Design by Chris Grigas

Design by Chris Grigas

Hand-Tied bouquets are one of the oldest European styled floral designs that can be created quickly and beautifully with nearly any flower selection.  When people visit In Bloom floral shop, I often suggest a hand-tied bouquet because they can be created with just a few blooms and wrapped decoratively in tissue paper and cellophane as a presentation bouquet, or placed in a clear glass vase for a stylish table center.  Either way, the flowers are adored by the recipient.  I find it so gratifying when a customer comes in to choose the flowers themself, and I can put them together for them in a way that makes them happy and they know that the recipient will be thrilled, too.  The bouquet pictured above was created with Gerbera Daisy, Sunflowers, spray Rose & Scabiosa for a bright & summery feel.  You can create your own color palette with the hundreds of blooms we carry daily.  I hope we can serve you soon

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by Christopher Grigas of In Bloom

by Christopher Grigas of In Bloom

“Don’t just look at things…learn to see things”.   Internationally recognized Dutch floral designer Els Teunissen said this at a floral design seminar I attended once…and it changed my outlook on floral design forever.  The meaning of the phrase went deeper than just color or texture of flowers.  To me, it meant that I needed to release my own visual boundaries and allow my imagination to run uninhibited.  I find if I set my imagination free, I have a endless amount of resources in my mind’s eye for inspiration.   Nature is one of the forces that drive my imagination and conjure up inspiration, sometimes from the simplest concept.  The arrangment pictured above was inspired bye the concept of protection and shelter.  The notion that something as elemental as bark could set my imagination on fire was inspiring and evoked a new creation….this design.  Though the costruction is simple with very few flowers, the impact is dramatic.  Keeping floral designs simple and stripped down to the basic elements is what I notice people reacting most to.  I learned to see past the rotten felled tree…that it’s bark could be used to reconstruct a shelter….for flowers.

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Succulents are interesting for many reasons including  beautiful colors, unique textures and low maintenance.  Simple containers are great for these because it keeps the focus on the plants themselves.  An overstuffed look is the best for these container designs because it creates the illusion that the plants are old and have been growing for a long time in the container.  Though they are slow growing…the reward is revealed immediately.  You can create incredible succulent gardens in tiny containers or oversized pots.  Experiment with them to create your own style…you will be thrilled by the results!

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Anemone & Gerbera Daisy

Anemone & Gerbera Daisy

I have learned over the past few years that when I design flowers in larger containers, it is not always necessary to fill all of the space with flowers & foliages.  It may seem irresistable to fill all of the space in a vessel, but sometimes the negative space in the arrangement helps effectively feature the beauty of the simple blooms in it.  The old saying “less is more” seems cliche in the design world, but you can certainly see when it works.  I enjoy challenging my own floral design skill… it helps me justify my title as a professional florist.   Anyone can fill a container to the hilt with luscious blooms and feel accomplished in their arrangement.  The difference you get from a professional is the ability to grasp and execute the concepts of scale, proportion, shape, harmony, line and color.

Creating a single-flower or minimalist floral design helps me and others appreciate the fine botanical qualities of the blooms.  This simple design of Anemone and Gerbera Daisy is a good example of effective design that required very few flowers but has a distinct and strong presence.  Additionally, these arrangements are very long lasting and are perfect for coffetables, bedsides and bathrooms where tranquility is appreciated.

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Give us a call to send flowers or a beautiful plant to your admin pro…they work hard all year. Show how you appreciate what they do for you. Fresh Flowers and Blooming Plants from In Bloom…Original Designs by Christopher Grigas is a great gift! http://www.ShopInBloom.com or (518)226-0045

Admin Pros love our flowers!

Admin Pros love our flowers!

Easter Flowers

April 12, 2009

Easter Pastels

Easter Pastels

Easter Pastels

When one of my very loyal customers (an interior designer) asked me to create an Easter design for one of his upscale clients, I was thrilled.  I thought it best to send something tasteful with a subtle organic feel.  The colors needed to reflect the holiday without using the typical flowers that we all too often see in so many designs.  The composition of pastel Antique Hydrangea, Dutch Tulips, Muscari, Viburnum, Roses, and Cymbidium Orchids blended perfectly in the ivory stoneware bowl that mimics an eggshell beautifully.  All too often we see tablecenters that are too tall for our field of vision.  This low bowl is a perfect design when entertaining guests because you can not only see across the table, you can also see all of the beautiful blooms in the design…and if you squint and imagine it…the tulips look a bit like pink eggs hidden in a blooming garden.

Happy Easter.

Early April offerings…

April 5, 2009

Spanish Lavender

Spanish Lavender

It is so inspiring when I open my flower packages to find some of the most stunning fresh blooms from around the world.  This week I was greeted by Guilder Rose (Viburnum), French Tulips and Garden Roses, Rust & Wine colored Ranunculus, Gloriosa Lily, and Spanish Lavender (pictured).  The natural curves of the stems, the fragrances, and the colors make it so easy to create beautiful floral designs.  I even planted a few terra cotta pots with Wheatgrass seed yesterday.  It will take about 2 weeks for the little pots to look full of the bright green blades…a sure sign of spring!   I’d love to know your favorite spring flower!  Before we know it…the world will be In Bloom again….

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