Simple & sweet – and completely in the moment inspired.
When I was working on my book Inspired Gatherings- I literally went to the flower market and shopped to see what inspired me in the moment.
The florals were not detailed and planned out- so there was no method to my madness. But there was a whole lot of inspiration involved- and I found that using what inspired me as I shopped- I was creating arrangements that were so much more ‘me’ and what I was loving at the time.
This arrangement is similar to one that I created for one of the settings -and it was inspired by a beautiful and simple flower that just happened to be in stock at the market while I was shopping- Hellebore. You can see them on the wine barrel above. Hellebores are so underrated- they are some of the most beautiful delicate flowers and mix with so many other beautiful colors and flowers.
Tips & How to
Sharing a few tips- and why I love ‘slightly unruly’ arrangements & just how I go about putting an arrangement together in this quick video below.
What I used
- Hellebores- Green & Pink
- Blush roses
- Burgundy Ranunculus
Tip: Hellebores are mostly going to be spring flowers. If you have to have them (I totally get that!!) and it is summer or fall- you can probably find them special order- but know that will be pricey. You can also substitute with something similar- I would suggest Clematis, Dahlia or Anemone for similar look and colors.
Just Do You
A big key to an ‘inspired’ arrangement is to go with what inspires YOU. That might be something completely different or in an opposite color direction- and that is PERFECT. Something I always tell folks when asking about house, table, flowers etc- is to first and foremost go with what makes You happy. There is no rule- and if there is- I have probably broken it more than a few times so I would not be the one to ask. haha.
The other to remember is that customizing your arrangement any way you would like is also key. If you want less or more of something- go for it. If you want all roses- that works. Sometimes I go to the flower market and think I am going to pick up ranunculus and roses- and find a whole lot of hydrangeas in the most delicious shade available and switch gears. If you are willing to be flexible in the idea or design- you might find the perfect flower finds you when you aren’t looking.
On the wild side
I like arrangements that are a tad on the wild side. Those perfectly placed and detailed arrangements that have 7 sprigs of this with 24 of that with 5 greens- they just aren’t my favorites. I want those flowers on the table to feel more on the ‘wild side’ a tad unruly and chaotic with longer elements on one side or a slightly off balance amount of flowers. They have so much more personality to me.
This is the bouquet on the cover of Inspired Gatherings- and as you can see- it is a wild one. And I LOVE it.
Okay- are you ready to see how easy it is to put this beautiful arrangement together? This is a longer video than I usually do. I would love to know if you prefer the short 1-2 minute ones or the longer more detailed ones.
Creating the arrangement
Don’t forget to grab a copy of Inspired Gatherings if you haven’t already. We are going to be recreating some of the settings in the next few weeks- and I will be sharing some behind the scenes and tips. Copies should be back in stock everywhere books are sold very soon. (affiliate link)
Barbara at Mantel and Table says
SO fun Courtney! Your arrangements are always lovely, and your book is super-lovely! Great video – I like the longer format as well as the shorter one. 🙂 Thanks for all the beautiful inspiration!
I love Your informal look. I belonged to two garden clubs and hated the rigidity and rules.
Dale Stafford Bohan says
Ditto to everything.
Karen B. says
I love hellebores but I can’t grow enough to make an arrangement. I love some of the substitutes you’ve shown. In any case, your inspiration is endless and I love the things you share with us. Thank you.
Kim | Shiplap and Shells says
Your floral arrangements are always so beautiful and inspiring. I do love my hellebores in the winter and spring. They really liven things up!
I now need hellebores in my garden!, they are BEAUTIFUl and your arrangement is stunning.