My First Christmas as a Floral Designer

Four Floral Designs for Christmas

This is my first Christmas as a floral designer and it has been a busy time. So busy in fact, that my blog posts have had to sit on the shelf for a couple of weeks. As I embark on my final week before Christmas I want to share with you a couple of the projects I have been working on.

Contemporary Christmas

Four Christmas Arrangements

Four Christmas Arrangements (Photo by Michael Lant - Click on image to enlarge)

Michele Bailey is a successful business woman. She is the president and CEO of Blazing Design (, a full service design agency in Oakville Ontario, but her real passion these days is helping other women become successful businesswomen as well. Michele gave me a fabulous floral design project for her home for the Christmas season. She entertains a lot throughout the holidays and wanted something fresh, easy to care for and would last until after the holiday festivities were over. Michele also wanted an arrangement that would be a conversation piece for all her visitors, including many of the successful businesswomen in her professional and personal circles. This design was to fill a key spot in her much used kitchen. Michele is one of the most gregarious and vivacious people I have ever known and I felt the design should reflect her unique and charming personality. I knew I had achieved my goal the moment she first saw my creation.

This arrangement is actually a series of square glass vases filled with greens and branches and pinecones. Using different heights and density I’ve built each design in such a way that they all fit into each other to create one vignette. Red spheres – berries or glass balls – further coordinate the elements. If Michele could also choose to separate the vases and each would still be a strong design on its own.

Traditional yet Modern

This arrangement was created for Adwynna MacKenzie, director of business development for Newtopia ( Adwynna is a dear friend and is a wonderful person. Adwynna recently updated the interior of her home to better reflect her personality with a clean, calm, more modern look. She was looking for an arrangement that suited this new look without being too contemporary. This design is a lovely mix of modern and traditional with the “old world” style container and the unusual use of greens and berries. Boxwood is the only green I used in this arrangement. I simply filled in the spaces with eryngium thistle, ligurstum berries and mini pinecones and completed the look with 3 branches of octopus vine.

Traditional Yet Modern Christmas Arrangement

Traditional Yet Modern Christmas Arrangement (Photo by Michael Lant - Click on image to enlarge)


This large rectangular arrangement looked perfect in Michele Bailey’s great room sitting on a rustic coffee table in front of a grand fireplace. One dozen Christmas red roses were incorporated into a base of greens – boxwood, cedar and pine. I inserted green eryngium thistles and pine cones for textural interest.

A Classic Christmas ArrangementA Classic Christmas Arrangement

A Classic Christmas Arrangement (Photo by Michael Lant - Click on image to enlarge)

Thoroughly Modern

Green roses used to be quite unique, but are now readily found at the supermarket. They work fabulously in this very modern holiday arrangement: a row of roses cut short and surrounded by sprigs of boxwood, tiny pinecones and ligurstum berries. The very contemporary, rectangular container – which looks like cement – makes a nice textural contrast.

A Modern Christmas Arrangement Using Green Roses

A Modern Christmas Arrangement Using Green Roses (Photo by Michael Lant - Click on image to enlarge)

As this year comes to a close I am thinking of all the great ideas I have for blog posts in the New Year, starting with the orchid. Thank you to everyone for your great comments, your support and encouragement and for reading each and every blog post. Stick with it, there are some really great posts to come.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

As always, I look forward to your comments.


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  1. Posted December 24, 2010 at 5:01 pm | Permalink

    very cool Aunt Liz. But I’ll gush more on boxing day!

    • Liz Lant
      Posted December 25, 2010 at 12:03 pm | Permalink

      Looking forward to seeing everyone on Boxing Day!

  2. Cathleen Colehour
    Posted December 23, 2010 at 3:18 pm | Permalink

    Hmm…great idea for multiple complimentary arrangements. Will have to try that out. Have greatly enjoyed your first few posts, Liz…appreciate you sharing your creativity. Best wishes for a lovely holiday.

    • Liz Lant
      Posted December 25, 2010 at 11:59 am | Permalink

      Best wishes to you too Cathleen. So glad that you are inspired.

  3. Ann Corrigan
    Posted December 23, 2010 at 9:40 am | Permalink

    and more glorious arangements!!!! How lovely….I must admit I am looking forward to the spring 2011 flowers though….all the best to you, Michael and the girls….see you “next year”…cheers, ann

    • Liz Lant
      Posted December 25, 2010 at 12:01 pm | Permalink

      I’m looking forward to spring and all the lovely arrangements I can make with spring flowers! All the best to you in 2011!

  4. Posted December 23, 2010 at 9:34 am | Permalink

    It’s a pleasure to read your blogs and a visual feast too. Merry Christmas and best wishes for 2011.

    • Liz Lant
      Posted December 25, 2010 at 12:03 pm | Permalink

      Thank you for your compliments Laurie. Happy Holidays!

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