Fresh Blooms

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One of my biggest luxuries is regularly having fresh flowers in our home. For under $10 a bunch, I can almost always find one of my favorite varieties – hydrangea, ranunculus, tulips, peonies, anemone, poppies, sweet pea and flowering branches – at my local supermarket or street vendor. I usually cluster one type together in a vase and call it a day. As much as I adore the simplicity of this look, I would love to attempt the relaxed/organic mixed-variety arrangements I always see on Pinterest for a dinner party or special occasion, but have always been way too intimidated to try!

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After reading this article in The New York Times, I picked up The Flower Recipe Book this weekend. Authors Alethea Harampolis and Jill Rizzo own Studio Choo in San Francisco, and are masters of relaxed/organic flower arranging. In the book the talented entrepreneurs illustrate how to achieve their signature style with 43 flower “recipes”, brilliantly mirroring the layout of a cookbook! Complete with “ingredients”, step-by-step directions, and a cohesive list of toolbox essentials and techniques; these free-form arrangements now seem much less intimidating!

TheFlowerRecipeBookAre you a fan of fresh blooms in your home? If so, do you prefer this relaxed style or more traditional arrangements?

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