Happy Monday, guys! I hope you all had a great weekend. We accomplished a lot in the basement bath. Ok- to get started, I feel like I need to share an honest disclaimer at the beginning of this post… I haven’t always been into faux florals. If someone would’ve asked me five years ago if I would ever bring faux plants or floral arrangements into my home, the answer would’ve been a quick and loud NO. However, the older I get (and the more technology advances), I’ve found I’m really attracted to flowers of any type. Obviously real arrangements are wonderful and ideal, but I feel like I’m to the point where I have little time to swap flowers on a weekly basis, and my mindset has shifted to faux florals are better than no florals. If I can’t even tell if a flower is real or faux, then it’s certainly good enough to live in my home. I’m serious when I say technology has evolved and arrangements are looking better than ever. Click through for a giant roundup of my favorites and to read more about my new(ish) philosophy.
Every single image you see throughout this blog post contains a FAUX floral arrangement. That’s right- none of the greenery or flowers you’re scrolling through and seeing here are real or living. Are you convinced? They’re really good!
Why do I buy faux florals? It’s really a simple answer for me- time. My schedule has become increasingly busy and this year I’m determined to devote more time to myself (being healthy, having fun, working,.. just gaining better balance & control). Real flowers are wonderful, but a lot of maintenance. I enjoy seeing a pop of color & texture on a daily basis, and it’s honestly pretty nice not having to worry about grabbing flowers at the grocery store, creating an arrangement each week, and swapping the water. I’ve found the faux options have been bringing me just as much joy- maybe even more so than real flowers because they take up zero of my time. I’m not saying I’ll never buy living flowers again (hah, that would be sad!), BUT I am saying it has been wonderful discovering the realm of faux florals and the mood they bring to our home.
Although I’ve welcomed faux florals into our house, I definitely have high standards. Emmett has proved to be my greatest test when deciding how realistic they look. I’ve caught him trying to add water to my greenery, or trying to pull rosemary from the kitchen countertop to use when cooking (both of which are faux). Now, THAT is how real I want my plants to look if they’re not actually alive. Real enough to fake people out. Ha! Seriously though.
Basically- if I’m going faux, it better be GOOD. Better than good- more like amazing and super believable. There are a lot of bad arrangements on the market, but there are also a lot of good ones that look very convincing (like that incredible fishtail palm in Emily’s kitchen). I’ve found that the exceptional ones usually cost more, and in my experience- they’re worth the premium price because they look that real. Just something to note if you’re shopping around.
Click directly on the arrangements below to be redirected to the source, or use the numbered links to shop…
01: fishtail palm // 02: bougainvillea florals // 03: white anemone flower // 04: snowball arrangement // 05: quince blossom bundle // 06: potted orchid // 07: purple lilac arrangement // 08: hydrangea in bud vase // 09: blush peony bundle // 10: white roses in round vase // 11: potted long leaf eucalyptus // 12: large fern in glass vase // 13: orange branch // 14: orchid centerpiece // 15: pear blossoms // 16: olive branch in teardrop vase // 17: peony arrangement // 18: maidenhair fern // 19: hyacinth in vase // 20: magnolia stem
I own and have actually used a lot of these (#1, #2, #7, #8, #9, and #13). With Valentine’s Day around the corner, maybe another faux arrangement is in my near future? I think I’m going to use that as an excuse to treat myself to another one! After all.. these flowers won’t die, add life and texture to my home (which puts a big smile on my face), and are essentially maintenance free. I’m thinking yes. Do you have favorites?
Since it’s early February and there is currently a BIG snowstorm brewing in my neighborhood, these are the types of moments in my home that are nice reminders that spring will eventually arrive. It really doesn’t get easier! I know people have strong opinions about faux florals and greenery… where do you stand? I love both and am not ashamed to admit that faux has been really refreshing lately!