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From proms to weddings to Mothers Day, Trellis Flowers makes a fashion statement

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Have you had your eye on over the top designer bags way out of your budget? Then why not try a floral purse instead. Designer, Alix Astir of Trellis Fine Florals unveiled her latest one-of-a-kind collection at the Junior League Bags & Bubbles fundraiser in New York City. "My ideas are unique to each event, so, for Bags and Bubbles, I created folly in flower bags to reflect the designer purses that were being auctioned off to raise money for charity."

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Astir donated all her floral creations to the event, including nearly a dozen "budding" handbags. All are labor intensive and can take hours to design. She honed her craft at the New York Botanical Garden and the Ecole des Fleurs at the Hotel de Carillon in Paris. Her floral shop is named after the trellis at Versailles. "During my formal training, I learned the importance of selecting an arrangement that speaks to individuality, that celebrates nature and says, you mean more to me than standard roses and chocolate. This personalized arrangement reflects who you are and what you mean to me."

Alix says she gets inspiration from fashion to literature to music, including Steve Miller and the Beatles. I asked her what's trending for spring 2014. "Intense, big Radiant Orchids, intense vivid pink and purple flowers and the use of silvers and metallic as accents."

Trellis Fine Florals says big events like weddings; proms or fundraisers are treated like a set design project. She incorporates her carpentry skills, power tools and love of flowers to create a magical, haute couture aesthetic that will be blooming with color and creativity.

Here is a list of some of her fab floral tips for spring:

1) Instead of traditional bouquets for bridesmaids, do floral purses, which can also make wonderful bridal shower or even Mother's Day gifts.
2) Break up standard one-color arrangements with bright colors – including the "color of the year" Radiant Orchid.
3) Variations on expensive florals, such as the Starfighter Asian lily instead of the more popular Stargazer lily.
4) Mix full blooms like peonies with equally expansive hydrangeas and garden roses.
5) And, my favorite, as all my flowers seem to die in a day, change chilly water daily to avoid bacteria that builds and kills in stagnant water. This will double their life span.

Whatever your upcoming celebration, Trellis Fine Florals can help you get creative on a budget, or not, and help you spring into the floral designs of your dreams for your home or garden.

Oh, and don't forget Mom next Sunday if you want to live to see your flowers bloom!

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