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My Review: Martha Stewart Flowers

February 25, 2009

Sunshine is flooding my home today so it was the perfect opportunity to spend lunch photographing my new bouquet from the 1-800 Flowers Martha Stewart collection. Remember my thoughts in Craving Spring when I expressed how I felt a bit tired of the weather and was hungry for Spring and that I ordered flowers for a little pick-me-up? I ordered for the first time from Martha Stewart since I had a coupon (code: MARTHA49 gives you 15% off) and because the offer included a 1 year subscription to MS Living magazine or $15 cash back. After these discounts I saved around $23 so that felt good. I was also able to justify this purchase because of the vase included — a matte white faux bois ceramic ‘stump’ with a shiny glazed interior. It’s delicate and beautiful, something I’ll use time and time again.

When my big aqua box arrived yesterday (Martha’s signature color!) I felt kind of goofy giddy like a teenager receiving flowers from her first crush. I guess I needed them and this gift to myself more than I had thought! I’m easily sucked in to beautiful product packaging, from the chocolate grosgrain ribbon to the white tissue paper delicately patterned with the Martha logo, so I was hooked. Then there was the chocolate swirly font welcoming me to her world of flowers and gorgeousness on the box, and a sweet package that included flower food (2 packs) and a lovely little booklet discussing flowers and plants with photos and instructions to help me care for my new blooms. “Your flowers will be thirsty from their travels”, it said. How cute. Now excuse me as I share 10,000 photos of my new bouquet as shown on the dresser in my bedroom, which smells like fresh picked freesia and roses. Now I’m feeling’ Spring, baby! The Holly is back! :)

The above bouquet is called Rose Medley and Freesia Bouquet in case you feel like treating yourself along with me. FYI – The roses really are this orange, though the website shows them to be more peach.

(images from holly becker for decor8)


  • Reply leaca February 25, 2009 at 3:11 pm

    Gorgeous. I drink the Martha Kool-aid too. =]

    leacas last blog post: traveling moleskin

  • Reply Sam February 25, 2009 at 3:12 pm

    just so beautiful! how can you argue with a great product and great packaging..

    Sams last blog post: Bringing the Outside In : 4

  • Reply paola February 25, 2009 at 3:13 pm

    LOVING the styling – especially the necklace and artwork behind. You definitely deserve them….

    paolas last blog post: Fabulous Lampshades – Insatiable Studios

  • Reply Jenn February 25, 2009 at 3:15 pm

    So pretty and definitely unexpected from 1-800 Flowers. I want to send these to someone! Oh, and the Martha Stewart Living subscription is a great incentive…

    Jenns last blog post: "We all need a splash of bad taste; no taste is what I am against"

  • Reply Sofia February 25, 2009 at 3:16 pm

    The first thing I asked myself when viewing the photos was “are those ORANGE flowers” Orange is my favorite color and i’m so happy you shared this!

  • Reply Stephanie February 25, 2009 at 3:19 pm

    The flowers are gorgeous. I can taste and smell spring when I look at them!! I like them so much better on your photos by the way (than, they look so soft! What a pity they don´t ship to Germany. The weather´s all grey and muddy here, too.

  • Reply Laurel February 25, 2009 at 3:22 pm

    Beautiful photos that work perfectly with the beautiful arrangement!

  • Reply Michelle February 25, 2009 at 3:27 pm

    Holly, These images are beautiful. Great job!

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  • Reply Lisa Golightly February 25, 2009 at 3:31 pm

    love the vase (and the flowers) and am wishing I could smell them!

  • Reply julz nally February 25, 2009 at 3:32 pm

    oh these photos and flowers are making me anxious for spring too! their color is so calming yet so vibrant i just want to reach into the photo and touch the soft petals ;) thanks so sharing!

    julz nallys last blog post: My new friend : the sewing machine

  • Reply suzanne February 25, 2009 at 3:37 pm

    Oh now that IS some spring gorgeousness!!! Love them!


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  • Reply Lesley Denford February 25, 2009 at 3:40 pm

    Soooo pretty! I think I need to treat myself to some fresh flowers next time I’m out. Canadian winters drag on forrrrreveeerrr, and a little pretty bouquet might be the perfect thing to cheer me up. :)

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  • Reply Nancy D. February 25, 2009 at 3:42 pm

    Flowers are gorgeous Holly! The vase is pretty nice too!

