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A French-Inspired Garden and Home by Judith Stringham

Decorating With Shades of Spring

Saturday, March 5, 2016

Decorating for Spring doesn't have to be elaborate, complicated, or expensive. 
This time of year nature provides free flowers which makes adding a little color 
to the living room, kitchen, bedroom, or bathroom simple, quick, and easy. 
Decorating with shades of Spring can be as easy as adding 
just a sprig or two of muscari, grape hyacinths, to white bowls and pitchers 
and placing them on the kitchen island.  

Look around the house for everyday items like sugar bowls, cream pitchers, 
or small glasses that can double as vases for short flowers like grape hyacinths. 
The container does not have to be filled with flowers. 

In fact, using just two or three stems per container allows the 
individual blossoms to take center stage. 

Maximize the impact of only a handful of flowers by 
grouping three containers together with two to four blooms in each container. 
Add a couple of green leaves in each container to provide a natural setting for the blooms, 
but take care not to overwhelm the blooms by too much greenery. 

The flowers, not the green stems, are the stars in this arrangement. 

By using containers all the same color, the arrangement is seen 
by the brain as one large group instead of three small groups. 

White containers recede to the background and allow the eyes to be drawn 
to the color of the flowers without competition from the containers. 
Clear vases or jelly glasses would also recede to the background. 

Add interest to the grouping by using containers with different heights and shapes. 
Including the sugar bowl lid adds another height to the grouping. 

Using containers with texture is another way to make the arrangement 
more interesting to both sight and touch. 

Remember that an odd number of items is more interesting than even number. 
This grouping has three containers and two smaller accents (lid and egg) 
making the total number of items five. 

Just one small blue speckled egg is all that it takes to add a subtle touch of Easter. 

What shades of Spring do you have in your yard that you use to decorate? 

It could be a yellow daffodils, white pear limbs, pink peach blossoms, 
purple redbud twigs, white irises, yellow forsythia stems, ... 


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  1. Good Morning Judith,
    Exquisite and delightful to the eyes. These images of your decorating are dreamy and I thank you for the information on how to group and how the minds eye views the larger picture.
    I am heading to the garden store now to see what delights I might find!

  2. I received my order of these beautiful ceramic eggs from your shop yesterday! Thanks for yet another great idea for decorating with them.

    1. Eilis,
      Thank you for your order. You will have so much fun using them for Easter decorations.


  3. You have such great lighting for your beautiful photos! Happy Spring! Hugs, Diane

    1. Diane,
      If only you could see me trying to take photos in the kitchen battling the artificial overhead lighting and the massive amounts of natural sunlight streaming in through the sunspace. Our little secret... lots of editing the lighting of photos in my photo editor.


  4. I adore your white. What pattern is the sugar and creamer? I love grape hyacinths. Happy Saturday.

    1. Katie,
      The sugar and creamer are from HomeGoods and the pattern name on the bottom is Grace.


  5. Your pictures are so pretty and I love the white pots.

    1. Betty,
      Thank you so much. Since I began blogging I have developed an addiction to white.


  6. Visually beautiful blog post and wonderful ideas for decorating with shades of spring. I pinned this post I like it so much! I'm a long time follower and delight in seeing each new post. Warm regards, Nancy A

    1. Nancy,
      Thank you so much for your encouraging comments, especially letting me know you are a long time follower. So glad you enjoyed this post and others as well... You made my day!


  7. Judith, our white pottery is so pretty for many things. I went out to cut some redbud branches today, but I'll need a ladder if I'm to get any. I didn't realize the tree was so tall.
    Thanks for this cheery post this morning. Enjoy the weekend!

  8. Judith, loveyour Spring vignette. how pretty and elegant! I am right now hosting a small giveaway on my blog. I would love if you stop by and enter for a chance to win a few Spring items. xxx Maria

  9. How wonderful to have something blooming to bring in! I do love your arrangement ~ so bright and cheerful!
    Sending hugs,

  10. OH JUDITH! I missed this post, and how colorful and delicate it is! This is what I am craving right now! And thank you for coming to visit my post. I am thrilled for you that you took a class and that you are getting to know your camera. It takes TIME! RAW is so much more fun for me, and you say you don't have that function on your camera? Either way, just keep looking for the right ANGLES and light. Get the mood and emotion of the vignette, don't try to put TOO much into the photo, and style. There is so much to learn, but it's FUN! I will check up on your progress! Anita

  11. Such pretty vignettes. I like the idea of stretching the impact of flowers by spreading them among a few interesting vessels.

  12. How did I miss this post the other day? So glad you linked this with TOHOT so I'd see it. :)

    You really are an amazing decorator. I feel like gushing every time I see a post you've done because it's always, without fail, beautiful.

  13. Each of your pictures is beautiful and you are so right - decorating does not need to be elaborate or expensive.

    thanks for sharing at SYC.


  14. Just found you through the party at Savvy Southern Style and I love your blog! I am a French Country fan as well and am going to bop around and read more. Love this post and especially the white pitchers!



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