Beautiful Spring flowers - hydrangeas and freesias - paired with fresh limes, creates a vibrant vignette on the in your kitchen.I’m excited to be joining another group of friends today, to talk about decorating with flowers. Do you like to decorate with flowers? If so, do you only use real ones? What about faux, or both? I know I’ve asked the question before, and I often talk about my love for faux flowers within many of my posts. That said, in recent months, I’ve also discovered my love for using fresh flowers too. Confession : fresh flowers have always intimidated me. That sounds a little crazy, I know. Truth be told (and I have told many of you this before), I’m not very good at arranging them. I don’t really know that much about the different varieties, and what goes best with what. I have discovered by going just outside of my comfort zone, it’s really not that hard. Today I’m sharing a round up of florals I’ve used, and talking about decorating with both fresh and faux florals in our home. If you’re visiting from my friend Sheila of Maison De Cinq welcome! I hope you’ll stay a while and if this is your first time visiting CitrineLiving, I’m so happy to have you here!Beautiful Spring flowers - hydrangeas and freesias - paired with fresh limes, creates a vibrant vignette on the in your kitchen.Let’s start with my latest ‘arrangement’ of carnations and purple freesia. I picked these up last week from Costco, yes, a whole week ago, and they’re still gorgeous. I bought them to shoot for my Spring Home Tour (see it here), which I posted just the other day, but they never ended up making the cut. They’re too pretty not to share, so here they are, sitting beautifully with these gorgeous limes, next to the kitchen sink. By the way – did you notice the trees outside? That’s right, still no leaves all the way up here where we live!
Beautiful Spring flowers - hydrangeas and freesias - paired with fresh limes, creates a vibrant vignette on the in your kitchen.It’s really amazing how much a fresh bouquet brightens our home. As I mentioned, it was not a regular occurrence for me to have fresh flowers around, but I’m definitely getting used to having them make an appearance more frequently.Beautiful hydrangeas and freesias paired with blue and white ikat bowls and dishes create a beautiful kitchen table centerpiece.This is the arrangement that you may have seen in my Spring home tour. I decided I wanted clean and crisp, white and green, with these gigantic and fluffy hydrangeas and delicate white freesia. By the way – I’ve recently just discovered freesia, and I just love their little cascading buds. Aren’t they beautiful?Beautiful hydrangeas and freesias paired with blue and white ikat bowls and dishes create a beautiful kitchen table centerpiece.Beautiful hydrangeas and freesias create a beautiful kitchen table centerpiece for Spring and Summer.Beautiful hydrangeas and freesias create a beautiful kitchen table centerpiece for Spring and Summer.


You may remember my Spring dining room from last month as well (see it here). My go-to hydrangeas (well, I think they’re everyone’s go-to!) and white tulips are the perfect addition, and element of nature on my blue infused table.Taking a look back at my Valentine’s Day table (see it here), hydrangeas and purple flowers (I can’t remember the name!) provided a fresh, Spring-Like approach to a Valentine’s Day tablescape.If you look really closely, you can see some tulips peeking out in there too.I love energy that the lavender hues bring to our dining room, and this arrangement would always bring a smile to my face, especially with all of the snow right out that window!Let’s backtrack a few more months and talk about a couple of my Fall tables. Below, for a Thanksgiving tablescape (find it here), I created this arrangement with these beautiful coral and pink carnations surrounded by fresh fruit. I know I’m getting away from talking decor, and focusing on tables, but I wanted to share these to demonstrate the use of pairing unusual colors together. I love all of the warm colors of the florals and fruit against the cool tones of the ginger jar and dishware.In the arrangement below, I used oasis for the first time ever. I was so nervous to get it just right and because I really am a novice at this, it so it took me quite a while to figure out how to keep it from falling over! I used this for my Fall home tour (see it here), where the use of pops of rich colors throughout our home was the main focus for the season. These flowers spoke to that concept, and the deep reds against the vibrant greens were perfect for that.
Ok – let’s talk about mixing fresh and faux within the same space. You can even mix them in the same arrangement. There’s nothing to be afraid of here when it comes to using faux, and on my recent Easter tablescape (see more of it here), I’ve combined faux branches (in the background) and faux topiaries on the table, along with a fresh arrangement of hydrangeas and freesia.Looking a little closer at faux Spring branches, they provide the perfect addition to any room. Living in a cold, northern climate, we won’t have anything blooming for another month or so, which is a long time to wait! Here, I mixed a few different variations with some faux pussy willows. I love how they pop off of the black walls in our dining room.