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  • Reply Maura February 25, 2009 at 3:47 pm

    What a great spring pick me up! Good for you.

  • Reply cdelphine February 25, 2009 at 4:00 pm

    ooh they look wonderful. I will have to order myself flowers someday. The only problem is that some flower scents are too intense for me. I will have to research different flowers and figure out what scents I like so that the bouquet doesn’t end up sitting on the back porch.

    • Reply decor8 February 25, 2009 at 4:10 pm

      I absolutely know what you mean CDelphine. I cannot be in the same room as lilacs and easter lillys for instance. Unfortunately we have HUGE lilac trees outside of our bedroom window which would be unbearable but I have an A/C in my bedroom all summer so the windows are kept shut. Freesia and rose is a pretty light scent, nothing heavy at all so I highly suggest them for those who are sensitive to flowers.

  • Reply Vica (Flying Umbrellas) February 25, 2009 at 4:01 pm

    Just lovely!

  • Reply Jenny February 25, 2009 at 4:05 pm

    The vase is very covetable!

  • Reply jen February 25, 2009 at 4:12 pm

    le sigh! you talked me into it. :) its my birthday next week so I treated myself to these gorgeous flowers. Can’t wait until tuesday!

    jens last blog post: EVERYTHING YOU EVER WANTED TO KNOW about me

  • Reply Sara February 25, 2009 at 4:22 pm

    Those are GORGEOUS! I might have to get myself some of those!

    Saras last blog post: ACEO of the Day – Spring Wash

  • Reply Diana February 25, 2009 at 4:25 pm

    Beautiful! I wish she had more selections that came with that vase.

    Dianas last blog post: Love of Wilderness

  • Reply Averill February 25, 2009 at 4:31 pm

    You’ve inspired me Holly to go pick up some of my own flowers! How beautiful!!

    Averills last blog post: R.O.Y.G.B.I.V.

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  • Reply Aimee February 25, 2009 at 4:41 pm

    Great review! I actually bought myself flowers on Valentine’s Day this year. On my lunch break I just went and bought myself a bouquet, got back to work and found a square canning-type “vase” cut the stems down and had the cutest little arrangement! they last about a week and I enjoyed looking over at them everyday. I had a few blooms left over that would not fit the vase so I handed them out among the ladies in my office, it was a great treat for everybody to have pretty flowers on their desk. My only regret is that I didn’t have a camera handy! Next time I’ll be better prepared!

    Aimees last blog post: etsy love: kerry beary

  • Reply Courtney February 25, 2009 at 4:50 pm

    Perfect late-winter-pick-me-up! The vase is so cute, and I’m glad you’re feeling better.

  • Reply molly February 25, 2009 at 4:55 pm

    lovely, thanks for sharing your little bit of springtime!

    mollys last blog post: In need of a beach day

  • Reply tink February 25, 2009 at 5:14 pm

    Do the freesias happen to have their distinctive smell? That would seal the deal for me!

    tinks last blog post: More White loveliness

  • Reply Kristyn February 25, 2009 at 5:29 pm

    Beautiful flowers! I love the Martha selection at 1800flowers but keep in mind the arrangements are DIY – not the best option for sending flowers as a gift. I didn’t realize this when I sent a MS bouquet to my mother-in-law.

  • Reply Terri February 25, 2009 at 5:35 pm

    Utterly gorgeous Holly. Like you, I am a sucker for beautiful packaging and can’t believe how lovely these are. I would be right there drinking the Kool Aid with you. Nice photos too – pretty styling you!

    xo Terri

    Terris last blog post: The Acquisition of Things

  • Reply Terri February 25, 2009 at 5:40 pm

    I checked the website and it looks like Martha’s flowers are not available in Canada. I picked three different bouquets (just to try) and it told me they cannot be shipped with my postal code. How sad. :(

    Terris last blog post: The Acquisition of Things

  • Reply Shanon February 25, 2009 at 5:57 pm

    Oooh, I’m so happy for you that you treated yourself to these. And I’m also a bit jealous. More than a bit actually. =)

    I love when you shoot these little scenes. The artwork, flowers, and accessories always look so lovely together.

    Shanons last blog post: Book Swooning!

