It’s not as hard as you’d think to buy Wholesale Flowers. Most cities have a Floral Wholesalers around. You just have to ‘Google it’ and start making phone calls. Which is exactly what I did, after I decided to build out a Floral Studio and Walk-In Cooler over in our Marketing and Development Center (more about my Walk-In Cooler below). Once I found one Floral Wholesaler I asked if there were any more in the area and they kindly directed me to the others. This cut my search time in half. I also asked what I needed to be able to purchase flowers from them. They said that all I needed was my Tax ID number and I was set. Not everyone has a Tax ID number but if you have your own business, you’re in luck! I now can run in anytime and buy bundles of flowers whenever I want.
START WITH THE BASICS
Once you get your flowers home you need to cut at least an inch off the bottoms at a 45-degree angle. They also suggest to cut them under water, but I have a huge industrial cutter mounted on the top of my work table, so I don’t usually do that. This way when you put them in water they will be able to soak it up fast! I always add some floral food to my water. These Floral Food Packets come in packages of 100 and for $13 bucks you can’t beat it! These packets are great for storing your bundles in until you create arrangements with them a few days later. You can also put them in your freshly picked flowers from the field (your kids surprised you with) or use them in flowers you received from that special someone. Now that we’ve covered the cutting and food part I’d like to tell you about a little trick I use to open my roses or any buds that are still tightly closed. I take my finger and softly start to open them by running my finger in a circle around the top of the bud. Once I get them to loosen and open up I stick them back in the water with food and let them continue to open for the next few days. They always need to go back into your cooler and make sure to keep it around 36 degrees.
THERE’S NO WRONG WAY TO DO IT
I love to Design things and floral arrangements are no different. Many people think making an arrangement is difficult but if you stick to some basics you can’t go wrong. Farmhouse Flowers look Amazing in a Mason Jar Vases. If you are doing a large arrangement you’ll need to get a 1 Gallon Mason Jar. I purchase mine at Hobby Lobby but you can buy them online here: XL Mason Jar Vase. Be sure to trim the stems again when starting a new arrangement. I like to add my greenery first by spreading it through the jar. I then push it back so I can start adding in my color. I start with the tallest (like snapdragons) and slowly keep adding. When using bright colors like orange I like to add them in for a pop of color, but not use too many. I love using the privet berries toward the bottom of the arrangement. It gives it a more woodsy look. Some people like more greenery and berries with less floral. It really depends on you. There’s no wrong way to do it! I went with a little more Farmhouse Traditional arrangement for this post.
SOME OF MY FAVS
Some of my Favorite Flowers to make the, Oh So Famous Farmhouse Bouquet, are listed below. These are flowers that I usually purchase each time I go to the Flower Market. I will get different varieties (if they have them) and different colors, but for the most part, they usually have these any time of the year.
TAKING IT TO THE NEXT LEVEL
Flowers are one of my FAVORITE past times! I’ve always said, in another life, I’d like to be a Florist, Photographer, Event Planner and a Painter. I seem to keep my life quite full with running Urban Farmhouse so until then I’ll just have to settle for being an amateur of all of those things. My past time became more of a reality once we renovated our new Marketing and Development Center this last year. I was finally able to have my very own floral area! Yippy!!! This is something I’ve always dreamed of having. I did a lot of research about floral coolers and supplies and as we all know, YouTube is the best teacher of all! I ended up having my #UFD Crew build me a 10 x 10 room and insulate it (for my new walk-in Floral Cooler). I purchased a CoolBot which hooks up to a simple window air-conditioning unit. It basically overrides the unit so that it can take the temperature down to 36 degrees (which is ideal for fresh flowers). Here is a link to buy a coolbot if anyone is interested in building there very own walk-in cooler for a fraction of the cost. For all the Floral Supplies you will need to start a small Floral business check out Wholesale Flowers & Supplies and for lots more info and tips check out the Chrysal Website.
