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Video: How To: Arranging with Neutral Territory Collection

Orders Pioneer - Thursday, September 06, 2018
Video Summary written for Pioneer Imports & Wholesale by: Lisa B.

The beautiful Neutral Territory permanent botanical collection uses subdued colors like sand, parchment, chalk, and other warm neutrals – this versatile palette ensures these wholesale silk flowers and foliage remain useful throughout every season. 

In this video, Vonda LaFever AIFD, PFCI, CFD creates a handsome centerpiece to highlight the endless potential of the Neutral Territory colorway. 

Vonda begins with a quick introduction to the items used in this demonstration, all available from Pioneer Imports & Wholesale. This project uses a rustic metal bowl as the centerpiece, outfitted with a block of floral foam to support the permanent botanicals that Vonda will add. 

A silk flower in parchment and silk ranunculus in custard are just two of the Neutral Territory selections to be used in this piece. Silk philodendron and a smaller burgundy leaf are two of the silk foliage choices used here. 

Before beginning work on the arrangement, Vonda creates a loose sphere out of wired curly willow to use as an accent. The interior wire makes the twigs easy to shape. Next, Vonda creates a bed of green with the large silk split-leaf philodendron. Long strings of silk burgundy foliage add length around the edges. 

With the bed of silk foliage in place, Vonda adds the curly willow sphere. A single silk flower blossom goes inside. Vonda continues adding the large parchment-colored silk flowers to the middle of the arrangement before lining the edges with the smaller custard-tone silk ranunculus.  

You can easily create centerpieces just like this one – perfect for commercial displays, formal events, and more – using the Neutral Territory from Pioneer Imports & Wholesale. Explore the Pioneer catalog to find these and other wholesale silk flowers and accessories suitable for a wide range of permanent botanical arrangements. 

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Video: Peacock Jewels Collection

Orders Pioneer - Monday, August 27, 2018
Video Summary written for Pioneer Imports & Wholesale by: Lisa B.

Putting a fresh twist on a classic color palette is an invigorating way to combine tradition with modern aesthetics. This is exactly what Pioneer Imports & Wholesale has done with the Peacock Jewels Collection – these vibrant jewel tones offer a stylish take on a favorite. 

In this video, Vonda LaFever AIFD, PFCI, CFD demonstrates the versatility of this collection. She begins with two geometric ceramic containers that shine with those deep peacock-inspired hue and uses wholesale silk flowers from our new Peacock Jewels collection to draw out those jewel tones in a striking and dramatic way. 

One arrangement is already complete. This monochromatic design uses dusty coral peony and cabbage rose with boxwood accents, underlining the beautiful hues of the container. By using these silk flower selections, the colors of the container stand out even more. 

Next, Vonda makes a new arrangement using the smaller container, demonstrating another way to use the Peacock Jewels Collection. 

She inserts the dusty coral selections on one side with the peacock blue silk flowers on the other, striking a dramatic balance in terms of color and visual weight. Sprigs of boxwood add extra bounce and height to the design while drawing out more of the green found in the container. 

Vonda suggests designing a range of sizes when making displays. This will allow you to appeal to more types of customers – those looking for large arrangements, small arrangements, or in between – and it also allows you to show off the wide range of your abilities. Vonda suggests stocking your display tables with at least two to three color palettes and multiple sizes. 

You can find the Peacock Jewels Collection available from the Pioneer Imports & Wholesale website, along with a diverse selection of accessories like wholesale ribbon and wholesale containers to match.  

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93752-00 – “Calico” Ceramic Vase, 5.5” x 9”, Turquoise

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Video: Moody Hues Collection

Orders Pioneer - Monday, August 06, 2018
Video Summary written for Pioneer Imports & Wholesale by: Lisa B.

Color plays a crucial role toward creating a specific atmosphere for an event. Pioneer Imports & Wholesale offers a line of permanent botanicals perfect for this purpose. The Moody Hues Collection is a bold palette that consists of colors like burgundy, wine, and mauve – rich hues that drip with drama and personality. 
 
