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A knowledge of the mechanics of floristry as well as imagination is fundamental to the creation of a successful decoration. Methods of anchoring flowers and foliage, the question of balance, how to lengthen stems, the choice of container, presentation are all basics that every florist acquires and every amateur flower arranger should know something about even if the art is not mastered completely. Obviously, it is not practical for everyone with an interest in flowers, gardening and decorating to study these things in detail. But one

should at least remain constantly aware of the hidden implications of a decorative scheme, whether it is for use in the garden itself as a planting plan or inside as a feature or display. At the simplest and most practical level for knowledge may suggest, avoiding the use of a certain flower within an arrangement designed to last a week if you know that it usually drops and turns brown at the edges after twenty-four hours, whereas if the decoration were for a single dinner party it would not matter.

HERMAaAaAeAeS SILK BALL. The whole silk experience was like being permitt a glimpse of another whimsical world, like being immersed into a surreal world of glamor, something that you need when you go out to enjoy yourself and forget about the outside world where masks with prints of scarves from the new HermAaAaAeA@s collection colored its inhabitants' view of li and sustained everything they did.

It is terribly important not to see a decoration in isolation from its surroundings: it is part of a whole. You would not use a cup and saucer that do not match: no more should you set a display on a tablecloth or against a background entirely alien to it. Decorations and their environs should be complimentary, not dissonant, and if you are making a decoration for a particular spot it is essential to tailor shape, color, and feel to the overall effect that will be created. Nature does not jar the eye yet it is full of surprises. If you take nature as a model and emulate her you cannot go far wrong.

The vital thing about any decoration is movement: movement and surprise. If a decoration looks static it is a failure. A large decoration should be branchy or loose with lots of foliage creating the basic shape and then filled in from there. But on no account should the shape be precisely symmetrical, and the outline should be broken up, perhaps by a trailing branch or a splash of color or both. It does not matter what materials you use as long as you have an eye to the overall balance. You must consciously think: I need height, I need some branches to sweep down there, I need a vine or something similar to soften the line. If you do not think through what you are trying to achieve the result will be a chaos.

Color is another essential ingredient. It requires careful consideration even if in the end the result is fairly monochrome. Using whites with a touch of green for instance, can look magnificent. Personally, I quite like clashing of colors --- corals, reds, anything rich --- although they have to be used with care. A russet orange and deep red might look superb combined in a decoration, but substitute a yellow for the orange and the same piece could be rendered unacceptable.

Each job represents a challenge and an opportunity to do something brilliant and new, but there are areas that are ripe for development and a fresh approach. Ideas and opportunities feed off each other. There is more to be done with still lifes, landscape scenes and tableaus. By following certain broad principles and with a little imagination anyone with an interest in flowers and decorating can create a decoration or decorative scheme to be proud of.

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Title Annotation:Home & Garden
Publication:Manila Bulletin
Date:Sep 24, 2014
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