Easygoing Floral Design for Surprising Contemporary Arrangements

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Pub Date 16 Apr 2024 | Archive Date 15 Apr 2024

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A fresh, contemporary flower-arranging book from the Miami-based studio Calma Floral, with foundational tips, flower recipes, and bountiful photography that will teach you how to create irreverent arrangements for any occasion.

Heralding a new era in floral design—one that favors a playful, modern aesthetic and a laidback approach—this guide to creating trend-forward flower arrangements invites you to think outside the box. Learn how to arrange unique, eye-catching bouquets by pairing unexpected combinations and incorporating a variety of elements and textures, such as fresh and dried blooms, rhinestones, fruit, and tropical foliage.

Foundational tips for “flowering” set you up for success, and twenty ​step-by-step recipes (paired with step-by-step photos!) make it easy to design joy-filled floral moments—from a whimsical fountain of troll grass to a mossy mounded centerpiece, a Rococo-inspired piece worthy of Versailles, a suspended cloud of fluffy mimosa, and so much more. A must-have for hobbyists and experienced florists looking for something fresh, Flowering is the essential floral book for today.

A fresh, contemporary flower-arranging book from the Miami-based studio Calma Floral, with foundational tips, flower recipes, and bountiful photography that will teach you how to create irreverent...

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Flowering by Elizabeth Jaime is a flowering arranging book on arranging flowers of the more tropical or exotic type. I like how Elizabeth Jaime does not use floral foam in her arrangements. Her focus on sustainability was highly appreciated.

The book does feel a bit lackluster in photography which is crucial in a flower arranging book but overall I enjoyed that a floral designer focused on sustainability and bright cheery arrangements that uplifted.

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Flowering by Elizabeth Jaime is a book on how to create your own flower arrangement's. Sadly the majority of tutorial's focus more on tropical or exotic flowers. I feel the concept can be converted to other types of flowers with some thought and practice and the visuals are stunning.

I was glad to see other options than floral foam to try and her section on tools and flower prepping is very educational. I also like that she breaks it down by what is worth investing in if your a hobbyist or want to try your hand at professional arranging.

I think the pictures are stunning and my only complaint (which isn’t really a complaint per say) is that adding a section of more common flowers and a section for beginners as well as more seasoned flower arrangers would be helpful. Or a rating of easy to difficult of both the arrangements or working with particular types of flowers might help those of us use new to trying our own.

Overall I loved the book and have already pre-ordered a copy for myself.

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Lovely arrangements and great tips, even for a beginner like me! Definitely a nice coffee table book,

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Beautiful book. Cool photos of the flowers and arrangements they go into. Fantastic directions, step-by-step including all the tools you need. I enjoyed the layout that showed all the tools one might use and what hey are used for. It was a lot like a cook book and all the kitchen tools you’ll need to bake.
I learned a bunch of new ways to arrange and look forward to trying these ideas out, My future arrangements will be much bigger and eye catching thanks to ElizabethJaime and this great book.

Thanks to the Publisher and NetGalley for the ARC.

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Talk about stunning! I loved looking through this book! Would make a perfect coffee table book. Fun fonts, gorgeous photos and easy to follow instructions make this book a winner. Very fun and whimsical.

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I received this as an ARC from NetGalley.

I am a novice at flower arrangement. This book was very clear about tools and directions. Most importantly, there were a lot of visuals. The photography was pretty and simple. I enjoyed just looking at the images of all the flowers. I liked how the instructions for the arrangements were done in clear, step by step visuals, and each had their own style. I'd recommend this for someone who wants to get into flower arranging and wants some recipes to get started.

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Flowering by Elizabeth Jaime is exactly what I hoped it would be. I love flowers. A beautifully arranged collection of flowers can make my day. I am more of an appreciator of art than a creator of art. Thankfully, Elizabeth shares her hard-earned knowledge in a format that makes it easy, even for a non-creative like me. She literally approaches this like a cookbook. Ingredients based on location and season and pictures with step-by-step how to arrange the beautiful arrangements she shares. This is truly a fool-proof tool for anyone to be able to create beautiful flower displays. I walked away with practical knowledge as well confidence to just experiment and try. I definitely recommend this for all those who appreciate flowers and are either ready to step out of the non-creative box or step up their game. Either way, it is a win-win.
I received a complimentary copy from the publisher via NetGalley and all opinions expressed are solely my own, freely given.

