Flower Budget Arrangement Ideas
I shot this outdoors last night and will have more of this to show you later in a special post with friends. Candles are one of my favorite ways to entice that relaxation mode and sometimes I’ll have just a single bloom in a jar and load up the table with inexpensive dinner tapers as the ones above. I’ll have to add that where you shop for flowers does make a difference and I buy seasonal flowers whenever I can find them. I loaded up yesterday at Trader Joes (flower budget friendliest place that I’ve found) with some special upcoming photo shoot work, but found tulips, hyacinth, and seeded eucalyptus and the prices were reasonable as can be!
Spring is being born here already, and I’m sprinkling in seasonal artwork around my home. I’ve been collecting bird prints for years and pulled out this set of 1920’s lithographs in authentic bamboo frames. I recall picking those up at a yard sale. They are tattered to perfection and are small enough to simply prop in my mantel vignette.
Pick up some inexpensive artwork when you find something that speaks to you! Display alongside your florals and you won’t need a mass quantity of flowers. You’ll still have lots of color and interest. I have a GUIDE in THIS POST as I’ve taught PHOTO STYLING for the last couple of years at the HAVEN CONFERENCE. It’s free for you to download.
When I tire of the bird prints being on the mantel I store them in a prop cabinet. The beauty of not hanging your art, but simply propping in a vignette.
Old books add a personal touch and add height to this simple flower arrangement in a jar. For the price of a bunch of grocery store flowers it is effortless and non forced beauty.
These books are old and I do love to mix my pages turned out for some texture.
Uncomplicated and light as air and if you’d like to learn my tricks for making NEW BOOKS LOOK OLD I have a slightly different way than most.
Do you know what that white piece is laying on the side? That brings me to my next tip of EXTENDING YOUR FLOWER BUDGET 😉
The piece above is just one of those things. We had a reproduction poster bed at one time and I was tired of it (insert – husband eye roll). I decided to saw off the posts after removing the finials.
Look for things like old finials, corbels, doorknobs, chandelier crystals and be open to repurposing. One or two jars of flowers and an element or two is easy as can be.
BOTTLES and JARS
I’m not a hoarder, but I love all things bottles and jars! You’ll often find old ones at thrift shops for pennies. Not only are they perfect for a single bloom, but when you are creating vignettes think of grouping. Three are better than one and five are better than three sometimes. I like to group in uneven numbers and that’s just what my eyes tell me looks good.
Lastly, play around and edit. Do you prefer the books in the vignette or a clean look as above? It’s all a matter of taste and what looks good to you. There are no rules, at least I don’t follow them if there are!