Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Fresh Cottage Flowers

A bouquet of roses & tulips mixed together might just be 
a new favorite cottage bouquet.

It wasn't a well thought out plan for a bouquet
I'm more of a fly by the seat of my pants girl when it comes to flowers and decorating.
I go with what inspires me mostly.

I usually will have a color or texture in mind though and this time
I was looking for pale pink, soft lavender and creamy whites

My favorite flower source had gotten in mostly oranges, yellows and greenery in their shipment the day before. 
What about my favorite spray roses?  They are always one of my go to bouquets.
Nope, those spray roses didn't come in at all.

Spray roses are favorites of mine when shopping for flowers- they give you a lot of bang for the buck. 
They are smaller flowers and there are several on each stem.
Usually costing around $3- $8 depending on the size of the bouquet and style of the roses,
they give you a gorgeous bunch of blooms for the price.
 You can spread them around to use in different vignettes and rooms and they are wonderful 
for drying as well.

I left my favorite flower store empty handed but while running errands, 
decided to pop into another store to see if I could find those elusive colors.
 I finally found a perfectly pale pink bunch of roses and 
also picked up something else that my eye kept coming back to. 
 A simple $3.00 bunch of tulips.

Just a few stems of each mixed together are perfect 
and an unexpected new favorite combination.

I love them in these little dainty sugar and creamer dishes.

They are so sweet with their vining flowers and lacy edges.

You can find them for just a few dollars at the thrift stores occasionally
Just cut the flower stems short

and place as many in each one as will fit just perfect.
Even though it's looking quite romantic in these photos~
the little cottage is getting decked out for the holidays this week
and today, I am working on something involving branches and twigs.
Yep, it should be interesting. 

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  1. You have such a way with flowers...that's a beautiful combination. xo

  2. I just love Roses and I do not think you can ever go wrong with that!!!

  3. So beautiful....the colors are so soft and romantic!

  4. Love all the rose pictures, just beautiful!!

  5. Such lovely flowers, we don't have tulips in France for the moment. Love the mix of light purple and tender pink.
    Xoxo from a evening in PARIS

  6. Just absolutely romantic soft and pretty

  7. I love this and you do really have a way with bouquets and flowers. You always do the best presentaions.


  8. Beautiful Courtney! LOVE the roses and tulip combination!

  9. Beautiful flowers-beutiful colours!!!!And your photos is perfect!Have a nice day :-)
    xoxo...by Vicky

  10. such a small price to pay when you just brightened the day for hundreds of us!!!

    smiles to you, lovely.


  11. You inspiration is wonderful. Thanks for sharing

  12. How gorgeous the flowers are.They all came together wonderfully.
    Hugs Marie Antionette

  13. haven't seen any tulips around here lately and I don't think they would be that inexpensive if I did and I never see spray roses either. You are lucky and what you create with them is magical .... xo

  14. Who would have thought? I had no idea they would go so nice together

  15. Just for a moment I can thing of spring, because it is very cold here and damp. Thank you for the warmth.

  16. Those are incredibly beautiful photos. Who'd have thought to mix them, and they're just wonderful together!


  17. Hi Courtney!!

    Such a great idea!! It would be great to place them all around the house for that splash of color. I love the little dish on the right in the final picture. Can't wait to see the little cottage!!

    Have a great day!!


  18. Courtney you have quickly risen to the top of the beautiful flower people list *winks* Girl these shots are just exquisite! I'm having "PRETTY" overload! And I love your new blog setup with the large pictures...so much better for ALL of us who want more More MORE! Lol! Vanna

  19. I have mixed tulips and roses for years as they are two of my favorite flowers....these colors are so beautiful!
    I get tulips at Sam's club almost year round and they are 9.00 for a bunch. Our grocery store, Meijers, has gorgeous roses for $9.99 up to $12.99 a dozen except at Valentines day where the price triples.
    Always enjoy my visit here! It is always full of eye candy!!!
    ♥ Jil

  20. What a breathtaking combination, Courtney! Where do you find your spray roses? I buy my single stems at Meijer's like Jil does, but they never have sprays. I simply can't imagine my week without fresh ones. Don't know what I'm going to do if the price triples for Valentine's Day like Jil says it does!!! lol

    xoxo laurie

  21. So pretty! Love the mix of tulips and roses. Can't wait to see what you do with the string and sticks!


  22. thanks for the tip of using sugar/creamers. i have numerous very beautiful ones. seems like they just go cheaper than other things for some reason... now ive something new to put flowers in.

  23. Beautiful color and texture combination! I love how they look in the cute little containers! Makes it feel like spring again! Hugs, Leena

  24. Beautiful flower arrangements, and I love the little sugar and creamer.

  25. Such a delicate and beautiful arrangement this time of year!

  26. As always you did great again... with these gorgeous flowers!
    Just mix it all up roses and tulips... that is what they do too at the markets in Holland.

    Do what you like!

    Thank you for bringing a little bit of spring in!