Style your Bouquet 3 Ways with Stem & Bloom

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I recently had the opportunity to try out an amazing new flower subscription service, Stem & Bloom. As you know, having fresh flowers at home is something that is really important to me. Not only does it add a beautiful finishing touch to my decor, but it’s so nice to have a bit of nature in my daily life, especially in the midst of Manhattan!

Started by my friend Lana and her fiancé Adam, Stem & Bloom’s mission is to offer gorgeous, curated bouquets to New Yorkers at an affordable price. They make it really easy to always have a lovely arrangement of fresh flowers in your home {and prices start at just $35 per week…what a steal!}. All you need to do is sign up, and they will deliver a different assortment of fresh blooms to you each week. For those of you who have full-time jobs and don’t have time to head to the Flower district for something extra special {and know that grocery and bodega flowers can be so boring!} this is the perfect idea! I am trying to convince them to deliver to Nashville, ugh!

I invited Lana over to show us not just one, but three different ways you can arrange flowers from the same bouquet. I absolutely adore the way that each of these arrangements has such a different look, but can easily be made from the same selection of blooms! Take a look…. I guarantee you’ll want to try one of these out in your own home!

The bouquet that we were working with included a lush, summery assortment of Peonies in pink and white, silver Brunia, yellow Yarrow, Craspedia and pink Veronica. Silver dollar Eucalyptus added a cool, sculptural backdrop for the vibrant blooms. This is Stem & Bloom’s large bouquet, but keep in mind you can apply all the same techniques to a smaller bouquet!

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We started with a two-vase arrangement, separating out the longer, thinner branches and flowers (the Eucalyptus and Veronica) and placed them in a striking, large vase. To balance that out, we took the fuller Peonies and trimmed to about 8″, then arranged them into a shorter, tight arrangement in a much smaller vase with a wide opening {similar}. Alternating the Peony colors, we then placed the accent flowers (the silver Brunia and Craspedia) amongst them. This arrangement is perfect when you want to create a lot of drama!

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For our second arrangement, we went more traditional. Setting aside the eucalyptus and a few stems of the Veronica we started with a low, deep vase with a wide opening {similar} and cut the rest of our flowers to a short to medium length (8-10″). Placing them one-by-one, we distributed the colors and flower types throughout the arrangement. Because of the wide mouth of the container, it may be easiest to start around the edges, and then fill in toward the center. Once all flowers have been positioned, they will hold each other in place. Keeping the Veronica that is amongst the other flowers a bit taller will add interest. Add the eucalyptus at the end, letting it drape off to the sides of your vase at two or three spots. Keeping it longer on one side and a bit shorter on the other side will add a nice asymmetry to your arrangement. Add a few stems of the longer Veronica off to  one side with the Eucalyptus.

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Our final arrangement is a bit more whimsical. Using several smaller, clear bottles and bud vases, we separated each flower type into it’s own vessel, and arranged the tiny vases into a cluster. For this arrangement, you’ll want a bit of variety in vase size and shape. Place your taller, thinner stems and greens into the taller bottles. Then, grouping your other flowers by type, place anywhere from one to five stems of the same bloom per vase. These can then be arranged into a grouping with the taller vases in the center and smaller ones surrounding (for a coffee table or centerpiece) or look great on an entry console lined up in a neat row. Imagine a long row of these lined up down the center of a long dining table! {These sweet vases included: a circular Bud Vase, a square Bud Vase, an oval Bud Vase, a clear Milk Bottle, and a medicine bottle Bud Vase.}

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Thank you Lana for inspiring us endlessly, and make sure to head to StemandBloom.com to get subscribed!

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  1. Would totally do this if it was in Charleston – obsessed!!!

    July 1, 2015 • 8:11 am •
  2. This is such a brilliant idea! It would be such a fun way to learn about different types of flowers instead of whatever is available at my bodega 🙂

    http://www.lifewiththechampions.com

    July 1, 2015 • 9:09 am •
  3. Wow I love the idea of a flower subscription service. Talk about a happy delivery day! Especially love the final arrangement- the colors really pop. Gorgeous!!

    July 1, 2015 • 1:03 pm •
  4. This is so beautiful! I just love kraft colored paper and flowers together. ❤️

    ~Julie
    Tokyo Blossom

    July 1, 2015 • 3:39 pm •
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