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Did you know that the carnation is the flower of the month for January? Since we’re being honest here, I’ll admit that carnations are not my first choice of flower. Or second. Or third choice. For as long as I can remember I’ve never liked carnations. They’ve always seemed like such a generic flower and used as inexpensive “filler” in floral arrangements. Friends and family that know me well have learned to never include carnations in bouquets they send me. Even when I place an order with my florist Mary (for myself or as a gift), she always reminds me that she remembers my preference. “I know, I know…no baby’s breath or carnations,” she says.

Don’t tell anyone but I think I *might* be reconsidering my position on this matter. I hate to admit it but over the last couple of years I’ve had a secretly growing appreciation for the carnation. I might be eating my words (not the first time…or the last) but I am going to go out on a limb here and say that maybe this humble little flower is underrated.


Image via Sayeh Pezeshki


Image via Eddie Ross

There is definitely something to be said about a flower that lasts such a long time after it has been cut. Plus, the fact that they are so inexpensive is another perk. While I am not going to unequivocally dismiss my position, I did want to share a few pictures that have me thinking that I might have to give carnations a fair chance. carnations-via-revivingcharmtips-for-arranging-carnations-via-revivingcharm


Image via Floret Cadet


The beautiful pink carnations above and below are from the book Flair: Exquisite Invitations, Lush Flowers, and Gorgeous Table Settings” by Joe Nye. This book has been in my library since it was published in 2010 and I reference it often for inspiration. It’s visually stunning and packed with lots of entertaining tips. If you love to entertain, I highly recommend this book. It’s also a great book for gifting.carnations-joe-nye-book-flair-via-revivingcharm-1carnation-comeback-via-revivingcharm

After reviewing the pictures to be included in this post, I realized that carnations are appropriate for almost any season and for any holiday. Wow…another argument in favor of the carnation!carnations-for-fall-via-revivingcharm-1carnation-flower-arrangements-via-revivingcharmb8a43cf05d77e6cb2fc4f0aa833178d4


I previously posted about Carolyne Roehm’s inspiration for this tablescape. If you missed it, be sure to check it out HERE.


I wasn’t intending on going to the Farmer’s Market this morning but I was in the vicinity and made my way there in hopes of finding some fresh flowers. I ended up buying a total of 4 bundles of flowers and for $15.00 I was able to make 3 simple flower arrangements. I love having fresh flowers in our home and if there isn’t anything in the garden blooming then I might have to make a trip to the Farmer’s Market a regular routine. simple flower arrangements calla lily flowers reviving charm 1

Given that magenta is one of my favorite colors I was immediately drawn to the beautiful rich color of these calla lilies. I cannot take credit for this arrangement design because I “borrowed” it from the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Laguna Niguel, California. I love the simplicity and elegance of it.  I simply tied the bundle with a strand of double faced satin ribbon. I placed the bundle in a beautiful Orrefors crystal glass vase that was a wedding present to Mr. B and I over 18 years ago. You can purchase something similar here. The lilies will look lovely when they start to droop over the side of the vase a bit.

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Next up…I gathered the remaining 3 bundles of flowers and a variety of containers in various shapes and sizes.

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In the end I opted to make one large and one small arrangement. The large arrangement stands at 29 inches tall and is contained in a glass vase I found at Goodwill for a mere three dollars. I like how the base of the vase is a thick, substantial piece of glass. It adds a nice decorative touch but more importantly it helps weight the vase down to keep it from tipping over.

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I chose to put the remaining flowers into a white pitcher. The purple flowers will look pretty against the yellow “filler” flowers once they bloom. I always forget the name of these purple flowers. Does anyone know? purple and yellow simple flower arrangement reviving charm

Fresh flowers decorate the soul.   –Reviving Charm

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So there you have it…the easiest flower arrangements ever. Now I just have to decide on a location for each of them. By the way, they were each photographed sitting on the octagon entry table that is a project in the works. I will be sure to share that project once it is complete.


I have come to realize that sometimes it’s not the most profound conversations that stick with me. More often than not, its a few words, a quote or a simple statement that make the most impact on me.  With that said, I am starting a new series here on the blog called “Happy Friday” where I will post a quick bit of inspiration featuring a quote accompanied by a photo (or a few!). This was something I have been debating on for a bit but quickly realized something: who doesn’t like a little inspiration and a bit of “happy” to kick off the weekend!?!  IMG_2779.JPG

As a California native, I have never had the opportunity of experiencing true seasons. It is officially winter and the temperatures dipped into the low 70’s today. I am still waiting the arrival of the storms affectionately nicknamed El Nino that the weather forecasters predict are coming. Because we are experiencing a drought in California I welcome El Nino with open arms. Bring it on! I know many of my readers are located in parts of this country and beyond who are in the midst of experiencing a harsh Winter and many may be anxiously awaiting Spring. Although I am enjoying this California weather I really can’t wait for the arrival of the beautiful blooms that erupt in the Springtime. So for today I leave us all with a few charming arrangements by Yasmine Floral Design in Los Angeles.

How right it is to love flowers and the greenery of pines and ivy and hawthorn hedges; they have been with us from the very beginning. –Vincent van Gogh