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Floral Dimensions COVID-19 Update

EDIT: Floral Dimensions has made the difficult decision to close to the public. This has been a hard week of adulting, where we have to look hard at the facts of our current situation, and make difficult choices. Bringing beauty, comfort, hope and happiness to durham is our mission. It’s why we get out of bed in the morning. So when we made the choice to close, it was one of the hardest things we’ve done in recent memory, and we’re 35 years into this floral business. We’re going to miss the faces of our regular customers over the next few weeks, and each other.

One of the very best ways you can support our small businesses like ours is through the purchase of a gift certificate. Gift certificates are available by emailing Bea, our owner at bea@floraldimensionsdurham.com

 

Here at Floral Dimensions we’re settling into the new rhythms of a small business in Durham, NC weathering COVID-19. That means disinfecting, playing catch up on business in the quiet time, and planning for the future. If we’re being completely honest this is kind of worrisome time. It’s made slightly less daunting by realizing that small businesses everywhere are facing the same issue.

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As we move deeper into this season of managing a business in the wake of COVID-19, we’ve made a few adjustments. First we’ve adjusted our hours.
We’ll be open Monday through Friday 9:30-4:30 
We’re open Saturdays 10-1 for deliveries only. 

Through the end of the month, we’re offering 20% off all local delivery orders. You can order online, by phone or email. We highly recommend giving the gift of a plant! We have a beautiful selection of succulents, and birds nest ferns. Make sure to call the shop to order your spring plants. They’ll brighten your quarantine as we all work together to flatten the curve.

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We’re looking forward to welcoming the people Durham back to our store soon.

 

On Small Business and Unsung Heroes

Today we’re thinking about the myriad of unsung heroes among us right now. First responders and medical professionals come to mind, but were also thinking of school custodians disinfecting our classrooms, daycare workers, nursing home caregivers, sanitation workers. Their contributions to this effort go largely unnoticed and unthanked.

If you’re reading this and you’re in the first line of defense, we thank you. You’re helping to flatten the curve. Words dont express well enough our gratitude.

We’re using this time to support each other well and build bonds that will carry us through the next few weeks or months- checking on elderly neighbors, sharing our hand sanitizer and toilet paper, and extending extra kindness and respect to everyone will take us far. We hope that you also find ways to do small things with great impact in this time of intentional slowness. We’re glad that Durham is doing hard things for the benefit of everyone. 

When you have the opportunity, we’d love to invite you to learn more about how you can support small business in Durham and salute those unsung heroes in your life.

WTVD suggests the following ways to support small businesses:

  • Shop online or via phone. While some stores already have online shopping, others will help customers order via phone or FaceTime- gift flowers and other goods to first responders in your life.
  • Buy gift cards to use at a later date to support businesses now, even if you don’t currently need anything-gift them to the people working tirelessly to mitigate the effects of the COVID-19 outbreak
  • Order takeout or delivery and tip the same amount as you would dining in and send it to your exhausted friends in the medical service industry.

We wish everyone the best while we practice social distancing and isolation and we’re excited to welcome you all back to the store soon!

 

Durham Cookery Wedding Flowers

Here in our Durham NC florist shop, we love a good wedding. One of our favorite things to do is to sit down with engaged couples and help them decide how flowers fit into their wedding planning and how to maximize their effect.

As we ramp back towards wedding season, we’re getting in every kind of blooms into the studio. And today, we’re very excited to share a recent wedding from Will Greene at The Cookery- one of our favorite Durham wedding venues.

Our couple created a beautiful and modern white floral palette, with lillies, hydrangea and freesia in the bouquet. It really popped against the brick walls of the Cookery.

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Blue and White hydrangeas in a wedding bouquet create stability and depth for bridal bouquet arrangements.

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Will Greene is a great photographer and we love how this image can bring together a floral design: this wedding bouquet and boutonniere look fantastic together against the blue suit and purple tie.

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The floral arch below was designed and installed by our designer Jose. It looks really great with the green and white palette our couple designed with stephanie.

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Our groomsman and ring bearer boutonniere looked great on everyone. We designed it using white spray roses.

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A neutral champagne gold color we really modern and beautiful, and brought the wedding look together in a simple and elegant way.

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As we move into the wedding reception, our couple chose to keep it simple with beautiful blue and white hydrangea blooms placed on long farmhouse tables.

