Cherry blossoms in the middle of Paris

In the beginning of this year we travelled to France and I brought back one of my favorite images of Paris!

IXXI of Paris Merry-Go-Round via anastasiabenko.com
IXXI of Paris Merry-Go-Round via anastasiabenko.com

To me it was simply not enough to look at this photo online, so it’s even more exciting that I could create an enlargement of this very special image! Now this gorgeous merry-go-round can accompany us every day in our home! There are so many companies where you can develop your images but IXXI really stands out! The deliver the image in little squares – so you can create a collage out of these little squares and because it’s not as heavy as usual canvases, it can hang basically everywhere!

IXXI of Paris Merry-Go-Round via anastasiabenko.com
IXXI of Paris Merry-Go-Round via anastasiabenko.com

Here you can see my IXXI in the studio and with this gorgeous spring arrangement it made me feel, as if I was wandering a cherry tree orchard – in the middle of Paris ❤
Slowly flowers are starting to bloom here in Germany and spring is slowly coming! I am working already on the flower bed in my garden which is the reason why I’m so excited for warmer months… But I will stop indulging right here as we have the VERY BEST that spring has to offer for you today: cherry blossoms!

Spring flowers via anastasiabenko.com
Spring flowers via anastasiabenko.com

Flower bouquets are the perfect finishing touch of any interior setting, don’t you think? Of course I can drop by the local florist and buy the most beautiful arrangement – but I find it more rewarding to make one of my own. It adds personal touch to interiors, just like I did with a personal favorite image that I took in Paris of a merry-go-round as you’ll see below. I love adding personal touches to my home, don’t you?

IXXI of Paris Merry-Go-Round via anastasiabenko.com
IXXI of Paris Merry-Go-Round via anastasiabenko.com

I will show you how you can make the most beautiful bouquets on your own! At my local florist I found the most beautiful branches of cherry blossoms and I instantly knew that I wanted to create a floral arrangement around these beauties! Along with the cherry blossom branches, I’ve added single-flower bunches:

* Pale orange french tulips
* Fringy pink tulips
* Bright yellow tulips
* Pink ranunculus
* Chamomile

As you can see, I picked similar pink colors to match the cherry blossoms, adding a few yellow and white touches to the arrangement. To get an interesting look, I wanted at least 3 different kinds of flowers that vary in texture, form and color because I knew this would support the depth of the arrangement that I envisioned.

In the very beginning I prepared a vase with water because I knew it would be a large-scale arrangement and I couldn’t arrange it in my hands alone. Before I started working on the arrangement I trimmed all the stems on an angle with a sharp knife. Then I was ready to go!

To me, there is no secret formula of how to arrange the flowers, just place them where they look best to you! I knew that I wanted the cherry blossoms to be the superstars of this floral arrangement so I added them in at the end. Also because they are so delicate, it was better to add them in the end to avoid losing too many petals.

spring bouquet with cherry blossoms via anastasiabenko.com
spring bouquet with cherry blossoms via anastasiabenko.com

Using all the flowers I had, I needed to create a full body first, starting with the tulips, then I moved on to add more and more flowers. While I was working on the colorful base, I had in mind that one side of the arrangement will face the wall, so I put the cutest faces in the front. Think about where your arrangement will be placed once it’s finished, so it can shine from all sides or in this case, from only 3 sides. Also, I made sure that the colors of the additional flowers were in a random order so that they could correspond better and so they’d stand out.

IXXI of Paris Merry-Go-Round via anastasiabenko.com
IXXI of Paris Merry-Go-Round via anastasiabenko.com

Finally, I added the cherry blossom branches and went all the way! They stick out of all sides of the arrangement and to me it doesn’t get any Spring-y-er ( is this a word??!). I hope you love this floral composition as much as I do – cherry blossoms make my heart skip a beat!

IXXI of Paris Merry-Go-Round via anastasiabenko.com
IXXI of Paris Merry-Go-Round via anastasiabenko.com

Not only do flowers add a gorgeous feel to interiors, personalized images that we bring back from our travels do that too! They take us back in time to the wonderful places we visited and with this IXXI and my flowers I could wander a cherry tree orchard in my studio…

colorful spring wreath via anastasiabenko.com
colorful spring wreath via anastasiabenko.com

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7 thoughts on “Cherry blossoms in the middle of Paris

  1. Hi Anastasia,
    im Russischkurs hat deine Mutter von deinem Blog erzählt und da musste ich doch einmal vorbeischauen.
    Und ich muss sagen, ich bin beeindruckt!
    Die Farben gefallen mir besonders gut. Alles leicht, luftig und stimmig. Danke für diese kleine Gedankenreise am Morgen.
    Deine Ma hatte erzählt, dass du vielleicht bei unserer Ausstellung vorbei schauen kannst. Würde mich freuen, dich einmal persönlich kennenzulernen und über Blogs zu fachsimpeln. Ich bin morgen und Mittwoch ab 14 Uhr, und dann einige Stunden vor Ort. Mehr Infos: http://www.bafo-dortmund.de
    Werde auf jeden Fall noch öfters vorbeischauen!
    LG, Manu

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