As the seasons begin to change, you’ll typically find me perusing a few of my favorite stores, looking for new pieces to mix in with my everyday items or ideas to get my creative wheels turning. Other than Christmas, I’m not big on seasonal decorating. It can get expensive and, if not checked, you can end up with a lot of stuff that needs to be stored for 10-11 months each year. I would rather focus my decorating dollars on things that are evergreen and, instead of hauling out bins of cliche decor, I’ll bring in a few fresh seasonal elements, rearrange, and utilize pieces that speak to the season. A plaid throw can speak to fall. Some pale green dishes can speak to spring and summer. Pinecones in a wooden bowl speak to winter. It’s just a simpler, more economic way to decorate.
When I do buy or make season-specific items, I want them to be easy to store and reuse.
I initially painted them for a tablescape, but I love how they turned out! When I was organizing the dining room cabinets, I found them in a grocery bag in one of the hutch drawers. Well, I know where I can put these right now!
I scattered a few on the hutch and boom – Easter decorating is done.
Just because the stores look like a hoard of rabbits, chicks, pastels, and flowers doesn’t mean our homes have to look like that each time the snow melts and the trees start to bud. And I know most of you know that, but I think there are some people who feel the pressure to buy the stuff and bring up the bins from the basement. Seasonal decorating shouldn’t be and doesn’t have to be drudgery. It should be an external expression of your internal calendar telling you it’s time to clean, refresh, and bring the outdoors in. It can be inexpensive craft projects that become family heirlooms and branches clipped, brought inside, and forced to bloom.
I love that there is so much beauty to be found in simplicity. That should be an encouragement to everyone who has to make do this spring and Easter. It really doesn’t take much.
I haven’t tried it before, but I plan to clip some branches off of my cherry trees and force them inside. That will be a fun experiment while we’re hunkered down at home.
If you’re interested in seeing the process of how I styled this hutch, you can find that post HERE.
Stay safe, everyone, and have a great weekend. I bought plenty of ingredients, so we can still have our Friday family pizza and movie nights. We’re just cooking in instead of ordering out and that’s not such a bad thing.
(This is the one we made last Friday…)