Springtime … flowers, beautiful blooms and interesting foliage that feature unique shapes and textures.
Those greens shown above are from my Variety, The Children’s Charity Table Top Luncheon table recently. I designed a garden motif table top and, following the event, which raises funds for children in need, I brought my flowers home and placed them in this simple white pedestal vase. Fresh look – I like it!
It makes me happy to always have a fresh bouquet in my kitchen or on my vanity. I love the colors and different shapes! Nature always inspires me — I just bought a bunch of bright pink peonies, and as I walk past them and take in their scent, they make me feel that there are “no worries, and that life is good!”
I pay close attention to the vessel in which I place my flowers. Vases have to be the right size and shape, as well as a complementary color that won’t clash with the flowers. Simple is best, as flowers always should steal the show.
Favorite vases include:
– Frosted citrus-colored (shopterrain.com). One could use different shapes and sizes for an interesting colorful floral arrangement. They’d make an elegant statement on a mantel or shelf.
– Ceramic gingham vase in the En Soie signature gingham pattern with 18k gold edge. These are handmade and hand painted in Poland. Yellow tulips (photo, desktopnexus.com) would look great in this!
– Vintage. A wooden box, a Mason jar, an old bottle/vase … these are the things that add instant charm.
(photos from left justcallmegrace.tublr.com;neon-s.tumlr.com; projectwedding.com)
– Bottle vases. The emerald green bottle, shown here (shopterrain.com), is just the ticket for a pretty magnolia branch (Zen look!).
– A sweet short vase, the Laura Kirar for Arteriors style is sophisticated — great for a bunch of white lilies! (photo, ShinganPhotograpy)
– A hobnail number always brings back memories of Grandma. This one, from Anthropologie, or another vintage one (shown at right — it’s from my most recent EAster table and features a mint-hued vase from Crate & Barrel with ranunculus) would sing with a pink or white anemone bouquet. Love it!
– White simple vases from Barbara Barry for Global Views would work well for hydrangeas in lime green or pink! And a clear glass vase from Global Views (above) is a must in anyone’s collection. I have a few different clear glass shapes and sizes that work for hydrangeas, peonies or a mix of various greens (peonies found on Pinterest). I adore the blush-colored peonies — so luxurious and feminine.
– The elegant Arteriors’ solid brass fluted cachepot (below) with a vintage brass finish is the perfect container for an orchid. (orchid photo from thatkindofwoman.tumblr.com). The pink wisp vase (below) is from Barneys New York — gorgeous!
Best Flowers: How to Shop/What to Look for
– Bright: The brighter the petals the fresher the flowers
– Spotless: If you see little yellow spots on the leaves, the flower is getting too much moisture and the petals will probably start falling soon.
– Clean: Check the water in which the flowers are standing. If there are bacteria in the bucket or vase, don’t purchase them.
– Long-stemmed: A long sturdy stem is better — that indicates that the flower has had time to grow and to develop a big, healthy bud. (Note: Even if you want short flowers, pick long-stemmed varieties and cut them to size.
Once home, be sure to add a few ice cubes to the water in your vase. The chilly temperature acts like a refrigerator for the blooms and slows down decay and bacterial growth.
Do you have a favorite flower and vase combination? Please share your ideas with us.