Floral Concepts by Tom-Small Business SpotlightJanuary 31, 2017
Tom and I became friends 15+ years ago when I was first tipped off about his creative talent as a florist. At the time, he was located just a mile from Cooper’s. He instantly became my florist of choice because he did flowers like nothing I had ever seen before! I think we also connected as we are both artistic and visually driven by all things beautiful.
In 2012, I was surprised and delighted when Tom told me that he was looking to downsize from the house that his business was in, and he asked if I had room for him within Cooper’s. Even though I had no idea where I would put him, I blurted out “yes!” I knew that the marriage of our two businesses would be a match made in Heaven.
Tom, and his sidekick Barbara Ann, took our 400 square foot stockroom and transformed it into the most incredibly inspiring flower boutique you can imagine. And now, I can’t imagine Cooper’s without Floral Concepts by Tom. He has been such a resource for display ideas and visual merchandising that Cooper’s found a whole new ka-pow in how the store looks and feels.
Tom is a wealth of knowledge on so many levels that have made him an expert in all things floral and plants. In collaboration with Cooper’s, Tom has held workshops and seminars on mini fairy gardens, terrariums, gardening and more.
Many Cooper’s customers walk into our shop through the flower shop, just because it makes you feel so good! I am constantly asking them what is this? What is that? He has variations on flowers that I’ve never heard of, let alone seen. They build them into masterpieces that they create for every occasion. Whether you need a $10 pick me up for a friend who’s having a hard time, an arrangement to express your condolences or a full-blown, white gown, 400 guests wedding. Trust me, this is the place. Call Tom (413)786-2622, or even better..stop in his shop for a big dose of inspiration.
Decorating with grey — it’s not blah at allJanuary 28, 2017
Grey is naturally a neutral; however, the color has so many shades it’s a very versatile neutral which can brighten up any room. From light grey to platinum to charcoal this color is anything but blah.
We’ve been having so much fun unpacking all of the new curtain styles here at Cooper’s. There are so many lovely grey hues highlighted in the new styles, it’s got me thinking about how else to incorporate this color into home decor.
A few tips from Better Homes and Gardens Magazine:
- Grey rooms can be dynamic and exciting.
- Combining shades of gray is a subtle way to give any room character.
- Dress up any room with gray stripes for a fresh look.
- For a more graphic look, use hues with stronger contrast, such as a medium gray and pure white.
- Gray is the perfect bridge between black and white.
- Break up large expanses of white with gray to create visual interest while maintaining a clean, neutral aesthetic.
- Different shades of gray can be used to make a chic and sophisticated space.
- Chameleon-like gray tends to adapt to its environment.
- Using varying shades of gray helps diffuse the hue’s cool tendencies to create a softer look.
- Use gray to define your style and put personal collections on display.
- Use nature as inspiration when working with grays.
Even if you usually only consider bolder colors when accessorizing your home, give grey another look. Incorporating this neutral into your home adds a classic touch. #ifounditatcoopers
What is Urban Farmhouse?January 22, 2017
Do you love the country farmhouse look, but maybe not the chickens in the backyard? Love your neighborhood but wouldn’t mind accessorizing your home as if you lived in the country? Well it’s easy to incorporate a farmhouse look into your home. It’s called Urban Farmhouse and we scouted the shop for some easy ways to incorporate the look into your own home, without betting the barn:
Chicken Wire: There are many ways to accessorize your home using chicken wire and this basket is a great, functional piece. I’ve also seen ideas online using chicken wire in lighting, cabinet fronts, and picture frames.
Distressed Furniture: This rustic table is a perfect example of how you can work a distressed piece of furniture into your home decor to give it a farmhouse feel. I can just imagine all of the wonderful meals that were eaten on this drop leaf table.
Statement Signs: If this rooster wall hanging doesn’t scream farmhouse, I don’t know what does! Incorporating antique or statement signs is a great way to create a country look with minimal effort.
Checked Prints: Our Logan check valances are the perfect farmhouse compliment for any room. You can find similar checked prints in tablecloths, napkins, bedding, and throw pillows.
Rustic Metal: This six compartment metal bucket is a must have for any farmhouse kitchen. Works great for backyard picnics and on game day too. Galvenized is the way to go.
Sunflowers: You can never have enough sunflowers in an open field! Look for ways to use these beautiful blooms in your decorating…even if the real thing is not in season in your countryside.
