Our yard is awash with flowers. Spring is in full bloom and the scent of flowers carries a sweet fragrance, excites your senses, and lifts your mood. Sadly, I'm no green thumb gardener, but I do love to bring in flowers from my yard or give them away to friends. In my early work years, I was convinced I wanted to own a florist shop, so I went to floral design school and worked in a florist for several years. I didn't love the daily routine of working in a florist, (no one warned me about thorns) but I do love making floral arrangements and am thankful for my training. Fresh floral displays are a fabulous way to make your home feel alive or they make a fabulous house gift to a neighbor or friend.
What better way to brighten up your home than with sweet scents of fresh flowers in bouquets or just a single stem in an interesting holder or vase.
Did you know? The sense of smell is so amazing it can bring back childhood and vivid delightful memories of by-gone years. So, why not bring those happy memories back into your home with simple, fragrant petals that lift up your spirits.
I simply love Peonies and Roses and they make such a fabulous presentation. We are blessed to have many in our yard. A simple mixture of medium stemmed Roses and Peonies, alternating the colors make these flowers pop against a white table and wall.
Now, believe me, creating fresh flower arrangements, centerpieces, or just a vase of stems by your bedside doesn’t require a lot of know-how - just a bit of creative talent. Anyone can do it! I tend to love the neutrality of white flowers which go with any decor. This floral display is as simple as it gets, but it looks great and would smell amazing in the room.
Many of us have a corner or entryway space that just needs something soft or fragrant; but you can easily bring pizzazz to those neglected or hard to decorate spaces this spring. This entryway is enhanced by using tall cuttings and letting them spread naturally wide. The homeowner wanted white flowers to continue the neutral theme of the room.
Who doesn’t love a beautiful bath or powder room? It’s surprising how one vase or grouping of your favorite flowers can change the feel and look of a room.
Instantly dress-up that blank corner with a mix of styles, vintage furniture, contemporary sleek vases, or a bright eclectic arrangement that are sure to be spot-on. This is the perfect floral arrangement for the minimalist at heart – sleek, striking, and oh, so eye-catching.
Now, don’t forget about yourself! By arranging a vase full of cuttings next to your bed or favorite chair, it creates a relaxed, serene, and romantic space to drift off to sleep or read a good book. The surprising effect of a sweet aroma from fresh flowers does wonders for your soul.
We live such busy lives that sometimes we forget to be good to ourselves and when flowers are placed in your favorite they are personal - just for us.
Seasonal displays are one of my favorites. As the seasons change from spring to summer, your table can take-on a different look with the changing flowers of the seasons. Each season has its beauty, so why not showcase them often. If you’re new at this, keep to one type of flower at a time. By using a clear vase it gives this monochromic bouquet a modernly chic twist.
This single flower grabs your attention with the mercury glass vase and the aromas of both candles and flora make the room alive. Simple, romantic and fragrant.
I love the mix of fruit and flowers in a display. Below, the green apples pop in the glass but the flowers make it soft and inviting. Super appropriate to use fruit and flowers in the kitchen.
This spring and summer bring new energy and spirit to your home by simply incorporating fresh flowers around your home. Whether you get your flowers from your garden, florist, or the neighborhood grocery store, it’s all in the arranging.
They don’t have to look perfect but these simple rules will allow them to look striking:
1. The vase needs to be two-thirds the height of your arrangement.
2. Cut the stems at an angle.
3. Put your flowers immediately into water after cutting or getting them home.
4. Always place that floral food packet into the water.
5. Change the water every two days to ensure they last longer.
Don’t underestimate the power of an array of fresh flowers. So the next time your home needs a little brightening up or you need good vibes, remember fresh cuttings and simple displays work magically.