Or should I just call this post a “Mother’s Day Table”? I don’t know why I used the word BRUNCH, except that it sounds kinda fancy, doesn’t it?
I wanted to create a simple, Spring-inspired Mother’s Day table…perfect for breakfast, brunch, lunch, or dinner. Making the MOM in your life feel special is what it’s all about, right?
Keeping a table setting simple is always my main focus. So, I started with a vintage hemp linen table runner, and added place settings of china and ironstone mixed. The gorgeous white linen napkins are from Rough Linen, and are my favorite! Keeping with a neutral color palette, I added pops of color with the fresh flowers.
The pretty white pillar candles are part of our candle line, hand-poured by the sweetest couple in Texas. The white ones are named Shiplap, with the fragrance of White Ginger. They smell amazing, a subtle sweet scent…and will be available in our online shop (opening soon).
My favorite little detail on this table is the tiny vintage juice glasses. I used them as vases for pink hydrangeas at each place setting. Notice the variation of colors in the hydrangeas…and they came from the same bush! That’s another reason why I adore fresh flowers.
So, let’s talk about Mother’s day…if I’m honest, it’s not really my favorite. I lost my mom to ovarian cancer in 2009. So, as you can guess, I don’t look forward to Mother’s day without her. However, I’m a firm believer in being thankful for my blessings. And I have three wonderful kids who still have their mom! I also have several ladies in my life who support and love me like crazy. I’m blessed to be a mom, and I do not take that for granted. And to all of you ladies out there who are heartbroken around Mother’s day, I send big hugs…due to inability to have kids, or losing a child, my heart goes out to you!
I sure would love to invite all of you ladies (moms or not) over…and we could sit around this table enjoying coffee and talking about decorating our homes. Wouldn’t that be fun?
It’s May already? Where in the world did April go?
I love May! It’s always a relatively pleasant month here in Louisiana. The flowers are blooming and the temperatures are usually warm, but not too hot. And, for us this year, it means summer vacation is just around the corner!
So…I received an order of beautiful dried floral bundles to sell at our shop in Canton, Texas. I thought it may be helpful to share a few ways to use dried florals around your home. In place of fresh or faux flowers, dried florals are a fabulous option if you’re looking to add color and texture.
This is pink Larkspur…and is a beautiful pop of color on the farm table. Placed in an antique watering can, three bundles of larkspur make a pretty centerpiece.
Have you ever seen dried peonies? I hadn’t until these arrived. The pale pink and creamy white colors are so beautiful. And they still smell amazing! I placed all eight bundles in this vintage ice cream freezer bucket. The soft florals make a pretty contrast to the grey walls and rustic dresser. The petals almost feel like tissue paper.
And one of my favorite ways to display dried florals, is to hang them from a French crate. I have a crate hanging above our kitchen island. So, I hung a few bundles upside down from the crate. The florals look so pretty hanging over our island. And when you walk into the kitchen, they all smell so good. It’s like Springtime in the kitchen!
And I have placed some dried oregano bundles in this vintage crock, below. It can also be used as a centerpiece, or hanging from a crate.
Lastly, some pretty limelight hydrangea bundles make a great buffet centerpiece in a French market basket. Of course, what doesn’t look amazing placed in a market basket? The limelights are such an eye-catching color!
Dried florals make a great addition to any home decor…especially during spring and summer when you want to add a pretty pop of color that lasts longer than fresh flowers.
Happy Spring everyone! I’ve been so busy lately with our small shop space in Canton, Texas that I haven’t been able to do a Spring home tour this year. So, before I do a home tour, I thought I’d share one of my favorite spring decorating tips.
One of my favorite ways to bring the outdoors in during Spring time is with blooming branches. I know there is a growing trend of “faux blooms” coming back into interior decorating, but there’s just nothing like having the real deal, don’t you agree?
I guess if I had to name an all time favorite spring blooming flower, it would probably be the purple wisteria growing in front of my MIL’s home. It’s gorgeous! The blooms smell so fragrant and sweet…and the bees are covering the whole bush. The bees make clipping a few branches an interesting event. So, I have to clip and leave quickly.
I make small bouquets and large ones too. It’s fun to place them all around the house and enjoy the scent for a few days. Of course, after a few days, the blooms start to fall and make quite a mess for me to vacuum. But it’s way worth it!
It doesn’t really matter what type vase you use. I love using French jars or ironstone for fresh flowers. But you can use glass vases, ball jars or even galvanized buckets.
Of course, fresh flowers look fabulous simply sitting in the kitchen sink, or in a market basket.
What is your favorite Spring bloom? Have you brought any inside yet to enjoy?
I’ll share a mini Spring Home tour soon…and more fresh flowers will probably be the highlight of my spring decorating.
I hope you enjoy your week! Thanks so very much for stopping by my blog today!
Are you staying cool from the summer heat? It’s hotter than blue blazes (as my mother-in-law would say) here in Louisiana.
As for hydrangeas…well with the heat, they struggle this time of year. I have to water them twice a day. They started blooming in early June, and are pretty close to the end of the blooming season.
I planted several varieties of hydrangeas about three years ago. I have white hydrangeas, pink, annabelle, and vanilla strawberry. I also planted two hydrangea trees that take full sun.
I’ve learned that they like a lot of water, and morning sun only. The ones that get sun after 11 a.m. begin to wilt.
You can see below, that some of the white hydrangeas never turn white…they actually stay green.
Also, it’s been my experience that the vanilla strawberry don’t turn pink. I’m not sure if it’s because it gets so hot here, but they stay white for me.
One of my favorites is the annabelle hydrangea…it has huge white blooms that are so sturdy and healthy.
Have you ever cut hydrangeas to bring inside, and placed in water, to find that they just began to sag and wilt overnight? That’s exactly what happened to me the first time.
Then I heard about the ALUM trick! I always wondered how people had hydrangeas that stayed so fresh and full for so long. Then I found out the secret to keeping them fresh is the spice ALUM. You can purchase the spice ALUM in the grocery store spice section. And follow these easy steps for clipping hydrangeas:
Clip the hydrangea at a diagonal.
Dip the cut end in water, and then in ALUM.
The ALUM coats the exposed end and allows the hydrangea to stay full and fresh longer.
My flower gardens just wouldn’t be the same without hydrangeas! I adore the pretty round blooms, and the varieties…making them one of my all time favorite flowers!
So…what’s your hydrangea growing tips? Do you know of anything I forgot or left out here? Please leave me a comment and let me know
Oh, and CONGRATULATIONS to JULIE MAIER for winning the $75 voucher to JORD watches!
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