Canister Display: Keep the most used kitchen items at the ready with a lidded canister set.
Cotton Wreath: We just received a shipment of the springy-est cotton wreaths you can imagine. Any natural element is going to be a perfect compliment for farmhouse decor.
Rustic Wood: Even something as simple as a rustic wood picture frame can add a farmhouse touch to any room.
As you can see, it’s not difficult to bring the style and comfort of Urban Farmhouse into your home decorating. Just look for simple, natural elements that embrace a relaxed feel. Urban Farmhouse embraces simple lines, imperfections, and the beauty of the outdoors.
Pantone 2017 Color of the Year : GreeneryJanuary 16, 2017
Pantone Color Institute has announced the 2017 color of the year: Greenery. I love the natural, vibrant feel of this color. It makes me think of spring, beautiful garden leaves, and that fresh green color that appears on the lawn after a rain shower.
According to Pantone:
“A refreshing and revitalizing shade, Greenery is symbolic of new beginnings.
Greenery is a fresh and zesty yellow-green shade that evokes the first days of spring when nature’s greens revive, restore and renew. Illustrative of flourishing foliage and the lushness of the great outdoors, the fortifying attributes of Greenery signals consumers to take a deep breath, oxygenate and reinvigorate.
Greenery is nature’s neutral. The more submerged people are in modern life, the greater their innate craving to immerse themselves in the physical beauty and inherent unity of the natural world. This shift is reflected by the proliferation of all things expressive of Greenery in daily lives through urban planning, architecture, lifestyle and design choices globally. A constant on the periphery, Greenery is now being pulled to the forefront – it is an omnipresent hue around the world.
A life-affirming shade, Greenery is also emblematic of the pursuit of personal passions and vitality.”
New beginnings? Personal vitality? Restore? Renew? I’m sold!
You can expect to see a lot of vibrant greenery in fashion and housewares this year. And of course we’ve got you covered here at Cooper’s. From curtains to pillows, lamps and potted greens, we have a great selection of greenery items throughout the store.
We will be on the lookout to bring you even more great greenery items for your home this year. But we could use some suggestions for how you would use this color in your life.
Is this vibrant green something you see yourself wearing in personal fashion? Jewelry? Would you paint a room this color? Use the comments field below to let us know.
Townie Glassware: the perfect personalized gift!January 11, 2017
Our personalized townie glassware is flying off the shelves! It’s the perfect personalized gift for a housewarming, birthday, anniversary….any special occasion! We have many local towns in stock: Agawam, Chicopee, East Longmeadow, Enfield, Feeding Hills, Hampden, Holyoke, Longmeadow, Somers, Southwick, Springfield, Suffield, West Springfield, Westfield. The best part: we can custom order for ANY town — you just need to order a minimum of four glasses. Turnaround time is about three weeks. Made in the USA, excellent quality: $16.99 for stemware, $14.99 for stemless and pint glasses. Stop by or call today to order!
Kate’s Christmas Morning CasseroleDecember 5, 2016
This has become my family’s weekend morning tradition.
So easy since you prep the night before and pop in the oven in the morning!
10 oz.Challah (or Italian or French, but Challah is best) bread,
sliced 1 inch thick. Lay in bottom of greased 9×13 casserole dish.
Beat together 3 cups milk, 10 eggs, 1 T. Vanilla, ¼ C. sugar,
Pour over bread slices. Sprinkle with cinnamon.
Cover with clear wrap and refrigerate overnight.
In the Morning: Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Remove clear wrap from casserole, dot with butter.
Bake 45-50 minutes, or until lightly browned and puffy.
What Shop Local Means to MeNovember 22, 2016
Did you know that you can vote every day with your wallet at small businesses? I just want to let you know that for every $1 you spend here locally, 70 cents stays right here in your local community. That’s so important…for our teachers, for our policemen, firefighters…our entire community. So, please…go out and shop local with your local businesses. Get your coffee from your local, independently-owned shop. Choose the family-owned restaurant over the chain. Go to the places that are local that you love. Because I promise you, they will love you back. The best things come from small boxes and the locals love you more!
We live and breathe the Shop Local Movement and what it means for our community. We don’t believe in competition among small businesses. We’re traveling the same journey and we feel that the stronger our circle, the more we all thrive. To Cooper’s, sharing the “local love” does not diminish our success…it only amplifies it. You win, we win. Ready? Set…GO!
Kate & The Cooper’s Crew