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Photos from Decorating with Flowers courtesy of Simon & Schuster

Bringing spring home with fresh blooms

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With Passover right around the corner, we are all in a holiday preparation frenzy, getting our houses clean, stocking our cabinets, and making plans for meals. It is likely that you will host a feast or two, and may want to celebrate the "Holiday of Spring" with flower arrangements to accent your table or other corners of your home. We turned to the designers featured in Decorating with Flowers: A Stunning Ideas Book for all Occasions for a range of styles for flower enthusiasts and those unsure of how to begin. 

"When planning for a milestone event at home, use fresh flowers to spark fireworks." says Pico Soriano in the book. "Go for different colors in each room setting."

Some of the store-bought arrangements in Decorating with Flowers range are complex. However, those who with lush gardens should take heart. Says home stylist Jonathan Matti, "Fresh flowers, vines, and leaves collected from one's own garden can be the simplest and most cost-efficient way to bring a home to life."

Dry arrangements can break the monotony of having fresh flowers, especially when none are available. A basket of golden pears and mangoes on a nest of twirled fine vines brings out the deep chocolate tones of the mirror frame and console. 

The monochromatic color palette evinced by golden to burnt orange alstromerias, yellow to sage cockscombs, and green and grape-colored berries is one of Cynthia's favorites.

"When the style and colors of your interiors are matched and expressed in a monochromatic palette in flowers, the home will sing in harmony," says Cynthia Almario 

"Minimalist doesn't mean bare and stark," says floral artist Pico Soriano. "Let fresh flowers--arranged in Sogestsu ikebana-inspired forms amplify the silent drama and inner spirit of your home."

Pico Soriano suggests, "Don't let fresh florals compete with period furniture and art. Complement them instead with color and scale." 

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