Holly Becker of decor8 and Leslie Shewring, who blogs at A Creative Mint, have collaborated on a new book due to be released this spring, and I couldn’t be more excited about it. Holly and Leslie and two of the most creative, inspiring people I know, online or off, and their new book is getting a permanent place on my bookshelf, for sure! The book is called Decorate With Flowers, and it is quite unlike anything else out there right now — its pages are packed with fresh, easy, and creative ways to style and arrange flowers in your home.
For me, cut flowers are one of the quickest, easiest, and most satisfying mood-boosters I know. I don’t shop at florists (too expensive) but rarely a week goes by that I don’t scoop up a bundle of cut flowers or a pot of blooming bulbs at Trader Joe’s, or the farmer’s market. Flowers bring vibrancy and life to my living space, lift spirits in winter, and bring the garden in year-round. Whenever my home is looking and feeling a bit sad (or I am), I know that all I need to do is add a few bud vases here, an enamel pitcher of blooms there, and the entire space will feel instantly uplifted and renewed.
I think that even if you typically don’t know what to do with flowers other than plunk a store-bought bouquet in a vase, you will not feel the least bit intimidated by the suggestions here. Simple, easy to source materials like kraft paper, galvanized florist’s buckets, colorful washi tape, and recycled glass jars are put to new, creative uses — see a sampling of the ideas above for a flavor of what’s inside. I know I can’t wait for my copy to arrive! : )
Leslie and Holly have done such an amazing job bringing a fresh angle to this subject. Their ideas are innovative and inspiring…and actually doable. That’s no easy feat! Most floral arranging books I have seen include spreads that could never be recreated at home by mere mortals (with toddlers and deadlines and dinner to cook) — but these ladies just nailed it. Flowers can and should be a part of your daily life, and perusing these images makes me feel the itch to run out and buy a whole armful of flowers, enough to fill every room. Bravo, Holly! Bravo, Leslie!
What about you? Are you a sucker for flowers at home, too, or do you reserve them for special occasions? Might this convince you otherwise? I’d love to hear…
(images: Decorate With Flowers)