June 5, 2011

on a bit of greenery...

succulent centerpiece.

I'm kind of a sucker for lotus bowls, if we haven't already established that. They're one thing that I find very difficult to pass up while browsing thrift stores, etsy shops and vintage sales. If you were to take a peek into the duplex, you'd find at least one in every room of the house. I borderline want to snag a huge lot of the large lotus bowls and eat cereal out of them every morning. (I'm not sure my husband would find it half as romantic as I would, but, hey. A girl can dream.)

I was thrilled to find three adorable lotus bowls (and a pretty wooden stand they fit into perfectly) while I was attending the lovely Danni's Vintage Sale last weekend. What a great find! And each piece cost only one dollar, which meant the whole thing was only $4. Hurrah! I would have wept with joy if it wouldn't have made me look questionable.

succulent centerpiece.

My original plan was to spray-paint the wooden stand something really punchy (perhaps bright poppy) or neutral (pale blue), and fill the bowls with either candy or some sort of bits and bobbins, but while I was wandering the duplex yesterday in a fit of kidney pain (yes, I'll get to posting about my exciting ER visit soon enough), I had a sudden spark of creativity.

Inspired by Kyla's recent post on her own tiny home succulent garden, I remembered a few succulents that I thought I had murdered a while ago and threw out the back door. (Sometimes I get angry and irrational. Don't judge me.) As it turns out, the darn things were still quite alive and thriving when I went out to check on them. I immediately decided to apologize to them and give them new life. I will make you beautiful again, little succulents! I promise you this!

succulent centerpiece.

I'm quite pleased with the result. It's not what I had intended for this little centerpiece, but I've been wanting to add a bit more greenery to the duplex and needed something that doesn't have the tendency to die in four days. (Dad, if you're reading this, I'm seriously bitter about not inheriting your green thumb. TEACH ME YOUR WAYS!) In any case, I think it's the perfect addition to the dining room table. Perfect for springtime.

a bit of greenery.

I think I'm in love.

22 comments:

  1. Holy wow! That is absolutely gorgeous! Now I have you AND Kyla as succulent inspiration!!!

    (Also, I hope you're feeling better!!!)

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  2. Whoa, I just bought 3 very similar white lotus bowls antiquing! Twinsies. I LOVE your centerpiece it's soooo cute, and I love the dark wood with the white - it's perfect!

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  3. Best idea ever! I love it. I also can't keep anything alive...so maybe I'll have to give succulents a go sometime

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  4. This is lovely! I'd never even heard the term "succulents" in this manner until Kyla's post...

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  5. gorgeous! (and i still like the bright poppy idea - hurrah for bright and lovely colors!)
    like you, i crave greenery in my home, but plants and i are not friends. some succulents might be just right for me.
    thanks for sharing your lovely idea. :)

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  6. I'm jealous at your creative abilities. I can't decorate to save my life. Our apartment is so uncoordinated.

    In an unrelated note, I thought that I should recommend to you The Leaky Boob Facebook page, just in case you are planning to breastfeed. It's a great forum for breastfeeding women, full of information, encouragement, and support.

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  7. What a beautiful way to bring some greenery to your space.

    Hope you're feeling ok, now.

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  8. So cute! Love it!

    Hope you are feeling better!

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  9. Oh the cuteness! Also, the idea of you throwing your succulents out the back door made me laugh, because that's absolutely something I would do! Glad to hear that they were still fine + thriving :)

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  10. Oh how cute... that is definitely a very neat idea! :)

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  11. Very cute. Easy to care for plants are a necessity for me too. You'd think it would be easy but no way.

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  12. Eeeep! These are so cute!! What a score on the bowls and stand!! That kind of stuff makes me so giddy, I just love a (CUTE!) bargain! Sarah bought a really cute little pot of succulents the other day and I thought they were so adorable, I want to give them a try! I've actually only had succulents as a ground covering, I never thought about bringing them inside! I love it!

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  13. I love it so much! What a great find. You have me laughing about throwing the succulents out the door, too. :)

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  14. Um...seriously the cutest thing I have ever seen!!

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  15. i love it! and pretty napkins!

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  16. I love lotus bowls too!

    I've had several succulents, I think they are adorable...but I've managed to kill them all, I'm not sure how!

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  17. A few things:
    1. These are so fresh and lovely! Aren't they called chicks and hens or something?
    2. Thank you for your super sweet comment- we're excited too!!
    3. I am SO excited for you and Jay and your BABY GIRL!! Its so fun to watch you go ahead of me in this crazy/beautiful journey :) You are already a wonderful mother and I can't wait to experience all the joy that's soon to come :)

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  18. I like you, I think we are similar - I also would have thrown my murdered plants out the back door.

    I love these bowls too - they are exactly what I am looking for (id love a large version for salads etc) - glad they have a name as that always makes things easier!

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  19. I love it! It is such a lovely change from flowers! Be sure to enter my £100 ASOS giveaway!

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    www.lostinthehaze.com

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  20. Ooh, I love! this idea. Your trio of succulents look super fantastic.

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