how to: fall floral centerpiece

Friday, October 19, 2018

My absolute favorite season of the year is autumn. Living in Chicago, we are fortunate enough to get to truly experience all four seasons. Usually around mid-September the temps start to drop a little and then by October we're experiencing full on changing of leaves, the days are shorter and the breeze is crisp; to me, this is bliss.

However, as much as I love the fall, incorporating it into my interior decor has always proven to be a challenge to me. I LOVE the autumn colors on the trees but I do not like orange or yellow inside my home. Im a lover of neutral, for sure.

This season, however, Ive been so inspired by the beautiful deep plums and burgundy's paired with crisp white. I think its just beautiful and the rich colors are very autumnal to me, though less traditional.

I decided I wanted to do a centerpiece in my dining room, using these colors. I actually got the idea of this centerpiece from one of my favorite bloggers, Erin, from The Cotton Stem Blog. She and I are very alike though she doesn't know I exist (lol). We have different styles of decor and yet similar tastes, which is very hard to explain. I took her idea and put my own spin on it and love it how it turned out!

I almost never use faux floral. I never understood why anyone would do that when they can happily have fresh flowers! However, Ive since been converted. The idea of being able to use these every year, was very enticing to me. Also, if you dig, you can actually find some that look very realistic!

I did not, by any means, use all of whats pictured here. Its hard for me to imagine it all coming together while I'm at the I chose a bunch of florals that I loved and thought could go together, put it together at home, and then used the ones I knew would fill in the arrangement, the rest are going back :)

This brass vase I got from target. It actually has a base to it, but I just removed the base for this project. I also purchased one of these green foam circles- which is a step you simply cannot skip! It holds everything in place and allows you to build one piece at time.

My suggestion is to choose one larger floral that is the focal point for your piece. You'll work around this piece (or pieces, if you wish) the rest of the time. This large, deep burgundy flower was the focal point I chose, so I started with this. This piece also sets the tone for how high you'd like your arrangement to go, so measure accordingly.

After that first piece was in place I just began to play! I knew I wanted the deep purple ranunculus no matter what, so I used those next. Then I added the pink ones that drape over the edge to incorporate some movement into the centerpiece. I just held up each bunch next to what I had already done and used what I liked! Theres no science to this, friends. Just have some fun!

You'll notice I also took a lot of the greenery off the stems. I wanted the green eucalyptus to set the green tone for my centerpiece and the other greenery looked really fake.

I love how it turned out! We host Thanksgiving at our home each year, and my tablescape this year is one of velvets and rich tones; this is going to go with it beautifully!

Let me know if you try this out! Tag me on Instagram {@herwhimsyblog} Id love to see :)

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