Be The Perfect Guest

Be The Perfect Guest

Be The Perfect Guest It feels like so long since we have been able to visit with family and friends that feel like family! With this beautiful summer weather, and the ability to gather together in small groups, I suspect there will be a few afternoons and evenings...
Create Your Own Calming Oasis

Create Your Own Calming Oasis

Create Your Own Calming Oasis If you are anything like me, you spend all winter dreaming of summer. (I think all Canadians do!) I enjoy quiet mornings spent sipping coffee while the rest of the house sleeps, watching the mist rise lazily from the warming ground. I...
Create An Outdoor Oasis

Create An Outdoor Oasis

Create An Outdoor Oasis With the official start of summer only one week away, it’s time to get outside and set up your outdoor oasis! I am so excited to show you some of the beautiful new decor items that will add that extra something to your outdoor space. Whether it...
Jazz Up Your Home Office

Jazz Up Your Home Office

Jazz Up Your Home Office Whether your new home office is your kitchen table, a nook in your kid’s playroom, a guest bedroom that you save for Aunt Judy or beside the pile of laundry, now is your time to create not only a functional space but one that brings you...
Home Decor Inspo

Home Decor Inspo

Home Decor Inspo With all the time we are spending at home you might be getting that itch to redo your space, and we totally understand! 🏠 But we are also here to help! We just received a huge shipment of some amazing home decor that is sure to refresh your...
Colourful DIY Indoor Spring Bulb Planter

Colourful DIY Indoor Spring Bulb Planter

Colourful DIY Indoor Spring Bulb Planter When the days start getting longer and the hope of the snow melting grows stronger, I want to do anything that is spring inspired. I feel like when we fill our homes with spring, the outside will start to show it as well....
Make Your Own Winter Centrepiece

Make Your Own Winter Centrepiece

Make Your Own Winter Centrepiece Who says winter centrepieces are only good for the holidays? I have another amazing and easy DIY to share with you that I made with Jasmine Rose of CTV Morning Live in the home of Mary Taggart of Ottawa at Home magazine. This winter...
How To Dry Fruit For Your Wreaths

How To Dry Fruit For Your Wreaths

Well, that’s a wrap on wreath workshops for 2019! Last week we hosted 5 sold out classes, and we all had such a blast. I love how creative everyone was and how excited they were to bring home their creations to hang on their front door! It was great seeing you all tag...
Homes For The Holidays 2019

Homes For The Holidays 2019

We are in full holiday swing now! The majority of the winter planters have been done for clients, the holiday workshops are underway (with 5 wreath classes this week!), the sap is stuck in our fingernails until January and we are all excited for our holiday party this...
Falling Head Over Heels For Planters

Falling Head Over Heels For Planters

It’s that time of year when the temperatures at night are getting chillier, the leaves are starting to change colour and our thoughts turn to everything and anything pumpkin spiced. Don’t get me wrong, I know there are lots of beautiful summer filled days left, but in...
A Feminine Touch

A Feminine Touch

This tablescape is everything girly! Perfect for a bridal shower luncheon or afternoon tea, the soft feminine elements take over this table. Local raspberries and peonies add a touch of colour to this coconut cake from The Cupcake Lounge. A soft mix of white peonies,...
Let’s Get Nautical

Let’s Get Nautical

This week’s tablescape has a Nautical feel to it and I am loving it. Growing up spending summers at our family cottage and now living along the water, this is totally my style. I have always felt most calm by the water and you will always find some type of nautical...
Create Your Own Tropical Table

Create Your Own Tropical Table

Who doesn’t love a good luau? This table is everything tropical. This macrame table runner was the inspiration for this table and I just went from there. It’s fun to pick up different things that can be repurposed after the party such as the pineapple lantern, plants,...
Welcome Summer With Fabulous Planters

Welcome Summer With Fabulous Planters

Is there anything better than when the long term forecast shows us that the threat of frost is gone and we can get outside and dig our hands in the dirt? Summer planters are my favourite out of all of the seasons to plant. I love the colours, the sizes, the variety...
Easy DIY Fern Terrarium

Easy DIY Fern Terrarium

This beautiful fern terrarium is the perfect match on a side table or as a centrepiece for your dining table. There are just a few things that you’ll need to make it yourself – to enjoy or give away as a gift: ferns of your choice (I used a staghorn fern,...
Greenery: An Arrangement Staple

Greenery: An Arrangement Staple

There are some flowers and greenery that we try to consistently carry in our shop. Some are the ‘staples’ that we couldn’t live without! As much as flowers are so important to an arrangement, we find that greenery is equally as important. Here are some of our...
Simple DIY Spring Tulip Arrangement

