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Decorating With Godetia: 3 Ways

Welcome to a new week everyone! How are you? I love summer because flowers are everywhere and super cheap to buy. I just picked up a bunch of Godetia from my favorite seller who has a weekly stand at the local farmers’ market for only €5! You really can’t go wrong with flowers that cheap. And godetia are nice because they last and as they expire, they open more and more and their paper-like beauty becomes even more spectacular. Mine still look gorgeous and it’s been nearly a week, and I have them in the sunlight too (a mega no-no when decorating with flowers!). Would you like to see three ways to decorate easily with Godetia? Here is what I did with my bunch after plucking them from the market.

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1. As a bunch. One easy way is to arrange them in your hand and remove some of the leaves on the lower portion of the stems that will be immersed in water. Tie the bundle with a pretty ribbon. In our book, Decorate With Flowers, we show another version of this on page 43 in the Pastels + Neons section – we simply have one ribbon tied around a single stem and placed into a vase. In the example here, I’m taking it a step further to show an entire bundle. This is such an easy-not-cheesy idea because it’s obvious you put thought into it, choose the ribbon, propped them nicely on an angle in a vase (never upright!), so it looks casual and cool. It’s like you are saying to the world that you’re such a decorating diva, such a total bad ass, that you don’t need to fuss with your flowers – you just tie ‘em and plop ‘em in a clear glass vase! Boho chic.

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2. In small cups. I bought these Arne Jacobsen cups last May at Raumformplan when I was working with Leslie on our book. We use these same cups in our book in the Black + White section showing how to decorate for an anniversary party – you know, XOXO, kisses and hugs? Yeah, I’m clever like that. Anyway, I like how the godetias look in something modern and graphic, especially since they are so paper-like and romantic. I like the contrast of hard and soft, don’t you? Against a gray table or on a dark bookcase – really nice.

BONUS TIP: If you don’t have Arne Jacobsen cups, then just use white cups and grab some black (or any color) washi tape and make your own letters or designs on them.

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3. Tape ‘em to the window. And the third way is to use washi tape and tape these suckers to your window during a party. You can tape dozens and dozens and go crazy over-the-top borderline nutcase or be modest like me and tape 3, 5, 7, 9… Whatever makes you happiest.

BONUS TIP: They’ll die faster without water (duh), so the best way is to tape them up right before the party starts and remove them at the end – they’ll go about 8 hours before wilting. When you remove them, instantly clip the bottoms and place them in cold water with a little sugar in it to liven them up. A little sugary cold water is flower Viagra, y’all.

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So yeah, those are some easy, budget-friendly and fun little ways to decorate with flowers… Nice, right? You don’t need to drop wads of cash on flowers or style up something florist-worthy at home. The key is to get creative and do things that take only a few minutes yet add impact and style that gives  you a chance to get creative and use your hands. Once you start decorating with flowers in easy, creative ways you will never go back to the typical pre-made arrangement plopped into a vase. I swear! You’ll really love getting creative with blooms if you give yourself the creative license to just GO FOR IT and not to fuss too much or try to be some flower guru with all the right decor ideas.

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They key, like with anything intimidating or new, is to JUST GET STARTED and take the first step. So why not go buy some flowers this week and see what magic you can create? This isn’t rocket science you guys, we’re not putting people on Mars… This is simply exercising the creativity you were born with and having some fun without judgement or having to be perfect because how boring is perfect anyway? I’m so over it.

Do you like Godetia? Have you seen it in your local flower shop or farmers’ market lately?

Love flowers? If you want to see how I Decorated With Delphiniums last week, then by all means, check out this post. I also showed a few weeks before how to Decorate with Roses that I found clipped ready to be discarded at a local garden and I also shared how to Decorate With Anemones last month in another post here.

(images: all by holly becker for decor8 except for image 6, shot by thorsten becker)

Posted in Decorating Tips, Flowers on June 23, 2014

Decorating With Delphiniums

Today at the farmers’ market I couldn’t resist the Delphiniums! I just love their elegant stature and particularly the ones in astounding blue and violet tones! I also enjoy them in white with crisp, black centers. I scooped up 3 stems for €5 (steal!) and as I walked home I kept thinking of where to put them and which containers to use. I knew that I didn’t want them all together in one clump nor did I want to hide their stems in vases that were opaque, so when I got home I opened my gardening + containers cabinet and selected some clear, glass vases, one with a greenish tint to complement the flower stems. I unwrapped my flowers in our formal dining room and did a quick walk-through around the house to see where I best imagine placing my new finds. Would I display them in one space or in different areas?

