Published on March 2, 2020

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Katy Perry revealed two things in her just-released “Never Worn White” music video: she’s expecting her first child with fiancé Orlando Bloom and she has a penchant for anthuriums, a trendy flower that’s easy to customize if you’ve got some spray paint. Botanical artist Kristen Alpaugh (@flwrpstl) designed the enormous floral “dress” Perry wore on camera and covered the costume in pink, blue, and metallic iterations of the tropical bloom. 

Alpaugh’s majestic arrangements haven’t just won over the mom-to-be—the florist has worked with other celebrities in the past, including Busy Philipps. While her wildly colorful creations could also be considered fine art, there are plenty of approachable tips to take away. Here are three ways to achieve Alpaugh’s signature space-age aesthetic.

Rainbow Pampas Grass

 

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🍭🍬🍦🍧 🤡 🎪 🎉

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Even though these fronds are eye-catching in their natural beige state, Alpaugh emphasizes the sculptural forms by dyeing them different shades of purple, orange, blue, and pink. The result? Cotton candy–like stems that instantly add movement, height, and a sense of whimsy to a centerpiece. 

Bedazzled Anthurium

 

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reflective wear 💎

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One way the botanical designer enhances precious-looking blooms like orchids and mermaid anthuriums is by tricking them out with jewels. For Space Jam vibes, the artist glued small reflective diamonds onto this frosty blue petal. 

Neon Monstera

 

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all she wanna do is party all night

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The Swiss cheese plant is the ideal canvas for painting, thanks to its extra-large, flat leaves. (Never mind the holes: Alpaugh proves they’re easy to work around.) Stick with something classic, like black-and-white checkers, or go full-on futuristic with a Technicolor scheme. This vibrant one is practically glowing. 

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