Tuesday, March 13, 2012

{4 ways to display fresh flowers}

Hi friends! I'm happy to be back here after a tough last 3 days. My Mom & Dad brought me a beautiful bouquet of flowers this weekend to celebrate submitting my thesis, and I was thrilled because I adore fresh flowers in the house! And an added bonus was all the beautiful bright pinks & purples gave me the hope that spring is actually on its way. On that note, I started dreaming up what I would like to try to do with flowers this coming season ...

1. Flowers in a bowl: I love the trick of using a grid of clear tape to keep the flowers perfectly in place across a wide-mouthed vessel like a simple bowl.

left (Martha Stewart); right (Acrylic tape dispenser via Design Darling)

2. Ombre: Everything ombre is all the rage, just type it in on Pinterest and you'll get everything from cakes to hair to clothing. I love this simple trick of placing a few shades of the same flower in a longer vessel, wouldn't this wow your dinner guests?

3. Giving flowers as a gift? How about brown paper packaging? I made a vow to use kraft paper for all of my gift-wrapping needs this year, so I'll be doing the same with flowers.

4. Try a different vessel: I love the look of flowers displayed in tea canisters or old sugar jars and the like. It always creates a unique result, especially when considering you can place flowers in anything when you place a glass vase with water into your desired vessel.

Does all this talk of flowers get you excited for spring? It does for me :)

Thank you SOO much for all of your emails & comment support this past week. I am insanely behind on responding to emails so please bear with me, I'll be playing catch up this week. Also, thanks for being genuinely interested in my progress, now that my thesis is submitted I have one month to study like crazy in order to orally defend my PhD in April. I can see that light at the end of the tunnel and I am so grateful!


The enchanted home said...

This post reminds me of why I love flowers so much....these are all soooo beautiful! Hope things are calming down for you and that all is well!

Designwali said...

ooh...i need to get me some flowers in this house!

amy walters said...

Ooh....yay for the 1 month countdown. I'm so excited for you Nancy.
Totally gushing over these blooms. The photography and colours are amazing. Love, love, love!!!

xo J and V said...

Yeah, it's spring! Beautiful flowers~what awesome parents you have:)Thanks for the tutorial..I totally needed that rather than the usual put them all in a vase and move on!

Karena said...

Congratulations Nancy, this really is a huge accomplishment!

Adore all of your ideas for flower displays!! Beautiful!

Do Come over to visit, I have a New Giveaway I think you will love!

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Sharon@house58blog.com said...

They all look so elegant! I love the idea of the paper around the gift bouquets.

Chrissy said...

I absolutely love the idea of putting flowers in a beach tote! So creative!

- Chrissy

Pinecone Camp said...

Beautiful blast of colour for this grey day! Such pretty ideas.

Tim said...

beautiful blooms, great tips and inspirations for the spring arrangement.

Have some tulips at home and I will have to start taping my vases for some more professional looking arrangement!

Gawgus things... said...

This is fantastic - I love the ombre ones and the tulips wrapped with a black bow. Divine!
Emma xx

Jenna at Homeslice said...

Beautiful!! I love the ombre arrangement, gorgeous along that table.

Sam [The Peak of Tres Chic] said...

Loving all these fabulous ideas for displaying fresh blooms. Flowers make me ridiculously happy! Thanks for sharing, Nancy. :)



Kathysue said...

All so beautiful Nancy, my fav is the brown paper with black ribbon, I have that image pinned on my pinboards too!! Nothing like flowers in the house to feel like Spring. I am so there now!! I have some in my house now. Bells of Ireland with purple iris, oh so pretty!! Kathysue

diane said...

What a beautiful post and love those tulips wrapped with a black ribbon! You might like our floral drawer pull we just completed...gives a room "permanent" flowers.

OR DESIGN glassworks. Distinctive Custom Architectural glasswork said...

We've been living in a reno (and you know what that's like!), so seeing your beautiful post today was like receiving a cheery, happy flowery bouquet! ;)

Congrats on getting your thesis in and best of success in prepping for defending your thesis! We're all with you! ;)

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Taylor Greenwalt said...

Beautiful flowers. Great idea for displaying them. Congrats on getting your thesis done. Were cheering for ya.

Tracey Ayton Photography said...

Oh so pretty, such a pretty post! Okay, we must celebrate when you're done. YAY for Nancy!!!!

Vintage Home said...

oh my what smart parents! Such beautiful inspiration @ home & on your blog!
Have a great rest(?) and Bless you are you prepare to DEFEND!

Bri@Meyouandawiener said...

I bought a bunch of pretty flowers for my sister last week from Trader Joes. They were the prettiest shade of salmon pink. Also you can get the same acrylic tape dispenser at Target for $6! Anyways good luck with everything gurl!

bri =)

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