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Spoiler Alert: Blake Lively’s Flower Arranging Hack Is SUPER Easy to DIY

You can keep your salacious celebrity gossip — we’ll take our star stories in the form of recipes and lifestyle hacks, thanks very much. Our site was abuzz when Reese Witherspoon announced her new brand Draper James and our morning commute got a new must-read author when Drew Barrymore became the editor-at-large for Refinery29. One of our favorite gals rolling up her sleeves to be our generation’s next Martha is Blake Lively, and whether it’s her baby name announcement or her cupcake-decorating tips, we want another serving of what she’s cooking up. Last week we got inspired by the star-gone-homemaker’s dive into flower arranging and noticed an easy hack for making Blake-worthy bouquets with just a trip to the grocery store. Let’s take a look at her pics first:

Blake IG’d a series of photos starting with her trip to the grocery store for a boatload of bouquets, which she then broke down.


Her results? Not bad!


She even had enough for a few vases.

As the resident floral designer at Brit + Co, I applaud Blake for her grocery store hack. It can not only be intimidating to go to a flower market, what with ALL those flowers to choose from, but it’s also expensive to buy the ingredients for an arrangement. Not sure what that means? I’ll break it down for you. Though any flower sitting in a vase is pretty, there is an art to designing a bloom-filled arrangement. We start with our greens to create a base for the arrangement. Then we add focal flowers, which are generally the big eye-catching beauties that stand out. Next we add secondary flowers, the smaller ones that still make a statement but in a more subtle way than the focal flowers. Finally, we add fillers. These are the little guys like wax flower or aster that fill in the gaps or perhaps pop out and add more dimension to the arrangement.

Here’s the thing — if you buy pre-made arrangements from the grocery store, you are likely going to get flowers from each category. Get two or three bouquets and you have yourself a pile of flowers to mix and match for your own creation. This can be much more cost-effective than getting a bouquet of peonies, a bunch of greens, a dozen roses, and so on. Also, you’ll only wind up with a few of each type rather than enough flowers for a wedding :)


For my centerpiece, I went to Whole Foods to pick up some bouquets. I got three different arrangements with a variety of flowers.


Back at the office, I deconstructed them and separated them into families. With a great mix of greens, focal flowers, secondaries and fillers, I had everything I needed to craft a new (and improved) arrangement. Check out my process in GIF form below!


Want to learn more about flower arranging? Check out this centerpiece tutorial. Itching for even more instruction? We’ve got you covered with our e-class.


We’re pretty sure Blake would high five us for our centerpiece. Don’t you think?

What do you think of Blake’s arrangement? Give us your opinion in the comments.

Ahhh, fall. There are so many things to love about this time of year (give us ALL the sweaters and pumpkin-flavored eats). But, high on the list comes autumn decor candles, throws, textiles — you name it. Of course, buying items and actually adding them to your room are two different things. So we're turning to Instagram for the best styling advice and inspo for the season. Scroll on to see everything you need to get those wheels turning!

@sbkliving: Sometimes, it only takes a chic doormat to transition your front steps for the season. Hello, fall!

@rachelpuccetti: Excuse us while we spend an entire lazy Sunday relaxing in this fall-infused space.

@farmhousetofrills: A monochrome mantel never looked so chic. (That fireplace pumpkin setup is seriously *genius*.)

@faith_hope_home: Greet guests with a fall-themed entrance to set the tone for a day of pumpkin carving or scary movie marathoning.

@simplysoutherncottage: Don't forget about those nooks and crannies! This entryway/mudroom situation is capturing our little harvest-loving hearts.

@6thirtydecor: Speaking of pumpkins, pick up a few extra gourds to pave the way into your cozy autumn abode.

@farmsteadonfirst: That guest bedroom you weren't sure what to do with it? Transform it into a rustic retreat with some fall signage and mustard-yellow and green accents.

@fiddleleafinteriors: We're going to take a second to *swoon* over this adorable kitchen setup. Those farmhouse accents and simple centerpiece setup? We're in love.

@ohmydearblog: Contrary to what you think, florals *aren't* just for spring. Bring them into your abode by selecting buds in moody tones to pay homage to the season.

@simply.mrs.z: Drawn to modern style? Play up the Halloween vibes by picking black, orange and brass accents to rock on places like your bookshelf. (Bonus points for carrying the theme over to your textiles.)

@drivewaytodreams_crystal: We're going to go ahead and give two thumbs up to all of these orange-hued accents. Backdropped with a neutral furnishings and they truly *pop*!

@cripcollectiveig: For those who don't want to go overboard with the "fall stuff" this one will speak to you. Compile a couple of cute throws and a minimalist pumpkin print on your mantle and you're set

@cavcottage: Who said fun pillows were limited to furnishings only? We're ALL about this entry display.

@houseon77th: This daybed setup is a *dream*. But actually, this would be the perfect space to doze off in come the colder days.

@kristenforgione: For a more festive Halloween look, overhaul your living space with a spooky handmade addition like this one. *Googles paper bat DIYs.*