Simple DIY Spring Tulip Arrangement

I love the simplicity of tulips; the clean lines and promise of spring. We receive quite a few different varieties of tulips from Holland and the Niagara Region, but one of our favourite tulip suppliers are Vanco tulips from PEI. It’s a family owned farm that prides...
Low Maintenance Decorating With Cacti

Low Maintenance Decorating With Cacti

Looking for an easy and low maintenance way to spruce up your living space? Look no further! Cacti are an easy, beautiful way to dress up any area of your home. Plus, if you’re a notorious plant killer, they are perfect since they are easy to maintain (requires almost...
Small Space Decorating

Small Space Decorating

Do you live in an apartment, a condo, a dorm, or just don’t have very much space to decorate? Are you looking to add a little pop of green to your small living space? We have the perfect solution! We have a few great ideas for anyone with limited space to add...
How to Design Your Holiday Centrepieces

How to Design Your Holiday Centrepieces

I love decorating the table for the holidays and I’m thrilled to show you how to design your own holiday centrepieces! I get so excited pulling out the holiday plates, setting the candles and dressing the table to welcome family and loved ones. Depending on...
Food & Flower Ideas for Chanukah

Food & Flower Ideas for Chanukah

If there is anything in the world that I love more than flowers, it’s food. A beautiful dance occurs on the holiday table when gorgeous flowers are intertwined with classic family recipes of food made with love. Flowers Talk Tivoli is lucky that we are able to...
Decorating for the Holidays

Decorating for the Holidays

What an amazing week we’re having at the shop, especially as the holidays are fast approaching! We just wrapped up our 16th year of the Homes for The Holidays tour in Ottawa in support of Hospice Care Ottawa. We want to give a huge thank you to everyone that...
Hints of Spring at Flowers Talk Tivoli

Hints of Spring at Flowers Talk Tivoli

I don’t know about you, but this month sure has thrown me for a loop. Warm – freezing – rain – snowstorm – warm again. It’s exhausting and I’m ready for spring. And that’s just what we’re preparing for in store! We...
Ask an Expert: Decorating with Plants

Ask an Expert: Decorating with Plants

Here at Flowers Talk Tivoli, we have the pleasure of working with some of the best local professionals in the decor and event industries. Among our favourites are the kitchen and bath design specialists at Astro Design Center. Their amazing designers are often at the...
Colour Theory in Floral Design

Colour Theory in Floral Design

As in any artistic practice, the use of colour in floral design is of utmost importance. It often carries the first impression and general emotion of any piece; bright and cheerful, soft and somber, eclectic and modern. Pieces with high contrast, like yellow and...
We found spring! (It’s in the store)

We found spring! (It’s in the store)

Yesterday turned the roads to soup and today seems intent on blowing it all away. Anyone else ready for spring? We have it! This Thursday (that’s tomorrow, you guys) we are receiving a GIANT shipment of amazing plants. You remember plants, right? Green, calming,...
Keep the Holidays in Your Home All Year Long

Keep the Holidays in Your Home All Year Long

The store is filled with bright, full poinsettias, tall, graceful Norfolks and adorable tiny cypress shaped like little Christmas trees. They make wonderful gifts and are sure to bring that holiday mood to any room. But what to do with them after the holidays? Many of...
You are Invited…

You are Invited…

To Flowers Talk Tivoli’s annual Holiday open house! Come see us at 282 Richmond Rd this Wednesday, November 30th 2016 to visit with your designers, schmooze with your neighbours and partake of some delicious nibbles. You’ll enjoy 20% off all in store...
Homes for the Holidays: Take One

Homes for the Holidays: Take One

We just wrapped up another successful weekend of decorating, inspiring, and raising funds and awareness for the wonderful work at Hospice Care Ottawa with the 14th annual Homes for the Holidays Tour. Despite some fearsome weather, people came once again in droves to...
Winter Urns for Everyone!

Winter Urns for Everyone!

The season is fast approaching; is your home ready? The week of November 22nd we will be out in the city installing our signature winter urn arrangements and outdoor decor, is your home on the list? Call us to book your front step for the personalized Flowers Talk...
The Holidays Are Here!

The Holidays Are Here!

The holiday season has arrived at Flowers Talk Tivoli! The store is bursting with beauty and cheer and we can’t wait to show you. Timeless wreaths and garlands, elegant table decor, and baskets on baskets of adorable ornaments for your tree await at 282 Richmond...
Homes for the Holidays

Homes for the Holidays

Homes for the Holidays has been a staple of Ottawa’s holiday season for 14 years and with good reason! A stunning effort from the wonderful people at Hospice Care Ottawa to raise funds and awareness for the Hospice at May Court, it combines charity and the cheer...
Let’s Give Thanks! With Flowers!

Let’s Give Thanks! With Flowers!

