Cut flowers in a glass vase are an easy way to add color and elegance to a room. Très European, they are an affordable way to bring that je ne sais quoi into your home. You don't need to spend a fortune on cut flowers; most grocery stores have a floral section.
Today I visited the floral section of my neighborhood grocer and came away with a small bunch of yellow and orange striped tulips. The cost: $5.99. At home, I stripped away some of the outer leaves, rinsed the sandy soil that was clinging to the stems, gave them a fresh cut, and placed the flowers in a low, rectangular glass vase. Et voilà, a touch of French springtime that will make me smile all week.