When my sister and I were growing up (and still a little to this day!) we used to love to play The Sims. It’s a really neat game where you can control little characters and make them live our their lives however you see fit. BUT – my favorite part of the game was building homes and decorating. I always wanted to be an architect but gave up that dream when I was young because I was so bad at math. Oh, how I wish I could go back and pay more attention, ask more questions, and not give up! Anyway, decorating my sim’s houses was always the best part and my favorite item to decorate with was plants. Flowers. Blooms!
#1 – Flowers in Simple, White Containers
There’s just something about having some pretty flowers around or some greenery that makes spaces feel alive. On nearly every shelf, corner, and horizontal surface in my home, there’s a plant. I used to go buy fresh flowers once a week from the grocery but stopped since they kept dying so quickly. I just didn’t have time to go to the florist and buy good quality flowers, so fake ones it was. And you know what? They look great. They make me happy. And I don’t have to water them! Above is a simple fake flower arrangement that I picked up from Target for the nursery. So pretty and it really makes that corner feel alive!
#2 – White Tulips with Crisp Green Stems and Leaves
My favorite of all time is white tulips. Their clean green leaves and stems, simple white blooms, and elegance are perfect, no matter the room. I just picked up some from Hobby Lobby the other day, and they’re happily sitting in my hallway nook upstairs. I think tulips are pretty modern looking as well, and I’m glad they’re a part of my home!
#3 – Simple Greenery
This little guy it a fake plant I picked threw together from extra greenery I bought when we moved in. It’s simple and clean, with very few frills and now lives on Aaron’s side of the bed in our bedroom! Our house felt so empty and lonely when we moved in, so I found a coupon and bought a bunch of fake plants online. It actually made a world of difference, and they were so much cheaper than in stores! I think the key is to keep these things dusted, and put them in containers where you either can’t see the stems or there is some sort of vase filler so you can’t tell they’re plastic.
#4 – Anything in a Mason Jar
My other secret weapon with containers is to throw everything into a mason jar. They’re thick glass, so they won’t break if accidentally knocked over, are super cute, and cheap. And thanks to an organizing mistake I made a few years ago, we have more mason jars than I know what to do with. Nearly every plant in our house lives in one of these, and it’s actually worked out pretty well. A lot of our dry good in our pantry are stored in mason jars too, and someday I’ll find a use for all of them. But for now, they’re taking up an entire cabinet just waiting to be utilized!
#5 – Wildflowers From Your Own Backyard
Texas is lucky to have some of the prettiest wildflowers in the world – just driving down the highway, you get to see tons of different colors, shapes, and textures. I seriously love springtime here! Bluebell Ice Cream (which is SO good!) is actually named after the Bluebell wildflowers that grow here.
#6 – Sunflowers
Sunflowers are absolutely one of my favorite flowers. They’re big, happy, and bright. They remind me of my mom, too, since yellow is her favorite color. I think this is one of those flowers, though, that always looks fake if you buy faux ones. I’d say stick to the real deal, which means finding a florist that sells them since they aren’t usually readily available at your local grocery store. They tend to love long, hot summers though, so maybe we’ll plant some in our backyard!
#7 – Anything Pink!
I’ve never really been a pink girl, except for when I was young. After that, it was on to black and bolder colors. Now, I’m all about anything neutral. If I could wear an entire closet of black, grey, white, and tan, with a little navy thrown in, I’d be happy. I think I own one pink shirt, and it’s a workout shirt. However, I love pink flowers. They’re just a little touch of feminine in my otherwise pretty gender-neutral home. If you love pink, but your significant other won’t let you paint the walls a rosy hue, maybe try some flowers!
#8 – Roses
Roses are one of the most famous and often used flowers. I tend to stay away from them since the thorns hurt my hands, but they’re a great option, especially since you can pick them up at the grocery store really easily. White roses are my favorite (hello neutrals my old friend), but yellow and pink ones are cute too.
#9 – Ranunculus
Beautiful flower with a hard to spell name. I really wanted these for our wedding, but they were absolutely out of our budget. Their close petals and clean lines are a wonderful larger and more modern version of a rose in my eyes. When they open up, they are just so beautiful!
#10 – Same Flower, Different Hues
One of my favorite arrangements of flowers is when there are a bunch of the same kind but different shades. It creates a beautiful depth to the grouping, and makes everything seem more effortless. I think the days of very artsy and ‘tight’ arrangements of flowers are over for now. Everybody (myself included!) seems to love more casual, collected bouquets.
What are your favorite flowers? Do you use them to decorate as well? Do you garden, pick them up from a florist, or love faux flowers like me? Tell me in the comments below, I’d love to hear from you!