THE URBAN FARMHOUSE VALENTINE PACKAGE
To make it Easy on You this year Urban Farmhouse has come up with a Valentine’s Day Package that will sure to make your Special Someone’s Heart Swoon! You can Pre-order these Fabulous Farmhouse Flowers & Signature #UFD Candles in this Cute Galvanized Bucket to pick up at Urban Farmhouse Feb. 12th, 13th & 14th. You can also add an XL-Mason Jar Flower Vase & a #UFD Gift Card to your Package.
My husband and I had a lot of Expansion going on in OKC for 2017. We Officially opened The Urban Farmhouse Lumber Company and busted out an existing wall in-between our Farmhouse Finds Warehouse and metal shop to make room for more woodworkers, finishers, sanders and metal workers. Our staff has now risen to 80 employees and is steadily rising. Mid year, unbeknownst to me, my husband decided to acquire another warehouse (in the OKC Farmer’s Market District on the same block as all of our other warehouses) to renovate. You can only imagine my utter JOY & EXCITEMENT when he told me of this Project (I’m being facetious right now, of course)! In the end we turned it into our Marketing and Development Center. This is where we house much-needed office space for Urban, but also allow others off the street to use our facility for additional purposes like weekly and monthly meetings. Our main objective is to give back to the community by allowing people to have access to a facility to better themselves and others through classes and continuing education courses. We were also voted by 405 Magazines to be the Faces of Reclaimed Lumber.
Urban Threads Opens
In April of 2017 I finally got to fulfill one of my life long dreams, and that was to opened a small Boho Clothing store! I opened it on the 2nd Floor of Urban Farmhouse designs. I have the cutest Store Manager Anna who works in there too. We have so much fun going to market to buy clothes & accessories together, but that’s for an entire other blog post (which I will do next month about our adventures to market). Check out @urbanthreadsokc on Insta Story sometime. Anna’s quite a Riot! You can also click here to check out our Urban Threads online store. We are adding items daily.
I think the biggest change for us will be the expansion into the state of Texas. We announced the opening of our new retail location at the Dallas farmers market in downtown Dallas this last year. This is a brand new building we are moving into so it took time for them to get the “white box” ready for us. We knew it would take 9 plus months for them to even hand the space over to us so we could start our part of the build out process.
Dallas Farmers Market
Due to filming the sizzle reel we were not able to fully start on the build process until October. We are currently in the preceding but, unfortunately, Texas is a little different. There are a lot of permits and things that have to be tended to. Therefore, it is taking double the time we had anticipated for #UFD Dallas to open, but honestly this is very normal in a build out of this magnitude. Our store will be located on the first level along with other retail stores. The name of the building we are located in is called “The Harvester.” There are Loft apartments above all the retail spaces and a roof top pool. Here are a few photos of our #UFD Loft at the Harvester. At any given time you will find it full of Urban Farmhouse employees.
Updates On Texas
This has not detoured us from getting open in Texas though. We also have a large Online Distribution Center 6 miles away from our retail location that we are finishing up so that we can receive and ship product from there. You will be able to purchase reclaimed wood in the raw and Signature #UFD product directly out of our Online Distribution Center on Maple Ave. What a lot of people don’t realize is that we are the MANUFACTURE and also the RETAILER of our product! When you purchase from Urban Farmhouse you are buying our product at Wholesale cost all day every day. We do not sell to other vendors throughout the United States. If we did, they would double our price and sell it back to you!!! Now, how does that make a lick of sense??? LOL.
Online Distribution Warehouse: Sneak Peek
Our plan is fairly simple. We will be taking Signature Furniture such as Rolling Barn Door Entertainment Centers, Farm Tables, Signature Benches, Chairs, Beds and sectionals and put all on our online store for you to purchase. You can click to have them shipped (with the added shipping costs, of course) or click to pick up at our Distribution Warehouse. We will also open up our Online Distribution Warehouse for you to come in a take a look at our Products offered. If there is something you absolutely LOVE then you can add it to your online shopping cart at http://www.urbanfarmhouse.com and click pick up in store. You’ll be ready to go! It’s that simple, but be sure to bring your trailer! Below is a picture of our Online Distribution Warehouse in the middle of its face lift.
