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August 24, 2010

Beauty In An Instant

One of the simplest luxuries I spend my money on is flowers for my home.  Whether it is one bud vase with a single stem or a bouquet of my favorite white hydrangeas, they instantly seem to perk up my mood as I walk in the door after a harried day at work.

However, there were times in the past, I must admit, when I would think, I shouldn’t be spending money on something that will only last for a few day or a week if I’m lucky.  Gradually, I have come to realize that the beauty and effort I place in my home is a reflection of how I feel about myself.  After all, one of the things I tend to notice immediately when I walk into someone else’s home is the fresh flowers, and I can’t help but feel welcomed without anyone saying a word.

Today’s Rooms of Inspiration are images that place the beauty of Mother Nature in the middle of the conversation - in the living room.  Have a look – whether it is three small vases or one beautiful arrangement, the cohesiveness of the room, the beauty of the room seems to come to together with the simple addition of fresh flowers of the season.

 

Images:(1) House Beautiful (2) Decor Pad (3) From the Desk of Annie (4) Decor Pad (5) Decor Pad (6) Material Girls (7)Source (8) Material Girls (9) Decor Pad (10) Elle Decor (11) Source(12) Source (13) Habitually Chic

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At August 24, 2010 at 1:29 AM , Blogger VMcreation-fashion-studio-atelier said...

This last one image with amazingly peony roses and exquisite colours combination took my heart away...

I am totaly agree with you,fresh flowers not only reflect the beauty of our soul ,but making our home realy,realy invited;-)*

Wish you a very invited last days of the summer,
Love,
***Violetta***

 
At August 24, 2010 at 5:35 AM , Blogger Erika ~TiptoeButterfly~ said...

i LOVE flowers too! - and i feel the same way - i wonder if it's a TOTAL waste of money - but like u said it's a reflection of your mood - and makes your spirits high when your around beauty! .. plus in the summer, i get to just cut them from my backyard *teehee*

 
At August 24, 2010 at 5:43 AM , Blogger Nikki said...

I really love that ornate mirror above the fire place. So beautiful!


xx
Nikki

 
At August 24, 2010 at 6:41 AM , Blogger Connie @ SogniESorrisi said...

Beautiful! I die over that Moroccan mirror and the grey couch in the photo below it.

 
At August 24, 2010 at 6:55 AM , Blogger Grit and Glamour said...

Lovely interiors. And I agree...fresh flowers can really transform the feeling of a space.

♥ V

http://www.gritandglamour.com

 
At August 24, 2010 at 7:42 AM , Blogger J. Is A Bird said...

Fresh flowers immediately make a room feel "done" to me. Perfect timing as this reminded me to change the water in the two vases of sunflowers I have from a party I threw Sat;)

I used to work for a small company that every Monday morning would have a small bud vase of flowers delivered to each person's desk. They usually lasted the week and it was such a wonderful treat.

Cheers!
J.

 
At August 24, 2010 at 7:48 AM , Blogger Punctuation Mark said...

i love flowers and for that reason i keep at home plants that have beautiful flowers most part of the year...

 
At August 24, 2010 at 8:22 AM , Anonymous Clearly Composed said...

It's good for our chi to have living things around us like fish and plants. :) Lovely selection of pics showing how Nature is one fabulous designer herself. :)

 
At August 24, 2010 at 9:05 AM , Blogger THE ALTERNATIVE WIFE said...

I'm a huge fan of fresh flowers in a home. I think it adds such life to a room. Unfortunately this summer I haven't gotten around to having many because I was running around too much but I'm looking forward to things slowing down in the next few weeks. Can't wait to get some dahlias!

 
At August 24, 2010 at 9:17 AM , Blogger Carrie said...

I too adore fresh flowers in a home. Just the other day I was at the grocery store and caught a glimpse of the floral department. I stopped in my tracks and thought to myself that I should buy some for the house but for whatever reason didn't. This solves it, I am getting some next time I am out and about. Thank you!

 
At August 24, 2010 at 9:51 AM , Blogger Peggy and Fritz said...

I am 100% in agreement with your post. When I was in college I had no money - I was paying my way through school and said to myself when I get my first apartment, I am buying fresh flowers every week. I truly believe that fresh flowers bring something to a home. I can't explain what it is - but it's a feeling. When I had money, I bought would buy my star gazers and white lily's - when I'm broke I stick with simple roses from my garden in jam jars or in bud vases. Flowers make me happy. Whether I am on a budget or not, my house will always have flowers - it's the one thing that always makes me happy and like my highlights...I'm not giving it up :)

 
At August 24, 2010 at 9:53 AM , Blogger Lissa @ After Adornment said...

I completely agree! I never feel bad about buying fresh flowers because they make me feel so good...and feeling good is all that matters! If money is an issue....find somewhere you can cut from the side of the road or something.

 
At August 24, 2010 at 10:48 AM , Blogger Cara said...

I love fresh flowers (peonies are my fav) I ALWAYS have them when we have guests :)

 
At August 24, 2010 at 11:05 AM , Blogger Jackie said...

Flowers brighten every room every day! I wish I could have them in my house, but my cats eat them...boo. Oprah said fresh flowers in her house were her first indulgence when she started making her money. :)

 
At August 25, 2010 at 12:53 AM , Blogger Lana said...

Flowers make all the difference, absolutely!

 
At August 25, 2010 at 12:58 PM , Blogger victoriavm said...

I'm drooling over these images you've put together! I do love fresh flowers. There's nothing like them. I'm so glad I found your blog! :)

 
At July 6, 2013 at 1:51 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you for this. I think flowers really anchor a room. It's the icing on the cake or the cherry atop the sundae....it completes a room. My favorite thing to do is put a sunflower arrangement in my colorful living room and a bouquet of casablancas in the kitchen. Fresh florals brightens the home and my mood!

 

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