Modern Winter Arrangement

As we roll into the next round of holiday entertaining, why not shake it up some by trying something other than the traditional colors of the season? In this Flower School How-To Video Leanne shares a fresh take on winter designs. With an elegant jewel-toned color palette and bold blooms like anthuriums and stock, it's enhanced with seeded eucalyptus, fabulous tinted foliage, and an iridescent ornament. Enjoy!

Video Transcription

Tis the season for entertaining and this modern winter arrangement is a fresh take with color for this season.

When choosing the materials, the starting point was this fabulous anthurium. Once I saw that, I knew I had to create. I gathered some temperate flowers to go with the tropical hydrangea stock, eucalyptus, and then a little bit of evergreen. Went to the permanent botanicals aisle and found this soft lavender and I thought that'd be a great accent and then on trend with the tinted plumosa fern. So fabulous in this sort of platinum silver. Lastly, a favorite Christmas ornament, blown glass. I just attached it to two wood picks, that way I can use it as a focal emphasis in the design. The container, beautiful mercury glass. I put a gripper bowl inside so that I can just set that in, makes it easy for delivery.

Combining the juniper with its rustic evergreen foliage, so heavy and textural and then coming in with silver dollar eucalyptus, so light and drapey, gives wonderful contrast. Then seeded eucalyptus, even more texture, letting it drape out, and repeating. Follow your central binding point, elongating to the sides and then shorter, breaking the line in the front, keeping it a little more compact.

Then coming back with the permanent botanical, cutting it down so that you can have multiple insertions. Dividing it out and then tucking it in, letting it break the line as well as come up a bit towards the center draping outward, and then repeat until your base mechanics are concealed.

The hydrangea and the ornament have such similar colors and form. They're so rounded, they will make a great bed to help support the ornament to make sure that it's protected, is deliverable, can't shift around too much. Just setting it in quite deeply and repeating. Last, nestling the ornament right in the center.

Now the stars of the show, the anthurium, letting them come out nice and long, extending the line of the arrangement securely into the foam and bringing the stock in. It can actually go onto the opposite side and then mix back and forth, getting that purple hue carried outward, and repeating another anthurium, pulling in and then repeat the stock as well, going back and forth. Going straight into the focal emphasis area.

For the final detail, the beautiful plumosa to add just that soft lacy-ness, letting it come out from the sides. Lightning and adding texture, repeat it on the opposite side. I've got a little more of the permanent botanical, thinking about where a little light color would be good, possibly down, breaking the line of the container. Bringing it over, breaking the line of the container on the other side and then one perfect piece of plumosa coming up and over. Sheltering the ornament.

The recipe, one fabulous ornament. Then five of the purple anthurium. Three hydrangeas, two of the permanent botanicals, it's a ruscus variety. And then six stock, juniper, seeded eucalyptus, silver dollar eucalyptus, and the gilded plumosa.

As we're all bombarded with red and green for the holiday season, it's such a delight to go to a modern take using purple. Violet is fabulous. You'll find this and so much more inspiration on our website, Flower School .com. If you have questions, you can reach us through there. Now it's your turn. Pick an alternative color, create a beautiful design, and take a photograph. Post it on social media, hash tag Floral Design Institute. That way I'll hunt for it. Take a peek and see what you've done as you do something you love.

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