Beautiful Spring In My Living Room And An Easy Project

tree branch spring art

I hope that you had a great weekend! With April on our calendars for the end of the week {can you believe it...already?!} I'm starting to accept the fact that being outside here in So Florida is not going to be fun for the next 8 or 9 months unless one is in the pool or at the beach. My projects are turning indoors now, as opposed to you dear inhabitants of the remainder of the globe. I'm bring the outdoors in for spring and was inspired by...yard work. What? Here's the scoop on that and perhaps something to take off on in your home...
french zinc pitcher display

We were outside clipping back some of the bushes and I saw my husband dragging this large branch to the trash. It was sort of like the time that he drove right by a yard sale and I yelled STOP, TURN AROUND! Find out more on THIS POST to see why...

craft project branch art

I'm just like that and had a vision pop right into my head of what I wanted to do with this perfectly wispy and wiry branch from one of our old wax myrtle trees that had broken off and was dried out by the sun...

A delicate delight to add just a scattering of faux leaves, and I decided on pale pink and white. You can find leaves in most craft stores and on Etsy, and I have a stash in a my own studio for projects. They have wires on the end, so I wrapped each one carefully around the stems. In any large project, it's a good idea to step back and look at the big picture to watch for the balance and flow that you are creating...
shabby chic minimalist living room

I love how this looks and had to wait until the morning to work on the project when the light was streaming into the living room. It took me about 15 or 20 minutes to complete and yes, you can add so many other things to branches as well. You'd be limited only to the weight of the branches and your imagination...


calligraphy coffee mug

But first...it was morning and I needed my coffee fix. This was a recent gift and I didn't feel right in asking where it was from, but I love it! I hope to soon be creating some similar coffee mugs for the shop at SHABBYFUFU. I've been offering you FREE digital downloads {sign up for the newsletter to have access to those:~}} and feel like they would be perfect for mugs and pillows...

What do you think?
beautiful living room spring design

See the mantel behind it all? 

pink living room

This past week Trader Joes finally had some ranunculus in for spring and I was so excited to grab all of the white bunches that they had! Although I've been yearning for pink, it's looking like they won't have them any time soon {insert~crying emoji}...

ranunculus and eucalyptus on a mantel

I filled some glass cylinders and added just a few other things to the mantel, and if you know me...that will change soon! I love styling this way with non~permanent pieces from my stash and florals...

spring mantel design

A vintage birdcage is perfect for spring, and I have several. I dressed up the mantel with some sparkle from mercury glass candle holders that I use effortlessly for every season...

floral mantel seasonal

Another glass cylinder holds cut hyacinths that smell delicious. I keep a supply of eucalyptus in my styling stash for fill in and added them here as well. I've often been asked about drying flowers and I don't do anything special...

elegant mantel with flowers

If you notice the reflection in the mirror of the French wire cabinet with the crate on top you'll see how I dry my flowers! As I said, nothing special...just toss them {ok, CAREFULLY place them!} into a crate with a fabric liner and keep them in a cool, dry spot...

shabby chic mantel

Enjoy and have a wonderful week ahead friends, and disable your ad blocker to see some great floral arranging affiliate books that I recommend!

19 comments

KUNIs little white castle said...

Wonderful

Unknown said...

It is Devine I love those light bulb moments and love the out come. Oh by the way if you are ever in Texas around this time or in the fall check out Round Top/ Warrenton antique, junk, vintage treasures market omg you can walk it and not see everything.

Sharon B. said...

It looks lovely Janet, so soft and pretty.

Shirley@Housepitality Designs said...

Great idea Janet...My hubby is now on alert...not to throw out any branches unless he clears it with me!!!....those pink leaves are the cutest and the mantel....well....just divine!!!

Carla Aston said...

Looks beautiful! And the best thing was how long it took! Simple and easy.

Sheila @ Maison de Cinq said...

So lovely Janet - love it all! Especially the hyacinth! I never, ever see that here in So Cal and I'm not sure why. The branch idea is great - I love the look in the room and the airiness of it!

Have a great week!

Sheila
xo
www.maisondecinq.blogspot.com

Nikki G said...

Your mantel looks awesome. My local grocery store never carries cool flowers like ranunculus. :(

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Debbie said...

It all looks so lovely, Janet! You always inspire me to decorate more!
Debbie
xo

Julie Marie said...

Love it all Janet!... the vintage pitcher full of branches is my favorite... and like everyone else, when I saw your mug on IG I fell in love with it!... can't wait to see the ones you create for your shop, I will be the first one to order!... Happy Springtime!... xoxo... Julie Marie

Jennelise said...

You are so creative! Your room definitely feels ready for spring!
Jennelise xo

Sue said...

I love the large branch that you saved from the trash. It is perfect and your flowers on the mantle are very inspiring. One of the best really.

Nikki G said...

I keep coming back to look at that pink bench. Mine is sortof pink.... I'm thinking I should enhance that just a little.
:)

C.D. Loken said...

Your mantel is GORGEOUS-and I adore that pretty pink bench! PINNING!

Pam Lauren said...

So pretty! Love the pink bench and the pretty flowers on the mantel. Wonderful!

MomHomeGuide.com said...

Your spring living room is so sweet and pretty! Thanks for sharing it at Motivation Monday on Mom Home Guide!

The Prudent Homemaker said...

I understand the seasonal change! Like you, I am now working on more indoor projects. I still have a few things to finish up outdoors, but soon comes the time to stay inside. I have some home decor sewing projects planned this month because of the heat.

Carol said...

We, too, are enjoying what will surely be a very short Spring, and then we will jump with both feet right into triple digits......unlike Florida, we do have a very dry heat! That's really no joke. We often have humidity in the single digits....lots of creaming going on with this body! Love your idea, and I've managed to catch a few of those branches and twigs, but so often my hubby is just too fast for me and they end up being all cut up! I think your mantel is stunning!

Natalie Gallagher said...

THis is simply lovely...thanks so much for the spring decor inspiration and for sharing it on the Motivate Me Monday link party

Michelle James said...

I just love visiting your blog-it is so pretty! Love this post. Thanks for sharing at #HomeMattersParty

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