A Small Business Saturday Special. Deck your halls with Vivi Gray Design!

To celebrate small business Saturday we are offering a special on our remaining openings to deck your halls! The Vivi Gray team will take the reigns for installing your interior holiday decor this year as you sit back and enjoy the finer things in life. And this deal won’t even take a huge chunk out of your Black Friday savings! Our Small Business Saturday special includes the following for a low low price:

*One hour home walk through and inventory consultation
*Holiday decor design for three home areas
*Two and a half hours of decor staging
*$50 Eco-friendly floral and decor credit
*25% off any additional floral and decor items
*All for only $175!!!! ($300 value)

To schedule your holiday installation email heyvivigray@gmail.com or call 817-965-1253. We will be only be taking appointments for this deal through Monday, November 26, so book fast as space is limited!

We thank everyone who has supported our small business, and supported our mission to bring sustainable design to North Texas!


Announcing our Valentine’s Day 2012 Collection

I am very excited about Valentine’s Day this year. It’s the first one that my daughter Vera is really excited about and it gives me an excuse to be creative with my business. Mostly, I’m excited about our 2012 Valentine’s Day Collection, “Love Notes”, and to share how I came up for the inspiration for it.

I have been spending the past few months redecorating and organizing my home studio. The biggest thorn in my side at the moment is all of the “stuff” that I acrue after events, especially vases. In all of the organizing I came across a can of chalkboard paint that was nearly full, and you might recall the resulting blog post. Well, since writing that blog I have been painting pretty much everything my daughter brings to me with it. She just loves writing with chalk, what can I say, she’s three. So last weekend it dawned on me that all of these clear glass vases might not match today’s wedding style, but there is still life in them. So I painted a couple up to see how the paint worked on the smooth glass, and it was perfect!

I love how the chalkboard gray makes the colors of the flowers stand out, and once the flowers are wilted and gone you can still use the containers as labled organizers! All of these arrangements feature my personal favorite flowers that are all free trade certified!

Hydrangea and Billy Balls in our signature recycled chalkboard vase. Price: $30

Medium arrangement: Hydrangea, Garden Roses, Succulents and Billy Balls in our signature recycled chalkboard vase. Price: $45

Medium Arrangement: Hydrangea, Peony, Stargazer Lilly, Italian Heather, Stock and Billy Balls in our signature recycled chalkboard vase. Price: $55

Medium arrangement: Hydrangea, Garden Roses, Peony, Succulents and Billy Balls in our signature recycled chalkboard vase. Price: $50

Large arrangement: Overflowing with White Hydrangea, Pink Peony, Pink and Red Garden roses, billy balls, and succulents displayed in our signature recycled chalkboard vase. Price $100

Aren’t those garden roses just killer?  We are so excited to be gearing up for our busiest Valentine’s Day ever.  And as a special treat for those who decide to order early we are offering a free plantable gift card!

Plantable Seed Paper Cards from Botanical Paperworks. Cards will read: "Happy Valentine's Day, February 14, 2012"

And if that’s not enough we will be offering free delivery for all cash orders placed before 5pm Friday, February 3 within 15 miles of the 76104 zip code.

See something you like, but it is perhaps missing your love’s favorite type of flower or maybe a little out of your budget? Contact us directly to design a custom arrangement that fits your needs.

To place your order please call 817.965.1253.

Keep me away from the paint please!

We’re getting back into the swing of things around VGP this week after a hectic holiday season.  We’re well rested, bright eyed and bushy tailed!  Today we’re bringing our readers some DIY inspiration.  It all started with this lamp shade:

If you have looked at any DIY blog lately you have seen everything and anything covered in chalkboard paint.  I’m a big re-purposer but haven’t really gotten into the whole chalkboard craze, and have almost been downright opposed to it.  So today I found a few objects that have been lying around my office and marked for trash and armed myself with a can of VOC free paint and made the magic happen.  You see, chalkboard paint is nothing more than flat finish paint tinted charcoal gray, which I just happened to have on hand leftover from some succulent gardens that I made for a client a few months ago.  I thought this lamp shade which accompanied a beautiful lamp that a dear friend passed on to me has a great shape, but I’ve never been quite sold on the pattern.  A little paint will take care of that…

I was so happy with the way it looked and had a little time left so I decided that I needed to paint something else.  Bring in these kraft paper tags:

I used these to price some arrangements that had for sale at a recent craft fair, and I just couldn’t part with them because they are so cute and kraft papery.   What a perfect chalkboard paint project!

Now I can reuse them time and time again!  I know, I know  they aren’t expensive and could easily be thrown out.  But seriously, how cute are they now!  Judge me and I’ll send you a gift with these attached.

Now let’s get to the ridiculous  part.  I used an old manila envelope that I pulled out of the recycling to protect my desk from getting paint all over it.  Guess what?  CHALKBOARD!!!!

It’s perfect, it even has a hole ready to hang.  I’m going to do this with all manila envelopes that I get in the mail from now on.  What a great organizing tool this will be!  Judge me and this will be the gift that I send you with the previously mentioned gift tags…

What other ideas can you come up with to repurpose with chalkboard paint?

How do you feel about chalkboards in weddings?  Cheap?  Overdone?  Brilliant?