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Flowering is a beautifully designed, incredibly inspiring and useful book that takes floral artistry to the next level! The photography throughout is amazing, as is the design. This book is full of tips and tricks to create jaw dropping arrangements and includes so much helpful advice that isn't commonly know, such as using chicken wire in the base of your arrangements to support the stems and create interesting compositions, I never would have thought of that! Would highly recommend this book.

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I love flower arrangements! I love walking into a hotel lobby and seeing the big beautiful floral centerpieces! So I'll go out and buy flowers, come home and start to arrange them...and they never look great. I can never get mine to look as nice! This book is the answer! Great ideas on how to use and arrange different types of flowers. Love the section "anything can be a vase!" as well as the different party presentations. Gorgeous photos! A really great book with really great ideas!

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A beautiful book. Filled with stunning photography, helpful tips, and detailed step-by-step instructions, this book is a staple for anyone looking to create an amazingly gorgeous flower arrangements.

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This is a great book for people who enjoy contemporary floral arrangements. The author states that she wanted to write a book that read like a cookbook and she accomplished her goal. The book has beautiful photos and indeed, for each arrangement, there is a recipe including the flowers, the quantity of the flowers, the tools needed, such as a vase with a specific opening, the base that will hold the arrangement and miscellaneous "ingredients." On the following page, she lists the step by step instructions for each arrangement.

There is a section for smaller and more creative arrangements for parties. And another for "statement" arrangements. I like that she suggests using your local garden shop of floral supply store for flowers and accessories, but she also provides some other resources in case you cant find what you want locally. She also offers tips on how to transport arrangements.

Do keep in mind that this book is for contemporary arrangements and not the traditional kinds you can find in the grocery store.

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I think this book would be great for flower enthusiasts! It's a little too niche to add to our high school library but it would make a great gift for someone who likes flowers especially if you included a gift card to a flower shop or market or with some flower bundles to assemble. The pictures are fabulous and there is a lot of information for people to learn about flowers and arranging.

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Flowering is a beautifully photographed book about arranging flowers - flowering! The arrangements in the book look complicated and impressive but each comes with a step by step instruction and a list of exactly what you will need to create it.
These ‘recipes’ are complimented by lots of information in chapters about what vase/bowl to use, tools to help and a very clear and descriptive chapter about which flowers go best where and how to maintain them for the life of your arrangement.
I would say even if you are not inspired by the displays in the book you will come away with many ideas of your own.

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This book contained some good basic information for flower arranging, and care of the cut flowers. It discussed use of a variety of containers for making floral arrangements.

There were photo examples of the author’s modern floral arrangements so that you could copy the look, if you were so inclined. Just note, the arrangements were very modern. I prefer a more classic look in my flower arrangements. I found some of the examples to be strange looking, and sparse.

I was hoping to find more useful information in this book. It just was not the look for me. Folks interested in very modern, contemporary arrangements would probably like trying this author’s ideas.

Thank you NetGalley for the opportunity to read and give an honest review of this book.

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It is a nice guide for anyone looking to make flower arrangements. The step by step instructions, tips, and images are very beneficial. The floral arrangements featured in the book are lovely.

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This was an interesting book to read, having grown up around flowers all of my life from my mother, there were never any flower arrangements in the house.

I enjoyed the detailed information provided, The layout of the chapters were easy to follow and well thought out. The floral arrangements are nice, interesting and fun to look at. From what I saw, I would say the author has a modern-traditional taste in floral designs. Learning that there are lingo for floral arrangements was new to me, much appreciated. Readers who are into floral arrangements will enjoy the section where there are flower arrangement recipes. Some of my favorites are the "Reflexed Rose Explosion", "Tropical(ish)- the shape gives me turkey vibes, "Good Things Come In Threes".

Something that kind of bothered me was the mention of "unnecessary" information that was left out on one of the chapters. Being a detailed person, the information may not have been unnecessary to someone who lived in different planting/climate zone, and who used certain flowers that thrived in their area. I Also feel that there could have been more larger pictures. I agree with one other reviewer who mentioned that with this being a floral book, I would expect to see larger photos and more arrangements. Overall , this book was informative and definitely recommended, which is why I provided a 4 star. Wish I could give 4 1/2.

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This is a gorgeous book! Stunning visuals, useful tips and easy to follow, pstep-by-step instructions. This book is great for anyone that’s interested in floral design. It would make a lovely gift. And of course, a great addition to your coffee table.

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