The Elements of an Amazing Holiday Design: Holiday Design Trends of 2016

handmade christmas heart shaped decorations outdoor in snowy gardenThere is an art to Holiday design that extends beyond the traditional green, red, and white color palette and a string of warm white accent lights around a building’s entryway. There’s nothing wrong with this approach, in fact there is a timeless beauty to these features that is essential to the holiday tradition and will forever be in vogue.

However, beyond the traditional displays of every-year, there are designers and designs that are pushing the boundaries of holiday magic to places never before reached by taking the elements of tradition and infusing them with new imagination, creating designs that are captivatingly new and bursting with Holiday spirit.

The art of Holiday decor requires a deep understanding of traditional design, along with an eagerness to break the rules and push the bounds of design. In order to create the stunning Holiday displays that we see popping up all over the country in shopping centers, town squares, government buildings, and the like during this time of year, much larger creative capacities are needed. Ambius Designers have their fingers on the pulse of the Holiday trends and play off each other’s inspirations.

Just like any form of art, Holiday décor begins with the designs that have worked and adds to it by harnessing the inspirations and excitement that surround the Holidays. This is why the Holidays in particular seem to lend us some of the most brilliant displays of the year. Just like last year and the years before, the design elements of 2016-17 continue to change and evolve with the times.

Here’s our list of the top design elements and themes that you will see this Holiday season whether you’re out walking the wintery landscapes or shopping at your local mall. Read More »

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The Long, Strange Tale of the Poinsettia in Christmas Lore

Poinsettia flowerThere are certain plants that play important and often mysterious roles in holiday traditions and celebrations all over the world. From the Egyptians who decorated trees during the winter solstice to the Pagans and Druids who used Mistletoe in their winter rituals, stories of ritualized plant use span continents and history and have become infused into the mythologies that span generations.

The poinsettia’s story is just as unique as the rest, and despite this celebrated plant’s prominence during the holiday season, its story remains largely unknown — until now.

The story of the poinsettia is one that spans hundreds of years and contains countless twists and turns as it wound its way into our holiday canon. Although it doesn’t pre-date Christianity like it’s Christmas counterparts, the holiday season wouldn’t be the same without the reds and greens of the poinsettia. Read More »

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Office Plant Design Ideas For Any Time of Year

Each season welcomes new design trends that inspire us to rearrange and enhance our workspaces. While it’s fun and exciting to change up our workplace scenery, wouldn’t it be nice if we could keep some office plant designs all year round?

Year round office design items brings a sensory-enhancing experience to the workplace, which employees, guests and customers will be sure to notice. They make each day in the office more enjoyable and productive.
So, what are these design trends we’re talking about? We listed below a few office design staples to include in your workspace all year around. Read More »
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The Healthy Building Revolution is Here: A Look into the ‘Drive Towards Healthier Buildings’ Report

The Drive Toward Healthier Buildings report is a wealth of information and a true in-depth analysis of the architecture and construction industries.

The construction industry is poised for a shift towards healthier building methods and design practices according to a new SmartMarket Report by Dodge Data & Analytics, in partnership with Delos.

The report sheds light on the market drivers causing large-scale shifts within the construction industry and causing a renaissance in health and wellness-focused properties.

The increased attention to building health impacts is just beginning,” said Stephen A. Jones, Senior Director of Industry Insights at Dodge Data & Analytics in a press release discussing the report. Read More »

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The Hungry Gardener’s Guide to the Fall Harvest

Fall is officially here and that usually means one thing: pumpkins. Yes, pumpkins are being picked and plucked from patches across the United States, but fall’s most famous orange veggie isn’t the only thing filling up farmer’s markets this season.

Pumpkins are the most popular of the fall harvest vegetables, but the harvest offers many more vegetables that fly under the radar.

Pumpkins are the most popular of the fall harvest vegetables, but the harvest offers many more vegetables that fly under the radar.

With such a large influx of freshly harvested fall favorites available everywhere from roadsides stands to grocery stores, we thought we’d help introduce you to the amazingly diverse range of flavor, texture, and scent options that you are sure to encounter this season.

Regardless of your cooking ability, these seasonal vegetables are too good to pass up and should make their way to your plate this fall whether you’ve cooked them up yourself or ordered them off the menu at your favorite local restaurant. Read More »

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