Sometimes simple is best and it is exactly perfect.
Kind of like this simple and sweet little dog statue that just manages to always
find a way into my mantel designs
bringing a huge amount of charm right along with him.
Something simple inspires me more often than not.
I know that seems crazy when sometimes what makes a room is all the 'stuff' in it that is decorating it.
But there is a fine balance between
too much that it takes away and just enough that is leaves you wanting just a bit more.
Keeping more to the simple side allows me to really
notice and appreciate so much more than what the eye first sees.
Like instead of a whole bunch of lilacs,
one single stem allows each individual star shaped blossom to stand out that much more.
Now, don't get me wrong when it comes to lilacs
I am all for a big bouquet of them in every room
but I also appreciate a simple small little jar with one stem just as much where
you see so much more of the intricacies of the flower.
Sometimes it is simply the 'breathing space'
in design that makes it perfect.
I have been super quiet with seasonal decorating over here recently
well, other than Christmas but you know, obsessed. ;)
Probably partly because I am busy busy behind the scenes with a few bigger projects
So it seems, some of those seasonal changes are taking form in the simplest of ways
with just a touch here and there.
So things like clear glass bottles
blue jars and old inkwells on the mantel in the cottage
are just perfect for holding a single bloom.
And paired with the glistening gold pages on these old books from my grandmothers collection-
I love to place these chunky old books outward so that the gold can take center stage.
It is a refreshing change from the usual darker bindings.
A stack of little thrifted white leaf bowls
and a few sprigs of Stock that drop its blossoms more and more each day
but that just seem to roll to just the right spot each time.
Of course, that delicious pairing of vintage brassy gold mirror
with a few branches of purple lilac
is just the perfect amount of drama and soft color for me.
I am so enjoying the big armful of lilac blooms my husband cut from our trees this year.
From using several of them paired with the blue and white in yesterdays chandelier post
to a few on the mantel in the cottage-
they are beautiful and I am enjoying them all over the house right now.
It is rainy here again today- which is really good news for California
and that rain will not only be watering the world outside
but it will also be keeping me indoors for a bit today.
So I am looking forward to pouring an extra cup of coffee
and delving into finalizing some of the planning work and ordering product for
that upcoming bathroom remodel.
Happy Tuesday everyone.