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4 Floral Arranging Tips That Only Look Difficult

It came as a nice surprise to see that, when it comes to floral arranging, Martha Stewart prefers the straightforward route. In the September issue of her magazine, the domestic goddess invites us in for an intimate look at the floral arrangements she creates in her own home. Here are four of our favorite floral photos, plus our easy tips to take away from each!

In her serene bathroom, Martha displays yellow wax bells in a delicate glass vase. The small mouthed vessel allows the branches to splay out in a dramatic way, while the pedestal provides enough height so that the vases can be viewed while bathing in the tub.

Tip: Make sure the choose the best vessel for the flowers and consider height and placement when displaying arrangements.


Bedside flowers are a wonderful touch, no matter the season. Here Martha pairs unusual sunflowers with a ground cover not normally used in floral arranging for an understated bouquet.

Tip: Don't be afraid to consider unusual combinations when making arrangements. You never know when an unexpected pairing with create beautiful results!

At her 14-foot marble-topped kitchen table (what? you don't have one of those?), Martha repurposes a large ceramic pitcher as a vase and fills it with multihued dahlias.

Tip: Anything in multiples creates a stunning effect! Try it with monochromatic flowers for extra drama.

Sometimes an arrangement doesn't have to be an arrangement at all. A large hurricane displays a piece of foraged seaweed and provides a backdrop for a single oversized dahlia bloom. Instead of seaweed, try driftwood, bare branches, or leaves. All are long-lasting and great when paired with something more delicate and colorful.

Tip: Sometimes all you need is a single bloom! Consider the backdrop part of the overall arrangement.

For more gorgeous photos of Martha's floral arrangements, check out Martha Stewart Living's website or pick up a copy of the September issue!

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