Apr 5, 2011

Is it Spring yet?

Bringing a little spring to me since Seattle weather doesn't seem to be having any of it.  I've been redecorating our place lately and ever since Valentine's day when hubs brought me home fresh flowers, I've discovered that it truly brightens up the place and my mood when I have fresh flowers around.  I've been buying them weekly and it really "livens" up the rooms and brings in just a little bit of sunshine.  Just thought I'd share a few of the bouquets that we've brought home.  I adore flowers but I hate that they don't last very long.  Any tricks you guys have that help them live a little bit longer?  I'm so excited for it to be a bit warmer so hubs and I can take our weekly trips to the farmers market to stock up on the flowers there!  It's my favorite part of the week to shop at the farmers markets and Seattle is so abundant with them that I go to a different one each week.  And if you want to know the truth, I stay as far away as I can from Pike Place market in the summers because the tourists drive me crazy.  When you are there on a mission, it gets frustrating dealing with the tourists stopping and pointing and snapping pictures every 3 seconds.  I've had to do some serious pushing before just to get through a small section of the market!  So I stay away and just hit the local farmers markets.  They may not be as big, but the produce and flowers are just as good.  But if you are visiting Seattle, I do recommend you visit Pike Place just for the experience

The coral color of the flowers just pulled me in so I had to get the Gerbera daisies and the mini roses were just too cute not to get.  Plus mini roses are a sentimental thing between J and I so whenever I see them they just remind me of when we first started dating.
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I'm trying to find some decor for our place that will brighten the place up a little.  When we first got our place we went for dark wood and a more muted decor and now I'm over it and would love to add color to it.  Here are some things I have my eye on, I just need to figure out how to incorporate it all. 
1. Crate & Barrel Ventura Big Bloom Pillow
2. Balinese Floral Curtain
3. West Elm Wine Bottle Vase
4. West Elm Bud Vase
5. Anthropologie Orimono Shade

I am kind of boring and only shop for decor at pretty standard places, West Elm, CB2 and Brocade Home are amongst my favorites.  We go to a few stores like Velocity Art & Design and other local stores but I know that there are probably online retailers that I am missing out on.  Would love to discover new home decor places, any suggestions, recommendations?  We also love Design Within Reach and Ligne Roset, however we couldn't afford to buy it so we just go in there and pet all the pretty furniture!

Hope you guys are having a great week!

All photos of the flowers by me, shot on a Canon 5D Mark II with a 50mm f/1.2L lens , post processed on Photoshop and Totally Rad Actions (I only include this info because I get so many questions on what camera/lenses I use but feel free to visit my camera FAQ if you have any more questions or of course you can email me as well.)

31 comments:

  1. Love that lampshade! I saw it online and didn't really think anything about it but saw it in store the other day and fell.in.love!

    have your cake & eat it too

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  2. There's nothing that can beat fresh flowers! the smell the colours, the brightness...its true they don't last very long!

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  3. Beautiful flowers-- i hate spending money on something so fleeting but once I realized how irreplaceable the energy/beauty/brightness of them, I've been buying every week too. I hear aspirin in the water helps extend life time-- and trimming the stems every couple of days-- and cool water [vs. hot, war].

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  4. I totally agree with you! Flowers always brighten up my place too... I just wish they weren't so expensive! So, to replace flowers (although it doesn't replace the smell), I bought some lime green pillows for my couch.

    Love the pieces you chose!

    http://artfashiontwentysomething.blogspot.com

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  5. I just love your blog, ! amazing taste and the best photos my eyes have seen. Thank You for doing it Sweetheart

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  6. such beautiful flowers! loving th pink colour!

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  7. Coral is becoming my go-to color this Spring - I love the images you shot. So pretty and refreshing.

    I am also loving the pieces you chose, but especially those wine bottle vases! That shape is so perfect,

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  8. I'm so ready for spring too! I love those mini roses-so pretty.

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  9. Gorgeous flowers! x

    www.glamourrougenotes.blogspot.com

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  10. I will be in Seattle the first week of July and yep...I'm going to go to Pike Place :D hehehehe... It will be my first time to Seattle (so it's a MUST) I will be on route to Portland for a wedding but my friend lives there so I'll be spending 4th of July there. Any recommendations? Also, I like to buy things off from Horchow, Pier 1, www.ballarddesigns.com, www.zgallerie.com... I'll see if I can think of more. I think I know what my next post will be about! :D ha!

    www.houseofhemingway.blogspot.com

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  11. I totally agree! Fresh flowers are the best!

