Sheron Cardin's Input...: My Favorite Decorating Tip # 10...FRESH LOOKING SILK FLOWERS.

I have been an interior designer for over 27 years and I have always taught my clients the principles I used while decorating their home so they may enjoy decorating too. The home staging trend in residential real estate is a great way to reach more people every day and what I enjoy the most is they are learning the basics of good design through staging. It is my dream for every person to know the joy and pride of living in a decorated home.

My Favorite Decorating Tip # 10...FRESH LOOKING SILK FLOWERS.

I need PRETTY right now. I need a fresh look, a new feeling when I walk through my house. I, I, I...I need pretty.

My new flower I am passionate about are the hydrangea. Although I have always looked at them as a traditional looking flower, the light celery green is really fresh looking so I made one out of silk and love it. It is beautiful, contemporary, and real looking. They are so easy to make and less than half the price if you could find them to purchase. Here is how you can make this arrangement yourself...

Hydrangea'sHydrangea's top view

 

  • Purchase a bouquet of your favorite flowers in silk from your local crafts store, "Wonder Water" which is the material that makes the fake water, and a glass container or use your own.
  • Cut the stems from the bouquet so you have individual flowers and be sure you cut or pull the leaves off (this arrangement is from 2 bouquets @ $4.95 ea.)
  • Clean your glass container thoroughly and make sure it is dry
  • Follow the instructions on the Magic Water.
  • Tip: The longer your stems, the larger the arrangement. 
  • Set your flowers around the rim first, then the center. Keep it simple. Trim the stems little by little until the right length to match the others. 
  • This arrangement has 8 flowers all the same size. After you have made a few, it would be fun to experiment with other more complex flowers arrangements. (I just bought out all the hydrangea's from my local super market in all the colors and making them for Mother's Day).
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    Comment balloon 34 commentsSheron Cardin • May 12 2007 09:10AM

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    Thanks for the reminder to bring out my Hydrangea.  I used them to stage a house and forgot to put them back on my piano.  We are just getting our nice weather here in Seattle and that arrangement of Hydrangea when I walked in the front door always made me smile.  Mine are green, like yours in the photo.  Not all silks look real, but good silk hydrangea's often do, if you get them apart, as you suggested.  I put clear crystal pebbles at the bottom of the vase to help them stay where I put them.

    Posted by ARDELL DellaLoggia (Better Properties Seattle ) over 11 years ago
    Ardell - they are breathtaking! The crystal pebbles work too. I really love the magic water and to this day I will tilt an arrangement in stores just to see if it is a faux arrangement or real...I can't tell the difference with the Orchids unless I look closely at the leaves.
    Posted by Sheron Cardin, ARTIST - A Home Stager/Sellers Best Friend! (California Moods Inc) over 11 years ago

    Sheron- What a great tip! I used to work in an Arts and Craft store making floral arrangments and I was amazed at how real some of them can look! People just have to remember to keep them clean! :-)

     PS- How do you get that box on your post w/ the recent readers????

    Posted by Shannon Elizabeth McInerney (DesigningReality) over 11 years ago
    They look great and beautifully real - just cutting the stems makes a huge difference (I always do this with my fresh flowers too - so many people fear cutting them - why? they just look awkward and "leggy" in a vase) I love to mix and match colors too - Thanks for the tip
    Posted by Karen Otto, Plano Home Staging, Dallas Home Staging, www.homes (Home Star Staging) over 11 years ago
    Sheron, thanks for the advice.  It's good to know about the existence of Magic Water.  Sometimes these silk flower arrangements are so good I can't tell without close inspection whether they are real or not.
    Posted by Brian Schulman, Lancaster County PA RealEstate Expert 717-951-5552 (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, Lancaster PA) over 11 years ago

    Shannon - I love silks. The are so maintainable and lasting. Here is the link to KK post that tells you how to get the recent visitors to your post on your blog. I don't know if I like it or not.

    Karen - cutting the stems is the secret.

    Brian - me too. They are so easy to make even you can make them...you get to use wire cutters!

