Hi there and Happy Friday! I know some of you have come over from my friend Michael of Inspired by Charm. If so, I’m glad you’ve stopped by! Every month I get together with a group of bloggers to do a monthly blog hop. We’ve focused on all different subjects, from how to style a coffee table, to tablescaping, to some holiday home tours. Well, this month we’ve decided to talk flowers, since April really is the beginning of spring (regardless of what the calendar says)! Flowers are in abundance this time of year, so we thought it would be fun to focus on decorating with flowers. And who doesn’t love doing that?!
This subject is definitely up my alley as I tend to have fresh flowers in my house every week. Ever since I discovered Trader Joe’s about 10 years ago, I’ve been buying theirs almost weekly. They’re inexpensive (sometimes a bouquet is about the price of a latte) and I can’t think of a quicker way of brightening a room, or a mood!
Flowers in the Kitchen
This is one of the most obvious places to start decorating with flowers – at least for me. My kitchen is where I spend the most time, and it’s also where we entertain (everyone always gathers there!) so it seems natural to have fresh flowers there.
Here I used white hydrangeas – my favorite and one you will see a lot of in this post! This is also the biggest area on my counter, and an out of the way area so it’s a natural corner for decorating.
White roses in a white ironstone pitcher. One of my favorite vehicles for flowers. I think I love pitchers more than vases. They are more casual which fits my style. Plus, I have a lot since I collect them!
This was early spring so I mixed some spring-y colors, green and pink, with white. And I love to create little vignettes in this corner. This time I used a white vintage scale combined with the white ironstone.
Another vintage ironstone pitcher, this time it’s getting ready to hold a mix of white roses and hydrangeas.
This was a little different. I wanted to use my dough bowl, but obviously, you can’t stand flowers up in it. So I soaked a floral sponge with water and then set that inside a shallow bowl inside the larger bowl. They stayed fresh in this for several days! I loved the look and will definitely do it again.
Here, rather than buying flowers, I just brought in some jasmine from the yard and filled a little pitcher. Love the scent garden flowers bring in! They’re always more fragrant than store-bought!
Here I put flowers next to the sink, a look I also love! Peonies and hydrangeas together create a little diversity rather than using either one alone.
And just so you don’t think I only use white flowers, here is proof! Pink tulips brighten up the kitchen counter on a dreary winter day.
Flowers on a Coffee or Side Table
Another place I love to decorate with flowers is on the coffee table. This is something I was not able to do until recently, as I’ve always had a cat which meant they were usually chewed and thrown up somewhere! Now I love to display them on various tables in both the family and living rooms.
Jasmine is a wonderful flowering plant available at markets for a short period in early Spring. I love to bring it indoors because the fragrance is so intoxicating!
Probably my all-time favorite flower is peonies! Here in California they are only available for a very short window, so I buy them as much as I can while they are here.
These hydrangeas were from my garden, and since they were not going to last much longer on the plant, by cutting them and bringing them inside it actually extended their life a while longer. And brought some joy inside!
Flowers on the Dining Table
This is another place where you can make an impact by decorating with flowers. Instead of having a display of a vase, urn or something else, I sometimes switch that out for fresh flowers, especially during any holiday season. Or, I’ll combine the flowers with some other items on the table to create a vignette.
White roses are always a favorite! As are white pitchers of any kind.
A casual vignette on the dining table adds some cheer to the dining table.
I love the mix of this crusty vintage bucket with the white tulips. This was part of my Spring Tour this year and one of my favorites.
Although I usually gravitate to white flowers, these pink roses were so pretty, I couldn’t resist!
Sometimes I plant flowering plants in a container, rather than using cut flowers. The obvious advantage that they often last much longer!
Another vignette sits on the table in our breakfast area.
I hope this gave you some ideas of how to use flowers in your own decorating. Whether you spring for a bunch at the grocery store, spend more at a florist, or simply snip some from your yard, it adds so much beauty to a room. I truly can’t think of another item that brings so much joy for so little investment!
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I also hope you’ll visit Tamara at Citrine Living next. If you are a reader of her blog, you know how talented she is! I just know she’ll have amazing ideas on using flowers as well. And, there are a total of 12 bloggers participating so I’m sure you’ll find lots of ideas and inspiration on decorating with flowers!
Decorating with Flowers Blog Hop
Amie at Meme Hill
Bethany at Dwellings by Devore
Joan at 2 Ladies & a Chair
Kim and Lacey at Styled with Lace
Oscar at Oscar Bravo Home
Summer at Summer Adams
Amy at Crazy Chic Design
Janine at Happy Happy Nester
Kathleen at Lindsay Hill Interiors
Michael at Inspired by Charm
Sheila at Maison de Cinq
Tamara at Citrine Living
Happy Weekend everyone!