In the spirit of making space for what matters, we love seeing the resurgence of the flower room. More designers and homeowners are creating a place for arranging flowers in their homes. When describing the laundry/cutting room she designed for FLOWER‘s Atlanta showhouse, Bunny Williams noted, “A place to pot plants and arrange flowers is a necessity for me because the blooms give life to a room.”
Another Bunny, the late Bunny Mellon, was even more devoted to the idea of the cutting room. In Bunny Mellon Style (Gibbs Smith 2021), the authors note, “Bunny always maintained a room for flower arranging.” She did that at every home. Mellon even brought her dedication to the cutting room to one of the most famous homes in the world. While working with Jacqueline Kennedy, she created the flower room at the White House, calling it the “Bouquet Room.”
Of course, you don’t need a White House-sized home for space to enjoy puttering with flowers. Even in her relatively modest New York townhouse, Mellon carved out a space around a tiny bar sink with shelves of vases, pitchers, and mugs, and a cabinet door that was hinged at the top and lifted to give her a workspace.
Whether you are contemplating a dedicated cutting room or setting aside space for flowers in your laundry or pantry, start dreaming of and planning your own flower room with these photos from the pages of FLOWER and beyond.
Amanda Smith Fowler styled the laundry room of FLOWER magazine’s Baton Rouge showhouse as a cutting room with a copper watering can and sink loaded with roses from Grace Rose Farm along with dahlias in shades of pink. Photo by Paul Costello. See more of Ivy House in our sneak peek.
“It’s where everything gets done,” Kate Rheinstein Brodsky says of the flower cutting room in her family’s East Hampton home. Zinc countertops and high-gloss painted wood floors bring elegance and endurance to the hardworking hub. See more from Kate’s home and garden. Photo by Tria Giovan
The mud room at artist Britt Davis’s Glentivar farm in Virginia was designed with nature—and especially flowers—in mind. Along with flower pots that belonged to Britt’s grandmother, she displays a deer shed and old wasp nest. The cabinetry is painted with Farrow & Ball Studio Green. Photo courtesy of Britt Davis. See more from Britt on Instagram @britt7davis.
Equipped with a sink and gracious counter, the eye-pleasing laundry room doubles as an area for flower arranging in this Dallas home designed by Denise McGaha. See more from this Highland Park home. Photo by Stephen Karlisch
“A place to pot plants and arrange flowers is a necessity for me because they give life to a room. But this space also serves as a laundry, and if you don’t garden, you can always bathe your dogs in the sink,” Bunny Williams says of the flower cutting room she designed for the FLOWER Atlanta Showhouse in 2022. See Bunny’s video tour the space. Photo by Emily Followill
Antiques and fresh flowers grace the elegant working pantry in this Cashiers, North Carolina home designed by Francie Hargrove. A single French door allows a peek at the detached two-car garage. See more of this chic mountain home. Photo by Emily Followill
Charlotte Moss refers to her flower room as her therapy room. “It’s where I go to putter, select a vase, listen to music, and power down,” she says. See more of Moss’s East Hampton getaway, Boxwood Terrace. Photo by Michael Mundy
The bright kitchen of this Dallas home designed by Cathy Kincaid serves as homeowner and floral designer, Margaret Kane Ryder’s staging area for her floral artistry. See more of this Dallas Tudor-style home. Photo by Nathan Schroder
Designer Stephanie Lyntons butler’s pantry, painted a custom shade of Hollandlac Brilliant by Fine Paints of Europe, is stocked with linens, dishes, and silver, as well as gardening accoutrements. An antique table serves as spot for arranging flowers. See more of Stephanie’s Birmingham home. Photo by Hector Sanchez
This flower room fantasia installation by ISA ISA Floral in a pantry-turned-cutting-room designed by Kelly Wearstler is one of the most-liked photos ever shared on FLOWER magazine’s Instagram. It comes from the pages of Kelly’s book, Kelly Wearstler: Evocative Style (Rizzoli 2019). Click here to buy the book.
A workroom at The Whim, Newport home of the late Oatsie Charles, stores fresh peonies, astilbes, and lilies to be arranged for a dinner party. See more from The Whim and its gardens. Photo by Nick Mele
Artist Cynthia Steed of Alberta, Canada set up her bright, sunlit, flower arranging space in the laundry room. “I love having a place to process and arrange my flowers. I think my family likes it too. No more flowers and debris all over the kitchen and dining room.” Photo courtesy of Cynthia Steed. Follow Cynthia on Instagram @wyndsweptstudio or @wyndsweptgarden.
This cheerful flower room—part of Liz Lange’s glamorous redo of Grey Gardens, the legendary East Hampton summer home to many intriguing personalities in the past—inspires floral exuberance. Photo by Michael Mundy
The Boot Room of the Castello di Reschio, where owner Donna Nencia arranges flowers for the auberge. FLOWER contributing editor Frances Schultz notes, “The flower room at the Castello di Reschio is perfection, as is about every square inch of this gorgeous Umbrian hideaway.” Photo by Frances Schultz. See more from Frances on Instagram @francesschultz.
Flower-Arranging Space Essentials
While all of these spaces are beautifully designed and styled, keep in mind that you really only need four fundamental elements for your flower arranging space.
- A work surface. Ideally a countertop or table large enough to sort and arrange flowers
- A water source. This can be a sink or buckets to keep flowers hydrated while you work.
- A place to store tools. A drawer or even a small basket will hold the essentials. (See Eddie Ross’s must-have flower tools.)
- Vases and containers for arrangements
Bring on the flowers!