DIY : holiday flower arrangements

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One of my favorite things about the holiday season is spending time with some of the most wonderful people I know, which means lots of gatherings of loved ones. The simplest way to show people you care about them is putting on a gathering for them involving the right lighting, perfect music, great food and the most beautiful of flowers. It doesn’t have to be a lot and you don’t even have to spend a lot, but just enough to elevate your home to create the perfect environment for your guests.

For an event this past week I was lucky enough to be asked to create a few holiday bouquets. I had a lot of fun with the request and not only wanted to share the bouquets with you, but also give some tips on creating the perfect holiday bouquets, especially if you are on a budget. Check out the steps and tricks below to elevating your home no matter how many bouquets you do or how much you want to spend. Trust me, your home will instantly feel more beautiful with fresh flowers.DIY : holiday flower arrangements  | Nuance Design | LindyJacoby.com

step no. 1 | prep work

Consider all the places that you want flowers in. Make note of how many and how big you think they might have to be.

Tip : Places to consider having flowers are the places your guest may often most mingle or be in. Places that could have flowers may be; dinning tables or buffet areas, entryway table, bathroom table (if you don’t use a candle), ottomans and/or side tables.

Tip : Consider using odd numbers for the number of vases. I always use one or three, because more then three can often create an over crowded look.

Tip : Use low vases so the vases will be more sturdy, so people don’t accidentally push it over, especially if you are having many people there. Also have low vases so you can place high candles if you want candles (if you are using low candles be very careful on the placement to the flower arrangement – I have been to many a events where flower center pieces have started on fire because the candles were too close). Lastly low vases will spread out the arrangement farther if you are on a budget. (I do love high vases so don’t get me wrong, I’m not telling you to avoid them, so go for them if you love them.)DIY : holiday flower arrangements  | Nuance Design | LindyJacoby.com

step no. 2 | gathering flowers

No matter what types of flowers you love you should use them. For my simple arrangements I considered the type of place they were going to be used (for a dining table), the colors (for this event it was pink reds and blue greens), how many arrangements were needed (three) and my budget (which I was on).

Before you choose your flowers pick out your vases so you know how much space you really have to fill. You don’t want to get home and your vases look like they barely have anything in them. If you are designing your arrangements on a budget my favorite go to place for vases, and still can all be similar shaped (a key to design), is the dollar store! They have great quality vases (that are thick to not break) for only a dollar, that look more expesive!

To create a beautiful bouquet, grab one kind of flower that you love and has the bold color you are working with (for me it was a pink red). Although the flowers I chose are not a typical holiday piece they were locally grown flowers that were in season, so consider what is in season around your home that is unique, but would fit with your colors. Once you pick out what kind of flower you want I again suggest using odd numbers – consider the entire place you are using the bouquets (so for example I had three bouquets that were going to be in one area so I used five of the bold flowers). (Note: If you are doing a large flower like shown, you don’t have to do very many, but if you are doing small flowers as your bold color you may want to grab more so they color pops. Typically they tend to be the same cost, so just choose what fits you.) Once the bold color flower is picked grab the softer color in greenery. I suggest grabbing several different types of greenery to add a lot of different visual texture to the bouquet making it still very interesting and pleasing looking without spending a lot. Greenery is by far the cheapest you can buy, but also consider what you have in your yard making it free. All of the greenery shown is from my back yard and my christmas tree (I just cut off a branch off the back so no one will ever know). Remember that greenery comes in lots of different colors so try to stay within the same family either yellow green or blue green depending on what you are going for. There will be plenty of options for both.

Tip : Always go for the flowers that you love.

Tip : If you are doing multiple events know that flowers tend to have a life span once cut for four – five days, greenery can last up to seven days. So if you are on a budget stuff your vases with lost of greenery so that the flowers will be cheap to replace if you need to replace them between events. DIY : holiday flower arrangements  | Nuance Design | LindyJacoby.com

step no. 3 | creating

To make your bouquet start with the color and place in the vase(s). This will create a foundation for how much space you have and then the height of the bouquet. You will want different levels of height. Now, with one type of greenery at a time, start adding the greenery. You will want to evenly spread a single type of greenery throughout not creating clumps of one type. Repeat with each type of greenery. Fill with greenery till you are satisfied with the results! Make sure to fill the vase with enough water to cover all the bases of the pieces.

