casual flower arranging

Nothing says, “Grown-ups live here” quite like flowers do. They imbue any room with a sense that someone cares, that this spot has been the object of loving forethought.  I’ll grant that they’re a luxury.  Unless you have a garden (and it’s the growing season) it’s likely that even a few flowers might cost you $10 or more, which is more than I’ll usually pay for a shirt.  That’s why I don’t have them all the time, and most of the times I do it’s because they were flower shop castoffs. I thought I’d show you how no-fuss it can be to have flowers at home, for those special times when it’s worth the splurge.

I like to tuck a single stem into an unglamorous place, like right next to the kitchen sink. The presence of flowers doesn’t make me enjoy dishwashing, but it does remind me to smile and be glad for the little things.

orange spray roses in earthen bud vase by the kitchen sink

The bedside is another sweet place to slip a stem or two. I bought these vases from the flower shop after eyeing them all last spring and summer.  When vase-shopping, keep in mind that the larger the opening the more flowers (and thus the more money) it takes to fill ‘er up.

orange spray roses in a silver bud vase on the nightstand

That’s why I love spaghetti sauce jars as vases. Nope, I’m not kidding. The narrow necks mean just a few will do. And look, who’s going to even notice that that’s not a proper vase? It’s not going to be mistaken for Grandmother’s crystal, but take the label off and it’s not going to be recognized as salvaged recycling either. Promise.

orange spray roses in a glass jar on the coffee table

And then there’s the floating trick. I learned this from wedding setups. Often a bride’s thirst for glamour demands a well deeper than her father’s (or fiancé’s) wallet, so here’s a workaround. We put full vase arrangements on a third of the tables, “ponds” with floating flowers on another third, and another look on the last third.  (It may be a bunch of small vases clustered together; cylinders with suspended floating roses and floating candles; or a mirror with candles and scattered rose petals.  Those are just a few ideas I’ve seen. Imaginations run wild!)  At home:

orange spray roses and leaves floating in a clear glass bowl on a teal table runner

Against this teal table runner (which is actually a scarf) the gorgeous orange stands out scrumptiously.  Look at a color wheel for inspiration on which textiles will make your flowers shine.  Complements and contrasts create their own moods, and you can adjust the pairings to suit the occasion–red flowers with a gold tablecloth could enhance a nice dinner, while red flowers on burlap or white would look cute for a potluck or other casual get-together.

If you’re worried that you’re “not creative enough” to present flowers artfully in your own home, get over it. So much of “creativity” is simply going for it, trying something out, seeing if you like it, and changing it if you don’t. You cannot be wrong about this. Flowers really don’t need your help to be beautiful; they’re going to do the work for you. So find them a spaghetti sauce jar, already, and light a couple candles. Let me know how it goes!

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  1. pretty organized « wellcrafted

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