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We’re so glad that we were able to be part of this beautiful wedding day. We are honored that couples place their trust in us to create and bring to life part of one of the most important day of their lives. Its no small honor and we take the privilege seriously.

If you liked seeing these images, we invite you check out the rest of our website, especially our wedding page.

You can learn more about Will Greene here and the Cookery in Durham, NC here.

Women’s Day 2020

International Women’s Day is one of our favorite holidays here at the store. As a woman’ owned business in Durham, NC, there’s nothing that satisfies us more than a day that celebrates the contributions of women to all areas of society.

At the same time that we’re in a truly celebratory mood, we recognize that both here at home and around the world, there’s many women that lack the options and privileges we have. They lack agency, freedom, and equality. And while we acknowledge the contributions of women in our lives and celebrate the progress we’re making towards equality, Women’s Day is also an opportunity to acknowledge that for many women, their day hasn’t arrived yet and we hope for them and with them that it’s coming soon.

We encourage you to learn more about women’s day here.

Here at our small Durham Florist shop, we’re prepping some orders for the day. Stems of roses and lilies and are coming together in beautiful arrangements and we’re excited to see them head out to the people they’re gifted to. We invite you to honor the contributions of women in your life by visiting our online store, donating a cause that supports women’s issues or simply exploring the day itself.

 

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Click the picture to explore Stylish Arrival in our online store.

 

 

Custom Floral Design vs. Floral Packages

Happy almost spring to you all!

Today we’re back to chat about different types of wedding floral packages for your Durham wedding day. Florists are as many as the day is long, and we all have our own unique spin on things, from how we design to delivery policies, to pricing. At Floral Dimensions we’re always doing our best to assure that each couple digging deeply into planning their Durham wedding has options to choose from as they craft their wedding day.

Custom Floral Design

Custom floral design is what we’re what we’re known for on the Durham wedding scene and it’s the most common way to plan your wedding floral arrangements. Working with Bea and Stephanie, brides choose everything from seasonal blooms to colors, size, and quantity.

Custom floral design is best for couples who want complete control over all their options. Couples choosing a custom design also want a variety of different options from rentals, floral arches, and bigger center pieces.

You might choose custom floral if you’re hoping to take your wedding day to the next level and wow your guests and friends with an amazing floral experience at your wedding.

Most of our brides come into the store for consultations with Pinterest boards filled with ideas, and are ready and excited to get started on the process. Others rely on Stephanie’s design expertise. But at the end of the consultation after they book, they leave knowing that their wedding flowers are in the best and most capable hands around.

 

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One of our custom floral bouquets.

Pre Fixe Packages

Our Pre Fixe floral packages are new to the studio and we’re excited to bring them to life and to Durham brides who need them. We’ve designed our pre fixe floral packages for couples who want to choose a preset package and focus their planning energy on the things that are most important to them.

We’ve created three beautiful floral packages for Durham brides that cover a variety of wedding styles. There’s even room to choose colors and match color style palettes. Our pre fixe floral options allow couples to place orders over email, and check wedding flowers off their list. It’s a win for everyone.

We have three packages that cover a variety of styles and couples get to choose quantities and colors to make the process short and sweet. If you’re interested in browsing our packages, you can download our studio guide here..

 

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A centerpiece from our Classic Elegance Package.

 

If you like what you’ve seen and read, you can also take a moment to reach out to Bea. She’ll be happy to meet you for a consultation at the store in Durham.  Thanks for reading!

 

Durham Hotel Wedding

We were thrilled to design for a beautiful Durham rooftop hotel wedding. Amy and Chris got married in the fall, at the Durham Hotel, and it was a modern and spectacular wedding. Sean True was kind enough to share some of his images of the day with us.

Stephanie created a modern green and white palette to compliment Amy’s minimal modern wedding look, and she knocked it out of the park. Because the wedding was on the rooftop, Amy went with some simple green and white altar pieces, and a green and white bouquet for herself. Several modern blooms like Ranunculus, Silver Dollar Eucalyptus, Dahlias, and Dusty Miller helped set the tone for the wedding style.

Altar Pieces were a beautiful addition, and continued the green and white wedding color palette. Silver Dollar Eucalyptus, Anemones, green hydrangea and Ranunculus created a dramatic and lush effect to the altar pieces. They accented the incredible view from the roof of the Durham Hotel, and set the tone in terms of a formality. In addition, a remembrance bouquet were a quiet and beautiful expression of love for honoring the memories of loved ones no longer with them.

