There are almost as many fleuristes {flower shops} in France as there are patisseries and boulangeries. Like everything else the French do, the buying and giving of flowers is done casually, but with amazing style!

Flowers are such a big part of creating a warm and inviting backdrop for special occasions and everyday life. They are a quotidienne de luxe – an everyday luxury – that contribute so much to our homes, and our sense of happiness.



I’m joining my talented friends Shirley, Mary and Pam today for another beautiful Floral Friday!   It’s always a joy to see what they have created this time, so be sure to go visit them. I’ll share the links to their blogs at the end of this post for you.



Creating beauty with flowers is so easy, isn’t it? The flowers do all the work, their alluring shapes and enchanting colors capture our eye and heart no matter if there is one single bloom in a vase, or masses of them arranged “just so”, they are all intriguing.



Like everything else here at home, my way of bringing everyday luxury to our home involves adding beauty, but in a slightly casual way. I am a huge fan of elegance, but effortless elegance. It shouldn’t be too difficult, nor too fussy.




For today’s Floral Friday, I chose two of the antique white French sauceboats, simple designs with a little elegant flourish, just perfect for my early spring table setting.  I set my table in our kitchen with an antique French sheet, and used antique French white plates to mix with the always alluring English hand painted Palladian dinnerware made in Oxford, England by Deborah Sears in the softest greys.



To make arranging flowers easier in unusual shaped containers, here is my florist secret that I learned in Europe from a true flueriste :  use special florist tape to tape grids on the containers. It’s like thin see-through tape, but specially made to attach well to containers and be water resistant. If you look carefully, you can see the tape over the top of both of these white sauceboats in the photo below.

{per your many requests: you can buy this at most florist supplies but I’ve found a link-not sponsored in any way- for the tape on Amazon.-see below}
Oasis Floral Tape

This makes it so much easier to make a beautiful arrangement!



Aren’t these soft pink spray roses so pretty mixed with the pink ranunculus flowers?  I love their soft colors, they look so pretty with the grey Delftware designs of the hand painted dishes.



For this table I thought “If one is beautiful, surely two centerpieces will be spectacular!” so I made a complimentary floral centerpiece using another antique French sauceboat.



It’s kind of just like me to break the rules!  Using another color of those sweet petit spray roses, I added a darker pink ranunculus and those darling wax flowers in cerise pink.



And scattered the fallen petals on the linen tablecloth, because they are so delicate and lovely.  So why not?



Antique Limoges Sauciere| Hand Painted Delft Service|French Limoges Sauce Server|Gres Delft Platter|Antique French Enamelware Water Warmer




Please go see my three beautiful friends to find out what they created for this Floral Friday:






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