If there’s one thing that always make me feel happy (and makes my home feel complete), it’s flowers. I don’t care if it’s a $100 arrangement or a bouquet from Whole Foods–there’s just something about flowers that instantly boosts my mood.
For my new job, I’ve spent a lot of time on set, styling photo shoots. My teammate used to work for a floral designer and is constantly creating these insanely beautiful arrangements for our shoots–it’s so cool to watch her put each bloom in just the right place until it creates this dynamic, colorful, eye-catching bouquet. Naturally, I suddenly wanted to know everything there was to know about floral arranging.With that in mind, I set out to the flower market in NYC–which happens to be one of my favorite places in Manhattan–with a little challenge for myself. Each month, I’m going to pick out some new flowers and try my hand at creating a (hopefully) pretty arrangement. I am by no means an expert at real flower arranging, so this is going to be a bit of an adventure (in fact, I had no clue what to even ask for in terms of flowers when I got to the market). But what good is life if we’re not constantly challenging ourselves, right? And really…I think you have to try very hard to make flowers look ugly, so that helps too.
I left the market with bundles of pretty flowers, like silver brunia, viridiflora tulips and spartacus dahlias, in shades of light pink, green, burgundy and grey. Without further ado, the two arrangements I created for September:
My coworker’s biggest tip was to work on creating “color stories” within the flower arrangements, so that’s what I tried to focus on–I have to admit, I’m pretty OK with the way they came out! The burgundy Spartacus dahlia was a great focus point for the first one, and the blooms in the second have a droopy quality that, for some reason, reminds me of the gorgeous spanish moss trees I saw when I was in Savannah, GA earlier this year.
So that’s September’s flower arrangement(s)! I’m hoping to take a floral design class and keep experimenting. Stay tuned!
p.s. If you’re into flowers like me, you absolutely have to check out Alison from Heart of Gold’s “Petal by Petal” series–she takes the most incredible photos of flowers!