An Eclectic, Globally Inspired Arrangement // x Rebecca Dawn Design
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While I’m all for embracing the crisp, snowy aesthetic of our Canadian winters, towards the end of January I find myself craving some serious colour! One of my favourite things about fresh flowers is their ability to infuse any space with their radiant energy and a cheerful pops of colour — so I thought it was the perfect time to share the inspiration behind this Eclectic Globally Inspired Arrangement Rebecca created for our Cozy Girls Night In (it’s awesome to have a friend that’s also a brilliant flower designer!).

This eclectic arrangement is a true melting pot of colour, texture and origin — showcasing blooms and greenery from Australia, South Africa, South America and Madagascar united with seasonal Snowberries foraged near Fernie, British Columbia for a unique, global flair! If you’d like to dip your toes into flower arranging, are interested in care tips or flower identification, Rebecca Dawn Design and I have you covered this weekend. You know the drill — pour yourself a glass of wine, turn on the fireplace and get ready to learn more about some unconventional, international blooms and flower arranging cornerstones in the January installment of our FLOWER ARRANGING series!


An Eclectic, Globally Inspired Arrangement // x Rebecca Dawn Design

If this is your first flower post here at JustineCelina, welcome! Today Rebecca and I are here to share some basic flower arranging principles that can be adapted to any arrangement or bouquet. I like to think of arrangements like a recipe — with list of ingredients and simple instructions. Thinking about flower arranging in this way makes it more accessible and I’ve learned so much in working with Rebecca while keeping this flower ‘recipe’ in mind.

An Eclectic, Globally Inspired Arrangement // x Rebecca Dawn Design

Flowers for an arrangement or bouquet are always divided into categories: primary flowers, secondary flowers and foliage or greenery. For this arrangement, we really wanted to experiment and create something unique with unconventional, exotic blooms — so we drew our inspiration globally! As we were planning this post, Rebecca remarked on how amazing it is that we can source blooms from around the world and combine them into a single creation — and the vision for our ‘melting pot’ arrangement was born!


An Eclectic, Globally Inspired Arrangement // x Rebecca Dawn Design

 — Ingredients left to right, top to bottom —

1. Euphorbia
Native to Madagascar

2. Seeded Eucalyptus
Native to Australia

3. Snowberries
Foraged near Fernie, British Columbia!

4. Baby Blue Eucalyptus
Native to Australia

5. King & Queen Protea
Native to South Africa

6. Leucadendron
Native to South Africa

7. Silver Dollar Eucalyptus
Native to Australia

8. Pin Cushion
Native to South America

9. Coral Fern
Native to Australia

10. Banksia
Native to South Africa

An Eclectic, Globally Inspired Arrangement // x Rebecca Dawn Design


We have some substantial flowers to act as our focal point in this globally inspired arrangement! Rebecca selected King and Queen Proteas and Bankias hailing from South Africa, along with Pin Cusions native to South America to be the stars of the show.

An Eclectic, Globally Inspired Arrangement // x Rebecca Dawn Design


Secondary flowers compliment the primary flowers in an arrangement — they’re typically smaller, adding interest and diversity in both colour and texture. Our secondary flowers in January’s arrangement are a diverse selection of flowering branches and berries, with local Snowberries Rebecca foraged near Fernie BC, contrasted with exotic Euphorbia.

An Eclectic, Globally Inspired Arrangement // x Rebecca Dawn Design


Greenery completes an arrangement, adding an organic, lively energy. In this eclectic arrangement Rebecca chose to add multiple varieties of ‘natures neutral’ as Pantone coined it — including Silver Dollar Eucalyptus, Baby Blue Eucalyptus, Seeded Eucalyptus, Leucadendron and Coral Fern.

An Eclectic, Globally Inspired Arrangement // x Rebecca Dawn Design


1. Prep Your Flowers

Conditioning your flowers before arranging them is the most important step you can take to prolong the life of your arrangement! Prep your flowers by giving them a fresh cut at a 45 degree angle and removing any foliage that may fall below the water line — any leaves in the water will create bacteria that will shorten the life of your flowers.

An Eclectic, Globally Inspired Arrangement // x Rebecca Dawn Design

2. Prep Your Vase

Then, choose your vessel (the vase or whatever item you’re going to use to contain your arrangement). The terracotta vase Rebecca selected for this arrangement is from Plant, a local Calgary boutique. Fill your clean vase with warm water and a floral preservative, preparing the mixture according to instructions on the packet. You can also tape off the vase with floral tape to create additional structure for your arrangement, like we did in this post.

An Eclectic, Globally Inspired Arrangement // x Rebecca Dawn Design

3. Measure Twice, Cut Once

Hold flowers and foliage up to your vessel to measure them — gauging height, size and testing out how you would like individual stems in your base layer to lie. Use their natural forms as guides for placement in the vase.

A Cozy Girls Night In //

4. Build Your Foundation with Foliage

Begin mapping the shape of you arrangement by placing your foliage around the edges of the vase and crossing the stems — almost like you’re constructing a nest. When you’ve finished, the base should be sturdy and able to withstand the impact of many additional flower stems. To keep your arrangement feeling natural, it’s helpful to establish a singular high point and a few low points to balance out the shape. Rebecca built the foundation for this charming arrangement with Silver Dollar Eucalyptus, Baby Blue Eucalyptus, Seeded Eucalyptus, Leucadendron and Coral Fern — experimenting with placement and texture to build a strong foundation for our substantial primary flowers.

