How to Create a Stunning Fall Floral Arrangement

7 Simple Steps to Create a Fall Floral Arrangement!

Bring autumn into your home! It’s that time of year where the days are shorter, the leaves are changing, and pumpkin-spice is everything. The cool, crisp autumn air is approaching rather fast and what better way to kick-off the changing of seasons than with a festive fall floral arrangement created on a $30 budget. Below is my step-by-step process to creating a successful floral arrangement.

7 Steps to create fall florals

Step 1: Harvest or choose your recipe, and the sky is the limit with this one!

I foraged my ingredients from grocery cut flowers at my local Trader Joes and Harris Teeter. The biggest takeaway from previously being a floral design intern, was learning the recipe of successful floral arranging. The recipe includes: 15 stems of greenery, 15 stems of a filler flower, 8 stems of a secondary flower, and 8 stems of your focal flower. However, since my budget was $30, I cut the recipe almost in half and instead worked with 10 stems of greenery, 8 stems of filler flower, 5 stems of secondary flower, and 5 stems of focal my flower presented in a pumpkin as the vase.

Step 1: Choose your recipe!

Step 1: Choose your recipe!

Step 2: Process the flowers.

To begin, start off by clipping off the rubber bands, dispose of the plastic or newspaper and cut the stems at a 45 degree angle. This way your flowers get as much water as they can, quickly! Processing is mostly about grooming your flowers, and prepping them for the arrangement. This is my favorite part of the “process” (pun- intended), because while I am pulling off unwanted leaves, droopy petals, and trimming the stems I feel like I am getting to know the flowers I am working with.

Step 3: Carve your pumpkin.

Cut a square or round shape around the stem, remove the top, and clean out the insides of the pumpkin. Instead of filling the pumpkin with water, I placed a plastic liner inside using plastic wrap and a small bowl inside to avoid the pumpkin from rotting.

*Something to keep in mind- when arranging continuously spin your arrangement as you add to it. This will help you distribute weight, create shape, and bring symmetry to your arrangement as you go.

Step 4: Start with your greenery.

The greenery I used below, Trader Joes referred to as “mixed greenery”, I bought the green and red separately to bring some diversity to the base of the arrangement. Greenery is important because it creates support from the larger blossoms, like your secondary and focal flowers.

Step 4: Add the greenery

Step 4: Add the greenery

Step 5: Add in your filler flower.

For my filler flower, I used green Hydrangeas to create dimension. A larger bloom is encouraged, because they are needed to help take up space in the arrangement!

Step 5: Add the Filler Flowers

Step 5: Add the Filler Flowers

Step 6: Add in your secondary flower.

Secondary flowers are often supposed to be more delicate, smaller in size, and wild-looking than the focal and filler flowers. So I chose Gypsophila. I liked the small white blooms because they brought variety in size, color, and gave the arrangement a more “wooded” or “wild” appearance.

Step 6: Add Secondary Flowers

Step 6: Add Secondary Flowers

Last, but not least! Step 7: Add your focal flowers!

Large statement blooms, like roses, peonies, carnations, or sunflowers are encouraged because they are going to be what is noticed first. This step is the best part in creating an arrangement, because the focal flowers tie everything together. I chose sunflowers as my focal flower, and loved the way the contrast between the yellow tones brought together some of the orange in the pumpkin.

Step 7: Add Focal Point Flowers

Step 7: Add Focal Point Flowers

DIY Floral Arranging in a Pumpkin

Put on some music when you arrange too! I listen to French Jazz when I arrange, because lyrics distract me and I find myself more present when I am listening to something instrumental. So put on music that you love, create something beautiful, and just have fun!

-Alexandra Steinberg

A Cheery & Colorful Nursery for Baby Girl

Six weeks before Miss Millie's arrival, the nursery was still our office and housing a GIANT roll top desk in the middle of the room. I was starting to get a little stressed that we would have nothing set up before her due date! You can ask my friends, it was starting to make me sweat. lol!