    Posted by Sheron Cardin, ARTIST - A Home Stager/Sellers Best Friend! (California Moods Inc) over 11 years ago
    I picked up a bunch of the celery green and the cream faux hydrangeas last week.  I also bought 3 square clear glass vases that I am going to fill with black rock to keep the flowers in place. They will be lined up down the center of a formal dining table I am doing on Tuesday.  I'll post a pic if I remember!
    Posted by Kimberly Wester over 11 years ago
    Sounds beautiful Kimberly...
    Posted by Sheron Cardin, ARTIST - A Home Stager/Sellers Best Friend! (California Moods Inc) over 11 years ago
    Hey, Sheron, it looks lovely.  I have silk flowers all over but not in the Magic Water, this is going to be my next project.  I made a wreath for the front door because I couldn't find any I really liked. Thanks for the lesson!
    Posted by Laura Cerrano, Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher (Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island) over 11 years ago
    My niece got married in my house last July, and the caterer decorated the tables with one real blue hydrangea per square clear glass vase..STUNNING!  But, they of course died in a couple days.  However, she never came back for the vases, so I immediately replaced the corpses with silk ones and in different colors here and there around my house.  I also love KImberley's idea of black rocks, cream blooms, and lined up vases on a formal table.  Please try to remember to show us pics, Kim.
    Posted by Patricia Ebrahimi, Home Staging the Washington DC Area from Rockville MD (SHOW SMART! HOME STAGING & Color Consultant) over 11 years ago

    Sheron~ 

    Wonderful advice. Thanks so much!

    Posted by . 4Terra Land Brokers .. 828-776-0779 Asheville NC, What's Most Important to YOU? Call(828)-776-0779 ( REAL ESTATE RESOURCES & NETWORK ) over 11 years ago

    Carole - they are so easy...just cut your flowers evenly for the outer rim. I made a few more today with the rocks and they are fragile...they fall out when moved so a formal dining room table would be alright but for staging you would want them indestructible.

    Patricia - sounds beautiful 

    JaneAnne - hope you get a chance to do it. 

    Posted by Sheron Cardin, ARTIST - A Home Stager/Sellers Best Friend! (California Moods Inc) over 11 years ago
    Sheron- I seem to not be able to commit to a permanent arrangement.  I fear not having a flexible prop.  If I can't tear it up and make something else out of it, I panic. Think there is a therapy group for this?
    Posted by Kimberly Wester over 11 years ago

    I like silk plants.  They are the only ones I can not kill.  They also always look fresh.

    Posted by Randy Prothero, Hawaii REALTOR, (808) 384-5645 (eXp Realty) over 11 years ago

    Kimberly - you really have it bad!

    Randy - Aloha! Shouldn't your home be like a fern grotto? That is what I will imagine for you. I love silk plants...they have to be the best though. Nothing looks worse than plastic plants and flowers. Have you thought about adding beautiful long stemmed tropical silk flowers to live ferns? Ummm

    Posted by Sheron Cardin, ARTIST - A Home Stager/Sellers Best Friend! (California Moods Inc) over 11 years ago
    Love it!!!  You have the greatest blogs!!
    Posted by Lori Hakeem Oxley (Charles Rutenberg Realty, Inc.) over 11 years ago
    Thank you Lori, I appreciate your comment and I try to keep them interesting.
    Posted by Sheron Cardin, ARTIST - A Home Stager/Sellers Best Friend! (California Moods Inc) over 11 years ago

    Wonderful blog.  I'm bookmarking it to remind me to make one of these.  The one you made is absolutely gorgeous.  What a great an inexpensive floral arrangement.  Thanks for sharing the directions.

    Kathy 

     

    Posted by Kathy Nielsen, Atlanta Georgia Home Stager (http://atlantahomestaging.net) over 11 years ago

    Okay, I just bookmarked it and gave you a rating of "5."

    Kathy

    Posted by Kathy Nielsen, Atlanta Georgia Home Stager (http://atlantahomestaging.net) over 11 years ago
    Thank you Kathy. I look forward to seeing YOUR arrangement soon.
    Posted by Sheron Cardin, ARTIST - A Home Stager/Sellers Best Friend! (California Moods Inc) over 11 years ago

    I LOVE these flowers.  I have also dried my hydrangeas and they have turned out beautiful and it doesn't cost a dime!  I have several green hydrangeas throughout my home and they do go great everywhere!