    If you are looking for a longer lasting flower, I adore Alstroemeria/Peruvian lilies. They are beautiful and last up to two weeks if you re-snip the stems and change the water a few times. A bonus - they are usually super inexpensive and easy to find at the market.

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  12. amazing shots you took!!! i am quite boring when it comes to design and such =/

    i am loving the curtain though and the lamp shade, LOOOVE

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  13. Beautiful photos...I love how flowers can brighten up and room you put them in. But I am always sad to when they are wilting just days later. I love the west elm bud vases. West elm is my favorite place for furniture and anthropologie is my favorite for smaller decorative accessories.

    xxLily
    goldandgray.com

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  14. Wonderful flowers! I also love flowers and it brings a big smile on my face when I have them in my house :)My Mom keeps the beautiful green, yellow and dark pink orchids on windowsill in our dining room, so I can admire them every day :)

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  15. And btw I like these bottle vases from pic. number 3 and 4:)

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  16. Awe...purrrty!!! I love fresh flowers:)

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  17. Gorgeous bouquets! That Anthro lampshade is beautiful!

    xx Vivian @ http://diamondsandtulle.blogspot.com

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  18. Fresh flowers add such a great pop this time of year!

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  19. There is something about bringing nature indoors that makes me so happy. Gerbera daisies are my absolute favorites. I think you have inspired me to buy some to brighten up my place. :)

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  20. I love fresh flowers, but it does drive me crazy when I spend money and they only last for a couple days. I have found the best trick though, and the flowers last at least twice as long, if not longer. If you put a penny or two in the bottom of the vase, it keeps the flowers bright and perky for a longer time. I don't know why, but I do know it works!

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  21. oh and here i was telling you how much i love the flowers at pike market in the summer *tourist waving* haha. i must say that the thing i remember the most about seattle during my last visit is its abundance of fresh and CHEAP flowers. i can't believe the price! beautiful photos, Tiffany!

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  22. Pretty flowers! I agree and always buy flowers once a week. I'm loving tulips right now! And ahhh I miss the farmer's market in seattle. When I worked on 2nd I would go there all the time! Loving your blog! xo

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  23. I LOVE those west elm bottles! thanks of sharing! I think Im going to rush on over to buy a few now!

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  24. tiffany you're so talented!! i love your flower shots!

    i love those pretty bottles you picked out!

    ps. i'm coming to seattle in the beginning of june!!!! the hubs and i are flying in.. and we're meeting a few other friends who are also flying into seattle for our yearly group trip.. but they're all flying in later that night so i thought i would fly in the morning and maybe we could meet up for a quick bite and some shopping at nordstroms hahahaha.. i think i'm staying at the westin.. which is like right inbetween top pot doughnuts place you recommended and nordie's :)

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  25. Beautiful pics as always. Trader Joe's (don't know if there in Seattle) always has great flowers at very cheap prices.

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  26. Beautiful, love the colours you chose for the flowers. They really DO brighten up the house and your day! :)

    I've never been to Seattle but will visit Pike Place if I do - thnx for the recommendation (despite not enjoying it much yourself ;).

    My fave shot is the one of the single gerber - wow.

    A.Co @ A.Co est. 1984

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  27. Great pics! I have been feeling the need for color and fun lately. I am going to buy a hot pink nail polish this week to feel like spring (I put on light purple but I need something brighter).

    You should try abchome.com and abccarpet.com

    Behind uvillage there are two home stores Gracious Home and Blooming Home. They are both on Blakely and I know at least one is consignment. I haven't been to either but I have been meaning to check them out so call me this week if you want to go.

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  28. The best trick I've got is to snip the bottom 1/2" off the stem and immediately put them in hot water for 30 seconds or so. Transfer them to the vase and (for me) they stay fresh an extra day or more. Also, a little bit of bleach added to the vase works.

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  29. Awww! I love your flower photos! I just bought myself some mini pink roses. I'm in looove with mini roses. They are just so special :)

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  30. I adore flowers as well! They definitely refresh any room you put them in. I am in love with peonies but they are not as easy to find here in AZ. But the daisies you got are just delightful. Have a great day!

    carlsonnest.blog.com

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  31. oh my,those Gerbera daisies are sooo pretty and colorful!!!!!!!!!! If i rember correctly, are they one of ur fave flowers??? Gosh,wish we had nice markets to go over here too,lol. I love sunflowers,if only i could see more of those!!!

    well,there weather is turning warmer here so i'm happy about that!!! Already started bringin out shades and flats:)

    Hope u have a supberb week Tiffany!:D

    Cinz
    http://cinzee.wordpress.com

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