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Video: How To: Create a Succulent Garden

Amanda Thomas - Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Video Summary written for Pioneer Imports & Wholesale by: Lisa B


Succulent gardens are a versatile and creative way to bring a touch of nature to the indoors without taking up much space – they’re a wonderful way to decorate sales displays, homes, and even offices. 

In this video, Vonda LaFever AIFD, CFD, PFCI uses selections from the Pioneer Imports & Wholesale catalog to create a beautiful faux succulent garden from start to finish. 

Vonda begins by preparing a container - the one in this video is the Galveston metal planter from Pioneer. A block of floral foam will serve as a secure base for the succulents. 

Give the base a realistic and natural appearance with just a few simple steps. Spray the top of the foam block with adhesive and sprinkle potting soil over the area you sprayed. Shake off the excess soil and allow your work to dry for just a few minutes. Then, add another coat and another layer of soil. Build up to two layers or repeat as needed. 

Next, Vonda places the foam base into the planter and begins to arrange a colorful selection of faux succulents from the Pioneer collection. She impresses the importance of visual balance – in terms of both succulent size and color. Finally, soft sprigs of artificial maidenhair fern soften the aesthetic. 

Because of the soil-topped foam base, the artificial succulent arrangement doesn’t need to cover every inch of space. The result looks free and natural as if they simply grew that way. 

Pioneer Imports & Wholesale offers a wide variety of artificial succulents for endless arrangement options. Explore the website for wholesale containers, imitation plants and greenery, supplies, and all the decorative accessories you or your customers might need to create your own whimsical faux gardens. 

Shop products from the video:

#72550-00 – Galveston Metal Planter
#PWS1610 – Echeveria Pick, Mauve Green
#PWS1610 – Echeveria Pick, Green
#PWS1611TTGR – Bottlebrush & Maidenhair Fern Pick
#PWS1612BU – Succulent Rosette Pick, Burgundy
#PWS1068GR – Mini Jade Succulent Pick, Green
#PWS1066GBU – Echeveria Succulent Pick, Burgundy/Green
#PWS1065 – Echeveria Succulent Pick, Burgundy/Green



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Video: Pastels With Pop Collection

Amanda Thomas - Friday, January 26, 2018

Video Summary written for Pioneer Imports & Wholesale by: Lisa B


This spring, the pastel colorways from Pioneer Imports & Wholesale pack more vibrancy. Pioneer calls this collection of vibrant light colors “Pastels With Pop." 

In this video, Vonda LaFever, AIFD, CFD, PFCI creates three arrangement designs. By using a similar set of products for each, Vonda shows how this collection makes it easy to create nice companion pieces that can work together in one setting, or that stand alone beautifully for individual sale or display.  

Vonda demonstrates one especially useful tip with the first arrangement – the versatility of the beautiful silk maidenhair bush from Pioneer. She begins with a simple white vase outfitted with a piece of floral foam, taking one long strand of maidenhair and wrapping it around the container. She pins it in place with another strand, and continues until the entire rim of the vase is ringed with a lush halo of foliage. 

This wrap-and-pin method is quicker and easier than all the cutting and picking that goes into making individual insertions. 

Blossoms of pastel mauve wisteria gets the same treatment. Vonda repeats the maidenhair process with three sprigs of faux wisteria, pinning each in place with the previous piece. She finishes the arrangement by placing tall stems of sweet pea bush in soft blue silk – the result is an arrangement with height, balance, and gorgeous interplay between pastel hues.

Vonda then continues to create two more arrangements using the same techniques. The first keeps a simple color palette with a maidenhair and wisteria combination, while the smallest arrangement shows off the punchy energy of bright peach peony and mint hydrangea. 

Together, these pastel color selections make a fresh and inspiring combination, while each individual component remains bold enough to use on its own. 

Don’t forget to explore the Pioneer Imports & Wholesale website to discover a wide variety of pastel silk flowers and foliage from this versatile collection. The Pastels With Pop Collection includes beautiful hues for every occasion.  

Shop products from the video:
#PWW2320MV – Hanging Wisteria, Mauve
#PWMH1312GYGR – Hanging Maidenhair Fern Bush X5, 33” – Gray/Green
#PWS2613BL – Sweet Pea Bush, Blue
#99432-01 – “Spotti” Ceramic Pot, White
#PWH2085MT – Hydrangea Bush, Mint
#PWP2200PH – Peony Bush, Peach

Shop the complete Pastels With Pop Collection here.