In this quick video demonstration, Vonda LaFever AIFD, CFD, PFCI creates a small centerpiece arrangement that easily highlights the powerful versatility of the Moody Hues Collection. This straightforward project keeps things simple, basing the design around a single permanent botanical bush containing silk zinnia, silk dahlia, and silk daisy. 

Vonda begins by first clipping each silk bloom from the bush itself. She uses these to make individual insertions into a block of floral foam, hidden within a small metal container. The container’s neutral finish allows the rich red floral tones to take center stage in the design. 

Vonda inserts the larger silk flowers first, creating a collar of voluminous faux florals around the edges. The smaller selections are added last, carefully placed to achieve a pleasant balance of color throughout the composition. Clippings of silk foliage, silk boxwood, and silk olive sprays add additional body to the centerpiece. 

The result offers abundant visual drama – an impressive composition for such a simple construction process. 

You can find these selections from the Moody Hues Collection readily available within the Pioneer Imports & Wholesale catalog, along with a wide range of coordinated wholesale containers and accessories. 

Pioneer offers wholesale permanent botanicals in a diverse range of themes and color palettes to suit any occasion – you can depend on Pioneer to provide the perfect pieces to suit even the most specific requests of your clients and customers.

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PWMX3371BUPK - MIXED DAHLIA, ZINNIA & DAISY BUSH x12, 19" - BURGUNDY/PURPLE/PINK 
PWW3372BUPK - DAHLIA, ZINNIA & DAISY WREATH, 22" - BURGUNDY/PURPLE/PINK 
PWO2623DKGR - OLIVE SPRAY x3, 30" - DARK GREEN

PWB2031BTGR - BOXWOOD BUSH X9 20"- BEAUTY GREEN

72091-00 - "VOYAGE" METAL POT 5.25 x 5.25"

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Video: Sunflower Fields Collection

Orders Pioneer - Monday, July 30, 2018
Video Summary written for Pioneer Imports & Wholesale by: Lisa B.

This video tackles the topic of choosing the appropriate quality of wholesale silk flowers for a project. Vonda LaFever AIFD, PFCI, CFD uses two silk sunflower bushes from Pioneer Imports & Wholesale as examples. 

One variety combines the best of realism with an accessible price point, easy on the wallet without sacrificing on style – Vonda refers to this as a “Better” option. The other variety features breathtaking detail and vibrant lifelike quality, deserving of the “Best” designation suitable for use as a true focal point in a permanent botanical arrangement. 

But choosing between a “Better” option and a “Best” option can be difficult. Vonda’s favorite tip for making an appropriate selection involves first considering the container you will be using for the arrangement. This example compares a substantial concrete container with a handsome small metal pot. 

As Vonda points out, placing the smaller silk sunflowers in the substantial container creates a bit of a visual imbalance. On the other hand, the simple metal container allows the basic silk sunflower bush to shine with its full potential. The same applies to the voluminous and extra-realistic silk sunflowers and their coordinated high-end container.

Vonda creates sample arrangements with both silk sunflower bushes to demonstrate this concept in action. Perfectly balanced compositions result – you can see each silk flower and container combination playing off the strengths of their individual components. 

You can find both the “Better” and the “Best” silk sunflower bushes available from the Pioneer Imports & Wholesale catalog. Pioneer also offers a diverse array of other wholesale silk flower varieties and wholesale containers, spanning a truly impressive spectrum of colors and styles for every occasion. Explore the Pioneer Imports & Wholesale catalog to find the ideal products for your upcoming projects. 

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PWB1042MURD – Baby Grass Bush, x5, 20”, Mustard/Flame

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Video: Harvest Sunrise Collection

Orders Pioneer - Monday, July 23, 2018

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


Explore the Harvest Sunrise Collection from Pioneer Imports & Wholesale with this quick video demonstration by Vonda LaFever AIFD, CFD, PFCI. 


Vonda begins with an introduction to the distinctive colorway used by this collection – the traditional fall colors of golden orange, cream, and bright flame red. The accompanying containers feature a stripe of muted gold to draw out the elegance of the silk flowers. 


This tutorial uses a single bush containing a mix of silk dahlia, silk anemone, and silk hydrangea along with a few smaller accents. Vonda cuts each individual blossom from the bush and uses them to create two distinct arrangements. 


