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pretty petals – thlapsia

July 17, 2014

Let us introduce you to thlapsia, commonly known as green bell or penny cress. It’s a newcomer to the the floral industry. We like to think of it as the new baby’s breath!  It is a delicate, filler flower that serves the dual purpose…

a moment to savour – mobile flower school

May 30, 2014

As each week draws to a close its good for the soul to recapture some of the wonderful moments that lead you to the week’s end. It is essential not to take the little things for granted – celebrate their awesomeness through a weekly…

pretty petals – cappuccino ranunculus

May 15, 2014

Any ranunculus is a good ranunculus!  We have featured many varieties of this flower over the years on our blog, but have never shown off the cappuccino kind.  Isn’t it pretty? This delicate tissue-like flower has the same dainty qualities as all its brothers…

hopespring holiday tour of homes

November 13, 2013

This past weekend, November 8th and 9th, we kicked off the holiday season by participating in the HopeSpring Holiday Tour of Homes. The tour featured five spectacular homes in the Waterloo Region, as well as the HopeSpring Cancer Support Centre’s Kitchener location. All the…

this week in the flower studio

March 30, 2013

Happy Long Easter Weekend to you! I’m so excited for a relaxing Sunday with my sweetie, enjoying these pretty flowers on our dining table. It feels like forever since I have had flowers at home and that is just not right. Must make a…

flower studio photo shoot sneak peek

March 14, 2013

Here is a sneak peek from a photo shoot with photographer Stephanie Canada, she stopped by the flower studio to capture some images of Living Fresh for her Photographer on the Move series. If you are interested in having your business photographed for her awesome series apply…

this week in the studio

March 8, 2013

Happy Friday friends, ready for the weekend? I’m excited to sleep in, read books that have been piling up and just put my feet up. Here is a little peek at what we were up to in the studio this week. If you need…

poppies – serious flower addiction

March 6, 2013

I have always been enamoured by poppies, but never called them a favourite unless I was looking at them. Lately they have been showing up at the local flower wholesalers and I’m officially addicted. I love peeling off the sepals to reveal the flower,…

cannot get enough of spring

February 19, 2013

I have to admit, I’m tired of being cold and tired of this crazy weather Mother Nature is throwing at us. I know we are to blame for it, but I’m just so ready for spring. So until it arrives I will be hiding…

wedding dreams bridal show and magazine

January 7, 2013

Happy, happy new year to you! After a very busy holiday season in the new studio and an amazing 2012 we are relaxed and ready to take on all that 2013 has to offer. We are starting off the new year in full wedding…

in the studio – fiddle leaf figs (ficus lyrata)

October 16, 2012

I love plants; it is the old horticulturalist in me. I did that before becoming a florist you know. So let’s take about Fiddle Leaf Figs, ficus lyrata, for a moment. First off they are everywhere in home decor lately and I like that. I really…

52 objects – number thirty five

September 28, 2012

Ebony Elephants These ebony elephants are old. They were handed down to my spouse from a relative when he was a child. The ivory tusks are missing and a few of the ivory toes have fallen off, which I’m fine with as I’m not a fan…

52 objects – number thirty four

Vintage Glass Jar Collection I really cannot tell you much about these glass jars except I pulled them out of the St. Lawrence River years ago while scuba diving. As you may know, the St. Lawrence is home to the Thousand Islands and the water surrounding those…

october floral design classes at the flower school

September 21, 2012

Thanksgiving Harvest Table Arrangement As the growing season comes to an end and the autumn air starts to dominate, forest floors become a treasure trove of rich botanicals ripe for the picking by creative florists. Colourful foliage, cones, berries, branches, bark, and moss are…

52 objects – number thirty three

Team 7 Bookcase with Doors If you read my blog regularly you will have notcied this piece in several past posts. Today’s 52 Object post is dedicated to our Team 7 bookcase. The bookcase is another piece of furniture in our home that traveled with my spouse…

flower giveaway – make someone smile

August 30, 2012

We do what we do at Living Fresh because we love to make others smile. Seeing people happy it very important to us and today we want to help you make someone smile! Head over to our facebook page and tell us who you…

52 objects – number thirty two

BluDot Rook Table Lamp A couple of years ago our cleaning ladies, who are no longer cleaning our house, broke the table lamp on my side of the bed. It was solid glass and from Ikea and no longer available. So I got to…

52 objects – number 31

August 19, 2012

Do Not Stand Washroom Sign This sign makes me giggle, it always has, I just love it! We use to have this in our washroom as a metal disk that sat on the toilet tank but our cleaning ladies (who are no longer our…

flowers for a purple and charcoal wedding

August 13, 2012

Today we are sharing with you a simple yet elegant wedding we created for Elizabeth-Ann and Drew Switzer on July 20, 2012 in Collingwood, Ontario. The ceremony and reception were both held at the lovely Cranberry Resort, the ceremony was outdoors on the bay and…

