Every year Blondie’s Holiday House designs and installs hundreds of Holiday displays. Each account is unique, site-specific and produced in our Holiday workshop that functions year round. Now that it is early January we have a flood of decor streaming back into the building. Each account is assessed and stored until it is time to refurbish or redesign for the next holiday season. 2015 was a really exciting year with an emphasis on monochromatic and tonal design. We saw ornaments being massed together to create a tight and opulent texture as well as an interest in a mixed metallic palette. Incorporating natural elements such as pods, ferns and cones was also very popular. Here is a sampling of what was out there this year…. enjoy !
Autumn is such a marvelous season. For a designer, it is the season of colorful leaves, sculptural branching, clusters of berries and earthy palettes. Whether you are incorporating tropicals or using cut succulents, pumpkins or gourds, this seasons arrangements capture autumn’s unique and playful character.
Pantone’s 2015 color, Marsala succeeds in capturing the emotional concept of color, proving to be both impactful as well as elegant.
The color has been chosen as it will “enrich our mind, body and soul, exuding confidence and stability” according to Pantone Color Institute executive director Leatrice Eiseman. Eiseman states: “Much like the fortified wine that gives Marsala its name, this tasteful hue embodies the satisfying richness of a fulfilling meal while it’s grounding red-brown roots emanate a sophisticated, natural earthiness.”
The strength of this color lies within its versatility and can be when used on its own or as a strong accent to many other colors. It can be either bright or low key, matte or gloss. Harmonizing the palette when used as a layered color, look for it in textured, monochromatic patterns. Easily paired with metallics of bronze, umber and copper as well as complimenting the spectrum of teals, blues and greens. Combined with the surrounding hues of spicy orange, amber and fiery reds, Marsala picks up a vivacious earthiness that both softens and deepens the palette.
For the interior, Marsala will prove “complex and full bodied without overpowering” and has the ability to unify space by adding elegance through paint and texture. Look for it as a detail used in accessories, accent colors and décor. The color is enhanced when applied to textured surfaces making it a smart choice for rugs, textiles and upholstered furniture.
In floral design, expect to see Marsala center stage in wedding and event décor as a focal color as well as an accent color contrasting other hues and tones. This warm and rich shade will bring an air of sophistication to the palette and pairs well with bright pastels and blush tones.
The grounded influence of Marsala’s earthy hue may be just what we need in 2015. With its undertone of rootedness, this nurturing color feeds our soul and speaks to the robust, intrinsic power that animates the life force that surrounds us.
These spring bulbs are dynamite. They are splendid for naturalizing if planted in well-drained soil and their scent keeps rodents + deer at a distance. When inter-planted in a garden they combine well with perennials and add a visual pop of botanical interest. Blondie’s relies on this bulb in our urban gardens as they do such a great job of adding horticultural diversity and seasonal color.
And with this much character….what’s not to love?!
The Trump Tower New York, located at 725 5th Avenue, is a 58-story mixed-use skyscraper in the heart of midtown Manhattan. As part of its public space atrium, Blondie’s renovated the exterior gardens on the 4th floor brick terrace to include additional Japanese Maples and entirely new planting beds. Located primarily in shadow, a plant palette was assembled that best suites the site conditions to provide color and texture. A layering of Japanese Maples, Ilex and Hydrangea provide the back drop for perennials of heuchera, astilbe and variegated hostas. Annual seasonal color was added to the summertime palette to provide additional color. While renovating the garden beds, particular care was given to reconstructing a healthy soil body. The key restoration features that will enable these planting beds to thrive are, amended soil with topdressing, a monitored irrigation system, appropriate plant material and an on-going, routine maintenance program. When taking on a landscape renovation, these factors are the major considerations that will determine the success of your garden project.