 

Finally, the green and white wedding palette accented the portraits. Big lush bouquets are always showstoppers and provide some texture and depth to portraits,, but there’s something about a bouquet that compliments portraits and doesn’t get in the way of emotions. Amy’s bouquet definitely accomplishes this goal.

 

 

If you’ve liked seeing our work, please explore our wedding work and learn more about what it’s like to work with us here.

Finally, this beautiful Durham Hotel wedding was made possible not just by Amy and Chris, but by all the wonderful vendors they commissioned to help make their day possible. I

Planner: Beauty & the Budget Events

Officiant: Magical Weddings

Cake: Miel Bon Bon

Florist: Floral Dimensions

DJ: Brian McGuire Sound Productions

Entertainment: Arthur Murray Durham

HMUA: Bella Trio

Flower Recycling

You’ve had a big party- maybe a corporate event or wedding or anniversary party. The drinks flowed, the food was good, people were merry, and the floral arrangements were stunning. When it was all over, you had a TON of flowers left over, even after a few guests took some home. Waste isn’t ideal, and throwing them away doesn’t seem like the best option. But there’s a non waste solution!

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Birds Nest Ferns will be back soon!   Order yours today for Spring and Summer

Cue the up and coming floral recycling trend!

Here at the studio, we have a ton of Durham weddings and corporate events all the time, and we happily deliver and set up floral installments all over Durham and Chapel Hill. Many time, for a nominal fee, we’ll come back and bring the arrangements back to the store.

We also love when clients come in and bring back all their vases to the store. This keep glass out of landfills and off the street, and we put credits on clients accounts when they bring them in.

If you’d like your arrangements to go to a great cause, read on for another option for you to consider in endeavor to avoid unnecessary waste.

First is a beautiful local organization- The Flower Shuttle. Like us, The Flower Shuttle believes that everyone should have some beauty in their life, and they focus on creating arrangements for people in poverty, living with terminal illness, or who otherwise wouldn’t be able to afford flowers. Based in the Moravian Church in Raleigh, using the service is free, and a donation is always welcome. The Flower Shuttle is a true gem, and they provide an invaluable service to an important part of our community.

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Next, if you’re an avid gardener and you’ve purchased plants from us or other stores, at some point you’ve found yourself awash in plastic gardening containers. While they can sometimes be reused for a season or two, at some point, they start cracking and breaking. When this happens, consider using the Agricultural Plastics Recycling Program. There’s a drop off location at the State Farmers Market in Raleigh and the Piedmont Triad Farmers Market in Greensboro. The best part is that you shake off the plastics and donate. There’s no need to wash, or package in special way.

Finally, if you have plants that are unwanted or grown too big for their space, you can bring well cared for, thriving plants to our store and we’ll take them off you hands and find new homes for them. We love when people bring us plants and don’t let them die.

Happy Recycling Durham!

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Mark Your Calendars and Gather your Friends!

We’re gearing up for a beautiful spring here at Floral Dimensions and we’re being inspired by some many things!

First, we’re working on some beautiful made to order wedding arrangements! We’re best known for our custom floral wedding arrangements. We’ve created some beautiful ones in the past, and we have lots of beautiful 2020 weddings lined up! It’s also long been our dream to offer ready made florals for online order. We’re excited to bring flowers to even more brides in 2020! Email flodimmarketing@gmail.com so we can email a guide out to you

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Second, we’re planning some store events- book an evening your friends to come out to the store for wine and cheese and learn the basics of floral arrangement. Participants will leave with a beautiful arrangement to enjoy. Space is limited, so if you’d like to plan an event, please contact Charity in the marketing department at flodimmarketing@gmail.com and she’ll get you set up with pricing, dates and times.

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We’re also having our first Garden Party! Come out to the store on June 10th to meet the staff, have a mimosa and a bite to eat, listen to some local music, see our plants and flowers. We’ll have lots of stems available for you to make your own bouquet, or Stephanie, Caitlin, or Jose can make one for you! Stay tuned for another special guest or guests well have at the store that day!

Finally, we invite you to sign up for our monthly newsletter. We send out store events, announcements and other info and you’ll be able to see what we’ve been working on.

You need to put some plants on your desk.

Monday, January 13th is national clean off your desk day! Not only is it a great day to thank your desk for a great 2019 and discarding things that don’t spark joy, a la Mari Kondo, its also a great time to replace clutter with beautiful uplifting plants.

