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Flower Box Centerpiece for Spring

Create a flower box centerpiece for spring with an easy  Easter-theme transition.

Happy Spring! Now that Easter is right around the corner, I decided to add a little Spring-time update to our dining room. Like other rooms in our house, we’ve decorated in a modern rustic style with simple furniture, a muted color palette and lots of houseplants for accents. To add a few simple Easter touches, I designed a flower box centerpiece for our table and added this customizable bunting banner from Minted’s spring collection to our wall.

Our dining room table is large (100″ in length) and it can be hard to find an appropriately scaled centerpiece. After quite a bit of searching, I decided on this flower-box-style planter, which is 31″ in length and fits the table perfectly. Once I had the planter selected, I moved on to plant shopping - probably my favorite part of decorating.

Create a flower box centerpiece for spring with an easy  Easter-theme transition.

I purchased a small selection of green plants and white flowers. I also purchased some yellow flowers at my daughter’s urging, but when I couldn’t fit everything into the container, the yellow were the first to go. Instead, I kept to a minimal palette of green and white plants:

  • Mondo Grass for spikiness
  • Scotch Moss for texture
  • Snow Princess for volume
  • Succulents because they are my favorite

Here is the completed centerpiece:

Create a flower box centerpiece for spring with an easy  Easter-theme transition.

And here is our dining room with a mini makeover for Spring and Easter:

Create a flower box centerpiece for spring with an easy  Easter-theme transition.

When it gets closer to Easter, I plan to update the centerpiece with a set of small ceramic robin’s eggs:

Create a flower box centerpiece for spring with an easy  Easter-theme transition.

Featured in this post: flower box planter / Minted bunting banner / robins eggs

Disclosure: Minted graciously provided the banner for inclusion in this post and the post contains affiliate links.

Spring Update: Six Low-Light Houseplants

Six fool-proof, low-light houseplants.

Every year about this time, I go on a houseplant shopping spree. Last year, the living room was the primary recipient of the new greenery, and my selection of plants centered around easy-to-maintain varieties. Purchasing hard-to-kill plants paid off, as many of last year’s additions are still alive and well.  This year, I’m taking a similar approach but since most of the plants will be placed in my office, a dark room with dark wood panelling, I decided I needed plants that also thrive in low-light conditions. The windows in my office are southern facing with a tree just outside blocking much of the light for all but an hour or two or so each day. As a result, low-light plants were definitely the only option. (more…)

Weekend Snapshot

It was a gorgeous weekend, and it’s finally starting to look like Spring in our yard. We spent lots of time enjoying the weather, planting in our garden and, of course, taking photos. I’m really starting to love my new camera! Here are a few of my favorite pics from the weekend:

weekend snapshot

Modern Mix: Planter Trends I Love

modern mix: a collection of planter trends #plants #garden #spring

I may be going a little overboard with the plants in our house. At last count, we had 32 plants (including Jenna’s indoor flower and vegetable garden). That’s a lot of plants, but the truly amazing part is that I’m keeping them alive. And as my plant collection grows, so too must my planter collection. I’m always on the lookout for simple, beautiful containers to add to my collection.

Some of my favorite dream planters above: cube, hanging, vintage, cement, geometric, retro stand, mid-century, garden box.

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For the Birds: Modern Houses and Feeders

Modern Birds: A list top 10 bird houses and feeders in high/low budget ranges

It’s not quite spring but already we’re beginning to spot some new guests in our backyard. Watching birds is becoming a bit of a hobby around here, and over the past weekend, we even spotted a red-tailed hawk. In addition to being on the look-out for birds, I’ve also been scouting options for modern bird houses and feeders for our yard. I just purchased this wooden bird feeder and, even though the birds haven’t discovered it yet, I love the new view just outside my office window.

Here are a few others on my wish list:

Modern Birds: A list top 10 bird houses and feeders in high/low budget ranges

High: 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5

Low:  1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5

Houseplant Help

indoor houseplant help: tips and resources for indoor plants

I love having lots of plants in our house, but I don’t have the best track record keeping them alive.  Every spring, I fill my house with plants, only to have most of them heading for the trash bin by the end of summer. This time around, I’ve been reading up on indoor gardening and have even started selecting plants based on hardiness. I’m especially encouraged by articles about plants that seem to thrive under any conditions. Surely, I can make keep a few of those alive.

Here are a few of the articles I’ve found most helpful:

Here are a few more scenes of green in my own home:

indoor houseplant help: tips and resources for indoor plants