There are always flowers for those who want to see them.
~ Henri Matisse
Hello Cottage Friends,
Whether outdoors or indoors, flowers are always visible here at A Joyful Cottage. After all, what would a cottage be without a smattering of floral lovelies?
Although we're officially now in the fall season, my flower garden is still going strong. No signs of fading yet; I have plenty of flowers available for cutting.
We've been collecting cobalt blue glass the last few years and I enjoy displaying it in our cottage. Here I've mixed it in with some of my potted plants and flowers in the garden window.
Sometimes just a single bloom in a simple vessel can make a bold statement.
Fresh flowers from our cottage garden can be found in our sitting area, too. I especially like to place them near Dennis' sculpture.
|In Good Hands sculpture by Dennis Reinke|
The photo below, taken in our last home, illustrates how I surrounded Dennis sculpture with potted geraniums, creating a mini botanical garden. This is something I plan to do again.
|The Awakening sculpture by Dennis Reinke|
My favorite floral arrangements are those that look like they were casually gathered on a summer walk. Like this bouquet of fresh flowers in our bathroom. The style and size of the cut glass vase is ideal for this space.
Here's another pretty bouquet on my studio windowsill. I used one of the small bottles that resides here to hold a few delicate blooms. The charming pillow was a housewarming gift from my blogging friend Jo of Anne's Attic Design. It's her creation, and I love all the handmade flowers that embellish it. I keep it in this special place, above my desk, where I'm constantly reminded of her kindness and generosity. (Gorgeous pillows like this aren't just for sofas, chairs and beds, you know.)
Long after my cutting garden has surrendered to Jack Frost, flowers will still brighten the rooms of our cottage via the decorative accessories I use. This rose tea cup is English bone china. Can you believe I found it in the "free" box at a local thrift shop? It's in perfect condition.
A pretty French box holds my vintage hankies and hand embroidered pillowcases. Loads of flowers here.
My love affair with flowers is evident in the vintage plate and demitasse cup on our decorative stove hood shelf.
Instead of a headboard, my husband's stunning Water Lily oil painting takes center stage above our bed.
|Water Lily oil painting by Dennis Reinke|
Mixing and layering floral patterns gives me the quaint cottage charm I love.
I've only just begun. As I continue to decorate our new cottage, you can bet more flowers will show up.
So tell me, do you decorate with flowers?