Happy Spring! With Easter just a few days away and warmer temps in the forecast, you’re likely feeling the urge to do some Spring cleaning and looking for ways to freshen up your home. If you’re like me, you’re inspired to make a few seasonal decor changes as well. Introducing greenery and flowers are an inexpensive and easy way to bring the outside in. Whether real or a quality fake, foliage adds life and happiness to your home and complements any design aesthetic. Fresh plants are dreamy, but unless your thumb is a lovely shade of green, they can be daunting. My solution is to invest in both preserved and realistic-looking artificial greenery, then supplement with the occasional plant and fresh cut blooms. Don’t know where to start? Take a cue from America’s new sweetheart, Joanna Gaines. Yes, the charming, relatable, lovable gal who’s married to Chip and taking the nation by storm with the addictive hit Fixer Upper. Even if you wouldn’t describe your style as “farmhouse” or “shabby chic” chances are you adore her and can appreciate her tasteful approach to accessorizing. When it comes to styling with natural elements, Joanna emphasizes simple varieties and neutral flowers (usually white). Here’s a list of classic and timeless greenery and blooms inspired by Joanna Gaines.
Spring Greenery & Blooms Inspired by Joanna Gaines:
Fresh Cut White Flowers – White blooms complement any taste and won’t compete with existing decor. Think happy Spring blooms like Ranunculus, Sweet Pea, Tulip, Hydrangea, Poppy and Wax Flower.
Olive Branch – A symbol of peace or victory. Fairly uncommon locally, although The Floral Bar by Ever Something carries it occasionally. You may order fresh branches online here!
Eucalyptus – Fragrant and dreamy leaves available in an array of varieties, many in a soft and subdued shade.
Preserved Boxwood – Practically maintenance-free, for those of us not blessed with a green thumb. Available in wreaths and topiaries, among other options. Home Goods (coming soon to Owasso) and her sister stores sometimes have a few.
Magnolia – A favorite of Joanna Gaines and a true Southern staple. As a tree that thrives locally, chances are you have one in your own yard or perhaps a generous neighbors’. Clip a few small branches to place in a simple vase or go for this versatile, artificial wreath from Magnolia Market.
Herbs – Edible and fragrant. Rosemary, Lavender, Sage and Thyme are popular. Love the idea of this faux Sage to add texture to a shelf or tabletop.
Bird Nest – A charming natural element that nods at a fresh season and new life. Check out Restore House for the sweet one made of raffia pictured in my glass cloche. A fun idea would be to craft one with your kiddos using foraged elements and excelsior straw.
Moss – Interesting texture and a great filler. Lovely in terrariums, at the base of Paper White flower bulbs or even in a small vintage urn. Loving this assortment including soft reindeer moss, lichen and more.
Flowering Branches – Wispy branches such as Quince, Peach, Pear, Cherry and Pussy Willow, with Spring-time blooms in pastel hues.
Dried Cotton – Nothing says “farmhouse chic” like airy dried cotton stems. Broken Arrow’s beautiful Restore House boutique stocks stems, wreath and even garland!
Below are lists of my favorite local Tulsa places to shop for both fresh and faux greenery and blooms!
Artificial & Preserved: