As a part time homeschool mom with two additional preschoolers (and a verified over committer and over achiever), I have to pick and choose carefully what claims my time and attention… And while I appreciate a beautiful fresh flower arrangement as much as any girl, I struggle to justify the time or expense it can take to keep those in my home. Instead, here are my best tips for a super quick and simple yet lovely and dramatic use of fresh flowers.
First of all, I usually look for flowers at my local grocery store. If something catches my eye and seems reasonable (Trader Joe’s is my favorite for really affordable blooms!), I’m set. No need for expensive florist flowers. These hydrangeas from my recent French dessert and coffee post were just $5 for three bunches.
Second, I rarely mix flowers. One type of gorgeous blooms is enough if you stage it right.
Third, the “vase” is key. I actually love using non traditional vases… See my 10 non-traditional ways to display flowers here for more ideas.
“Vases” with wood or bluish green glass are my favorite lately. I think they offer a modern yet rustic touch that’s perfect for my taste and mostly neutral loving style. Pretty enough to leave empty sometimes (because I know I can’t keep up with fresh flowers all the time), but simple enough to let the flowers stand out.
Fourth, cutting your flowers properly can maximize their impact. For vases with wide mouths (like the moscow mule mugs), I cut the stem so the flower just peaks above the rim. For narrow openings (like a demijohn), I cut the stem about 1.5x the height of the vase to allow the flowers to spread or 2x the height of the vase if I’m using just greens.
So in summary, having the right flower holders can make decorating with fresh flowers SO quick and easy! The wood and glass dome and the green demijohn I use often were both from Hobby Lobby a couple of years ago. The teak bowl is from Birch Lane. The straight-sided copper mugs are from Hayneedle, while the rounded ones were from Homegoods (similar ones here). And the bottle caddy is no longer available, but it came from Bambeco several years ago. Oh, and the photo bomber (who literally brought her chair in front of my camera while I was trying to take pictures, sat down, and said “cheese”) is not for sale. 😉
For even more fun (and because I couldn’t give you links for most of my favorite flower holders), I’ve rounded up 10 vases that I think would give you that modern farmhouse look. Even better, all of these are under $70 and half are under $40. Which is your favorite? Links are numbered below the image.
1-demijohn | 2-four bottle caddy | 3-vintage bottle collection
4-six bottle caddy | 5-greenish glass bottle | 6-teak vase | 7-farmhouse bottle
8-hanging driftwood vase | 9-twelve bottle holder | 10-blueish glass bottle
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Now don’t forget to visit my friends with their tips for 10 minute decorating with flowers!
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