Recent issues of Country Living and Better Homes & Gardens have landed on my desk, and I have no intention of sharing them. Why? Because both magazine covers are bursting with blooms – gorgeous flowers in pink, peach, purple, coral and yellow. I just love looking at them.
Inside Country Living, the April issue, I find an article on repurposing old items as vessels for holding flowers. An old enamelware colander. Assorted tea tins. Those green cardboard baskets berries come in.
Better Homes & Gardens, the March issue, treats me to six pages of tulips – high on my list of favorite flowers.
I find it hard to resist the fresh tulips popping up in the floral section at the supermarket these days. I have already bought a bunch of yellow ones. I’m sure I’ll be picking up more.
Thoughts of spring flowers remind me of all the ideas I have seen – locally and beyond – for incorporating flowers into the home. Not just fresh ones. Faux can be fun, too.
• Years ago, for one of our Home of the Month features, I took note of how the homeowner had tucked silk gerbera daisies and other colorful flowers here and there in various rooms. She attached one flower to a hand towel layered over a larger towel on a rack in the bathroom. She artistically twisted the stems of three big faux blooms and displayed them in a polka-dotted vase in the dining room. Gerbs are another flower I love for their vibrant color. I have a few faux gerbs I pull out occasionally to add color to the contents of the glass-front cabinets in our kitchen.
• In Decorators’ Show Houses, I have seen wall vases filled with flowers – and wonder why I have not yet done this in our own home.
• An easy way to add pizzazz to a throw pillow, I have observed, is to attach a single beautiful silk flower to it. Or add several in different sizes.
• The editors of domino magazine offer other ideas for decorating with flowers in their book, “domino: Your Guide to a Stylish Home.” One photo shows roses suspended upside down with ribbons on a door frame, so people walk under them as they enter the room.
Another shows a modern white striped vase filled with colorful “big boisterous blooms” as a centerpiece, with a few flowers in shorter vases creating “a varied view.”
A third is a reminder that a tiny vase filled with just a few flowers on a bedside table “makes bedtime brighter and mornings more doable.”
• Similarly, such small, simple arrangements also look great on a bathroom vanity or on top of a short stack of books. Another photo I came across recently convinces me that pale pink flowers look lovely in a silver container.
But, I must also ask, is there anything prettier than a beautiful big pitcher filled with hydrangeas?
I must go now. I think it’s time to take down the woodland-themed winter wreath on our front door – and replace it with the forsythia one.