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October 17, 2013 at 11:29 PM

Display autumn foliage in a vase that does justice to the season


By Maria Martin /

Cooler temperatures mean it’s time for Mother Nature to really show off. Pastels become passé, as trees and bushes show off their finest shades of burgundy, orange and gold.

It’s the perfect time of year to bring some of those hues inside, says Tim Farrell, president-elect of the American Institute of Floral Designers, a nonprofit that promotes the artistic talent of those in the industry.

For a truly stunning arrangement, you should begin with a container that will do justice to the riot of autumn colors and textures, he says.

“We’ve seen great variety in containers over the past few years,” says Farrell, owner of Farrell’s Florist in Drexel Hill, Penn. “Bamboo is popular, as are the metallics. Or go natural: Hollow out and line a pumpkin or gourd, and use that as a container.”

In the fall, he reaches for fruited branches, and berries such as hypericum and viburnum, along with eucalyptus.

“In fall, texture becomes more important than ever, even when looking for a vase,” says Farrell, who has been a floral designer for presidential inaugurations and the Academy Awards. “Finding different textiles like leather or raffia to wrap around ordinary vases will make an interesting container.”

Here are several artful vases that will do justice to fall’s glory.

Caramel Vase (on sale for $30 at Crate & Barrel). This thick glass vase stands just over 11 inches tall and features opaque bands of amber and white.

Nate Berkus Faceted Vase (on sale for $15 at Target). This 14-inch-tall vase reflects all the golden glory of the season and is trendy in bold metallic.

Druvflader vase ($30 at Ikea). If you’re looking to add texture to a room, this vase gets it done. Perfect for dry arrangements (it’s not waterproof), it would look stunning filled with branches bearing red berries.

Cholet Hollow Vases ($24–$38 at Anthropologie). Add some whimsy to your table with these stoneware vases. The doe and hare sprout cuttings from their ears, while the goose blows its top for fall foliage.

Red & Gold Foil Ceramic Vase ($80 at Pier 1 Imports). This hand-painted beauty features a gold-leaf finish. It’s the perfect shape to embrace autumn branches.

22-Inch Bamboo Vase in Red ($30 at Bed, Bath & Beyond). Bamboo is in style, and the bold color of this vibrant vase will add a pop to any room.

Marlo Vase ($35 at Crate & Barrel). Get Zen with this metallic vase that will be a striking contrast to a tall arrangement.

Vinager vase ($25 at Ikea). Bamboo takes a dramatic shape with this vase. A bold black top also brings the drama for a piece sure to turn heads.


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