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Video: Bridal Show Success: Fabulous Chair Backs

Amanda Thomas - Thursday, January 25, 2018
Video Summary written for Pioneer Imports & Wholesale by: Lisa B

Bridal shows are a fantastic place to introduce brides to new, fun, and interesting ideas. In this video, Sue Huelsman AIFD walks through a few examples – including both established trends and new innovative products. 

Sue starts with beaded garland as a reliable example, a neat touch that can add a little bit of detail into fresh and silk flower arrangements. Succulents are going to be popular again this year too, so Sue recommends continuing to use those as well. 

Next, Sue highlights the Acolyte garland, twelve feet of lighted garland useful for a wide variety of decorative purposes. Use this garland for basic accessories like bows, weave it through structures like arbors and other arrangements, or use wherever you want to add a little “pop” of light. 

And finally, chair backs wrap up the video. Sue shows off a gorgeous rhinestone chair back design, attached to elastic so it will fit on any kind of chair. Add details like ribbon or floral accessories to create beautiful customized chair backs for your brides and grooms. 

Explore the Pioneer Imports & Wholesale website to find even more ideas for accessories that are sure to fascinate customers and set your bridal show display apart from the rest. 

Video: How To: A Silver Dollar Eucalyptus Design

Amanda Thomas - Wednesday, January 24, 2018
Video Summary written for Pioneer Imports & Wholesale by: Lisa B

In this video, Vonda LaFever AIFD, CFD, PFCI examines the beautiful silver dollar eucalyptus available from Pioneer’s collection of silk greenery. 

Vonda discusses this product’s tremendous ability to grant visual weight to floral arrangements, and takes time to dote on the beauty of the soft color itself.

Next, Vonda prepares a quick arrangement to demonstrate the versatility of this wonderful selection. The project begins with the 7” Lush metal vase in green. A block of foam serves as the base for the arrangement, hidden neatly within the vase. Vonda trims a bit of excess stem from the faux eucalyptus cuttings before pushing each sprig into the foam.

Once the eucalyptus is in place, Vonda adds a few small sprigs of accent greenery to conceal the base. She chose fluffy faux cuttings from Pioneer’s tealeaf bush with berries series in gray/green.   

Three tall silk ranunculus flowers in soft pale pink serve as a focal point to complete the arrangement. 

Explore the Pioneer Imports & Wholesale website to find every item in this video, along with an expansive collection of faux greenery, silk flowers, and decorative accessories – a world of inspiration for your next big floral display. 

Shop products from the video:
#PWE109LTSG – Silver Dollar Eucalyptus 
#PWR1020 – Ranunculus Stem, Pink Sand
#72046-00 – Lush Metal Vase 7” – Green
#PWT2053 – Tealeaf Bush with Berries – Gray/Green

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Video: Pink Obsession Collection

Amanda Thomas - Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Video Summary written for Pioneer Imports & Wholesale by: Lisa B


Pink is hotter than ever! Pioneer Imports & Wholesale offers a new range of silk flo

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The result is a simple yet gorgeous centerpiece that will delight customers who

have a passion for

everything pink. For more ideas and inspiration, browse the Pioneer Import

s & Wholesale Catalog to

explore the full range of wholesale silk flowers and foliage from the Pink Obsession

Collection.

#PWP2200LTPK

Peony Bush, Light Pink

#PWMX2618PK

Mixed Peony & Hydrangea Bush

#PWH2085BUWN

Hydrangea, Burgundy Wine

#35020-00

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Spring/Summer 2018 Catalog for more Pink Obsession!

Pink is hotter than ever! Pioneer Imports & Wholesale offers a new range of silk flowers sure to immediately capture the attention of your customers who love this fun and playful color.  


The exciting Pink Obsession Collection includes classic wedding pink shades plus a beautiful deep burgundy wine, the perfect combination for an eye-catching wedding. It’s almost an ombre of pinks – great for both traditional and modern themes. 


In this video, Vonda LaFever, AIFD, PFCI, CFD creates a wedding centerpiece featuring pieces from the Pink Obsession Collection to highlight the stunning color combinations this versatile collection makes possible.  


Vonda begins with a mercury glass compote vase prepared with a block of floral foam. She collars the container with seeded eucalyptus bush to create an elegant base. Next, stems of light pink peonies are inserted into the middle of the ring. Vonda then adds hydrangea in a rich burgundy wine, and completes the arrangement with smaller silk flowers in dark and light pink. 


The result is a simple yet gorgeous centerpiece that will delight customers who have a passion for everything pink. For more ideas and inspiration, browse the Pioneer Imports & Wholesale website to explore the full range of wholesale silk flowers and foliage from the Pink Obsession Collection.   