  • Reply Vicki Dvorak February 25, 2009 at 6:31 pm

    My mouth is literally watering after looking at the beautiful vase of flowers from Martha Stewart. I need to order myself some flowers……and soon! I live in the Seattle area and we’re experiencing our usual gray clouds and drizzle. Thanks for the inspiration, Holly. :)

  • Reply kate February 25, 2009 at 6:35 pm

    What a great idea…I’m feeling spring fever lately too. I think I might follow your lead on this one. Thanks for sharing the lovely photo’s!

    kates last blog post: Four Weathered Industrial Coat Hooks

  • Reply R February 25, 2009 at 6:48 pm

    It is a lovely bouquet and I’m especially impressed after this review (I’ve ordered Martha’s flowers many times for others, but never for myself, and it’s nice to know that they were so charming). But I am kind of hung up on “drink the Kool-Aid.” I cringe whenever I hear someone casually tossing that phrase off. Jonestown was a horrible tragedy where people DIDN’T just willingly commit suicide–which itself is horrifying enough–but many were murdered, including babies and children.

  • Reply Pamela February 25, 2009 at 7:04 pm

    Lovely picture. I especially love the painting!

  • Reply reddoorread February 25, 2009 at 7:37 pm

    i like the colours and the vase. they’re pretty. i hope someone sent martha flowers while she was in prison.

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  • Reply Jules February 25, 2009 at 8:00 pm

    The vase alone sells me. Gorgeous!

    Juless last blog post: Things I Hope to Never Forget | Hummingbird Nests

  • Reply Gypsy Alex February 25, 2009 at 8:48 pm

    Loved your photos, Holly! Such great styling! I’m going to have to treat myself to a lovely bouquet after seeing yours. I’m loving orange these days ~ xo

  • Reply Sarah February 25, 2009 at 8:54 pm

    Really lovely! What a great pick me up!

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  • Reply Amy February 25, 2009 at 9:12 pm

    I’m always so tempted by Martha’s flowers. The colors in your bouquet are delicious! I’m particularly loving the orangey-peach. And I loved that you saved big, too! If anything, I’d love to see MORE photos!

    Amys last blog post: alphabet soup {w}

  • Reply Heather February 25, 2009 at 10:23 pm

    I love all the spring picks your sharing. I’ve found my happy place!

    Heathers last blog post: Adore this identity!

  • Reply Janelle February 25, 2009 at 10:26 pm

    Beautiful bouquet! I have ordered from MS numerous times. She doesn’t miss a thing! From the packaging to the small details, it’s an amazing experience. After arranging the flowers, you feel quite proud of yourself for putting together such a beautiful display (it would be tough to make an arrangement look bad with such high quality flowers). I’m going to order from her soon as my cousin just passed away and my mother is struggling with it. It’s times like these that we need to share the love with flowers.

    • Reply decor8 February 25, 2009 at 11:27 pm

      A few people mentioned having to arrange the flowers yourself. I didn’t find that to be the case, perhaps they’ve changed it? Mine were arranged perfectly and tied together tightly. All I had to do was untie them and literally cut the stems under running water and drop them into the vase. I stood over the sink thinking, wow — a bride could TOTALLY order flowers like this and just tie satin ribbons around the base and viola! she’d be all set with her flowers for under $50. Maybe they changed things or I just got lucky?

  • Reply Kristin February 25, 2009 at 10:31 pm

    I love the flowers, but I have to say — I am totally in love with that artwork. Oh who am I kidding – the colors in the art, the vases, the beads and the flowers are just gorgeous.


    Kristins last blog post: Younger by the Day

  • Reply Cary February 25, 2009 at 10:36 pm

    such beautiful photos! i love freesia… i used them in my spring wedding! too bad the bouquet is sold out now… but i can enjoy your lovely photos:)

    Carys last blog post: inspiration wednesday…

  • Reply the domestic fringe February 25, 2009 at 10:50 pm

    Love the flowers! It was nice of you to give yourself a gift. ;-)


    the domestic fringes last blog post: Technologically Savvy

  • Reply Kim @ The TomKat Studio February 25, 2009 at 11:00 pm

    Beautiful photos, beautiful flowers! I’ve ordered from Martha but never for myself! Glad to see they are gorgeous! I always tell my husband that if he is going to buy me flowers, buy them loose, so I can arrange them myself! Great job!

