Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Let's Take a Celfie: The Original Edition

No two Celfies are the same with their hand painted faces, and we appreciate our customers giving each Celfie a unique look, so we thought it was about time we put together a round up of customers who love styling our original gal.


Big hair don't care with Amelia's arrangement in the Celfie Vase with a beautiful hand dyed silk ribbons from Froufrou Chic.


Fallon's Flowers, a North Carolina base for McCarthy Group Florists, named their resident Celfie vase Flora, and every Friday, they share a photo of Flora's new look on Instagram along with a breakdown of blooms used. 

"Not only is [the Celfie] just adorable, but it's an outlet for creativity. Our designers love coming up with Flora's new 'do," says Taylor of McCarthy Group Florists. "It's a way to think differently about the flower varieties we have, and forces us to think about how we can craft the product to look like something Flora could  'wear.' 

Here's a few of our favorite looks on Flora:

photos by McCarthy Group Florists


Jessica of Bloomer's Flowers and Decor shows how effortless it can be to style the Celfie with houseplants like the air plant and Sanseveria.


Madeline's Flowers goes glam with their celfie - she looks like she walked straight out of a party thrown by Jay Gatsby. Photos by Mandy Stansberry Photography

@bethington13Beth has started a little Celfie family and has a mix of potted house plants and arranged blooms:

Want to be featured next time? We'd love to see how you style the chocolate and caramel Celfies, so send them to Christina[at]accentdecor.com along with your social media handle of choice and any other details you'd like to include (flowers in the arrangement, why the Celfie is good for your business, or which size is your favorite to arrange in)! Don't forget to let us know who took the photo if you had someone help you.

Want to take some Celfies of your own? Join the party on Instagram with #CelfieVase

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

#AccentDecorMagic Style Challenge Winners

The results are in! One of our guest designers, Els Teunissen, along with our creative consultant and resident artist, Jessica Hiemstra, selected two winners for our #AccentDecorMagic contest. 

The lucky winners? Julia of Rekindle Creative and Carey of The Idea Emporium. 

Earlier this summer, we shared the inspiration behind our holiday showroom story, Eric and Eloise, with our customers and followers and asked them to share on Instagram a moody, Scandinavian-inspired floral design or styled look that incorporated a contrast of light and dark. 

Our guest judges each picked their favorite look and the winners received $1000 each to shop Accent Decor.

So without further ado, the winners:

Best Floral Design: Rekindle Creative 

Floral Arrangement by @RekindleCreative for the #AccentDecorMagic Style Challenge
Els loved the contrast of these light pink, romantic blooms against the dark backdrop. To help the arrangement pop, we love that Julia of Rekindle Creative used a concrete pedestal. Julia also chose the Benito pot for this look, giving her arrangement a multi-faceted dramatic mood.

"To give the best contrast between light and dark, I thought having a black backdrop would be the most dramatic and it definitely made the arrangement colors stand out more," Julia said. "I incorporated a variety of berries throughout the arrangement as well to give a hint of holiday feeling with florals in various shades of reds and creams."

See more of Julia's work at www.rekindlecreative.com or follow her on Instagram: @RekindleCreative

Best Styled Look: The Idea Emporium

Scandinavian-inspired holiday decor by @TheIdeaEmporium for #AccentDecorMagic

Jessica chose this entry due to it capturing the sense of play, wonder, magic and mystery from our showroom story, Eric and Eloise.

"Not only is it a striking composition at first glance, but it is rewarding at a second glance," Jessica said. "From the little details of the trees to the miniature figurines of the fox and the hare, this photo captures the heart of the tale."

When Carey sat down to put a look together, we were surprised (and impressed!) to find out that she created twenty or so different vignettes before she was happy with the results.

"The most challenging part was filling the scene without adding clutter," Carey said.

She played with contrast in quite a few of her submissions, but ultimately it was the pop of those moody trees against the stark white wall that grabbed Jessica's attention.

"I fell in love with the story of Eric and Eloise so I knew I had to include a little fox and hare somewhere hidden in the scene," Carey said. "When I think of Scandinavian design, it's all about simplicity, so I wanted to keep the trees very two-dimensional rather than build full topiaries or use fresh branches, so it was off to the laser where I designed and cut the trees to interlock together."

See more of Carey's work at www.theideaemporium.com or follow her on Instagram: @TheIdeaEmporium

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Top 10 Bestsellers from Summer Market

The results are in and we have our top 10 from market this summer! There's a few old favorites and lots of exciting new ones, so enjoy and let us know in the comments which one you pick as your favorite!

Have a photo of how you used one of the top 10 recently? Send it to christina[at]accentdecor.com for a chance to have your work featured on one of our social media channels!

1. Wilder + Wildwood Collection

This collection has made our bestseller list 3 times in a row and maintained the #1 spot twice. Last winter, we added gold to this branch votive and stand. This year, we were happy to announce the addition of votive candleholders in the same silver and gold finishes.

Accent Decor Top 10 Bestsellers - Winter Branch Votive Centerpiece Accent Decor Top 10 Bestsellers - Frosted Winter Votives

2. Eternal Ornament Collection

Always a favorite ornament collection available in three sizes, we added the beautiful marbled blue color to the collection.

Accent Decor Top 10 Bestsellers - Minimal Geo Wreath and muted pastel ornaments

3. Lita Collection

These beautiful compotes and vases have a thin, hammered metal detail giving them an aged, yet regal appearance. Customers were excited to add these to their wedding and event collections.

