ISSUE 20  |  Greek Isles

Design Sleuth: A Low-Maintenance Olive Branch Arrangement

May 21, 2014 3:00 PM

BY Julie Carlson

Faux flowers and branches have gotten good enough to fool the experts (are you reading this, Sarah?). A couple of years ago, I spotted some eerily lifelike olive branches at Pottery Barn and decided to take the plunge. Here are some sources for similar branches:

Above: An 18-inch-tall black Square Vase from Alex Marshall Studios filled with branches anchors the end of my kitchen counter. Photo for Refinery 29 by Maria del Rio.

Above: The bendable stems make it possible to create a perfectly imperfect-looking arrangement. The painting of Provincetown is by Arthur Cohen. Photo by Matthew Williams for Remodelista.

Above: A 33-inch synthetic Olive Branch stem is £29 from the Olive Tree.

Above: A dozen 21-inch-long polyester Olive Branches is $69.90 from Earth Flora.

Above: Crate & Barrel offers a lifelike-looking Potted Olive Tree with concrete container for $199.

Have a look at our Design Sleuth posts for more great finds. And for tips on making simple real bouquets, go to Gardenista’s Floral Arrangement of the Week.