When you hear the word “interior designer,” it doesn’t just mean we paint walls, move furniture and add accent pieces. I love diving into other areas of design, including floral arrangements, mostly because I love fresh cut flowers of almost any kind shape and size.
Since my garden is still forming, I buy my fresh cut flowers at the local market. Today I bought these at Trader Joe’s. I like that they have many choices for any budget.
The problem is that so many people bring home these fresh cut flowers, cut them on the bottom all the same length and stick them in a vase unarranged. I want to show you how you can make a beautiful arrangement with store bought flowers that looks like you brought it home from a florist.
First, I lay my newspaper down to catch all the cuttings and make cleanup much easier. I start with my chosen vase (see picture below) and decide which flowers will be my base. Here I have chosen the yellow daises since I have the largest quantity of these and they are the fullest flower. I cut the stems at varying lengths, but stick to approximately 1- inch longer than the vase height. This will give them a little lift but frame them nicely in the vase opening.
Now, I start to add some of the other colored flowers. Here I’m using the purple mum. I cut these at different heights - just a little higher than the yellow daisies - to create a layering effect.
As you can see, I also have cut a few of the mums slightly shorter to add interest and a pop of color to the daisy foundation. The Asiatic lily, a much larger flower, is added to the back of the arrangement. It will open nicely in a day or two.
I like to save some of the smaller unopened flowers and use them as interest mixed in throughout the bouquet and just peeking past the larger flowers.
Unfortunately, I got a bum rose in my bunch. But no worries! I can just take off a few of the outer bruised leaves and use it as more of a bud to add to the arrangement.
When shopping for my flowers, I always look for a bouquet that includes an interesting seed, pod or thistle as filler as opposed to the traditional baby’s breath. As you can see, I had a small purple lavender thistle that will lend an exotic feel to the arrangement. I inserted these all around the arrangement to give it balance and spice. I just love the way these thistles drape over the side of the vase!
Voila! I have put in the final greenery and the arrangement is finished. I love it in the green vase I started with but it’s also beautiful in the rectangular glass vase as well.
While at Trader Joe’s, I couldn’t pass up these purple Lisianthus, one of my favorite flowers. I love their fluttery edges and the intricately swirled buds. The bonus is that these flowers last about two weeks in an arrangement.
Sometimes I mix these with other flowers, but today I love the simple look of them in a small square vase. The long stems of these flowers were cut at varying lengths between 1-2 inches higher than the vase. I like laying them across the vase, crisscrossing the stems at the bottom.
These small arrangements with a shock of color are great as an accent on a living room coffee or side table. They sure can make a neutral room pop!
When you arrange flowers, don’t be afraid to experiment a little. Really cut the stems, layer the flowers and colors, or add an accent pod or thistle. You can always play it simple with one style of flower. Also, work with different objects that can become an interesting and intriguing vase. Here we have a green elephant tea pot and an ivory crackled ceramic box.
It’s easy to get a little intimidated by floral arrangements, but all it takes is a little creativity, perspective and maneuvering to create a gorgeous arrangement on a tight budget. What other floral arrangement tips or tricks do you have to share?