Although it's hard to beat fresh flowers, there's something to be said about their paper counterparts. While they've had our attention for some time (largely due to the creative visions of Zoe Bradley), their versatility have made them quite the star of weddings, parties, and tabletops lately. Looking for any and all excuses to put them to good use, we found nine creative ways to give your space a floral touch — no green thumb necessary.
If you've extinguished the fantasy of living in a fresh-flower-filled home this Spring, allow us to rekindle the flame. Turns out, creating eye-catching centerpieces doesn't require financial sacrifice, skill, or even petals (in some cases). We're banking on these three easy centerpieces for maintaining a stylish coffee table — all Spring long!
Bottles as Bud Vases
Tulips continue to grow after they are cut, which makes blending them in arrangements a bit tricky. Show off their playful silhouettes (while saving cash) by sticking just a handful in individual bottles. All sorts of bottles from apothecary to soda pop will work — just be sure to peel off unsightly soda labels.
You also don't have to stick strictly to flowers. Artichokes and stones look downright architectural when placed in a cylinder glass vase and are in season this time of year.
Keep reading for our final centerpiece that's a cinch to pull off — we've saved the best for last!
We've got Spring fever, and one of our symptoms is a desire to plant, plant, plant! A look around for appropriate planters led us to our not-so-secret source Etsy, where we were delighted to discover a fantastic array of planters in everything from powder-coated steel to ceramic. Hanging or sitting, large or small, Etsy has got your planter needs covered. Read on to see some of our favorite finds!
Spring means flowers, and right now our Instagram feeds are full of blooming lilacs, tulips, poppies, and dogwoods. We love seeing how some of our favorite floral designers and bloggers capture the season and thought you would too. Say hello to Spring, and get ready to be inspired!
If you haven't noticed, we're pretty obsessed with kids' fashion around here. (Did you check out our Spring trend report? Or the loveliness of these Easter dresses?) But it's not just tiny clothing that gets us unnaturally excited to shop. We're equally enamored of kids' accessories, which style up our tots from head to toe, and this week we're fixated on Spring-y, floral shoes made just for little girls. Whether you're going for Gap's flower-topped jellies, which are a bargain at under $20, or splurging on Gucci's glam gold-and-flower espadrilles, one thing's for sure: your little lady needs to rock daisies (or tulips or pansies) on her toes this Spring!
Ordering flowers online is one of those things that sounds great in theory but ends up being disappointing in practice.
The Bouqs, a start-up out of Venice, CA, has changed the floral game. All of their arrangements are a flat $40 ($50 for a double) and sourced directly and responsibly from Ecuador, and — this is the best part — they offer three subscription services: Never Forget (for birthdays, anniversaries, and the like), Just Because (who doesn't want to get flower bombed for no good reason?), and Regular Blooms (weekly, bimonthly, or whatever), which means that you will always end up smelling like a rose. Did we mention the free shipping?
This is my bouquet of Peace roses, five days in. You wish this photo was scratch and sniff!
Basically, The Bouqs is a genius idea whose time has come. The only bad thing about it is that we didn't think of it ourselves!
Valentine's Day is such a romantic holiday, but it can also be a very wasteful one. For one, people keep buying flowers as a token of their affection even though most of these flowers go into the trash can a few days later. Let's not waste these pretty bouquets this year and use one of these ideas to reuse them:
- Potpourri: Potpourri can be just as pretty as flowers, and it's a good way to turn the flowers into a keepsake. Dry the petals for a great-smelling potpourri, and you can even throw in a few herbs, like mint, that you think will smell nice or look good with the flowers.
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Now that Valentine's Day is drawing closer, it's got everyone thinking about flowers. Getting flowers for your loved one is a hallmark of this holiday of love, but it can be quite costly. Whether you're buying them for yourself or someone you care about, here are some tips to save on flowers:
Make your own: You can always go the DIY route and make your flowers out of creative everyday items like tape and old book pages for an eco- and budget-conscious move. These handmade flowers will not only save your wallet, but they are also a unique and creative touch.
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Time it: Having the flowers delivered the day before and not on Valentine's Day can be a lot cheaper, so check to see if there is a difference in cost. Buying flowers the day after can be a lot more affordable as well, so you might want to wait a little.