Interior designers arrange objects with a range of heights and widths to keep the overall look balanced. To add height to potted evergreens or planted winter floral, try placing vessels on top of vintage stands, chairs or stools.
Bring a play on fresh food to your tabletop surfaces by outfitting melons and pineapples as floral vessels. Choose flowers that fit the vibe and palette of your party, hollow out the center of the melon or pineapple using a kitchen knife, then place a small cylindrical vase inside. Once the flowers are added, the vase becomes completely hidden.
Keep an assortment of different herbal teas easily accessible and neatly stored by placing them inside of antique pewter mugs and goblets. The aged texture of the vessels adds to the warm feeling of a cozy autumn afternoon.
"I always joke that I'm going to force people to have a lifestyle whether they want one or not" says designer Danielle Rollins, of her cohesive, beautiful approach to life seen in her own Atlanta home's outdoor design scheme. Part of making her garden work: blooms all year round in a consistent color palette and a focused navy and white color scheme that plays out throughout the garden, from the outdoor fabrics to the architectural features to the containers like this whimsical strawberry pot in her edible garden.
Anytime you’re working with commonplace flowers such as daisies or carnations, be creative with your vessels to add personality and make them one-of-a-kind. A cost-effective option is the simple repurposing of a soup or vegetable can which simply requires a thorough washing before adding any floral and water.
Floral arrangements can appear either formal or casual based on the container you choose. To keep your gathering casual, consider mixing cut flowers in repurposed vessels with those in glass vases. Here, the juxtaposition of a formal globe vase next to a vintage nickel pitcher strikes the perfect balance of unexpected and chic.
Display any sticky or messy foods inside of casserole dishes. This will keep them contained and neat while also soaking up any wetness or messy crumbs which will be knocked around or loose when handled by guests.
When you’re serving guests buffet-style, skip fancy vessels altogether and simply repurpose a soup can for forks, knives and spoons. Remove stickers and labels; then wipe all residue away with a sponge. Send the can through the rinse cycle in your dishwasher, set it out on the table and fill it with flatware.
The bathroom walls were painted light yellow with white beaded board wainscoting and an ornate wooden mirrors hang above his and her's vessel sinks installed on top of an old painted dresser, as seen on HGTV's Fixer Upper.
No vessels laying around the house? No problem. Sometimes the best floral containers are those repurposed from everyday objects. For a fun and flirty springtime look, add wildflowers and fruit wheels to a clear glass vase. In order for the fruit wheels to sit up straight, you’ll need to add the floral bunch inside of the pitcher, then drop the fruit wheels in between the bunch and the glass.
Bring a touch of citrus to your tabletop with an arrangement of fruit slices with vibrant flowers. Gather the following materials for this spring project: (4) limes, lemons or oranges per vessel, (1) 10-inch diameter round glass vessel, (1) 8-inch diameter round glass vessel, floral shears, floral wire, wire snips, paring knife, water, glass, cutting board, (2) bunches of bells of Ireland and (2) bunches of a coordinating green flowers.
Risers and vessels are both excellent elements for adding personality or conversation-starters to your buffet. Use a combination of wooden, acrylic or metal risers paired with unique vessels such as antique strainers or copper colanders.