THANKS TO FLORAL-DESIGNER ERIN BRADY, the silver bowl that normally sits neglected on my dining room sideboard has been granted a new mission in life: It now resides on the games table near my staircase, holding common flowers and greenery obtained from the gardens here. Would you like to see how Erin made this Downton Abbey-esque centerpiece?
And speaking of Downton Abbey — when I watch this British series, I frequently hit the pause button in order to study the decorative elements in each scene. Like the flower arrangements. And the wallpaper. And the fabric that covers sofas and chairs.
Please forgive my weirdness.
To start, choose a container. Any decorative, water-tight container — a soup tureen comes to mind — will work. My sterling pedestal bowl, above, is 8 inches in diameter and 4 inches deep.
It’s stem-sticking time! Erin used the following blooms and greenery, although you can use whatever you (or your local, independent florist) happen to have on hand:
Note: If your arrangement is for a dining table, or some other location where it will be viewed from all sides, insert stems all around the floral foam. Otherwise, if the arrangement will reside on a mantel or a table set against a wall, concentrate stems on the front and sides only.
If you have a zinnia on hand, by all means add it to the mix. And for height, you can insert a rose-bud on a longish stem (the bud was partially cut off when I took this photo), as well as a not-yet-in-bloom hosta flower.
Finally, add water to the container, and then transport the arrangement to a prominent position away from direct sun. As mentioned earlier, I set my bowl on the games table near my staircase. You can’t miss it there.
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