How To Arrange Spring Florals Like A Dutch Painting

a-colorful-spring-floral-arrangement-inspired-by-dutch-paintings-floral-tutorial-on-coco-kelleyDo you remember the potluck dinner parties our parents’ and grandparents’ used to throw? Mom or Grandma would get a bundle of grocery store flowers (mums or carnations, anyone?!?) and plop them in a big pitcher or some random family heirloom vase. A giant stack of plates would get posted on the end of the banquet and that was that.

Well, we thought it’d be fun to take a little inspiration from classic Dutch paintings and make a non-traditional, traditional floral arrangement to go with our modern take on the family buffet. Everything old is new!

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5 Go-To Spring Decorating Tips

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open-kithen-shelves-blue-and-white-accessories-dishes-bowls-apothecary-jarsSTYLING TIP # 1: ADD YOUR FAVORITE COLOR

You may or may not know I am a die-hard fan of classic blue and white. I’ve grown my collection over the years from a few pieces sprinkled around here and there, to large groupings on counters, shelves, tables, you name it. You’ll find it incorporated everywhere throughout our home, from season to season. So naturally, color is a big one for me. Even though I’ve been using this as my main color for quite a while now, it plays a major role each season – especially how I’ll play other colors off it.


blue-and-white-chinoiserie-vase-white-light-blue-hydrangeasSTYLING TIP # 2: BRING IN FRESH AND FAUX FLOWERS

Many of you know I love faux flowers and use them all the time. I’m not always able to find affordable fresh blooms where I live, so I have built up quite the collection of gorgeous faux stems for my regular rotation. When I am able to find beautiful fresh blooms locally, or cut them from the garden, you can bet I have them. Nothing brings in the beauty of the warmer months like gorgeous fresh flowers!


Old Mill Road Nature Walk

oldmillSaturday, November 11th from 1pm – 3pm

Park at the end of Old Mill Road, behind St. Andrews church. We’ll stroll along the multi-use trail next to Fresh Kills, below the hills of LaTourette Golf Course and return along the Blue Trail. From the remains of colonial structures to the Hessian Spring and the remains of Ketchum’s Mill we will take a look into the influence of man and nature on the ecosystems bordering the Fresh Kills estuary. For more information call Clay Wollney at (718) 869-6327.

Cold Feat 10K Trail Race on February 16!

Start/Finish at LaTourette Golf Course Race is held in all weather conditions!

The 2013 Cold Feat 10K Trail Race will take place on Saturday, February 16, 2013, 10 am start



The Greenbelt’s “Cold Feat” 10-K Trail Race is brought to you by the Greenbelt Conservancy, Race Management Group and NYC Parks.   We are grateful to the friendly staff at LaTourette golf course for allowing us to share their beautiful facilities on race day.  The golf course Grille Room Bar will be open post race to serve those over 21.

Start/finish is by the federal style David LaTourette House.  The route begins on the rolling fairways and takes you off into the surrounding Greenbelt trails – rustic and hilly.  Due to elevations, parts of this course are challenging, making that feeling of crossing the finish line even more rewarding.  We run in all weather conditions and, based on past race experiences, have found it can be done!  This race will be professionally timed culminating in an awards ceremony. Refreshments and race appropriate apparel are provided for runners.

Our first cold weather race, presented by the Greenbelt and New York Adventure Racing Association was held in 2010 and a great time was had by all (despite the nearly two-feet of snow accumulation from several previous storms and frigid temperature).  A group of more than 100 hardy runners endured to finish the race earning their fleece mittens and hot chocolate!  The 2011 race brought cold temperatures and a biting wind.  For our 2012 race, the weather was on our side and no one got frostbite!

LaTourette Golf Course

1001 Richmond Hill Road

Staten Island, NY   10306