Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Decorating with Floral Arrangements

I don't know about you, but one of my favorite things to decorate with is floral arrangements.  I just love the warmth and elegance a beautiful floral arrangement brings to a room.  But, if you've shopped for floral arrangements you know how pricey they can be!  When Brad and I got married almost 13 years ago, there's no way we could afford those expensive arrangments and we still can't!  So, I got busy teaching myself how to arrange flowers.  It's not at all an easy process, but once you practice and give it a try, it's like anything else... the more you do it, the better you get.  But, I have to admit, I understand why they are priced like they are!!  Some of them are well worth it!

I decided to focus this post on floral arrangements because I have just finished making 4 of them!!  They are fresh on my mind!  :-)  You'll notice that I use a lot of burgundy and red in my arrangements.  Right now just about all of my decor is burgundy red and gold.  You should have seen the mauve flowers I used in my arrangements when I first got married!  OH MY!  ;-)

This large arrangement is sitting on my dining room table.  I actually bought a smaller arrangement in this pedestal container at Canton.  I used it in my kitchen and loved it!  But, when I got my dining room table, the pedestal base was just what I was looking for to put on it.  I bought some new floral stems and added them to this arrangment for a significant height difference and to make it look more formal.

I made the two arrangements on the sconces from scratch.  And one thing I know... it is VERY hard to make two identical arrangements.  It's even harder to make two arrangements that mirror each other!  Gracious!!!

Another view of the dining room table arrangement.

The wall sconce arrangements have feather trim at their base!

These were fun to make and I think they turned out great for this room.

I made this arrangement many years ago.  It sits on my entry hall table.

This particular arrangement has been everywhere!  Right now it is in my entry hall and is also visible from the window beside the door.  I just love the versatility of floral arrangements!  They look good just about anywhere!

I originally made this arrangement for my fireplace mantle.  But, in this house, I've decided to put it on top of my piano.  Do you see the red flowers trailing down the front??  Those are flowers made from crystal beads.  I just love them!!!

I made this flower arrangement to sit in my gold trinket box and have it displayed on my bedroom coffee table.

This is another arrangement that I originally bought, but I have put it in a new rooster container and added many more stems, feathers, artichokes, and berries.  It's home is my kitchen table.

And finally, this is a new arrangement I just made for my master bedroom.  I used a lot of stems, sticks, and greenery for this one.

Now, I really need to focus on some runners and scarves for a few of the arrangements to sit on.

I made this topiary arrangement almost 7 years ago when I found out I was pregnant with Mallory.  I made it for her room and it's still there today.  It got a little messed up in our move and the ribbons I used really need a good fluffing.

Thanks for stopping by today.  I'll be linking up with Savvy Southern StyleElements InteriorsTip Junkie, and DIY by Design.
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Ashley said...

Hair-bows, decorating, floral arrangements and sewing....what can't you do?! :) You are one talented lady...everything looks amazing!

Mandy from Burkett Blessings said...

Thank you, Ashley. Um, if I remember right, I'm pretty positive you're one crafty lady, too!!! :-)

Shirley said...

Love your beautiful florals! Evidently you learned very well the art of floral design.
Have a blessed day!

Judy said...

I am a lover of floral arrangements as well. Yours are beautiful. Thanks for sharing at my Swing into Spring party.

Kim said...

Love your blog and your gorgeous florals. My Mallory is 15. Yours is adorable!

D. More said...

Very informative! I learn a new thing every day. Hope for more. Will be coming for more NYC Florist.

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