Seeing Green with a Touch of Spring!

Currently, spring should be in full effect.  However, in the Chicagoland area, that is not the case – we can see snow flurries one minute and five minutes later we can see the sun shining like the snow never happened.  I took advantage of a sunny, spring day and bought some colorful, pretty flowers and put my collection of green Goodwill vases to use.

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I love colorful flowers and colorful home accessories!  This gives me an opportunity to change the look or feel of a room in the most inexpensive way, and I like the basics to be neutral colors that ‘go with everything’.  One of my favorite colors is green – specifically either a rich emerald green or a bright chartreuse green.  During my thrifty adventures, I kept seeing the emerald green glass vases and started to buy the unique styles I didn’t see everywhere – trust me you start to see a lot of repetition and price differences.

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Two of my favorite finds are based on their shape and texture.  The first is a taller, thin piece, but the texture reminds me of the pyramid studs, most reminicent in punk rock accessories.  The second piece is round and short with scales – we could go as far as saying they’re like mermaid scales.  Besides having great shape and texture, these had amazing prices!  Specifically the mermaid scale vase – I found that for 45 cents, 50% off of 90 cents, and the other vase was about $2.00 or less.  I have personal rules for what I will pay for decorative things; I work well in a budget!

Now for adding color with flowers to my fun finds.  Since I went with the emerald green vases, I wanted the flowers to complement them.  I kept my color scheme to white, green, yellow and purple.  The flowers or fillers I went with are as follows: Hydrangeas, yellow calla lilies, carnations, yellow aster solidago, yellow and chartreuse button mums, boronia and some form of mini white daisies.  Some helpful tips I learned – hydrangeas do not like to be cold and will make you aware of that when they start to wilt, boronia is very fragrant in a good way and cats should not eat calla lilies or lilies in general (the cats are fine).

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The idea of having different vases in shapes and sizes is to either have them displayed as a group for a more dramatic look or separately for as something simple and pretty.  Sometimes you want to have one really nice arrangement for your dinner table with different flowers and texture or sometimes you want one type of flower in one color on your nightstand next to your bed.  For me it depends what flowers are in season, what color I want to see, if there is a special event or if it just makes me smile when I see it!

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By no means am I a florist, but I know what I like and what has a good visual flow.  I think this is a fun and simple way to bring a little bit of spring into your home, especially if you’re waiting for the weather to catch up!



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