All You Need To Know About The Now Fashionable Faux Flower
Faux flowers have come a long way. Today’s beautiful replicas are now a viable alternative to the real thing and a fantastic option if you don’t want to have to worry about watering them or are too busy to be buying flowers regularly. Who better to tell us everything we need to know than Lisa and Sarah of DUST, the faux flower experts at Dublins newest interior store.
1. If you’re thinking about getting some fauxs for your home, there are vast differences in what is out there in terms of price and quality. You can get a lovely little rose for as little as €7 per stem whilst a big blousy stem of Wisteria might be closer to €30.
2. Saying that, anything under the €5 mark is probably going to be moving further and further away from the real thing.
3. Make sure you look at the stems as well, you want to make sure care has been taken to make them realistic. Otherwise, you don’t have the option of putting them in a clear vase, which is restrictive.
4. If you want an arrangement made up, a good faux florist will be able to create something within a reasonable budget. Arrangements would start at €50/€60, but remember they will last for years and years!
Looking after your fauxs
1. There really is very little you need to do to look after your fauxs!
2. Don’t put them in a place that has continual direct sunlight for long periods of time as the colour will eventually fade.
3. A bit of light dusting or a wipe with a damp cloth is all they may need from time to time.
4. If there’s lots of dust, a little blast with your hairdryer on the lowest setting will get rid of it.
1. The main difference between fauxs and real flowers is that you’re going to need some heavy duty florist scissors to cut them, wire cutters are even better.
2. Once you’ve got past the business of getting through the wire, fauxs are treated in the exact same way as real flowers in terms of how you arrange them. Let’s not forget that we want them to look like the real thing!
3. One thing to bear in mind if you’ve ordered your fauxs in the post, they may have got a bit squeezed together and compacted so you may need to coax them back into the correct shape. The great thing about faux flowers is that they are a lot sturdier than real ones! You can bend and manipulate them into whatever position you think makes them look the most natural.
4. Now you’re armed with the basics, you can delve into the world of beautiful faux blooms! Start off with a small collection and as you grow in confidence you can add and add until you have the most wonderful array to make arrangements to blow everyone’s socks off!
Dust is run by friends Lisa Marconi and Sarah Drumm. After two very successful pop ups they now have a permanent store selling a unique collection of homeware including the most amazing faux flowers in their Flower Shop. Check them out at 4 Camden Market, Grantham Street, Dublin 8. Open Tuesday – Saturday 10am – 6pm. Late night Thursday till 7pm.