Here are some
simple ways you can use flowers to brighten your home
- Attach small
vases containing short stems of fresh flowers to a pre-made
wreath and hang it on your front door to welcome guests.
- Make a first
impression with a large, abundant arrangement.
- Create a
focal point with a piece of artwork on a pedestal draped
with a garland and flowers.
- For a friendly
look, place a basket with a garden bouquet on the entry
- For an easy,
elegant table decoration set a series of alternating
crystal vases and candles on a fabric runner. Place
fresh flowers in each of the vases and surround them
flowers are perfect at place settings or attached to
Blending with the casual atmosphere of modern home entertaining,
this centerpiece is sure to dazzle guests during afternoon
brunch or informal dinners. The candles provide a refreshing
combination using the elegance of flowers with the ambience
Flowers featured: Lilies, carnations, spray roses, alstroemeria,
daisy chrysanthemums, solidaster, monte casino.
- Take your
favorite vase, treasured antique bowl or silver pitcher
to your florist for a custom-designed arrangement.
- Float two
or three blooms, such as gardenias or gerbera daisies
in a favorite crystal bowl. Add a floating candle or
two for a glowing evening effect.
- In the summer
when the fireplace isn't being used, brighten the hearth
with an abundant assortment of seasonal flowers. Continue
the theme by placing a few of the same flowers on the
mantle next to those family photos.
- Trim a windowsill
with a collection of terra cotta pots, using a combination
of herbs and sun-loving plants like kalanchoe, African
violets or primroses.
- Old water
pitchers, antique teapots, classic urns or even tattered
clay pots make fascinating containers for a casually
placed flower arrangement.
Loosely clustered to give the look of a freshly cut
garden bouquet, this hand-tied design adorns a favorite
water pitcher. The complementary flowers and colors
brighten any part of the house, from the kitchen to
the family room to the bedroom.
Flowers featured: Alstroemeria, carnations, freesia,
roses, bouvardia, delphinium, stock, Star of Bethlehem,
- Tea roses,
freesias, peonies, lilac and lilies, are all deliciously
fragrant choices for a bud vase on your nightstand.
- A bud vase
with a simple cluster of flowers hidden in the center
of a clear bubble bowl filled with potpourri is the
perfect way to welcome a guest.
- Try floating
rose petals in a special bath to spoil a friend!
- Give yourself
a "nature break" by keeping a flowering or
green plant next to your computer station or fax machine.