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How to Make Your Own Spring Floral Arrangement

March 27, 2015 1:04 pm

These fast and easy tips will help you to create a florist-quality spring floral arrangement that you’ll be really proud to display in your home.

  1. Begin with the color palette. If you want to mix and match flowers to create your own bouquet, it’s best to have a color palette in mind. Stick with muted tones, a blend of bold primary hues, or variations of one color to create a cohesive look.
  2. Create a space for each flower. Cheat by creating a sort of grid guideline inside of the vase. Place a piece of chicken wire flat inside of the opening, or even create a crosshatch of durable florist tape across the surface of the vase. The goal is to have a series of 1-inch squares where you can place each type of flower.
  3. Start with the largest flower. Create a base by adding the largest flower (or branch or fern) in the center.
  4. Add the thickest flowers. Arrange thick, heavy flowers around the tallest one in the middle.
  5. Finally, add accent flowers. Add tulips, daffodils, roses or other eye-catching accents last.

DIY Spring Flower Arrangement by Ashley Woodson Bailey [Design Sponge]
How to Make a Cool Flower Arrangement: 8 DIY Ideas for Spring [Stylecaster]
Simple Spring Centerpieces [Better Homes and Gardens]

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Perch: Skyline Views and Bistro Cuisine

March 18, 2015 12:03 pm

From Los Angeles Magazine to the L.A. Times, Perch has garnered the praise of top publications since it opened in 2011—and not just for its food.

The view is just as appealing as the cuisine at aptly named Perch, which is literally perched atop a 16-story building that overlooks downtown Los Angeles. You'll arrive on the 15th floor, which gives you the option to eat indoors among vintage furniture and intricate woodwork, inspired by the bohemian bistros of France. But you can also head outdoors to enjoy dinner on one of the patios, which boast crackling fireplaces, thriving greenery, and skyline views. However, you'd be remiss to leave without at least visiting the rooftop lounge upstairs on the 16th floor. Fire pits send flames flickering skyward where stars twinkle, and music sets the scene for romance as you enjoy panoramic views of the city—and perhaps a cocktail or two.

But really, no matter where you choose to eat and drink, the cuisine may impress you just as much as the view. Start off with or share plates of baked brie, pork belly, or octopus. And then move on to a full entree such as gnocchi, herb-crusted salmon, or filet mignon. Complete your meal with wine, beer, or a classic cocktail, perhaps a Writers Block (peard vodka, St. Germain, lemon juice, and champage).

Perch
448 South Hill Street
Los Angeles, CA 90013
(213) 802-1770
www.perchla.com
www.yelp.com/biz/perch-los-angeles

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

March 17, 2015 10:12 am

May the luck of the Irish be with you! How will you be celebrating today?

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