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mag4An exceptional flower and one of my favorites  ~ The Magnolia

Happy Valentine’s Day!

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Recently, I was amazed to find out that an interior designer I admire, used fake flowers in her own home! In the past I have been quite adamant about the use of fake flowers. However, these days fake flowers are changing, 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 comes might not be realistic for all of us — the solution just might be some fake ones!

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The picture that changed it for me, Rita Konig’s place

It was Rita Konig, a British Interior Designer/Author, who I recently saw use fake red Dahlias in her own abode (above photo). The trick may be to mix it up, using fake flowers in some areas of your home and real in other areas. Below, another shot of Rita’s kitchen, and here she uses real roses, as with the tulips above.

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Love the bowl of photos guests can sift through

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A grouping from Abigail Ahern’s website

Abigail Ahern, also an interior designer, sells lovely fake flowers out of her London shop (some photos below, and you can click here for her website).

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Fake and lovely

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Again, very difficult to tell these are fake — gorgeous

 Most local floral/craft stores carry fake flowers, as well as Ikea. Home Goods usually carries some but it can be hit or miss. The trick to using fake flowers is to use what would typically be in season at the time (more believable). Pick something you enjoy and rotate them out for each season. Be careful not to let too much dust settle and once they start losing several leaf sections you may want to replace them. The brilliant thing about faux flowers is that they can add a burst of color/beauty with little fuss or maintenance.

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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.

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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!

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My own attempt at arranging peonies — my favorite flower!

Have a wonderful day!

~ Shannon

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