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By Sinéad Tan
Art & Design
/14 May 2017
Delicate sprigs of baby’s breath are often used as bouquet fillers alongside more prominent blooms, but they can also stand alone when displayed in a large bunch. Placing a voluminous spray of airy flowers with thin stems in a short, narrow-necked pot forms a contrast of dimensions. Handcrafted porcelain vase in taupe, S$19.90, from Commune.
While dried or preserved flowers may commonly rank below fresh flowers in terms of popularity, they can still be used to beautify a home as long as one is willing to experiment. One or two tendrils of dried flowers can be displayed alongside small decorative objects made from different materials, creating visual interest with none of the hassle of maintenance that comes with fresh flowers. Vide Poche walnut dish and ceramic vase set, S$258, from atomi; ceramic discs, stylist’s own.
Carnations, a favourite for Mother’s Day, look better when arranged in containers that are simple and short. One creative option is to pair the sweet pastel blossoms with a rustic, neutral-toned bowl or a similar vessel. Play with the heights of the flowers as well as of the display itself by stacking more than one lidded box or bowl together. Hasami porcelain bowl with wooden lid, S$80 for small, S$180 for large, from ACTUS häuse.
The lily, a flower that holds significant meaning in literary, culinary and social cultures around the world, should be placed in a vase with a wider mouth. Vases with more spacious openings allow for the blooms to unfurl fully and dazzlingly over the course of two weeks. These vibrant, long-stemmed flowers can be arranged in tall, cylindrical vases in light shades and organic materials such as wood and marble. From left: Maplewood vase, S$89, from atomi; marble vase, S$119, from Comme Home; glass vase, S$15, from BoConcept.
Repurpose an old fishbowl by turning it into an unconventional vase for a flower with plenty of personality. With their large, showy petals and vivid colours, tulips sparked a 17th-century buying frenzy and caused the development of a fully-fledged economic bubble in Western Europe, a phenomenon known in the present day as tulip mania. Take advantage of the transparency and curves of the glass bowl by using it to show off the flower in its entirety.
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