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Sunday, May 30, 2010

Faux flowers - yes or no?

British interior designer Abigail Ahern is now selling faux flowers in her London shop and online. Reasonably priced (the peonies above sell for about US$5 each), the stems come in six varieties including peonies, lilacs, hydrangeas, and poppies. Ahern recently said,"I love how realistic they look and whilst I will never stop buying the real thing it now means that I can fill the whole house with blooms without spending a fortune week on week."







So, Dumplings, what do you think? Would you embrace premium faux flowers or are they verboten on principal?

All photos via Desire to Inspire.

34 comments:

Petra Voegtle said...

Personally I am not a fan of faux flowers because no matter how artistically they are created they become a dust catcher, will become ugly and then you have to throw them away.
I am sure if you have enough ideas in your head you will always find a little beautiful twig, a wild flower or a plant to put in a vase.

Kerry said...

It could solve the peony envy problem!

Room Service ~ Decorating 101 said...

I think they are pretty, but I just hate the ideal of fake flowers. Only the real thing for me.

Lizzy said...

Not really a fan!

jules @ The Diversion Project said...

i'm not a big fan of anything fake, but if they are reeeeeally good ones, they can be filler somewhere maybe. but i think real is the deal.

looks like she has one of the sth african chandeliers i posted about that i'm gagging for in that shop there.

DREAMER'S DEN said...

i used to be completely and utterly against faux flowers....
until i went into a shop here in charlottesville (violets, etc.) the flowers are silk and i was shocked that they looked so real!!!
i had a single flower in a little glass vase on the check-out counter at pillow mint, and so many people would actually pick it up to smell it! i had to tell them it wasn't real.
needless to say, i've changed my feeling about these. if you get the right arrangement, (small and simple) they're great for that place in your home that could use a little color-- powder room, desk in an office, etc.
i think if you're buying faux flowers, the higher quality you get, the better - and make sure they're silk.

Karena said...

I would always rather have fresh; that said I think that there are some silk florals that look so real, and like the peonies,I would buy.

Karena
Art by Karena

susieq said...

Ahern's blooms look really real. I'm against fake on principle. But I might buy one itty bitty single poppy to enjoy for a while.

Real Estate Resuscitation said...

I believe I'll decline the option to embrace the faux flowers.

Raina Cox said...

Kerry, Room Service, and Lizzy - Hello to each of you and welcome to this deliciousness!

MyFavoriteFrenchAntiques said...

Oh no, gotta be real for me. I need the real Christmas tree, too.
As a lover of old things, it is the uniqueness of a piece, that touches my heart.

Kate said...

uh-uh. Even one single stem in my house would drive me a little batty. Because I would know... just think they're dust magnets and just, well...fake. I think my answer is no.

David said...

I think you have to use them sparingly and keep them dust-free, but no, not against them on principle.

bob said...

You're all ridiculous with the "fake" flowers. The average person can not afford the real thing week after week & with the beautiful quality of the "fakes" today, why not?! They add color & texture to a room & last forever! Has anyone ever heard of dusting (like you do your furniture)?!

Design Junkie said...

I think they're like so many other things in decor: designer knockoffs, antique reproductions, off the rack window treatments, etc.---is the real thing the best?--yes. However, if the real thing is not available to you or is just too expensive, the limited and tasteful use of good quality faux florals is fine. I think the key, other than the quality, is to use them the way a real flower would be used. In other words, no gravity defying arrangements in colors not found in nature or mixing being perched high above bookcases where no plant could be watered. Fake flowers are like plastic surgery procedures: if they are well done, you don't really notice them--you just notice they look good.

Yana said...

I vote both! keep the real ones close and the faux ones far away. Then they wont be touched...and no one will ever know.

jean said...

I don't know, Design Junkie. Maybe all fakery, rather than pretend real, redeems artificial flowers. Garish, fantasy colors in aeronautic display. Those old-fashioned over-sized paper poppies, for example.

Beyond that possibly psychedelic application, I don't care for fake blooms. I can't afford flowers often, but prefer art, pottery, textiles for color. Dried flowers can be nice in small doses.

Kathysue said...

I would rather have one real deal than a bouquet of faux. I will even just cut greenery from the yard and add it to a vase when I need too, so much prettier IMHO,Kathysue

nkp said...

