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Simple Flowers: Arrangements and Floral Accents for the Home [Hardcover]

Hayakawa Noriko

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Book Description

June 13 2000
Simple Flowers offers a new take on artful arrangements for the home. With easy-to-follow ideas, Ms. Hayakawa makes intriguing suggestions for enlivening nearly every corner of the home--bedroom, bath, kitchen, living room, and dining area--then works her magic in the neglected nooks, from hearth to entry, side table to stairs.

Her ideas are fresh and engaging, and always simple. For the best results, Hayakawa encourages the reader to consider not only store-bought flowers but wildflowers and clippings from all parts of the yard. Grasses, vines, and foliage find places in her floral ideas, invigorating even the most elementary arrangement.

The scope of Hayakawa's ideas draws nourishment from her dual training in Japanese ikebana and European flower traditions. From continental floral design, she simplifies the idea of voluminous, overwhelming displays with startling results. From the East, she introduces the idea of "empty space," a concept that acknowledges the value of "holes," or breathing room, in an arrangement. She also supports the Eastern belief of cherishing each cutting for its distinctive character rather than seeking out the perfect flower every time.

The secret to success, Hayakawa says, is flexibility and openness. Look for new ways to display flowers, and new containers to hold them. Throughout the book, Hayakawa sets out simple yet wise rules--invaluable advice that will serve you well in each setting, and lead you to develop your own style for arranging flowers in a simple yet artistic way.

Features * Fresh thoughts for decorating every room
* New ideas for holidays and special occasions
* Tips on developing your flower arranging talents
* Easy-to-follow instructions
* New ways to use everyday household items as flower vases
* Each arrangement shown in a stetched-over b/w photo and in full color

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"... would well suit someone looking to brighten up their home with fresh, imaginative floral ideas." -- Geoffrey Tozer, Ikebana International

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List of Arrangements in the Book

*Dining Room

Wildflowers in Glass

Iris Centerpiece

Hydrangea & Willow

Flowers in Tandem

Table Centerpiece in Natural Tones

*Family Room

Spring Nouveau

Flowers & Berries on a Tray

Vase of Autumn Colors

*Living Room

Through Glass, Brightly

Cornflowers in Bamboo

Harbinger of Spring

Invitation to a Moon-viewing Party

Orchids & Burnished Wood


Tropical Fruits & Flowers

Mini-Bouquet of Herbs


Flowers & Herbs in a Seashell

Elegant Porcelain

Herbs & Shimmering Silver

A Horizontal Display

Simple Greenery

Bathroom Bouquet


Bedside Bouquet

Angel's Wreath

Breaking with Form

In a Looking Glass

Lively Corner

Spring Visitors

*Spot Art

Filling a Niche

Around a Stairway

Green Cascade

Hearth-Side Flowers

Folk Craft Elegance


Christmas Centerpiece

A Window Scene

A Different Kind of Wreath


Picnic Flowers

Welcoming Guests

Borrowing Background

*Special Occasions

A Romantic Evening

An Afternoon Tete-a-Tete


Approaching Ikebana

A Touch of Lacquer

Welcoming the New Year

*Playing with Flowers--Ensembles

Three Round Tables

Drinks & Hors d'Oeuvres

*Playing with Flowers--Fantasy

Unexpected Encounter

Silk & Flowers

Bamboo Forest

*Playing with Flowers--Welcoming a Guest

A Screen of Wildflowers

Lilies by Candlelight

*Buds, Blossoms, Petals

In the Bud

In Full Bloom

Scattered Petals

*A Bouquet's Life Cycle

Fragrant Gift

The Remains of the Bouquet: I

The Remains of the Bouquet: II

*Arranging with Teacups

Leaves and Berries

Coffee Cup Creation

Purple Wildflowers

In a Japanese Teacup

Autumn Breakfast

*Glass Vessels


Simple Elegance

Crystal Morning

Three Small Graces

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