Is Nate Berkus right about fake flowers?

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Anyone remember that episode of Oprah when Nate Berkus said under no circumstances should you use fake flowers to decorate? It must have been forever ago, since our tv rarely strays from PBS. Anyway, I kind of agreed with him, but should it be a firm rule? I still use some fake flowers on our door. Like this bucket I made for my mother-in-law's birthday this summer:



And then last week, I brought some fake florals inside our house (gasp!). I wanted something red to contrast the new lamp shade and compliment the red frame on the wall. And I like how it turned out!


So maybe the rule should be under a few circumstances is it okay to decorate with fake flowers. What do you think? Faux or faux pas?


14 Creative People Had This To Say:

pammiejo said...

Nate Burkus is wrong! If you have the money to buy fresh flowers daily or the landscaping to grow you're own - that's great. Most people don't. Decorating is to be "what you like - what makes you happy" - not what makes millionaire Nate Burkus happy!! PAM

Lishak said...

Wow! What a gorgeous floral arrangement on your front door. It's amazingly beautiful!

Hooked on Houses said...

I can't imagine anyone finding fault with those. They look great! I can't quite figure out how we're supposed to avoid the fakes altogether. Seems a wee bit snobbish to me to assume we all have the time and money to fill our homes with fresh flowers every day. -Julia

Bella Casa said...

I love that bucket you made, wow! Love your monogrammed lampshade, too :)

Bella

The Nester said...

you know what i think. I so don't have real pumpkins on my front door. I wonder how nate does his wreath--real pumpkins?

Nancy said...

Nate is WRONG! who has the money to buy real flowers all the time...Now, I do like the real ones and buy them from time to time, but I love the fake too! Just not too many. I love what you have done! Beautiful bucket with a Beautiful arrangement! And, I love that lamp shade! Nancy

Astrid said...

The arrangement on your front door is GORGEOUS! I SOOOOO much want to have that!

How did you hang the vase (whatchmacallit) on your door?
Thanks for sharing!

new every morning said...

I love the basket on the door.
It looks FABULOUS!

Self Confessed Lamp Tramp said...

I'm so in agreement, Nate and others are wrong. There are not too many of us that can afford real flowers/plants constantly. This whole issu is really quite snobby!

The Berry's Patch said...

I think a lot of people make fakes look yucky. Yours is very simple and elegant looking. I remember when Nate said that on Oprah. I held my head down in shame. :-)

RoBiN said...

You mean Nate Buttkiss..oops! I love Nate, don't take that wrong, but I didn't know he said that! I remember the show, I think, but I must have been dreaming about my own house being decorated by Nate instead of actually Listening to him! My bad! LOL!
I love the Door Arrangement...Beats the heck out of MINE...again, full of FAUX PAS Ivy!! LOL!

Angie said...

They all look gorgeous to me!!!

Mom2my9 said...

I like your flowers! Don't listen to Nate. And I LOVE your header. Your kids are adorable, especially that new baby! Congrats!

Meghan said...

While Nate may be the cutest person around, he is mistaken on the fakes.
Some are gorgeous & not everyone can afford fresh flowers all the time.

Love your red flowers & the door decor.
Love it!