3 Pro Tips for Putting Together the Best Bouquets

3 Pro Tips for Putting Together the Best Bouquets

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The floral arts have been around for ages (just look at some of our archival issues), but for anyone who has exhausted their to-do list of tie-dye DIYs and sourdough starters, the prospect of a putting together a tidy bouquet might actually feel like a fresh idea. Whether it’s a star centerpiece or a small touch of everyday style, a charming set of stems can be a beautiful and easy way to channel your creativity and uplift your spirit.

But as anyone who has tried to assemble a thoughtful flower arrangement will know, not every decision is as easy as it looks. Lucky for you, Good Housekeeping editors have worked with their fair share of florals. So we’ve picked the brains (and even taste buds) of our pros for a set of cross-disciplinary tips to help you tap into your inner florist. Read on for the easiest ways to make your next bouquet an arrangement that will inspire you in every way.

Set the tone with color

The star of every bouquet is color and it should be one of the most important considerations of the arrangement you choose. “Most pros suggest sticking to flowers that are in close proximity to each other on the color wheel,” says senior home editor, Monique Valeris. So when in doubt, reach for a mix of tonal options such as classic white assortments or a bright assembly of warmer hues that’ll ensure your arrangement feels cohesive.

That said, pops of unexpected color or contrast can be a wonderful opportunity to add personality to your bouquet. Taking cues from seasonal inspiration or drawing from your individual style is the perfect way to make a bouquet feel personal. “Be sure to have fun with your arrangements,” adds Valeris, “as it’s all about putting your aesthetic on display.”

Focus on the balance

Like many other living things, flowers have the power to radiate energy throughout a space. Balancing your arrangement with its environment is key to ensuring your bouquet lives harmoniously with either you or the recipient. Valeris has been using flowers to spark a bit of joy in her at-home workspace and she notes that, “like paint or lighting, flowers can alter the ambiance of a room. For instance, a tall, multicolored arrangement can add drama to a space, while a compact monochrome bouquet, or even a single stem in a sleek vessel, can lend an air of sophisticated elegance.” For a soft visual statement that can complement any space, go for tightly arranged bouquets that are cut closer to the vase. If you’re aiming for a more spirited mood, select a tall arrangement that, when cut, will take on a freer spirit when it unfolds.

“Your vase choice is just as important as the flowers you choose to put in it,” adds Valeris. So don’t forget to consider what’s beneath your blooms, as well. Our experts recommend allowing the season to dictate the vase. So, for summer, consider mason jars or an oversized jug. In winter, try experimenting with more substantial materials such as marble or wood that will naturally showcase your arrangement.

Consider all the senses

Beyond their aesthetics, a flower’s fragrance can actually influence our sense of taste as well. “If you plan to dress your table with flowers, make sure you take a whiff before just placing them at the center,” says chief food director, Kate Merker. “Flowers are beautiful and many have incredible scents—some are very gentle and others more assertive—which means they could complement or interfere with the aroma and taste of whatever you might be serving.” For decorating a table, Ms. Merker favors the fragrant blossoms of lavender, daisies, carnations, and dahlias, which tend to work well with her dishes and can sometimes add additional dimension to the eating experience.

Complementing food with flowers can be tricky, but when successfully paired (even as a decoration or ingredient), the result is guaranteed to deliver a wow factor every time. For an effortlessly beautiful and expertly composed way to weave together the senses, turn to the new FruitFlowers pairings by Edible arrangements. Not only are all the combinations of florals and delicious chocolate-covered fruit made to play off each other perfectly, but your selection can be completely customized. Whatever the occasion, it’s the ideal arrangement for all the senses.

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How to Clean AirPods - Best Way to Clean AirPods Pro and

How to Clean AirPods – Best Way to Clean AirPods Pro and

by coastalmedia843 |March 18, 2020 |0 Comments | Remodeling | , ,

At one point or another, you decided that AirPods were a worthy investment. No matter if you received them as a gift or splurged on yourself, there’s no doubt that you want your wireless headphones to last as long as possible (or at the very least, until Apple releases a brand-new model). Beyond sticking them in a protective case, Apple recommends cleaning the ear buds and charging case regularly to prevent further wear and tear. And let’s face it, the white exterior on AirPods shows everything, including ear wax build-up, so it’s best to keep ’em clean just for aesthetics sake.

As a general rule, the more you use your AirPods, the more often you should clean them. But remember, you don’t have to wait to see dirt and gunk to give them a good clean. Instead, follow this Apple-approved step-by-step guide on how to clean AirPods — case, speaker mesh, and ear tips included — on a regular basis.

How to Clean the AirPods Case

Think about it: If the case that holds your AirPods isn’t clean, your ear buds won’t be either. Even though the latest AirPods Pro are water-resistant (not waterproof), Apple advises that you stay away from water while cleaning to prevent damage. Instead:

  • Wipe the charging case with a dry, lint-free cloth.
  • To tackle stains or dried-on grime, slightly dampen the cloth with isopropyl alcohol to clean.
  • While you’re at it, clean the accompanying lightning connector with a dry, soft-bristled brush or toothbrush.

    How to Clean Ear Wax or Grime on AirPods and AirPods Pro

    As it builds up, ear wax and debris reduce the overall sound quality of your AirPods. Because you want your workouts or work days to be full of high-quality jams, it’s best to clean your AirPods on a regular basis. The next time you see gunk — ear wax, sand, dirt, you name it — covering the ear buds, take a look at these tips:

    • Clean the microphone and speaker meshes with a dry cotton swab.
    • To get rid of any stains from perfumes, sunscreens, and more, slightly dampen the cloth with isopropyl alcohol and wipe clean.
    • Remember: Never run AirPods under water.

      How to Clean Ear Tips on AirPods Pro

      To give them noise-cancelling capabilities, AirPods Pro come with small, medium, and large silicone tips. As far as cleaning is concerned, think of ear tips as a removable seal that needs to be wiped down and sanitized, in addition to the rest of the AirPods. Since they’re designed to lock in sound, that also means that they do the same with dirt and grime. Follow these tips and tricks to clean ear tips the right way:

      • Pull off the ear tips from each AirPod and rinse with water. Don’t add soap or other household cleaners.
      • Wipe ear tips with a dry, lint-free cloth. Let sit until completely dry before reattaching to AirPods.

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