Faux or Fresh Flowers for Home Decor?
I have a client in Lincoln Park, who was absolutely sick to spend $600- $800 for flowers monthly, though she adored them. When the flowers died then her thrill was gone-not to mention her money! Lets add this up: Over a years time that is nearly $10,000 + people. That’s another vacation, a fab find for the home, extra landscaping out front, or charity.
Fresh flowers are great in home decorating, offering lively blooms and fragrant aromas. But in this economy, even wealthy clients—are opting out of this expensive habit. Only doing so on special occasions. Other clients use their nannies to try to create the same look with little luck….and then there are other alternatives. Here are my tips on floral deals & steals:
I have found that you can take your great containers to Whole Foods who have great fresh flowers daily– and have them put together in a tight arrangement –for about 1/3 of the cost of a floral shop. All it takes is more work on the clients end of project managing : getting the containers and having a clear, precise vision of what you want and being flexible on the blooms since they have what they have in stock and you have to work with them. But even this done on a constant basis is still somewhat costly.
Or go faux: Jeff Jonen used to work for Zuvernicks (a past faux floral shop) and now has a company called Fresh or Faux? who works with clients who want faux but something that is realistic looking and not cheesy. Again, you have to be specific about what you like and what you want. He will often arrange something for your house that is faux and if you like it, you can buy it. He at least goes through the trouble of creating it based on the clients wishes, and then asks for feedback, and his pricing is reasonable.
The other day had to run something by my clients house. I walked in admiring the flowers when I walked in, assuming it was the week when floral comes, and these faux flowers looked just like the talented florist’s work-where she gets her flowers from. I was surprised to find out that they were all faux-and that she had found Jeffrey who helped her create the same look for far less. And they would last.
Tips for getting what you want cheaper, than a typical florist:
- For real floral, go to whole foods with your container, have a picture of how you want them to look and be specific. If planning for an event, do a test model.
- If for an event, remember that they would have to order more flowers if they would usually not get in enough for your event and they will probably make you pay in advance for that floral that is coming in
- You have to pick up and deliver. Have a plan for this.
- Or go Faux….faux just isn’t what it used to be.
- Fresh or Faux? Jeffrey (773) 388. 2395
So, which flower camp are you in: fresh or faux? Contact CMR Interiors today for beautiful interior design that will enhance fresh or faux flowers in your home.
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