Susan Taylor
home style tips

centerpiece inspirations

I seem to be on a roll this week about changes in interior design trends. It happens in all areas of design … trends change! I guess this keeps the design trade in business — and for those of us who love making our homes pretty, we’re happy to oblige!

Tonight, I’m talking about centerpieces. No longer are we putting together large Dutch Masters-like oversized florals, but something more like these …simple statements for the most part. Let’s take a look at some recently spotted or installed favorites.

narrow trays

This 52″ narrow metal tray is a favorite for myself and many Black-eyed Susan fans. Here it is loaded with Bucks County wood cuts, fabulous succulents, floral heads and mossy spheres, artfully arranged in the dramatic length of this container. This particular design landed in a stylish dining room  recently installed in Highlands, NC. I won’t kid you, though…you might need a helper to take it off the table! The good news, it’s plenty low enough to allow perfect conversation across the table during a dinner party. It is an often-requested custom design for a dining room centerpiece. I have several in stock currently.


Another current look is to use multiples of the same vase or vessel. Simple. Striking. Stylish. Use them with or without delicate cuttings. This narrow console is the perfect surface for this look. Try it in a foyer, hallway or stair landing. Love!

fresh flowers

This is the stylish way to arrange fresh flowers. Exotic dendrobium orchids, miniature calla lilies, grasses and waxy leaves. Bunch like flowers together instead of spreading or fanning. Cut stems, exposed in a clear vase is chic.

I do unique fresh floral designs for events (and an occasional wedding!) with enough notice for ordering and designing.


Coffee table decor has followed in line. Note this collection bound together by color and similar contrast, white and gold … you know it’s a favorite for me! Assorted sizes and heights, but similar finishes. Unfilled vessels stand on their own as sculptures. Left empty, they are a fine example of understated, tailored style. Filled with fresh cuttings, gilded stones, or Luminara candles, they lend beauty and style to your favorite surface.


Who knew a bowl of smooth, assorted organic stones would ever be in demand?! Yep. We use this look often to complete Bucks County (or Florida, NC, or Chesapeake Bay) tablescapes. Subtle colors, and assorted sizes and shapes make for an interesting centerpiece.


This unusual low bowl makes a home for various preserved mosses. That’s it! Organic, simplified #purestyle . The vessel has a beautifully designed edge and being filled with mood moss lets the vessel shine and take center stage.

Do you have a favorite centerpiece that speaks of today’s look? Send me your designs for more inspiration!

Now, go forth and create. And, if you want a little inspiration, stop by my home store, Black-eyed Susan, for some personal attention and designing! *Sigh*