FLOWERS AU NATURAL: TRY YOUR HAND AT A QUICK AND EASY ARRANGEMENT

by Marisa Marcantonio

With so many gorgeous flowers in bloom, take a moment to arrange your own. Get a few bunches of fresh stems, cut the bottom of them at an angle under running water, and arrange away.

CHOOSE A UNIQUE VESSEL FOR A CREATIVE DISPLAY:


Take a silver, glass or ceramic pitcher for arranging.


Use what you have. Take the lid off of a tureen, and fill it with oasis and arrange. Then set it at the center of a table with the lid propped next to it. Voila, another purpose for a rarely used and beautiful soup tureen. The one shown above is Chinese Bouquet from Herend.

Photo Courtesy of Charlotte Moss
Texture and shine make silver a perennial favorite for plants and flowers. Silver Swirl Cachepot from Charlotte Moss online.


Photo Courtesy of William Sonoma Home
Large vessels suit branches well. Try flowering Quince with these brown and white pieces. Perch them at either end of a mantel for symmetry . Chocolate Ginger Jars from William Sonoma Home.



SOME OF THE PICKS OF SPRING:


Think color, and don't be shy. Mix unexpected colors together or go the monochromatic route for a big impact.








Carnations, once considered cheap and often seen alongside Baby's Breath, are stylish once again and tend to look best used all one color for maximum punch.

VALENTINE, BE MINE

by Marisa Marcantonio

Sweet gifts are a special way to to celebrate the big day.
Photo Courtesy of Dyptique
Get The Roses Rose Dyptique candle to put Valentine's Day in the air. That way, your house will smell like you got fresh roses.


Photo courtesy of Martha Stewart
Give flowers that are well priced and pretty. White lilies from Martha Stewart for 1-800 Flowers smell delicious and come in a clean and simple footed vase you will want to reuse.

Photo courtesy of Belle Fleur
Peonies! My favorite flower is arranged to perfection by Belle Fleur. To send their beautiful blooms in the tri-state area, visit their site.

Photo courtesy of Martha Stewart Crafts
Make your own valentine's. You don't need to be a little kid to get crafty. Mix and match pink and red cards and detail them with heart stamps from Martha Stewart Crafts.

Photo courtesy of Martha Stewart Crafts
Adorable ribbons are a special touch that make all the difference on a gift. Also from Martha Stewart Crafts.