    Kim @ The TomKat Studios last blog post: Happy Birthday!

  • Reply Allison February 26, 2009 at 4:13 am

    The flowers are beautiful, but I have to say that I am eyeing that fantastic art piece in the background. Great color and composition! I love the unexpected pop of turquoise in the photos. Very nice.

    Allisons last blog post: Spring Is In The Air

  • Reply Lynne February 26, 2009 at 4:34 am

    What a great pick-me-up and seems like a good deal too. I just bought myself some 99p daffodils yesterday to cheer myself up – my favourite thing about spring!

  • Reply Jessica February 26, 2009 at 9:29 am

    My goodness!! Such a cute vase and what gorgeous flowers!!!

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  • Reply Melissa de la Fuente February 26, 2009 at 9:31 am

    gorgeous hun! Gorgeous flowers, gorgeous styling(by you) and I am deeply smitten and in love with that beautiful little vase! Just wonderful, thank you for sharing this with us and I am so glad it made you so happy!

  • Reply LayersofMeaning February 26, 2009 at 10:00 am

    gorgeous flowers! I had been looking around the site earlier this week to suprise my mom with some flowers… but now I think I might order some for myself as well!

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  • Reply Laurel G February 26, 2009 at 10:19 am

    Oh love the vase! Sadly I went to go order it and the site says that it isnt available right now.. sad…

    Laurel Gs last blog post: {Found!}

  • Reply Marjorie February 26, 2009 at 10:32 am

    crying my eyes out over these beauties!! they are no longer available! SIGH, I love your blog, thank you for sharing :)

  • Reply jodi February 26, 2009 at 10:36 am

    they are gorgeous!

    just checked the 1800flowers link though – looks like they are out of stock. boooo. =(

    jodis last blog post: {100/365} what?!

  • Reply Sarah Cruse February 26, 2009 at 11:02 am

    I’ve never seen a more gorgeous exchange between blue and orange.
    very nice!

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  • Reply jodi February 26, 2009 at 11:05 am

    i take that back – now they are showing up. yay!

    jodis last blog post: {100/365} what?!

    • Reply decor8 February 26, 2009 at 12:38 pm

      They added more since the first batch sold out completely. Gotta love that. he he! :)

  • Reply February 26, 2009 at 11:11 am

    The flowers are so pretty and looks real! It’s a beautiful piece of art and very refreshing.

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  • Reply Tanya February 26, 2009 at 12:40 pm

    I love that faux bois vase. Unusual to see in white and I would use it all the time!

    Tanyas last blog post: Hello Yellow!

  • Reply Linsi February 26, 2009 at 12:50 pm

    Oooh, everything about this just makes me happy. It’s such a fabulous deal and so genius – Martha Stewart truly understands the importance of details. Holly, I love your photos and the contrast with the blue really makes the orange pop. Gorgeous! Thank you for adding some spring to my day as well.

  • Reply Carolyn Burgess Sellers February 26, 2009 at 12:57 pm

    We welcome back The Holly!
    I am in lLOVE with those flowers! My husband always says that he can’t treat me with flowers because I don’t enjoy them..if they looked like this- I would enjoy them…the bouquet from the Kroger check out stand- not so much! haha. I too have been needing a pick me up to get me out of the winter blues, but luckily it’s a nice 65 degrees here in Nashville today! Here’s to spring everyone!!

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  • Reply Gina February 26, 2009 at 2:23 pm

    I love those flowers! I find that buying fresh flowers helps me get out of a gloomy time. Great photos, too!

    Ginas last blog post: One More Day for Yellow Home Decor Items

  • Reply Meg February 26, 2009 at 4:37 pm

    my mother would seriously go bananas over a martha stewart bouquet! her birthday is coming up soon… hmmm… thanks for the review!!!

  • Reply Ellynelly February 27, 2009 at 4:37 am

    After such a bitterly cold winter over there I certainly agree you should be celebrating Spring being round the corner! I live in Australia so somewaht different for me!! :o) Beautiful flowers…love the photo’s!

  • Reply Rachel May February 27, 2009 at 3:43 pm

    I love buying myself flowers…it makes me happy.

    Rachel Mays last blog post: Lovely

  • Reply elke February 27, 2009 at 6:18 pm

    where is the gorgeous painting from??? behind the flowers???

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