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This Spring, Amy and the ladies of Amy Osaba Event Floral Design will be selling stems and sharing floral advice at the Pop-Up Flower Shop at west elm Atlanta. We asked Amy to share some florist tips with Front & Main — from her favorite stems to expert advice on containers and vessels. Check it out!

What is your favorite inexpensive stem/filler to use in your designs?

I typically use Ranunculus — a lot. I just love how they look like mini peonies!

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What is your favorite splurge stem?

Definitely Peonies, coral charms to be exact. I also adore any garden rose, kabuke or the Juliets are fabulous. Full large blooms. I always say good taste is a blessing and a curse. You have good taste but you have to pay for it…

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What tool would you recommend to a novice florist? What is the best bang-for-your-buck tool that will transform your floral skills?

Building a great relationship with your suppliers. When you become their friend they know what you like and can let you know when something new and fabulous comes in. It’s great! I also recommend great sheers. If you can keep up with them…buy a few and stash them around your studio for quick finding. Somehow they always seem to get lost!

What is your favorite shape vessel/vase/container to work with?

I just adore a good thrift store find, any good vessel that has a unique shape to it makes me happy. I don’t worry too much about the mouth of the vessel because I can always use oasis or a frog to get the movement I want.

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What is your #1 flower or floral arranging tip?

Don’t be afraid to let the flowers move where they want — let them fall where it is natural for them.

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What’s hot in your market? What flower/floral trend is everyone asking about in Atlanta?

Big Blooms. Fluffy lush blooms! Garden-y wildflowers with a handpicked feel seem to be what’s on everyone’s minds right now!

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Check out all our participating florists around the country and join Amy Osaba at west elm Atlanta!
Sunday, April 29
Sunday, May 6
Sunday, May 13

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Amy Osaba is the founder of Amy Osaba Event.Floral.Design, an Atlanta event design house. Connect with Amy and her team on Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest.

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