Who doesn't love getting handed a bouquet of flowers? Even when they're just cheap blooms from the corner store, it's still a delight... until you jam them into any old vase. It's the thought that counts, right? You can do better by those blossoms and your boo! Here are a few tips from a professional for making any bunch of flowers look high end and fancy-pants.
Bronwen G.P. Smith is the owner and lead designer behind New York City's B Floral, a chic floral and event design company. She shared with us her best tips for turning a generic floral bouquet into something amazing.
Smith says you can turn a plain old bouquet of roses into something special for your table by adding a few greens you might already have growing in your yard.
"If you're gifted roses, try using them in a gorgeous centerpiece," she says. "By adding a surplus of greens and adding a few upscale flowers like peonies, you can create a centerpiece of elegance and style."
Everyday roses — or any other single variety of flowers — can be turned into a sophisticated, modern arrangement with the snip of a stem.
"You can turn a simple bouquet of roses into a sleek arrangement by snipping the stems short and arranging them tightly into a modern, matte vase," Smith says.
What's better than a bunch of flowers in one vase: Flowers in a bunch of vases, of course. Create a pretty tablescape by breaking up the bouquet among a few different vases of varying height.
"If you’re given a simple bouquet or arrangement, using a vase with style helps enhance your flowers and make a statement," Smith says. Not that you want your vase to upstage your flowers, but the right one can elevate them into something extraordinary.
Don't have the perfect statement vase? Improvise with an eye-catching vessel that makes your flowers pop.
"Try using a cookie jar or tea canister, or even wrapping a unique ribbon around a simple container," Smith adds.
"A large arrangement of monochromatic roses can be spruced up by adding a variety of other flowers," Smith says. "Arrange in a distinctive vase, and you have a statement piece." A big bunch of monochromatic flowers — even the dreaded carnations — can be made over into something special with the addition of a few more high-end flowers.
Receiving that bouquet is just the beginning. What you do with those flowers can tell yet another beautiful story for your home.
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