Spring: the magical season of ”refresh and renew” is officially here. We know this for a few obvious reasons: 1.) the Vernal Equinox made it official on March 20th, 2.) flowers and trees are blooming around the world, and 3.) everyone and their mother is talking about the need for a little spring cleaning.
There’s one part of this ritual refresh that we can all get behind, and that’s the sprucing up of our space courtesy of some simple fresh flora. And to show us how this creative DIY endeavor can make a huge difference, Chelsea (a floral designer, former flower shop owner, and the voice behind the popular Frolic! blog) is sharing with us her easy tips to adding spring color to your home, no matter where you are. As for Chelsea, that current “home” depends on the day, as she’s traveling the world, finding local flower markets in each new city, and decorating her space with her happy, homey touches.
From Chelsea: I spent a week living right on top of the Brixton Market in South London, and as soon as I got off the train, I was energized by the vibrancy and excitement of this multicultural neighborhood and marketplace. Filled with food, shops, veggie stalls, flower stalls, and delis that include Traditional English food, Jamaican, African, Caribbean, Mexican, Asian and more, I couldn’t help but feel inspired by the colors and textures of the market. I found a gorgeous flower stall at the market called Flower Love London. I invited my friend Sarah over, who happens to live close by and we spent the day filling my temporary flat with gorgeous flowers! It brought life to the apartment and made it feel like home.
My tips for making easy, effortless arrangements at home:
- Shop for the freshest flowers! Are the leaves green? Do the petals feel firm? Shop for your flowers like you would for your vegetables!
- Bring them home, fill the sink with water, and let the flowers soak.
- Unwrap your flowers and recycle any packaging.
- Strip any leaves on the bottom 6-8″ of the stems. Make sure your stems are clean for the part that will be under water. This helps them last longer as it prevents bacteria from building as quickly.
- Always cut your stems diagonally to create the widest surface for the flowers to drink from.
- We used recycled bottles and food containers from the market to make interesting, colorful compositions! Think outside the box (or vase) for containers! We also used this interesting African basket the Airbnb host had on hand. We filled the inside with a waterproof glass that held the flowers.
- Fill the vases with flowers at different heights making sure to use a selection of focal, filler, and flowers in different textures, shapes, and sizes.
- Make sure some of your flowers hit the rim of the vase, this helps the composition to feel effortless.
- Don’t be afraid to go ultra simple. We filled this basket with two stems of simple leaves for a minimal, but high impact arrangement.
- Keep your flowers away from drafts, heaters, and sunlight, and check the water every other day.
- An easy way to refresh your vases: put the vase under the tap and let the water run into it until the old water has run out and it is filled with fresh water.
- Remove dead flowers as the arrangement ages.
Chelsea Fuss is a commercial prop stylist, floral designer, and the voice behind Frolic!. A former flower shop owner, Chelsea teaches flower arranging to students across the world through her online course. She is currently on a solo journey, living as a nomad, exploring organic farming and other travel insights across Europe and beyond.