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Austin, Texas-based floral designer Elizabeth Lewis reimagines Christmas bouquets with bolder colors and shapelier silhouettes.
Dark and Dramatic
The Materials: Coleus foliage + bush ivy + artichokes + pomegranates + red spray roses + hellebores
The Vase: An earthy dough bowl
Staying Power: Three days
Nestle a shallow bowl within a larger horizontal-shaped vessel. It doesn’t need to fit perfectly but should be stable.
Arrange coleus and bush ivy around the base of the interior container. Secure their stems into florist foam. Create movement by tucking in one or two longer branches to extend out of the display.
Cluster artichokes and pomegranates in odd-numbered groups of three or more. Place most of the weighty stems low within the arrangement. Fill in holes with spray roses and hellebores.
Sculptural and Organic
The Materials: Bush ivy + buckthorn berry branches + variegated pittosporum + ivy
The Vase: A vintage pedestal Champagne bucket
Staying Power: Five to seven days
Ball up chicken wire, and wedge it in the bottom of the bucket. A more eco-friendly choice than typical florist foam, it will help anchor the branches as you insert them.