Vonda begins by placing the large silk dahlias into the center of each container. She alternates between the other types of silk flowers to create an even and balanced composition. 


Silk silver dollar eucalyptus serves as the final addition to these simple arrangements. She carefully inserts each spray to collar the design and add height or extend visual weight where needed.


In the background of the video, you will see the matching wreath that accompanies the Harvest Sunrise Collection. This piece is ready to display as it stands, but Vonda has complemented one side with the silk silver dollar eucalyptus to show how easily this piece takes to customized additions.  


You can find the entire Harvest Sunrise Collection available from the Pioneer Imports & Wholesale website, along with a wide range of other wholesale silk flowers, containers, accessories, and so much more. Pioneer offers everything you need to create gorgeous arrangements for every event or occasion.


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PWW3362YLFL – Dahlia, Anemone & Hydrangea Wreath, 22”, Yellow/Flame/Green
PWMX3361YLFL – Mixed Dahlia, Anemone & Hydrangea Bush, x16, 21”, Yellow/Flame/Green
PWE1094GYGR – Silver Dollar Eucalyptus Bush, x6, 22”, Gray/Green 
94832-10 – “Jovi” Ceramic Pot, 6.25” x 7”, Matte White

94831-10 – “Jovi” Ceramic Pot, 5.25” x 6.25”, Matte White


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Video: Tuscan Villa Collection

Orders Pioneer - Monday, July 09, 2018

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


The colors of the Tuscan landscape span a range of rich hues - the dusty greens and golds of established vineyards, the bright orange terracotta and red brick of the cities, the deep blue sky and bright waters of the coast. 


Pioneer Imports & Wholesale captures that nostalgic palette in a vibrant range of permanent botanicals and accessories called the Tuscan Villa Collection. This quick video tutorial explores the potential of this collection by creating an example centerpiece design as demonstrated by Vonda LaFever AIFD, PFCI, CFD.  


Vonda builds this composition around a perfectly coordinated container – the Maverick metal compote – also available from Pioneer Imports & Wholesale.


Silk eucalyptus in a dusty blue serves as the first addition to the centerpiece. Vonda carefully places each pick to radiate from the center for width and height. Next, she takes pieces trimmed from the silk spiny wood fern bush in yellow/orange and creates a halo around the edges for a nice downward trail.


Tall picks of silk sweet pea in gold serve as a perfect addition to the middle of the design, adding height and balancing the yellow of the fern.  


Vonda saves the bolder colors for last. Large blossoms of turquoise silk hydrangea stand in dramatic contrast to the warmer tones used throughout the centerpiece, immediately capturing attention and adding energy to the composition. Silk ranunculus in fall orange heightens this contrast and contributes a greater sense of visual weight overall. 


The result is warm and nostalgic with fresh energetic elements – a reflection of an adventure into the Tuscan countryside. 


You can find the silk flowers used in this demonstration along with the rest of the Tuscan Villa Collection readily available from Pioneer Imports & Wholesale, plus a wide variety of coordinated wholesale containers and accessories to match. Explore the Pioneer Imports & Wholesale catalog to find distinctive pieces that perfectly reflect the unique needs of your customers. 

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74710-60 – “Maverick” Metal Compote, 6” x 6” x 4.5”, Copper

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Video: How To: Design With Summer Sun Collection

Amanda Thomas - Thursday, June 21, 2018

Video Summary written for Pioneer Imports & Wholesale by: Kathy L. Hall


The Summer Sun Collection is a brilliant display of hues from the orange, red and yellow color palates. This grouping is centered around what are sometimes called the “happy” colors, and give off the feeling of being truly alive.


Celebrate the colors of summer with a bright and vibrant centerpiece, whether for a picnic, an outdoor wedding or perhaps an informal dining table.


Prepare and place the coppery rimmed metal container on your work space. Now, using the summer wreath, pluck some branches from the backside to give the centerpiece texture. Tape the branches to a wire for length and set aside for insertion into the base later.


Now, begin adding the lovely red zinnias, orange poppies and bright yellow sunflowers into a bouquet, somewhat evenly spread across the space. Once all the flowers are pleasingly placed, add fern branches to the ends to elongate the look. Now, add in leaves for filling and texture, and top off with the branches you’ve prepared from the back of the wreath.


