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By Jen Stagg of With Heart

It’s finally here– the great thaw. It’s that time of year when you spot little patches of green grass sprouting up, you hear the birds chirping joyfully outside, and if you’re anything like me, it’s also the time of year when you start itching to jump in a pool of fresh flowers and soak in the sunshine. Since a spring flower bath may not be practical, why not bring all the freshness of spring indoors by switching up some of your decor? Need some ideas? Here are a few that will give you an immediate spring fix.

Bathroom

The easiest way to bring the outdoors in is with live plants and flowers. Breathe life into a sterile and sometimes cold room like a bathroom. Indoor planters not only look beautiful, they smell wonderful as well and add life into an otherwise dull space.

For a small planter, the MANDEL Plant Pot is a great option. Sit it in a windowsill and fill with flowers to brighten a room. If cooking with fresh herbs is your thing, use the SATSUMAS Plant Stand to create your own herb garden. Label each plant so you know what is what when it comes time to cook.

Another idea– try going vertical. Hanging planters can add instant interest to a corner. These handy BITTERGURKA Hanging Planters can be layered by hooking one to another.

Hanging Planters

If you love the look of botanicals, but want more than an indoor plant, botanical prints may be just the thing. Switch out your old duvet for the STRANDKRYPA or RODBINKA duvet covers. Your bedroom will feel springy with just one simple switch.

botanical bedroom

For a living room, toss a DORTHY Cushion Cover into the mix and get an instantly fresh feel. It doesn’t take much to bring the outdoors in, and the transformation will give you a mood boost. Take a deep breath and sigh– it’s spring!

For more inspiration, visit the IKEA Spring brochure.


Florals are a huge trend for spring, and naturally so – what’s a better way to celebrate the season than bringing the outdoors inside? But these aren’t your typical traditional granny chintzes. Florals are surprisingly versatile and thoroughly modern when used in unexpected ways. I’ve pulled together some great inspiration shots from IKEA to help you get the look as we transition to spring.

Look for color inspiration in a palette inspired by nature. Pantone’s Color of the Year Dusty Quartz pairs beautifully with deeper emerald green shades for an unexpectedly modern spin on a classic look. Balance the feminine look of a floral pillow with solid colors and natural wood accents in accessories or furniture.

Make a modern centerpiece out of a stainless steel bowl in a floral design – isn’t the contrast beautiful against the nesting wood tables? This is a great way to integrate the floral trend into your home, especially if your style is more streamlined or masculine.

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A great floral plays well with many other patterns. Try pairing floral pillows with stripes, solids, and plaids for extra texture and visual interest. Look for smaller-scale prints to allow the floral pattern to really shine.

Floral bedding in a handpainted botanical illustration print is the perfect inspiration for the overall design of your bedroom. Pull the colors used in the print to create repetition and a harmonious design: warm, inviting whites with pale spring green and pops of daffodil yellow would feel fresh and bright. But if your aesthetic leans more towards the industrial, go more dramatic by pairing florals with darker hues like black and deep mossy green. Think high contrast to get an edgier, moody vibe: industrial-inspired cabinets and lighting are stunning when paired opposite the flowing lines of floral bedding. Bring in solid pillows in differing shades of green to create depth and repetition.

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If green isn’t your thing, don’t fret. Try monochromatic floral patterns in greys and black like the Alvine Kvist duvet cover. Tailored and subdued, you could easily pair any print or solid with it to create a one-of-a-kind look for your room.

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Here’s to the warmer months ahead. Will you be decorating with florals? Share in the comments!

 

For more inspiration, visit the IKEA Spring brochure.


Say goodbye to summer in style by throwing a late-summer soiree. Think about it: One last chance to show off your tan and catch up on some much-needed girl time before the temperature drops and the kids go back to school. Let’s get this party (pardon me, soiree) started, shall we?

 

First thing’s first. Decor. Decorations are a key component to throwing a successful summer soiree. Summer-inspired centerpieces, floral decor, colorful tabletops and elegant place settings will set your soiree apart from other sunny season extravaganzas. I’ve put together 10 easy decor ideas to get your creative juices flowing!

 

1. I’m officially in LOVE with these DIY Oversized Tissue Paper Flowers from A Blissful Nest. They’re beautiful, dramatic and oh-so-chic!

