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November 11, 2013

Simple Micro Flower Arrangement | Oak Leaves, Paperwhite Bulb & Cabbage

Last weekend Emma and I tagged along with Mike back to the Boston area for a work trip.  He travels there often, but we haven't been back since we moved back "home" last year.  We had a fabulous time visiting some of our friends and old favorites - Concord, Beacon Hill and Back Bay.  We also took a little trip out to Nantucket for the night - the one place we never got to go that was on my list.  I'll be sharing more (a lot more...) photos later this week, but first I wanted to share this little tiny arrangement inspired by our trip.

My Mother-in-Law is a fabulous traveler and always does a ton of shopping on their trips.  Their house is filled with pieces of art, blankets, pottery, china, etc. that all have special meaning and were collected along the way - not gift shop type souvenirs, but beautiful things that they love from specialty boutiques, inns and farms.  I recently noticed a new engraved pewter champagne bucket at their house - apparently, they ordered it while at Blackberry Farm this last Fall on a trip for their anniversary.  Now every time she walks by it she's reminded of their special weekend. 

In the past I'd never been one to stock up while away, but I have found that the "souvenirs" we buy always bring such great memories back to us when we get home.  So, I started taking cues from Joy and buying treats on our trips we can use in our home that will take us back to those special moments.

One afternoon, Emma and I went out to our old town, Concord, Ma, for a visit.  We had coffee with an old friend and stopped by all of my favorite shops.  The first on my list was Winston Flowers.  You might remember my posts about Winston's when we lived there.  It is in the middle of the quaint town center and filled with really inspired, lovely flowers.  Once a week I used to stroll Emma there to pick out flowers.  They have the most beautiful things - and most are very simple and common items, but are designed in special ways.

When I saw this arrangement I knew it would be the perfect "Joy-style" souvenir to take home with us.  It is a cabbage rosette (the center of a cabbage, stripped of most of the big leaves), mini preserved oak leaves, rosemary sprigs, white hydrangea and a paperwhite bulb.  I love that all of the elements are so seasonal, but presented in a unique and modern style.

I asked them to deconstruct two arrangements for me so I could carry them on the plane, then reassemble them when I got home.

It starts with a small sprig of hydrangea broken off from a larger bloom.

Then I added the cabbage.

Next, I tucked in the oak leaves on one side, then added the paperwhite.  Keeping the colors together makes it very natural and gathered looking.

I just love this arrangement.  My rosemary plant isn't looking as good as it was when we left, so I still need to add some of that when I make it to the store later today.

The best part of this arrangement is that it will keep for weeks, all I have to do is replenish the hydrangea after it wilts with a new one - the other elements are really long lasting.

I've included other photos of Winston's below - enjoy!

Here is the Concord Town Center - the most charming little New England town.  Here is a link to my Fall Foliage post in Concord from two years ago with lots of photos of the town.  I'll be sharing the rest of my photos from our trip this week and some new hostess ideas for Thanksgiving.

I hope everyone had a relaxing and rejuvenating weekend!


  1. one of these days we'll need to coordinate trips! jimmy is in boston almost every month for work. how fun would it be to meet up if we both tagged along while they were there for work?! the flowers are lovely! glad you had a fun trip!

    1. oh - the adventures we could go on... that would be so much fun! let me know next time you go - Mike still works for the same company that he did when we lived there, so he is there about once a month, too. where do you stay? we stayed at the Taj on the public garden this time. loved it.


    2. the taj looks super nice! he usually stays at one of three different marriott properties because we like to get the points. i will let you know when i join him next. i try to once or twice a year. i've talked to him about going next fall so we can make a long weekend out of it and go to nantucket or the vineyard without children. maybe you'll be in the throws of a massive home reno at that time and will want to get away for a weekend.... planting the seed early! ;) and jimmy's a big golfer, so i know him and mike would hit it off!! literally. ha.

  2. My kind of place . . . love the little vessel holding the arrangement!

  3. We lived in Acton for three years after spending our kid-less marital years in Cambridge. We recently made the jump across the country to Silicon Valley and while I love the Northern California lifestyle, I long for that New England charm. So glad you got a chance to go back and relish it!

  4. Hi. I have been on that street and love Concord. My brother worked in a restaurant there years ago. I live in Florida but would love to go back to Boston. The flower arrangement is beautiful-just like your blog.

  5. I love Concord! We live about 30 minutes away, but I love spending time up there...cute shops, good food and beautiful homes and scenery! I always pop into Winston Flowers to see their beautiful arrangements and displays. I did several blog posts on Concord from a visit back in August...if you'd like, you can check it out here (& then there are 2 following this one) Glad you were able to make a trip back! Elle

  6. Anonymous7:36 PM

    Beautiful! I love everything in your arrangement. And the use of the paperwhite bulbs is genius. I would of never thought to use them but the color, texture, and shape is perfect. I have to copy:) I've been to Boston once but would love to go again. If we do, I'll have to get a list of places to go from you.


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