As the More is More Mom®, I’m all about…….bringing more of the summer indoors! By the time spring rolls around, I’m obsessed with the notion of outdoor living. I can’t wait to get outside, shake off the covers on our patio furniture, sweep away the winter blues and fill my pots and urns with beautiful flowers. Gazing out on my deck, I’m overcome with a wave of utter happiness that summer has finally arrived.
Short of a whole house makeover (which would be fun too), we can still infuse that summer feeling in cheerful little ways. I’m a big, big fan of scented candles. When it’s warm, I can’t get enough of clean scents like lemon, floral and fresh cut grass. Glass hurricanes, a great bowl or fabulous urn filled with fruit makes for a healthy and colorful centerpiece. Swapping out your normal, everyday throw pillows for something in a quirky unexpected color is another way to lighten the mood.
Of course, the most obvious summer feel good is a bouquet of fresh flowers. The other day, I was wandering through the grocery store floral department and was struck by the gorgeous variety of bouquets. That Mother Nature is pretty darn clever! There isn’t a nook or cranny in our homes that wouldn’t benefit from such a perk.
The beauty of a mixed bouquet is the variation of colors and textures; tall and spiky, full and lush, greens and berries. Such a bouquet is especially lovely on a chest in your Foyer, a nightstand in your bedroom or in a pitcher in your kitchen.
I tend to favor a lower arrangement, featuring one type of flower for greater impact. Something that makes a statement, like hydrangeas or peonies, can be absolutely amazing. A gorgeous vessel overflowing with these fragrant beauties would be fantastic as a centerpiece on your dining table, in your Powder Room or on an end table in your Living Room.
For a happy color burst, why not a collection of vases showcasing bouquets of Gerber Daisies or pretty little Matsumoto Aster? They would de delightful in your Kitchen, porch, Powder Room or cocktail table to infuse a little personality.
Going totally classic is a good choice too. There isn’t a room in the house that wouldn’t benefit from the beauty of a bouquet of roses (my favorites are hot pink and yellow) or the simplicity of soulful tulips in a crystal vessel.
The truest joys of summer are surrounding yourself with family and friends in your beautiful home!
More outdoor living, more summer, more beauty, more flowers……..
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