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Perfect Peonies

This month’s issue of Real Simple has a fun visual quiz which will help you determine your decorating personality.  What you do is look at the images, choose those which speak to you and your decor preferences will be unveiled.

Diane James Home - Large Peony Bouquet

Diane James - Large Peony Bouquet

One of the images used in the quiz is none other than our large mixed peony bouquet which we will be adding to Diane James Home later this month.  According to Real Simple, if these peonies appeal to you, you are “vintage eclectic” and not the other three decor styles listed in the article.

Lars Bolander - "Vintage Eclectic"

Lars Bolander - "Vintage Eclectic"

While we agree that delicate pink and cream peonies would please the Grey Gardens in all of us, we also think peonies are perfect for every decor.

White Peonies for “Sophisticated Classic”…

Diane James Home - White Peonies

Diane James - Classic White Peonies

Barbara Barry - "Sophisticated Classic"

Barbara Barry - "Sophisticated Classic"

 Blush Peonies for “Cozy Casual”…

Diane James Home - Blush Peonies

Diane James - Blush Peonies

Pottery Barn - "Cozy Casual"

Pottery Barn - "Cozy Casual"

 and Pink Champagne Peonies for “Modern Graphic”…

Diane James - Pink Champagne Peonies

Diane James - Pink Champagne Peonies

Jonathan Adler - "Modern Graphic"

Jonathan Adler - "Modern Graphic"

So whether you’re “sophisticated classic” or “modern graphic” with a little “cozy casual” mixed in, a pretty peony bouquet is a perfect way to finish a room.

You can take the quiz online here and read more about your personal decorating style in Real Simple!

Photos from Diane James Home, Lars Bolander, Barbara Barry, Pottery Barn and Jonathan Adler

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Thank You Real Simple!

Several years ago, we met Madaline Sparks, a contributing editor at Real Simple magazine, who fell in love with our florals (which is quite a compliment given that she is landscape designer and horticulturalist!).   Amazed at the realistic nature of our bouquets, Madaline decided to pitch a story on “faux fleurs” and how “real simple” it is to decorate with them.  We soon put her in touch with our great friend and client, Mario Buatta, who contributed to the story… and as they say, the rest is “a story” in Real Simple’s October 2009 issue!

Real Simple - October 2009

Real Simple - October 2009

Real Simple - Page 159

Real Simple - Page 159

Real Simple - Page 164

Real Simple - Page 164

The Passion for Purple and Garden Succulents bouquets are available online at Diane James Home (just look for the Real Simple button on our home page).