SUNDAY, JANUARY 10, 2010 | Comments: 3
I have a habit of ignoring January. I force my way through it – turning a blind eye to the cold reality outside and creating my own little haven of greenery indoors. It is my winter survival reflex and I believe it works. Surrounding myself with flowering bulbs and fresh green foliage lifts my mood an helps me to keep my eye on the prize – spring!
A mixture of hyacinths and succulents, individually potted and nested inside of an urn, greet visitors at the front door.
My mantel – several green apples spill out around two urns filled with ivy.
To me nothing triggers memories of springtime more than bright green grass. My coffee table holds a small box of fresh wheat grass and lifts my spirits every time I see it.
Wheat grass is available in the produce section of my supermarket (Jewel).
I have always loved the look of mirrors paired with plants – placing a reflective surface behind a grouping of greenery creates twice the beauty.
Mix into your plant groupings items that add interest and personality.
Trays of lemons, clementines or apples can also add a fresh feeling to a room.
A burst of lemon yellow – definitely a mood lifter.
Boston ferns are available in supermarkets and home improvement stores and many times I find them for under $10.00 each — an inexpensive way to transform a room in an instant.
Put a plant in every room. Our money tree plant, which my girls have given the name -Sally, has been in our dining room for about 3 years now. Sally adds a dramatic feel to the space and also feeds my fantasy of someday having my own greenhouse.
Keep a bit of natural beauty by your bedside – you will notice a difference in your mood. I picked up these lavender hyacinths at my supermarket for about $5.00 and placed them inside of one of my favorite pots – a pleasant reminder that winter will be over soon!