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Flowers:  Budget-Friendly Blooms

La Vie Piquant

La vie piquant—the spicy life!  Everyday is filled with “piquant” moments that are pleasantly stimulation of exciting to the mind.  Whether it is in the form of food, style, design, love, entertaining, or any other inspiring idea or tangible object, “it” should be celebrated!  Here I will be sharing with you simple, beautiful, realistic, doable, and truly re-creatable recipes, entertaining ideas, and home décor pizzazz that will help you interject a little bit of “piquant” into your life – after all, we only live once.  Join me in living la vie piquant!

Flowers: Budget-Friendly Blooms

Marc J. Sievers

To me, there is nothing more uplifting than a house full of flowers!  They add a touch of warmth and natural beauty to any space and also make a house feel like a lived-in home.  As I sit here typing this post, the weather has changed 269 times today: sunny, rainy, partly sunny and mist, grey, grey and rainy… well you get the picture.  Not only did I need extra cups of my Earl Grey tea today (with cream, honey, and lavender sugar), I also needed a pop of color to make my apartment feel alive!

Instead of shopping at a high-end florist for my weekly blooms (though I do get inspired there, too), my go-to “supplier” is my local grocery store.  Lately the store’s floral department has been bursting with flowers in all shapes, sizes, and colors.  With a little time (mere minutes really!), a few supplies, and about $15.00 you can outfit your home with custom flower arrangements done to the perfect scale for any room in which you want a little extra pizazz!

These beautiful yellow roses, tulips, and mums were left over from my coffee table arrangement. I decided to use my nan’s vase for added color and contrast.

The “filler” greens from the bouquet of roses look completely chic in a simple glass bottle set atop a silver tray and other bobbles.

The most universal flower arrangement that can be used in any space are the low-lying tight flower clusters that you see in design magazines, high-end boutiques, hotels, and chic restaurants (also currently making an appearance on my coffee table!).  This type of arrangement is made by clustering flowers of the same color palette (or different, whatever fits your decor) in a simple glass vase.  The key: a floral grid to hold each bloom in place.  The grids are a simple “add on” to any vessel that can hold water, therefore making anything from a teacup, to silver bowl, to decoupaged coffee can a chic vase.

The pictures below outline how to create a simple floral grid using thin floral tape from your local craft store:

Start by taking strips of floral tape and adhering them in straight rows (leaving about 1/4″-inch). For larger stemmed flowers, allow more space between each row.

Start by taking strips of floral tape and adhering them in straight rows (leaving about 1/4″-inch). For larger stemmed flowers, allow more space between each row.

Next, repeat the same process in the opposite direction.

Next, repeat the same process in the opposite direction.

Lastly, trim the excess floral tape with a sharp knife or razor blade.

Lastly, trim the excess floral tape with a sharp knife or razor blade.