Decorating 101: Working with Flowers

Liven up your home with the help of these floral maintenance and styling tips

Photography: Jean Saturnino

Feeling a bit stressed and exhausted lately? Let your space uplift your mood and awaken your senses! You can use fresh blooms to add a refreshing touch to your home. “Waking up to the beautiful scent of fresh flowers will surely be a perfect way to start your day,” shares Cybill Marie Juarez, cofounder and COO of floral boutique Te Amo Floristeria Manila.

Let these ideas help you maintain and decorate with fresh flowers at home:

Make your flowers last longer

There's a lot that you can do to make fresh flowers last. You can use ingredients like sugar, lemon juice, and aspirin as flower food. It is also advisable to trim the stems each day to make sure that they receive enough water and nutrients.

“When trimming the stem, make sure to cut the stem diagonally in order for it to absorb more water,” shares Cybill. “Also, it is very important to always use a sparkling clean vase that has been washed in hot, soapy water and rinsed well—this will help remove any microorganisms that may damage the flowers.”

READ: 10 Ways to Make Fresh Flowers Last

Place them on your side table

The side table is the perfect spot where you can place your flowers. Doing so makes it visible for you and your guests to appreciate. If you’re looking for nice flowers to put on your table, opt for Casablanca lilies with fresh Eucaplyptus! Casablancas provide a soothing smell to the bedroom while Eucalyptus exudes a minty scent that keeps insects away. 

In photo: Yellow mums, Apple Blossom Flower Shop; Mason Jar and Wood Box, Daiso Japan, Succulent, SmartyPlants PH.

Learn the art of styling

Don’t be afraid to style your flowers! Try to use different containers like teacups or mason jars—for a unique and stylish arrangement. For an easy styling trick, Cybill suggests creating a rose twist bouquet. “Start by inserting your first stem into the vase, then place the next stem across it and continue crossing each new stem over the last one until the glass is full.”

Consider preserved flowers

Although fresh flowers are still the best to use at home, you may also want to consider working with preserved flowers. This is a good option, especially if you feel like you won't be able to maintain fresh flowers. “Preserved flowers are natural flowers that can last up to five years. They look better than fresh flowers and can last for a long time. They are a better alternative than faux flowers,” explains Cybill.

In photo: Baby's Breath, Te Amo Floristeria; Reed Diffuser, Scents and Sensibilities; Wood Box, Daiso Japan.

For more information on the stores mentioned in this story, follow them on Facebook: Te Amo Floristeria, Daiso Japan, SmartyPlantsPH, and Scents and Sensibilities.

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