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mag4An exceptional flower and one of my favorites  ~ The Magnolia

Happy Valentine’s Day!

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In the past I’ve been quite adamant about only using real flowers in a home. However, faux flowers have changed, and let’s face it some of us are just too busy to keep up with it all.  A trip to your local farmer’s market or grocery store for fresh flowers before company arrives might not be realistic — the solution just might be some fake ones, why not?


British Interior Designer/author, Rita Konig’s, home above with faux dahlias. fake2

Love the bowl of photos guests can sift through


A grouping from Abigail Ahern’s website

Abigail Ahern, also an interior designer, stocks lovely fake flowers in her London shop.



 Most local floral/craft stores carry faux flowers, as well as Ikea. The trick to using fake flowers is to use what would typically be in season at the time (more believable). The brilliant thing about faux flowers is that they add a beautiful burst of color with little effort. Enjoy!

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The flower from the Magnolia Tree (I believe it’s the Magnolia Grandiflora) is a super stunning flower and one of my favorites. Not only are these flowers incredibly gorgeous but they are incredibly fragrant. The only problem is, is that they are usually difficult to find. They aren’t typically found in most flower markets and once they are picked their “vase life” is quite short (maybe 3 days). The great thing about a large Magnolia flower is that you really just need one to make a statement.








They are just incredible flowers

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Several weeks ago, while on the Warner Brother’s lot in Los Angeles, I visited with Celebrity florist, Cathy Ball. She supplies many shows on the WB lot with gorgeous arrangements and more. Today, she was arranging some amazing peonies and hydrangeas for a client. What a perfect opportunity to gather some tips on putting together our own beautiful arrangement. Below, Cathy shows us 4 steps in making a simple yet elegant flower arrangement.

Above, the hydrangeas and peonies. Even the way Cathy has them arranged — waiting to be arranged – is gorgeous (the antique olive buckets are from Big Daddy’s).

Step 1: Select a vase

Step 2: Start with hydrangeas (or whatever you have), and loosely fill in the vase, leaving a whole in the center

Hydrangeas with hole in the center

Step 3: Place a peony between each hydrangea

Step 4: After you’ve layered a peony between each hydrangea, finish off by filling in the center hole with more peonies

Easy & Beautiful!  Thanks Cathy!

Shannon Ahern Design

My own attempt at arranging peonies — my favorite flower!

Have a wonderful day!

~ Shannon

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