Sunday, April 10, 2016

Arrangements in White

Is there a prettier season than spring? Just walk outside and behold: all of nature is in BLOOM! So grab your clippers and bring a few branches, blooms and buds to enjoy inside. Even in the simplest vase, it's sure to cheer up any room.

Speaking of vases, I recently teamed up with a group of friends on INSTAGRAM to each create a spring arrangement in a white vessel. Other than using a white container of our choice, there were no rules. We wanted to show that in a ubiquitous white vase, the possibilities are endless. The creativity from the group was inspiring as well as overwhelming. See for yourself and, remember, bring the beauty of spring inside now!
For mine, I kept it simple with branches of cheerful forsythia, the harbinger of spring. Clipped from the garden at our new home, the branches are casually dropped in an antique white ironstone pitcher. Note the pitcher's height balances the tall branches. With lemons piled on a footed cake stand, the pops of yellow are pure sunshine, especially against the wall of white china at my shop.     
Kelley Nan, who created and coordinated the White Vase Challenge, masterfully mixed fruit, flowers and foliage in her captivating centerpiece. Such happy colors! A special thanks to Kelley for inviting me to participate.
Randi Garrett's arrangement of roses, clementines and eucalyptus foliage in a classic urn-shaped vase is lovely. And elegant. Note the asymmetrical layering of the eucalyptus for movement. Marvelous, Randi! 
Shauna from The House of Silver Lining also incorporated fruit. Plus, she tucked in veggies for an arrangement that's original and stunning. The trailing parsley is charming.
Now let's check out a few arrangements with tulips, starting with this artfully layered vignette from Erin at The Sunny Side Up. Erin's vermilion tulips in white look especially striking against the weathered wood. The entire ensemble is beautiful and organic.    
A mix of tulips, lilies and other spring favorites in a crisp white pitcher is timeless and fresh. It's from Jennifer at The Grace House. Gorgeous, Jennifer!
Gathered from the garden. That's Jennifer from Decor Gold Designs' fabulous signature style. In a footed compote, Jennifer loosely interspersed greenery amongst tulips in her carefree, garden bouquet. Divine!  
Keep it cool. The glamorous Deborah Blount designed a floral creation that shines in shades of purple, lavender and blue. Positively dreamy. And breathtaking!
Next is Tamara at Citrine Living's combination of hydrangeas, roses, pears and artichokes in a gleaming white bowl. I can envision Tamara's gorgeous piece anywhere - from the dining table to a foyer console. What a classic!
Let there be light. Annie at Zevy Joy selected soft whites and pastel pinks for an ethereal centerpiece that's bright and beautiful. With her garden as a backdrop, it simply says spring.
Now a grand masterpiece from Janice at Fig and Twigs. This is floral architecture at its finest. A true piece de resistance from Janice. 
Hello, sunshine! The talented Bree from Z Design at Home put together this vibrant yellow-and-green arrangement. I love the texture as well as movement. Such a happy statement.  
The last group of friends went white with a twist. Oscar from Oscar Bravo Home channeled zen with his bonsai and moss covered bowls. Totally unexpected. Totally cool. That's Oscar! 
Speaking of unexpected, I have to hand it :) to Sandi and Shalia at The Spoiled Home for originality. Brilliant! No wonder these ladies have nearly 100K followers on Instagram.
With an enchanting home on Cape Cod, Sandra Cavallo drew inspiration from the sea. Her giant clamshell, nestled in a sunny corner, is overflowing with pink perfection. Stunning!

Cheers,
Loi
PS - For more, check out my INSTAGRAM.

33 comments:

  1. Yours is perfection, Loi! Hope you've had a great weekend!

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  2. Such a lovely and thoughtful post, Loi! Thanks for featuring us and for such kind words!! So happy to have "met" you on Instagram and that we were able to work on this fun challenge together, my friend!! Cheers to you and happy spring:))

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  3. Hello Loi, My hat is off to all these designers. Despite the final look, these are anything but simple. If I tried such an arrangement, it would look like weeds coming out of a white vase. Yours, however, is the one that looks like it should be featured in a magazine or book--the totally white background allows each speck of color to have its utmost impact.
    --Jim

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  4. Loi, each one of these is inspiring. I have a large white ironstone pitcher. It was most recently filled with parrot tulips, but one of my favorites was last Easter when I filled it with branches of redbud blooms. Like your sunny forsythia, the redbud blooms showered down onto the tray below. Serendipity arranged it all. This is a wonderful post that I will bookmark to return to for inspiration. Thank you!
    Happy Spring!

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  5. Dear Loi
    Aah! Spring is my favourite season too. The arrangements are all spectacular and I am having difficulty choosing a favourite.
    Thank you for the sunshine on this Spring Monday morning in Ireland.
    Helen xx

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  6. Dear Loi - for me, yours is the one that I would choose closely followed by Bree - both are simple, zingy, and perfect for this time of the year.

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  7. Wow, those are some stunning creations. The one by Figs and Twigs is out of the park stunning and I love the giant clam shell filled.