Grand Opening Coming Soon!
Once our warehouse is open for business we will be announcing it all over social media along with the address to come visit. This will be a more Manufacturer-To-Customer experience as opposed to coming into our retail locations. But in usual fashion, we are sure you will be utterly impressed with what we’ve accomplished in such a short amount of time even at our Distribution Warehouse.
Thomas Family Update:
Jason and I are still working seven days a week. We are living between two states right now and with four kids and four dogs this gets a bit tedious but we love what we do which makes it all worthwhile. Saxon is now 17, Ashton 14, Tatum 9 and Ryker is 8. Three out of our four kiddos home school so that’s a feat in itself. Without the support of all of our amazing customers and #UFD Fans our expansion into other cities would not even be possible!
Thomas Family Throw Back
I found this picture of all of us back when we first started down the path of buying and selling Reclaimed Wood. This was taken 4 1/2 years ago. We started selling Reclaimed Wood on Craigslist then started using the wood we had in stock to build tables in our 1 car garage. This is how Urban Farmhouse came to life! Most people don’t know this but I bought the name Urban Farmhouse Designs over 9 years ago. I had the website name purchased for it too. I wasn’t quite sure what I was going to do with the name at the time but I just felt I should have it. As a designer sometimes you see trends before they start. In the beginning I thought I might use it for a Design Company someday. That was an under statement. I still can’t believe we have a retail store, someone pinch me! If you ever want to check out our story and how we started click here http://bit.ly/2qG7hvq
Today on Urban Farmgirl, I’m sharing the second half of my Holiday post. I’ll show you how I created my Wintery White Christmas Tree, my flocked garland, and decorations. I delivered a Christmas Miracle to you last week. You probably were unaware of the phenomenon while it was happening at the time. I was able to clean, decorate and photograph my house for my Christmas Home Tour all without losing my mind. In fact, It was downright fun!
In fact no animals were harmed during the making of this blog post. LOL, but of course it just wouldn’t be normal post without a least one Pic of my pups. #ItsARuffLife
Below is a picture of my tree after I got it fluffy and bluffed (as I like to call it) and used additional lights from Raz to add some pizzaz! As you can see there are quite a few holes throughout the tree at this point. My plan was to make a Wintery White Themed Tree this year. I knew they would be filled in with my microfiber dusters I ordered on Amazon. Yes, I said dusters. I have 4 kids, 3 dogs and a husband that proudly wears man-glitter (Sawdust). I always have dusters in spades. I figured…why not decorate with them this year?
This year I choose to put my tree in an Old Vintage Bucket I purchased in Round Top, TX. I found it inside my store at Urban Farmhouse. Not only did it give a Farmhouse look to my tree but I had another reason for using it. For all the people out there with new puppies and want a Christmas Tree but are scared to put one up, here’s your solution. Put your tree in a big bucket! My tree is high enough off the ground and the ornaments are not easily accessible anymore. For a similar Farmhouse Christmas look, check out these links of other wood buckets and boxes I found for you from Balsam Hill below.
I wanted to show you an up close pic of the Cluster lights I used in my tree. even though my tree was pre-lit I added these lights because they have 9 different setting to them and when they light up it looks magical! They are the 44 ft. warm white strands from Raz. Since I have a 9 foot tree I ended up using 3 boxes of these lights. Click the link below if you want to see the short video clip I took of the lights on my tree twinkling at night (you even hear my pups walking around with me taking the video). #TheyAreSoHelpful
Now for the Microfiber Dusters that everyone keeps asking me about. I purchased 30 of these for my tree. If you plan to do the back half of your tree I suggest you purchase 60. My tree is up against a window so I don’t decorate it all around. The link to the dusters I used is at the bottom of the post. There are many different kinds of dusters out there. I personally like the ones that are not stringy and look more like snow. When I get them I take some scissors and cut them in half. You will notice they are hard to cut so if you start the cut you can just tear the duster from there. I then fan it open and place it in the tree for a more dramatic look. Below is an up-close pic of the dusters.
