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Claude Monet was a genius, an artist, a visionary… but most importantly – a fan of flowers just like us! In honor of this impressionist painter’s birthday on November 14, we’re celebrating him and the flowers that inspired some of his most famous works.

This still life series is comprised of two very themes of sunflowers, one with them depicted laying on the ground; the other with them arranged in a vase. For this series, Monet chose seven different types of sunflowers. Both versions were painted with Monet’s friend and fellow French painter Paul Gauguin in mind.

This port city is the inspiration for the painting Impression, Sunrise. Although not one of his most famous works, it was a review of this particular piece that led to the coining of the term “impressionism,” the art movement of which Claude Monet would become the father of.


This picturesque city is stunning for a visit on its own, but even better for Monet fans thanks to the sculpture of the painter’s bust, which can be found smack in the center of the city square. The Rouen Cathedral also served as inspiration for one of Monet’s stunning series.

Fact #3: Monet spent seven years doing military service in Algeria due to a draft. While he had very little time and tools to study his craft during this time period, he shared in an interview that the colors of North Africa “contained the germ of my future researches”

The changing of the leaves, crackling fires under a chilly autumn sky, and a big mug of steamy apple cider in hand.. there’s no time of year quite as cozy as fall. Capture the spirit of the season by bringing the beauty of autumn home with these fall decorating ideas.

Why is it that the flickering light of a candle just screams fall? Candles are not only handy for filling the air with the scent of the season, but also creating that perfect fall mood. Stick with a basic colored candle and decorate the setting around it for a subtle, sophisticated touch, or go all out with a bold candle choice. If you are host to young children, consider flameless candles for some added safety.Alternatively, lanterns are the perfect way to spruce up your décor. Use them to line the path leading to your front door, or add a few on tables, mantles, and even bathrooms to bring the room together.

Pumpkins aren’t just for carving and eating. Bring that age old pop of orange into the display by using pumpkins in your décor; you can fill vessels with mini pumpkins, jazz up a table display with pumpkins scattered on the table, or why not go the extra step and turn a pumpkin into a stunning fall centerpiece.

Leaves, acorns, pinecones… grab the kids, grandkids and even family pets on a search for the fallen heroes of the season. Get a bit creative and use these sprinkles of nature to decorate! Add some acorns to a vase, utilize fallen leaves to make a table runner, or perhaps fill a decorative bowl with acorns and cranberries. There’s no limit to what you can do with nature’s own beauty.

Set the scene from the beginning with a fall wreath proudly displayed on your front door. You can use a variety of seasonal icons from small pumpkins to your favorite fall flowers to make a one-of-a-kind wreath that’s just waiting to greet your future visitors.

There is no one correct way to decorate for fall; but no matter how you decorate, it’s the people that add that irreplaceable cozy feeling. So go ahead, invite the family and neighbors over for some mulled wine or cider, even if it isn’t Thanksgiving just yet.

It’s so easy to get caught up in the fast-paced chaos of the holidays. We unintentionally set our expectations high trying to overload so much into our days that we lose sight in the wonders that surround us. We look into our backyards and see chores of having to rake up all of the fallen leaves, but if we could just slow down for a moment we would be able to see the leaves dancing in the wind.

November is a month of self-reflection and preparation for the new year. It’s a month where our appetite for gratitude grows wild like the manly beards of Movember. Chrysanthemums bloom with loyalty and love while pumpkins magically turn into pies. Friends and family gather around backyards and bonfires sharing stories that we have all heard a hundred times yet they never get old. That faithful flannel manages to make its way out from the back of the closet and onto your arms still smelling like Grandma’s last hug .

Be still this month. Stop and acknowledge the beauties in life. Write down what you smell, what you hear beyond the noise, share a smile over some roasted marshmallows, take more walks, post more pictures, sing out loud, and embrace the very essence of you. Do what makes you happy and then do more of it.

