We are surrounded by many opportunities to purchase and collect objects for our homes. Just think of all the online resources we didn’t have even 5 years ago!
However, what are the essentials from a design perspective? Probably very different for each person.
Here is my list of design favorites in no particular order:
Artwork by Matisse – all of his work is amazing; when he could no longer paint he turned to these joyful cutouts and created a new art form. A good reminder to focus on what we can do – so inspiring!
Blue and White Pottery – I can’t even remember when I started collecting; timeless and classic. I never tire of it.
Antique Brass – metallics add a bit of glamor any space. Lamps, sconces, candlesticks, some of my favorites are from my Mom.
Potted Plants – nothing like greenery to make a home feel lived in.
Statement Rugs – A terrific way to anchor any space and add color and texture.
Mirrors – best way reflect light and expand your space.
So there you have it. I tried to keep the list to a top 5, oh well – one bonus item! I would love to hear what your favor things are when it comes to decorating!
June, so many beautiful and amazing flowers! Early last week I bought a bouquet of Peonies. I wish I had photographed them, so pretty! In my opinion Peonies are the frangance of summer! But alas all good things must come to an end. I awoke today to a vase surrounded by fallen petals. So sad.
I adore fresh flowers, my garden is planted with the intention of having cut flowers for display inside my home.
However fresh flowers and plants need tender loving care and have an expiration date:
This being said, I will admit to the purchase of fake flowers and plants. These beauties can fill up an empty space and require no care at all. However best to keep them on the small side, as it is harder to find larger arrangements that look natural.
Here are some of my favorities fakes:
Of course there is nothing like the real thing, but once and awhile it’s ok to fake it.
It’s been building for some time now. Everywhere you look there are succulents on display. Just yesterday I noticed a beautiful display at the hardware store and came home to find a furniture catalog in the mail – just about every display photo featured succulents! These lovely plants may just be taking over, we need to excercise caution! Just kidding, but you could use them everywhere as they are quite beautiful. Succulents are easy to care for and mix well with all decors.
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If your not sure what succulents are here is a brief description:
Succulent plants, such as Aloe, store water in their fleshy leaves. In botany, succulent plants, also known as succulents or sometimes fat plants, are plants that have some parts that are more than normally thickened and fleshy, usually to retain water in arid climates or soil conditions.
Succulent plant – Wikipedia
I love to use them as a centerpiece:
As unexpected display in a dark corner:
Or just about anywhere:
Or all alone:
If you are missing out on this great trend, don’t worry, you can pick up some of these beauties anywhere, even the hardware store!