My next project was to make a vintage/retro tree topper that matched my ornaments. The only problem was I could not find the color in the matte finish I wanted for the topper or my ornaments. So this gave me the idea to just custom color them myself. I mixed 3 different spray paints together to make a semi-matte metallic color for this tree. I found some Christmas picks from Hobby Lobby and spray painted them for the tree topper. I used the same color to spray all my ornaments with as well. Going with a Flocked Tree and keeping with a Wintery White Theme I needed more of a muted tone for it. Bright colors just weren’t doing it for me this year.
One of the easiest ways I’ve found to spray paint these Christmas picks is to take an empty box and poke holes in the top. This way you can get all the sides of the picks and they dry much faster.In the picture below you can see the ornaments I painted. I used the same 3 spray paint colors on these as I did on the tree topper. My ornaments were plastic ones you can buy from your local craft store. I purchased mine from Hobby Lobby. I also used antlers (that I spray painted with the same colors) throughout the tree to give it an Urban Farmhouse feel. The matte metallic is very Urban and the antlers are a bit Farmhouse so once you mix those 2 elements together, Volia, you’ve got an Urban Farm Feel.
Here is the tree topper I made. I found a Deer topper at Hobby Lobby that went with the antlers I placed throughout the tree. I added this to the very top of the tree (after I spray painted it of course). I used 6 of the picks I sprayed and placed them all around the Deer head. I went to town twisting them in all different directions to give my topper a Vintage Retro Vibe!
Let me start off by saying–that the only reason I decorated my home for the Holidays this year was because of the awful guilt trip I received from my 9-year-old daughter, Tatum. She never spoke a word but when she gave me that “look”, you know the one, and instantly I flashed back to me and the kids decorating our Fake 9-foot willow tree in the corner of the living room last year for Christmas! Below is a picture of the tree in the right hand corner.
She didn’t say a word but she was right. I just threw some string lights and a few of the kid’s ornaments on the tree and called it good. Now that I think of it, I might have even had them wrap their own presents in the garage. LOL. I know, you’d think since I’m a designer I’d have this over the top fully decorated home each year, but honestly, it’s quite the opposite. I’m just keeping it real for the Holidays people so please don’t judge me!
I’m a working mom with 4 kids, 3 fur babies, a husband, and 80 employees. When the Holidays roll around, I work day and night getting our warehouses and showrooms decorated and ready. After 12 trees and Christmas decor that goes on for miles, it’s hard to want to come home to your own home and start it all over again. By the time Thanksgiving rolls around I’m Christmased out!
Here’s a pic of Jigsaw & Dremel helping me decorate this year! They never judge me : )
That’s why some years all I want to do is to throw some strings lights up on a willow tree in the corner of the living room and call it good. Is that so much to ask for? I know I have to pull my big girl or (mom panties) up and deal with it, so this year that’s what I did. I rallied for my family. My sincere hope is to inspire you!
This year I chose to go with a Wintery White theme. I used a 9 foot flocked tree and stuck dusters in it for snow. Yes, that’s right, I said dusters!!! Stay tuned for my next #UFDDIY blog post out in a few days. I’m going to give you tips on how I decorated my Winter White Tree along with the topper. In my tutorial, I’ll give you everything you need to re-create my Christmas tree.
No project is complete without Rustoleum so I’ll show you how I spray painted my ornaments and flocked all my garland for the fireplace and under the TV surround.
Then I tied it all together with these “flocking stockings” over the fireplace. I’m sure there’s a better name for these stockings but I don’t earn my money word smithing so that’s what I’m calling them!
Simple greenery like this can be used for a place setting at a bar or pub top table. It is inexpensive and elegant.
