Hello! And Welcome to Monday Morning Blooms!  Thank you so much for joining me, and my Monday Morning friends, on the 1st and 3d Monday of every month. You will find their links at the bottom of this post, be sure to visit, as they create such beauty each time!  Today I’m sharing pretty winter flowers with a French twist.

 

 

Can you believe it? Not only is this a whole new year, it’s also a new decade.  I hope that you all had a wonderful celebration during the holidays, with all the people you love. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We had a very quiet New Year’s celebration {as in we went to bed early} because right at the end of 2019, this happened:

 

 

Our youngest daughter delivered a beautiful {isn’t she?!} little person.  I still think it’s a miracle each and every time a baby is born.Yes, we want to sit all day and stare at her, and would, if we could, believe me. But lets go past the baby “I’m completely in love” talk…I know why you are here.  Flowers.

 

After the holiday decorations are back in their boxes and out of the house, do you feel like I do? That your interior is a little blah, a little empty?  I always think flowers are a brilliant way to liven up your home.

 

Fresh flowers are lively, and cheerful, and bring a touch of savoir-faire to any space. This winter white floral arrangement will make your January home decor shine.

 

 

 

 

At this time of year, the look I love most for flowers is winter white, livened up with green and a little gleam of metallic gold.   For this flower arrangement, I’m using a few wonderful winter choices for this post-holiday floral fun.

 

The arrangement couldn’t be easier with our gorgeous Elegant Gold & Cut Glass Floral Arrangement Vase which you can get for your own floral fun too!

 

 

 

I love the tightly packed, all one color flower bouquets we so often see in the beautiful French florist boutiques.  For this pretty wintery floral bouquet, I used only white and green.

 

The hydrangeas have a slight tint, but only until they fully open, then they are pure, pristine white!

 

 

WHITE ROSES:  Roses are almost always in my bouquets at FrenchGardenHouse, because they remind me of my grandparent’s garden in Europe.  They last long, are beautiful, and romantic. They look great with almost every other flower.

EUCALYPTUS: Eucalyptus is always a favorite, especially if I can find the berried kind. The green-gray tint of the leaves works well with the creamy white of the roses, and the pure white of the hydrangea. Bonus: eucalyptus dries really well. I used stems from my holiday arrangements for this floral arrangement. Eucalyptus adds a lot of coverage area, it’s what my florist friends call “a lot of bang for your buck.”

CEDAR: Also left over from the holidays, when I buy fresh greens I prefer cedar. Cedar is soft, drapes well, and very long lasting. It dries pretty nicely, too.

HYDRANGEA: If possible, each arrangement for us here at home includes hydrangeas. They are big. They are showy. They are fluffy and beautiful. They are a little fussy about how they are prepped – READ HOW TO HERE – but after that they perform like the super star they are.

CHAMOMILE:  These little flowers are so delicate. They wilt quickly if you don’t give them a sharp cut and fresh, clean water after getting them home. But…they are so sweet!  Be sure to remove all the leaves before trimming and inserting in your bouquets because the leaves turn yellow and droop quickly.

SPRAYED GREENS:  I have no idea what this is. They are left over from my daughter’s baby shower, which was in October! The hostesses sprayed them with gold spray paint. They have lasted as if they are plastic, but this is their last time I think. Something to try at home?

 

 

 

I’ve been looking for a pretty, easy to use flower vase for the shop for quite some time.  Some of my BFF’s love flowers, but either don’t have the time or quite the knack of putting flowers together.  They want to create beautiful bouquets like they’ve seen in the Parisian florist shops {tightly packed, all one length beauties.}

 

This vase makes it so easy! The custom fitted top has small openings that are perfect for inserting one or several flowers and greens in. It makes arranging French florist style bouquets a snap for your home.

 

 

Be sure to de-leaf all your flowers and greens before you start inserting them into your vase. Leaves that are below the water line will mold and will severely decrease the life of your arrangement.

 

Add the greens first. I usually cut the green stems double or 1-1/2 x the width of the vase. Next, cut your roses 1-1/2 X as long as the width of your vase and insert.  Cut the hydrangea 1 x as long as the vase, so that they nestle into the leaves and other flowers.  Finally trim the chamomile at different lengths and stick them in where they fit and where they look best. The gold painted greenery – there are just 4- go in last.

 

 

 

This restful white and green floral  is perfect for a January arrangement.  It breathes life into the house without being out of place.  Even though we don’t have snow where I live, white is such a soothing way to begin this new year filled with hopes, dreams and wonder.

 

This arrangement was the perfect complement to our oyster buffet set up here at home. A fun festive way to begin this new year. I’ll share that in another post soon. I am so excited to see what this whole new fresh year has in store for us!

 

 

 

 

2019 was an amazing year.  I was so inspired by the magic of every day.  We were able to travel, to see beautiful new places, to meet wonderful new people who soon turned into great friends. Dream opportunities, and more blessings from God than I ever imagined, were a part of our 2019.

 

Sharing my passion for antiques – FrenchGardenHouse – always inspires me. I’m surrounded by beautiful things from long ago that speak to me, and to you. But what really makes every year great, besides on a personal level, is the people I continually meet.  Clients, designers, blog readers, fellow antique dealers. Just like the antiques I so love and sell, each with a story of their own to tell. And I am eagerly awaiting to get to know more of you!

 

 

I hope that this coming year your days are filled with the magic of every day beauty.  That you learn, grow, and stretch your dreams and hopes. And that God gives you more than you ever expected.

 

Be sure to visit Shirley, Pam and Mary too!

 

PAM at Everyday Living

 

MARY at HomeIsWhereTheBoatIs

 

SHIRLEY at Housepitality Designs

 

and me LIDY at FrenchGardenHouse