"I must have flowers, always, always," once declared impressionist master, Claude Monet. Oh, we understand you so so deeply, Monsieur Monet. Flowers can bring so much joy and life to a home, turning even the simplest and emptiest of spaces into a place of beauty. While fresh flora can be costly and difficult to come by, a new trend brings a solution to floral enthusiasts - dried flowers. Gone are the days of sad and dusty potpourri in a bowl, these stunning dried arrangements prove that they are not just a replacement for fresh-cut blooms but in fact a chic style all on its own. From rustic feels to minimalist ikebana and sophisticated bouquets, we feature three dried flower purveyors who share their passions and tips.
With her industry being one of the hardest hit by the pandemic, event stylist, Indy Ycasiano of Smitten Events, had to find ways to pivot. Starting a flower business had always been in the pipeline for her and it seemed there was no better time than the present to finally launch it.
What do you love about dried flowers?
Flowers, fresh or dried, bring so much joy, and I believe they bring into your space wonderful energy. I love how when flowers dry, their colours become muted and their shape changes and they develop a texture that you don't get when it's fresh - lending it a very otherworldly appeal. They can be quite sculptural. As much as I love fresh flowers, I also acknowledge that dried flowers are very low maintenance and quite practical. They are long-lasting and can be rearranged and combined to create a fresh, new look. They can also elevate the look of a fresh arrangement by adding earthy hues and unexpected texture.