I am giving away a SMEG Stand Mixer, just in time for the Holidays! Urban Farmhouse sells them for $495.00 but for one lucky reader…it is free! The Contest starts TODAY at 12 noon and ends Sunday at Midnight. Winner will be picked at random and announced Monday Morning. Good luck, Y’all. You can enter through the form below!
The first week of October we filmed a Sizzle Reel, for Cineflix Production Company. Life is always a little bit crazy at Urban Farmhouse but October was especially crazy. During the making of our sizzle reel, we renovated the second floor of our warehouse and built a kitchen in 24 hours! We hope to inspire you with our #URBANDIY Kitchen.
Where It All Started
I recieived the initial email from Dan Pasqua, a producer with Cineflix in late spring. When I opened it, the first thing I read was: “Have you ever thought about having your own TV show?” Well no, I had not. Is this a joke? I’m probably getting Punk’d right now! LOL. I put it aside–but after several more emails over the course of a month from Dan–I finally realized it was for Real and he was Serious!
I was curious, though and I just had to ask him how in the world did he find us??? We own a little furniture store in Oklahoma City, OK for heavens sake! He told me he had seen our about us video on our website and it made him stop and watch. He said he actually watched the whole 6 minute video (which in the grand scheme of things is pretty long if you ask me). After a few Skypes back and forth to Canada the rest was History.
Modern Farmhouse Kitchen | My Plans and Sourcelists
Now to get to the good stuff. Since the Production Crew was coming and we had plans to film for several days we timed it so that they could shoot the before and after of our Modern Farmhouse Makeover (in one portion of our warehouse). See, we have 4 warehouses in Downtown, OKC, but there was one in particular that was in desperate need of some TLC, hence the 24-Hour Kitchen Reno. Below is the sketch I did on my husband’s notepad in about 10 min.
My Plan for UFD’s Modern Kitchen
The idea to renovate the warehouse and build a kitchen in 24 hours sounded a little crazy to my staff, but they quickly became intrigued with the idea. I wanted to create an Urban-Farmhouse-Modern-Kitchen and use it to display our new line of SMEG retro appliances (now available in store). I owe my #UFD Crew a BIG Thank You for all their hard work. They helped me make the Urban Farmhouse Kitchen come to life!
Here are some of the items I used to create the #UFD Farmhouse Kitchen:
I ran over to my Farmhouse Finds Warehouse and found some Old Wood Crates that I used to make drawers. I used 16″ long beveled edge White Subway Tile with black grout for the back-splash. We always have an abundance of scrap wood in our Shop. So, I put it all to good use and made Floating Shelves with it. The modern hardware and fixtures paired with the reclaimed wood made balanced the look.
To give our kitchen a little bit of edginess I added our new line of SMEG appliances to it. SMEG appliances are sold now at Urban Farmhouse Designs. Check out some of their small appliances here! We had a blast creating this kitchen renovation in 24-Hours while filming our Sizzle Reel. We couldn’t be happier with the finished project!
Oh and did I mention that in that same area we painted a whole wall of Shiplap black??? We actually call it “Farmlap” since we sell, what we call, Farmhouse Wood over in our Urban Farmhouse Lumber Co. If you are in the Oklahoma City area you should definitely come check us out!
In my family, we take pecan pie seriously! My mom quit a lucrative career as a realtor, to perfect her ***secret*** pecan pie recipe. That dedication paid off and earned her a National Pie championship title, in 2014. She started her gourmet pie company and the rest is sweet history. Her company, Farrist of Them All, is already sold out online for the rest of 2017. Urban Farmhouse will carry her product in our OKC store during Thanksgiving and Christmas, for the lucky few that get one. My version is a little less labor intensive with the help of a store-bought pie crust. It cuts down on time but not on flavor. If you are a food snob and cannot bear to use store-bought pie crust–fellow Oklahoman, Ree Drummond, has a classic version here…
Cherami's Chocolate Chip Pecan Pie
It's the season of all things yummy and sweet, so we thought we'd give you a little recipe to try out for the holidays! This pecan pie recipe is so simple and fast - You're sure to impress anyone who takes a bite! Just follow these step-by-step instructions and you'll have a freshly baked Chocolate Chip Pecan Pie in no time.
