In all honesty – I can’t really take credit for this. I didn’t do anything magically creative, or create some sort of brilliant strategy. I didn’t even plan for … it literally just happened. Here are the totally clueless steps I took to make hydrangeas in the summer living room come together.
#1: Over the years, I have collected cream or ivory faux hydrangeas anywhere and everywhere I stumble across them. In other words, the usual haunts: garage sales, thrift shops, Michaels or JoAnn’s.
#2: Many, many years ago, I bought a French flower bucket at a garage sale. I had no idea what it was, nor had I ever even seen one before. I had to Google it to figure out what it was. I still love the beautiful finish and texture.
#3: Last September, I was in JoAnn’s, hunting for Fall fabrics. I was totally engrossed in what I was searching for, oblivious to anything that did not say Fall to me. I pivoted around the middle of the fabric rolls, and this blue hydrangea fabric stopped me in my tracks. There was something about the range of blues and greens and softly patterned hydrangeas that just lifted my heart. As I stood in line to pay for it, clutching it with all my might, my eyes fell on the word “Waverly”. Of course. I am a total Waverly groupie.
#4: In the spring of this year, we were traveling to two separate family events. One involved a flight to the Midwest, the other was a road trip to northern California. (All of which is totally irrelevant to this story.) I wanted a new purse for these adventures, so I popped in to the new Marshalls and perused the purse section. The offerings were dismally minimal. To cheer myself up, I wandered over to their home décor section. I strolled up and down the aisles, but nothing really jumped out at me. And then I glanced up at the wall, saw this lovely, simple hydrangea print and went weak in the knees.
(Note – I still had not planned any of this!)
The hydrangeas in the French flower bucket are a regular fixture in our living room.
I used the blue hydrangea fabric as I had envisioned it; I made pillows that would straddle both spring and summer. (You can see them in the background of my Easter bunny post.)
I hung the hydrangea print in our entry way. But then I wondered what how it would look on the mantel?
So I removed the window frame from the mantel, and replaced it with the hydrangea print.
It looked good…and then it looked even better when I flanked it with a few blue and white ceramic pieces, an orchid and some greenery.
It was literally a week a later when I stopped in my living room and looked around: Hydrangeas….everywhere.
Happy Summer – from our home to yours!
I am sharing at these link parties:
Across the Boulvevard Create Bake Make Party // Finding Silver Pennies Sunday Link Party // Create with Joy Inspire me Monday // Life and Linda Dishing & Digging It // A pinch of Joy Busy Monday // Flour me with Love Mix It Up Monday // Marilyn’s Treats // I Should be Mopping the Floor