I was contacted recently by Emily Reinhardt, an amazing local Kansas City ceramics artist. She sells on Etsy, and her business is the object enthusiast. I've been a fan of her work for awhile, and love following her on Instagram. She makes the most gorgeous pieces, I honestly could fill every shelf in my house with them. So you can imagine my glee when she offered me a piece of her work to incorporate with some of my floral designs. Obviously I said yes. I wanted to make this really special, so I decided to do an Everyday Flowers post, three different ways to style a vase. Below is the piece she gave me. She uses lots of gold in her work, a woman after my own heart!
I created my arrangements in the spring, one of the most lovely times of year for flowers. For this first look some of these blooms aren't something you'll find in your local grocery store, but check out a flower shop in April or May, and you're sure to come across some. I'll give you the names too, so if you want to, you can know what to request. From left to right pictured above: poppies, mint leaves (from my garden), sweet pea, peonies (from my garden), spray roses, astrantia.
To get the basics on prepping and arranging your flowers visit this post.
I love using herbs when arranging, they add a lovely fragrance above and beyond the flowers. I find that mint is a nice compliment to the sweetness of flowers like roses, and peonies.
Poppies are super delicate, and a little tough to get sometimes here in the midwest, but when you can get them it's totally worth it. They make quite a statement.
For the second look I wanted to keep things super simple. This is a look that literally anyone can style. One large bloom in a vase, you really can't go wrong. Of course I used a peony, they are the queen of spring flowers. This one's from my garden, but you can find them in abundance in the spring, sometimes even at Whole Foods or Trader Joes.
Boom! Gorgeous, no?
Greens are a huge trend right now in the floral world. I've done tons of weddings this season that incorporate lush wreaths, and garlands. It's no longer all about big fluffy balls of flowers, but interesting foliage in all shapes, sizes, and colors. And of course succulents, I'll never tire of those. I think the greens really compliment the beautiful vessel, and let it's beauty shine (literally).
A huge thank you to Emily for this beautiful vessel, please pop on over to her shop, the object enthusiast, and support this amazing artist!
xo ~ Emily