Welcome to Urban Farmgirl Blog. My name is Cherami Thomas. I am a wife, mother of four, and business owner. But I am so much more than any of those labels. Urban Farm Girl is a place for me to create, dream, and connect with other creatives. Thank you for stopping by today. I’m looking forward to sharing more with you over the next few weeks.
Sizzling hot dogs, the crunching of freshly cut watermelon, and crackling of fireworks are the timeless sounds of 4th of July! One of the best parts of summer is hosting your friends and family for a patriotic cookout. We are helping you navigate through all of the stars and stripes to create the best table scape that will be the perfect back-drop for lots of laughs and sharing a summer holiday with loved ones.
Cherami Thomas, Co-Owner of Urban Farmhouse Designs, has broken down her steps to dressing your farm table for the fourth using accessories found at the Urban Farmhouse Designs online and in your local stores.
Use colors that correlate with the holiday, creating a theme for your event
Use two to three tiered plate stands to incorporate height within your table scape
Layer trays, plates, and bowls to give a more dramatic effect to your table
Use small themed toothpicks or chalkboard tags to identify each unique dish being served. This is especially helpful for potluck style parties! You can check out your local Hobby Lobby or party supply store to find decorative serving ware.
Don’t forget to grab some mason jars to fill with silverware or napkins to tie in the farmhouse feel.
A majority of the items used for decorating our 4th of July farmhouse table scape are from the Mud Pie collection that is carried in store and can also be ordered online by emailing email@example.com! Mud Pie carries a wide selection of high quality holiday ceramics that are sure to set your party apart from the rest.
Our favorite outdoor entertaining always happens around our reclaimed picnic tables and benches. These tables are the perfect way to spread your farmhouse glam to the backyard with lots of fun decorations! Whether you’re entertaining close friends or the whole neighborhood, don’t forget to head down to Urban Farmhouse Designs for all of you 4th of July necessities!
We are talking Father’s Day with Urban Farmhouse Designs owner, Jason Thomas. Jason spends his days continuing to develop our Oklahoma City location, opening the Dallas location and raising his beautiful family. Busy doesn’t even begin to explain it!
Not only is Urban Farmhouse Designs a locally owned business, but a family owned one, as well. Husband and wife, Jason and Cherami, have spent the past four years building and developing UFD into what it has become today. But, they aren’t the only members of the Thomas family contributing. Oldest sons, Saxon and Ashton, spend their summers learning the family business from mom and dad.
How many people call you dad?
“Saxon 16, Ashton 13, Tatum 9, Ryker 7”
What is your favorite part of having your children work with you?
“Probably how unique and different their talents are. They don't need to be me and I want them to be what completes them and makes them happy. Yes, I will have my input, direction, and sometimes disciplines to teach them, but past that, I love who they are & I’m excited to see them step into their own passions and gifts.”
What do you hope your children will learn from watching you build UFD?
“What I hope they learn is that nothing is given in this life other than Gods grace. Hard work and dedication will only take you so far. Commitment to principles and being a servant to all is what allows you to do what most consider impossible. A humble foundation is a powerful foundation. So while all the business books speak of self empowerment and strategy, I hope my kids see that a servant’s heart is unmatched and unstoppable. Part of this is taking complete ownership for when you mess up or make a mistake. Simply own your problems and don't run from them, or worse yet, blame somebody else.”
What is one activity your kids do with you that they can’t do with mom?
“Activity with my kids that doesn't include mom…. Resting because the woman never stops working.”
What Father’s Day traditions do you have with your children?
“Father's Day tradition is me getting something I didn't know I was in such dire need of - like cuff links since I wear t shirts and shorts everyday.”
Checkout Jason’s picks for the perfect last minute gift guide for that special guy you call Dad. All items listed below are in stock and available for purchase in store!
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