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How I Choose Decorative Branches From the Flower Market

When the world outside is beyond my control, I seek to create a sanctuary within my home to ground and center our family. I have always had a deep yearning to be connected with nature, to engage something seasonal and natural into my home. In fact, the shifting seasons inspire every facet of my process from design to food, and entertaining. But this bond has strengthened immensely over the past two years. I love filling my home with decorative branches and large-scale stems in a bid to bring the outside in. To me, the drama, verticality, and sculptural quality that branches add to a home are unparalleled, not to mention their slightly wild and unruly nature add much-needed contrast to an otherwise refined space. And it seems my creative clippings have inspired you all to do the same, too. While I’m all for foraging in nature to cut your own, it’s not always an option for everyone. So, today I’m sharing a few simple tips on how to choose decorative branches from the flower market (and ensure they last!). Then be sure to subscribe to the EyeSwoon newsletter to receive an exclusive video with tips that explains my process for creating these sculptural decorative arrangements. 

How I Choose Decorative Branches From the Flower Market
How I Choose Decorative Branches From the Flower Market

Every two weeks or so, I make my way in the early morning hours to the New York Flower Market on 28th street between 6th and 7th to purchase a large bunch of cut branches. Here are three things to keep in mind before you go:

  1. Always ask for what is freshest, in season, and is going to offer the most longevity. 
  2. Choose branches that have a lot of movement and sculptural quality rather than just very straight and upright. 
  3. Branches are usually sold in pretty large bundles so always ask if they’re willing to split them in half for you.
  4. Be sure to have them trim the bottoms. This is always the thickest part so it can be hard to clip them yourself at home, but this step will also add much-needed longevity to your branches by allowing them to drink the water you add to your vase.
  5. Branches are very thirsty so be sure to add fresh water every few days.
  6. Some of my favorite places to shop in New York are US Evergreen, Persaud, G Page, and Dutch. 
  7. The branches I purchased in this video are Huckleberry but in the winter I really like Magnolia or Pine, both of which dry beautifully.

Happy branch hunting!

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How I Choose Decorative Branches From the Flower Market
How I Choose Decorative Branches From the Flower Market
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