I don’t know about you, but sometimes the holiday season can feel overwhelming. Lately my creativity has felt a bit depleted, as I’ve been hyper focused on my to-do list and have been working extra long hours, so this week I added some relaxing & fun reminders to my agenda… things like taking a quick hike during a lunch break, trying a new recipe in the kitchen for dinner this week (if it turns out, I’ll be sure to share!), and tackling something creative- just for fun. For my creative project this week, I decided to put together a dramatic (and seasonally appropriate) floral arrangement. Luckily, we have a wholesale florist just down the street from our Tuesday Made office. They have a giant walk-in refrigerated room filled with buckets and buckets of stems, florals, and greenery. Just visiting the wholesale flower market is a treat in itself because their selection is incredible. If it weren’t so cold, I’d spend hours in there. Ha! Anyway, it felt like some much needed “me time” to refuel. My coveted woven pedestal also arrived a couple weeks ago, and I’ve been itching to fill it with something textural and festive. Click through for the process and the end result! You can also catch a tiny peek of my office. Emmett is still tackling the millwork, but I couldn’t resist a mini corner vignette.
First, I filled a heavy glass vase (that wouldn’t topple in my woven planter) with water. We finally installed our reverse osmosis system, and this is the drinking fountain I landed on, pictured above! So far we’ve been really pleased with it. I also added some floral food / powder to the water before taping up my grid…
Using clear tape leftover from gift wrapping, I taped up a little grid that will help support my stems. This is such an easy floral arranging hack that makes a big difference! If you haven’t given this a try, I promise it’s worth the extra effort.
Next, I placed my glass vase into the woven urn. I’ve seen a lot of people use dried florals in these woven planters, but since my stems require water- I figured inserting a smaller vase was my best bet.
By the way- I’m not sure if any of you are interested in these woven pedestal urns, but let me know if you are! I only ordered one of these for myself through our Tuesday Made shop, but I can easily get more if some of you are interested. They’re kind of a bear to ship, so I didn’t want to invest in a larger quantity until I gaged interest… that’s why I didn’t link it.
I started by adding my greenery first! That’s how I like to begin my floral arrangements… the base layer goes first. This time around, I used wispy agonis for the greenery.
Next, I layered in the florals. I ended up buying five red holland hydrangea stems. They’re really festive for the season! I like the dark burgundy or red color.
Then I added in the astilbe, which is hilariously also referred to as “false goat’s beard”. I really love the fluffy and whimsical texture it adds. I started poking them into the back of the arrangement and worked my way forward, in an asymmetric manner…
Voila! I used all of my florals & greenery, and I think it feels pretty festive without looking overly holiday themed. The deep saturated colors mimic the season, without being too literal- like poinsettias or pine branches… although those would totally work for a classic Christmas look!
It’s pretty, right? I’m digging the asymmetry, it doesn’t feel too fussy, and I really adore that woven planter! The wispy undone look is also providing a nice contrast to all of my perfectly styled garland around the house. I had fun with this one!
Consider this post your reminder to block in some time for you this holiday season! I know it’s easy to get carried away with our to-do lists… especially this time of year, but try to pencil in an activity you enjoy, take a break, step away from the screen, get outside, and remember to carve out some time for R&R! Adding these little reminders and fun breaks to my calendar this week has been really nice (I’m trying to be more intentional with my time), and this fast floral arranging project was such a fun change of pace! I hope you enjoyed it. Do you also like playing with floral compositions? I find it so relaxing. I’ve slowly started filling up my new built-ins and moving my office items back into this room. I’m looking forward to being totally moved back in soon! I’ll keep you posted. Have a great day, friends!