For Decoration Inc. owner Amanda Hansen, curating unique floral arrangements requires balance, thoughtfulness and inspiration. Her stunning blooms are every bit as vibrant as they are complementary to the surrounding space. Inspired by refined yet relaxed visions of Italy, this playful arrangement evokes a vibrant midsummer moment in Tuscany. “Italy is one of my favorite places to travel. The landscape is really a mixture of manicured formal gardens and organic farmlands,” she says. 

Summertime Flowers
Summertime Flowers. Photo by Pepper Nix

To emulate the effortless blend of formal and casual, Hansen began with local summertime favorites cosmos, chamomile blooms and scabiosa. The blooms’ long stems and alabaster pallor add an organic sense of ease to the arrangement. To balance leggy flowers, Hansen included elegant tulips, garden roses and ranunculus which are “more formal and cultivated flowers,” she says. “They help marry the concept of organic with polished.” For an element of surprise, Hansen cleverly placed kumquat branches throughout the arrangement. Peeking out between orange and white blooms, the citrus furthers the impression of wild curiosity. “This arrangement is untamed yet delicate, which is what all flowers are really.”

Photo by Elisha Braithwaite.

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