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Decorating with Flowers: Classic and Contemporary Arrangements Hardcover – April 6, 2010


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Rizzoli (April 6, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0847834298
  • ISBN-13: 978-0847834297
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 7.9 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #86,255 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Tips on fabulous arrangements that run the gamut from casual - garden blossoms tucked into jam jars - to ornate." ~Entertainment Weekly

About the Author

Paula Pryke is world renowned for her innovative and brilliantly colorful floral designs. She runs an internationally successful flower school in London and is the author of seven bestselling books, including Simply Pink, Wreaths & Bouquets, Table Flowers, Paula Pryke Flower School, and Wedding Flowers.

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Mary Kate on June 5, 2010
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Paula Pryke is widely considered to be one of the top floral designers in the U.K. and her design school in London attracts floral professionals from around the world who attend to learn from her. In Decorating with Flowers, her artistry is well displayed with gorgeous photography that clearly captures her expert use of color, shape and form.

While I don't think Decorating with Flowers shows forward movement in Pryke's style, the book is an excellent overview of the designer's work and, for those unfamiliar with her, a wonderful introduction to her innovative style. Pryke has a flair for using interesting containers and integrating materials not always seen but that are often readily available - and rarely outrageously priced. What really sets Pryke apart, though, is her expert use of color and her stunning combinations of flower shapes and textures. Both novice and seasoned designers will find inspiration here.

What novice designers will not find in Decorating with Flowers is much in the way of "how-to". The chapter on techniques did not impress me and I would suggest learning the basic and more advanced design techniques elsewhere. (Years ago, I found taking some hands-on classes with a variety of projects and personal attention worked far better for me than trying to learn from books.) Then, while practicing and perfecting skills, I would suggest returning to Decorating with Flowers and letting it serve as a source of great arrangements to emulate. There are so many beautiful designs to choose from in its pages!

Two additional notes:
- A number of other books on flower arranging in my collection are quite large. I really like the more compact size of this volume. While the pages themselves might be smaller, the photos are large and crisply detailed.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By WPS on April 11, 2010
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I am Paula Pryke's number one fan. I have ordered several of her last books, well before the release date. I think this book is great. I love the way Paula breaks down the color groups, and lists the names of the flowers in the arrangements. This would be a great book to use as a reference for all occasions.The one thing I was greatly disappointed in this book was, the fact that so many of the pictures of arrangements have been in previous books of Paula's. May be it is due to the fact of have many of her books. "Please Paula Pause" and take more time to come out with a book that includes more new and fresh ideas.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By S. Hall on August 4, 2010
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I bought this as a present for my mom, who knows quite a bit about arranging flowers but has never had any formal training, mainly to get some more tips about the subject. The actual printed information contained in the book is rather sparse, although it has some rather lovely photographs, and so this is a case where studying pictures is of more value than what the author has written. In this regard it is probably not the most practical guide to flower arranging, but the photographic quality would make it a good table book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Shepherd on May 7, 2012
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I loved this book it has fresh ideas in it the back of the book is packed with flower info and how to put some of the arrangements together. i would have liked to have known how many flowers were in each design but it did say what flowers were used, loved this book its worh reading through and getting some new ideas
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By georgia on February 10, 2014
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Beautiful pictures and fabulous designs but not for those needing tutorials in flower arranging. It is more of a picture book than a "how to do it."
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Slypurrs on March 23, 2013
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I have done a lot of arranging and this gave me some great ideas. It has wonderful pictures, but unless you are experienced it is not a "how to" book on floral arranging. There is not much print, if you like an idea, you have to figure it out yourself. Never the less, the pictures are worth adding to you library. I checked it out at the library and am now ordering it. Amazons has it at a great price.
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