Ina Sure Knows How to Nail a Floral Centerpiece

And you can, too. Take notes — from her Instagram!

Host Ina Garten in the kitchen about to sprinkle dill on the smoked salmon platter, as seen on Food Network's Barefoot Contessa: Back to Basics, Season 12.

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"Simple is always better!" declares Ina Garten on an Instagram photo of a lovely arrangement of green hydraganea blooms — and that's it. She's the queen of easy elegance, so this does not come as a surprise. (Frankly, at this point, if she tattooed "simple is always better!" on her arm, no one would be shocked.) But as Ina clearly knows, it's a lesson worth learning over and over again. When it comes to entertaining, you don't have to fuss to make a statement — not with the food, not with the place settings and certainly not with the decor.

Ina's centerpiece formula is easy: Pick a simple vase and one shade of flowers (maybe two, if you're feeling extra fancy). Keep a few pieces of greenery in the mix, or just snip them off if they're giving you trouble. Cut stems low so the blooms can rest on the edge of the vase, instantly appearing lush and full without much work.

Or just flat-out copy some her greatest hits — we love following Ina's floral centerpiece creations on Instagram. Here are some of our favorites.

And, of course, even Jeffrey knows that his wife likes monotone hues when it comes to her blooms!

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