Shop products from the video:

#PWP2200LTPK – Peony Bush, Light Pink 

#PWMX2618PK – Mixed Peony & Hydrangea Bush 

#PWH2085BUWN – Hydrangea, Burgundy Wine  

#35020-00 – Baleri Mercury Glass Compote  


Shop the complete Pink Obsession Collection here!


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2018 Signature Collection: Pink Obsession

Sarah Botchick - Friday, January 12, 2018

Growing up, I lived the typical life a little girl in the US in the 1980s. Complete with my very own pink bedroom, featuring none other than Holly Hobbie. By the time I was about 10, I hated pink. To this day, pink holds very strong connections to the life and times of a little girl in my mind. So when I started to see pink as a strong trending color for 2018, I struggled with the concept of how to "grow up" pink. I will never forget an article in Better Homes and Gardens showing how to make a completely pink room beautiful. That was a turning point for me. Because it showed that pink can truly be a gorgeous color family.

 

In my trend research I came across a pink ombre bridal table. And that was where our Pink Obsession collection was born. We worked like crazy, to get 4 perfect shades of pink that blended into a beautiful new burgundy color called Burgundy Wine. The five colors are: Light Pink, French Pink, Deep Pink, Pink Sangria, and Burgundy Wine. They blend together, or look great on their own.  When the five colors finally came together and clicked there was a sense of satisfaction that I cannot even put into words. I truly hope that you enjoy Pink Obsession as much as we do. 

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Video: Centerpieces - The Center of Attention

Sarah Botchick - Thursday, January 11, 2018

Video Summary written for Pioneer Imports & Wholesale by: Lisa B


Because potential customers are likely going to be interested in seeing different centerpiece styles across various price points, it’s important to underscore the true versatility of your offerings. In this video, Sue Huelsman AIFD walks through the process of putting together a table that demonstrates a wide variety of centerpiece options all in one cohesive display.


Sue begins by discussing the flexibility of a classic candelabra. A candelabra can easily display arrangements on top or arrangements on the arms. Of course, it can also be used for its traditional purpose of holding candles as well.


Next, Sue explores the matter of table composition. Placing fresh or silk flower arrangements in a medium sized urn can add eye-catching height to the display, bringing it off the table. Low centerpieces help strike a sense of balance – as customers look in to view the arrangement, it shows what they’re going to see as they’re sitting at a table.


Smaller containers are great candidates for mixing and matching to create an engaging and varied tablescape. You can use these smaller vessels to hold handtied silks, showing your bouquet skills and beautiful arrangements at the same time.


Pioneer Imports and Wholesale offers a wide range of vases, containers, and accessories like those shown in this video. Pioneer is also a premier source of wholesale silk flowers and foliage in a variety of on-trend colorways – perfect for centerpieces. Explore the Pioneer website to see how you can take your bridal show centerpiece displays to the next level. 

Shop products from video: 

#PWC0106WH – Calla Lily Stem

#PWH2097CHK – Extra Large Hydrangea Stem in Chalk

#35938 – Aluminum Pedestal Vase 


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Video: 2018 Paris Trend Forecast

Sarah Botchick - Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Video summary written for Pioneer by: Lisa B

Maison et Objet is a large international trade show in Paris that predicts and influences décor trends for the upcoming years. Ellie LaFever gives Pioneer Imports and Wholesale an inside look with this 2018 trend forecast inspired by her trip to Maison as well as her exploration around Paris and London.  

Jewel Tones

Ellie begins by describing the popular refreshed jewel tone color palette. In the past, brightly saturated jewel tones were a popular selection – at Maison, those literal hues were replaced by more refined selections like dusty rose, peacock, and muted emerald.

Peacock is more of a teal-influenced saturated color while muted emerald stands as a combination between Wizard of Oz emerald and a subdued hunter green. Dusty rose was everywhere at Maison, and as Ellie points out, this look is probably here to stay.

All three of these colors are mainstay additions to the Pioneer Imports and Wholesale catalog. Emerald and peacock are easy to incorporate using faux foliage selections, while dusty rose is a popular hue for silk flowers. Mix and match or use them on their own.


Function to Fashion

Next, Ellie describes the “function to fashion” trend. This trend transforms functional objects - such as neon signs, graffiti, and Chinese food take-out signs – into fashionable accents that can be used in décor and beyond. It’s risk-taking, bold and bright, and makes a statement.

Function to fashion turns ordinary items on their head to raise questions, to give them brand new meaning. It often incorporates a sense of irony as well, like using plants that are unusual colors compared to what you might see in nature.


