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roses & eucalyptus | anatomy of a bouquet | image via: bekuh b.

Here she is, my petite blushing beauty. She reminds me of a Titian masterpiece I've long adored, the Venus of Urbino, with her fleshy pink highlights punctuating the milky backdrop she lounges on. Yes, I'm personifying flowers- Life imitates art this week.

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roses & eucalyptus | anatomy of a bouquet | image via: bekuh b.

I don't think I need to tell you this arrangement feels like a romantic escape from the everyday. The season-less palette makes this a perfect combo year around, and most of the ingredients can be found at your local Whole Foods or Trader Joe's with ease. See the ingredients/anatomy of this bouquet here.

the venus of urbino by titian | image via: bekuh b.

See what I mean, she's a total Venus. - b.

Vase- BHLDN | Table- IKEA | Tablecloth- Etsy (similar)

roses & eucalyptus | anatomy of a bouquet | image via: bekuh b.

After a prolonged break, I'm excited to get back into flower arranging. Practice makes perfect as they say. There's no better way to throw myself back into this, than to start with an anatomy of a bouquet.

This month's bouquet is a rosy mix, with unexpected textures to keep the blooms feeling fresh, and approachable. The soft aroma filled our tiny living room, and with my eyes closed I almost believed I was sitting among the roses in an English garden.

1 | Standard Roses- Typically relegated to my "do not buy" list at the grocery flower counter, I decided to challenge myself with including them in this assortment. They were my statement flower, and to help open them a little wider I used my fingers to push the petals apart. This made them feel a little more organic and less austere.

2 | Spray Roses- Petite and delicate, I love to use spray roses as my "filler" flower in bouquets. I tend to be drawn to white or soft pinks in these types of flowers, but similar to carnations you can find them in almost any hue.

3 | Leucadendron- This exotic leafy filler has become a favorite of mine. Each bunch feels slightly different than the last, though the spiky texture remains consistent. It's that unexpected touch that makes the roses feel less sweet.

4 | Eucalyptus- I love the almost medicinal smell of eucalyptus, and the variety of leaf styles in this genus. I like to pickup a fresh batch now and again to hang in our shower, so this inclusion served double duty for me. Selfish I know.

Check back tomorrow for the finished bouquet- it's a blushing beauty. - b.


In shades of majestic purple and punchy citrus- This bouquet is a slightly unexpected entry for the "What you should do for your Thanksgiving centerpiece" competition. Though we often think of citrus in the summer, it's actually easier and cheaper (in the states) to find in the winter months, making it a fitting addition to any late fall-winter arrangement. The reason this color combination works is that the yellow-orange colors act as the complimentary color to the purple tulips and roses. Is your mind blown yet?

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I came up with this color combination standing in the Whole Foods grocery aisle, referencing the Color Schemer app. It's my new favorite tool when deciding what colors will work well together in my floral designs. You can also use it for things like decorating your room or planning your wedding color palette. I'm not being paid to say this, I just really like it. Go color palette the world!

Though I'll be in Virginia for Thanksgiving this year, I think I may have to travel down with floral shears and flower frogs just to recreate this centerpiece for my mother-in-law's table. Enough gushing over how beautiful nature is. What do you think? - b.

PS- You can find the ingredients/anatomy of this bouquet here.