Think Spring – Faux Florals

Here in Michigan we have about 6 months of cloudy darkness, aka… WINTER. & I’m starting to feel some spring fever. I decided to make a spring arrangement for my office to spruce this place up. I love the faux florals at hobby lobby, but you can also find really wonderful ones at your local home & garden stores. [shop local] I find really beautiful faux florals at a store called Warmbier Farms in Auburn, MI. Check out their website… HERE. If you’re ever in the area, its a MUST stop.

I found my vessels somewhere in my travels [sorry I can’t remember]

Today I’ll give you some tips on arrangements. You’ll want to follow a color story. I used coral & yellow for mine. Find things in this color story. You don’t want to get a blue here, and a orange there, and a red there. It will look more professional when you follow one or two colors.

You’ll also want to use the rule of ODDS. Whatever you choose to buy, you’ll want 3, 5, or 7 of. I typically buy 3 in the bigger flowers, and 5 in the filler flowers. And I will typically get 5 different ones with similar looks.

For this arrangement you’ll need:

Wire Cutters
Two Vessels
3 large flowers [ I used peonies ]
3 medium flowers [ I used riniculas ]
3 filler flowers [ use anything small & simple, not distracting from your large & med ]
5 filler pieces [ these are the small yellow buds ]
Florist Foam

Faux florals come in crazy long stems, so figure out how tall you’d like your arrangement to be, and cut the first stem to that length. You won’t want them all the same, but you will want them within two inches longer or shorter than each other. It’ll give a more cohesive appearance. Start putting your large flowers in first, then medium, and finally, filler. You can cut them, move the wires around so they fill certain areas, and adjust till you think it looks full and fabulous! Sometimes I figure out which sides of my arrangement will show, and puff those up with more, and less in the back. If my arrangement is going to sit on a table, and you’ll see it from all angles, turn your arrangement as you fill, so it looks evenly placed all around!

What color are you thinking for this spring? Coral, Yellow, Soft pink? Let me know! Tag #eliseinwonderland on instagram to show your work! Kisses.

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BOO-tiful Table Arrangements

Table arrangements can make or break the room. Can you imagine a table without a runner? Going to a wedding without a centerpiece? Arrangements can be the center focus of your event. I love black and white. Neutral. There’s just something chic about it, almost always. Which is funny, because my mom tried to dress me in loads of black & white attire as a child, but I wouldn’t wear it… Now its my go-to. How things change.

You can find black and white table runners in all sorts of places – Amazon & Easy shops would be where I’d first look. What can’t you find on Amazon? Right? I knew what I wanted & had my mom whip this Kate Spade inspire baby up. Washable & reversible. Handy, really. Antlers are all the rage right now & at first I wasn’t too keen on the idea of putting dead animal on my table, but I really liked the way it pulled it together. Vintage stores will sometimes have them – or you can phone your favorite hunter and have them saw a pair off for you on their latest hunt. (sorry)

Now you’ll need a vessel. This wooden one is from TJ Maxx, but you can always check Target and get a serving tray to use in a pinch!

Grab some flowers and FLORIST FOAM from Hobby Lobby — here I used peonies, hydrangeas, & white pumpkins. You won’t be able to do any sort of arrangement without florist foam. It comes in blocks and circles and you can cut it, break it, and most importantly – shove stems of artificial flowers into it. Start with a few peonies and start putting hydrangeas in for filler, when you have a nice blank spot – throw in a pumpkin… just keep playing until you have filled your vessel. You don’t have to use leaves, but I had them so I threw them in there.

& there you have it. A Neutral, all fall appropriate table arrangement. Good Luck!

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Happy October Witches!

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Halloween for me starts in late August. I want to soak up as much of the holidays as possible! I love to decorate my home. My FIRST home. My husband and I lived in an apartment for 2 years, & here we are.. just passing the anniversary of our one year here. Thats not why you stopped in though. Halloween. Witches, Crows, Fall colors, Pumpkin Beers, Carmel Apple Cider – I personally cannot get enough. (Hence why I start so early)

Halloween decor can be found anywhere & everywhere, starting right after the kids go back to school. (which is when you find the BEST stuff) I haunt Home Goods, Target, TJ Maxx, & all sorts of little fun shops I have up here in Michigan. You can make anything work if you just arrange them right. Use books for height – Don’t have a purple spell book like mine? Hit up your local used bookstore and find a nice thick bound book with fun gold lettering! You can find glittery pumpkins & fun pumpkins almost anywhere! If that “perfect” one isn’t out there – opt to paint & glitter a real pumpkin, or hit up your local orchard & snag yourself a lil cutie from the patch.

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