Guest Author - Susan Taylor
The best product I found in the decorative area was orchid switch plates at Miller Concepts. I worked with this vendor and they have put up a page with just orchids to make it easy for you. You will find is a whole page of different orchid switch plates which can be ordered in different sizes and types. The quality of the product is very good and the plates come with installation screws included.
Horchow has a lovely set of orchid dinnerware with pink Phalaenopsis on them. At this time (October 2008) they are on sale and would make a really nice gift for any orchid lover who loves to entertain.
Smith and Hawken has reintroduced a Victorian favorite, the cloche, which is an old-fashioned idea, but very decorative and can be used indoors with your orchids. It is a glass container which can be used to create a mini-terrarium around your orchid plants so that they can be displayed indoors while continuing to provide humidity for the plant. The Orchid Cloche is a tall cloche which can contain a 25 inch plant.
For a truly spectacular place setting, check out the David Linley orchid placemats and coasters made of rosewood with inlaid orchids of sycamore and padouk. These are masterpieces of woodworking and would make anyone proud to own them. This vendor is in the UK so if you wish to order for the United States, be sure to order early.
One favorite that Iíve used in years past, but it still looks as pretty and fresh as ever is the orchid candle from Love Your Wedding. Theyíve expanded their selection to include yellow and pink as well as the original white candle. You will need to go down about half way on the internet page to find the candles. One good feature is that the candles will burn down the center and leave the outside intact so that they can be reused with either new wax or with another candle inserted in the middle.
The Swarovski Crystal Orchid is a real gem which your orchid lover would truly enjoy. Please note that you will need to enter "orchid" in the search area to get to the orchid crystals. It sparkles, is always in flower and is truly eye-catching. They even have an orchid spray (also shown on this page) which is even more spectacular!