I just can't get on board. It's totally personal, but flowers are flowers. So no, I've never met a fake flower that I would want in my home. I prefer a branch from
my yard, a lovely magnolia bloom, even a palm
frond, however fleeting their existence.

But I do love a beautiful silk flower corsage a la
EmersonMade or a cotton linen flower brooch. Beautiful and simple and not intended to be mistaken for the real
thing!

rouge said...

If anyone could get me closer to fake flowers it would be the venerable Ms Ahern...(but not yet).

I like it that flowers die. Well actually I hate it, but it means I do look at them, and often, while they're still around. I think if they were always there (fakily), I'd stop seeing them.

normajean said...

I'm a big fan of handmade fabric and paper flowers- ones that aren't meant to look like the real deal.

As to out and out fakes of the silk variety, I say go ahead. Go for top quality, keep them clean and well dusted, and don't leave them out continuously. They can be great- especially if you're economically challenged and love the look of fresh flowers.
They don't hold a candle to the real thing, but they brighten the mood of a room and bring a smile to my face.

Charlotta Ward said...

I am a HUGE fan of flowers for so many reasons. I NEED the natural element to ground me, I LOVE the energy and scent of real flowers and they make me happy, but I also really LIKE the look of flowers and twigs around the house and I am ALL for having a little fake fabulousness if they look as good as these.
I wouldn't fill the house with them, but I think there is definitely room for some.. and what a brilliant tool for styling from a professional point of view - real estate, theme campaigns, interior concepts.. Loving this.

x Charlotta

Raina Cox said...

Bob, Jean, Kathysue, Rouge - Hello to each of you and welcome to this deliciousness!

erin@designcrisis said...

Ditto nkp!

Ragland Hill Social by Gwen Driscoll said...

I don't like faux flowers, but honestly, some of the faux are so real looking I've found myself wondering if maybe, just maybe, I could go there. To think the fortune I've spent on real flowers over the years. I could probably buy a really nice car with that cash $$$$. Hope you are having a great weekend, my friend.

Teri said...

I've seen one too many sprigs of fake ivy hung throughout a kitchen, covered in a few inches of dust.

Although, I can not grow peonies in San Antonio, and I had amazing ones in Chicago. It is one of the things that every May makes my heart weep. And, real ones here are so expensive and blah. So- I would possibly have a couple of amazing silk ones that I just used for a couple of weeks a year.

The Down East Dilettante said...

No faux flowers. Absolutely not. No. No. No. No. No.

Go Tony Duquette and spray branches coral. Stick a piece of moss in a shallow dish. Dry some flowers. Buy cheap supermarket bouquets. But no. But these aggressively real looking silk things are just creepy.

An elegant friend used to make faux flowers out of cut up beer cans, carefully painting them in enamel. Then put them in fine 18th century vases. Frankly fake, and despite humble origin, very elegant---but part of the elegance was their fakeness.

Leave the silks to second rate hotel lobbies. Once again, no, no, no, no, no.

Have I made myself clear? NO.

amy @ switz~art said...

love fresh flowers, but they are expensive and do not last. i love a fake if they look fresh.

Jill said...

They get dusty and end up looking like all of the cheap faux flowers.

Cashon&Co said...

Yes AND No. Depends on where and how much and the quality. these all look lovely how they are displayed. I've seen it overdone and i've seen them done right. I think it's okay to mix real and faux also in the same vase.

Lissa said...

I'm a yes and no also. I have seen some faux blooms that have caught me by surprise..even after touching. They of course cost an arm and a leg though...cheaper to buy the real thing.
Love the blog. Keep these lively debates coming. I love to hear what people have to say.

Raina Cox said...

Lissa - Hello and welcome to this deliciousness!

Acanthus and Acorn said...

NOOOOO...no matter how fantastic they look...there is something awful about nature preserved for all eternity!

jettstream said...

I abhor fake flowers.

....Except for the perfect silk orchid in my living room which gets frequent compliments.

....And the exquisite lily-of-the-valley mixed in DD's rose and hydrangea wedding bouquet, the groom's bout, and flower girls' halos last summer. The real thing was 1) unavailable or of terrible quality and 2) IF available and IF fresh, would have cost $10-15 per tiny little stem with 3 or 4 flowers.

So I guess fake has its place... sometimes.