Easy organic centerpieces

Easy organic centerpieces

First of all, I want to thank everyone so much for participating in The Scented Home poll we did last week! I have to say you must have some pretty good smelling homes! You guys are so much like me, working around the house with candles going or good smells boiling on the stove! I love it. I really appreciate your comments, it makes it so fun to see everyone’s ideas. We will definitely do more in the future.

Speaking of good smelling homes, my daughter told me that at the last get together at our place with her friends a boy walked in our house and said “I want to baste in the smell of your house.” I had to laugh, I think that was his creative way of saying our house smelled good! Either that, or it smelled like cooking seasonings! I think judging by how many candles we have, he meant it smelled like vanilla, cloves and cinnamon. I love a delicious smelling home!

I am so excited about fall being here, I just want to break out my boots and sweaters! I spent a good chunk of the weekend toning down Christmas and bringing in more fall. I really am going to leave up a few of the Christmas things, but I didn’t want to rush the season. So down to the basement went some Christmas boxes and out came the pinecones!

Continuing on in our discussion of ways to incorporate natural elements to your seasonal decor, here is an idea for an organic centerpiece that is oh so easy. Just take any wreath (this one has sparkles and vines on it, but you could use something plain, or even better would be perhaps a bay leaf wreath) and lay it on your table. Fill the inside of it with fruits and vegetables! How easy is that? Here I used apples, artichokes and key limes. Artichokes make a great contribution to decorating. They are just festive all by themselves.

Easy organic centerpieces

I’m telling you, I am just not interested in slaving away for hours creating holiday centerpieces. I’ve got other stuff to do! You can count on me for the easy, not-so-crafty and inexpensive ideas! Some of you create beautiful mosaics (yes, I’m talking about the super talented Penny), some of you create lovely things out of garage sale finds (too many of you to list), some of you stitch and sew up beautiful handmade things, some of you are so chic you always do something amazingly fashionable, I just throw some vegetables in a wreath and call it good.

The centerpiece in the first photo is super easy too, just take any clear glass jar and fill it with apples and key limes. You can even set the jar in a wreath like I did. But don’t leave the lid on unless it has vents. Otherwise you might be surprised to find out you are also making applesauce. And that might not be a bad thing! That is totally something Martha would do, great multi-tasking! You could really impress your dinner guests.

Anyways, there you go. Nothing fancy, nothing particularly innovative, but manageable seasonal decor that you can also eat!

Creative Projects: Holiday Decorating

Creative Projects: Holiday Decorating

As you all may know by now, I am a big fan of using what you have to decorate your home. In fact, a big part of my interior design business (in the real world) is helping people to take the nice things they already own and arranging it in a way that is pleasing and beautiful. I am passionate about creating beautiful homes for living, not about spending money or having expensive designer stuff. Everyone has their own niche and style, and this has always been where my heart is.

I enjoy looking for beauty and creating it in unexpected ways. I’ll admit it isn’t always easy to do (sometimes spending oodles of money would solve lots of problems!), but there is fun in the challenge of discovering new ways to use what you already have, or adding just a few inexpensive things to make something extraordinary. With some ingenuity, inspiration and creativity, you can make something magical.

I think the same thing translates to our holiday decorating. Using things you already have, like plants, bottles, cookie cutters, fruits and vegetables, mirrors, jewelry, garden pots and decor — you name it, if it is beautiful in some way it can be used in holiday decorating. I especially like shells and organic things for decorating — God already created beautiful things that really are more stunning than anything I’ve ever tried to create on my own. In the photo above I used those same sea urchins you saw in my star dish in a previous post. This time they are sitting in a bubble glass dish, on top of epsom salts. Simple, but I think it is so beautiful!

Creative Projects: Holiday Decorating

Also notice the simplicity of cookie cutters hanging on pale blue ribbon. While I am generally not a big fan of staging decor or vignettes (that is just me, I am more intrigued with having things you really use, not just use to create a vignette), I think during the holidays you can and should add more drama and festivity in your decor. I like the cookie cutters because while they are really simple, they conjure up thoughts of holiday baking, and might just inspire it!

Creative Projects: Holiday Decorating

Creative Projects: Holiday Decorating
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