There are many styles of floral design. The one that I am naturally drawn to and inspired by the most is the French Country style. I think I enjoy this type of design, because the designs themselves are so artistic and expressive. The French approach blends the inherent beauty of flowers, gathered simply from the garden, with the personal vision and passion of the floral artist.
It is this rapport between nature and artist that gives the French bouquet such a distinctive personality with a strong emotional impact. This season, be sure to look for inspiration from the garden, local Farmer's Markets, historical styles, and from fashion. All of these locations will help you create your own masterpieces in the French style.
As the weather warms, we're excited to head outdoors to entertain our guests. For a casual get-together like a dinner party or weekend barbeque, we like to make simple centerpieces and these two designs are casual, yet beautiful options inspired by the French countryside.
The first arrangement is more romantic, rustic, and lusty. The use of deep red, blue and gold tones is very French as is the addition of fresh fruit. Incorporating fresh herbs, particularly lavender, will add to the visual beauty, but will also enhance the fragrance of the bouquet. Also, red wine, brie, grapes and crusty fresh bread are natural complements to this design.
The flowers I used to create this bouquet are: peonies, roses, sunflowers, coreopsis, veronica, lavender, and ivy.
This next centerpiece is a bit more casual and uses readily available, inexpensive blooms. Nothing says French country like blue and yellow, so this vignette honors that traditional color combination as well as Toile de Jouy. I had this tin blue pitcher on hand, so I made this my base. Using materials you have on hand is always a good idea - it saves money and also gets your creative juices flowing.
The flowers I used to create this bouquet are: delphinium, peonies, ivy, and rosemary.
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