Before I redecorated my entryway a few years ago, I had a different chest and an arrangement of silk tulips. Despite the fact that many of the magazines and HGTV shows decry the use of silk flowers, I loved my tulip arrangement and have relocated it to my bedroom. I now try to use fresh and seasonal flowers or branches in my front hall, and I have found that this changes the look of the space and satisfies that little need to change things around every so often.
Last week, I spotted a beautiful arrangement of holly in the entry of my architect’s office. He had cut some branches from his back yard, and the effect was really beautiful. I am not sure why I have never thought of doing this – after all, holly is my namesake and I tend to have a soft spot for anything holly themed during the holidays. When I was at Kroger this week, they had a small selection of holly branches, and I thought I would try it out. I purchased some glass ornaments from Target and put them in a crystal bowl to make the scene look a little more festive.
A closer view. As I have mentioned, I am the world’s worst flower arranger, and I am not much better at tablescapes, but I am pleased with the festive look that the red and green bring to the entry.
When getting this post ready, I took a little trip down memory lane; one of the nice results of having a blog is that my house has never been as well documented! Here is my entry in the spring – I had come across a large selection of flowering quince at Whole Foods, and wrote a post about it here.
I the summer, I found lilacs in Whole Foods – lilacs are SO rare in Atlanta, and their scent reminds me of my childhood (they were my mother’s favorite flower).
I took this quick iphone picture in October to document a beautiful flower arrangement sent to me as a thank you for a dinner party I hosted. The fall colors were a welcome addition to the overall neutral tones of the entryway.
Most of the time I have an orchid on the chest. I learned that if you put three cubes of ice in the orchid’s container once a week, it is the perfect way to keep an orchid watered and alive – and it seems to work! Orchids are one of the few potted plants that I can actually keep alive for more than a month. (Ben the dog matches the decor so well!)
I will probably return an orchid to the spot in the New Year, and keep on checking Whole Foods for the flowering quince (which is my favorite look). Do you have a favorite? (Email subscribers, click here to comment)
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