Water, the ultimate ingredient needed to cleanse, rinse, live and quench. There’s something about water that meets the eye with peace, clarity, like all the world’s answers can somehow lie in a body of water.
The apartment complex I live in is lush and tropical with a community grill and tiki hut, but my favorite aspect of home is the lagoon-looking swimming pool that I can see clearly from my sofa and balcony. My dog, Ice Cream, even looks out from the porch at the swimming pool as though she were a lifegaurd, watching from her lifegaurd stand with white zink on her nose.
Part of how I cope with living in such a speed driven, competitve city is with this pool. I don’t even need to swim in it; I can just look at it.
But, sometimes, I need the water to be closer. I need the green to be nearer to me. Aside from my potted palm, I relish in the splendor that a vase of freshly cut flowers brings to me and the apartment.
I’m more likely to relax even just a little bit by seeing the container of clear water and green stems from the corner of my eye.
So, because I get so much from such a small detail, I decided to share with you a list I made.
How to Use Flowers and Water in Your Home
The stalky fish bowl: Dust off a round almost globe-like glass vase. Measure the stems by holding the flower up to the bowl to gauge the desired length. Cut them slightly longer than this, so you still have room to fidget and play around with the height and shape.
The sticky vase: Take a walk out side. Search for “pretty” more interesting shaped sticks. You can actually put some of these sticks with the bundle of flowers into the vase. It gives it unique and seasonal texture. Great for winter and fall.
Stones and bowls: Here, you need a more flat large, almost soup bowl shape, good looking bowl. Place pretty stones or shells at the bottom of the water, then snip your flowers very short. Keep some stem if you can to help them last longer. These are also wonderful centerpieces.
Single flower: This one works very well with large flowers that you may have snipped from the yard. You can also reuse a glass bottle or a mason jar. Place a large, lush single flower into the vase. Let the water and the petals shine out for you.
Leaves on a tree: Just like you went searching for pretty sticks earlier, keep your eyes peeled for thin green leafy branches you can snip and add into the vase. Play with the shape of the flowers as though you were building a sculpture and see what avant-garde appeal you can exude.
Leafy & luxe: Keep the leaves around the blossoms in tact. Try to pick a less weighty flower such as a Hibiscus or Bougavillea. Leaves those big hearty green leaves attached and watch them float. This arrangement is perfect for “out of the backyard flowers.”
Sit back and enjoy the view.
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