When I pick up my fresh flowers for the week, I love to mix them into interesting and modern arrangements that are simple, chic and completely unexpected. While in Paris working on my new book last month, I found these gorgeous, long-stemmed Dutch tulips and some fabulous eucalyptus branches at one of my favorite florists in the city, the incredibly stunning Adriane M Fleuriste in Saint-Germain-des-Près. You could easily find both of these at your local grocery store! Eucalyptus is a go-to of mine throughout the year, because I can get a voluminous, dramatic effect without spending a lot of money. Using the eucalyptus as a foundation, build the arrangement by placing the branches in a vase filled with warm water. There is no rhyme or reason for the placement of the branches, which is half of the fun (the more wild looking the better!). For the tulips, be sure to cut the stems on a diagonal, to allow the blooms to drink in as much water as possible. Then place the tulips around in the vase to complement the eucalyptus branches. Et voilà! A beautiful Grocery Store Flowers Made Fabulous arrangement, perfect for entertaining or for an earthy and elegant everyday moment just for you.
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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!
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: