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!
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?
Pier1 is still one of my favorite stores for branches and floral stems:
Joss and Main is another great store for accessories:
Ballard Designs greens and topiaries are beautiful also!:
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:
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.
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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.