When I lived in the Four Seasons Hotel Hong Kong apartments, I only saw the florist once in 4 years. There are impressive arrangements all over the hotel. I would wake up in the morning and, voila, the vases would be full of different flowers in gorgeous arrangements that I wouldn’t even suggest that you try at home. Being back in the hotel has been a treat. I find myself paying attention to details, like the flowers, that I took for granted when I lived here. We have fresh orchids in our room and as I examined the simple arrangements, I figured out why my single bloom arrangements aren’t as functional or zen-looking as these.

First, The Orchids

Right now, the Four Seasons Hotel Hong Kong has cymbidium orchids in our room. Trader Joe’s seems to have a plethora of $12.99 Cymbidium orchids. If you can find one almost all in bloom, or be patient enough to stagger the blooms, you could have simple little flower arrangements like these all over your house. However, you could use Gerbera daisies, dahlias or other blooms.

Use Ornamental Grasses Or Stems As An Anchor

This orchid is anchored by what looks to be some kind of sedge that is looped and tied with florist tape. I have Japanese sedge at my house so when I get home, I’ll try to replicate this. If you have the tools, this shouldn’t take more than a few minutes to put together. If you don’t have an anchor, the flower could just slip into the water, especially as it ages. It also will not look nearly as good.

The orchid below is anchored by, I think, fresh lemongrass sticks and a twist tie. It’s in the middle of the photo above and was on our room service cart.

You can use bamboo, palm fronds, or whatever is growing in your yard for an anchor. Easy, right?

The Glass Vases

I’m already willing to bet that most of you have similar glass vases in your house already. They are little 3″x3″ glass cubes. If not, they are cheap to buy and very multi-purpose. Little round vases will do, as well. Here’s another little stunner with two orchids and green stems of some sort, wrapped with florist tape at the bottom.

This is just a little FYI I thought I’d share. Have a great weekend!

Katie Dillon is the managing editor of La Jolla Mom. She helps readers plan San Diego vacations through her hotel expertise (that stems from living in a Four Seasons hotel) and local connections. Readers have access to exclusive discounts on theme park tickets (like Disneyland and San Diego Zoo) and perks at luxury hotels worldwide through her. She also shares insider tips for visiting major cities worldwide, like Hong Kong, London, Paris, and Shanghai, that her family has either lived in or visits regularly (or both).

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  1. I love this idea! The presentation is simple and elegant–two of my favorite adjectives. Thanks for sharing. Your photos are great!