Amy Backman is the owner of Spruce Flowers and Home, a popular floral shop in Minneapolis known for not only its beautiful bouquets, but also for their popular classes on flower arranging, wreath making and terrarium design. A former Room & Board employee, Amy shared with us her fresh, modern approach to living with flowers.
Why it’s worth it
Living with flowers is a final layer for your space. It’s a small and simple thing that makes us happy and can be shared with others. And there are so many flowers to choose from, you can have endless choices. Since flowers don’t last a long time, you can change the look often, so you never get bored. And it doesn’t have to be a big monstrous bouquet. A few buds on your desk or in your bathroom can make a huge difference. I always keep a stem or two on my nightstand so each morning when I wake up and glare at the clock, I look over at a peony, hydrangea or rose and it makes me smile. A much better way to start the day!
Making it modern
Flowers for your home should reflect your personality and complement the room. The arrangement can make even a classic flower feel really modern. Create juxtaposition with vessels made from sleek materials and angular shapes. Play with height—go really low or very high. Monochromatic arrangements and simplicity make bouquets look more modern as well.
Tips for long-lasting flowers
If you’re buying cut flowers, cut them again when you get home and place them in warm water so they can soak up as much moisture as possible. For many flowers, cooling them down is really important. It hardens them–especially if they have been in your hot car or were cut many days ago. Cooling them down for a bit will help them hold their shape. If you’re cutting flowers from your own garden, cut them in the early morning when they are not dehydrated. Fresh water is the biggest key to success. If you change the water regularly and give them fresh cuts every few days, your blooms will last longer.
Working with a florist
The reason I’m doing what I’m doing is because I love sharing how flowers make people feel. I want to help people get over that barrier of feeling like they can’t purchase flowers for themselves. To buy them for yourself might feel like an extravagance, but think of it as an everyday luxury, like buying a coffee. Your florist can guide you to new flowers, interesting combinations and the best value. People don’t always understand the difference in quality and price when buying flowers. They want something that lasts, but the reality is that most flowers don’t last more than seven days. So realistic expectations mean you’ll be happier. Embrace the idea that with flowers, you get to change the look and fragrance whenever the mood strikes!
All photos from Spruce Flowers & Home