How-To: Flower Arrangements

Who doesn’t enjoy a beautiful flower arrangement? They’re perfect home decor all year round, but because of the blooming flowers, they’re especially beautiful in spring and summer. We have tips and tricks for making beautiful flower arrangements for you to keep around your home throughout the summer months!

Choose A Container

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This is your first step. You can choose a plain and simple glass vase, you could choose a mason jar, or you could choose a teapot. Literally any container you think is beautiful will work.

Securing The Bottom

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You’ll need to place something in the bottom of the container, such as glass chips or pebbles, to secure the stems. It isn’t as necessary for slim containers, but it’s still suggested.

Types Of Flowers

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Next, we’re going to choose the flowers we would like to use. There are three different types that will typically go in a flower arrangement. They are line, mass, and filler flowers.

Line Flowers

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These are the flowers that pretty much define the shape of the overall arrangement. They give the flower arrangement height and width. You can use snapdragons, dendrobium orchids, or calla lilies; really any tall flower.

Mass Flowers

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Mass flowers are the focal flowers that attract attention, such as roses, tulips, or daisies. They’re always placed in the center.

Filler Flowers

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These flowers are simply used to just fill up empty space, hence the name. Filler flowers normally grows in clusters on a single stem. Examples of filler flowers are  feverfews, ferns, and chrysanthemums.

Create The Arrangement

 

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Size the mass flower to the container and cut the stem at an angle. Place all sized mass flowers in the container. Add in the line flowers to produce the height and width of the flower arrangement. Organize them how you would like and add in the filler flowers to any leftover empty space. Make sure there is no back side to the arrangement. You want every angle to look beautiful.

Last Trick

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Add in a 1/2 tsp of sugar with a little water to help the absorption, and then, add in the rest of the water to fill the container up halfway.

We hope these flower arrangement tips help when creating your beautiful summer home decor! Comment below if you have any tips and tricks of your own you’d like to share!

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5 Considerations When Moving Into Your New Home

Buying a home is a big investment. You have many factors to consider when moving: location, amenities, neighbors and schools, just to name a few. Once the papers are signed and the keys are in hand, it’s easy to lose sight of the fact that even immaculate resale houses may come with a laundry list of things to do while moving before the property really feels like home. Here are five tasks to consider once you’ve purchased your home and are moving in, along with ways that smart home technology can help make them even easier to complete.

Change the Door Locks.

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When it comes to securing your new property, it’s always a good idea to get new hardware and make sure you’re the only one holding the keys. You could rekey the locks or get a new lock set. You could opt for digital locks, which open with a unique code and are tied directly to your home automation system. You get the ease of lock codes over keys, plus the ability to remotely lock or unlock your doors.

Install a Water Leak Detector.

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As a responsible homeowner, you likely had a home inspection done before you bought your property. Even if everything came back clean, the risk that water leaks present to your home is still a concern. With a set of water sensors linked to your smart home system, you’ll get real-time information if a water leak develops. Maybe it’s a pipe that bursts while you’re away from home or a hard to detect leak under your sink. With water sensors installed, you’ll be notified if any problems arise.

Pick out the Pests!

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If you have a pest problem, sometimes the trickiest part of getting it under control is discovering it in the first place. The previous homeowners may not have known about the issue, or maybe they simply forgot about the “friendly” raccoon or other pest that likes to share your space. To address a potential outdoor pest problem, start with night-vision-equipped video cameras that are wired to detect motion. With home automation, you can check in day or night to see if any creatures are stirring. If you suspect mice are getting in to certain areas, place smart home sensors near those spaces and set up an alert to be sent to your mobile device when motion is detected. Armed with the knowledge of where the vermin are lurking, you can call a pest control company and lead the staff right to the source of the problem. Not to mention, this solution is far more pleasant than waking up to a mouse caught in a mousetrap.

Inspect your Furnace and A/C.

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New homeowners should become familiar with their new HVAC system as soon as possible. A home inspector should take a close look at the duct work around your furnace for broken or torn ducts and excessive taping or patching. Also, spend some time near the furnace while it’s running — air should be moving through the system, not out into the room. You can also tie your furnace and AC unit into a digital thermostat that you can control with your smartphone or tablet. This lets you set the temperature when you’re away and also check in (on extremely hot or cold days) to make sure these units are keeping your home at the temperature you’ve set.

Update your Lighting.

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Some homeowners prefer bright lights in every room while others opt for minimal lighting and low-watt bulbs. Once you’ve lived in the house for a few weeks, you’ll get a sense of any areas where you want more or less light. To make lighting your home even easier, automate your lights using smart plugs, which will allow you to turn your lights on and off directly from your phone.

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