52 objects – number twenty eight

July 24, 2012

Vintage Wooden Wardrobe  This vintage wooden wardrobe belongs to my spouse; it is another one of the treasures he brought with him fromGermany. It is getting old and starting to show some wear and tear but I love it for its functionality and its…

wedding flowers from friday the 13th

July 23, 2012

There has been so much going on these past two weeks that I’m very behind in blogging and it is my goal this week to get caught up! First up are wedding flowers Living Fresh created for Laura and Jon-Paul for their big day…

bringing nature home

July 9, 2012

While enjoying my coffee this morning I finally found a few moments to dive into a new stunning floral book, ‘Bringing Nature Home‘, written and photographed by Ngoc Minh Ngo with floral arrangements by Nicolette Owen. This book is oozing floral inspiration goodness, mixed with interior design delights. The pages are…

52 objects – number twenty seven

July 6, 2012

Turquoise Blue Fireplace I cannot believe we just celebrated our 1 year anniversary in our new home. This past year has just flown by and everyday I grow more in love with our little house. One of the things I really enjoy about inside the house…

52 objects – number twenty six

June 28, 2012

Acanthus Leaf Vase – Vintage Milk Glass As we say our final good bye to the local Ontario Peonies I knew I had to feature them in today’s 52 Objects post. So, today I’m sharing with you a new piece I just added to my vintage milk glass…

beautiful modern wood paneling

June 25, 2012

Today is the first day ever the Living Fresh blog is welcoming a guest blogger and to kick it off we have Mari here from Arcadian Lighting. Hello, everyone! It’s Mari here from Arcadian Lighting, a fabulous online place to discover light fixtures of all…

52 objects – number twenty five

June 21, 2012

Little Antique Wooden Box I know the flowers are the focal point to the photo above but the little antique wooden box is the reason for this post. I purchased the wooden box back in the fall of 2011 for an upcoming bridal show for Living Fresh. I found…

52 objects – number twenty four

Original Art Trio by Sa Boothroyd I love bright and colourful art, I gravitate to towards it, it always pulls me in and that is what we usually purchase. I also like to buy original pieces of art whenever we can afford to. These…

52 objects – number twenty three

June 14, 2012

Occupied Japan Ceramic Elephant Vase I love elephants; my Mother is the reason behind this love. She has always given me things in the form of elephants; from stuffed animals to jewellery pendants to art work. I was a bit of a Tom Boy as a kid and…

flowers for a wedding at langdon hall

June 8, 2012

As we head into the weekend I want to share some pretty wedding flowers with you! On Saturday, June 2nd, we kicked off the wedding season over here at Living Fresh! We had the pleasure of creating the florals for a simple yet elegant…

52 objects – number twenty two

June 4, 2012

Eames Molded Plastic Rocker – Replica I love chairs, I would have my whole house filled with them if I could afford my expensive taste and had the space for them all. This replica of the famous Eames Molded Plastic Rocker was a Christmas gift from my…

wedding saviours – free wedding contest

June 3, 2012

Living Fresh is proud to announce that we have teamed up with a bunch of great Kitchener-Waterloo wedding vendors and Wedding Saviours to throw a deserving couple a FREE wedding! Applicants make a video, take some photos and/or write about their deed well done…

52 objects – number twenty one

May 29, 2012

Antique Oak Framed Mirror This antique mirror is a piece I grew up with, it hung in the front entrance of our home for years. It has a solid oak frame and the mirror itself has the perfect amount of old distressed wear to…

52 objects – number twenty

May 18, 2012

Vintage Teak Gentleman’s Chest I love Scandinavian modern design; I’m a fan of all things teak and anything designed by Hans Wagner. I just wish I could afford the price tag that goes along with the original pieces that I love so much!   So when I find a…

mother’s day floral workshop

May 15, 2012

On Sunday, May 13th the Living Fresh Flower School taught a Mother’s Day Floral Workshop to a group of 6 talented women. As Mother’s Day surprises two of the students brought their Moms to class for some floral fun! We also had our youngest student ever,…

flowers and candy for mother’s day

May 3, 2012

Living Fresh has teamed up with Sweet Addictions for a fun Mother’s Day collaboration! We are creating colourful, joyous arrangements for Mom filled with flowers and candy! A floral arrangement similar to the one shown is $40 +HST and local delivery. This piece is in…

