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Flowers: Chic & Cheap

I just received the most beautiful floral design book called Flowers Chic & Cheap by Carlos Mota who is the Elle Decor editor at large. There are so few “good” floral arranging books and magazines on the market in the US — my friends and I always comment that such a huge hole exists in the bookstores when it comes to floral design books that are modern, fresh and well… not kitschy or packed to the gills with silk flowers. Flowers Chic & Cheap is a beautiful book and it came at the perfect time as I just picked up bunches of ranunculus, freesia and bi-colored carnations today at the flower shop after being so inspired yesterday by my visit to the Herrenhauser Garten. I’ll take some photos of this beautiful book later this week and share a proper review of it then but for now I’ll leave you with some floral inspiration with photos that I took yesterday at the garden.

Flowers Chic & Cheap

More orchids

So pretty...

Herrenhäuser Gärten

Cherry Blossoms


All of these colors and patterns really make me feel energized and inspired – and I hope my snapshots inspire you as well. Please note I do not use a digital SLR camera and I have little clue what I’m really doing with camera settings but I think these photos came out nice considering all of that — and so perhaps if you feel up to it maybe you can find a park or garden in your local area, bring your camera and find some memorable shots for yourself too. Nature always has such a perfectly composed palette, doesn’t it? Flower gardens never clash and patterns always look so fresh and lovely together no matter what the scale or shape. And nothing goes out of style – imagine that! There is so much for us all to learn from the examples provided in the natural world around us. And another big thing to consider with flowers is the broad range of color. Of course, I always lean towards the pinks (you know me!), yellows and violet tones but there are also oranges, reds… the colors are endless so the bottom line is really this: don’t be afraid of color!

Next week I’ll give you a full review of Flowers: Chic & Cheap!

(images: holly becker for decor8)

Posted by decor8 in Books + Magazines, Inspiration on April 26, 2010

Your comments...

  1. House of Many Hues commented
    April 26th, 2010 at 9:47am

    SO gorgeous! Love the orchid and Spring blooms! Just in time!
    .-= House of Many Hues´s last blog ..178 Square Feet of Total Living =-.

  2. Stephanie @ Geezees commented
    April 26th, 2010 at 10:02am

    I love love love flowers…great post!
    .-= Stephanie @ Geezees´s last blog ..Unique gifts to make your Mom laugh and cry ! =-.

  3. monica from hola!design commented
    April 26th, 2010 at 10:05am

    Great pictures! I love taking pictures of flowers, too. Like you said, they’re such a incredible source of inspiration with their colors, textures, patterns and contrasts. Looking forward to the book review, looks absolutely lovely.
    Have a great week!
    .-= monica from hola!design´s last blog ..New York through my lens =-.

  4. Pingos do Céu commented
    April 26th, 2010 at 10:13am

    Que incrivel achado … que cores e formas delicadas e encantadoras!

    Adoro flores e adoro fotografa-las!

    Boa semana!!
    .-= Pingos do Céu´s last blog ..pirogravura: história =-.

  5. Ingrid Jansen commented
    April 26th, 2010 at 10:14am

    Must be a wonderful book!
    .-= Ingrid Jansen´s last blog ..maak het! =-.

  6. Rossana commented
    April 26th, 2010 at 10:31am

    The book looks beautiful with great photos ! Thank you for the tip :-)
    .-= Rossana´s last blog ..New Products Coming Soon! =-.

  7. Melissa de la Fuente commented
    April 26th, 2010 at 10:32am

    Ooh….I am looking forward to hearing your review of this book. I need a book like this, I think. Love your beautiful photographs, how pretty! Thanks for starting my monday off right! :)
    .-= Melissa de la Fuente´s last blog ..Monday: Inspired by vintage =-.

  8. Lisa Golightly commented
    April 26th, 2010 at 10:56am

    oh, i visited Herrenhauser Garten as a teenager and still dream about it. such a magical place!

  9. Caiti commented
    April 26th, 2010 at 11:36am

    Your flower photos are beautiful, Holly!

    I was wondering what kind of camera you are using, since you mentioned that you don’t use a DSLR. Thanks!
    .-= Caiti´s last blog ..Foodie Friday : Asparagus-ness [and a Freebie!] =-.

  10. Leah commented
    April 26th, 2010 at 11:37am

    I love that garden shot! Amazing! That must have been so wonderful to go there in person. Thanks for sharing!
    .-= Leah ´s last blog ..Step three of Backyard Makeover =-.

  11. Nat commented
    April 26th, 2010 at 12:06pm

    I love flowers and they are a timeless source of inspiration : they give us a lesson of style ! Great photos & book I think. Thanks Holly : you’ve made my day ;-)
    .-= Nat´s last blog ..H&M Maillots de Bain Ete 2010 =-.

  12. Kelly commented
    April 26th, 2010 at 12:37pm

    Holly, these are gorgeous images — and feel so true to your style. I’ve been doing a little series on photography, and I think your advice is right on — it’s amazing what kinds of photos you can take no matter what equipment you have if you’re just willing to experiment. Being out in the garden with my camera is always a happy place. :-)

  13. decor8 commented
    April 26th, 2010 at 1:56pm

    Caiti – I use a Lumix FZ28 :)

  14. lisa commented
    April 26th, 2010 at 2:34pm

    What a beautiful post— very calming.

  15. Ludmila {} commented
    April 26th, 2010 at 3:22pm

    The photos you took yesterday are stunning, so bright – seems unreal! And being a big lover of flowers and floral design I can’t wait for the review of your new book, maybe I’ll get one for myself :)
    .-= Ludmila {}´s last blog ..Sara Gilbane Interiors =-.

  16. wendy d commented
    April 26th, 2010 at 3:31pm

    Your images are gorgeous. Those orchids are divine! I would snap them up in a minute if you sold them.

    Thanks for sharing!

  17. City Chic - Jamie commented
    April 26th, 2010 at 3:40pm

    Another book to put on my wish list! Your photos are stunning! They make me happy this Monday afternoon while I’m at stuck at my desk :)
    .-= City Chic – Jamie´s last blog ..Decked out! =-.

  18. Ruth commented
    April 27th, 2010 at 2:06am

    Ever considered taking the pictures for your book yourselve? After seeing these flower pictures it was the first thing that came to my mind….

  19. Little Miss P commented
    April 27th, 2010 at 4:35am

    I can’t wait for your review of this book Holly & totally agree that there is a gap in the market for a flower design book that hits the spot. I have a great one by Jane Packer & have always loved what Tricia Guild does with flowers but the rest are always so disappointing. I have a feeling I will be adding this one to my collection!

  20. Ann Flowers commented
    April 27th, 2010 at 5:59am

    Thanks for sharing the review of Flowers Chic & Cheap. I found it interesting. Will order my copy soon.

  21. lady a. commented
    April 27th, 2010 at 7:24am

    Photos are wonderful, I can’t stop staring at them. Especially the last one is just pure beauty.

  22. Janine commented
    April 28th, 2010 at 3:16am

    Of yes – nature’s perfect palette is an inspiration… and your flower photos are evidence of this!! Can’t wait to read your review on Flowers Cheap + Chic… sounds like something for my wish list ;-)
    .-= Janine´s last blog ..Vintage Breeze : ColourLovers Palette =-.

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