“Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.”
― William Morris
If you haven’t noticed, I don’t sell anything here.
I do make some things that are my style, “Go – to” rustic and refound.
Today, I just want to share some photos of items that may belong to some of my “Favorites.”
If I were selling you on something, I guess it would have to be on things you put in your house that you would find to be useful, and believe to be beautiful.
After much searching through some pretty famous & legendary bloggers who sell nothing but their beautiful photos, homes, finds, and life styles I thought I would just share some of my favorite finds.
A Little Wooden Stool
A favorite… I”m talking about little wood stools. Painted, natural, or simple – You know the ones that come in all shapes and sizes. The ones that you can’t seem to get enough of and are absolute treasures setting nearly anywhere. The kind that Moves. All. Over. The. Place. The kind of stool that can hold some pretty yellow roses with a pink trim while I snapped a few photos.
Chairs, chairs, chairs… junking treasures.
Old chairs and roses, a couple of my favorites, just seemed to go together for photo snap.
Yep, I have thing for old chairs. Some of my favorites,
I love flowers! Roses, lilacs, peonies… the list goes on.
Both are beautiful!
A Little Rustic and Refound
Old galvanized metal and wood stirrups are another of my favorites. Holding napkins and charm for a fun table scape or on your kitchen counter.
Salvaged and repurposed for additional use.
“The true secret of happiness lies in the taking a genuine interest in all the details of daily life.”
Flowers and candles…
Flowers serve to make us happy and candlelight adds the ambiance!
Oh, I have more. Without getting crazy…
Just a few of my favorite style elements.
I hope this inspires you to tuck some pretty and functional into your home.
Today it is all about ideas for creating a foraged arrangement.
You know I like most things rustic, even with brambles and blooms.
I’m all about simple beauty these days.
While out on a walk around my property I ran across some blooming Scotch thistle. It is an invasive plant that I’m not really loving as it grows in a couple of spots around the edge of my property. However, Scotch thistle has the prettiest purple bloom. Scotch thistle is covered in the most unfriendly prickly leaves.
This wild and prickly plant with it’s bright purple flower inspired me to create a foraged centerpiece.
Loving flowers as I do, I can’t always make a run to the grocery store just for flowers.
Taking my trimmers I headed out to the “back forty.”
The work began to look for something to accompany this prickly bloom.
I clipped and gathered an abundance of Russian Olive branches,
timothy grasses, and the Scotch thistle blooms.
Using the natural elements and a bucket I started to create a foraged arrangement.
A Little Shaggy, a Little Fun
They say that when it comes to foraged arrangements – anything goes. There is no specific foliage, branches, blooms etc to use- it is whatever you find and you can put together to enjoy.
However it all depends on what is in season, looks beautiful, and catches your eye.
This arrangement is all about being “green” and using what you have on hand.
An abundance greens can be beautiful too – perfect on their own.
Today, I just added that pop of purple.
When it comes to creating an arrangement use what you find just outside your door.
Something fun too is to see how the trees and plants inspire you differently during the seasons and changes.
Sometimes it is the bare branches with nothing else that are perfect.
Other times it is flowers and trees in leaf and bloom.
Since I’m not a rule follower, I kind of like things a little more on the non-traditional side.
Anything goes- start looking outside in your yard or an open field for some greenery and flowers to make a beautiful floral arrangement.
Creating a foraged arrangement is a way to bring a little bit of nature inside without spending money on cut flowers or having to leave home.
Do you have a bush, tree, or flower growing in your yard or in a field near you?
So much fun gathering and creating ……the results are amazing!
Maybe in the future, I’ll be making a DIY foraged wreath or a garland.
I’m a DIYer. Can’t say I love crafting too much, but when it comes to some things like candle holders…I like to make my own. I’m so inspired by beautiful candles all aglow. I love beautiful candle holders of most kinds. I like them chunky, beautifully tapered, metal, wood, glass and rustic is pretty cool too. Those with pretty patterns & details are just fine as well. Candle holders with candles are so perfect for lighting steps outdoors, for a little ambiance on your patio table and even for displaying with indoor vignettes.
I like rustic home décor!
Warm and inviting… I kind of have a thing for candle holders.
And those candles….can we talk about those for a second?
That beautiful warm glow cast from those flickering candles
welcomes you to sit down and enjoy the view.
Some Of My Projects
Just A Board With Charcter
Using rustic fencing wood, I made a chunky tea light holder.
Cleaning up the wood with soap, soft brush & water.
I marked the placement for the tealights & I drilled the holes.
Sure to spark a conversation with your guests.
A great focal point for your home!
Can you picture this to display your favorite scented candle?
Jar or pillar candle?
With this candle stand, either would be a nice addition to any country home.
Do you have a question regarding any of my DIY projects? Let me know.
You know, it’s funny – every week, from spring through the fall,
I think I don’t have much in bloom in the yard until I take a few pictures.
So this week, I thought I would show you around my country garden.
That is, before we began our new home construction.
When I first started my yard, I pretty much knew nothing about gardening. Throwing formality out of the window I began planting things that I loved. I wanted brick pathways with the mix of wildflowers spilling into the pathways, pretty green leafy plants, and an abundance of blooms everywhere you looked. I wanted that English cottage garden look with it’s distinct style—and informal design, densely planted, with flowers at the edge of garden beds spilling over onto the paths. The overall effect is artful, romantic, and uncontrived.
Enjoy the tour!
To add additional interest I wanted a little rustic and refound!
Every color of flower goes with rust! Rust is a must!
Like old rusted pitch forks in wine barrels with a bunch of annual blooms!
Just an old rusted out enamel pan framing growing columbine.
Living in a high desert region, one is required to plant water-wise plants and ones that can withstand harsh winters. I did try to get the right plant in the right place. Taking care to suit the planting to the soil, the light levels and how much water it might need. The plants will be happier, and so, you’ll be happier. I picked plants that are doers: robust and tough. In a garden there may be down times. So I tried to plant flowers that bloomed at different times, but throughout the summer. This will make your garden look amazing throughout summer.
I think that there is nothing is more romantic than a cottage garden that is blooming and overflowing. I like gardens dripping with flowers and heady with scent. These gardens bring a breath of the elegance to any space.
Spaces that would otherwise be empty were filled with flowers, both for their beauty and to suppress weeds. Boy, believe me we can get plenty of weeds! I wanted my flowers the predominant feature. Delicate, fragrant, garden pinks, the bolds and the silvery foliage that provides interest in a summer garden.
Lambs ear is a soft velvety leafed perennial that grows well for me. It’s easy to grow and provides a beautiful layered look as it grows under taller plants. It provides such beautiful gray/green foliage. Lambs ear is a great high desert plant, because it is a water wise plant, so perfect for my area.
In the front of the house the peonies are starting to bloom.
Loving these pale pink blooms.
Heady With Scents
I planted lilac bushes, wild roses, and honey suckle for their heady scent.
A Little On The Wild Side
The wild roses that crop up here and there (don’t have the heart to pull them).
Wild roses lend to the overflowing and natural look, which I love.
I think the beauty of cottage gardens is that mostly anything goes.