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  8. Thanks for sharing all the gorgeous arrangements in white containers! The arrangements show so much imagination. A simple white vase/container is priceless.
    xo
    Patty

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  9. Ohhh, Loi!!! I so enjoyed your capture, your gleaming words, and your vivid recap of our White Vase Challenge!! I was truly stunned and in awe of each and every white vase design and presentation!! Further...I had so much fun collaborating with you and all the designers on this fun challenge!! I feel like I'm being apprenticed by the master when I can work alongside YOU, on a fun project like this! I hope to team up again on future projects with you, my friend!! Thanks for including me in such a beautiful blog post...I thoroughly enjoyed perusing all the entries again and greatly appreciate your lovely words!! Happy week to you, Loi!! ๐Ÿ˜˜❤️๐ŸŒธ๐ŸŒฟ๐ŸŒบ☀️

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  10. CREATIVITY ABOUNDS!! This was SO FUN!! Thankx for sharing!! franki

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  11. Thanks for sharing, Loi! I had such a fun time with you and the group! Hopefully we can do some sort of challenge again!

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  12. What a wonderful way to celebrate the season! We love all these pretty posies and can't wait for our gardens to bloom. We hope you have a beautiful week!
    xxoo
    C + C

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  13. I love them all and if I had a serene backdrop I'd love the lemons and forsythia but my house isn't serene! I love veggies thrown it and actually I now think bunches of parsley might be my next garden party centrepiece. Happy Spring Loi x

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  14. I love the forsythia and lemons--perfection. xoxo Mary

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  15. Loi,
    I happen to catch this on Instagram...what lovely spring bouquets. Each unique and wonderful! White is the perfect accompaniment to the beauty of spring flowers.
    xo,
    Karen

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  16. LOVE.

    You really know how to design, Loi...I am learning more and more to create with less and less. Does that make sense? I see here that all you did was arrange COLOR into your collection of white, and I have the white, and I just need to go out and grab the color! But sometimes it takes a trained eye such as you have, to show us how it's done. Brilliant my friend. Anita

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  17. Such a beautiful post Loi! You perfectly narrated every little detail of all the unique white vase arrangements. So fun getting to know you more too!
    xo Shauna

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  18. Loi I enjoyed this lovely post of eye candy. Your masterful White still life background with the Pops of Yellow in bloom races my heart in its beauty. Nice share of other bloggers flower pops. A post of sheer inspiration for Spring.
    Hugs,
    Vera

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  19. A most stunning array of gorgeous arrangements set in a white vase/container....So much inspiration here today....makes me want to go back and refresh my courses on floral arranging!....Love the forsythia in the pitcher with the backdrop of the gorgeous ironstone...

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  20. Hi Loi,
    Thanks for this gorgeous post today......so uplifting and sophisticated:)

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  21. Loi, what an incredibly thoughtful recap. You brought such a creative sophistication to the challenge and I am so glad we could create together! So thankful to have discovered your incredible talent and YOU this year.

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  22. Beautifully done Loi! I love how unique and inspiring each arrangement was. From simple to complex each one showcased beauty and creativity! This was so much fun to do together. You are such a talented designer! Xo

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  23. Loi! Only you could make the white vases even more enchanting! Your descriptions were amazing and made me wish I could sit at that beautiful table of yours and talk decor with you while we sip lemonade. :) Your yellow flowers in front of that white wall of dishes was pure genius and makes my jaw drop every time I see it! I want to use it as a screen saver! Thanks for your kind words and just for being you. Always such a treat. xo

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  24. The white vases arrangements are so pretty. Everyone were so creative! I can't wait for our spring flowers to bloom soon.

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  25. This is perfection. Looks beautiful. Great Job Loi!

    Interior Designers in Dubai

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  26. Your white dining room with the yellow touches of the lemons and forsythia looks lovely!

    Have a good week!

    Madelief x

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  27. oooh, i'm crazy for your arrangement and could stare at it indefinitely and allow it to bring me to a state of contemplation. great challenge idea, and maybe one day i will embrace instagram with you youngsters. peace.

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  28. brilliance attracts brilliance, what an extremely talented group! thank you all for inspiration, love each and every one
    debra

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  29. WOW! My mouth is hanging open at the beautiful of these arrangements. They look like they have been put together by professionals! I love them all.

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  30. I didn't get a chance to see all of these when you were posting them last week as I was out of town, but wow! They are all so varied, it's really amazing. Love your pops of yellow (and that room!) and of course, Janice's is out of this world. She has such a talent for arranging flowers. I loved Oscar's so much too (very me!) A really wonderful job from everyone!

    Sheila
    www.maisondecinq.blogspot.com

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  31. LOVE your whiteware collection and how you've displayed it. And yellow is one of my absolute favorite colors. Gorgeous! I have a new dining room unit that I'm attempting to decorate with my whiteware, but I'm nowhere near the amount of pieces I'd like for it. I'd also like to add some texture in another material. This is lovely.
    Stopping by via Sarah's at Hyacinths for the Soul. Love your page and look forward to visiting.

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  32. These are lovely and what inspiring ideas! Spring is so far behind at home - but I have been enjoying it in Virginia for the last few days! - hopefully I will find some branches ready to force when I get back. I love your pitcher of forsythia...and the table and chairs! ;-)
    xo

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  33. Hi, hopped over from Hyacinths for the soul. These are all amazing! I love bringing blossoms indoors for spring. Each one is beautiful in it's own way. I adore your dining room table! I will have to find you on Instagram.
    Jann

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