52 objects – number seventeen

April 26, 2012

Old Oak Dining Table This old oak pedestal dining table is the table my family gathered around for dinners and the table my two sisters and I sat at to do our homework. As a family we spent time celebrating, enjoyed the company of friends and even…

52 objects – number sixteen

Vintage Persian Area Rug This old vintage wool Persian area rug just might be one of my favourite decorating elements in our house. I adore all the colours in it and the bold statement it adds to our library. I also love its large…

52 objects – number fifteen

April 12, 2012

Wine Bottle Cork Collection My spouse and I love wine and sharing a bottle (or two) is something we get great pleasure from. Our collection of wine bottle corks was something I started shortly after we meet back in 2005. I’m pretty sure the…

on our table – spring helleborus flowers

April 6, 2012

Our Easter table this year is very simple compared to last year’s Easter tablescape. This year we have several birthdays adding to the festivities of the weekend so I want to keep it simple and let the flowers speak for themselves. Helleborus blooms are one of my…

52 objects – number fourteen

April 5, 2012

White Decorative Ceramic Planter with Ming Aralia This little ceramic planter is from my days of working in garden centres. I purchased it at Terra Greenhouses when I worked there about a decade ago (wow, saying that makes me feel old). It has been…

the wedding flowers in detail from the bridal expo

April 3, 2012

We were busy little bees over here at Living Fresh last week making bouquets and centrepieces for the Conestoga Country Club Bridal Expo on April 1st, 2012. Our theme for the wedding flower booth was A Midsummer Night’s Dream. So are focus was to create floral pieces…

conestoga country club bridal expo wedding flower booth

April 2, 2012

On Sunday April 1st Living Fresh spent the day chatting with brides and grooms about wedding flowers at the Conestoga Country Club Bridal Expo. The theme for our floral display was fashioned after A Midsummer Nights Dream. Here is a peek into our wedding flower booth at the…

52 objects – number thirteen

March 29, 2012

Quartz Mineral Specimen Way back in the day I was given the option to study Geology at college, we had to pick and Geology was my second choice. I got into my first choice, Terrain and Water. My love for rocks and minerals has remained while…

Conestoga Country Club Bridal Expo

(image: Golf North)   Getting married? Looking for a florist? Want to talk wedding flowers? Meet us at the Conestoga Country Club Bridal Expo this Sunday, April 1st from 12pm to 5 pm! We can guarantee you that there will be lots of pretty flowers for…

massuet niagara lavender

March 27, 2012

(images: Neob Lavender) Not that I want to rush spring, because I do not. I love spring, it is my favourite season. But I cannot wait for this new lavender to start blooming in my garden! Actually I cannot wait to first plant it…

In the Garden

March 23, 2012

I’m in shock of what is blooming and sprouting in our little garden already, it is only March! Clematis should not be sprouting; the Hellebore is still in bloom! I’m not complaining I’m just surprised! Have a look: Are you enjoying this early spring? I sure…

Spring Flowering Branches – Magnolia

March 19, 2012

I don’t know about you but I’m pretty darn happy about the amazing weather we are experiencing in South Western Ontario right now. It is spring and it is happening right now. Bulbs are peeping though the soil, the birds are chirping all day…

52 objects – number eleven

March 15, 2012

Vintage Bennington Pottery Set Way back in March 2010, I was pursing my favourite Etsy.com shop, ethanollie, when I came across this Bennington Potters Trigger pottery set of four mugs and a pitcher, and was a love at first sight. I do not think I even hesitated, and I usually hesitate and leave things…

52 objects – number ten

March 8, 2012

Ceramic Blue Tabby Cat Today’s object for week 10 is newly acquired but an object filled with memories from my childhood. This ceramic blue tabby cat used to belong to my Nana, it sat  in her living room and I’m sure it was carried around several times by…

Wednesday’s Flowers – The End

March 7, 2012

Wednesday’s Flowers is coming to an end. This has not been a easy decision and one I have been thinking about for a long while but after 103 posts over 2 years it is time for a change. Not to worry I will be still sharing…

friday floral eye candy

March 2, 2012

Hope you all had a great week! I sure did! I made a really big decision this week with regards to Living Fresh. Still some details to firm up before I can share the news so you will have to hold tight for a…

52 objects – number nine

February 28, 2012

Squirrel Pillow Meet Bob! Bob is our squirrel pillow who lives on our sofa in our library. Bob loves sitting on the sofa, so he can look out the window and watch his fellow squirrels, also named Bob, frolic in the big old Maple…