Thankfully we found someone who wanted to buy our humongous desk, and finally got some time to set up the nursery! I love sitting in Camille's room (which is a good thing because I sit in here a lot feeding this little princess!); it makes me smile because it is bright and cheery. No real theme...just colorful and hopefully a little whimsical. 

Creating a Colorful Little Girl Nursery


Paint: Sea Salt by Sherwin Williams
Chair: Celadon Home
Ottoman Pouf: CB2 Braided Jute
Rug: Target Chevron Shag Rug
Sidetable: Target Scallop Kids Table
Shelves: Target White Traditional Wall Shelves
Plates: Lulie Wallace at Anthropologie 
^ Plates may not be available online anymore
Pineapple Print: Texture Design Co
Lamp: Birch Lane Kids Lamp
Mint Hooks: Clearance Item at Anthropologie
^ Similar Item
Wood Name Sign: The Salted Lantern
Newborn Photographs: Melissa Griffin
Wood Wall Frames: Target
Crib Sheet: Levtex Baby Coral Arrow
Pom Poms for Mobile: The Pom Pom Tree
Paris Artwork: Originals by Emily Reyna
Little Cow: Belle by Organic Farm Buddies

Wood Name Sign on Camille's Door made by The Salted Lantern

Wood Name Sign on Camille's Door made by The Salted Lantern

As you can see, it is just a happy mix of colors and patterns in her room! Corals, Pinks, Mint, Aqua, Grey, Orange and the list goes on! Chevrons, arrows, stripes, & florals! 

I also tried to mix new and old to give her room some sentimental appeal! The shoes hanging from the hooks are my baby shoes that my mom saved. The old window was a piece that Martin found, and we added the hooks from Anthropologie. (The flower hooks were on clearance, so I don't know if you can still find them. But I linked a similar color hook above in the details.) The changing table is my dresser from my childhood. We painted it with Lowe's Furniture Paint and added knobs from Hobby Lobby. The little rocking chair was also in my nursery as a child. 

I wasn't able to find a nursery mobile that fit my colors, so I just made one using pom poms from The Pom Pom Tree and a few handmade pom poms! I'll do a DIY post on this in the next few months! (Email me if you want details now!)

I'm hoping that a lot of these items can grow with Camille, and perhaps I can pass some of it down to her for her future nursery! All photos by Melissa Griffin Photography!

Have a great day!


Follow Friday: Suite 33 Charleston

Today's #FollowFriday features the cutest pillows in town...which we are now carrying in our shop!!! The talented Emily Papuga of @Suite33Charleston designed each fabric to represent an area of Charleston. In today's interview, we are asking Emily about her new business venture, her passion for Charleston and the future of Suite33.

Photo by Danielle Hulsey


Suite 33 Charleston
Owner: Emily Papuga
Products: Pillows & More

TDC: Your new pillow line is absolutely adorable! Tell us a little about the inspiration behind the new line.
Suite33:  Thank you!  My goal was to create a collection of prints that celebrate Charleston, the place I’m so happy to call home.  Inspired by the city’s wealth of historic detail and iconic landmarks, I try to keep all my designs understated versions of their familiar counterparts.  By using aerial perspectives and modern minimalist designs, the versatile prints reflect the Lowcountry’s charm which can be enjoyed well beyond Charleston's city limits.

TDC: Which fabric pattern has the most meaning to you?
Suite33:  I’d have to say the Folly Pier holds the most meaning, it was also the first print I thought to create. One of my favorite things to do is to spend a day at Folly beach.  I love the feeling of being on vacation just a couple miles from home.  

TDC: As you continue the line of pillows, do you see yourself staying mostly with a local theme or branching out?
Suite33:  Charleston definitely has a lot to offer and I have only just begun with my local prints. Branching out to other cities is a long term goal, and I’m excited to see where my designs take me.

TDC: I also saw you’ll be adding some table linens including napkins and placemats! Any expected dates for when those will be available for order?
Suite33:  Yes, I am very excited about expanding the product line!  I believe the table linens will be a great addition to Charleston gatherings and the collection will be available to order online August 1st.  

