Though there’s nothing quite like a live floral arrangement to spruce up your home, tending to finicky plants or fresh-cut flowers can make for laborious—if not short-lived—interior decor. Upkeep can be especially difficult in the winter months, where shorter days mean less sunlight. But there are a number of elegant alternatives on the market that will please even the most discerning botanists. Cue: the world of faux flowers and foliage.
We know what you’re thinking—floral arrangements made of plastic or silk don’t exactly scream chic. But these faux are nothing short of spectacular. From hand-painted porcelain flowers to whimsical felt plants or paper branches, these accent pieces will elevate any tabletop or mantel without hassle— and they double as permanent art pieces, too. Plus, with Valentine’s Day quickly coming up, they also make the perfect perennial gift for a loved one.
The Green Vase hand-painted camellia, $35, heroshopsf.com
For smaller side tables, this hand-painted camellia flower is the perfect option for a splash of color. It comes in mauve, peach, or bright pink.
Clare Potter ceramic flowers, price upon request, clarepotter.com
For her exquisite work with porcelain flowers, Clare Potter applies multiple layers of color washes overtop fired clay for a lifelike effect. The result is that no two pieces are alike.
Vanessa Hogge porcelain centerpieces, price upon request, vanessahogge.com
London-based artist Vanessa Hogge creates handmade porcelain centerpieces in a wide range of sizes and floral finishes, from chrysanthemums to delphiniums and daisies.
Crate & Barrel paper twig branches (set of four), $25, crateandbarrel.com
Best displayed in the corner of a room, these Crate & Barrel twig branches are hand-wrapped in paper and given a natural, distressed finish.
West Elm artificial monstera leaf, $16, westelm.com
Glossy and shapely, this monstera leaf by West Elm is well suited for the minimalist.
Aerin Giverny flowers, $325, aerin.com
Aerin’s three-piece ceramic flower set is inspired by the beautiful homes and gardens of Giverny, a village in northern France.
Best Cold Porcelain porcelain arrangement, $100, etsy.com
Made from cold porcelain, this hand-molded arrangement of narcissus and Muscari flowers is calming in shades of yellow and pale blue.
by CHRISTIAN ALLAIRE