    Reece

    Posted by Reece Mack, Owner (Simplicity Home Design, Thousand Oaks, CA) over 11 years ago

    What a nice idea. Pretty pictures, too. If you use dried hydrangeas from your garden, you can change their colorin advance. I've recently written about the process. If you're interested you can get instructions here:

    http://weblogs.newsday.com/features/home/gardendetective_blog/2007/05/the_hydrangea_conundrum.html
     

    Posted by Jessica over 11 years ago

    Better yet Reece. For staging I think they would get destroyed unless one was very careful in the transportation, but beautiful as gifts and for one's home. I don't have real hydrangea plants boohoo.

    Jessica - thank you for the link...hopefully others will check it out

    Posted by Sheron Cardin, ARTIST - A Home Stager/Sellers Best Friend! (California Moods Inc) over 11 years ago
    Jessica - how can they possibly call those beautiful blossoms MOPHEADS? I have printed out your post and will share it. Finally someone explains the mystery. I have always been told to put a penny in the dirt. Thank you
    Posted by Sheron Cardin, ARTIST - A Home Stager/Sellers Best Friend! (California Moods Inc) over 11 years ago
    OMG I love this!!! By the way Hydrangeas are my absolute favorite flower...too bad I can't keep them alive to save my life!
    Posted by Christine Craig, Allied ASID & NKBA (Designology Interior Design) over 11 years ago

    Hi Christine,

    I just went out and bought more today...they had some creamy and pinky peachy combination that is so lovely I couldn't pass them up at $1.99 a stem. I think I am going to buy the liquid resin by the gallon. 

    Posted by Sheron Cardin, ARTIST - A Home Stager/Sellers Best Friend! (California Moods Inc) over 11 years ago
    Great post Sheron.  It can be difficult making silk flowers look real.  I love hydrangea and I use them often. Orchids are my absolute favorite, they are a great choice for silks, very realistic.
    Posted by Gina Dougherty, Home Staging Redondo Beach, CA- FusionDesignConsulting.com (Fusion Design Consulting) over 11 years ago
    Gina - Orchids are breathtaking...but the new silks provider at RESA has beautiful exotic Orchids in Wonder Water for less than I can make them so I will take that route. Check them out at www.nearlynatural.com. No shipping either and a healthy discount.
    Posted by Sheron Cardin, ARTIST - A Home Stager/Sellers Best Friend! (California Moods Inc) over 11 years ago
    Thanks, Sheron. Great tip. And including instructions is always appreciated.
    Posted by Michelle Minch, Home Staging Los Angeles and Pasadena, CA (Moving Mountains Design Home Staging, Pasadena, CA) over 11 years ago

    Hi Sheron,

    I love silks and I use a lot of them, thanks for the advice. Your so informative!

    Posted by Penny Schoenbeck, AZ Home Styling (AZ Home Styling & Redesign) over 11 years ago

    I am making more arrangements with Wonder Water and it is getting expensive so I am going to order a gallon of another mixture found here to see if that works as well because it will cover a lot more territory that $8 oz. which is enough for one small vase. You can order 1 1/2 gallons for $68. That is a savings of $124! I will let you know how well the product works.

    silk

    The tall jug on the left is just holding the stems... 

    Posted by Sheron Cardin, ARTIST - A Home Stager/Sellers Best Friend! (California Moods Inc) over 11 years ago

    Great post, Sheron.,....thanka for the advice.

    I find it difficult to purchase arrangements that I truly love; and if I find some, they are usually pretty pricey. I'll let you know how I make out.

    Julia 

     

    Posted by Julia Fedak, IRIS, CSP (Platinum Home Designs ) over 11 years ago
    Please do. I am going to make several experimental bouquets myself since flower arranging is my weakness.
    Posted by Sheron Cardin, ARTIST - A Home Stager/Sellers Best Friend! (California Moods Inc) over 11 years ago

    Decorating home with flowers is really an awesome idea; it can transform even your simple home into a beautiful place. It also makes the atmosphere of the house light and refreshing. But, affording real flowers daily is well out of rich to all, so the best option is to use silk or artificial flowers for that. It would help you to save your bucks and provides the same ambiance if maintained carefully.

    Posted by Ethyl Betters over 4 years ago

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