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3 steps to per­fect poin­set­tia-free hol­i­day flo­rals

ELLE (Canada) - - The Elle Guide -

USE FLOW­ERS THAT ARE IN SEA­SON.

They’re gen­er­ally more wal­let­friendly. Michael Smaye from Toronto florist Tonic Blooms sug­gests win­ter flow­ers like amaryl­lis, anemones, cym­bid­ium or­chids, or­na­men­tal cab­bage, vibur­num and tulips. (We ad­mit, we had to Google some of these too. Just ask your florist.)

SKIP THE WHOLE MA­SON-JAR THING.

“We’re over the rus­tic farm­house look,” says Smaye, who rec­om­mends matte-black glass vases. “They al­low the flow­ers to re­ally pop.”

KINDA MESSY = GOOD.

“We’re see­ing a shift to­ward more asym­met­ri­cal or im­per­fect ar­range­ments, which can bring a fresh take to the din­ner ta­ble,” says Smaye. “Ar­range your flow­ers with some bright trop­i­cal greens and you’ll have a unique piece that will leave guests talk­ing.”

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