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Stop And Smell The Roses

Posted by Lori Pepe-Lunche on Saturday, May 11, 2013, In : Flowers 

The best way to freshen up your home and decor, at little or no cost, is with flowers. If you have them in your yard, as so many homes I've seen over the past few weeks do, just clip a few and bring them inside.

All you need is one in a bud vase on your night table. If it happens to be a rose, the subtle, delicate fragrance will float through the room and give it a fresh, clean, scent. Not only that, your room will look redecorated and alive!

You can also just clip a few from your garden and pl...
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Tillandsia Tidbits

Posted by Lori Pepe-Lunche on Tuesday, November 6, 2012, In : Flowers 

I fell in love last time I visited Costa Rica...with Epiphytes, otherwise known as air plants because they don't need soil to grow. All they need is something to hold onto (don't we all), indirect light, and moisture! They are the easiest plants to care for, indoors and outdoors, whatever the color of your thumb. Not only that, they can look so fabulous!

While at a neighborhood party last week, I was speaking to friend, who low and behold, has the same love of Epiphytes that I do! You just do...
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Fall Floral Arranging...When you don't have the right size vase

Posted by Lori Pepe-Lunche on Tuesday, October 23, 2012, In : Flowers 

Make your own!


Flowers are such an easy way to brighten up your home for fall, especially with some deep, bright, warm colors.

I picked up a length of scrap metal screen at the local junk re-use yard (Urban Ore) and it was just the thing to get my creative vase making juices going. 

I was picturing a long, low arrangement, and this made it work. I just took 3 short (about 4 inches) fat jars, 

placed them on top of a piece of scrap wood that I had,


wound the scrap metal screen under the wood ...
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Flowers & Leaves

Posted by Lori Pepe-Lunche on Wednesday, September 19, 2012, In : Flowers 

Sunday was my 17th Anniversary...Wooo Hooo! Shocking...Time flies when your having fun!

My honey brought home one dozen beautiful roses for a perfect arrangement so I thought I'd take this opportunity to share them with you and show you how to make a statement with lots of greens!

You can use as few as 3 to 5 flowers (or none at all). Take a stroll in your backyard, grab some greens (any kind will do) and be sure to place your greens in the vase first. They will act as the structure to hold y...
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A Different Arrangement

Posted by Lori Pepe-Lunche on Wednesday, April 25, 2012, In : Flowers 

We've been having some crazy weather but now it seems like spring is finally in the air.

I'm ready for a different arrangement! Instead of using your basic vase, how about a fun basket. There certainly are plenty to choose from.

All you need to do is take a couple of jam jars, mason jars or old mayonnaise jars, fill them with water and place them in your basket.


Now just place a few bunches of tulips with some curly willow (or just some sticks from a tree for that matter) in them and you now...
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$4. For A Smile

Posted by Lori Pepe-Lunche on Tuesday, March 6, 2012, In : Flowers 

All you need are 20 stems of Daffodils (available for about $4. at your local grocery or florist), a small container, and some ribbon or twine.

Cut your Daffodils to the height you prefer for your container,

wrap the ribbon or twine around the stems about 3 or 4 times (starting the wrap where the top of your container will be),

tie a square knot (right over left...left over right), 

place them in your container that you've partially filled with water.

Voila! They'll be blooming in a couple o...

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Keep It Simple...Green

Posted by Lori Pepe-Lunche on Friday, December 2, 2011, In : Flowers 

Greens are so simple, elegant, and inexpensive for the holidays! 

I don't usually start decorating this early, but my family wanted a little more time to enjoy the holiday feeling in our own home this year.

All you need is:

2-3 Branches. I used dried Manzanita but Curly Willow or any other tree branch off the street will look great!


 2 leafy branches with a small berry or blossom,


Cedar, Juniper, or Pine branches. 4-5 will do ( I used Cedar),


3 Eucalyptus branches (for the silvery green),


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Narcissus...Not Narcissist For The Holidays

Posted by Lori Pepe-Lunche on Friday, September 30, 2011, In : Flowers 
It will only take you 10 minutes today to make your home look and smell beautiful for weeks during the holidays!

The fresh bulbs are now in your local nursery and specialty stores.

All you need for a BIG impact are about 15 bulbs,

a long, narrow and shallow container or trough (this can make a great statement in the middle of a rectangular table or on a mantle),

and some regular pea size gravel or decorative stones.

Fill your container about two thirds with gravel or decorative stone, place yo...
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Oh My Darling, Clementine

Posted by Lori Pepe-Lunche on Thursday, July 14, 2011, In : Flowers 

I'm talking about Clementine, the lovely little flower boutique on the sleepy end of College Avenue in Rockridge...not the folk ballad!  

Natalie, the shop owner, will be celebrating Clementine's 1-year anniversary in a few weeks, and she is happy to say that the business is doing very well. 

Natalie started working with flowers at the now closed Impressions in the Orinda Theater Square. If you don't already know, Impressions happened to be the most eclectic, fabulous, and unusual flower shop ...
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Take a Walk in The Meadows

Posted by Lori Pepe-Lunche on Friday, April 15, 2011, In : Flowers 

The Meadows that I am referring to is the charming little flower shop on College Avenue on the Berkeley/Rockridge border.

The owner of The Meadows since 1989 is Patrick Ansari. He works hard to run a sustainable business by supporting local farmers, providing flowers that are grown outdoors (not in hothouses that use more energy and resources which in turn make them more expensive as well), treating his flowers with care so they last longer, and of course taking care of his valuable staff.


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Fabulous Farmers Market Orchids

Posted by Lori Pepe-Lunche on Thursday, March 17, 2011, In : Flowers 

Every Saturday at the Berkeley Farmers Market on Center Street, the orchid man sits with his huge stand of lovely orchids.  He has large ones and small ones, most for only $10.


Orchids are a wonderful plant to have as a floral arrangement.  They are simple, sophisticated, and colorful all at the same time.  What is even better is the blooms can last for up to two months, and you only have to really water them well every two weeks!

Here is one way to take 2 of those orchid plants and really ...

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Freshen Up...For only $6.

Posted by Lori Pepe-Lunche on Friday, March 4, 2011, In : Flowers 

All the spring blossoming branches are here, but only for a couple more weeks. The fastest and easiest way to make your home feel fresh and beautiful is with flowers.  Having guests? Don’t have time to dust? No problem.  A simple arrangement will distract and disguise most anything.  

Blossoming Branches are the easiest.  There are several at the flower shops right now; Cherry Blossoms, Redbud, Pussy Willow, and more.

Just grab a bunch,

Clip the ends off the branches and then split them wit...

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