They look incredibly real, and they add height to any area, which is always a great way to break up visual space. I moved them to the living room (below) for my Spring tour for that very reason, and they’re still there.These ones below, are arranged on our buffet, and I love how they frame this lantern. Again, talking about adding height and visually breaking up space, these achieve that perfectly.


One of my recent posts about styling the same table four different ways, features both these faux hydrangeas and some pussy willow branches also. Read all about this informative post here. Below are two of the four ways I chose to style this console in our foyer.


About a month ago, before I decked our kitchen in blues and whites for Spring, the look in here was neutral subdued. I wanted a serene feeling as we were transitioning from Winter to Spring, with just a hint of the season coming. A clean, clear glass vessel and a few  faux blooms do the trick to keep the look fresh and clean.

Thank you for stopping by today to see how I use florals in our home. I’m working on my arranging skills and going even further outside of my comfort zone! It’s so nice to bring in flowers and branches as the weather warms up, but remember, you can use them any day of the year to brighten a corner, bring texture or color to a space, or layer them in to add height to a table or room.

Below you can find all of my friends who are showing off their florals today too, please stop in to say hello! Next on the tour is Amie of Meme Hill  – she uses color in her spaces so masterfully, you will love it!. Enjoy! xo

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  1. Janine
    April 14, 2017 at 1:32 PM (5 years ago)

    You have such beautiful flowers and such a talent for displaying them! I know you mentioned that fresh flowers intimidate you, but I think that is far from the truth! Awesome post and full of great floral inspirations!

  2. Summer Adams
    April 14, 2017 at 4:02 PM (5 years ago)

    Tam, I can’t believe you are intimated when all your arrangements are always so perfect and exquisite!! I love your arrangement today too! I forgot about freesia and how lovely it is! Loved all your pics you shared! Muah! ?

  3. Kathleen
    April 14, 2017 at 5:25 PM (5 years ago)

    Tam, you’ve done it again! Everything is so gorgeous – I love your beautiful spring flower additions. And whether faux or real, they are absolutely stunning!

    Enjoy your weekend!



  4. tamaraanka
    April 14, 2017 at 9:48 PM (5 years ago)

    Kathleen thank you so much, mu friend! I’m so happy to do this tour together! Have a great weekend too! xoxo

  5. tamaraanka
    April 14, 2017 at 9:49 PM (5 years ago)

    Summer, yes!! I totally am! I get nervous lol! You’re so sweet for having confidence in me! Thank you so much!! xoxo

  6. tamaraanka
    April 14, 2017 at 9:50 PM (5 years ago)

    Thank you Janine! I really am intimidated!! I find it very challenging to arrange them! I appreciate you kind words so much! xoxo

  7. Oscar @OscarBravoHome
    April 14, 2017 at 10:46 PM (5 years ago)

    I am super intimidated by fresh flowers! I feel like they are so delicate and I just want to manipulate them like I do with the faux wired ones hahaha! Oi, I need a more gentle touch I guess. Tamara every single arrangement is absolutely beautiful. And your pics are so bright and vivid! I want a blog post about THAT!