But first, we need to clean off that desk.

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Youre not alone if youre staring down a giant pile of paper.

Basic tips for decluttering a desk:

  1. Less is more. Keep essential stuff, but if you need to keep track of other papers, take a picture of scan them all into a PDF and let them live digitally on your computer or phone.
  2. Throw away dead pens, lame pencils, and anything that isn’t helpful. A good rule of thumb is that if you havent seen it or used it for 6 months, don’t hang onto it.
  3. Need to donate some stuff from your desk? Pack into a box, and send it to goodwill via Give Back Box. We’ve used it, it’s amazing. Trust us.
  4. Put plants on your desk to keep clutter away!

Best Plants for your desk

The best plants for you desk are low maintenance low needs plants. Plants that tolerate shade and need little water make great desk plants. At Floral Dimensions, we really love succulents, and we currently have a wide selection of aloe vera in the shop!

Aloe Vera (barbadensis miller)

Aloe Vera is a great plant. It’s a beautiful peaceful shade of green, and it loves to be neglected. Put it in a little slate bowl, or pair it with echevarria or a tall succulent, and it’ll gracefully keep clutter away from the wherever you put it. It will also come in handy when you get a paper cut. Pull off a little tip and rub it on the cut for a natural antispetic.  We currently have a lot of aloe vera in the store, and you can buy one plant or build your own succulent bow. We’d love to meet you in the store. aloe vera, best plants for your desk, clean of your desk 2020, durham florist

Cactus (Cactaceae)

Cactus is one of the most underrated plants around. But if you’re a busy on the go individual, and need a low key plant experience, the humble but colorful cactus loves to be neglected. It likes moderate light and very little water, and it will lend a modern airy feel to your desk, signaling to coworkers and clients alike that you’re outside the box thinker who is going places. You can order a cactus dish garden here.

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Orchids (Phaeleonipsis)

Finally, we also love flowers. While they’re a more temporary option, there’s some great choices that last a long time. And for a long lasting desk bloom, the choice is obvious: Orchids. The long lasting blooms are great for a statement piece, and add a pop of color to a space that needs it. They’re a low maintenance plant, but if you want to putter about with a plant, you can coax it to bloom againCall the store to order and orchid.

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If you’re looking for more options for you new clean desk, click here.

Durham Wedding Style: The Cotton Room

Happy New Year from Floral Dimensions!

We’re excited to start out 2020 by sharing some beautiful images from Michael Escobar Photography of a beautiful Durham Wedding at the Cotton Room.  We were pleased to design the wedding florals for this fall wedding and we loved how they came out.

For starters, the color palette was a beautiful deep red color accented by beautiful greenery.  Red anemones, succulents, amaranthus and eucalyptus made up the bridal bouquet. It looked amazing in the overhang outside the cotton room by the railroad tracks.

The bridesmaids bouquets were lush and luxe in their own right, featuring purple and maroon dahlias, some green hydrangea, and the same beautiful red anemones.

 

The groomsmen and ring bearer continued the red floral design elements by sporting red roses with eucalyptus in their boutonnieres.

 

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Photos by Michael Escobar Photography

Stephanie, Caitlin, and Jose out did themselves when it came to ceremony floral design. Using a lush minimal inspiration, they designed a rustic ceremony installation of vintage shutter doors, and decorated with dramatic, hanging red amaranthus, the deep red and purple dahlias, and silver dollar eucalyptus among the greenery. They lined the chairs with simple sprigs of eucalyptus to complete the minimal look. Combined with the lights in the twined balls hanging from the ceiling at the Cotton Room, with its long and airy white drapes, the effect was beautiful. The filtered light created a beautiful modern minimal atmosphere, perfect for a fall wedding.

As we move into the reception, our non floral centerpieces took the cake. Caitlin submerged curly willow in tall cylinders filled with water, topped off with a large tea votive and they looked amazing under the dimmed lights of the reception. Other tables included greenery and succulents, and the ceremony centerpiece became a focal point for the lounge area at the reception.

We were so glad to have our wedding floral designs be part of the beautiful modern Durham wedding at the cotton room. If you liked looking at our work, check us out on Instagram and Facebook. We’d love to get to know you and hear about your wedding plans. Use the contact form to schedule a consultation. You can also see more of our wedding work on our wedding page.