Creative Ideas for Updating Your Place Settings

July 31, 2019, posted by Gina – My team members and I have been experimenting recently with different ways to create place settings with our china. Many of us registered for our china when we got married, others may have inherited a set from grandparents or you may not have china at all. Regardless, everyone has dinnerware and there will come a time when you would like to change up the look of your place settings.

In the shop, we’ve been having a China Challenge and it’s been a lot of fun. I asked team members to bring in their china or dinnerware and we came up with different looks using linens and accessories that we sell in the shop. It’s amazing just how different the same dishes can look simply by adding colorful linens, graphic napkins or a pretty charger. These transformations don’t have to cost a fortune and often just a small change can make a big difference. So, let’s have a look at what we’ve come up with and we hope these give you a few ideas for your place settings!

In the first photo above you see just the plate on its own. In the second photo we added one of our gold brushed chargers, a chartreuse green napkin and a set of golden figs. In the third photo we kept the gold brushed charger, added a burnt orange geometric napkin and a faux pear as an accent. In the fourth photo we went for a more casual look with the brown and white gingham charger, a two toned burlap placemat, a cream linen napkin, and a gold floral place card holder on top. 

In the first photo above is the Castle Garden pattern by Lenox brought in by a team member. In the second photo, we added an ornate gold charger, a heathered pink linen napkin and a wonderful French Majolica plate that coordinated perfectly. In the third photo we kept the same gold charger and pink linen napkin and simply added a green velvet pumpkin. 

The place settings above are a little different as they feature French blue & white plates that are for sale in the shop and not china belonging to a team member. We created two very different looks using linens and accessories that we have in the shop. Which is your favorite – the vibrant green and blue look or the more subtle look with fresh flowers? 

In the first photo above we have a wonderful Wedgewood blue pattern.  In the second photo we added a cream colored burlap table runner, a rattan charger a beautiful ceramic pumpkin with gold leaves and a striped napkin.  In the third photo we layered with a light purple placemat, a ruffle white napkin and a boxed LUX candle with a ribbon and flower to be used as a gift.

The cream colored plates pictured above are a blank canvas that can be changed up a million different ways. Here we used colorful placemats, napkins and chargers to create just a couple of different looks.

Check us out on Instagram or Facebook to see the rest of our China Challenge place settings and more of our table linens and tableware.

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Patio Project: Lighting, Seating & Plants 2 comments

May 21, 2019, posted by Gina – What do I do when I’m not working at GDFC?  I work in the yard.  I just can’t live without flowers and greenery.  We built this patio and fireplace right after we moved into our home.  At that time we loved it and dreamed of putting pretty lights up.  Well, it’s about 7 years later and our son decided it was time to get it done.  

He is really good at figuring things out, mainly because he’s patient.  I must give him all the credit for this project.  I merely held the string of lights and handed him things while he did all the work.  We are so happy with the pleasing lighting that now washes over the patio. 

At the same time, I began the first part of re-working our screened-in porch.  I found a fabulous old pine table that I thought would work great.  At first, I planned on getting metal stools to go with it but my son spotted some folding acacia wood ones that are perfect with it.  While we have the table and chairs in place there are many other things that will need to find another home.  I’ll share that once we are finished.

As soon as the lights went up, I couldn’t wait to plant some of the plants I’ve been collecting.  First, herbs went into pots beside my back door for easy gathering when cooking.  Rosemary, lemon thyme, Greek oregano, sage and basil were my herbs of choice.  A friend shared some bay leaf with me and I repotted it.  I look forward to seeing these multiply and using them in all kinds of summer recipes.  

James Farmer recently planted some foxtail ferns in pots at his home.  Since that time, I’ve been obsessed with finding some for my yard.  I put them in pots today and I absolutely love the texture and vivid green color.  I also planted some zinnias.  There is no prettier summer arrangement than a vase of zinnias.  I ran out of time but still have some beautiful red caladiums to plant as well as a variegated ginger plant.  I’ll post about those as soon as I get another free moment.  Until then, Happy Gardening!

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Spring Open House February 28 – March 2

Join us for our 2019 Spring Open House Feb. 28th – March 2. Discounts on Spring and Easter décor, flowers and plants. Local artist Lisa Rotolo will be in the shop on Thursday, Feb. 28th from 11 – 4. She’ll be offering a 20% discount on her artwork for one day only.

Discount includes fresh flowers but excludes fresh flower arrangements and some artwork.

Some examples of Lisa Rotolo’s artwork….

