Somewhere I read that a woman said she’d rather have roses on her table than diamonds around her neck. I’d definitely rather have the diamonds around my neck (and preferably a neck that had both vertebral arteries working, but that’s another prayer.) 🙂 However, flowers are still one of my favorite things… flowers and stories.
Two treasured things in my house, Matt excluded, are my flower arrangements and my foo dogs. I hope you have some favorite items in your house that you just love looking at… they should make you smile, they should mean something, and some things NEED to have story behind them.
Faux flower arrangements can be that “jolt” that turns your room from pretty into beautiful. They can be subtle and plentiful, or large and eye-catching.
No matter their purpose, the flowers SHOULD SUIT the vase or container. Your flower arrangement should be two and half times taller than your container. It does not look good when your vase overwhelms your flowers.
My favorite places for QUALITY faux flowers are Pottery Barn and Design Additions in Jacksonville, Florida (Avondale); and the best places for vases are antique and consignment shops.
So, if you buy a tall vase… visualize an arrangement that is more than twice its height. If your space does not accommodate that… either leave the vase at the store, or leave it empty in your space.
A collection of empty vases IS BEAUTIFUL. I do not prescribe to the notion that every vessel has to be filled with something. Mary McDonald is a master of “the collection” of empty vases and they are ELEGANT (as seen below).
My other current favorite object d’art is a pair of antique Chinese FOO DOGS (Fu dogs) I purchased from the The Women’s Board of Wolfson Hospital’s Art & Antiques Show in December.
I love them because they come with a story. They predate WWII and were brought to America from Germany. Foo Dogs are symbolic, which I just adore since I’m a literature teacher. Appearing first in 208 BC, they are actually lions that are thought to have protective power. Commonly placed near entrances and doors, these pairs of lions have guarded the thresholds of temples and palaces throughout time…together; the male holding one paw on a sphere which is “earth” and the female’s paw cradling a cub. A couple, guarding something precious together. What a symbol of marriage that can be.
Make sure you have some things in your home that you REALLY LOVE, or objects that have a story behind them.
Shopping for brand new furniture and decorative items is GREAT and A LOT of fun, but don’t fill your home with only the “brand new.” There’s just no history to it.
I’d rather have a story to tell.