Each month, we cover a current event in the floral trade, florals from real weddings, our latest flower adventures and endeavors, design tips, current floral trends, floral design classes and workshops, book recommendations and floral tool tips.
Since 2010, we’ve created a hot list of what’s on for floral design in and beyond Southern California. As guest speakers inside and outside of California, we know what clients need in the wedding and event industry. We are your trusted resource for floral design tips and techniques for all levels of the flower enthusiast.
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Hydrangeas and Ranunculus blooms make up this simple vase design that is great for a winter white floral display. Flowers by Flower Duet. Photo by Kit Wertz.
Flower Duet Featured in California Wedding Day Magazine — Winter 2015/2016 Issue
California Wedding Day cover Winter 2015/2016
Flower Duet is fortunate to once again be featured as a choice floral design company by California Wedding Day Magazine. In the Winter 2015/2016 Best of 2015 issue, we have three bouquets in the magazine.
Inside the front cover, on the TOC page, is our brightly hued pink and red bouquet which featured flowers such as Red Charm Peonies, Coral Sunset Peonies, Coxcomb Celosia , Anenomes, Sweet William, Leucadendron, Dingo fern, Fireworks grass, Camellia branches and Cordyline tips.
We were also featured in an article titled “Unbridaled Beauty” on how brides can look picture perfect in the wedding photos.
We appear in the Haute List for the South Bay of Los Angeles. It’s a guide to top-tier California wedding vendors in Los Angeles, Orange County and beyond!
Pick up an issue today to learn more!
Flower Duet’s bouquet is featured in the current issue of California Wedding Day. Anenomes and Peonies make up the focal flowers in this draping orgainic bouquet. Flowers by Flower Duet. Photo by Lenka Ulrichova.
Flower Duet is a featured vendor in the “Unbridaled Beauty” article in California Wedding Day offers 17 tips from pros to help brides with perfect wedding day photos.
Flower Duet is on the wedding vendor Haute List again the the South Bay of Los Angeles!
It’s a Tie! Rose Quartz and Serenity are Pantone’s 2016 Colors of the Year
Each year, the Pantone Color Institute: declares a particular hue to be the “Color of the Year”. Twice a year the company holds a secret two-day meeting in a European capital and invites representatives from different nations’ color standards groups. This group chooses a color that represents the current zeitgeist culturally.
In 2015, the color of the year, Marsala, represented “a daringly inviting tone that nurtures; exuding confidence and stability while feeding the body, mind and soul.” The results of the meeting are published in early December of the year prior and then fashion designers, florists, and textile designers use this guideline for products.”
For the first time, the group chose two shades as the 2016 Pantone Colors of the Year. A warm pink and cool blue called Rose Quartz and Serenity, respectively. From Pantone:
“Rose Quartz is a persuasive yet gentle tone that conveys compassion and a sense of composure. Serenity is weightless and airy, like the expanse of the blue sky above us, bringing feelings of respite and relaxation even in turbulent times.”
Below, Flower Duet curated a selection of flowers that represents this new soothing hue pairing for 2016 and offers a few design examples of how these flowers look in real arrangements.
Flower Duet’s Rose Quartz Bridal Bouquet. Modeled with a bridesmaid dress by Joanna August. Photo by Krista Mason Photography.
Light blue Delphinium blooms are perfect flower representatives for the Pantone 2016 Color of the Year, Serenity. Shown here in a floral spray. Flowers by Flower Duet. Photo by Q Weddings.
Flowers for 2016 Pantone Color of the Year
Here are Flower Duet’s curated choices of flowers which represent Rose Quartz and Serenity. Pictured from top left clockwise: Ohara Rose, Calla Lily, Blushing Bride Protea, Lily of the Nile, Bell Flower, Cornflower, Delphinium, Blue Hydrangea, Hyacinth, Love In The Mist (Nigella), Tweedia, Pink Hydrangea, Pink Candle Celosia, Pink Asiatic Lily, Pink Larkspur, Pink Peony, and Hellebore.
Pantone 2016 Color of the Year: Rose Quartz and Serenity. Flower Duet chooses a collection of flowers to illustrate the colors. Photo Illustration by Flower Duet.
Rose Quartz can be combined with darker pink tones to create a dramatic palette as shown here for wedding featuring Hydrangeas. Flowers by Flower Duet. Photo by Blue22 Photography.
