Kio Kreations’ Blog

for the love of flowers & art

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Go to WWW.KIOKREATIONS.COM November 17, 2009

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What is Kio Kreations?

Kio Kreations is an all-encompassing creative services company. Started by Kristen Janes (formerly Kristen Henschen) in 2004, Kio Kreations has grown to include floral design, graphic design, product design, fine art, and other creative services. We have quickly become one of the highest-rated independent florists in the Chicagoland. We also design oodles of fun things for sale on ETSY and ZAZZLE. We design lots of stuff for corporate & private clients and also teach art and floral design lessons. We really are an all-encompassing creative services company!


Floral Design Classes

Sign up for floral design classes given by ME at the Naperville Art League. Registration has already begun for these totally awesome (and affordable) 6-week winter courses.


Go to KIOKREATIONS.COM for info + updates! October 15, 2009

My website is going strong–but sometimes if you Google me, this site (my old blog) comes up first. No biggie…just go to and find out more about our many creative services (including floral design and graphic design).

I can also be reached via email by going to this contact page.

Some of the things we’ve been up to include the following:

My upcoming Floral Design Classes

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And we have the LOVE BREWS Wedding Event coming up in February 2010:

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And of course, we just completed another fabulous wedding!

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Thank you for your support!


A Riviera (Country Club) Reception that Rocked! May 30, 2009


The second wedding I did this weekend was for Melissa and Hieu and it was held at Our Lady of the Woods Parish with a reception at the Riviera Country Club in Orland Park. Surprisingly, they had similar colors to the other wedding I did this weekend–but a totally different look and feel was achieved! 

Melissa’s bouquet was fantastic! It was huge and beautiful and full of color and texture. I loved it, she loved it–everyone loved it! The maid of honor and bridesmaid bouquets were made of white hydrangea, white callas and green cymbidium orchids-they also turned out fabulous. The calla bouts for the men in the bridal party were sleek and sophisticated and complimented the girls’ bouquets well. 

For this reception we did 3 types of centerpieces: #1) a bubble bowl with ti-leaf wrap inside and a mixture of white hydrangea, white and purple stock, white and green dendrobium orchids and Bells of Ireland; #2) a trio of cylinders with clusters of white Vendela roses, green button pomps and purple hydrangea; #3) and the final style was something the bride came up with herself: 8 square votive holders with candles arranged in a geometric pattern. All of the centerpieces looked great in the space and worked well with the deep purple overlays on the tables.

For the gift card holder I created my “signature” floral-rimmed large cylinder vase. We also added votives and vases for the bouquets to the head table along with the tossing bouquet.

Melissa and Hieu’s cake was totally unique–covered with raspberries by the bakery and then I added white dendrobium orchid accents to it. It smelled and looked delicious! 






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An Awe-Inspiring Arboretum Club Affair May 23, 2009



I just completed Alice & John’s stunning wedding today. Their ceremony was held at St. Nortbert in Northbrook with a reception at The Arboretum Club in Buffalo Grove. Their colors were white/ivory, green and silver and we used peonies, orchids and callas as the main flowers. The bouquets and personal flowers turned out just perfect and the centerpieces were gorgeous as well. Amy Christian (my wildly talented assistant) and I also had the pleasure of working with 3 of my favorite vendors on this wedding: DOC Amy Vaught of Vaught Events, Photographer Thomas Slack of Slack Photography, and the girls at The Chair Couture. Everything came together perfectly and the couple could not have been happier. I love that…!  “My Amy” took some stunning photos featured above and below this paragraph. She is such a talented photographer and I am so glad to have her by my side at these events; not only is she a great at capturing the details of the day, but she also is the best assistant I’ve ever had and she can do anything creative I ask of her!  We make a great team!


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A Beautiful Black, White & Blue Wedding at Danada House May 16, 2009



Missy and Dan had their wedding ceremony at St. Joseph Episcopal Church in Naperville and reception at Danada House in Wheaton. Their colors were black, white and blue and everything looked fabulous!

For the Bride’s Bouquet, we did a mix of mostly whites with accents of blue. The flowers included white freesia, French tulips, hydrangea and callas with blue hydrangea and delphinium accents. The girls had nosegay-sized bouquets of blue hydrangea, delphinium and white tulips. They looked great with the simple black dresses! The guys all got tulip bouts with blue accents-sleek and simple. The flower girls carried blue hydrangea pomanders and beamed with cuteness! 

Ceremony flowers included to altarpieces that had a mixture of whites and blues including Agapanthus, which looks like a big blue firework. Love them! The reception was held at Danada House, which is a huge mansion in Wheaton. It was decked to the nines with floral centerpieces, accent arrangements, votive candles and fabulous black and white linens. Blue sheers draped the doorway into the atrium and also hung behind the head table. There were 2 styles of centerpieces; 8 tall, full & showy ones and 14 short and full ones. I love the mix of heights and textures…they worked so well in the space. The head table and cupcake table were accented with votive candles and blue faux petals. The head table also had vases for the bouquets–adding the bouquets to the head table keeps them fresh longer and adds color and a floral element to the table…I suggest this to all of my brides…and all of them wisely agree to do it! My favorite part of the reception decor hands down were huge manzanita branch arrangements which where decked out with hanging votives, crystals and orchids and sat inside an urn vase that contained hydrangea, delphinium, orchids, ivy, eucalyptus, and tulips. I hope to do many more arrangements of this type in the future! 


I loved working with Missy and Dan and wish them a lifetime of happiness together! 


Here are more photos of their fabulous wedding decor…(*my assistant Amy Christian is on vacation–so these are my amateur photography skills…not her awesome skills!)


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