Tip : Slant cut all the bases so that the flowers/greenery last longer.

Tip : My suggestion to any bouquet is having different levels of flowers so that your bouquet is dynamic.

Tip : I suggest doing all the bouquets at once so you can evenly spread out all the product you got and they can also look cohesive.

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step no. 4 | placing

Now place the flowers where you want. (Note: If you have a dog like mine, that wants to eat anything green, make sure wait to place the arrangements at dog level out till just prior to the event.)

Tip: If it’s your last event for the season, maybe send your bouquets home with your guest, they will love the unexpected treat and you won’t mind because it was so cheap to create!DIY : holiday flower arrangements  | Nuance Design | LindyJacoby.com DIY : holiday flower arrangements  | Nuance Design | LindyJacoby.com

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Have a wonderful start to your week!

Truly, Lindy

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recipe : white chocolate and peppermint brownies

. to let your tummy enjoy .

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Each year I make a few new recipes to constantly try new treats for Christmas. This recipe was one I wanted to try, but once I tried it I was so delighted by the taste! It is melt in your mouth, got to have more! It is a recipe that will for sure be on my list of must haves each year from now for the holiday season. Enjoy!

Truly, Lindy

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lovely interiors : a cozy bunch

. to find your home .

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home no 1 | a contrast

Each home has it’s signature and this homes signature caught my attention. It brings artful architecture and natural modern elements together beautifully with dramatic contrast. Don’t you love those stairs? Check out the entire home tour on planet deco.lovely interiors : a cozy bunch | Nuance Design | LindyJacoby.com lovely interiors : a cozy bunch | Nuance Design | LindyJacoby.com

home no. 2 | a personalized touch

This home, first seen on coco lapine design, is a clean collection of comfort. It is a home that shows the personalized details of comfort without making your home overwhelmed with comfort. Each space shows a little bit about the owner which is so fun to see.lovely interiors : a cozy bunch | Nuance Design | LindyJacoby.com lovely interiors : a cozy bunch | Nuance Design | LindyJacoby.com

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home no. 3 | entertain

This home is also from planete deco. I had to share it, because it seemed like the perfect holiday entertaining space. It is such a lovely space to feel cozy, be inspired and the floor plan is open for all the holiday entertaining. It is just a fun space.

Truly, Lindy

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a few things I like right now

. to aspire to be your best self .

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During this time of year is when I myself and those around me shift to aspire to be our best self. We seek the things that inspire us and try to share those pieces with people we come into contact with. Christmas is so close and it is the best excuse to care for those you love. The links today are a little bit of everything, silly, yummy, creative and a way to be inspired. We all need a little bit of the best pieces right?

link no. 1 | explore

I am always inspired by instagram and what people see and how they see it! This is Glamorous took some of the best of instagram images and showcased them. Some images will make you smile, while others will blow your mind. So take a minute to escape to some beautiful places.

link no. 2 | DIY

Needing some last minute decorating ideas? Out of the world of internet DIY’s this season I was the most inspired by this ornament DIY. It is such a simple idea, but it is BEAUTIFUL! It is a fun DIY for a gift as well. Make sure to check out tattly blog to get the step by steps to create many of these stunning ornaments.

link no. 3 | create

So I have talked over and over again about my secret passion of calligraphy. Although I don’t have nearly enough time to do it, I would love to learn more, so maybe someday I will share what I do. Until then here is a fun link from the creative a fabulous fete that shares her secrets of the most beautiful calligraphy. I would love to get private lessons from her.

link no. 4 | recipe

Crinkle cookies have always been one of my favorite christmas cookies so finding this recipe made me so excited. It’s twist with not only peppermint, but nutella as well, which made the crinkle cookie even that much better! Check out bakers royale to get the recipe for all your holiday gatherings.

link no. 5 | puppies

Yes, there isn’t an image for this link, but it’s because it’s all videos. If you don’t click on any of the links above I highly recommend you checking out this puppy link. It’s five videos of dogs when they are home alone and what they do. I was sent the link by a friend and laughed out loud so hard when I saw it, so I’m sorry for all those around me at the time. It also made me wonder what my pets do when I’m not home. Enjoy the laughs!

Truly, Lindy

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