It’s not unusual that my home is decked out with as many fresh flowers as possible, but when the holidays roll around it’s a whole different ball game. For this week’s floral trimmings project, Ash is back with a gorgeous holiday-inspired arrangement that boasts her signature wild and organic style, chock full of seasonal blooms and fresh foliage – some of which can be found in your own backyard. Keep reading for her tips on how to craft the perfect arrangement for your holiday entertaining, and if you’re just now joining us, be sure to check out the amazing bay laurel garland Ash shared last week.

  • vase
  • oak foliage
  • Henry Bockstoce peonies
  • Queen Anne’s lace
  • scabiosa
  • amaryllis
  • pepper berry
  • clippers

The holidays wouldn’t be complete in our house without a full arrangement in a Keith Kreeger vase. I am in love with these Henry Bockstoce peonies. So in love. They opened up to be as big as my head!

I started the arrangement with oak foliage cut from my yard.  It just fell perfectly when I put it in the vase. I then added in a few stems of Queen Anne’s lace cut at different heights and three of the Henry Bockstoce peonies, again, cut at different lengths.

I could have stopped there but I like to add a few extra touches. Scabiosa, amaryllis and pepper berry were added in, then I finished the arrangement with a personal favorite: hellebores.

*photographs by Carli Kiene

14 comments
  1. 1
    Lindsay {Everistta} | December 13, 2012 at 2:10 pm

    Gorgeous! I would love to know how to make better arrangements. Thanks for sharing!

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    • ashley | December 14, 2012 at 8:01 am

      Lindsay-thanks so much! Have fun with your flowers and don’t be afraid of them! Happy Holidays!

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    Chanel Dror | December 13, 2012 at 4:03 pm

    I love the oak foliage… perfect for the season & found practically everywhere this time of year!

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    • ashley | December 14, 2012 at 8:02 am

      Sweet Chanel-I love the oak too, it makes the arrangement come to life. xo

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  3. 3
    Brad Bailey | December 14, 2012 at 11:22 am

    It looks great, but that is no surprise. I am very lucky to be surrounded by so much beauty everyday.

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    • ashley | December 17, 2012 at 4:27 pm

      thanks honey-i love you.

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    Lily Lemontree (AS) | December 17, 2012 at 1:02 pm

    How pretty! And you make it look like a breeze to put together!!

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    • ashley | December 17, 2012 at 4:27 pm

      hi lily-thank you! well, i have had lots of practice, but if you just follow the steps you will make your own look gorgeous as well. happy holidays!

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    Bluebonnets for Sal | December 18, 2012 at 7:31 am

    This is too lovely for words! Everything the Byrd Collective does is such a dream =) xx Happy Holidays to the whole Camille Styles Team! xx Sallie

    http://www.bluebonnetsforsal.com

    Bluebonnets for Sal

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    • ashley | December 18, 2012 at 10:58 am

      thanks so much sallie. happy holidays to you too!
      xoxo

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  6. 6
    sarah | December 18, 2012 at 11:00 am

    gorgeous!

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    • ash | December 18, 2012 at 11:01 am

      thanks sweet sarah. xoxo

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    judy | December 18, 2012 at 1:43 pm

    Please bring this to Corpus Christi for the holidays.

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    • ash | December 19, 2012 at 9:43 am

      ok mom-i will try. xo

      Reply
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