Some things change a lot; the seasons, your favourite pie flavour (right now mine is blueberry with a graham crumble crust),  flower trends, and whether or not tights as pants are ok. But some things stay the same. Like the universal appeal of a freshly raked leaf...
Pretty Fall Planters

Pretty Fall Planters

Beautiful orange and yellow leaves, a crisp breeze, depressed school kids, pumpkin spiced everything… it’s almost here! Fall: Everyone’s Favourite Season (Except for School Kids) You’ve watched your summer planters grow and flourish, your...
Different Flower Types

Different Flower Types

In floral design we are lucky to have a pretty big playground. There are so many different shapes, colours, sizes, textures, feelings of flowers there’s really no limit to what we can create. Whether you’re designing something cheerful and bright, somber...
Ask an Expert: Decorating with Plants

Offices need plants too!

Nothing brightens a place you’d rather not be than something that needs you! Like a baby, or a kitten, or a philodendron named Steve. Every office needs that extra little something to make you feel more comfy and at home and willing to be there. Since most of us...
Air Plants: Who Needs Dirt?

Air Plants: Who Needs Dirt?

Popular in the 80’s as shell-dwelling fridge magnets, air plants are regaining popularity as minimalist oddities for the office or modern living room. Their striking shape and their ability to live without soil makes them a great living art installation.

Plant Profile: The Fiddle Leaf Fig

Plant Profile: The Fiddle Leaf Fig

Everyone knows the Ficus benjamina, they’ve been sitting in your Grandma’s living room and dentists waiting rooms for years. They have dainty little leaves and a slender trunk that just scream 90’s décor. But it’s time for this standard standard to move aside for it’s funny, funky, awkward but in a somehow graceful way cousin: the Lyrata!

Workshops! Workshops galore!

Workshops! Workshops galore!

Just in time for Thanksgiving is our table centre piece workshop. Learn to make a festive arrangement in a pumpkin or low dish for Turkey Day! And then at the end of November we’ll teach you how to make an urn insert for your outdoor container with all the winter greens you can handle. We’ll even have some berries and pine cones and maybe if you’re good something with sparkles.

Terrariums Part Two!!

Terrariums Part Two!!

Terrariums! Part the Second: You are God Congratulations!  You have decided to become an omnipotent creator of worlds!  Destroyer of… hopefully nothing, but we’ll see how green that thumb is.  In our second post on these pocket-sized ecosystems we’ll go over...
Terrariums!!

Terrariums!!

The first in our workshop series at Flowers Talk Tivoli has been an amazing success!  Originally to consist of only one night of glass-covered goodness it has since generated an additional 3 terrarium workshops just to accommodate the overwhelming demand for these...
5 Ways to Bring Spring Into Your Home

5 Ways to Bring Spring Into Your Home

Tired of winter yet? I know we are. It has been a long and bitterly cold start to 2015 and as the temperature hovers around the -20C mark, I think we are all anxiously awaiting the blooms of spring! Never fear. While you wait for the barbeque to thaw out, here are...
Creating an Indoor Garden!

Creating an Indoor Garden!

Bringing the Outside In for the Winter! Someone once told me that 30 minutes of gardening per week gives you a healthier, happier and longer life. But now it’s wintertime… Oh NO! Not to worry, bring your garden indoors! It is beautiful, fun and beneficial. Indoor air...
Wedding Memories

Wedding Memories

From the very moment your man slips that ring on to your finger and you become a “Bride-to-be” everything that is routine and normal gets put on the back burner, because girl, you have a wedding to plan!!! It’s amazing to me how instantaneously we brides...
Staff Holiday Favourites!

Staff Holiday Favourites!

Amidst the holiday madness of this week we took some time to appreciate our favourite aspects of working as a florist during this time of year. Here are just a few current and awesome favourites!! Stephanotis: the white, waxy flowers give off an amazing scent! It has...
Great Gift Ideas from Flowers Talk Tivoli

Great Gift Ideas from Flowers Talk Tivoli

Are you running out of gift ideas? Down to the last hard-to-shop-for people on your list like clients or in-laws?! We have you covered!! Outdoor wreaths make great gifts. We have different shapes, sizes, and greenery to choose from. Boxwood, Oregonia, Magnolia, Pine...
Holiday Decorating with Plants!

Holiday Decorating with Plants!

Whether you are celebrating Christmas, Hanukkah, Ramadan, or any other special occasion (Festivus perhaps?!), plants are always a great way to add warmth, cheer, and colour to your home decor. One of our favourites is the Lemon Cypress, also known as Goldcrest. We...
3 Easy Steps to Winter Urns

3 Easy Steps to Winter Urns

It is that time of year!  The frost has hit and it is now time to fill those outdoor urns with winter beauty.  No need to go and grab one of the those cheezy inserts from the big box stores  with the floppy bow and the sad looking greenery, you can do it yourself! It...