Working Designer Wednesday: Ingredients Series with Denise Fasanello

As we continue the Ingredients Series with Denise Fasanello of Denise Fasanello Flowers, I want to take a minute to thank her for her hard work on this series! I get so excited when I see her name in my inbox and I realize she’s ready to share another amazing ‘How-To’ with us. I wish you all could meet her. She’s every bit as beautiful as her flowers. Her sophisticated sense of artistry, impeccable work ethic and genuine kindness have made working on the Ingredients Series a pleasure! Thanks Denise…from all of us at BB!

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Denise: I really wanted to do a super cheerful and colorful arrangement for the next installment of the Ingredients posts. But well, what can I say? I went shopping with no real plan in mind and found myself pulling these gorgeous ingredients. This is what I came up with – much more refined and much moodier that I expected. Next time sunshine! Promise. Till then, I hope you enjoy.

Denise Fasanello Flowers

First, I started with this silver narrow bowl. I soaked a bit of floral foam in water and taped it to the vessel.

Denise Fasanello Flowers

Denise Fasanello Flowers

I added some vertical spirea branches, leaving a space in the middle to fill out.

Denise Fasanello Flowers

Next, I looped some passion vine around the piece using the branches as support.

Denise Fasanello Flowers

Easy enough…add some ferns to fill it out.

Denise Fasanello Flowers

To create some height I simply placed long oniony bulbs inside.

Denise Fasanello Flowers

Next up, I added these incredible maroon pitcher plants. I kept them to one side, watching to make sure the composition did not become too symmetrical.

Denise Fasanello Flowers

This gorgeous red poppy had me at first sight when I spotted it at the market. I believe it’s what swayed this whole arrangement.

Denise Fasanello Flowers

Lastly, I cut the anthurium short and placed it at the base for a final touch.

Denise Fasanello Flowers

Denise Fasanello Flowers

Denise Fasanello Flowers

The next day I came into the studio and the extra unused pieces of passion vine had bloomed in a vase of water overnight! So naturally, I couldn’t let that pass us by. I had some other flowers around and after some minor tweaking – I replaced the red flowers with blue supernova thistle and gigantic yellow roses. Can’t decide which I prefer!?

Denise Fasanello Flowers

Denise Fasanello Flowers

Floral Design & Photography: Denise Fasanello

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