DFC Renovation and Remodel!

Since the beginning of the year we have been talking about, and preparing for some pretty big and exciting changes for expanding our business! The time is finally here, and our renovation and remodel is underway. This week, we will be building and moving things around, getting ready for a newly designed showroom, complete with brand new product! We will be blogging about some of these changes and our progress as we go along in this renovation and remodeling process, so be sure to look for updates and you won’t want to miss info about the unveiling of our new showroom!Untitled 3Untitled 2
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Tying Up the Loose Ends This Xmas!

We are tying up the loose ends of this holiday season with everything you need to know about ribbons and bows! How to make DFC’s signature bows and the countless ways they can be used to embellish your home and even gift giving!

DFC’s “Signature Bow” Tutorial:bow 11: Use a narrow ribbon to tie the rest of your ribbons together. 2-3: Start with making one shoe string bow. 4: Make a second shoe string bow with either the same or different style ribbon. 

bow 25-8: Tie the two shoe string bows together using your very first narrow ribbon. 
bow 39-12: Keep adding shoe string bows and tying them together with the first narrow ribbon. Finish the bow off with another shoe string bow using the very first narrow ribbon. You can curl the tails on the last ribbon for a finished look.bow 413: To finish off the tails of the bow, fold the tail in half and cut the end off at an angle. And there you go! DFC’s Signature Bow!

bows setholiday bows classThese bows are great for any home decorating ! Use them in the tree, use your bow on a wreath or in a garland, instead of running ribbon through the garland. Top off a glass jar in your kitchen or embellish a lamp outside. The possibilities are endless!bows 2These bows are perfect for gift wrapping and other sorts of packages–even bottles! You can also use smaller/narrow ribbons to make a smaller version of this signature bow. These smaller bows are great for embellishing ornaments to give as gifts or to really make an ornament stand out on a tree. This is a great idea for an ornament exchange.  

Need Packaging Ideas?…

DFC has a wide variety of products that are perfect for all your packaging and gift wrapping needs. Our ribbon selection, alone will have you set with what you’ll need to wrap your presents beautifully! After you’ve selected all the ribbon you’ll need, you definitely won’t want to forget the cellophane products that we carry. We have rolls of cellophane in different colors, patterns and sizes! We even have cellophane bags in different sizes. So grab everything you’ll need to package and wrap all of your gifts this holiday season! Make someone smile with the gift of giving, from the inside out! set 1corsage boxStop by for ideas and inspiration, any of our DFC Staff will be more than happy to help you with tons of great ideas for unique and creative holiday gift wrapping and packaging!

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Outdoor Holiday Decorating

Now that you’ve trimmed the tree, and decorated the banister and mantel with garland it’s time to start thinking about outdoor decorating. We’re not talking about hanging lights and you’re done. No, we’re talking about front door wreaths or swags, ribbon treatments on your outdoor lanterns, even hanging clustered ornaments from your awnings! We’ve included some photographs from some of the homes we’ve decorated this year and in years past to give you some great outdoor decorating inspiration! set 1

We are always trying to find new and interesting ways to take holiday decorating to the next level! When it comes to your front door, most people go with a traditional wreath but you could also choose to decorate your front door with a swag or two, if you have double doors! We like to keep the same color scheme going from the moment your guest arrive at the front door and draw it all the way in to your entry way and possibly the living room or even the entire house. Mae has done some beautiful work with front door wreaths and swag, we just couldn’t resist sharing them with all of our customers!


