Array
Tips and Guides

Decorating 101: Working with Flowers

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

Shares
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.

More on Realliving.com.ph

6 Creative Ways to Display Flowers at Home

DIY: Paper Rosettes

DIY: Burlap Floral Bucket for Your Door

Shares

Latest Stories

These High-End Villages Have Tripled Average Land Prices in the Last 6 Years

Do you live in one?

The Ultimate Quiapo Bargain Shopping Guide

Ready to go on a Quiapo adventure? From Ilalim ng Tulay to Plaza Miranda, you are bound to spot a budget home find. Read on for our list of stores and buyers tips.

The New Holiday Balikbayan Guest Solution: Airbnbs

They will surely feel right at home!

Your P2,000 Budget Can Afford A Mini Makeover

Turn sad corners and uninspired nooks into spaces that wow

18 No-Fail Building Materials For Your Home

These designer-recommended products would make your home last a lifetime, saving you money in the long run

You'll Love These Pieces That Combine Style and Function

An elegant blend of design and style, these picks make a great addition to any room.

All The Breathtaking Design Details At The ASEAN Summit

In photos: Pinoy design and Asian elements took center stage, from the arrival area to the closing ceremonies

This Is How To Choose The Best Products For Your Home

Top tip: seek professional advice!

These Photos Will Inspire You to Display Your Favorite Bags

Showcase your precious totes and purses while keeping your home clutter-free

Home Improvement Projects That Don't Add Value To Your Property

Are the repairs you're working on doing more harm than good?

Decorate Your Home for Christmas for Less Than P1,500

A trip to the bookstore is in order

Have Your Audrey Hepburn Moment With An Actual Breakfast At Tiffany’s

The luxury jeweler has just opened a cafe at their flagship store in New York, and it is so swell!
Load More Stories

Get inspiring design ideas and handy hints.
Subscribe to our newsletter now!