52 objects – number eight

French Wall Clock My Father-in-Law collects clocks, it is wonderful to hear them all chime at the same time on the hour in their home. This French wall clock was a gift to my spouse from his father and it arrived in Canada via…

a look into the living fresh studio

February 17, 2012

Happy Long Weekend Friends! This week in the Living Fresh studio we: Delivered our first Valentine’s Day flowers Worked on wedding quotes for two summer weddings Played with Anemones, Ranunculus, Tulips, Orchids, Asters, Pussy Willow and more Got some fabulous news that I cannot wait to share with you…

wednesday’s flowers – tiny flower arrangements

February 16, 2012

Sometime times all you need is a tiny vase stuffed full of pretty flowers. That is what we did today for you in the Living Fresh flower studio. Tiny double yellow tulips with soft pink waxflower in tiny milk glass vases.

happy valentine’s day

February 14, 2012

On this day of love, we want to wish you all Happy Heart day! Hope you were all spoiled with pretty flowers from your sweetheart! We know if a few sweethearts that received blooms from Living Fresh…but we are not telling who!

wednesday’s flowers – valentine’s day red

February 8, 2012

With Valentine’s Day only six days away, I want to use today’s Wednesday’s Flower post to discuss Valentine’s Day flowers and the use of the colour. We all are very familiar with the traditional 24 long stemmed red roses for the occasion but has…

living fresh is taking valentine’s day orders

February 7, 2012

Gentleman (and Ladies), Living Fresh is now accepting floral orders for Valentine’s Day! For the big day of love we are focusing on being pretty in pink, soft, and romantic with bits of red and white added to the mix. We will not have red…

living fresh flower school – tropical paradise

February 6, 2012

Winter in Canada is the best time to celebrate the tropics and that is just what five floral students did on Sunday, February 5th, 2012 in the Living Fresh Flower School’s Tropical Paradise flower class. In this class, which was held at the Button Factory…

blog anniversary flower bouquet winner and a happy friday

February 3, 2012

Happy Friday friends! Hope you all have fun plans for your weekend! The Living Fresh Flower School is holding it’s first flower class of 2012 this Sunday, Tropical Paradise. The studio is packed full of gorgeous tropical flowers for the students to play with. Stay tuned…

flower giveaway + 2 year blogging anniversary

February 2, 2012

This week marks our 2 year blogging anniversary as well as 2 years of our weekly Wednesday’s Flowers column, so we want to celebrate. To celebrate we are giving away a fresh cut hand-tied flower bouquet valued at $100! The bouquet will be made fresh…

wednesday’s flowers – pink oriental lilies

February 1, 2012

Sometimes you just have to splurge and treat yourself to something nice, right? One flower worth to splurging on is the Oriental Lily! Oriental Lilies are one of the most beautiful lilies out there and their scent is heavenly. One stem can have up to 5 blooms, so…

IDS12 and blog podium

January 26, 2012

Off to Toronto today for a couple of days of interior design fabulousness! Tonight I will be attending the IDS12 opening night party and preview with Deb of Purplefreesia Designs. This is the biggest design party of the year in Toronto and the kick off…

wednesday’s flowers – yellow primula

January 25, 2012

Spring flowers are everywhere right now, except outdoors! If you are tried of he silly weather we are experiencing why not bring a bit of Spring indoors? While shopping for ideas for today’s Wednesday’s Flowers post I came across some lovely 4″ Primula hortensis, also know…

ebony roses – black stem dyed roses

January 23, 2012

We can all picture a black rose but have you seen one? I had not seen one until last week at Staalduinen Floral booth at the Canadian Florist Business Forum which was presented by Canadian Florist Magazine and Westbrook Floral Ltd. Staalduinen Floral, a flower wholesaler, had a…

wednesday’s flowers – yellow tulips

January 4, 2012

I was so happy to find fresh cut tulips for today’s flower post! I love fresh cut tulips and how they instantaneously cheer up a room! I must say that I am quite sad when tulip season ends in the floral world, but when it is…

52 objects – number one

January 3, 2012

I am the kind of decorator who strongly believes that our homes should be a reflection of who we are; they should be a mirror of the personalities of the people who live there. There is so much to one person’s personality and honing in on…

wednesday’s flowers – white ornithogalum

December 28, 2011

Sorry it has been a little quiet around here, I have been taking a few days to relax and unwind from a fabulous Christmas with my family. How was your holiday? For today’s Wednesday’s Flowers post I’m keeping it simple and white with a…

holiday living – woodland inspired outdoor decor

December 13, 2011

Imagine a stroll through the woods; walking amongst nature, smelling the earthy natural fragrance of the great outdoors, seeing lush textures of trees, branches, leaves and moss against a December sky. This was the inspiration for this outdoor decor: Ingredients: BC Cedar Boughs Birch Poles and…

wednesday’s flowers – oh little tree…

December 7, 2011

This year I’m not really in the glamorous, sparkly kind of Christmas mood. Perhaps it is due to the crazy year we have been though? Buying a house, quitting my full time job, moving, renovating and decorating…this list goes on. Therefore to end this year my soul…