TDC: The patterns of your fabric reflect your love for the city of Charleston.  What brought you to the lowcountry?
Suite33:  Growing up in Virginia I spent many summers in the Outer Banks and always knew I’d someday live on the coast.  I took an internship in Charleston to complete my design degree and the city quickly stole my heart. 

TDC: Soley based on atmosphere, which Charleston restaurant makes you swoon over their decor? 
Suite33:  I love the aesthetic of the Americano - the playful colors and original pieces create a space thats fun and unique to the area.

I definitely recommend following along with @Suite33Charleston as Emily's pillow business continues to blossom! And be sure to come visit the shop to see her pillows in person!

Emily Kirby

5 Solutions for a Small Home Office

Having a small space for your home office can definitely be challenging. When I started working full-time as Texture Design Co, it took me a few months to figure out my work flow and how to make my small office compatible with my routine. Here are a few solutions I've learned along the way! 

Originally, the small space made me feel antsy, unsettled, and scatter-brained. The good news is that now I LOVE my work space! I can be creative in this space because I'm surrounded by things that make me smile, and I'm no longer worried about clutter. So on that note, let me share with you some tips...

1. Find organization solutions that work for you.

For me, these photo boxes and paper document boxes make a world of a difference. I can label what is in them, and I don't have to go searching everywhere for what I need. Also, I love the ease of throwing items right into a box. YOU CAN'T SEE WHAT'S INSIDE, so it doesn't matter if the inside of the box is messy!  My brain feels much calmer when I can't see the ugly clutter items. Now they are tucked in labeled box where I can find them again. (Boxes are from Michaels Craft Stores and Ikea)

As Ikea says on their website, "Hide things in plain sight."

Same goes for the square Ikea baskets! I keep unattractive things like bubble wrap in those wonderful catch-all baskets. It keeps the ugly packing supplies organized and out of sight! So for me, organization requires knowing where something is, so I can easily find it. But it also means keeping it easy enough that I'll actually put things away. With the boxes and baskets, cleaning up is a breeze. And the mess is no longer in view, leaving my mind free to think about creative things! Find what works for you by analyzing what needs to be put out of sight but still easily accessible.

2. Only buy furniture that maximizes your storage.

Annie Sloan painted dresser for office space

If you have a small space, every piece of furniture counts! I used to have a giant old desk that took up tons of room but offered little working space and little storage. It had to go. I have since added this Ikea Kallax cube shelf that changed my life. (not exaggerating)

The dresser used for my Texture Design Co. supplies was from my childhood bedroom! Slapped some Annie Sloan paint (Duck Egg Blue) on there, and it looks so happy holding my printer and paper supplies. The drawers are essential; I keep so many office materials in those drawers! The point: if you have furniture that isn't maximizing your storage, replace it with something more functional!

3. Combine functionality with beauty!

Seafoam Blue office supplies
Pretty Office Supplies

What do I mean by combine functionality with beauty? Well most of our office supplies need to be sitting out so we can easily use them. Sooo...find office supplies that you enjoy looking at. Find functional pieces that look beautiful or make you smile when they are in plain view! Folders, pens, pencils, scissors, notebooks, notepads...all of these items I use every day. I'm not going to put them in a drawer somewhere. But when they are sitting on my table or on the shelf, they still look beautiful. I've found several of these items at Target. ^

For more ideas on pretty office supplies, check out our blog post on a Mint Themed Office Space.

4. Get creative with your wall space!

Wall space is prime realty in a small office. So use it wisely! Be sure to include artwork or inspirational items to spur creativity. But also think outside the box! Can you add some more shelves or hang any of your work supplies on the wall? We made some wood shelves using metal brackets. When I'm not using my colored pencils and markers, I can place them on the shelves! (Obviously I was still using them when this picture was taken, lol.) But think about what items or collections you have for work, and perhaps you can display them creatively on your wall.

