April 15, 2021

Flower Power: Designing With Fresh Blooms

In: Interior Design, Lifestyle


Is there anything more beautiful than a bouquet of freshly cut flowers, beaming with the essence of new life and a vibrant spring palette?

A  lovely arrangement takes center stage in our client’s sitting room.
Photography: Julie Soefer

As designers and longstanding garden club members, we believe that the sense of life fresh arrangements weave into a home is truly unmatched and that an interior simply isn’t complete without the addition of thoughtfully placed arrangements. A little something you may not know about us: Fresh flowers, greenery, and plants are integral to our design approach, and we personally arrange all of our own arrangements for photo shoots!

Sarah pulling flowers for our Park City shoot which can be seen in Expressive Interiors: Designing an Inviting Home
A fun thing to note about tulips is that they’re one of the few flowers that will continue to grow after they’ve been cut! We love keeping our tulips loose and garden-inspired. The shape they take on over time is truly divine!
Photography: Stephen Karlisch
A simple monochrome arrangement of ranunculus pulls this moment together so beautifully.
Photography: Julie Soefer

There are so many ways to indulge in the beauty of fresh florals and greenery and we have a few ideas to share today from our decades of experience playing with these natural beauties!

A statement arrangement filled with roses, fresh greenery, and petit tomato vines sets the tone for tea.
Photography: David Shilling

Get Creative
Floral arrangements of any size can add the perfect finishing touch to your interiors – it doesn’t always have to be a grand arrangement! For example, you can opt for a modest pop of green in your entryway housed in an antique vase or a small bud vase to round out your library or desktop.

Referred to as the ‘Rose of Spring,’ ranunculus are romantic and bouquets always have the most interesting shape – they’re one of our very favorites to work with!
Photography: Julie Soefer
Sometimes all you need is a vivid dose of green! Look at the light and life those fern leaves bring into this vignette and it’s as easy as pulling them from the garden.
Photography: Julie Soefer

Explore Your Garden and Grounds

Creating an arrangement on your own doesn’t require running to the local flower market! Head outside and cut fresh flowers and greenery from your own garden or surrounding grounds (so long as you won’t get into any trouble) – we often find the wilder, the better! We love keeping an apron and cutting shears on hand during shoots for those moments when we look out the window and notice some rose bushes suddenly bloomed overnight, and you can do the very same at home.

Sandy bringing in some beautiful branches for her Park City photo shoot as seen in Expressive Interiors: Designing an Inviting Home.
Photography: Stephen Karlisch
Split leaf philodendron grows beautifully in Houston and lasts for weeks once arranged!
Photography: Julie Soefer
Protea are another option that stand the test of time!
Photography: Stephen Karlisch

Stay Inspired

Everyone knows we adore perusing magazines for inspiration! In fact, you’ll regularly find us pulling out pages detailing exciting new products or concepts and Flower magazine is one of our very favorite sources! We get lost in the mixtures of dreamy blooms and buds that all feel so effortlessly designed, although we know firsthand how much work goes into creating the perfect arrangement for any space or occasion!

Flower Magazine
March/April 2021

Whether we’re designing arrangements for a shoot or an intimate gathering at home, we love playing with color palettes, textures, and interesting mixtures of vases and urns! Turning to resources like Flower magazine makes experimenting with new shapes and sizes a breeze.

Take things one step further by picking up resources like Living Floral by Margot Shaw or Charlotte Moss’ newly released Flowers (hint, hint – these make fantastic Mother’s Day gifts!).

A vibrant tablescape at Sarah’s own home featuring a fun mix of lilies, aster flowers and white salvia
Photography: Stephen Karlisch

Make Every Day Memorable

Flower arrangements add a flourish to any special occasion but they also have the power to make everyday moments more memorable. Anything that can hold a bit of water can be transformed into a centerpiece, so look around and add a few arrangements to areas like your patio, bar cart or serving side table to lend an added sense of delight to any evening spent at home.

Moving in a plant and the addition of  wildflower-inspired fresh florals immediately transformed this outdoor patio space for a night of outdoor entertaining!
Photography: Julie Soefer
More ranunculus at play because we aren’t sure you can ever have enough!
Photography: Julie Soefer
It’s amazing how a single rose bud has the power to change your day.
Photography: Stephen Karlisch

Share The Beauty

We believe flowers are meant to be enjoyed and shared with those you love! Over the past year, we’ve greatly missed certain events we hold so dear, including the River Oaks Garden Club Azalea Trail. We’re taking a trip down memory lane sharing a few of our favorite pre-pandemic memories of times when we were able to fully enjoy beautiful gardens, create arrangements, and soak up quality time with our beloved community. Scroll on to mark your calendars for fun garden-inspired events on the horizon!

A local flower arranging workshop hosted by our good friend Dundee Butcher, founder of Russian River Flower School in Healdsburg, California
Azalea Trail 2020
Another Azalea Trail arrangement we produced in 2018!
Can you tell this is one of our favorite events?! We’re really looking forward to Azalea Trail 2022!


Garden Club of Houston ‘Graffiti-Art in the City: April 27 – 28, 2021

Memorial Park Conservancy Glow in the Glades presented by our friends at Moss Landscaping: April 29, 2021

Hermann Park Conservancy Evening in the Park: April 30, 2021

River Oaks Garden Club Azalea Trail: March 4 – March 6, 2022

Museum of Fine Arts, River Oaks Garden Club and Garden Club of Houston present FLORESCENCE : April 25 & 26, 2023

Bayou Bend Gardens offers a ton of family-friendly spring events including Discovery Days as well as virtual programming

Houston Botanic Garden has a fun summer concert series, wildflower walks, and weekly tours

The Houston Botanic Garden is a beautiful addition to our city!
Image credit: PaperCity

We look forward to getting back to our ‘flower friends’ and continuing to educate ourselves on the latest trends in floral design.  What are you looking forward to getting back to this spring and summer?

“Flowers always make people better, happier, and more helpful; they are sunshine, food and medicine to the mind.”
Luther Burbank

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