There’s something important I need to discuss today.
Something more important than March Madness.
Something more important than whether or not we should all take up shoulder pads again.
Something more important than the leggings I shared that you all have been sending me thank you notes about.
Important I tell you, friends.
Important with a side of monumental and consequential sprinkled on top.
What is your opinion on faux flowers?
Do they make you happy?
Do they make you sad?
Are you team real or team faux?
I’m definitely on one team FOR SURE.
And the answer might surprise you.
Let’s start at the beginning—where this entire faux flower discussion got started.
I have some explaining to do.
Here’s my blue and white living room. You know how much I love blue and white. I may or may not have mentioned it 1,756,971 times.
But you know what I love even more than blue and white (especially with spring knocking at the door)?
I love little pops of pink and red and peach and coral.
They are my favorite colors to make blue and white pop.
I try to sprinkle hot pink and coral and red around the room.
Here’s my flower formula:
- one arrangement in the bay window
- one arrangement on the side table
- one arrangement on the table with the mirror
- one arrangement on the coffee table
I typically go to Trader Joe’s and purchase bundles of flowers and bring them home and divide them up into different vases and put them around the room. I choose peonies during peony season and hydrangeas when they have pink ones and Gerber daisies in the summer and other varieties of flowers in the red and pink and fuchsia families.
Sometimes I do go with purple.
But mostly pink or red is my flower go-to.
But here’s the challenge.
I bring home the flowers. I sort them and cut them and arrange them and put them out.
They look cute for a hot minute.
Maybe two hot minutes on a good day.
The flowers look pretty and fresh and lovely one minute—and then the petals start to wilt. The flowers droop. The leaves come tumbling down and drop all over the tables.
Then I make another trip to the grocery store and the process starts all over again.
So in 2023 I thought I’d try something different.
Instead of fresh flowers?
I thought I’d try faux.
Just between us? It has been a JOURNEY.
You have to kiss a lot of frogs before you find a flower arrangment prince.
I ordered several different faux flowers (which looked NOTHING LIKE they did in the pictures).
It was so frustrating.
There are so many layers to the arrangement—eucalyptus and peonies and roses and daisies and the tiniest mini thistles. The arrangement looks so realistic—especially after you rearrange the flowers and fluff out the petals on the peonies.
I also thought a few of the flowers were a little too high, so I tucked them down into the arrangement. The entire arrangement is almost 16″ high and comes in the blue pot already arranged (and there’s a 10% coupon, too).
You can see the arrangement here.
(total aside: I shared these flowers on Instagram last week and they sold out. They’ve since restocked them, but if you click and they are sold out again hopefully they will be restocked soon.)
I returned the other faux flowers and ordered two more of these and placed them around the room.
But it looked a little too matchy, matchy for me.
So I ordered these peonies, too.
I was a little worried they wouldn’t look like the picture, but THEY delivered. I think what makes them look so realistic is that the greenery is just the right color and the blooms are different sizes and some of them are more open than others so they look SO REAL.
There are four different stems with about five flowers on each stem and they don’t come in a vase.
You can see the peony stems here.
And so now we come to the end of my faux flower tale.
It’s been a long and arduous journey.
The room is decorated for spring without drooping petals or fading blooms or scattered leaves.
So in 2023? I’m all about a flower that looks like I just cut and arranged it. I’m not going to listen to decorators or fancy designers. I love a good faux flower and I’m going to CELEBRATE IT.
I want to hear from you.
What do you think?
Are you team real? Or team faux?
Let’s discuss. 🙂
PS You can see the flower arrangement here and the peony bunches here.
PPS Also a GIANT shout out to Kathryn for telling me about these super realistic hydrangeas on Amazon. I just ordered and I’ll share them with you all when they come in.
You can see the hydrangeas here.
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