Second, I was completely thrilled (and flattered) that my cane-back sofa re-do received *two* features in the last several days from two of my very favorite bloggers.
Cassie at Primitive and Proper chose it as one of her favorite projects from last week's Piece of Work Wednesday Party. And Lauren of West Furniture Revival featured it at her Revival Monday Features column. Thank you, Cassie and Lauren!
Readers, if you enjoy being completely inspired by furniture revamps, you must go visit these insanely talented ladies' blogs.
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With spring burgeoning outside, I was in the mood to bring some of its splendor inside my house last week. I'd put away the last of the winter decorations a few weeks before and the house was in need of some sprucing up.
Besides daffodils, there really aren't any flowers in bloom around here, and it's not yet time to plant a cutting garden, much less have any fresh-cut flowers.The only other option for live flowers is the local markets, and at $10+ for a small bouquet (that will die in less than a week), that's just not in the budget.
Then I remembered Jane's fake flower fiesta on the British blog Posy that I'd read about over the winter.
Up until reading that post, I'd been a total snob about fake flowers. I drew the line at fauxliage since that seemed acceptable for fall decorating, but fake flowers? No way!
Seeing Jane's flowers completely changed my mind.
You can't tell it's not the real thing, can you?
Being, ahem, budget-minded, I figured there'd be no harm in checking out the local Dollar Trees for some frugal flowers.
Well, it turned out I was able to find quite a few pretty, not-particularly-fake-looking flowers!
Now, don't get me wrong, there were plenty of ugly and cheap-looking flowers, but I tried to pick blooms that were realistically colored and didn't scream "I'M FAKE" at first glance. Not to toot my own horn or anything, but I don't think I did too bad. <grin>
And if you visited my house last week, the first thing I did was give you an overly bubbly tour of all the
Let's take a look-see of what I put together...
|Dogwood-esque blooms in an enameled pitcher in the living room. One of several birdies I made in January sits atop a 100-year-old farm and garden catalog. The silver tin contains a homemade candle.|
|Another vintage linen tops the dining room table and enhances the centerpiece. If you've been reading for a few months, this centerpiece probably looks familiar, save for the fact the cedar and pinecones have been replaced by dogwood blooms. Hey, it's simple and it works.|
|Okay, back inside now! Moving from the living room to the hallway adjacent to my bedroom...I painted this table last year before blogging and it's been a favorite spot to decorate each season. More dogwood flowers fill a small pitcher from IKEA and a picture from one of my favorite stores--Nest--creates a simple vignette.|
|The pictures reads: "It's the small things after all." I fully embrace that sentiment.|
|In my bedroom are sweet pink and white carnations in (yet another) milk glass vase. I have plans for a springy/summery bedroom re-do so hopefully I can find the time to actually do it...|
|A few vintage postcards on my bedroom window sash...just had to throw this photo into the mix since vintage postcards always bring a smile to my face.|
Are you getting tired yet? I know, I'm dragging you all over the house! Bear with me...just a couple rooms left, I promise!
|Well, since I've already taken you into one bathroom, why not another? Periwinkle blue lilacs freshen the half bath nicely.|
And to round out this
|Pink peonies in a blue Ball jar. Enough said.|
So, are you a fan of fake flowers or will you only keep real ones in your home?