Galt Country Club Bridal Show

November 22, 2011

The Galt Country Club’s first Bridal Show was on Sunday, November 20th and Living Fresh had the pleasure of participating in the show. Here is a look at our Romantic Garden themed wedding flower booth from the show: We had the pleasure of meeting…

winter and holiday outdoor decorating

November 17, 2011

It is time to start winter decorating outdoors with fresh evergreens before the snow flies and we can help you. Living Fresh offers the following winter and holiday outdoor decorating: Custom Fresh Evergreen Urn and Planter Arrangements Outdoor Fresh Evergreen Wreaths and Swags Fresh…

Wednesday’s Flowers – Fresh Cut Amaryllis

November 16, 2011

Today I give you Amaryllis (hippeastrum spp.), I adore this flower for its large, yet delicate blooms that last forever. Well, not really forever but for a flower they last a long time. I also have to say that they are my favourite flower…

Wednesday’s Flowers – Teacup Flowers

November 9, 2011

You know those days were you just do not have it in you to be creative? Well today was one of those days for me. I did manage to produce a flower arrangement but it was not a fun experience. It all started with several trips…

fresh interiors – client’s kitchen makeover

November 8, 2011

I’m excited to share with you a recently completed kitchen makeover project I worked on with some great clients who live in a 25 year old house that we have been slowly updating. Two years ago we worked on refurnishing the living room and…

Wednesday’s Flowers – Little Ferns

November 2, 2011

So no pretty flowers today but cute little ferns instead.  I figured they would be a good choice since the flower pickings were very slim at the local grocery store today but these little guys were screaming to come home with me. The little…

Flower Class: Organic Outdoor Wintertime Urn Arrangement

October 27, 2011

We want to help you get ready for the holidays with a little outdoor decorating, join us for our Organic Outdoor Wintertime Urn arrangement flower class on Sunday, November 13th from 1:00pm to 4:00pm at the Button Factory in Uptown Waterloo at 25 Regina Street South….

Wednesday’s Flowers – Fair Trade Sweetheart Roses

October 26, 2011

Shopping for flowers for today’s post left me pleasantly surprised after finding African fair trade sweetheart roses at one of the local grocery stores!  This is the first time I have coming across fair trade in a major grocery store. This is exciting and promising…

living fresh flower school made the paper

October 25, 2011

If you missed it, the Living Fresh Flower School made the New Ventures section of the Waterloo Region Record.  We are so happy our little school was promoted in our local paper! (image: The Waterloo Region Record)

canadian academy of floral art – 2011 design show

The Canadian Academy of Floral Art, CAFA, held its annual design show and induction ceremony on October 19, 2011 and I was there with my floral friend Deb.  The theme for this year’s show was Canadian Content – A Tribute to Things Canadian.  The florals for the…

Galt Country Club Bridal Show

October 20, 2011

We excited to announce that we will be showing off our wedding florals at the first annual Galt Country Club Bridal Show on Sunday, November 20th from 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm and we hope you can join us! The Galt Country Club is a stunning venue…

Wednesday’s Flowers – Orange and Pink

October 19, 2011

Last week the Living Fresh Flower School had a little photo shoot with the Record, a local paper in Kitchener-Waterloo, for their New Ventures column that we will be highlighted in, so of course I ordered up a bunch of flowers and made a…

Moulin Rouge Flower Class and a Sweet Deal

October 17, 2011

Have we got a sweet deal for you!!!  Our Moulin Rouge flower class is on Sunday, October 30th from 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm and is $125 plus HST.  Sign up for this class between Monday, October 17th and Friday, October 21st at 2:00 pm and you…

Happy Friday and the Bouquet Giveaway Winner

October 14, 2011

Happy Friday friends, I hope you have sometime lovely planned for the weekend.  Tonight we are going to the place to celebrate Oktoberfest in Kitchener, the Concordia Club. Tomorrow I’m heading to the Niagara area with some girlfriends for a girls day out.  I’m looking forward to…

Giveaway – Hand-tied Pink and Orange Flower Bouquet

October 13, 2011

That’s right; we have a pretty hand-tied bouquet of pink and orange flowers we would like to share with one of our lucky readers.  The bouquet was created with the following flowers: Pink Sedum Orange Pincushion Leucospernum Pink Spray Roses Orange Chamelaucium (Waxflower) Myrtle…