Floral Feng Shui: Flowers Add Elegance, Energy

crocus, vase of flowers, blue flowers, vase of blue flowers, vase of crocuses, vase of crocus flowers, flower vaseThey’re gorgeous, sweet-smelling and provide an instant mood-lifter – but did you know fresh flowers also can lift the energy in your home?

So say practitioners of Feng Shui, the ancient Eastern metaphysical science that says the positioning of furniture, color schemes and even particular decor can directly influence the comfort of your surroundings and your overall well-being.

Live flowers, in particular, are believed to bring strong healing energy and good luck to your home. What a wonderful excuse for a standing weekly order from Flowers by Tony Brewer!

Feng Shui has its roots in China, where it was used as far back as 3,000 years ago largely to orient tombs, important structures and homes in a way believed to promote good fortune and success.

In modern times, many people continue to use special Feng Shui grids and compasses to map distinct areas of a building and plan decor that promotes good “chi” –  or energy.

Meticulously arranging your house to align with Feng Shui theories may not be practical for you. But adding a fresh-cut flower arrangement by the master florists at our Ritz-Carlton Buckhead boutique is a fast, fragrant way to add a little good chi to your living space! Try these flowers for some fresh-cut Feng Shui :

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Peony: These playful perennials have long been used in Feng Shui to influence stronger loving relationships. Try these blossoms in pink or red – a symbol of passion and emotion – to kindle romance and encourage refreshed love. Perfect for a bedroom or even a den.

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Orchids: Renowned for their delicately abstract beauty, these refined blossoms offer a double-shot of Feng Shui goodness. Most classically associated with the color purple, the Feng Shui shade representing faith, they’re also believed to represent the quest for perfection and encourage abundance. A great pick me up!

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Narcissus or Daffodil: This largely spring-blossoming flower is particularly powerful in white – a color affiliated with strength in Feng Shui culture. Overall, these cheery blooms are believed to encourage the “flowering” of one’s career. Sounds like the perfect choice for a home office!

Chrysanthemum: According to Feng Shui, this popular flower brings something we could all use – a life of ease and balance. Try blossoms with an accent flower in blue – a color affiliated with relaxation – for an extra shot of peace and serenity in your home.
Whether you subscribe to Feng Shui properties or not, adding a breathtaking arrangement of fresh-cut flowers is a quick way to bring beauty, elegance and a little bit of spring freshness to your home year-round!

Flowers by Tony Brewer is a boutique floral studio located in the Ritz-Carlton, Buckhead,  specializing in custom floral arrangements for occasions large and small. For more information, visit www.flowersbytonybrewer.com/ or call 404-906-1911.

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Everyday Fancy: Lavender

“Everyday Fancy” is all about bringing simple and fun new luxuries into your everyday life. Today is all about lavender!  We love lavender so much that we even grow it in our office garden.  It is our favorite spinoff from the mint family, and we are constantly looking for new ways to use it.  We wanted to share a couple of these uses with you, so you can make lavender a part of your “Everyday Fancy”.

Beyond relaxing in a lavender oil bath, we also love using dried lavender to freshen our closets and deter moths.  Yes, that is right.  Lavender helps get rid of pesky moths while leaving your clothes smelling fresh and light instead of like moth balls.  To add to the fancy factor, try hanging a dried lavender wreath inside your closet.  Fancy, fresh, and moth free!

Most of us have tried a lavender cookie or lavender ice cream, but in our quest to create more healthy habits at Tony Brewer & Company we are eating lavender salads.  We love the fresh new flavor lavender adds to fresh fruit salads and garden salads.  It is unexpected and new compared to traditional salad herbs.

“With immediacy and intensity, smell activates the memory, allowing our minds to travel freely in time.”  Tom Robbins