  8. tamaraanka
    April 15, 2017 at 8:21 AM (5 years ago)

    I’m so happy I’m not the only one!! I just look at them and have no idea what to do lol! You’re so sweet Oscar, thanks for the love my friend!! xoxo

  9. Amie Freling
    April 15, 2017 at 8:12 PM (5 years ago)

    Looks stunning as always Tamara. I love the oranges and pinks against the gray! Great job! Happy Easter to you and your family. xo

  10. tamaraanka
    April 16, 2017 at 1:18 PM (5 years ago)

    Thank you Amie!! I loved your gorgeous table too! Happy Easter!! xoxo

  11. Kim Hazel
    April 16, 2017 at 1:30 PM (5 years ago)

    Tamara this is all simply stunning!! I can’t believe you think you’re not good at arranging flowers, these all look totally pro!! Just gorgeous!! I’m so happy to be teaming up with you and glad you’ve joined or monthly group!!

    kim & lacey

  12. tamaraanka
    April 17, 2017 at 8:21 AM (5 years ago)

    Kim and Lacey, You are too kind! I guess I’m good at faking it lol! I honestly just stick the flowers in the case and fill the holes! I’m definitely still in the ‘exploration phase’ haha! Thanks for your sweet words, I feel much better! And thank you for inviting me to join the group! xoxo

  13. Pat F.
    April 17, 2017 at 9:08 AM (5 years ago)

    Everyone of the tablescapes is breathtaking…Thank you for sharing these beautiful ideas…Love your blog……….

  14. tamaraanka
    April 17, 2017 at 9:11 AM (5 years ago)

    Hi Pat! Thank you so much for the sweet words, it means so much! I’m so happy you found inspiration! Thanks for visiting and saying hello!

  15. Tracey
    April 17, 2017 at 10:16 AM (5 years ago)

    For not knowing how to do a floral arrangement, you do quite well :)
    The first one shown, just next to the kitchen sink, is so simple and pretty. I loved it.
    In about a month I’ll need your expertise to give me some floral ideas!
    First thing I did notice next to the kitchen sink, were the bare trees!

  16. Sheila Irwin
    April 17, 2017 at 11:42 AM (5 years ago)


    Wow, for someone who says they aren’t that good at fresh flowers, you sure fooled me!

    I love the simple carnations combined with the bright limes on your counter, and your Valentine’s Day arrangement with the lavender and hydrangeas is just stunning! I think you’ve definitely got a flair for it:))

    So glad to have gotten to know you through our little monthly “hops”, and I look forward to more!


  17. Joan
    April 17, 2017 at 1:38 PM (5 years ago)

    Tamara your flowers are arranged so beautifully around your home! I love how you mix the textures of flowers yet use the same color! Love that idea! I agree with you that faux flowers are fabulous too for adding pops of color. Gorgeous post!

  18. tamaraanka
    April 17, 2017 at 10:38 PM (5 years ago)

    Joan thank you so much!! I’m so happy you like it, I’m still a novice at this though lol, but that makes me really happy! xo

  19. tamaraanka
    April 17, 2017 at 10:39 PM (5 years ago)

    I look forward to them too, Sheila! So happy to join this group! Thank you so much for the confidence! I have a long way to go that’s for sure, but I’m not as afraid of flowers as I use to be lol! Thanks for your sweet words! xo

  20. tamaraanka
    April 17, 2017 at 10:41 PM (5 years ago)

    Lol can’t wait for green on those trees! Thanks Trace, I need a lot of practice but I’m very happy you like it! Love you! xo

  21. Amy
    April 17, 2017 at 11:35 PM (5 years ago)

    Tamara, you create some beautiful arrangements!! I love the white hydrangeas with the white freesia! I just love the smell of freesias! Beautiful home too!

  22. Carol
    April 22, 2017 at 11:25 AM (5 years ago)

    Your home is beautiful and decorated with my favourite colors (blue & grey:) I wondered what paint color you used in your living room? I’ve got a gold toned rug with dark antique furniture and want to update my wall color.

  23. Isabel
    April 23, 2017 at 7:42 AM (5 years ago)

    That is simply Beautiful as always!! Bravo!! izab

  24. tamaraanka
    April 24, 2017 at 9:22 PM (5 years ago)

    Thank you Isabel! So happy you like it :) xoxo

  25. tamaraanka
    April 24, 2017 at 9:24 PM (5 years ago)

    Hi Carol! Thanks so much for stopping in to say hello, and for your kind words! This color is Callingwood by Benjamin Moore :) I think it will look beautiful with your colors…just please make sure to always test the color first! They are always different in different spaces! xo

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