Put down the grocery store bouquet! You are better than that! This past weekend I popped into Whole Foods to grab my mother some pretty petals. Their pre-arranged bouquets were predictable, boring and reminded me of stock bouquets from…

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Put down the grocery store bouquet! You are better than that! This past weekend I popped into Whole Foods to grab my mother some pretty petals. Their pre-arranged bouquets were predictable, boring and reminded me of stock bouquets from ProFlowers. Womp womp….There was no creativity, no interesting color combinations, no exciting mixture of petals. They were just all wrong in every way. So I bought worth of all different flowers and accents, brought them home and DIY’ed the bouquet myself. Here’s some tips to arrange your own if you are sick of grocery store bouquets too:

Choose a Color Palette

Whether the bouquet is for your home, office, or a gift for a loved one, decide what mood you want it to create. Go into the store with a theme word in mind. Mine was sunset. It helped me quickly zone in on specific flowers that were in the sunset palette, instead of getting overwhelmed/over-inspired by everything offered.

Texture is Your Friend

Don’t be afraid to mix textures in a bouquet. That’s what makes it interesting. I love the fluffy peony next to the smooth airy tulip. More texture creates interest and drama, and gives the eye a lot more to admire. I also love using greenery for texture–dusty miller what what!! Or in this case I threw in some yellow billy balls to add a little bit of the unexpected.

Focus on the Petals, Not the Stems

Get your flowers home and remove everything on the stems. It might feel scary, or like each stem looks naked, but I promise this will make the flowers sing! Too many leaves left on the stems can overpower a bouquet and take attention away from the petals. If you aren’t comfortable with removing everything, try removing most and leaving just a few leaves.

Trim at Varying Heights for Interest

I’ve been stalking floral designers like Kiana from Tulipina Design. I love how she incorporates varying heights to make her arrangements look wild and free. I feel like the flowers can better dance when you don’t cut everything the same height! Remember to cut some shorter so they are closer to the opening of the vase. You want to see flowers at every height, not stems.

Trim the Stems at Angles & Remove All Foliage In Water

Trim the bottoms of each stem at a 45 degree angle. This helps them drink the water better. Definitely remove any extra leaves or foliage that is in the water of the vase–these will go rotten.

Get Creative With Your Vase

The vase is half the fun! One of my favorite vases of all time is so versatile and goes with everything, and it looks like a real birch tree. Find the vase here. Or try an unexpected color like this one (learn how I painted it here). The possibilities are endless, and whatever color you choose can really change the vibe of your bouquet.

Put them in the Fridge to Last Longer

I’ve read that all the other weird tricks don’t help flowers last any longer. (Put a penny in the water? No.) Clear out all those old leftovers and pop the bouquet in the fridge overnight. Doing this every night will give your flowers several days longer to live.

Trim the Stems whenever You Change the Water

My mother taught me this one: Whenever you change the water, also trim the stems again. You’ll notice the ends get a little funky while sitting in water. Trimming them again (just 1/2″-1″)  will help them better drink the new water and therefore live longer.

 
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I love to turn planters into large DIY candles. It's my favorite gift to give. Everyone loves a huge multi-wick candle!

LABEL MAKER

amazon

When in doubt, label everything. I'm amazed at how long this little machine's batteries last.

"LOVE" ART PRINT

society 6

Got this one after my husband popped the question. It's how I feel when I'm with him!

FAUX FUR BLANKET

anthropologie

The coziest blanket you'll ever find. So good I gifted them in different colors to my beloved wedding guests!

heyday IPHONE CASE

target

Currently using this--it's the perfect shade of soft pink, and sturdy without looking bulky.

Fiberclay PLANTER SET

michaels

Scatter a cute planter set from Michael's around your home--it will make your decor feel cohesive.

SHEEPSKIN rug

etsy

I throw these everywhere... the floor, my work chair, the couch. They are 100% worth every penny.

IMITATION Pothos

michaels

Shhh... When I want my plants to cascade more, I add in an extension like this while they grow.

Bisley FILE CABINET

container store

I used two of these sleek Bisley cabinets under this delicious slab of wood to DIY my dream desk.

HANDMADE CERAMICS

calLahan ceramics

Sign up for alerts, it's almost impossible to purchase these beauties before they sell out!

MICRON black PENS

amazon

These are the only pens that let me write neatly. There's something magical about them! #01 is my fave size.

Tulip Wreath

amazon

The first time I saw this wreath in real life I gasped because I thought the tulips were real! It's stunning!

Fanny Pack // BELT BAG

shopbop

The fanny pack has officially changed my life for the better. No more big bag shoulder and back pain!

SCARF NECKLACE

mignonne gavigan

The most beautiful handmade accessories around. (I wore MG "Burst" earrings for my wedding!)

THRIFTED DESIGNER SCARF

thred up

Make money on clothes you no longer wear, and find designer goods (with tags still on!)

Storm Cloud Wall Art

anthropologie

Living in LA's perpetual sunny and 72 degree weather has made me LOVE clouds because I so rarely see them!

TILLANDSIA AIRPLANT

AMAZON

The most low maintenance plant on the market. Find a cool planter and plop it in. Mist every 2-3 weeks.

FLORAL Macbook case

etsy

I've cracked too many screens in my lifetime to not protect my devices. Love this feminine floral hard case.

Distressed Mirror

anthropologie

A mirror that looks like a moon? Make it a full moon everyday in your house!

GLUE GUN

amazon

Everyone (and I mean everyone) should go through life with a trusty glue gun by their side.

uline hair detangler

amazon

The best detangler I've found. I throw the travel size bottle in my gym bag, travel bag, and beach bag.

Silicone ALPHABET MOLD

amazon

These ABC molds allow for ample DIYs. Jello, melt and pour soaps, crayons... the fun really will never end!

fave white tee

amazon

My favorite white tee. Best cut v-neck, long in the body, high quality. (Why not get a few.)

THERMAL LABEL PRINTER

amazon

Print a lot of labels? Get this thermal printer and never buy an ink cartridge again.

e6000 GLUE

amazon

This is the glue that holds my life together. No really... I use it for everything.

Sigma 35mm 1.4 lens

amazon

100% my most favorite portrait lens. Do yourself a favor and add it to your cart immediately.

Caudalie BEAUTY elixir

amazon

This face mist instantly will make you feel more refreshed and awake after a few spritzes!

Candle Making Pitcher

amazon

Never buy a candle again! Use this to DIY your own (they smell better, burn longer, and save money).

singer sewing machine

amazon

This is the sewing machine I used to DIY my wedding dress! Easy to use, I recommend it to any level sewist.

photography backdrops

replica surfaces

I use these surfaces to shoot styled stock, product, and brand photos that need clean, realistic backgrounds.