We love ribbon treatment, and we know you do too! So why not embellish your outdoor lanterns with some beautiful ribbon treatments to make the outdoors of your home match the festiveness of the inside! You can pick up some of DFC’s outdoor velvet red ribbon to keep your bows looking very traditional, or you can choose a variety of ribbons to match your indoor color scheme! A great ribbon to use outside that will sparkle from day to night, is our Diamond Lumei Mesh Ribbon! It is one of our top selling ribbons for holiday decorating and your company will see it driving up from the street, it’s that brilliant! Add some pine branches or ornament balls to your ribbon treatments for an even more festive design!
IMG_1737-XLIMG_6209-XLIMG_1735-XLIMG_1736-XLIMG_6177-XLDon’t stop there! You can even add clustered ornament balls to the awnings of your front door, balcony or terrace. We’ve even done hanging ornament balls in courtyards and patios! The possibilities are endless, let yourself be inspired and get creative with it! IMG_6004-XLIMG_6020-XL2009_11_ 21 162-XLWe’ve also done some great outdoor garland treatments for a patio or front door walk up!12-05 CHILDRENS HOSPITAL HOME TOUR 105-XL12-05 CHILDRENS HOSPITAL HOME TOUR 001-XL

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Christmas Decorating – Garlands

When it comes to garland treatments, they can be hung just about anywhere and they will make your home look absolutely gorgeous! We have done some fabulous garlands in the past when designing for the holidays, so we thought we’d share some of those designs with you to inspire and delight! We also have some more great tips for designing your own garlands, as well as the do’s and don’ts for hanging your garlands in your home! How much ribbon? And how to run ribbon through a garland…

  • For a 9 foot garland you will need 10 yards of ribbon. 
  • Take your ribbon at the 5 yard mark. (You can find the middle by unrolling the spool and folding it in half.)
  • Meet the 5 yard mark/middle of the ribbon with the middle point of the length of the garland. Twist the ribbon into the garland using two branches.
  • Then, move to one of the very ends of the garland and twist the ribbon into the garland, leaving a tail. Do this at both ends of the garland before tying down the middle parts. You should only have ribbon twisted into the garland in three places at this point: the middle, and two ends. This ensures that you end up running the ribbon throughout the entire garland evenly using all 10 yards. 
  • Twist in the rest of the ribbon in a pattern: side, middle, other side. It’s sort of a zig zag pattern. This ensures that the ribbon is evenly dispersed and looks beautiful from all angles. So not matter if you are looking at the top or bottom it will give the illusion that the ribbon is running through the entire garland. 

Adding Ornaments to a Garland…
There are a few different ways you can go about placing ornaments in your garland…

  1. If you want the primary focal point of the garland to be the middle, you can place all of your ornaments in the middle portion of the garland, with the ends and/or corners being accents. (For example: The garland in the picture just above.)
  2. If you would like to have ornaments throughout the entire length of the garland a good way to place your ornaments, as well as plan how many to buy, is to divide your garland into 3 foot sections. Set a pattern for the length of the 3 foot section, and repeat it 3 times. (For example: The garland pictured below.)
  3. Don’t be afraid to think outside of the box. Expand the overall look of the garland. The picture below draws your eye upward, to the top of the candles, all the way to the lowest hanging ornament. Your eye does not just see a narrow garland running across the mantel, but instead it has expanded into a 6 foot span. When adding candles for height in your design, bring the pine/greenery up as well with the candles and the garland. It really brings the look together, like it is all one piece. (The 3M hooks in this picture were used to hang a wreath, which the candlesticks frame, also tying together and completing the look.)
  4. Hanging ornaments with fishline and draping beaded garlands from your garland and mantel, really highlight the ornaments instead of the pine. This is a great way to showcase your most prized or delicate ornaments, instead of hiding them in the tree. 
  5. Hanging stockings can be challenging when you have a beautiful garland also hanging on your mantel. A great tip for this is to use 3M hooks to hang the stockings. Attach them to the fireplace and use coordinating ribbons to hang the stockings from the hooks. It will look like the stockings are hanging from the garland but they are really hanging from the mantel. The hooks are removable and you can also use them to securely hang the garland on the mantel. 

Hanging Garlands on a Staircase…

Here are a few tips for hanging a beautiful garland on your staircase or railing.

  • To figure out how long your garland needs to be, measure the length of the of the railing.
  • If you want your garland to run across the top of the railing, you will need the same length as the actual measurement of the railing.
  • If you want your garland to dip, you will need 2 to 2.5 times the amount of the actual measurement of the railing.
  • For a lit garland, always be sure to plug it in before you hang your garland, to make sure all of the lights are still working properly.
  • Also for a lit garland, always double check which end of the garland has the correct end of the cord you will need to plug into the wall. You don’t want to get it up and not be able to plug it in because the correct cord is on the opposite end.
  • Bring the ends of the garland all the way down to the floor, this makes it easier to reach the wall outlet in order to plug it in, and it will also hide the outlet and plug.

