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Transform Your Valentine's Day Roses

Cool Idea: Put a Modern Spin on Grocery-Store Roses

We've all received the readily available red roses and baby's breath bouquet at some point in our lives. While the romantic gesture of gifting flowers is always appreciated, the slightly dated look of this combination is often not. The divide and conquer strategy applies perfectly to this situation. With a little snipping and the right vessel, this tired arrangement can actually look chic and surprisingly modern.

This arrangement sprung from the creative minds of Timothy Oulton style directors Raoul Morren and Danielle Monti-Morren. It was displayed at a Timothy Oulton event that I attended at H.D. Buttercup in San Francisco, and I just had to snap a picture. To achieve the look, snip the stems off of the roses and cluster them tightly together in a cylinder-shaped, clear glass vase. For even more drama, add a votive candle so that light bounces off of the glass and water. The effect is undeniably sexy and completely unexpected.

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