I have a thing for paintings and I have a thing for pumpkins and I have a well documented thing for flowers. When those three planets collide, it’s a very happy day for me.
So what does one do when planets collide? Here is what I did, and when I was all finished I feel like I tackled something I have been challenged by for eons. That is styling a setting in my house so that everything I want to display looks like it “goes”.
I have an amazingly talented friend who paints beautiful paintings, and I finally bought one from her. Check out Rena’s website and admire her talent like I have done for years. Here is the picture I bought, and had framed:
I have a thing for pumpkins, and have grown them in my front yard (!!!) to the delight of neighborhood kids for several years. It just so happens, the picture I bought from Rena is a pumpkin!
I have always wanted to arrange flowers a la House Beautiful, in a way that would make my new picture look great, and so the flowers I arranged would compliment it.
I think Fact 3 is a universal challenge for many people. How do I buy flowers, and use them so that they leverage the other things in my house that I love?
So here is what I did:
Here is the space that I was working with: a table a painting and a wall waiting for sprucing up.
I knew that there were a few non-essential items I had lying around the house that I really wanted to include on the table with the painting and the flowers I was arranging. Here they are:
The first problem I came across was the vase I choose was too short. My solution? Add accessories, in this case a stack of old books to prop up the vase and create an interesting eye-line and hierarchy to the table. Looks better doesn’t it?
Now that the boring non-flower items were taken care of, I got to get to the fun part: arranging flowers!! For this project, I bought seeded eucalyptus and a bunch of what I think might be milk weed, labeled as a Fall Mix from Trader Joe’s. Here is what it looks like with just the seeded eucalyptus.
Since that wasn’t quite enough oomph for the look I wanted, next I added the milk weed flowers, and a few stems of the pods that were on some of them stems. This is about where I think I hit my mark–I liked how the elements work together.
One of the best thing about arranging flowers is that changing the look and feel of the arrangement (looser and crazy vs. stricter and tighter) is as simple as moving stems. And just like floral arranging, sometimes the items you’re working with don’t feel exactly right so you can switch things around a try different looks. So, just to see if there was another combination I would like better, I also tried the arrangement another way, with different accessories.
Alright, it’s time to sound off–which one do you like better?
Plus, don’t forget to check out our Bout Bonus round, for this week, using leftover sprigs of seeded eucalyptus, and milkweed.