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Your Wedding Budget – How to Save Some of Those Pennies!

by Charlotte.Barnes on January 31, 2013

WeddingBefore you figure out how you can save on your wedding budget you must set the amount the budget will be. Take an afternoon to sit down with your partner and map out firstly how much overall you can, and are willing to spend on the wedding.

You should then break this down to include how much will be spent on each detail such as the venue, dress, wedding  flowers etc. Make sure you have everything written down, as much as you may think differently, you will not remember all the figures! Also, don’t forget to add a little extra for those ‘unforeseen’ costs.

Some tips to consider when trying to save on your wedding budget. Read more >>

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Top 10 Valentine’s Day Gifts

by Charlotte.Barnes on January 30, 2013

Valentines Day GiftsThe most romantic day of the year is fast approaching and with it comes the quest to find that perfect gift for your special someone. Whether you are looking for something sweet and romantic, original and trendy or distinctively unique – here’s our guide the top 10 Valentine’s Day gifts for 2013. Read more >>

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Create Your Own Valentine’s Day Bouquet

by Charlotte.Barnes on January 29, 2013

My Interflora CreationA bouquet of beautiful, fresh flowers is a romantic and heartfelt gift for Valentine’s Day and many people will be looking for that perfect bouquet over the next few weeks.

If you are one of those who are looking for a bouquet of flowers that is not only stunning to look at, but also personal and tailored to your loved one’s preferences, then all you need it My Interflora Creation

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The Language of Flowers

by Charlotte.Barnes on January 28, 2013

The Turks in the 17th century seemed to develop flower meanings, as a way for the concubine women who could not read or write to communicate with each other.

During the Victorian era, the meaning and language of flowers became increasingly well-known. In a time when expressing such deep or affection emotions was not considered ‘proper’ behaviour, the notion of using flowers to communicate became very popular. Victorian women especially picked up the silent language that allowed them to communicate feelings and meanings that the strict propriety of the era would not allow. Read more >>

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Create Your Own Romantic Hamper with My Interflora Creation

by Charlotte.Barnes on January 24, 2013

My Interflora CreationThere are a few things that you need to make your Valentine’s Day celebrations perfect – music, candlelight, your loved one (obviously!) and delicious food and drink. Interflora has the perfect solution if you are searching for that perfect Romantic Hamper but don’t know where to start.

Whether you are sending a hamper for your loved one to enjoy by themselves or as a gift that you both can share, Interflora’s hamper section of My Interflora Creation allows you to add only the things that you and your loved one like. Read more >>

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A Gentleman’s Guide to Buying Flowers

by Charlotte.Barnes on January 23, 2013

Choosing the perfect flowers can seem like a nightmare situation for many men (and women) out there – a minefield of styles, colours, scents, sizes and budgets that just seem to dazzle and confuse us. But help is at hand – we’ve put together a simple guide to lead you through the floral maze and bring you out the other side with the perfect bouquet for your special someone.

And remember, the golden rule for all these suggestions is this: find out your loved one’s favourite flower and you can’t go wrong! Read more >>

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Valentine’s Day Playlist

by Charlotte.Barnes on January 22, 2013

Valentine's DayFrom the popular classics that everyone can sing along to, to Valentine’s Day songs that you might not instantly think of but are guaranteed to put you in the romantic mood, here is our top Valentine’s Day songs to get you in the mood. Read more >>

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Making the most of Green Plants

by Charlotte.Barnes on January 11, 2013

Green houseplants make a wonderful addition to any home but sometimes they can be left to languish in a dark corner as they gather dust. With a little care and attention they can make a wonderful focal point in your home.

Presenting your green plants

A non-flowering plant in a brown plastic post is not going to do anything for anybody. Houseplants should be presented as a lifestyle choice rather than something to brighten up the shelf in the kitchen. Containers are everything but before you start sticking your plants in any old pot, have a think about how it will look in your home.


Four Dracaenas have been planted into this simple, square white cube, giving a pleasing symmetrical effect that would suit most homes. Dracaenas do not tolerate over watering and can thrive under sparse light and low air humidity. This is the perfect plant for a home office.


This Sansevierias has dramatic vertical leaves and has been planted in a sexy glass cube. The vivid yellow sticks not only accentuate the colours of the plant but also give it extra height and a designer touch.


The humble Ficus pumila has been given a whole new lease of life by planting it into a shallow container and simply decorating it with short lengths of sawn birch twigs.


For the image conscious, a great way to display Aloe vera is to wash the roots of the plants before attaching them with decorative pins to a soft willow bowl.


Another display piece that would be perfect for the office or reception are these Maranta and Peperomia plants. These ones have been planted into low, black, glossy containers then decorated with white sticks and yellow cotton.


Sticking with the minimal bold look, these Muehlenbeckia plants are given a whole new status when planted together in a sleek ceramic trough. They are ideal for a north-facing windowsill of an apartment or flat, this will suit the city dweller looking for something a little different.

Plants are good for you

According to the Flowers & Plants Association, scientific studies show that houseplants are proven to:

  • Remove harmful chemicals from the air.
  • Absorb noise and lessen dust.
  • Help hospital patients recover faster.
  • Lower blood pressure, help concentration and improve memory.
  • Promote feelings of relaxation, calm and wellbeing.
  • Make rooms look cared for and welcoming.

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Spring Flowers from Interflora

by Charlotte.Barnes on January 9, 2013

Interflora Spring FlowersA new year is here and here at Interflora we have already created a stunning collection of floral gifts to usher in spring 2013 in style. From hand-tied bouquets and vase arrangements, to charming basket gifts and gift boxes – we have something to suit every occasion this spring.

So, to celebrate the warmer days, lighter evenings and new life returning to the natural world, here is our look through the top 10 picks of our 2013 spring collection. Read more >>

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Most Popular New Year’s Resolutions

by Charlotte.Barnes on December 31, 2012

New YearAt the end of every year, people across the UK make their New Year’s resolutions with the determination to see them through until the following year. It doesn’t always work out for the full twelve months, but throughout January you will find people trying their very best to keep to their new habits.

Here, we have taken a look at the most popular resolutions that people make at New Year and taken a guess as to why they often don’t work out… Read more >>

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