June 4, 2016

BRINGING IT HOME

by Candice Marzetz | Posted in: DÉCOR + HOME

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So, I got my peonies home from Red Twig Farms and got down to my favorite thing about flowers—arranging them!  I’m not a huge fan of glass vases; I don’t like seeing the stems, and the water gets gunky. So I reached for my trusty art deco creamware vase from Zanesville, Ohio’s own Shawnee Pottery. The Shawnee company opened in 1937, and their pieces are pretty easy to find at flea markets and antiques stores—many for a fairly reasonable price. Best of all, their matte finish and (usually) muted colors let the blossoms be the stars, which in my mind is kind of the point. If you’re out and about, keep your eyes open for Shawnee vases, as well as pieces from McCoy, Roseville, and Hull, which have a similar vibe.

And don’t feel like you have to be limited to vases! I use all sorts of vessels—whatever I find in the house—to hold fresh flowers. To date, I’ve used pitchers, ice buckets, coffee mugs, and tea pots & cups. I’ve even placed glass jars inside decorative boxes and paper bags. The next time someone brings you flowers, take a look around your home to see what might work…I know you’ll love the results.

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June 2, 2016

FIELDS OF BLOOMS

by Candice Marzetz | Posted in: DÉCOR + FLOWERS

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I love living in Ohio in the summertime. EVERYTHING seems to grow here…not only sweet corn and tomatoes, but the most gorgeous flowers, too! One of my new favorite places is Red Twig Farms in New Albany. Specializing in cut flowers and—obviously—twigs, Red Twig Farms is THE place to go for alliums, branches, pussy willows, and PEONIES!

I made a day trip in June to pick up two big bouquets—one for my studio and another for a client, and not only was the experience delightful (Imagine fields full of white and pink and magenta buds ready to pop), but my car smelled like heaven the entire trip home.

I’ll definitely be going back in the fall for ornamental dogwood branches and curly willow. You can visit them anytime by going to their website, www.redtwigfarms.com or their facebook page, www.facebook.com/RedTwigFarmsOhio. If you’re planning to go in person, double check their open-to-the-public hours on either site or by calling them first at 614-855-1288.

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