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It’s no secret that Emily and I think flowers make everything better. Whether you’re treating yourself or a friend, floral arrangements make homes a little bit happier.

While combing through some photos, I found this arrangement I did for a friend.

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I happened to take an obscene number of pictures of this arrangement, perhaps with this post in mind! I’ve learned a few things over the years that can help make any kitchen florist create a better balanced bouquet, and I’d like to share them with you. If you have any additional tips, please leave them in the comments!

Think of the vase as another flower. An interesting vase sets a tone or theme for what you’re doing. If you’re on a budget, check out your local thrift, Salvation Army / Goodwill, or even the dent-and-ding sections of an antique or decor store.

Use a variety of flowers. They can be all the same color, but they should be of varying texture. There is certainly a time and place for a mound-o-roses, but varied bouquets are less expensive and a bit more interesting. Start with the larger flowers, then add-in, turning your vase as you go. Remember, perspective is just as important as content, so be sure your arrangement is pretty from every angle.

Height is just as important as width. Adding beargrass or a gladiola will elevate your arrangement, both figuratively and literally.

A little ribbon goes a long way. Adding that last dash of texture or color is a perfectly polished finish.

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