There are few holidays that drum up as many as Valentine's Day. From the Hallmark conspiracy theories to the disdain about putting one's singleness on display, there are as many choice words about the annual love fest as there are chocolate-shaped hearts making the rounds.
Regardless of which side you're on, there's one place that remains neutral territory — the flower shop.
Who can resist a bouquet of fresh cut blooms? Go ahead, think about it, we'll wait.
Whether you're gifting your significant other or giving the gift of love to yourself (or, if you're like us, flexing your flower arranging muscles in eager anticipation of spring), we have one piece of advice: skip the pre-made bouquets. 's Takaya Sato shows us three thoughtful arrangements that are easy enough to recreate yourself instead.
Round + Rosy
Sato and the florists at L'Atelier Rouge say they're particularly inspired by bright, vibrant colors at the moment – a departure from the dusty, faded colors that have been prevalent in the "Dutch Masters"-inspired florals.
Mixed + Multicolored
For this arrangement, Sato purposely mixed flowers that do not naturally occur in the same environments/geographic areas (which goes against traditional flower arranging principles). A water lily and anemone, for example, are hardly ever paired together but that makes it all the more whimsical and unique.
Sweet + Sculptural
This sculptural arrangement is housed in four separate containers and is constructed by strategically weaving and leaning stems so that the blooms stand in that formation without any other assistance.