Freshen Up Your Home With Flowers

There are many ways to freshen up a home. You can always paint walls a fresh lichen green or spray hyacinth-scented room freshener, but the easiest way to capture the spirit of spring is to buy and arrange flowers. With cut flowers and a little imagination, the possibilities can be beautiful.

- Start the day with flowers. Place a bouquet by your bedside so they’re the first thing you see.

- Place a small bouquet in a glistening crystal pitcher or go for contrast with a brightly colored coffee can to make a great first impression in an entrance hall or foyer.

- Fill an umbrella stand with a few long dramatic stems.

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- Attach a basket of fresh flowers to your door or hang just a few stems with a beautiful bow.

- In a hall, place three single stems of the same flower in three symmetrical identical glass vases.

- In the family room, fill an empty fireplace with a big bucket of flowers.

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- In the bathroom, a simple plastic tumbler filled with fragrant cut flowers can make a great air freshener.

- Think “outside the vase” when looking for containers to arrange flowers in. Old watering cans, enamelware pitchers, cast-iron kettles, antique coal hods, champagne glasses, mason jars and teapots add interest to floral arrangements.

- In the laundry room, rinse out an old bleach or detergent bottle, fill it with cut flowers and place it on the washer or a shelf for a laundry brightener.

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- Use a kitchen windowsill to line up individual jars, coffee mugs or juice glasses and put one or two colorful stems in each. It’s a one-of-a-kind window treatment.

- Flowers are not just for special occasions anymore. They decorate a lot more than just the center of the dining room table.

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- When entertaining, fill a wine cooler with fresh white lilies and freesia for understated elegance.

- Freshen your bathroom with this innovative display of flower buds.

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- Revive a veranda with a bouquet of blooms set on an inlaid table.

- There’s nothing like the splash of color provided by fresh flowers to brighten time at your desk.

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