A Cozy Girls Night In //

5. Add Primary Flowers

Begin adding the largest and sturdiest flowers that you have chosen as your primary flowers — in this arrangement they’re hearty King and Queen Proteas, followed by the Bankias and Pin Cusions. Rebecca recommends choosing 3-5 primary flowers and either scattering or clustering them in the arrangement to create balance. Keep the arrangement interesting by selecting plants that bloom at different angles and different heights — we think things look best when they’re a little undone!

An Eclectic, Globally Inspired Arrangement // x Rebecca Dawn Design

6. Add Secondary Flowers & Branches

Next, add your secondary flowers to begin filling in any holes in your arrangement. Rebecca always adds the most delicate flowers last, so the heavier blooms don’t squish or damage them. She added depth and texture here with our local Snowberries contrasted with exotic Euphorbia.

An Eclectic, Globally Inspired Arrangement // x Rebecca Dawn Design

7. Inspect & Adjust

When you think you’re almost finished, step back and view the arrangement from different angles to get a better look at the whole picture. Do a final check for stems that may not be securely placed or need another trim.

Congratulations — you’ve created your very own flower arrangement!


An Eclectic, Globally Inspired Arrangement // x Rebecca Dawn Design

To maximize the life of your arrangement, replace the preservative-and-water solution whenever the water in the vase appears cloudy, which indicates bacterial activity. Each time you replace the water, trim off at least 1/2″ of stem from the bottom of each flower stem to prolong the life of your blooms.


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An Eclectic, Globally Inspired Arrangement // x Rebecca Dawn Design

Thanks for stopping by to learn more about flowers this weekend — we hope you enjoyed it! If our post inspired you or you use Rebecca’s tips to create your own arrangement, we’d love it if you tagged us on social media to show us your work! As always, if you have a flower question or content requests, be sure to leave us a comment. Have a lovely Sunday, everyone.

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  • Reply MDIVADOMESTICA January 23, 2017 at 12:58 pm

    You are right on point with the craving for colour! Living space can seem bare and boring after the holiday sparkle is all packed away.
    The smell of eucalyptus is a fantastic way to fill the room with an inviting aroma. Your tutorial is well outlined and the tips are great ways to extend the life of fresh cut flowers!

    • Reply Justine January 28, 2017 at 1:19 pm

      Thanks so much for stopping by, Melissa! We’re glad you found the tips helpful! My boyfriend and I both LOVE the smell of fresh eucalyptus, especially in the winter — so fresh, clean and crisp.

  • Reply Kellie MacMillan January 27, 2017 at 5:55 pm

    Oh my goodness, craving color – me too. I have my hand up right now Justine. This arrangement is stunning and I love that we have access to beautiful flowers from exotic locales. I’ve never really warmed to king protea but I think it needs context like you’ve given it in this arrangement.
    I am lusting after some snowberry myself, even though it’s white and perhaps not exactly the color I’m craving, I can ‘see’ it in my minds eye on the mantle in my house. I will have to do some ‘foraging’ at a local greenhouse as I’ve never seen it grown where I live.
    It was so nice to see your feature today and I’ve been on the go lately and it was so nice to see you in that article and then in this post. You give me such a huge sigh of relief – I am so attracted to beauty, it is good for my soul.
    Kellie from Princess & The Yard Ape

    • Reply Justine January 28, 2017 at 1:23 pm

      Thanks for the thoughtful comment, Kellie! I’m happy to be able to bring some colour and beauty to your world via my pretty little corner of the internet. 🙂 Snowberries do grown wild across the US and Canada but you have to know where to look for them, I guess (that’s Rebecca’s department!). It would definitely be worth chatting about with your local florist, though. Even if you aren’t able to find Snowberries, there are a handful of similar alternative that may be more accessible where you live. Have a great weekend!

  • Reply Dana Sandonato January 28, 2017 at 7:40 am

    I love how asymmetrical Rebecca’s arrangements are. They exude personality and originality and bring so much to the room. Your place seems so dreamy! I’m really looking forward to packing the Christmas crap away (this is our project tomorrow, finally) and bringing some freshness back into the home. As much as I love that Christmas sparkle, once the holidays are over, I just want it all out. I want bright and refreshing – and that is exactly what this arrangement screams.

    • Reply Justine January 28, 2017 at 1:25 pm

      Thanks for the love, girl! A writer we work with coined her aesthetic as ‘artfully undone’ — totally sums it up, doesn’t it?! We’re working away at doing some organizing and cleaning around here this weekend too. Brightening thing up with some fresh blooms is always a great way to reward yourself for getting through a mountain of housework! 😉

  • Reply Lyndsay Sung January 29, 2017 at 10:09 pm

    Dang you’re good. So gorgeous – and I love your visual guides. Good tip on the cloudy water thing – I love cut flowers and am always sad they don’t last as long as I hope. xo

    • Reply Justine January 30, 2017 at 12:45 pm

      Thanks, Lyndsay! I played around with a bit of a different format to identify flowers this time and I think it worked out well. 🙂 Glad you agree! Rebecca always has the best tips when it comes to flower care and conditioning — I’ve learned so much working alongside her to bring flower content to JustineCelina. Have a great day!

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