Friday, May 1, 2009

The new silk flowers - your opinions wanted!

Yea or Nay on silk flowers used to be obvious - you could usually spot them a mile away. These days however, the quality is getting higher, the arrangements more contemporary and elegant, and it's not always so easy to tell. Perhaps there is nothing like the real thing - but I have a hard time getting fresh flowers to last more than a few days and stopping my roommate's cats from eating them.

If you do go the artificial route, I suggest purchasing a few and swapping them out from time to time - nothing worse than dusty fake flowers, and it makes it seem like you're spending the money for fresh bouquets.

One definite reason to "yea" these bouquets is that they're all under $50 - easily what you'd spend on 4 weeks worth of these fresh. In fact, they start at $29.95. Check them out at HSN.

my personal fav...
close up







What do you think?

12 comments:

Lauren Jade said...

the first bouquet is my favorite, but I think I saw these in a recent magazine can't remember exactly what one? But this designer on HSN does a really good job. But real flowers are one of my vices.

mypoliticalexile said...

while these arent bad, i am a purist. I think the only thing worse than silk flowers are dried flowers. I can understand why a stylist or a store owner might use them but I would never have them in my house.

Sandra said...

They`re beautiful, but I like the really flowers so much!!!
Have a nice day..

Susan W said...

Sometimes I find it difficult to distinguish "the new silk flowers" from real flowers. However, at a closer look I can usually spot the "fakes"! I just do not think beautiful flowers can be duplicated by man.

Julia W. said...

I'm of the old school myself. I just think that no matter the quality, they don't achieve the look for real flowers. I agree with mypoliticalexile on dried flowers they are dated, and usually overdone anyway.

Amy said...

I don't mind silk flowers - they are the only things that grow in my dark basement after all, and these are very nice!

Megan said...

I love fresh flowers but these actually don't look that tacky!

Down Comforter said...

Silks have definitely come a long way. I love the first bouquet - the colors are sooo pretty :)

Denise Fasanello said...

I tend to like silk flowers only when that are broken apart and used as accents...sitting in a bowl, tied to doorknob,pinned to a cute bag or strung in garlands...etc, rather than trying to pass as a real arrangement. I like to mix silk with paper flowers and vintage millinery flowers.

Anonymous said...

I don't think these silk flowers work, I wish they did. To me there's something just dishonest feeling about silk flowers. One alternative I've found is velvet flowers!! They're hard to find but lovely when you do. Something about them looks rich and pretty, and not like they're trying to be something they're not.

Anonymous said...

I don't like these. I think nonorganic flowers, whether silk, paper or fabric, can be awesome when you're not trying to pass them off as real. Origami paper flowers or some really cool patterned fabric or velvet flowers can be beautiful and stylish without being considered tacky, because it's obvious they aren't real (but they're SO pretty in their right).

{quixotic.elizabeth} said...

No. You can always tell fakes in person. If they're up high then okay. But not for close up.

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