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Faux Florals

"Tatum Talks" - Week One

Hello Decor Friends,

For the next couple of weeks I am going to answer the most common decorating questions asked of me. Some weeks I will talk design principles, other weeks, I will talk brands and products. You guys send in such fabulous questions. To kick off this new series called "Tatum Talks", I want to answer a question I get daily. Where do I find my faux greenery?

Gone are the days of the dusty, dried flower arrangements, the plastic looking faux flowers, and ill colored faux plants. Today faux is beautiful and for people who do not have a green thumb they are the perfect accompaniment for their decor.

Today I wanted to share a couple tips when purchasing a faux plant, stem or flower.

Here are a few things to look for in faux flowers…

  • blooms that look real

  • stems that look real and bend easily

  • realistic leaves that are wired and bend

  • centers that look like the real thing

To ensure your faux flowers look as fresh as possible, handle every single bloom. Make sure every petal is where it belongs. Gently shape each bloom by hand. This will make a huge difference in the way your flowers look!


Designer Tip

One of the biggest tale-tell signs a flower is fake is the way the leaves look! Crumpled up and folded leaves do not happen in nature so ensure the faux you are purchasing allows you to work with the foliage.


When arranging your faux stems, or placing a faux plant, ensure you use a vessel that would mimic a real arrangement. Often times, faux plants are sold in pots that are either TOO BIG or TOO SMALL for their size. Faux plants are easily placed inside a larger, pot or basket to ensure the scale is correct. If you find the vessel is too small, play around with grouping your smaller vessels together and see if you can make one larger arrangement.

Don’t be afraid to cut your faux stems, just as you would cut fresh stems to fit a vase. Remember the goal is to make your faux look as fresh as possible.

There you have it friends, I hope you have enjoyed the first week of “Tatum Talks”

See you next week,



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