To give an instant, fresh feeling to any room in your home, interior designer Victoria Hagan recommends including at least one natural element in your decor. Be it flowers, a bowl of green apples, or a bunch of wheatgrass, a simple, natural arrangement is a fun and easy way to liven up any space. After all, "Green is like a little black dress for every room," she says.
Colorful green apples become an elegant centerpiece when placed in a low bowl.
Buy trays of wheatgrass at the supermarket or florist and set out as is for a rustic display.
Arrange tulips, which tend to flop, in a short, rectangular vase or a straight-sided, round vessel that is not too wide; choose a vase with just the right circumference to hold the flowers in place.
Rose leaves are often in bad shape: Strip the flowers of their leaves and insert lemon leaves in their place for a full floral look.
Inexpensive mint julep cups look great grouped together with fresh herbs from the local grocery store placed in them.
Power of One
While a vase full of lilies has a big impact, remember that a single stem in a very thin vase can be equally impressive. Simply strip the leaves off the flower before placing in vase.