A lot of planning goes into creating these centerpieces and, often, it’s a conversation that starts with a wishlist of pieces Joanna wants to incorporate. For example, for this Valentine’s Day, she’s planned an unexpected tablescape that feels rich, elegant, and moody — almost like a baroque still life oil painting (editor’s note: specifically Jan Davidsz de Heem!). Not gonna lie… when she sent me her color palette ideas, I was interested, but definitely skeptical of the yellow she wanted to add in… but I trusted her always on-point vision and went for it. I found these Dark Landini lilies and immediately knew we had to use them (and they were ready for harvest just in time for us to use). The rich burgundy hue provide the perfect balance for the pop of yellow, especially when enclosed a classic glass cloche. I assembled two of them to serve as the backdrop for the dinner for two and they ended up being so stunning and rich.
After a year full of women dealing with a TON of bullshit and also uniting to stand up against it , this is definitely the year to really embrace Galentine’s Day (which, ICYMI, is the other half of Valentine’s Day, when you celebrate your love for your lady friends!) and we’re here to help. Joanna had the vision for a Galentine’s Day bouquet of sorts and together we dreamed up this whimsical, classic-with-a-modern-twist bouquet that we hope you can be inspired by and recreate for your lady loves this February.
For all of our previous centerpiece DIYs, we’ve typically focused on the table itself. Always on the quest for sharing an unexpected floral design with you guys, we brainstormed and decided on suspending a eucalyptus wreath from the ceiling over the dining table. Because Joanna wanted the table to feel simpler and pared down, I thought that hanging the centerpiece would be a good way to achieve that look. Plus, eucalyptus provides the most gorgeous, subtle fragrance!
When I asked Sarah from The Stemmery for help creating a non-traditional Thanksgiving centerpiece, I had two requests: showcase my epic cheeseboard (learn more about that in yesterday’s post) and incorporate tones of blush. Truth be told, I wanted to go the unexpected route with my tablescape this Thanksgiving and eschew the traditional fall tones of burgundy, plum, and gold. There’s something so fresh and modern about using pastel shades like blush and lavender in the fall when everyone else is going dark, deep, and heavy. Sarah really blew me away with this gorgeous, layered centerpiece that will look amazing, even after the cheese course is over. Without further ado, let’s learn how Sarah created this unexpected statement!
Whenever we picture any sort of floral design for October, there’s a pretty standard item that comes to mind: pumpkins. The pumpkin gets used a lot. (Editor’s note: yup, guilty and guiltier.) Don’t get me wrong, I love pumpkins – give me a nice pale orange and green, warty pumpkin or a perfect round orange pie pumpkin and I’m happy. And I love eating them. But I digress. Pumpkins can be really fun to use in arrangements, but we decided to go a more luxe route with this Halloween centerpiece DIY. The vibe is more textural and slightly creepy (think spidery seed pods and beakers-as-vases) — the perfect way to create an autumn botanical vignette for a more mature spin on Halloween!
This time of year is always so intriguing to me. The days are getting shorter, the light is definitely moodier, and I feel the impending glut of the holidays. I find myself holding onto the clean simplicity that the month of September has to offer. I’ve also been really inspired by Ikebana, which is traditional Japanese way of arranging flowers. It’s all about striking a balance using your elements. For this Ikebana inspired centerpiece, I asked Sarah from The Stemmery to pull inspiration from this art form, while also foraging for bits of greenery from my yard. I know I say this every time, but this is my favorite centerpiece we’ve done yet! Without further ado, let’s learn how Sarah artfully arranged such a gorgeous centerpiece.