This Valentine’s Day, we imagine ourselves out of our predictable surroundings and into a bohemian, Parisian apartment preparing for a romantic evening indoors. The rooms would be small and intimate, the ceilings would be high and lofty, and the walls would be covered in rich tapestries and bold saturated fabrics. The accessories would be globally influenced and handmade by artisans and the furnishings would all be one-of-a-kind. And of special importance on Valentine’s Day, this fantasy flat would require simple yet unique floral arrangements. With the bohemian Parisian apartment as our inspiration, we decided to pair this traditional Valentine’s pallet of roses in crimson and cherry and combine it with bold graphic black and white accessories, mixing in rough finished ceramics and handmade textiles. The juxtaposition of rich bright fabrics with global influenced accessories transforms these simple floral selections into arrangements that are eclectic, modern and a little avant-garde.
This graphic Inlaid Flower Bone Tray adds interest and keeps the arrangement from being too soft and feminine. We filled the black urn with a mixture of pink ranunculus, burgundy and pink mini calla lilies, and a pair of pink banksias. Banksias are wildflowers native to Australia; their spikey exterior and unusual texture give the arrangement a contemporary and compelling look.
This lush little arrangement is practically effortless, accomplished by simply grouping a bunch of blooms together in a container. Just clip the blooms off a bunch of flowers, we used pink ranunculus, and place them in a clear glass container. They naturally will fall and lean into graceful positions. And when their petals open and unfold they resemble the soft layers of a ballerina’s skirt.