Elysian Home: Winter Flower Arrangements

Written by Jessica Comingore

One of my favorite up-the-sleeve decorating tips is to add a grouping of fresh flowers to a room. It may not seem like rocket science, but it’s kind of hard to believe how much it transforms a space. Without even getting too elaborate (a few camellias from your front yard will do) you can turn a vignette from boring to inviting pretty quickly. Even when I have no entertaining plans in sight, I like to keep fresh flowers around the house, simply because it feels like a breath of fresh air when you walk into a room.

That being said, I tend to let the ritual fall to the wayside when winter hits. The flower mart is considerably less abundant with choices, and I end up putting the practice aside for the season. Which got me thinking… just because it’s cold and grey outside doesn’t mean you can’t pretend otherwise inside. With this in mind, I paid a visit to the flower mart recently to create a few arrangements using what’s in season. Perhaps most fun about it was seeing the beauty in the unexpected. In spring, I would have never thought to incorporate air plants into a flower arrangement, nor would I have plucked a handful of foxtail from the roadside to pair with it.

In terms of vases, I chose some less conventional vessels I had lying around the house and coupled them with a complimentary arrangement. The result? A bit of freshness to add to your dreary days. Above, a combination of freesia, air plants, foxtails, and ruscus leaves nestled in an antique copper mug.


Here, a pairing of heather, Queen Anne’s lace, yellow orchids, and ruscus leaves in a vintage ceramic pitcher.


Lastly, a grouping of white ranunculus, scabiosa, and purple limonium in a clear mason jar.

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