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Are artificial flowers tacky?
Old 01-26-2020, 09:05 AM
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When I retired my class gave me a beautiful engraved vase. I asked DH to keep it filled with fresh flowers. He’s happy to do so, but I’m starting to feel it’s a bit wasteful money wise. I got some artificial flowers for now, and wanted it ask if you think they look tacky. It’s just for us, and to spread out the purchase of real flowers.


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Old 01-26-2020, 09:07 AM
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I think they look beautiful .
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Old 01-26-2020, 09:11 AM
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I adore fresh flowers and buy them a lot in Spring and summer.

However, sometimes I use silk flowers for arrangements, too. If you buy high quality ones, and switch them out periodically, I think theyíre fine. Just make sure you keep them dusted, and when they start to look tired or bent or faded, toss them.

Some decorators think artificial flowers are anethema (sp?), some say go for it. When it comes to decorating....do what you want. No oneís going to break in and rearrange your furniture!
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Old 01-26-2020, 09:25 AM
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I agree with doing what makes you happy.

I like fresh flowers occasionally, but I’m frugal and neat: I dislike the expense and mess of fresh flowers. And I hate watching them die. I really dislike fake flowers. Really dislike.

My compromise for vases I want to keep filled: dried plant life. I have dried wheat in tall vases in 1 room and dried eucalyptus mixed with something that has small white berries in another. I love the way they look and smell. But they’re not flowers.
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Old 01-26-2020, 09:34 AM
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I wouldn't go as far as to say they are tacky, but like amiga, I am definitely not a fan. I consider them to be dust collectors. No matter how high quality they are.

But I agree with others. Do what makes you happy. Your vase is beautiful.


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Old 01-26-2020, 10:00 AM
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Those look beautiful!
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Old 01-26-2020, 10:15 AM
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I think you did an excellent job on your selection and your arrangement! Those colors compliment each other!

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Itís just for us, and to spread out the purchase of real flowers.
I think that statement justifies your arrangement.

You'll get all sorts of opinions when your ask, some being just the opposite of what your own taste prefers/likes.

Do what makes you happy!
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Old 01-26-2020, 10:16 AM
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I'm not usually a fan of artificial anything. But I have to say those flowers you posted are real looking! If it makes you happy, then keep them. And a bit of bright color does help the winter months
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Old 01-26-2020, 10:49 AM
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My personal preferences:

I like the suggestion of a dried flower arrangement, I think it looks more natural.

My grandmother had a crystal vase with a few china (I think) flowers in it, as a centerpiece, and I always thought it looked lovely, not tacky at all.. Although that may be sentiment/nostalgia coloring my opinions.

But really, whatever makes you happy to look at is fine, and not tacky at all.
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Old 01-26-2020, 11:28 AM
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It's a beautiful vase and arrangement. Enjoy your retirement!


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Old 01-26-2020, 11:43 AM
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Do what you love. When you have guests of course you can put out fresh flowers. But for day today living when itís just you and your husband I think those flowers are beautiful. One thing I love about getting older is that I no longer care what other people think. I live life by my rules. Or at least I try .
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Old 01-26-2020, 12:20 PM
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Thanks for replying. Just a Sunday morning pondering...

I like all your suggestions. Thanks!
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Old 01-26-2020, 12:47 PM
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When it comes to decorating your do home do what pleases you. I've attempted creating artificial flower arrangements but my arranging skills leave much to be desired.

I've often used fresh things from my yard in my vases. I cut pine, oak, hydrangea, burning bush, or viburnum branches to put in my containers. They don't have flowers but I appreciate the natural look.

Is that water I see in your pretty vase. Did you add water to the "flowers"? Clever. I really like your arrangement.
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Old 01-26-2020, 01:13 PM
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Those look nice in your picture. I agree that you should do whatever pleases you! I don't like artificial flowers, but I'm not super keen on live flowers, either. I like the idea of filling the vase with various other things and changing it out. But do what you like and what makes you happy!
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Old 01-26-2020, 02:43 PM
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Like others, I'm not a big fan of the kind of artificial flowers that are pretending to be real flowers. I'm okay with the clearly artificial ones like the brightly painted wooden flowers I gave my sister several years ago that I covet.

You should do what makes you happy and if the flowers you have, which are beautiful and I wouldn't have known they were artificial, then use those ones.
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Old 01-26-2020, 05:36 PM
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I would lean towards something more like these:
https://www.etsy.com/listing/6965363...yABEgJjRfD_BwE
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Old 01-26-2020, 07:51 PM
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@luvmycat, those look very like the wooden ones I gave my sister so long ago. I might have to order these. Thanks for posting.
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Old 01-27-2020, 06:51 AM
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Artificial flowers can look beautiful and not tacky. Yours look bright, cheery, and beautiful! I'm definitely a fan
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