Creative Ways to Decorate with Flowers Kathy offers great flower arrangement tips for the home. BY KATHY PETERSON
KathyPeterson.com, Flower Design by Kathy Peterson
You don't need a vase to bring flowers into your home.
Could your home use a splash of color? Then think about perking up your space with some fresh flowers. Iím a sucker when it comes to buying fresh cut flowers because every time I go to the grocery store, Iím lured away from my shopping list and drawn directly to the flower station. But I never feel guilty about buying flowers simply because flowers can really change your mood and the look of your home!
Think Beyond the Vase
You donít have to have fancy containers for a stunning flower arrangement. Instead, think about something unexpected, unusual and fun that can hold water and flowers. Things like mason jars or everyday bowls, pitchers and vintage goblets. You can also camouflage soda bottles or sturdy food containers with paint, decorative papers, ribbons and more. Just remember, if it will hold water, it will hold flowers!
Forget about using flowers only for special occasions. Treat yourself to some pretty flowers and make them the center of attention at the family dinner table or welcome yourself the moment you walk through the front door with a small bouquet in your front foyer.
Got a fireplace that youíre not using this season? Then fill it with a big bucket of flowers or lavish your mantel with an eclectic mix of small containers (I like vintage salt & pepper shakers or small bottles) with a single cut stem. Or how about arranging your flowers inside a covered cake plate!
You can even have a window treatment using flowers on your windowsill to brighten up you kitchen on a dreary day.
Simple Tips for Cut Flowers
* Change the water as neededóabout every other day.
* Add flower food to your water once the container is full.
* Before arranging the flowers, cut the stem to length and at a 45-degree angle.
Kathy Peterson is a celebrity design expert, national TV co-host on LifeTime TVís "The Balancing Act," author of 5 books including "Kathy Petersonís Great Outdoor Decorating Makeovers" and lifestyle columnist. Sign up for your free designer tips and idea newsletter at www.KathyPeterson.com.