Chic on a Shoestring Decorating: Pretty Faux Forsythia... really, they don't look fake!

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Pretty Faux Forsythia... really, they don't look fake!

I love the forsythia bushes in our area, they have some of the most brilliant flowers of spring. 

We have some in our yard and unfortunately, they are still all sticks.  :(  It's a little too early for them to be blooming but not too early for me. 

First, let me just tell you that I've never been a big fan of faux floral arrangements.  In the past, when I thought of a fake flowers it brought up images of dusty, faded, fake-looking and generally very unattractive old arrangements sitting around some sweet old great-grandmother's house, not exactly the look I'm going for in my home.  However, these days faux flower stems can be very realistic and quite expensive... something I'd actually be proud to display in my home.  (in small quantities...)

Armed with some gift cards I hit Hobby Lobby for some 50% off floral stems.   I picked up 3 forsythia stems which I think are actually pretty darn realistic.  I decided to add some pussywillow stems (because my mom told me to and she is a great floral arranger, me, not so much ;), they are much cheaper and also a spring bloomer for my spring-ish bouquet.

I planned on putting them in this great green vase I found at TJ's for $7, what a steal!  I love this vase, it is such a pretty color and I am so loving this green color right now (maybe I'm just longing for spring).  Anywho, this vase is perfect for forsythia because it's tall and has a fairly small opening. 

Did I mention that I'm not much of a flower arranger??   So, if you aren't either, these are the flowers to get!  You can basically just stick them all anywhere and they turn out looking fine.  I just put in the 3 forsythia evenly spaced around the edge and then put most of the pussywillow in the middle.  What an awesome tutorial, right?! (I'm being sarcastic..) :)
So after my professional flower arranging I put it on my island to be this beautiful kitchen centerpiece only to find that it the stems hit my pendant lights... wow, that looks goofy... so, that's not happenin'.  I then decided maybe my kitchen table, but it's very jinormous for the kitchen table and hits the chandelier...Dang it!  I really want this thing in my kitchen because I love to look at it, it matches well and that's where I spend most of my time.

Don't mind the price tags on the stems, very fancy, huh?! ( I did cut them off) ;)

Hmmmm, what to do with the jinormous lovely arrangement....


I took the lamp off my Easter vignette table and put up my new arrangement, it works!

Happy Spring everyone!! :)  Please follow me or give me some comment love if you're ready for spring!

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  1. Kate you found the perfect spot! Your floral arrangement looks great and the best thing is it will last for ages! It is amazing how realistic the fake flowers are now, some even feel pretty real! xx

  2. I love it! The height looks great!

    I found yellow forsythia in bunches at the Dollar Store last year. I cut apart about 6 bunches and stuck them all through my all-purpose grape vine wreath from Hobby Lobby- it turned out pretty well!

  3. Beautiful! Love it.

  4. It's beautiful simple and stylish. Nice Job! I'm gonna have to pick some of those up as I'm not really into the whole pastel Easter thing.

  5. Very SPRINGY! I love flowers that I don't have to water! : ) Yours turned out great!

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  7. This is wonderful. I need you to come to my house and make me an arrangement.LOL

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  10. I found your blog through Friday Follow. I can't wait to spend more time looking and getting some decorating inspiration. Have a lovely weekend!

  11. Great arrangement! Love that vase! I am so ready for spring!

  12. That vase is perfect! What a great find!

  13. Very pretty! I love forsythia! I posted forsythia on my daughter's mantle recently, scroll down to see!


  14. Very pretty! Ours aren't bloomed yet..but I cut a whole bunch of them and brought them in..just stick in some water, and in a few days you will have flowers!

  15. Still waiting for ours to bloom but yours are lovely and the virtual blooms are also welcome. Hope you'll drop by and see our lavender fantasy bath. -- Jane F.


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