 

 

2. Check out Making Home Base‘s  Citrus Stamped Tea Towels for a quick, colorful and cheap update to any white linen.

 

 

3. Songbird‘s Easy Summer Arrangement is a refreshing take on a classic centerpiece.

 

 

4. How stunning are these DIY String Chandeliers by Ruffled?! With balloons, glue and twine you can make these beauties yourself.

 

 

5. Dessert anyone? Let your candy creations shine with a DIY Tissue Paper Flower Backdrop. See Project Nursery for step-by-step instructions.

 

 

6. Stylize your dishware with Sugar and Cloth‘s DIY Pineapple Plates tutorial.

 

 

7. Instead of flowers, opt for a succulent/cactus centerpiece. Add a burst of color to your table with these DIY Gold Dipped Plant Pots from The Style House.

 

 

8. Add instant fragrance to drinks with Petal Ice Cubes courtesy of Express – O.

 

 

9. I didn’t know this was possible! DIY Decoupage Palm Frond Balloons ?! Get the deets at Balloon Time.

 

photos courtesy of Studio DIY

 

10. Fruit made pretty! 100 Layer Cake does a Spray-Painted Pineapple Centerpiece flawlessly.

 

 

Happy Summer!

 

xx madison


Mother’s Day is right around the corner–and what better way to show her how much you love her than with a handmade gift she’ll absolutely love? This week, take a look at some cute ideas I rounded up for all of the wonderful women in your life!

 

Keepsakes are always in style–if she loves to cook, something like this adorable hand print apron from Simply + Kierste could be the perfect way to say thank you for everything she does!

 

 

Everyone loves getting flowers–make hers extra special by making a personalized vase to hold them in! I love this idea from Homes Stories A to Z.

 

 

If she can’t make it to the spa, help her relax with these deliciously-scented lavender lemon soaps from A Pumpkin And A Princess!

 

 

If you’ve got a few extra hours this week, try this adorable Mother’s Day sign from Sawdust And Embryos. Personalize the words, colors and shape to express all of her wonderful qualities!

 

 

And sometimes, flowers are the perfect touch. If you’re lucky enough to have multiple moms to give gifts to, make a batch of these gorgeous mini bouquets from Homey Oh My! for a simple way to say, “I love you.”

 

 

Have a wonderful week! Show those ladies some love.

Erin

 

 


 

Hi! I’m Carly Cylinder, author of The Flower Chef. When I first started my floral design company Flour LA (it was going to be a café/florist at the time) nearly six years ago, I barely knew anything about design, so I’d experiment using grocery store flowers. This led to the thought that there should be an easily accessible floral design book that taught the basics. That book is called The Flower Chef and will be published next year, five years after its inception!

 

While we do complicated arrangements for events and weddings, my preference for at-home flowers is to stick to simple, easy designs that don’t take much time. As bad as this may be to admit, sometimes I don’t even have a proper vase or clippers on hand at my house, so I just grab whatever’s in my kitchen!

 

For this simple arrangement, I picked up three bunches of white flowers – daisies, larkspur (you could use delphinium, stock, or any tall white flowers), and lisianthus. Sticking to all white is classic, clean, and timeless.

 

10-Minute Flower Recipe

Materials:

  • 3 bunches of mixed white long flowers with small blossoms (lisianthus, daisies, mums, veronica, stock, spray roses, larkspur, delphinium, calla lilies, etc)
  • Small rectangle vase filled ¾ way with water
  • Household scissors

First, remove all of the leaves from each stem for aesthetic purposes and to keep the water clean. Then separate the bunches out by type so that you can see what you’re working with.

 

Traditional Design

For a more traditional design, I make sure to keep the flowers evenly spread throughout the arrangement.

 

– Measure a larkspur stem against the vase, so that the length of the flower is about double the height of the vase. Cut all of the larkspur to that length.
– Place the larkspur evenly throughout making sure each stem is slightly angled.
– Cut the daisies 6’’ shorter than the larkspur. Place the daisies evenly throughout, making sure their buds are facing outward.
– Cut the lisianthus about 3-4’’ shorter than the larkspur. Group a few stems toward the center for impact, and then place a few more stems on each side, so that it feels balanced.

