Category: Floral Arrangements

Tips and Tricks Using Fake Flowers

January 18, 2020

One of my reader friends, Hi Robyn!, asked where I buy all of my flowers I use for decorating. I think flowers, real or faux, bring a touch of happiness to a room.  They put a smile on my face when I see in a room. I of course would love my home filled with real flowers, but in the dead of winter like now, I will use faux with no problem because some look so real!

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Faux flowers have come a long way! I remember when just starting out in business, it was very expensive to buy floral stems and arrangements that looked real. They all had a waxy, fake look about them. Remember that? And there was no online shopping  so you could only find them in a few select stores.

So where do I find my fake florals?

 

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I start looking in Amazon for everyday flowers because of variety, price and reviews. Wayfair also has a good selection:

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Pier1 is still one of my favorite stores for branches and floral stems:

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Joss and Main is another great store for accessories:

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Ballard Designs greens and topiaries are beautiful also!:

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Here are a few decorating tips when using faux flowers:

Tip: When shopping online, do a bit of research and always read the reviews!

Tip: The faux flowers made out of silk are the ones that look most genuine.

Tip:  Allow a few petals to drop. Real flowers shed, so let your fake flowers shed a few blossoms or buds on the table.

Tip: When using a clear vase with faux flowers, I think the ones that have water on the bottom look best.

Tip: Decorate with flowers that are all one color and type. Find one fake flower in the color you like and fill the vase or container with them.

Tip: Use a clear vase unconventionally with a single bud:

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TIP: Bend the stems.  A real flower does not stand perfectly straight on it’s stem. Bend the wire stems a bit so they will droop more like a real flower.

Tip: When filling a vase, too many flowers are better than not having enough.When there are not enough flowers used, it tends to make them look chintzy and cheap.

Tip: It’s the little details in a room such as pops of flowers that make the whole room look put together.

Tip: Flowers, including faux flowers, are one of a stylist’s best friend.

Tip: Using flowers helps tie a collection of items together. It’s all in the little details.  greens

There may be affiliate links in this post. At no extra cost to you, I may make a small commission and I thank you! I only add products I love and think you will too.

Tip: A good idea when making a large faux floral arrangement, is that the main flower you are using is in season. For example, you wouldn’t want to use poinsettias in your summer tablescape, nor would you want to put gerber daisy blooms in a vase in January.

Tip: Not a fan of planting fake flowers outdoors. Because of the natural elements around them, they really stand out and not look real. There may be afflite links in this post.

Tip: Keep it simple. 

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Have a great weekend!

Kelly xoxo

Decorating a Console Table for Fall

September 7, 2019

Do you have any of those tables you walk by everyday but hardly notice? I do. This is what my console table has looked like since June:

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Kind of sad to admit but I just let it go for the summer.  I am glad I felt like making something pretty yesterday and put in the effort.  It looks so much better! I actually made it up two ways to see which I liked best. One with colorful faux branches:console fall

 

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And then I tried using the last of the summer flowers in the yard:Read More

Inspiring Ideas For Kitchen Counter Styling

August 3, 2019

Looking for a fresh look in your kitchen? Sometimes just mixing things up and rearranging items on the counters can make a huge difference:

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Start by taking EVERYTHING off of your counter tops. Then add your appliances you need to keep out and then style it pretty!

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Accessories such as chairs in a wood grain is a beautiful textural element in the kitchen especially if it is all-white kitchen. Also use wooden cutting boards in various shapes and sizes for a beautiful look:

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And a simple tray works well corralling in your smaller items. I posted about kitchen decorating with trays here and here:

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You can bring life into any kitchen by adding a potted plant or fresh flowers to your counter:

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Or succulents:

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Or a little herb garden:

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My best tip when styling is to be sure not to add so much that the counter top looks cluttered. Love this simplicity, don’t you?:

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It allows you to have room and space to spread things out to cook and work on.

Cookbooks can be a great way to bring a little bit of color into your kitchen too!

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A collection of vases at varying heights is an easy and inexpensive way to make a statement. They look so nice with a mix of flowers in the kitchen, (and everywhere else too!)

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Another great way to bring softness into the space along with window treatments is with pretty kitchen tea towels:

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Hope this gave you a few inspirational ideas to use in your home. You spend a lot of time in the kitchen, make it beautiful for you!

And yes, I do use affiliate links at times and if you purchase anything, I make a little profit. A win-win for both of us!

Have a good weekend everyone!

Kelly xo

Easy Decorating With Trays

May 4, 2019

Trays are my top accessory to grab when I am putting together an arrangement or centerpiece. Service trays are so versatile and can add both function and décor to any room. There is always a table top, kitchen counter or cocktail table that needs a tray to help make a table look more put together than if a few items had been placed randomly across the table:

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So easy to put together:

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I usually like to start with a tray, add a few books, a flower for height and something special to me:

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Did You Know?

August 25, 2018

Thinking of decorating lately? Me neither. It is just that time of year when you can become overwhelmed with September right on our heels.  September means back to school, working becomes a priority again, summer starts to wind down, weeknights out are not so easy to plan, etc. etc. So, I am not giving you much to think about today. Since the great response on my last ‘Did You Know’ series, I thought I would again share with you  more hints and tips on a variety of subjects you may or may not know.

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*  This is the time of year when sunflowers are in bloom and abundant.  Why don’t you make a beautiful table centerpiece with them?  I think they are especially gorgeous when mixed with blue flowers:

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Here are a couple arrangements I made from the flowers in my garden:Read More

Blue & White & Spring Flowers

May 12, 2018

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I love using my blue and white chinoiserie jars to display flowers:

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Especially all of the beautiful Spring flowers blooming now!:

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