Elaborate bouquets have their place, but I think the loveliest arrangements are often the simplest — unadorned blooms in unassuming vases. Causal groupings and a variety of vessels create indoor display that imitate the wild blooms outdoors. And the best part? You probably already have the vases right in your kitchen!
• 1, 2Ferns have traditionally been used as greenery in more elaborate arrangements, but they can hold their own especially when grouped in bottles of varying sizes (1) or floating whimsically within a bottle (2). With their elegant forms and the variety of types, ferns are some of the easiest sprigs to arrange.
• 3. Cut branches in jugs are my favorite. All this arrangement took was a few small branches, and some old bottles…namely a very classy $10 gallon of Carlo Rossi Chianti, a jar of Trader's Joes balsamic vinegar, and a bottle of Pyrat Rum.
• 4, 5Classic mason jars and vintage bottles, grouped on a picnic table (4) or suspended tea-light style (5) make some of the prettiest containers.
• 6 We've seen old lightbulbs reinvented as terrariums and ship holding vessels, but this suspended bud vase option is my favorite reuse.
• 7 Antique jars always call my name at flea markets and junk shops, but I usually resist because the thought of so many of them together is too much like clutter for my tastes. Howver, add a few blooms, and you've got an indoor garden.
• 8-10 Cheery gerber daisies seem made for these types of simple displays. Cut the stems so the flower heads barely peek over the rim of the jar to insure that your heavy-headed blooms won't wither too quickly.