De­sign­ers are em­brac­ing faux flow­ers

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has writ­ten two how-to books on pa­per flow­ers and sells her wares at high-end shops such as John De­rian in New York and on her web­site, the Green Vase (www.the­green­vase.com). Her blooms start at $35 each.

“Peo­ple like the fact that pa­per flow­ers stay around for a while,” Cetti says. “My ob­jec­tive isn’t to be as re­al­is­tic as pos­si­ble; it’s to find the char­ac­ter and feel­ing of each flower and in­ter­pret that.”

De­sign blog­gers, who are al­ways pho­tograph­ing their own spa­ces and looking for ways to add color and in­ter­est, have has­tened the flow­er­ing of faux.

“I don’t have the money for fresh flow­ers in ev­ery corner,” says blog­ger Emily A. Clark. “This gives the look and feel of it. I have five kids to wa­ter and feed. I don’t need any­thing with more main­te­nance right now.”

In­cor­po­rat­ing faux flow­ers hasn’t stirred her read­ers. “I hardly have any­one call me out on it,” she says. “Some peo­ple are still against it, but I’m over it.”

“Peo­ple want to have the fresh-flower look in their home,” says Donna Gar­lough, style di­rec­tor for Joss & Main. “Th­ese let them get the look with­out the ex­pense or the main­te­nance.”

Gar­lough says that although sin­gle branches and sprigs are still pop­u­lar, Joss & Main is see­ing in­creased in­ter­est in pre­ar­ranged cen­ter­pieces, which can cost from $50 to $150.

“There’s a lot of cool stuff out there, from faux tulips in Ma­son jars to faux suc­cu­lents in sculp­tural or­ganic ves­sels,” she says. Gar­lough says ar­range­ments are pop­u­lar for sec­ond homes: “Who wants to ar­rive at a va­ca­tion home and be greeted by dead flow­ers?”

De­signer Erin Paige Pitts of Gib­son Is­land, Md., and Del­ray Beach, Fla., can re­late. “The qual­ity of faux flow­ers has come a long way,” Pitts says. “The flow­ers on my din­ing ta­ble in Del­ray are faux, but no one thinks they are, they look so good. It’s nice to get to my house there and have the feel­ing of flow­ers even when I haven’t been there in weeks.”

Although there’s no wa­ter­ing, ar­ti­fi­cial flow­ers need care. Gar­lough says that when you un­wrap them, “they need a bit of ‘zhuzhing,’ but so do real flow­ers.”

So move them around a bit and fluff out the branches if needed. To keep silk or syn­thetic ar­range­ments dust-free, you can clean gen­tly with a soft, dry cloth or use the small brush at­tach­ment of your vac­uum. Cetti ad­vises keep­ing pa­per flow­ers out of direct sun and high-hu­mid­ity ar­eas. A blow-dryer can be used to get the dust off.

POT­TERY BARN

Pot­tery Barn’s botan­i­cals in­clude such faux plants as hy­drangeas, tulips, suc­cu­lents, top­i­aries and small trees (pot­tery­barn.com).

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