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In Bloom: Easy DIY Ombre Centerpiece

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As I mentioned earlier, I’ve been really into single varietal centerpieces which I admit, can be somewhat boring on their own.  To spruce up and give a modern twist to the design, I’ve started playing around with different tones of the same flower, layering in dark saturated colors with lighter and more pastel versions.  The end result is sophisticated and something I would be proud to display at ANY affair, be it a wedding or just Tuesday dinner at the house!

Here’s what you need to create your own ombre centerpiece masterpiece:

1) A vase.  I used a square glass cube covered in a neutral burlap sleeve that I found in my local craft store for under $6.

In Bloom Vase DIY Ombre Centerpiece Floral Design

2) 18-24 stemmed roses.  I ended up using 17, but your final quantity will depend on how large your vase is.

In Bloom Trimmed Floral Stems

3) A piece of floral foam.  Cut it down to size to fit whatever vessel you ultimately use.

In Bloom Floral Foam Ombre Centerpiece DIY

4) A pair of kitchen shears.  You will need these to trim the stems and remove any leaves or foliage.

In Bloom Sharp Kitchen Shears

Step 1 –

Cut your floral foam to fit the size of the vase you will be using.  You want the fit to be snug, but leave a little wiggle room on all sides to make eventual removal a breeze.

Step 2-

Soak your foam in a large bowl of cool water.  Do NOT push the block down into the water- that could create air pockets in the foam and cause your arrangement to bite the dust a few days earlier than you would like.  Instead, let the foam slowly drink up the water and sink down to the bottom of the bowl.  You know it’s fully  saturated and ready to go when it’s sitting submerged at the bottom of the bowl.

Step 3-

While your foam is soaking, start trimming your blooms.  I like to first remove all leaves, then under a cool stream of running water, trim down the stem at a 45 degree angle to about 5 inches.  When you insert the stem into the foam, it should not be visible above the lip of your vase.

Step 4-

Place foam into your vase, and let’s starts arranging!  I prefer to start with the darkest colored flowers and insert those closest to the outside edge of the foam.  Continue following this concentric pattern and transition from darkest to lightest colors.  You should fill in the center of the arrangement with the lightest bloom.

Step 5-

That’s it!  10 minutes and you have yourself a beautiful arrangement that seriously lasts 10-14 days.  Surprisingly, I’ve gotten the longest life out of COSTCO roses that can easily break the 2 week mark.  They also will run you only $16 for 2 dozen.  Perfect if you’re doing multiple arrangements.

TAAAA-DAAAAAA!!!!

In Bloom Final Product DIY Ombre Centerpiece Floral Design

Honestly, flowers make me so happy.  Even though we’re talking everything bridal this week, I love to have arrangements like these in my kitchen throughout the year.  It’s an instant good mood when I come down the stairs… especially when that good mood comes as a true DIY bargain!

XOXO,

Stella

Entertaining

In Bloom: Ombre Trends in Floral Design

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I know I’m an old married broad, but I can’t help still getting excited about everything wedding related.  The dresses, the flowers, the rings… I’m a sucker for bridal details!  I recall for my own wedding (almost 8 years ago!!!), flowers were probably one of the most important features.  My wedding colors were light aqua, peach and cream and I wanted the floral design to highlight the soft peach tones.  I recall wavering on the actual types of flowers used, but I was sure that I wanted the end result to look modern, elegant and lush.

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Now years later, I realize that one of the biggest fashion and design trends would have worked perfectly with my bridal vision- ombre!  Ombre is a beautiful and simple way to create visual impact by using gradient versions of the same color tone, generally going from light to dark (or vice versa).  While assorted bloom varieties can be used, I think it’s prettiest when kept simple with only one type of flower.  As an added bonus, there are cost savings involved when you use larger quantities of one varietal.  Budget friendly… hello!!!

Here are some of my favorite beautiful ombre floral options for your wedding day, or any day!

via weddingwoof.com

via poshbridallounge.com

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via modwedding.com

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via designindulgences.com

Next up… a simple ombre centerpiece DIY that takes 10 minutes and under $20!  Seriously.

XOXO,

Stella

Entertaining, Home Decor

Just Keep Moving

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Hi everyone!  I hope you all had a fabulous weekend!

Since last week, I’ve done a much better job at finding my own balance.  It really is a refreshing change of pace to be able to accomplish the goals/tasks you set out for yourself and actually enjoy the process in real time.  I managed to fit in my work outs , do some significant blog work, bake 60 mini pumpkin and apple pies (don’t worry, I’ll be posting the details for that later this week!), construct 4 floral centerpieces and host a clam bake/surprise birthday party!  Sometimes, I’m shocked at how productive we all can be if we just keep moving.

Here are a few tidbits from my weekend “ride”…

Friday night's project.  Super easy (just a container, some floral foam and a few dozen pink spray roses), super inexpensive and super beautiful when they're done.

Friday night’s project. Super easy (just a container, some floral foam and a few dozen pink spray roses), super inexpensive and super beautiful when they’re done.

The party tent is up! Game on.

The party tent is up! Game on.

My hydrangeas have entered into their "tye-die" stage... Once brilliant blue, they are now a soft wash of color that almost makes me love them more.

My hydrangeas have entered into their “tie-dye” stage… Once brilliant blue, they are now a soft wash of color that almost makes me love them more.

Just a quick spray of metallic paint turned my mini pumpkins into display worthy objects.

Just a quick spray of metallic paint turned my mini pumpkins into display worthy objects.

A recent fall update really makes my family room feel so much warmer and cozy.  How "cool" are those pillows?! Pun absolutely intended.  Still waiting on a few indigo dyed Shibori throw pillows to complete the space.

A recent fall update really makes my family room feel so much warmer and cozy. How “cool” are those pillows?! Pun absolutely intended. Still waiting on a few indigo dyed Shibori throw pillows to complete the space.

A Sunday morning backyard moment of peace.

A Sunday morning backyard moment of peace.

So, how was your “ride”?

XOXO,

Stella