs. Box.   It’s incredibly beautiful and a keepsake all by itself.  Take a look and let me know what you think!

 

Shell We Marry? Styling and flowers by Poppies. Photo Courtesy of Meg Manion.

Shell We Marry? Styling and flowers by Poppies. Photo Courtesy of Meg Manion.

I'm slightly obsessed with seashells and all things nautical so to pair petals, a shell and this beautiful ring box together just made sense. Shell We Marry?  I'd say yes! To the shell.  To the ring.  To the ring box.  Oh and yes, to the person!

Plated proposal.  Styling and flowers by Poppies.  Photo courtesy of Meg Manion.

Plated proposal.  Styling and flowers by Poppies.  Photo courtesy of Meg Manion.

Candles, check.  Beautiful flowers, check. Special ring, in an equally special box, check.  A plated proposal with all the little details that will set your proposal apart this valentines day.

Bubbles and brass. Styling and flowers by Poppies.  Photo courtesy of Meg Manion.

Bubbles and brass. Styling and flowers by Poppies.  Photo courtesy of Meg Manion.

Not so thrilled to pop the question over dinner.  Opt instead for bubbles and a vintage brass champagne bucket overflowing with flowers.  Here the bubbles and flowers have swapped places.  One of my favorite things to do is to put flowers in vessels that were not meant for them.  It's hard to believe champagne buckets weren't invented for flowers because in my opinion they are a match made in heaven.  Bubbles, brass and a beautiful ring in a beautiful ring box and you're done! 

No room for dessert.  Stylingand flowers by Poppies.  Photo courtesy of Meg Manion.

No room for dessert.  Stylingand flowers by Poppies.  Photo courtesy of Meg Manion.

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