Contemporary Rose Topiary Floral Design How-to

A modern arrangement style, incorporating garden roses arranged in a classic container, is a floral representation of the trendy grandmillennial décor style.


“Grandmillennial,” which is currently having quite a moment, comprises a blend of elements from two generations: “Grandma” and millennial (yes, it’s a thing). It is associated with the affinity that people in their mid-20s to late-30s have for décor items from the past (e.g., Grandma’s needlepoint, chintz prints, lace, ruffles, etc.) and their yearning to assimilate those items with more modern items that are reflective of their tastes, lifestyles and generation – to create looks that are totally unique to them.


In that vein, Portland, OR-based designer Erik Witcraft, AIFD, created this “new traditional” design, which blends elements that are both time-honored and modern: garden roses (vintage/heirloom yet trendy) arranged in an updated topiary style (classic and contemporary) in a timeless urn-style container, with an abstract canopy of branches at its apex. This floral interpretation of the grandmillennial décor style checks all the boxes.



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