Holiday Vase Arrangements

December 15, 2016

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Fresh flowers are an integral part of our lives, year ‘round and for every occasion. Nothing updates the look of a space like living, breathing plants and florals.  Flip through any magazine and take note of how many arrangements exist in a well designed space, and you’ll see why flowers and natural elements are an interior designer’s favorite finishing touch!

With the holidays fast approaching, here are some quick tips from my florist friend Carly Cylinder and I on some striking holiday flowers and vases.

For a formal dining room, floral arrangements and vases can be as dramatic (or casual!) as the space. A larger, square vase with a simple texture can easily accommodate the height and heft of seasonal greenery on a deep mantel.

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Carly says, “By building a base of holly greens, and mixing in some lighter, Dusty Miller cooler hues, red seasonal berries make a fiery statement and echo the wall color in this dining room.”

Design Tip: Get creative with your vase selection! Use what you might already have around your home as a beautiful base for a smaller arrangement.  A simple, gilded stemless wine glass with some delicate dahlias complements the larger, holiday-themed arrangement in a sweet way.

Lately, the web has been flooded with gorgeous images of geometric terrariums, and for good reason. These non-traditional vessels are available in many different shapes and make an excellent, dressy display zone for unique plants.

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Carly created an arrangement that used greenery that will dry in place, and doesn’t require watering. Without dirt and water to worry about, a terrarium is a low-maintenance option for a fancy spot like the dining room, where you don’t want to deal with leaks on your table.

When you’re hosting a party, a stylish way to dress the center of the table is with a repeated arrangement of the same florals. I always work in odd numbers for accents and accessories, so three candleholders made a perfect base for Carly to arrange a striking suite of anemones down the table.

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By dropping small juice glasses into the candle lanterns, they instantly became watertight and ready for flowers!  And by keeping arrangements shorter, guests are able to easily make eye contact across the table, guaranteeing a better conversational flow.

If you like, you can offer the arrangements as parting favors for a few treasured friends. But when they look this pretty – they might be hard to give up!

Happy Holidays!


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