For years, the art collection at The Huntington Library has shown this color combination. With the paintings of “Pinkie” and “The Blue Boy” as shown here, one can see Pantone’s shades for 2016. What’s old is new again.
The Flower Shop Mysteries Move from Books to Television
This fun story series is about a florist (formerly lawyer) who seems to fall into a murder mystery every few weeks and is turned into a TV show on the Hallmark Channel. Its first episode is called: Flower Shop Mystery: Mums The Word.
Brooke Shields stars in Hallmark Channel’s new TV show based on a mystery book series called “The Flower Shop Mysteries.” Photo: Hallmark Channel.
Abby Knight (Shields), a former lawyer turned proud flower shop owner is starting over after the death of her husband with the support from her father (Bridges), a new business and her daughter off to college. Life is good in the peaceful town of New Chapel but when a black SUV rams her prized vintage car, she’s determined to track down the driver. She begrudgingly accepts the help of a new neighbor, the handsome and charming ex-Marine Marco Salvare (Elliott) who just bought the bar down the street. But their budding relationship is threatened when an acquaintance is murdered and Abby’s good friend is the prime suspect and it all links back to the hit and run. Caught up in a tangle of menacing phone calls, police corruption and murderous road rage, Abby must work against the clock to find the killer or the next flower arrangement might be for her own funeral.
January Flower Duet Classes
Orchids! Orchids! Orchids! January should be renamed orchid month since Flower Duet is offering two classes this month featuring different types of orchids. In mid-January, come to our studio in the South Bay to learn how to design with tricky cut Phaleonopsis stems and flowers in a swanky asymmetrical arrangement.
Then, at the end of the month, join us at The Huntington Library to create a design using vibrant citrus colors inspired by the citrus groves of kumquats, lemons, oranges and limes at the Garden in San Marino.
Owning a business can be exhilarating and empowering — and also fraught with obstacles. Avoid these obstacles altogether and overcome any hurdles that stand in your way, with this one-day workshop focused on building a profitable event planning business!
Photographers, florists, and other event business owners will also benefit from this day of education — all are welcome!
Hosted by Dee Gaubert of No Worries Event Planning, this event will provide crucial guidance on key aspects of running a business. Attendees will walk away with immediate actions they can take to start improving their businesses. We’ll cover the following key concepts:
How to build in profitability into your business model before you book your very first client — or how to course-correct and build in profitability if you are already actively in business
Strategies for effectively setting boundaries with clients and standing your ground in the stickiest of situations
How to create a sales and marketing strategy that delivers a consistent, reliable stream of revenue
Pricing advice from business consultant Betsy Patterson
Casey Schwartz of Flower Duet will be on the panel of expert guest speakers to discuss top tips on floral design. She will discuss the Pros and Cons of Pinterest; how to focus your client’s vision; and other key insights on expertly advising your client on flowers and decor and be ready for your floral questions. Flowers and photo by Flower Duet.
In the afternoon, top L.A. wedding professionals from the worlds of hospitality, photography, and floral design will be discussing their unique industry in-depth and deliver tips and information that will add to your expertise as a wedding planner and event pro.
As in every newsletter, we like to share a little of what we’ve done the past month. We had lots of holiday parties, floral classes and even some winter weddings before the year’s end. We even sneaked in a trip to see the floats being built for the Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena. Enjoy this photo view of a little bit of Flower Duet’s world.
December Wedding Snapshots
Christmas Eve wedding at Terranea Resort. Flowers by Flower Duet. Photo by Casey Schwartz.
Late December wedding at Wayfarer’s Chapel with a reception at Terranea Resort. Flowers by Flower Duet. Photo by Casey Schwartz.
Vibrant December wedding at the Hotel Maya in Long Beach. Blue, white and clear vases highlight the bride’s citrusy style. Each piece included cabbage and kumquats! Flowers by Flower Duet. Photo by Casey Schwartz.
Bridal and Bridesmaids’ bouquets in a bright citrus palette which included China Mums, Dianthus, Hypericum, Roses and Caspedia. Flowers by Flower Duet. Photo by Casey Schwartz.
Caspedia bouttonniere for our citrus bride’s groom. Flowers by Flower Duet. Photo by Casey Schwartz.
Holiday Party Flowers
Silvery white and evergreen designs for a December birthday party in a private home. Flowers by Flower Duet. Photo by Casey Schwartz.
Winter holiday party on The Hornblower Yachts in Newport Beach in December. Flowers by Flower Duet. Photo by Casey Schwartz.
