Have I mentioned that sometimes I get a little ‘moody’?
Sometimes that mood is just all me-and that creative energy process… and other times it is reflected in my decor and flowers too. Instead of soft and subtle by itself- I add in a bit of rich saturated hues like you might find in dark velvet pillows and burgundy candles, mood filled paintings and lots of ‘drama’.
I love them and might be a bit of a drama queen. I have quite a bit of saturated moody colors in the house actually- I find that the perfect balance to all that soft and simple white palette that I love to decorate with -is to add something deep and rich to the mix. Bring in a bit of brass and dusty greens too- and you basically have summed up what I love in the house right now.
And I have another confession. This floral design wasn’t all planned out. It wasn’t on purpose. It was one that just sort of came together.
Where it started
Did you know how this moody arrangement started? With a design for Christmas. Yes. Christmas. You saw a sneak peek in The Weekend View yesterday… and there is more on that design that will be coming your way soon. But when that was wrapped up- I gathered up the blooms and put them all together and brought them in the house. And they were perfection with the raw wood armoire and brassy golds. So sharing a bit more about this gorgeous bucket of blooms today.
Blush & White Peonies, Burgundy Dahlias, Chocolate Lace, Baby’s Breath and spiral eucalyptus. All beautiful by themselves- and together – they create a charming arrangement.
And one that is full of French style charm.
Tip: Start with your favorite neutral color flowers and add a bit of mood with dramatic colors. I started with blush and white peonies- and the burgundy dahlia was the perfect rich accent.
I started by simply gathering up each of the blooms and placing them in the bucket just as they are. They mostly fell into place and created a bit of of a moment without any tinkering. But I did position a couple of the peonies and Chocolate Lace to fill in a few areas.
Don’t sweat the unruly look
You will notice it is a wonky arrangement- not perfectly symmetrical or designed. My favorite flower arrangements are ones that feel that they just came together as they are – no rules and regulations for making sure that they are perfectly placed.
These cane back chairs are vintage from The Bella Cottage when we were working on my new book. They are absolutely so charming and my husband and I both love them.
What do you think about adding a bit of a moody look to the dining room?