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With winter weather fully upon us – we are all in need of some bold colors and fresh fragrance. What better way to warm up the winter and cure those blues than with a variety of fresh flowers? “I think about making a flower arrangement the same way I consider a room, creating a composition that will equal the sum of its parts. Let me explain: color, texture, scale, and location of an arrangement are as important as doing a floor plan in decoration. It is essential to take all elements into account. Consider the container: What will you choose? Where will it go? Answering these simple questions will prevent you from making something that may need a haircut, an overall scale-down, or lightening up.”

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“Flowers can create all sorts of moods in a home—festive primary-colored zinnias in a basket, seductively fragrant garden roses, one statuesque ‘Casa Blanca’ lily, a sweet nosegay of freshly picked daffodils, or a landscape of miniatures. Each in its own way says something different. The smallest gestures suggest you care. A single blossom in a simple vase or a vase with some sentimental attachment can add meaning to your life or, at the minimum, a splash of beauty in your room.”

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“If you are worried that it is not your long suit, so to speak, well, guess what? It never will be if you don’t give it a try. The late grand dame of English interior decoration, Jean Monro, used to always say to me, “You’ve just got to ‘give it a go.’” Jean’s decorating shop on Montpelier Street in London was one of my favorite haunts, and I considered her a mentor as I met her right after I started my business. I could always count on finding delicious porcelains of all types, including vases, in her shop. I still have some of those vases, and I think of her indomitable spirit every time I pick one up.”

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So next time you are at the corner store, the flower market or your local florist, remember, you just have to “give it a go.”

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For more inspiration from Charlotte, pick up her newest book Garden Inspirations.

 

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