Winter Centerpiece with Milieu Florals

Now that the trees are pruned and our gifts are (almost) packaged, we work specifically on the smallest details, creating an entryway or statement arrangement with the holiday spirit in mind. We’re big fans of incorporating greenery throughout the house to keep the festive tone going, so we asked Hannah Koo from Milieu Florals to share her secrets for creating a beautifully balanced winter arrangement. Read on for inspiration and her tips and tricks for creating a scene all of your guests will cherish.

Table’s center

Step 1: Decide on the color scheme and design of your arrangement before purchasing your flowers. Here we have decided to go for a winter white and green color palette that will be perfect for the holidays. Once you have selected your flowers, treat them carefully and prepare them by removing the extra leaves from the bottom of the stems. Proper cleaning and treatment of the flowers will prevent the water from deteriorating and keep the flowers fresher for longer. Also give the stems a 45 degree diagonal cut. This is to increase the surface area, allowing the flowers to absorb more water.

2nd step: Preparation of your vessel. If your container is porous and not waterproof, cover it with cellophane first to protect the container from water damage and also to prevent water from draining. Then fill with fresh water.

Step 3: Gather your greens and fresh / dried flowers. Here we have used a variety of cedar leaves, white lisianthus, hybrid white delphiniums, white sweet peas, white scabiosas, rice flowers, dried ferns, tallow berry, and rabbit tails.

Step 4: Create the base and foundation for your room with greenery. This will help guide your placement for the fresh flowers. Here we have layered it with 2 different varieties of cedar leaf.

Step 5: Start tucking in the fresh flowers you want to incorporate into the room. Insert them between the cedar greens to create shape and dimension, allowing the natural movement of the greens to guide the shape.

Step 6: Add the light and airy textures of the dried flowers (ferns, tallow, rabbit tails) for the finishing to touch.

Favorite winter flowers and greens

Assortment of Christmas greens (I prefer to work with cedar for their beautiful texture, color and fragrance), Ilex Berries (also known as winter berries), Narcissus Paperwhites, Amaryllis, Helleborus, Pine cones, Dried Ferns, Seeded Eucalyptus Painted in Gold, Sweet Peas & Suet Berries.

Our essential tools

Ingo ship

$ 65

Chicken fillet

$ 14.49

Barebones garden scissors

$ 50

Agate vase

$ 46

United Solutions 5 Gallon Utility Bucket

$ 3.37

Garden Tool Belt Holster

$ 20.99

Niwaki pruning shears with rattan handle

$ 198

Aero rattan tray

$ 20

Meet Hannah Koo

My love of floral design stems from a passion for art and all its mediums. From an early age I fell in love with drawing and painting and coming from an artistic background with parents who also had a love for the arts, I supported my childhood hobby by sending myself in art studios to prepare for art school. In college I studied fine art and sculpture and found myself experimenting with all types of mediums to play with texture. After I graduated, the plan was to go to graduate school to become a gallery artist and eventually an art teacher. color, texture, nature and design.

In the spring of 2004, I accepted a part-time job at a charming flower shop in Brentwood, California. I didn’t know it was just a stepping stone to my career. I fell in love instantly, but it wasn’t just the flowers I fell in love with, but the idea of ​​someday owning my own small business. From there I worked at different West Hollywood flower shops in Laguna Beach, learning all I could and eventually started my own line in 2007 and built a following through Weddings and events. 18 years later, I’m still working with flowers and still amazed at how flowers can not only transform a space, but bring so much joy to others. Previously, working exclusively with weddings and events, it wasn’t until after the pandemic that we started accepting smaller custom orders for door-to-door deliveries. And this is where we were able to experience first-hand the joy it brought to others and lifted the spirits that hurt and saw the need and demand for flowers. So, in 2021, we decided to take our business from a private events studio to a store opening in Southbay, California, in the hopes of continuing to spread joy and love throughout. our community through flowers.

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