Now you will have a complete and stunning summer look, ready for your customers to use to compliment the summer season for their event or simply around their homes or offices.


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Video: How To: Design With Our Blue Moon Collection

Amanda Thomas - Monday, June 18, 2018

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


Learn how to create a gorgeous permanent botanical arrangement in a palette of gentle blues with this video demonstration by Vonda LaFever AIFD, PFCI, CFD. 


Vonda begins by introducing the silk flowers that make this arrangement so special, all taken from the lovely Once in a Blue Moon collection from Pioneer Imports & Wholesale. This set – a mixed ranunculus and hydrangea bush – contains a variety of flowers to demonstrate the full range of the Blue Moon palette. 

A ceramic pot textured to look like concrete serves as the starting point for this design – a timeless look currently surging in popularity. Blocks of floral foam hide inside to support the wholesale silk flowers and foliage within. 

Vonda places the large silk blossoms first, then moves down to the darker medium blossoms. She punctuates the design with the white and yellow pieces for contrast. Smaller silk flowers in light blue dot the edges. Silk boxwood and lavender picks give the piece extra height toward the middle. 

As this quick composition demonstrates, the attractive Blue Moon collection spans a whole spectrum of wonderful blues that immediately catch the eye and make for a distinctive addition to any display.  

Explore the Pioneer Imports & Wholesale website to find more useful pieces from the Once in a Blue Moon Collection, along with plenty of other inspiring colorways that you can use to create popular products and projects for every season.  


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#95071-00 – Ceramic Locket Pot 5.75" x 6", Gray
#PWB2031GYGR – Boxwood Bush, Gray/Green


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Video: Gourmand Terrace Collection

Amanda Thomas - Monday, June 04, 2018

Video Summary written for Pioneer Imports & Wholesale by: Kathy L. Hall


Pioneer Imports & Wholesale has put together a dynamite collection for your clients who love their travel experiences and treasure the feeling of being abroad. This grouping of foliage and containers will offer them the sense of being on a café terrace overlooking an olive garden or perhaps on the patio sipping wine with the smell of rosemary and lemons in the air.


Wherever they’ve been or want to go, the sense of culinary potages and edible plants are part of it and you’ll find a great selection here. Lush foliage and olive branches combine with rosemary and both lemons and their leaves to create the ambiance they’re seeking.

The Norman metal pots, which come in four sizes, add a bit of the rustic and are perfect for both the olive topiary and the rosemary plants in the collection. You can just imagine a few lined up on a short stone wall, so you may want to display them with that feel for your clientele.

The lemon leaf wreath and garland are lovely in their simplicity and very adaptable to various decorating schemes, as subtle accents or to unify an overall theme.

Video: Step Up Collection

Amanda Thomas - Tuesday, May 29, 2018

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


In this video, Vonda LaFever, AIFD, PFCI, CFD introduces a few new additions to the Pioneer Imports & Wholesale product line. The versatile Step Up Collection is a premium line of wholesale silk flowers, featuring top-quality materials and larger, more dramatic, blooms. 


Vonda begins her introduction to the Step Up Collection by highlighting two of the most popular silk flowers for weddings - hydrangea and peony - and explains how these pieces stand out from the standard models. 

First, the video makes it easy to see the impressive size of these blooms. The silk peony features a diameter of 5 inches, while the hydrangea measures up at a spectacular 6.5-inch diameter. 

The wholesale silk flowers in the Step Up Collection also stand apart thanks to their premium materials and incredible level of realistic detail. It’s impossible to overlook these luscious full-bodied blooms in any setting. 

Every piece of the Step Up Collection is sure to capture immediate attention at your next bridal show, trade show, or seasonal event. Your customers and clients are sure to appreciate the visual effect of these statement pieces, and how they can elevate and complement other collections so easily. 

Explore the Pioneer Imports & Wholesale website to see the full Step Up Collection – including the wide range of colors – as well as other wholesale silk flowers, accessories, and everything you need to impress your customers by staying “a step above the rest."

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