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May / June 2015

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122 Open the Door to Your New Home + AMESBURY + DANVERS + FRAMINGHAM + HAVERHILL + LOWELL + Don't let the door close on low rates, visit a branch near you, go to AlignCU.com or call (800) 942-9575. Whether you're a first-time homebuyer, an empty nester or somewhere in between, Align Credit Union is here to help you with all your mortgage needs. With free pre-approvals, incredibly low mortgage rates and expert guidance from our Home Financing Consultants, we can open the door to your new home. vases and into wheelbarrows or vintage bikes or an- tique glass vials. In addition to her signature style, Sigman's team of floral designers, including Les Fleurs' director of weddings and events, Kerianne Nelson, is central to the shop's success. Sigman prefers that her staff come to Les Fleurs untrained, training them herself and en- couraging them to think outside the traditional box. "Sometimes the formal training gets in the way of the passion," she says. "I want them to come with a positive attitude, an open mind, and a love for flowers." That love for flowers is clear in all of Les Fleurs' work. Sigman's love for her clients is also clear. After more than 25 years, she is still moved every day by the way people use flowers, in happy times and sad times, to share love, offer sympathy for loss, or say thank you. "We sometimes tear up when we hear some of the things that people write," she says. "People are trying to convey kindness...that I'm thinking of you no matter what is happening in your life." in-depth SHOP CO N TAC T Les Fleurs 27 Barnard St. Andover 978-475-9669 lesfleurs.com M O T H E R ' S D A Y B O U Q U E T Les Fleurs doesn't really do the traditional long- stemmed roses in a vase for its Mother's Day and other arrangements. Instead, it tends toward more natural, garden-inspired arrangements, some of which customers can replicate themselves. For instance, one lovely arrangement uses a row of vintage-looking glass bottles, each holding a few blooms. "Think of a small tray—maybe 10 inches—and it has all these bottles on it," Sigman says, adding that customers "get an arrangement from us, but they also get a tutorial." Although Sigman loves the garden style and the trend toward more interesting and unique vas- es and containers, she also likes using traditional flowers like roses and tulips in her arrangements. Not only are these flowers beautiful, but they help ground a centerpiece and give it substance; without them, garden-style arrangements can look too wispy and weed-like. At the same time, sometimes the simplest statements are the most powerful: One big, gorgeous arrangement of daffodils can be perfect. "You can hold back a little bit and edit," advises Sigman.

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