Nothing can change the whole mood of your home like an arrangement of fresh flowers. They are my ultimate go-to in decorating, and I do it so often that my trips to the flower store - whether it is a fancy florist, the local bodega, Whole Foods or 28th Street - have become a bi-weekly ritual.
I gravitate towards flowers that look good in a bunch, and I keep things pretty monochromatic. If I am going for a red arrangement, I pick out 4 different red flowers with varying textures and heights, and keep the greenery to a minimum. That’s the trick for making even your poorest quality deli flowers looking chic and making a lasting impression - try to avoid using too many fillers - they take away from the beauty of the blooms.
Branches are another great way to go when thinking of ways to bring greenery inside your home. You don’t need a lot them to make an impact…just two or three very large ones will do the trick. Make sure you have a sturdy container for them, and get yourself a gardeners sheers so you can trim them yourself.
I can almost always find some hydrangeas at the supermarket. They make such a statement in a very easy way, and like with branches, you don’t need a lot of them. The only trouble I get with hydrangeas is that they wilt easily, so I’ll only buy them if I am going straight home to put them in water, and I find that I need to cut them and change the water daily in order to make them last at least 3-4 days.
Tall, sculptural florals are my favorite. They are so much fun to style and make me smile every time I look at them. To make the flowers last, I cut them down and make sure to change the water every single day…it really does make a difference, and I can often get the flowers to last for over 5 days.