Saturday, October 26, 2019

BOUQUETS WITHOUT BLOOMS

During the Spring and Summer my garden is bursting with blooms.  I always gather them and bring them inside.  Now that it's getting colder, most of the blooms are gone. That doesn't mean I still can't have an arrangement in my home.  There is such a thing as bouquets without blooms.

I always turn to my shrubs.  I filled a vase with nothing but clippings from my Nandina bush. 

NANDINA BOUQUET IN A CHAMPAGNE BUCKET  

Most of the summer the Nandina is green.   As it gets colder, the leaves become tinged with red. 
 I added  it to a planter at the store.

NANDINA BOUQUET AT OUR STORE

Magnolia leaves are my favorite, especially during the holidays.

MAGNOLIA LEAVES AS HOLIDAY DECOR

 My cedar tree comes inside too. 
I added some around silver holiday spheres in my dough bowl.
CEDAR BRANCHES IN MY DOUGH BOWL

When the leaves change from green to reds, yellows, and oranges, I snap off a colorful branch
 and add it to a wicker-covered bottle on my  screened porch.
 At the end of my street is a tree that drops the most wonderful pods while releasing its leaves.  They look like huge pea pods and turn a warm brown, curling and twisting perfectly.  Here they're wrapping themselves around a vintage book.

BRANCHES AND LEAVES IN FALL COLORS

I put some of the colorful branches on the bench on my front porch too.

FALL BRANCHES AND MY FAVORITE PAINTED PUMPKIN

I even use branches without their leaves. 
When a friend cut down her birch tree, I rescued some branches and added them to a demijohn.

DEMIJOHN AND BIRCH BRANCHES ON MY STAIR LANDING

Actually, branches work as arrangements all year long.
DRIFTWOOD BRANCHES ON MY MIRRORED TABLE

Yes, I painted Harry Lauder Walking Stick branches orange and placed them into a vase.

PAINTED HARRY LAUDER WALKING STICKS

Shed antlers make arrangements without blooms too.

SHED ANTLERS IN A JAR

Feathers can take the place of fresh flowers.

FEATHERS IN A VASE ON MY MANTEL

What do you use as a bouquet alternative?

Saturday, October 19, 2019

I'VE ADDED A MURAL TO MY HOME

I've been wanting to add a mural to  my home for a while.  When I was designing our new master bathroom, I knew that I had found a spot for one.  During the whole renovation I kept imagining the mural on the feature wall that you see as you enter from our bedroom.  It was the last design item added.   Here it is.

MURAL IN MASTER BATHROOM

I also wanted to share the before.  That wall really needed that mural.

THE BEFORE

The colors in the mural pick up the colors in the vanity.  

BLACK CURVY VANITY

Of course I love my bejeweled dog.  Her job was to try to mask the toilet.




Here are a few close ups of the mural.

MURAL DETAL

I love the way the paper looks naturally weathered.



Would you add a mural to your home?

If you missed other posts about the renovation, here are some links.
Just click on the highlighted word HERE to be directed to the post.  
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The before and after of my upcycled bathroom vanity here.

How I organized the master bath closet here.

My dog decor here

I also wrote about using garden seats as home decor.  To see that post and the garden seat in my master bathroom shower go here.