 

Modern Design

This design is actually quicker and is unisex. It’s perfect for someone that likes stark designs or is artistic.

 

– Cut each type of flower the same length as in the Traditional Design.
– Place the larkspur vertically against the right side of the vase.
– Angle in the lisianthus to the left so that the bottom of the stems are leaning towards to the right side of the vase. Work fast!
– Place the daisies to the left of the lisianthus, angling the stems towards the right side of the vase so that the blooms are sticking outward on the left side of the vase.

 

All of the flowers will hold each other up.

 

Leftovers

Use a juice cup, votive, or shot glass as a vase. Cut leftover flowers short so that the flowers rest of the lip of the glass. Keep flowers grouped by type and place around the home. These are perfect bathroom flowers or for a nightstand.

 

Tip: Keep flowers fresh but recutting the stems. Simply pick up the bouquet, keeping the design as tight as possible, and give a small trim to each stem. Dump out the old water, and add in fresh water. Place the bouquet back in the vase and adjust any stems that moved.

 

Photos by Matthew Cylinder


front porch urn planter

We were on Spring break last week, and one of the big things on my to-do list was replanting the urns on our front porch. I love lush, colorful container gardens flanking a front door, and ours have been in serious need of a Spring makeover. It’s still a little early here for container gardens, but the warm weather all through March gives me hope that our new, beautiful plants will live a long and happy life.

For my last Style Spotters post, I rounded up a dozen gorgeous pictures of urns, planters, and window boxes filled with cascading blooms and vibrant color, so when I headed off to the local nursery last week, I knew what I was looking for. I’m not always good at improvising, but I’m great at following a recipe. As luck would have it, there’s a tried and true recipe for creating knock-your-socks-off planters and containers for your front porch, and it can be summed up in three little words: thrill, fill, and spill.

front porch urn planters

First, we start with the “thrill.” That’s the tall plant in the middle of the planter. If you look at those inspiration photos from my last post, you’ll notice the thrill in most of them. Sometimes it’s a little tree, sometimes a tall flowering plant, sometimes a shrub. They key is that it is tall and gives the planter a focal point. I spotted some cute Lemon Cypress at the nursery that would be perfect for the thrill in a planter. They didn’t happen to work with my color scheme, but it was hard to walk away from them! For my urns, I chose a perennial Feather Reed Grass. I’m now wondering if that was a good idea long-term because grasses don’t look great all year. They turn yellow and have to be cut back in the winter, so maybe an evergreen would have been a better idea. Time will tell! I certainly think they look great for now.

front porch urn planters

We’re going to skip the middle section (the “fill”) for a second and talk about the “spill.” The spill is my favorite part of any good planter: the vines and cascading bits that tumble down the sides and look romantic, lush, and dreamy. They go on the outermost edge of the planter and spill over the sides and down toward the ground. Creeping Jenny and Sweet Potato Vine are two show-stopping spills…which I didn’t end up getting. Creeping Jenny needs some shade (our porch faces South, so that’s a no-go), and it’s too early in the season for Sweet Potato Vines. But I found some really lovely twiners that I’m excited about. Thunbergia is a beautiful vine with long tendrils. I’ve used it before in planters in our old backyard and loved its look. I picked out some deep orange ones and can’t wait to see them blossom! I also used magenta Bacopa, which is a little bushier than Thunbergia. I really like to use lots of different textures to make the containers interesting. Variety is the spice of life, folks!

front porch urn planters

Now we can go back to the “fill.” The fill is basically all of the stuff between the thrill and the spill. This is the spot for your usual annuals–the things you plant for seasonal color in your garden borders. Geraniums, violets, pansies, etc. Nothing too tall, and nothing viney. I went with Coleus for color and Alyssum for fragrance. The Coleus I chose has beautiful texture, and chartreuse leaves with deep purple veining. It’s really amazing and gives the planters some variety. The Alyssum is also deep purple and should fill in all of the nooks and crannies of the urns quite nicely.

So now you know the secret to beautiful container gardens: thrill, fill, and spill. Go forth and garden! I’m so excited to have these newly-beautified containers flanking my door, and can’t wait to see how they fill in throughout the Spring and Summer!

front porch urn planter


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