Accent Decor Top 10 Bestsellers - Vintage Inspired Lita Vase and Compote for Weddings

4. Snowflake Paper Lanterns + Winter Paper Ornaments

We strung these beauties up in masses to give the feeling of snowfall in our showrooms. Available as large paper snowflake lanterns and medium and small snowflake ornaments.

Accent Decor Top 10 Bestsellers - Large Paper Snowflake Lanterns

5. Glass Lantern Collection

These were a hit for customers looking for event and home decor pieces. These gold and glass lanterns are versatile and can be used as wedding card holders, terrariums, and more.

Accent Decor Top 10 Bestsellers - Gold rimmed glass lanterns

6. Lush Collection

These beautiful, earthy metal pots are similar to our popular Norman and Norah pots, but boast a unique texture and opening that truly sets them apart.

Accent Decor Top 10 Bestsellers - earthy and rustic metal planters

7. Elsa Collection

The Elsa vases are happy little glass containers with a gold foil honeycomb detail on the exterior, making this piece perfect year round from holiday votives to valentine's day arrangements.

Accent Decor Top 10 Bestsellers - Elsa Vase with gold foil hexagon pattern

8. Wire Geo Wreath

This geo wreath was a hit for the holidays, but when we explained to customers that they could flip it and use it as a chandelier or centerpiece feature, they loved that a seasonal product like a wreath could transition easily into spring!

Accent Decor Top 10 Bestsellers - Geo Wire Wreath - versatile modern minimal chandelier

9. Micro-LED Lights

Our battery operated LED string lights were a huge hit. Available in 6 different lengths, each offers an advantage depending on how customers wish to use them. For instance, florists loved our 7.5 ft strand with timer as the battery pack is water tight, allowing you to put the strand of lights under water. Another favorite was the 7.5 ft strand with remote - you could have as many strands as desired, all controlled by one remote.

Accent Decor Top 10 Bestsellers - Micro LED Lights - some are waterproof and remote controlled

10. Macrame Collection

Available in 6 different colors and looks, the macrame plant hangers were a huge hit at Market this summer. The hangers are made from sturdy, recycled cotton and come with a gold rod or wooden circle hanging feature.

Accent Decor Top 10 Bestsellers - Eco Friendly Macrame Plant Hangers

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Donald Yim, AIFD, designs for Accent Decor

This summer, we traveled to California to participate in the AIFD Symposium Partner Expo, as well as catch up with all our industry friends and scope out inspiring designs being presented throughout the duration of the symposium.

One AIFD member we particularly love catching up with is Donald Yim, AIFD, who designed the arrangements for our display at the Partner Expo.

Our display was modeled after our Baroque Bumble story, featuring modern metallics and black on black details alongside romantic floral prints inspired by Dutch still life paintings.

So when Donald Yim, AIFD told us he would help us out and design the florals for our display, we were beyond excited!

"Donald's style is modern and clean, and he's always up for designing something fun and different." Margaret Hofland, co-founder and Art Director for Accent Decor, said.

And when it came to inspiration for the booth, Donald found it from our new 2016 Spring collection.

"The new products have a lot of texture, [as well as] golden and warm colors that worked really well together," Donald said.

Donald is determined to find  his own style and identity amongst the best floral designers, and while he admits these are his biggest career challenges, his hard work and natural gift at connecting with people shows exactly what sets him apart.

Along with the beautiful flowers you see pictured, he brought in a lot of unusual and unique garden greens to enhance the products.

The results communicated that Donald is a master at balancing his personal style with the desires of the client and he stresses that good communication with your client is at the heart of a successful client relationship.

"Understand what they're looking for. You [can] put your personal spin on the design, but still maintain what your client is looking for," Donald said.

When Donald isn't creating beautiful arrangements, you can find him with camera in hand.

"I enjoy photography [and] learning how to see differently through the lens," Donald said.

And of course, one of our favorite things about Donald? He just can't resist taking a good selfie.

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Showroom Design Inspiration: Jackie O.

All it takes is the mention of a single name to conjure up an entire era, a signature style, a powerful statement that plays over and over through the years, resonating with anyone, regardless of age.

It is a name that brings to mind impeccable style, attention to color, and classically evolving designs.

Jackie O inspired home decor from Accent Decor

Product Featured: Meryl Stand | Meryl Vase | Yoruba Pots

We named one of the looks of our showrooms after Jackie O. because of the modern, clean lines of some of our newest products which is often represented in her style. We also played with absence of color in our showrooms, along with pops of white and movement through color and form that flirts with the line between the past and the present resulting in the following mood board:

Color Blocking Mood Board from Accent Decor
Product Featured: Icy Candleholders | Sweet PotsRetro inspired home decor from Accent DecorProducts Featured: Himba Bowl | Swerve Planter 

Jackie O and Color Blocking Inspiration - Glass bud vases from Accent Decor
Product Featured: Centipede Vase

Within the showroom, we displayed white products on white blocks and interspersed concrete and metallic pieces for a modern, streamlined look. Pops of color and unique shapes added playful details. 

Color Blocking in the Accent Decor Showroom - Jackie O inspired
Products Featured: Geo Paper Lantern | Empress Vase | Benji Pot |  Oakland Planters