Romantic Faux Floral Arrangement

Thursday, February 13, 2014


The rain and soft sunshine of early spring are upon us here in California, where the first blossoms of a new season are beginning to form.  Now is the perfect time to update our decor with some pretty new floral designs.  Since it is still a little early for many varieties of fresh flowers to become available, I decided to create a faux arrangement instead.  

I love the Romantic style of vintage-inspired decor and have had this pink metal urn for several years now sitting in my studio filled with scotch tape and other unworthy items.  It is a vintage-looking piece, very ornate with a stamped gold border that beckoned to be filled with a profusion of blooms in a soft Victorian palette.  Pinks and purples seemed fitting, as they highlight the delicate, old-fashioned European style of the container.  


To design this arrangement I began by selecting flowers in a range of pinks, lavenders and plums with a few green and white blooms for accents.  To evoke a loose and organic garden style, I chose a variety of different shapes and sizes of flowers then arranged them freely without floral foam which made the piece less fussy and more natural.

It is extremely important to choose only high quality flowers if you want a realistic look.  Below, a few close-up images of the flowers I used show the detail and construction of these materials. Notice the silk floral petals are often more than one color and textured.

I selected lavender peonies and light pink ranunculus combined with antique white lisianthus to form the core of the arrangement then inserted deep plum peonies for dramatic effect.


Next,  I added lavender anemones for texture as the ridged petals and large centers draw the eye and create visual interest.


For gesture and movement I finished the piece with willow branches, burnt pink larkspur and a few sprigs of white chamomile flowers.  These pieces add spontaneity to the design as they appear unplanned and natural.


The overall mood of the piece turned out to be very unstructured and richly textured with a vintage Romantic style.  It reflects the transition between winter and spring...


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8 comments:

  1. This is beautiful!!! I love the unstructured look and the delicate colors......nice job!!

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  2. just lovely! I would never have guessed they were faux- and so artfully arranged

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    1. The faux flowers made today are very realistic looking. Thank you for your comment and for visiting!

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  3. This is such a beautiful combination of colors. Just gorgeous! A lovely way to bring the beauty of the garden indoors.

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    1. Thank you, Lidy. I'm glad you like the soft color scheme. I am finding myself drawn to these new Victorian hues.

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  4. I love the way you have used this faux flowers Lisa - a perfect arrangements for spring!!

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    1. Many thanks for your kind comment, Julie. I especially like working with faux flowers in the winter and early spring as there are so many varieties available that can't be found in the garden this time of year. Glad you stopped by...

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