LOOK LIVE - Floral arrangements dos and donts


I don’t know about y’all, but a vase full of beautiful flowers always makes me – and my home – feel fresh and fancy! When I get out to my cottage, setting up a vase full of vibrant, fragrant flowers is often times the first thing I do to make our home look and feel fabulous.

Regularly ordering flowers from a florist can get a little pricey, but if you want them, I say budget for them! If it’s worth it to you to have fresh white lilies in your foyer every week, then you do you, sister! In fact, get a subscription from a place like Bouq’s and BE HAPPY!

For those with a green thumb and a Martha Stewart-worthy garden, or those who take trips to your local grocery for a quick bouquet pick-me-up, here are a few Do’s and Don’ts to keep your flower arrangements looking lovely:


  • Cut an inch off the flowers’ stems at a 45-degree angle to help them absorb more water and stay fresh longer. (Cut them a little each day, as well.)
  • To keep your water bacteria-free, remove leaves and thorns that will fall below the water line.
  • Add a preservative solution (that little pack of powder) or your own solution such as bleach to kill bacteria, or a sugar cube to feed the flowers. (Thought about using other stuff like vodka or Sprite? FTD tested a few remedies and posted results here!)
  • Stagger the heights of each stem to add depth and beauty. As you cut, also try to keep your bouquet about 1.5 times higher than your vase.


  • Don’t let your water get stagnant; change or add water daily.
  • Don’t let one bad apple spoil the bunch! Get rid of any browning or wilting flowers. Keep what’s good; don’t be afraid to end up with a vase of gorgeous greens.
  • Don’t keep flowers in direct sunlight or near heating vents. Sun is not what they need now; a cool environment is better.
  • Don’t be afraid to try something new like adding citrus rounds (grapefruit, oranges, or limes) or long leaves to line clear glass vases to increase the vibrancy and look of your arrangement.

If you’re itching to get into designing your own floral arrangements, here are some great tips from Architectural Digest , Country Living, and of course the fabulous Martha Stewart!

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