3.30.2010

I Said I Wouldn't...But I Did.

I kinda promised myself that I'd never buy faux flowers for my apartment. I mean, you never really hear anybody say anything good, or blog anything good, about faux flowers do you? (And yes I will call them faux flowers for this post because 'faux' sounds much better than 'fake' don't you think?)

Well, today I bought faux flowers and...I kinda love them.

I've been thinking of buying some for a while to put in my monkey vase. I liked the idea of it looking like he was holding a bunch of tightly packed flowers...but I could just never bring myself to buying any. Well, today I finally decided to just 'do it.' Buy some faux flowers and at least see how they look. And if they looked horrible I could just toss them. The most I'd be out was 1 or 2 bucks.

Here's the result:

I picked the peonies...I loved how full they were. I bought 2 bunches - each bunch $1

before

after

Not bad right? I simply cut the 'stems' to make them shorter and tucked in one entire bunch into the vase.  I really kinda love the way it looks :)

I loved it so much that I decided to spread the other bunch around the apartment...

Some on my bookshelf...

Some in the bathroom...

I love the bits of hot pink splashed around the apartment, so Spring-like! So yes, I'm kinda on the faux flower wagon but don't worry - I won't get out of hand! I think in small doses like this - it's okay. Oh, and here's a couple of quick tips just in case you're thinking of joining me on this wagon ;) (1) Pick a fuller flower - like a peonie...or bunch together flowers that aren't so full to get a fuller look. (2) Stick to one type of flower - when you're faking it, don't try and do too much and call too much attention to it. Let it be "quietly confident" instead of "screaming for attention" (3) Try to get flowers that are closed...meaning the faux stamen isn't showing. Stamen on flowers always look like fake hard plastic because...it is fake hard plastic. (4) Cut off the leaves, or pick vase where you can't see them, or pack them closely together so the leaves don't show. They don't look real....at all. (5) Fabric, I think, looks more realistic than plastic.

Now - who of you are brave enough to admit you have faux flowers in YOUR home? Come on...

My name is Kay and I have fake...errr FAUX flowers in my home :)

14 comments:

Tamstyles said...

not so bad..i like em.

Champagne Taste said...

I think it depends on the type of flower that you buy! I'm with you though! I love the Mums! I ususally purchase the latex orchids, and cherry blossoms even the hydrangeas.... All adorable and pricey at Michaels. I tried the real flowers... I killed them in 2 days... UGH! Love yours Very Cute. Great blog btw

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Jason said...

They look nice!
I think another tip would be to place them somewhere your guests can't get too close to them (high atop a shelf, for example). Then they can see them, but never touch (or try to smell!) Then you might get away with it!

Mandy said...

As someone who is allergic to most types of flowers, faux are usually the way I go. I think that the peonies look fantastic!

Allison said...

Like you, I'm a faux flower doubter, but those look delightful! I might just have to try some :)

Decor I Adore said...

I think you've convinced me that, if done right, faux flowers are ok... :)

TIERAsta said...

I love it! I think as long as you're not trying to do some giant, grand, platinum weddings-style arrangement, they're a great low-maintenance choice!

rhonalala said...

I LOVE the look and how the color just pops in your white decorations. I was never one for faux flowers either but I saw some at michaels the other day and was sooo tempted to get a small bunch for my desk at work. I was so afraid they would look cheap BUT with your tips, I am on it!

Beth said...

Those are so cute. I love that they are hot pink. That's my color of the moment. I haven't been able to find faux peonies. Where did you find those?

Diva Style said...

Very cute! And I, too, have that monkey!

Brittany said...

you did it right!

i can't wait to find me some faux floral that i'm this excited about!!!

so cute!

Sunny said...

I have one colorful bunch (reds,yellows,orange) in a vase in my bedroom.... Oh, I have some in the bathroom too. lol. I think they add that just right pop of color.

pegr said...

Faux is a good option. Yours look sweet.

I Like Furniture.com said...

I think the faux flowers are a great way to go, much more inexpensive then having to replace fresh flowers constantly. The only con of them is that they collect dust easily, so remember to soak them in water every now and then to create a fresher look.

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