Charlotte Puxley has been providing the Home & Decor team some lovely flower arrangements for our home photoshoots lately, so we decided to pay the florist a visit and steal some ideas for a flower arrangement. Don’t be intimidated by the size and look of this arrangement, it’s actually not too difficult! Just follow the steps in the video!
No time for this 2-minute video? Scroll down for a written tutorial.
Charlotte moved to Singapore from London a few years ago, and decided to set up her own floral studio in Tiong Bahru. She was part of the team who created Kate Moss’ wedding bouquet, and has also worked for Lily Allen! (Yes, we are name-dropping.)
For a simple yet energetic and bold floral arrangement for the home, Charlotte Puxley has these tips for you:
Step #1: Choose your vase
Surprise, surprise — you actually choose your vase before the flowers! “Choosing your vase first helps you buy the flowers accordingly. If you buy really tall flowers for a short vase, they are going to fall out, so choose cylindrical or slim vases instead,” says Charlotte. Personally, Charlotte chooses glass vases when she wants a cleaner look, and patterned vases for “something more bold and exciting”.
Step #2: Choose your leading lady
This flower will be the show-stopper — the highlight of your arrangement. You need one, because you are going to choose the rest of the flowers and plants according to it. For example, complementary flowers should play off the leading lady’s colour (in this video, we paired the leading lady, the hot pink Hydrangea, with light pink Eustomas).
Step #3: Pick complementary blooms and leaves of varying heights and form
This creates texture and depth to the arrangement. If you pick only large blooms, none will particularly stand out, would they? Smaller flowers, like the Sungue Saba Grass and Eustomas in the video, actually help frame the Hydrangeas.
Step #4: Condition the flowers
Use scissors to cut away the thorns and leaves on the flower stems. The more leaves in the vase, the dirtier the water will be. The leaves also drink up the water, taking it away from your flowers. Next, cut the stems according to the height of your vase — not too short that your flowers will “sink”, but not too long that they are falling out of the vase.
“Each flower has different ways of being conditioned. For hydrangeas, I’ll cut up the stem because it needs drinking. But in general, just take the leaves off,” shares Charlotte.
Step #5: Have in mind where you are putting the flowers
When you are arranging your flowers, understand 1) the diameter and composition you want and 2) where the arrangment will be.The arrangement in the video is wilder and bolder, so Charlotte had the longer Eucalyptus branches drape over the vase; this creates volume and leads the eye to a particular space in the room.
Step #6: Create depth in the arrangement
As mentioned, the smaller flowers help frame the larger blooms. Similarly, the greens should be well-spaced out, so that it brings out the colour of the flowers. Layering is also important when creating depth, and you can do so with flowers of varying heights and textures.