Flower Shops Near Me
One of the best parts about the warm weather in the summer months (especially the short-lived ones in Toronto, Canada) is the ability to walk down almost any street in the city or drive through the suburbs to find local shops selling flowers and plants. The best local flower shops I’ve found near me in Downtown Toronto are Thyme Studio and the Queen St Fruit Market (always looking to discover more so please leave a comment below if you know any).
I love supporting local florists to help bring some of nature’s beauty into my home for the summer months. Not only am I supporting small businesses, but plants and flowers inside the home are proven to uplift your mood, improve sleep, and increase productivity. Plus, they just look absolutely beautiful and are highly customizable in terms of colour and size.
Plants are a symbol for our connection to the planet and I have found the most value in using them for all their benefits, not just the aesthetics. I have learned how to be creative and eco-friendly with my setup, too. With the right attention to detail, adding flowers around the home can actually be more cost effective than expensive decor options at your nearest Homesense.
These are my top tips for implementing flowers throughout your home and using them to prioritize self-care and create healthy rituals:
1. Repurpose Bottles, Jars, Cans, and Pitchers
I used to go out of my way to purchase extravagant vases or pots for indoor plants, because this is what is shown in aesthetic home magazines and Instagram feeds. However, I have found so many of my favourite glass or acrylic mason jars, pitches, jars, and bowls right at home to be best for arranging flowers. They are more cost effective, eco-friendly, and add a quirky homemade touch to my home.
As shown below, I’ve used everything from old milk jars, to tea pots and water pitchers to create my own collection of flower vases. They are reusable and lightweight enough to move around different areas of my apartment.
2. Create a Flower Arrangement Ritual
Florists can make intricate bouquets look very easy to create. However, this skill takes a ton of time, creativity, and patience that often goes unnoticed. A few months ago, instead of purchasing a pre-made bouquet, I brought various flowers and plants home to make my own arrangement.
Not only did this make me appreciate the florist near me so much more, but it allowed me to customize every detail of the bouquet to my liking and to fit my home’s aesthetic. These are my tips on making a simple arrangement that looks like it took hours to make:
- Pick one main flower: Peonies, Tulips, and Lilies are a few of my favorites. Pick colours that are bold and meaningful to you, but also compliment your home interior. Often, I like to keep it a surprise and just see what the florist has in stock that day.
- Pick a secondary flower: To compliment the main flower, look to purchase a secondary flower that is a little less exciting and bold than your primary flower. This makes it more of a bouquet/arrangement, than just flowers in a vase.
- Pick out foliage and supporting details: These are usually small leafy green add ons or, my personal favourite, white Baby’s Breath flowers that help to frame the arrangement and make it more nuanced.
- Pick out your favourite repurposed vase: As discussed above, you’ll need to pick out what you want to place your flowers in ultimately. This will determine how much you’ll need to trim the stems.
- Cut and trim flowers roughly according to the vase chosen: Remember, the focal point is still the main flower, while all the other flowers are supporting. I like to make sure I’m using more of the main flower than any other, while also making sure I'm trimming the various flowers in different lengths. This makes the arrangement more intricate and frames the primary and secondary flowers.
- Extra tip for gift giving: I like to wrap bouquets for gifting in eco-friendly hemp twine and kraft paper for a beautiful artisanal look.
DIY flower arrangements makes for a great personal hobby, activity with friends, or ritual for self care:
“My partner and I made it a monthly Sunday morning ritual. We’ll usually take a long walk to a local florist to buy fresh flowers, pick up snacks on the way home, make some tea, and spend the morning using no electronics, while making our own arrangement. I’ll even set up a bath for my partner afterwards. Showing each other that we care through this ritual is a form of quality time and an act of service. Intentional rituals like this help us recharge and prioritize what really matters.” - Helen Yin, Co-Founder at Inoki Bathhouse
3. Utilize Every Area of The Home
Now, I am not saying you should turn your home into a botanical garden (or maybe that is what I’m saying…). But, seriously, the more the merrier. I find that plants are a great way to love your living environment (just make sure you are choosing plants that the people living in your space are not allergic to).
- Bedroom: Plants and flowers in your bedroom are proven to help improve sleep quality, sleep length, and overall help you to destress and decompress. From essential oils, to melatonin and meditation apps, our generation is so busy and turned on. Plants help purify the air to enhance your breathing, This is a list of the Top 10 Best Plants For The Bedroom.
- Office: The Work From Home (WFH) lifestyle that many had the privilege to adapt to throughout the pandemic definitely came with its share of productivity challenges, too. When your bedroom, kitchen, and office are all in the same space, it can be difficult to stay focussed. Plants are also proven to increase productivity and creativity, making them a great addition to your home work space. Many top firms have started adding plants to offices for this very reason.
- Bathroom: Lastly, a space where flowers and plants are usually uncommon is in the bathroom. Most people like having flowers out in the living room or bedroom where people can see them. However, plants are extremely purifying and calming, making them a perfect addition for an at-home spa day or bath. Adding flowers around my bathroom when I use the light, floral, and dreamy Garden Bathhouse Kit by Inoki Bathhouse is one of my favourite parts of the day.