This polar vortex is really grabbing a good portion of the country. Here is Central New York, we woke up to below zero temperatures with a wind chill factor of -24 degrees!
However, I’m focusing on what’s going on inside – a new shipment of beautiful spring stems and succulents!
Nothing chases the cold away like a room full of flowers and greenery. There’s no time like the present to bring the look into your house – whether fresh or faux. Plants and flowers bring warm and happy thoughts of spring and summer.
Here are a couple of my favorites:
Floral branches in white and green. I love a brimming vase of all white and green flowers. It’s so organic, elegant and feminine. Fill a vase and see what it does for a room – just lovely!
Succulents and ferns. Both succulents and ferns are typically easy care options for fresh indoor plants. However, if you are really busy, faux is the way to go. Today’s faux greenery is gorgeous and hard to spot.
Options abound, so don’t let winter get you down… just bring in the green!
So excited to get to work on this 70’s colonial. This house has great bones, a huge kitchen and a fantastic backyard… just needs a bit of updating to make it feel like home.
Since the first thing you see when you walk in the door is the dining room, so that was the first project to tackle.
For instant gratification, a fresh paint job (walls in taupe-greige and ceiling in a soft gray-blue), a new area rug and window treatments were the answer.
To keep costs down, we elected to work with furniture that we already owned with the exception of two new distressed leather upholstered chairs and a new chandelier.
I love the rustic feel of this chandelier – almost looks barbed wire – with subtle lightly brushed gold accents.
I’ve been obsessed with these distressed leather-covered dining chairs since I got them in my store, and knew they would be a perfect replacement for the arm chairs at the head of the dining room table.
This room was starting to remind me our of trips to California wine country and Sedona, AZ.
Luckily the dining room is huge, so I was able to include a special family heirloom – my grandparents piano, along with a couple of favorite Stickley pieces and a great accent chair.
All and all the room feels like home. It’s warm and inviting and ready for guests, which is a good thing since our first family gathering is tonight!
Who wouldn’t love one of the beautiful new Mesa candles from PADDYWAX? From the great southwestern inspired pottery to the soothing array of scent blends, they make a perfect gift option.
However, these pretty little vessels have another purpose and will long outlive the candle within them. Once the candles are gone, these pottery pieces are designed to be a stackable cream and sugar set.
I just love multi-purpose products for the home! Not a coffee drinker? These pottery pieces would be great for sauces, condiments, etc.
No need to limit them to a life in the kitchen… How about a little greenery?… I can see them holding pretty little succulents arrangements as well!
Look over the flowers and discard any that are truly past their prime (limp or browning petals, etc). Working with the flowers that have potential, remove them from the vase so you can thoroughly rinse out the vase and add fresh water.
Because you’ll probably working with less flowers/greenery, now is the perfect time to get creative and re-arrange the stems to create a totally new arrangement. Many times, I’ll opt for a trio of smaller vases to create a little floral vignette for a new centerpiece or accent to a tray.
Select the vases or vessels you’ll be working with and clip the stems at an angle to the appropriate high for the vase and style of arrangement you wish to create.
If desired, add fresh greenery (I’ve just mixed in a bit of lilac greenery that I slipped from the yard) and embellish with ribbon if desired.
Quick and easy updates that will prolong the life of your flowers!
Wooden Tray are not only useful, but also a great staging tool. Here are some quick and easy styling tips to dress them up…
1) Think in odd numbers – Three decorative items are perfect. 2) Pick items that are different heights. 3) Add something green – plants & succulents are very popular right now and will add an organic element to the room.
Your newly styled tray will look great on a cocktail table, buffet, or dresser!
The main objective with the redesign/staging of this dining room was to lighten and freshen the space while working with the furniture that was already there.
The first order of business was selecting a new color palette of taupe for the walls, a pale blue for the ceiling and crisp white trim. Replacing the ceiling medallion and painting it the same color as the ceiling was a quick and inexpensive way to add some overhead detail.
The furniture needed to stay so the goal here was to minimize the heavy, dark and dated feel it brought to the room. By simply removing the hutch top and working with just the buffet (which we found was plenty of space once all the clutter and used items were removed), and covering the side chairs with neutral cotton chair covers did the trick.
Removing the hutch allowed us more wall space which was the perfect location for a great architectural feature – a pair of antique armoire doors.
Some art and a bit of greenery for an organic touch and this room is complete!
You just can’t beat the versatility of a great bench.
Blue and white pottery has long been a tasteful and timeless home decor and dinnerware choice of both homemakers and interior stylists alike.
Although I still love the classic blue and white patterns (think Blue Willow, South Hampton, the gorgeous french and Italian patterns), I’m also loving the fun new patterns that are available today.
The best thing about blue and white style is the more, the merrier! Whether in my store displays or at home, it’s the perfect “mix and match” choice to create fresh and fun tablescapes and vignettes.
At the table, blue and white pottery just feels like summer. I see this place setting for a beautiful summer barbecue. Add red accents and you’ve got a great nautical look… go for yellow accents to add a touch of southern french style.
Adding a touch of blue and white pottery filled with greenery or flowers to a shelf or china hutch to an organic touch and pop of color.
Whether you prefer traditional, contemporary, farmhouse or coastal cottage decor, blue and white pottery would be a smart design choice and look right at home!