Home Staging: The art of arrangement and a few useful guidelines.
I used to be one of those people who always had fresh flowers arranged in vases around my home. I would diligently go to the farmers’ market weekly and pick out my two dozen roses for $7.00. I would go home and painstakingly pick thorns, leaves and vases. In later years, when I finally had my own flowering garden to pick from, I tended to use longer-lasting greenery with a few pops of color…less work, less money, longer lasting. As I get older, keeping it neat and simple is always the best. My now favorite vased items are not flowers but greens. Perhaps the simplest is one green cutting per small vase in a group of three. I can experiment with height, either varying sizes and shapes of greens and vases, or I can go for three identical in a row, with candles, rocks or something in- between. This minimalistic idea came to me years ago when I did a short stint working as a floral designer with my dear friend in her shop. She taught me many principles that come in handy in cooking, designing and staging:
Although we worked with abundant, beautiful, multi-colored and different shaped flowers with varying textures and fragrances everyday, these were only used all together for very special occasions. These ornate arrangements were time consuming to make, complicated in care, short lived and suitable for only very specific places. On the other hand, simple arrangements using only a few varieties made the most visual impact, lasted a long time and made the most sense:
Groups of one three or five… pick one color or fragrance as the punch…monochromatic can be elegant, vary size or texture instead of color…