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Christmas Cheer, Gift Ideas & Holiday Arrangements

December 7, 2018, posted by Gina – The holiday season is in full swing and we hope you are enjoying it! We’ve been busy in the shop but having fun too, as you can see. With only two and half weeks to go until Christmas Day we wanted to share a few gift ideas with you. 

We have so many items in the shop that make great gifts and we also offer complimentary gift wrapping so you can take that task off your to-do list!

Below, Left to right…Insulated bag, Dana Gibson Chinoiserie pillow, silver crackle vases with moss spheres and pink burlap tote.

Pictured below: Bell ornaments, Ho Ho HO wine bags,  James T Farmer’s book, “A Place to Call Home, Hart Quinn artwork (you can see more of her work on Instagram @thedrunkenartist), paper cocktail napkins and cloth napkins, twig wreath

Pictured below: pine plant, coffee mugs, ornament place card holders
We’ve also been creating many fresh and faux arrangements for centerpieces and as gift arrangements and would love to design a special holiday arrangement for you.
Below… Faux centerpiece pictured with the customer’s own placesetting and April Cornell napkins from our shop.
Below.. fresh arrangement of roses, bells of Ireland, tulips, cedar and a vintage style ornament.
Stop in or give us a call, we’d love to help you with all your holiday gift-giving and decorating! 120 Depot Drive, Madison, MS. /. 601.707.7806
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Holiday Open House

November 26, 2018, posted by Gina

This week we’ll be having our HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE and we hope you’ll be able to join us!

Friday, Nov. 30, 10am – 5pm & Saturday, Dec. 1, 10am -2pm.

20% – 50% storewide (excluding art). Draw a ticket in-store to reveal your discount!

Drawings every other hour for prizes (tea towels, candles, plants, ornaments)! Visit the shop and submit your name for your chance to win. No purchase necessary, do not need to be present to win.

We have it from a reliable source that Santa will be at the shop on Saturday, Dec. 1st! Bring your little ones and your camera so you’ll be able to capture this magical moment!

Complimentary gift wrapping and refreshments!

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Decorating for Fall

October 15, 2018, posted by Gina – We are looking forward to hosting this month’s Floral Design Workshop this Tuesday evening in the shop. The theme is Inside Out Pumpkins and we’ll demonstrate how to design two very different floral arrangements using pumpkins.

We love this time of year and we especially love decorating with pumpkins, mums, sunflowers, gourds, Indian corn, etc. Decorating during the Fall can be as easy as setting out some potted mums and a pumpkin or two or putting a few stalks of Indian corn on a front door. What makes Fall decorating so appealing is that it’s casual, natural and makes a space warm and cozy.

If you’re looking to do a little easy Fall decorating, we have some ideas to share with you:

Urns: If you have a pretty urn or two, fill each with corn husks, arranging the husks like a wreath on the top edges of the urn, then place a pumpkin on top to hold them in place.

Dough Bowl: Place pinecones, leaves and acorns in a wooden dough bowl and place a large orange candle in a glass candleholder in the center. Or use three smaller candles; we like using orange, white and yellow candles, it’s reminiscent of Candy Corn. For an elegant take on this, use small white pumpkins, dried or faux hydrangea and white candles.

Round Bushel Basket: Stand several ears of Indian corn up in a small bushel basket, be sure that the basket is low enough so that some of the pretty kernels are visible. Add a few stems of faux red berries in among the stalks. Finish off by tying a burlap ribbon around the basket.

Cake Stand: Place jack-be-little pumpkins, pattypan squash or other gourds on a three-tiered cake stand. Fill in with dried hydrangea and pinecones.

Simple Glass Vase: Fill a large glass vase with little pumpkins (orange or white or both!) and add a few branches of curly willow for height, interest and a little spookiness!

We have many more seasonal decorating ideas and items in the shop to help you create your own special decorating projects. Stop in and see us!

Also, we’d love to hear about some of your decorating ideas, so please tell us about them in the comment section.

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History of Corsages, Wristlets & Boutonnieres 3 comments

September 12, 2018, posted by Gina – Fall is almost here and we look forward to this particular season more than any other. The cooler weather, Fall decorations, Halloween, Thanksgiving and football season are just a few things we love about it. Another fun Fall event is Homecoming season. It is upon us and we have been making pretty wristlets, like the one pictured here, and handsome boutonnieres. We started wondering about the history of wearing flowers and we found some interesting things about this lovely tradition.

The term “corsage” is French and originally referred to the bodice of a dress. The reason the flowers worn to adorn formal attire are now called corsages is that women once wore flowers pinned to the bodices of their dresses. These flowers were known as the “bouquet de corsage,” and over time this phrase was shortened to just “corsage.”

