Katherine Anderson, our flower columnist, goes to Paris, and comes back with lots of design inspiration. Here, she shows some photos from her trip and shows us how to make a beautifully layered flower arrangement, inspired by her Parisian sojourn.
The groupings at both the Georges V and Hermès reminded me of the visual power of vertical layering for an arrangement, regardless of your budget. Here, again at Hermès, tight bouquets of flowers, available for sale, are placed throughout the store.
This sense was reinforced when I passed a tiny gallery in the Marais, featuring large-scale floral paintings alongside equally tall flower arrangements. One arrangement in particular caught my eye: the bottom layer was composed of lavender-grey sweet peas; next, a layer of white sweet William; and finally, topped off with arching rose canes. It was a way to bring garden flowers under control with a highly structured arrangement.