We are so excited to celebrate November with you! We hope to contribute to some everlasting memories with you and your family over the holidays. Stay tuned in the following weeks for our DIY tutorials on how to use Pumpkins & Flowers for your Thanksgiving Decor.

October is all about Halloween! We can’t wait, and in anticipation of this quickly-approaching holiday, why not begin decorating with Halloween flowers? Using floral centerpieces and bouquets to decorate for Halloween is a wonderful way to showcase your creative talents and add a natural touch to your home.

The sunflower is one of our favorite October flowers! They do an excellent job at brightening up the darkest of spaces; they’re like little bits of sunshine in the home. The French word for sunflower is tournesol, which literally means "turn with the sun", and sunflowers do just that. They capture all the sunrays so you can have them home when the sun isn’t around as much! Ideal for taking shelter from the fall chills.

Some of the best October flowers are created by nature and need no further help to be bizarre or spooky. Just look at the bat flower: this nearly-black flower features "wings" like bat wings and long whiskers that make it look like something from an alien planet. Sometimes you can find these plants around Halloween.

Then there is the corpse-scented dark red and black voodoo lily that looks equally strange. The eyeball plant is an annual with flowers that look like yellow and orange eyeballs; it also numbs the mouth in case you have some mad, evil dentists running around your party.

I have to mention carnivorous plants like the Venus fly trap, nepenthes, and sarracenias; they may not be flowers, but their spook factor is high. Tuck them amidst some red cockscomb, which resembles a brain, or within some weird octopus orchids or bat-faced cup head. For a more light-hearted flower, choose candy corn vine; the flowers look just like the candy.

Seeing marigolds appear here and there around my neighborhood is something I look forward to every fall. These brightly colored blooms never fail to inspire me, so it was no surprise to me when I learned that marigolds symbolize creativity. For this week’s post, I looked a little deeper into the story behind this brilliant flower of October.

The Greeks and Romans admired these flowers for much more than their beauty. They used marigolds to dye fabrics, treat various skin conditions, make cosmetics, and serve as seasoning in recipes. In Mexico, marigolds play a leading role in the annual Dia de Los Muertos festivities: People make garlands of marigolds and put them on the graves of their loved ones.

Choosing a color is probably the toughest part of caring for these low-maintenance flowers. Marigold colors include bright orange, yellow, gold, and white. I have a neighbor who has a line of pots on her front porch containing marigolds of every color. I’m with her: Why choose just one when you can have them all? She puts them in dark pots in order to highlight the brilliant colors of the flowers’ petals. After planting your marigolds in a sunny area, water your marigolds thoroughly. Allow the soil to dry before watering them again. Well-drained soil is best for these blooms. Make sure to water the base of your marigolds and not the petals, as watering the petals can cause mold. Deadhead your marigolds to spur renewed growth.

Staying in a hospital is a low point in anyone’s life, no matter how good the conditions. Flowers are an excellent way to wish them quick recovery. Not only do they remind your loved one you’re thinking of them, but they also brighten the space and create a good energy that can actually boost recovery.

A nice bouquet can thus make life somewhat easier for a recuperating patient. But is it always the case? Not necessarily. There are a few things that should be kept in mind while selecting an appropriate bouquet, whether you bring it by yourself or have it delivered to the hospital.

Some hospital units, especially those that treat patients with lowered immune systems will not accept flowers. This will usually apply to intensive care and midwifery, as well as post-surgical wards and burn treatment. Some establishments have banned flowers altogether, so you should check with the hospital first before you order the flowers.

Avoid flowers with pollen that is exposed, e.g., lilies. Instead, opt for flowers which hide their pollen, such as roses, irises, carnations or chrysanthemums. Allergens are never a good idea in a hospital; even if the patient you’re about to gift doesn’t have allergies, others may not be as lucky.

Flowers with harder or wooden stems, such as roses, carnations, sunflowers or asters will be better than the ones with soft stems, like gerbera daisies or tulips. Those harder stems won’t get soggy and thus won’t require changing water as often, leaving doctors and nurses more time to do their work.