The wearing of a corsage at weddings dates to the time of the ancient Greeks, who believed that the fragrances of flowers and herbs warded off evil spirits. Not only the bride but other females at the wedding held flower bouquets or attached them to their clothing.

Eventually, the meaning of the corsage shifted and they became a luxury item offered during courting. A gentleman would offer his date a corsage as a gift for attending a special event, such as a dance. He would show respect to his date’s parents by offering a bouquet of flowers and would usually pin a flower from the bouquet to the date’s dress. In this sense, corsages symbolized attachment to another person.

In the 20th century, it became common for escorts to present their dates with corsages, particularly for formal dances and proms. As women’s dresses have changed to styles with spaghetti straps or no straps, it has become more common for women to wear the flowers on the wrist.


As for the boutonniere…

French language uses the word boutonnière for the buttonhole on the lapel of a man’s suit jacket.  The buttonhole is reserved specifically for this purpose and there is no corresponding button on the other side. There may be a small latch on the underside of the lapel which holds the stem in place (this is usually the sign of a higher end garment). This is located on the left side just above the heart of the wearer.

Modern day history regarding the origins of the boutonniere begins with the 15 century War of the Roses. During this significant campaign battle, the House of York was represented with the white rose, while the soldiers for the House of Lancaster wore red roses. As modern military clothing was not available during this time, most soldiers from the same area appeared similar and required something to differentiate which side they represented.

Men’s jacket styles have continued to evolve through the centuries, with folded lapels now the norm. This provides the perfect display area for lapel flowers and pins, adding an air of sophistication and flair.

The boutonniere was commonly worn by men when they went on dates, at work and, of course, for formal wear for decades, although they became less common after WWII. They remained popular with entertainers such as Dean Martin, The Commodores and Frank Sinatra, contributing to their classic and classy style. The boutonniere is still considered de rigeur for formal occasions such as weddings, funerals, proms and homecomings.


Please give us a call if you are in need of a special wristlet or boutonniere for your upcoming Homecoming! 601.707.7806.

120 Depot Drive (behind Strawberry Café), Madison, MS. Tues – Fri. 10 – 5 and Sat. 10 – 2

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Wish You Had A Green Thumb?

August 22, 2018, posted by Gina – We conducted a poll on Instagram yesterday asking people if they have a green thumb. A little more than 50% of poll takers responded “no”. Some people may think that gardening or caring for houseplants is too time-consuming and difficult. Gardening is definitely an endeavor that requires both time and patience and houseplants can be finicky. However, the benefits of a pretty garden or a few beautiful plants scattered around the house are worth the trouble. Of course, bringing home a bouquet of fresh flowers from time to time is another great way to add life and beauty to your home. If you’re looking to try your hand at gardening, caring for houseplants or keeping fresh flowers looking pretty longer, we have included a few of our past posts on these topics that we hope will give you some guidance…and inspiration!

Tips on Keeping Houseplants Healthy and Happy

Container Gardening

Make Grocery Store Orchids Look Special

10 Things to Know About Succulents

Keeping Fresh Cut Flowers Looking Pretty Longer

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A Big Thank You

August 14, 2018, posted by Gina – I want to extend a sincere THANK YOU to all of the wonderful people that helped make the Grand Opening of Gina Diamond’s Flower Co. a great success. I am honored that so many people came out to help us celebrate as we embark on this exciting adventure. I am also a truly blessed woman to have a team of such wonderful and dynamic people. They have worked hard to help get the shop up and running and they are as excited as I am to welcome you into the shop. This is only the beginning! We are looking forward to building lasting relationships with our customers and serving the community for years to come.

We are ready to serve you in so many ways:

Designing made-to-order fresh floral arrangements and permanent botanicals

Helping you create a beautiful setting for your next celebration

Finding the right gift for someone special in your life

Being your go-to source for home décor when you’re looking for some new accessories to freshen up your space

Hosting fun floral design workshops that will teach you some of the basics of floral design – click HERE to see the upcoming workshops and events.

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Ribbon Cutting and the Countdown Begins!

August 9, 2018, posted by Gina – We had a wonderful ribbon cutting ceremony this week and we are finally ready to open! We’ll see you in the shop in less than 24 hours! Open Friday and Saturday, August 10th & 11th, 10 am – 5pm. 120 Depot Drive, Madison, MS.  601.707.7806

Regular store hours beginning August 14th:  Tues. – Fri. 10 – 5 and Sat. 10 – 2


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