Let little ones help finish off your soiree’s tablescape by turning carnations and cherries into floral ice cream sundaes. To do this, have them place pre-cut carnations in two different colors (pink and white work best) into sundae glasses made of plastic or acrylic. Add the pink carnations inside of the glass to serve as the ice cream substitute. Next, layer two or three white carnations in the center and slightly higher than the pink ones so they take on the look of whipped cream. After the kids add cherries to the top of their creations, parents should add water before placing the arrangements on the table.
Carnations are one of the most readily available and affordable flowers found at supermarkets from coast to coast. Give them a stylish upgrade by arranging them ombre style. To do so, pick up three different shades of the same color carnation, cut them to size so that they sit low around the perimeter of the vessel, then graduate from one color to another.
Spicy-scented carnations, like ‘Cinnamon Red Hot’, are the birth flowers for January. Different colors convey different meanings. White carnations symbolize pure love, while yellow means “wish you were here” and pink says, “you’re unforgettable”. Snowdrops, which indicate hope and beauty, are also flowers for this month.
This master bedroom gets its pizzazz by presenting a wall of carnation wallpaper in red and cream. The pattern repeats on the pillow shams. The chair, bench, standing lamp and drapes continue the red theme for a beautifully-designed room.
Another excellent project to keep kids active at the tail end of a party is an ice cream cone flower parting gift. To make these, they’ll need eight to 10 carnations, one cherry and a plastic waffle cone for each guest. Have them place pre-cut white carnations inside of the plastic cone, add approximately 1/2 cup of water inside, then place a cherry on the top. Assign some kids to assemble the cones and others to deliver them to guests as they exit the party.
Turn fresh or silk white carnations into a fanciful centerpiece for your holiday table. HGTV's tips and instructions make this a fun family project you can complete while watching your favorite holiday movie.
This southern staple of monogramming provides charming character to this elegant dining space that has a black and white color palette where fabulous red carnations provide just the right pop of color.
Cute, cheap updates to a small patio include adding an outdoor pillow in a complementary color to a plastic Adirondack-style chair and an outdoor rug. If you don't have room for a coffee table, a smaller end table, can serve as your bar when enjoying cocktails with friends. Amy Latta of One Artsy Mama made this table using crates.
After: The former rec room is barely recognizable in its new incarnation thanks to HGTV's Income Property. For the entire basement makeover, the homeowner opted for a $50,000 renovation plan that could potentially net an additional $1,300 per month in rent income.
Like carnations, roses, the flowers that represent June birthdays, have different meanings for different colors. Red roses signify love, while yellow ones indicate anything from jealousy to friendship. Orange or apricot roses, like 'Lady of Shalott,' mean desire and enthusiasm.
On HGTV's Celebrity Holiday Homes, designer Sandra Espinet decorates Brooke Burke's home for the holidays with an all-white color palette. In this decorative incarnation, Father Christmas is dressed in white and holds silver beads and sprigs of green.
Gregg uses pink to sophisticated ends in her home, transforming vivid carnations and hot pinks into a neutral when paired with her vibrant art. This guest room balances out that assertive wall color with pretty cream bed linens and furnishings and neutral sisal carpeting.
Anytime you’re working with commonplace flowers such as daisies or carnations, be creative with your vessels to add personality and make them one-of-a-kind. A cost-effective option is the simple repurposing of a soup or vegetable can which simply requires a thorough washing before adding any floral and water.
Bring in some of your favorite flowers to add color to your holiday table. Instead of poinsettias, white hydrangeas and pink carnations can add a lovely and unexpected touch. Use clean white vases to enhance the feeling of a winter wonderland. Styled and photographed by Manvi Drona Hidalgo
Why we love it: Meet a smaller version of the classic Korean spice viburnum. Spice Baby grows 4 to 5 feet tall and wide. The flowers release intense carnation clove scent that permeates a yard in spring. Place plants near entries so you can savor the fragrance as you come and go.
"For Stacey, the carnation is a hard-working flower that has the possibility of being more than it appears on the surface. Her desk and chair seem both modern and traditional at once, showcasing the complexity of the flower she has chosen," said judge Vern Yip of HGTV's Design Star. This transitional room features traditional decor with a modern twist. The two-tone walls add color to the white furniture, wood flooring and dark wooden desk.