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I decided to place them together on the table in our second eating area, which was formerly a very dark and boring hallway that I turned into an eating nook since it’s directly off of our kitchen. It has new flooring (hardwood), the walls were resurfaced (old wallpaper stripped away) and was painted crisp white. This space (below) still needs work (like art work and the rug needs to be pulled away from the wall, also I will have a simple radiator cover made so I can remove the leaning mirror, etc. etc. etc. BUT for now this space was the chosen area for my delphinums. It needed color and life! I decided to go with 5 arrangements and used little scrappy spares in a porcelain Rosenthal vase and others in a simple brandy glass and grouped the larger ones in big vessels across the tabletop. I am very pleased with the results. I walk through this area constantly to Aidan’s nursery, so seeing these gorgeous blooms will definitely perk up my travels back and forth. Quite a statement maker, too – aren’t they!? Love it!

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Note: I mixed in a few spare godetia flowers (they look just like paper!) with the delphiniums because I wanted the arrangement to be quirky and imperfect, which I achieved. Decorating with delphiniums really made this area look great. Now I’m motivated more than ever to really decorate this hallway space and show you how it looks when I finish in the next month or so… Wish me luck!

But seriously, see how easily you can transform a space with flowers that cost so very little yet add such a massive impact?

(images: holly becker for decor8)

Posted in Decorating Tips, Flowers on June 18, 2014

Decorating With Roses: On My Wall

Would you like to see a simple floral project that came from discarded roses? Yesterday I was with my baby, mom and husband in the gorgeous Herrenhausen Garden and I came across a most beautiful site that everyone else seemed to walk right by… A massive pile of rose heads that had been trimmed from the Rosengarten and were getting ready to be discarded. The pile was massive, see?

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My husband was sweet enough to venture in to fetch some of the best heads for me. Here are the fruits of his labor here in my hands…

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I decided to take them home, so I tucked about ten of them away from the sun into my cooler bag and, despite knowing we wouldn’t be home for hours, I thought I’d risk it anyway and hope for the best. By the time we arrived back home, they were slightly wilted so we placed them in the fridge in a bowl (without water). Here is what they looked like this morning – plump, perky and lovely! And they smell divine…

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Because they lack stems, and I wanted to decorate with them, I thought to simply tie neon yellow string to them and tape each onto my dining room wall with some Liberty washi tape that I bought at Merci in Paris. They can dry this way but be decorative too.

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It’s always so amazing to me how little things make a big impact – even flower heads found alongside of a rose garden (meant for the trash!) can be a thing of beauty. It’s important to look at everything a little differently, to see the potential in all things, don’t you agree?

(images: third: thorsten becker, all others: holly becker for decor8)

Posted in Decorating Tips, Flowers on June 04, 2014

Decorating With Anemones

We were out with the baby today at the farmer’s market and I felt so inspired by the sunshine, mid 60s temps and gorgeous flowers everywhere on the market that I had to select some blooms for my home to bring a little springtime indoors. Plus, we’re having guests this weekend so flowers are a must. I came across two bundles of fuchsia anemones and couldn’t resist for only 6 Euros. We went home and I instantly selected some of my favorite white vases from my cabinet, snipped the stems and added them to the vases arranging them down the center of the table. I’m not one who likes to “fuss” with flowers and definitely go for a more relaxed vibe when I work with them, so here is what my dining room looks like after a few pretty anemones.

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By the way, this is the dining room in December before we moved in and had the room painted with Farrow & Ball “Dimpse” gray and added my furniture along with a gorgeous overhead light. Pretty dismal right?

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With a little spruce-up it’s already looking worlds better and wayyyy more “me”. This room doubles as my work studio where I teach classes, so it’s a room where I frequently get creative – I really love the natural light in this space.

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Here are some more pics of the lovely anemones in my home. I hope this little post inspires you to go out, find some pretty springtime blooms, add them to a space in your home in a very simple way and just ENJOY the beauty of nature.

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(images: Holly Becker except image #3, taken by Thorsten Becker)

Posted in Decorating Tips, Flowers on March 13, 2014

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