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rustic epergne

A mix of the past and present combine in this lush fall design.

Though everything has its purpose, sometimes it’s more fun to use objects and materials in unusual ways instead of sticking to the norm. Epergnes are age-old containers, often ornate tiered centerpieces consisting, typically, of a frame of wrought metal (such as silver or gold) that often hold multiple vases. Here, a modernly shaped yet rustically finished epergne is created from a patio candelabrum to mimic this traditional expression.

MATERIALS: candelabrum and twig garland from Sullivans; ‘Coral Sunrise’ lilies from Sun Valley Floral Farms; ‘Orange Unique’ roses, Alstroemerias and Hypericum from favorite suppliers.

Each glass votive holder is wrapped with twig garland to achieve a rustic country look.
A fresh potted ivy is added to the pot in the middle of the candelabrum. This lends a fullness to the design and
also will give the flowers a
lush background from which
to “pop.”
Roses, lilies and Alstroemerias are tucked into the votive holders along with snips of Hypericum and Coleus, finishing a casual design that can be used as a centerpiece for a large table or as a porch or patio adornment.

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