Last week, I took the kids to Cape May, NJ for Memorial Day Weekend. I love Cape May…the beach, the low key boardwalk, and the beautiful Victorian era pink and purple houses with their fanciful porches and laid back style. Another thing I love about Cape May is the abundance of flowers. Vibrant daffodils, gorgeous hydrangeas and cheerful milkweeds assault the senses with color and fragrance. Bringing these summer staples indoor is a great way to (almost) effortlessly transform the look of your house.
Here are a few quick tips on how to decorate with flowers:
- You don’t need to go crazy with flower arrangements – Flower arranging is an art form, and unfortunately, not all of us are born artists. Fear not…choose 1-2 kinds of flowers, and place them together in a simple, clear vase. You can choose 2 colors that go well together, or go with a tone on tone monochromatic look. Either way will help the colors of your room textiles pop.
- Branch out with branches – Willow branches, cherry blossoms or even artificial twigs, can serve as a dramatic centerpiece. Bonus points for being a relatively cheap and long lasting alternative to fresh cut flowers.
- Experiment with unusual vases – Repurpose pales, mugs, jugs or anything else that can hold your flowers. Pick a rustic pale or an old fashioned milk jug and pair it with classic hydrangeas for an interesting play on texture and color.
- You can never go wrong with roses – A timely classic, a bouquet of fresh cut roses never fails. Roses come in so many colors and can be made to fit any decor style. My suggestion, if you are going for a more modern look, skip the “Million Star” (you know, the white filler flower) that usually comes with any bouquet.
- Mix flowers and fruits – Fruits are so pretty and can add pizzazz to any flower arrangements. Fresh lemons, cut oranges or tiny raw dates can peacefully float in your clear glass vase, giving your flowers that extra oomph.
- Want to wow your guests? here are 3 simple, simple tricks that look like you arrange flowers for a living:
– Use a large green leaf and wrap it around the inside of your clear vase. This will add a sophisticated element and will make your design more cohesive.
– Submerge entire flowers in water. This is so easy to do, and the effect is so artsy and unique.
– Add crumbled clear cellophane to the vase. It will give the water an extra element and make it more interesting.