Bobos

This brings Ellie to another bold trend found at Maison: Bobos. Bobos is a combination of bourgeoise and bohemian, an almost paradoxical juxtaposition. The most likely audience for this trend is somebody who likes to know why they’re buying something, where they bought it, who they’re buying it from, how sustainable it is, and more.  

From a visual standpoint, the surface characteristics embody an elevated bohemian vibe, refined but retaining an edgy hippy aesthetic. It includes natural elements – very textural – with rich layering and contrasting hard and soft elements. You might see eclectic treasures, creative color combinations, handmade craft, and of course, lush over-the-top plant life.


Gilded Metallics

Next, Ellie highlights the gilded metallics trend. Metals and metallic elements have been a big player in design circles over recent years, but Ellie’s Maison et Objet observations reveal a new take on this popular aesthetic. This style is defined by high reflectivity, elevated metals, and very detailed sculptural influences. The gilded details act almost as an element of surprise to make this style an interactive experience.


Other Innovations

Ellie’s exploration didn’t just stop at Maison – she also details a few trends found throughout her journey in Paris and London.

The first is Sketch, a style that encompasses anything hand-rendered or illustrated. It invokes a human quality, a reminder that we don’t always need to have technology to create something amazing.

The second trend is Monochrome Sculptural. It strips away the color from objects so that the true forms can show through. It offers a unique play on light, revealing the shape and texture of items in a whole new way. Ellie points out that this effect is very successful with both black and white.

Embrace Today’s Trends with Pioneer

Explore the Pioneer Imports and Wholesale catalog to find all the supplies you need to integrate these trends into your everyday displays and décor. Pioneer offers a wide range of silk foliage and flowers in the refreshed jewel tones, creative metallic accessories, lush greenery for bobos style influences, and so much more. 


Watch the complete Paris Trend Report Video Here!Click Here to Request a PDF of the Paris Trend Report!

Video: Amethyst Garden Collection

Sarah Botchick - Tuesday, January 09, 2018

2018 Signature Collection How to Video: Amethyst Garden


Video Summary written for Pioneer Imports by: Lisa B


What says “garden” more than sweet peas, wild roses, and hydrangea? In this video, Vonda LaFever AIFD, PFCI, CFD creates a beautiful arrangement with silk flowers from the Pioneer Imports and Wholesale Amethyst Garden Collection.


Vonda begins with a Roman glass compote vase outfitted with a small block of floral foam. She first creates a base of voluminous hydrangea, placing the taller sweet pea stems in the middle for height and balance. Vonda finishes the arrangement with carefully placed wild rose in a medium stem length. Pops of bright green strike an energetic contrast against the soothing amethyst colorway.

The result is a gorgeous centerpiece that feels very bright, fresh, and garden-like, easily bringing the outdoors inside.


To wrap things up, Vonda displays similar arrangement examples for creative inspiration. The first example uses a taller vase for a streamlined look. The second arrangement fills a smaller and more petite vessel, a votive holder, perfect for use as a versatile accent.


Explore the wonderful Amethyst Garden Collection by browsing the Pioneer Imports and Wholesale catalog. Here, you’ll find all the pieces highlighted in this video along with a wide range of wholesale silk flowers, foliage, and exciting containers to create garden-like arrangements for every style.


#PWS2613PU – Sweet Pea Bush, Purple

#PWH2085LVPU – Hydrangea Bush, Lavender/Purple

#PWR2616LV – Wild Rose Bush, Lavender

#35285-00 – “Roman” Glass Compote Vase

2018 Signature Collection: Amethyst Garden

Sarah Botchick - Friday, January 05, 2018

As you may or may not realize, the color and product designers at Pioneer begin working on our signature silk flower collections at least ten months in advance of the selling season. Purchases (of huge quantities!) must be made at least 8 months in advance. As much as we strive to analyze trend forecasts - we never know if we have forecasted correctly until the season starts. For 8 months we have to (nervously) wonder if we were right.


When the Pantone Color of the Year for 2018 was announced as a gorgeous shade of purple called Ultra Violet, I was so excited! Why? Because 8 months earlier we had curated the Amethyst Garden collection that wonderfully reflects this color trend! This simple collection of Purple and Lavender mix to create a collection reminiscent of a stroll thru an idyllic garden. It feels almost like a fairytale to me. Key pieces in this collection are the coordinating Anemone & Hydrangea Wreath and Mixed Bush. And don't miss the new Sweet Pea Bush and the new Wild Rose Bush - they are great new flower moulds that we are excited to offer this season. 


Shop Amethyst Garden today! These products won't last long!