Flowers for All Occasions!
Flowers are appropriate for every event, for every milestone in life. Whether you are celebrating your first ballet recital (Kit’s daughter) or a lifetime of memories for a loved one, flowers are welcome.
Kit’s daughter Keely had her first Nutcracker ballet recital and received her first floral bouquet. Flowers are for everyone! Photo by Kit Wertz.
Flower Duet taught this winter white design to a sold out class at The Huntington Library on December 19, 2015. Join us for our citrus and orchid inspired class at The Huntington on January 30, 2016. Flowers by Flower Duet. Photo by Kit Wertz.
Memorial flowers for a lovely gentleman. Flowers by Flower Duet. Photo by Casey Schwartz.
Orchid arrangement for a client of Ralph Lauren. Flowers by Flower Duet. Photo by Casey Schwartz.
Tournament of Roses Parade — Float Decorating Viewing (Before the Parade)
By Kit Wertz
When I picked up my Los Angeles Times on Monday, an insert fell out that was all about the Tournament of Roses Parade and the numerous events surrounding the lovely showing of fresh flowers.
Our last wedding of the year was on December 28th, so Casey and I decided to take our children to see the volunteers for some of the floats decorate them at the Rose Palace in Pasadena.
Tickets were $10 to see the floats being adorned with flowers. We purchased our tickets online through SharpSeating (they also provide tickets to bleacher seating of the actual parade) and picked them up at the office on Colorado Boulevard. Then, we proceeded to Raymond Avenue and the Rose Palace to check out the floats.
This is a great way to see what happens before you decide to volunteer some year to decorate (as Casey and our brother did in 2012). It’s also one step in a four-step process to really experience the floats.
Step 1: See the pre-decorating of floats at the Rose Palace or Rose Bowl
Step 2: Watch the parade live in person on Orange Ave. or Colorado Blvd.
Step 3: Go after the parade to view the parked floats on Sierra Madre Blvd.
Step 4: Volunteer to decorate a float!
Volunteers decorate the Shriners Hospitals for Children Float at the Rose Palace in Pasadena on December 30, 2015. Photo by Kit Wertz.
A volunteer for the Lutheren Hour Ministries adorns fish with pink lentils at the Phoenix Decorating Company on Wednesday, Dec. 30th. 2015. Photo by Kit Wertz.
Here is a progress photo of the floats at the Rose Palace just two days before the 2016 Tournament of Roses parade. Photo by Kit Wertz.
A volunteer carries heads of Chrysanthemums to be placed on a float less than 48 hours before the parade. Photo by Kit Wertz.
Vials of roses are ready to be placed on a float at the Rose Palace with less than two days to go before the floats are on the parade route. Photo by Kit Wertz.
Casey’s two sons pose in front of all the floats in progress at the Rose Palace on December 30, 2015. Photo by Casey Schwartz.
Flower Book Recommendations: Floral Coloring Books & Apps for Adults
Once upon a time, coloring books for adults were considered subversive. In the 1960s, they made fun of corporate culture, fear of Communism and conspiracy theorists. In 2016, they are the on the bestseller list on Amazon! Touted as a form of “art therapy” or way to meditate and unplug, people of all ages are getting out their pencils, crayons and stylus pens to color their cares away.
According to an article this week in the Wall Street Journal (WSJ), new activities are popping up at libraries all over the country as BYOB coloring book parties. Bring your own coloring books and pens and spend time with other like-minded adults. Also according to the WSJ, eight of the top 20 books sold on Amazon are coloring books designed for adults.
There are two ways to color: by hand with pencil and paper or electronically with your phone or tablet. Yes, there is even an App for coloring — actually many apps.
A sample of coloring apps on the Google Play Store.
Learning to color using a phone or tablet takes a little navigating and I suggest using a stylus pen. It can be tedious to try to color in little dots of color with the tip of your finger when precise motions are required.
The Google Play store has a variety of free apps for coloring available. Just do a search for “Coloring Books for Adults” and you’ll receive results that include apps like Colorfy and Coloring.
There are also a plethora of apps to download and try out for free on iTunes. Do the same search for coloring books and you may find Colorme by Wei LeJun.
Any way you decide to color, it’s fun. If you use an app, it’s easy to share your electronic copies of your art online using social media outlets or email.
Kit “colored” this flower on an app called Colorfy.
This drawing was colored by Kit using an app called Teazel Colouring and is available for Android on Google Play.