5. Bring the outdoors indoors.

House plants for an office space

This may not seem like an important tip, but there is something about adding greenery to a small space that makes it feel inviting. Perhaps the plants trick your mind to thinking you're outside! Or maybe they're just helping you get more oxygen to the brain. Whatever the reason, adding indoor plants makes any space more cozy and helps you to enjoy the space you're in. Trust me; it works! The real trick comes with learning how to keep the plants alive. I highly recommend a cactus to start!

I hope some of that was helpful for you! Let me know if you have any tricks you've learned from working in a small space. I always tell people that you'd be surprised how much more work you can accomplish when you like being in the space you're in! #happyspaces

Have a great weekend!
Emily Kirby

Follow Friday: Emerson Row

I am so excited to introduce you to the Charleston rolling-boutique, Emerson Row! I met Emily Richardson and her airstream last fall at the Charleston Mac Off! I remember telling my husband how much I loved her inventory and her style. Find out more about @EmersonRow in our interview below!


Owner: Emily Richardson
Products: Home decor, children’s items, locally made items from craftsmen and artisans

TDC: Emerson Row is a very unique boutique in the fact that it is mobile! How did you come up with the idea of a rolling retail space?!
ER: I have had Emerson Row since February 2011, and I started out in booths in antique stores. I’ve also had two different store fronts. I was eager for a change and wanted to step outside of my comfort zone and explore a new concept for my retail business. I have seen mobile clothing businesses, but I’ve never seen one that sells home decor and gifts here in South Carolina. Some people thought my idea was insane, others were totally on board with me.

TDC: I believe Charlie is the name for your airstream; did Charlie require a lot of renovation before becoming the home of Emerson Row?
ER: Charlie is the name of my 1964 Globe Trotter Airstream. Charlie is short for Charleston. It seemed fitting to name her that because Emerson Row was “born” in Charleston in 2011, and I decided last summer I had to get back to the Charleston area to chase my “rolling retail boutique” dream. 

TDC: How would you describe the type of products carried in your shop?
ER: When I first started the business, I mostly repurposed new and old furniture. I carried very little decor items. Now, I carry home decor, children’s items, gifts, and lots of locally made items. I represent lots of local craftsmen and artisans within South Carolina. I like to keep it local as much as possible! I’m all about supporting small businesses.

TDC: Do you have a new favorite item that you’ve recently added to your inventory?
ER: Obviously, I love all of my items that I carry. One of my new favorite items would have to be the wire taxidermy pieces I recently started carrying. These are  made in Charleston by the talented Alison Ross. (see below)

TDC: Are there any set hours or locations for Emerson Row right now? What is the best way for people to find you and Charlie?
ER: Right now, I am setting up a few days a week at Brown Fox Coffee’s location at the corner of Simmons Street and Coleman Blvd in Mount Pleasant. We are there until 4pm during the week. I am participating in a lot of events around Charleston and Mount Pleasant. I will soon be adding places around Shem Creek to park this spring and I will always announce ahead of time on my Instagram account and my Facebook page the days and hours and location.

TDC: If followers see something they love on your Facebook or Instagram account, are they able to contact you to purchase? Do you ever ship items?
ER: Absolutely! I respond promptly to both Instagram and Facebook messages. Anyone can contact me via email or phone number that are listed on there. I’m always shipping items to my customers! Online orders are a huge part of my business.

TDC: If someone would like to contact you about having Emerson Row at a function or event, what is the best way to do that?
ER: They can contact me at or 843.687.2534.

TDC: Always a hard question for people, but what is your favorite Charleston area restaurant right now?
AC: I could name so many! This is a hard question. I would have to say Red Drum and Tavern & Table in Mount Pleasant, and Edmund’s Oast and Cypress in downtown Charleston.

Be sure to follow along with Emily as she continues the exciting ride with Emerson Row!
Happy #FollowFriday and stay tuned for our next interview in 3 weeks!

Emily Kirby