Despite the good advice and guidance that I recieve from sources in the know, like the Little Flower School, and friends in the savvy, like Ms. Lujo, I still find that the idea of arranging multiple kinds of flowers in a single container of some kind largely gives me mild anxiety…I know I should simply just practice, or perhaps take a class, but it’s always somewhere in the bottom 20% of the “to do in my spare time” list.
For that reason, I found last year’s article on the vases you should own and the perfect flower to go in them in House Beautiful particularly helpful. Despite occassional attempts to “arrange” – my favorite go-to being white gladioli in as big a cloud of baby’s breath in a clear glass cylinder which always looks awesome when lit up by candles at night on a buffet table – I end up leaving the store with just one kind of flower. Best not to confuse myself.
The following has served as a great go-to list for indecisive days – I pick what looks good at the flower stand, and then match to the appropriate vase – or, to the closest I have to it at home. I’ll conclude with pretty much the best tip I’ve read on flowers – I think it came from either Thom Filicia’s or Nate Berkus’ design book which is that you should buy twice as many flowers as you think you’ll need. With flowers, more is more and that’s all there is to it. When I bring flowers home, they’re never as full as the bucket that I saw them in and if I don’t go with the twice as many rule, I often find myself scurrying back anyway. In the worst case scenario, if you find yourself with too many, just make two arrangements – now that’s a good problem to have!
|BOWL + Gardenia|
|FOOTED BOWL + Hydrangeas|
|PITCHER + tulips|
|GINGER Jar + Delphiniums|
|CYLINDER + Flowering Branches|
|BUD Vases + Anemones|
|TRUMPET + Sweet peas|
|MUG + peonies|
All photography from House Beautiful.