If you’re like me, the little things in life go a long long way. It’s like those little luxuries just make you want to squeal like a little school girl. One of those luxuries for me is a beautiful bouquet of flowers on the kitchen table. I ADORE coming home from a long day at work and having those pretties staring at me when I walk through the door every day.
Some people might disagree with me, but I think they might disagree because they see flowers as expensive and something that simply dies. So yes, they do die eventually, but also how many groceries do you end up throwing away or products don’t work like you’d hoped so they sit in your closet for the next 5 years… Just saying… And expensive, you can’t even use that as an excuse. Local grocery stores have some of the most beautiful florals and it’s simple to combine a couple variations to make something beautiful!
Now some florals are a great stand alone, Gladiolus are my favorite for that. Fingers crossed someday I can have a little garden someday and try my hand at growing some myself!
And then most you find are fine on their own but not amazing. And this is where some might get intimidated. It’s easier than you might think! First things first, you need to find a base to start your bouquet off of. Whether that is a floral or a greenery, starting with one or the other will define the style of your bouquet.
Whether you decide to start with the green or the floral (pink for my bouquet), you need to add the other next. Those two pieces are the core of your visual piece. After those bolder pieces are selected, a secondary floral (purple here) that is a supportive floral to your primary. Then finally an airy supportive (white). This all adds fillers with statements without over powering. You can always add more or less to each. Having your greens and primary floral are a must. You can then add or take away the supportive pieces.
One of the keys in building your arrangement is to trim off excess leafs from the floral stems. Those leafs take away from the arrangement itself. As you see in the video, those leafs on the ranunculus were trimmed before adding them to the vase. Other florals, such as tulips have even larger leafs that the trim of those make a greater impact. So remember, trim those floral leafs for success!
A statement bouquet adds life, color and something beautiful to your home. For me, this is the first thing I see when I walk through my door. Its a perfect welcome home after a long day in the office.
The greenery also has a longer life than the florals so they can be hosted in your home days and weeks beyond those florals and still add a beautiful statement as a stand alone. Basically, your dollars are maximized by their longer life.
Additionally, if the florals have a few stems to spare, adding a smaller set for a bathroom or night stand add a fun touch throughout your home.
Florals can be and are more than things with a luxury price tag with a short life. Florals add so much to a home and can have a longer more beautiful life than you imagined. I hope you find a local grocer to build your own. My favorite stops here in the midwest are Whole Foods, Trader Joes and Kroger. They all have such an amazing variety to add to your space and bring joy to your every day!