Don’t Forget DFC is open to the public for the Holiday Season, Now until December 28th.

Shop Designer Flower Center for unique and specialty items that are hard to find anywhere else!


Do’s and Don’ts of Christmas Tree Decorating

Once Thanksgiving has come and gone…Once you have spent time with your family, stuffed yourself full of turkey, and reflected on everything that you are thankful for…It is officially time to start decorating for Christmas! Pull out your tree or shop for a fresh Christmas tree and dust off the boxes of decorations, lights, wreaths, garlands! And if you’re in the market for some new Christmas decor, you’ll definitely want to stop by DFC for all you’re holiday decorating needs! Plus, you won’t want to miss our Black Friday and Shop Small Saturday Sales! Before we get to the sales, though,  we thought we’d share some of our Christmas Tree Decorating Do’s and Don’ts for you to keep in mind while decorating your tree this year!

How Much Will I Need?…

Two questions we get a lot are, “How much ribbon do I need to buy for my tree?” and “How many ornaments will I need?” We have a  formula for figuring out how much ribbon to buy to decorate your tree. Depending on the size of your tree, we used average sizes 9ft and 7.5ft, we suggest the following:For a 7.5ft tree, unroll the spool of ribbon and find the middle by folding it in half. Start at the top of the tree using the middle, and work your way down the tree using each end separately. For a 9ft tree, start at the top of the tree using the end of one spool and work your way down, when you run out of one spool start where you left off using the next spool.

As for the second question, Lisa says she usually divides the tree into thirds, it’s usually the view of the tree that you can see from the spot you are standing. Then, estimate how many items fit in that third of tree and multiply that number by three. It’s usually a good estimation for how many ornaments you will need.

Run Ribbon Through the Tree First! Always Start at the Top!

Always run your ribbon through the tree first! By doing so, there is much less risk of damaging any ornaments, because there won’t be anything on the tree yet. Always start running the ribbon through your tree at the top and work your way to the bottom in a zig zag. Start at the top and go as far to your left as you can reach, then go the other direction. That way you only have to come down the ladder once to move the ladder. This is more time efficient, as well as, less stress on your body.

Use Pipe Cleaners or Chenille to Decorate Fresh Trees and Make “S” Hooks Out of Floral Wire

To secure the ribbon into an artificial tree, we take two pine branches and twist the ribbon between the branches to secure it. If you are working with a fresh tree, this is not possible. Instead we suggest using pipe cleaners, or what we also call chenille wire to secure ribbon into your tree. It’s much easier to work with than floral wire but will hold it in place just the same! We also suggest making your own “S” hooks out of floral wire to hang your ornaments!

Hang Ornaments Close to the Branch!

When hanging your ornaments, you want to hang them close to the branch to ensure that they will stay, and also for a more professional look! This method allows for more ornaments to fit on the tree and it is just overall, more visually pleasing for the overall look of the tree. See the difference it makes?….

Group Ornament Balls Together!

For more impact, make clusters of ornaments grouped together on your tree. Tuck these clusters inside the tree to give your tree more depth, so that not everything is just on the outter branches. The lights will reflect on these ornaments that are tucked inside and it gives the tree some background.

Brand New! Christmas Tree Essential…

You always want your tree to really stand out and now it can! DFC has brand new Christmas Tree Arms that will attach to the center pole of your artificial tree and is strong and sturdy for holding Santa statues, Elves, Candles, and more! It gives your tree some more depth and makes it really stand out and become 3-Dimensional!  Take a look…

For more tree decorating inspiration, check out some of the beautiful trees we have done in the past…

Don’t Forget DFC is open to the public for the Holiday Season, Now until December 28th.

Shop Designer Flower Center for unique and specialty items that are hard to find anywhere else!