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Tisket Tasket Flowers in a Basket

By Courtney Smith Photography by Shayna Perkins

With summer in full bloom it is the perfect time to spice up, not only the exterior, but also the interior of your home with fresh flowers! With bouquets being the staple gesture for special occasions, it is easy to overlook the possibilities they hold.

We get so caught up in digging one of the 10 vases you have collected over the years out from under the sink, putting in just enough water and placing the flowers inside. While this is an easy way to spruce up the countertops in your kitchen, there are so many other ways to incorporate flowers all over your home!

Come up with numerous ways to display flower arrangements to bring fresh ideas to your home. Whether it is for a special occasion, your front porch or adding a pop of color to your guest bathroom, it is fun finding new ways to incorporate flowers into everyday objects.

Finding objects to use for display is easy. For example, an old bicycle basket can quickly become a home for a beautiful bushel of roses. If there is an empty table on the back patio, don't spring for a new vase or worry about dusting off an old one, use a decorative pitcher. With thrift stores and local artists growing all around the area, it is easy to find something either around the house or around town to help you dress up your home.

Not only does arranging flowers in different objects allow you to showcase your creative side in one area of the home, due to the availability of loose flowers the opportunities to change the arrangement are endless.

Some flowers are going to hold up longer than others; if it is time to get rid of some of the wilted roses but your baby's breath is still in high spirits, pair it with something new and place it all somewhere different. Switch up the arrangement, move it around!â No flowers should be contained solely to a glass vase; they have a short life to live, let them experience something exciting!

Sprucing up arrangements can sometimes act as a place holder for bigger projects. As a home owner, sometimes change is needed. If now is not the best time for something totally different, a fresh flower placement might be the perfect small shift in scenery to satisfy you until the time is right for a more drastic renovation.

Get creative with your daffodils, pick a few more peonies than usual, use the different flowers you find in your backyard to create arrangements you would have never put together before. Place them in your rain boots that have been occupying that same spot on your porch for 3 months; lay them across the coffee table when you're expecting guests, or stick them in the mixer after you have used it to blend together a yummy cake mix! There are unlimited ways to execute a cute and creative bundle of bellflowers.

The next time you have the urge to snatch up a handful of perennials, do it! There is no limit to what you can do with everyday things in your home!


Photography: Shayna Perkins - www.SoutherGirl.me

Flowers: Tracy Elder - Broadway Flowers, Mayfield

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