Big and Tall – Hotel-style DIY

Sometimes the event or room calls for a big/tall arrangement – something of a statement piece. You will often find these types of arrangements in hotel lobbies and fine dining restaurants, and I thought that it would be fun to put together a DIY to show the steps. I’ve had the urn below (available from Pottery Barn) for some time, and I love using it for tall pieces due to its weight and stability.

Often people feel that large arrangements are complicated to put together, and should only be left to professionals. This is simply not true, and large arrangements are not any more complicated (and sometimes quite a bit easier) than their smaller counterparts. I hope that after looking at the pictures below, you will give it a try.

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Flowers: foxtail lily, larkspur, amaranth, magnolia, dahlia, lisianthus, tree fern, tree branches
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Begin by arranging your tree branches (choose a variety that suits your taste) in the urn. You want to build out the volume of your arrangement in this step.
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Continue with the tree fern, which adds some body to the center.
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Add the amaranth
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Some foxtail lily for height
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Adding some color – this is lisianthus
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And finally dahlia and magnolia. Examine your arrangement, and fill where needed (I added more foxtail lily after this shot)
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Credits:

Styling and design by Kiana Underwood
Photography by Angie Cao
Tuscan Urn available at Pottery Barn

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4 comments
NikkiS
NikkiS

What a great step-by-step, thanks for the great pictures and explanation. Looks beautiful and certainly a statement piece!

kiana
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@NikkiS Thank you! Glad you enjoyed this post.