Monday, January 9, 2012

Pinecones and Hydrangeas

Hey my friends!

I hope you are all wonderful!  We are busy about homeschooling and getting ready for my son to start back his college classes.  Time flies, doesn’t it?

I have my house back in order from Christmas and New Years and am enjoying getting back into a routine.  I am a routine kind of girl.

As I have been getting things put back together and have been throwing away and boxing up, I have noticed that I am not always sure what to use this time of year to fill my enamel pitchers and galvanized buckets.  Spring and summer are easy with all the beautiful fresh flowers.  Christmas is easy with beautiful greenery.   But what about the long winter months?
I have found that I tend to start pulling out my faithful and beautiful dried hydrangeas and mixing them with pinecones.

Do I have any idea if you should use hyrdrangea’s during winter?  No, but I love them and they work just great for me.  And, this girl uses what works.

When putting my dining room back together, I incorporated hydrangeas, pinecones, mercury glass, galvanized buckets, wire baskets…OH well, just a little bit of everything that I love.

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I am so glad that you don’t have to follow any set design rules when decorating your home.  Use what you love… where and how you love it!  I guess that’s my design rule.  Smile

Have a great rest of your week and be blessed.



michelle said...

It looks beautiful Amy and I couldn't agree more, use what you love and it will be perfect. :)

It's me said...

It look great !!! i love it !!!...have a nice week love from

Elizabeth (Blue Clear Sky) said...

It is a lovely arrangement, Amy. I love all the interest with the textures and tones. Perfect for this time of year.

A Thrifted Market said...

Very beautiful Amy..always is!! I love the mix of the galvanized with the mercury glass. Have a beautiful week.

Creative Ambitions said...

Love all the metal Amy... and the hydrangeas!! :) Yes... use what you love!! :) I noticed the oil can in your other post... I have a similar one and used mine on the mantel this year...
Have a wonderful week!!

raggygirlvintage said...

It's gorgeous Amy, seriously! I love the muted tones of the hydrangeas, and that single pine cone in the mercury glass is perfect! Such a pretty title post! Makes me want to go and fluff:-)

❀ JoAnne said...

That's the best design rule of all, Amy! I love dried hydrangeas too and yours look so pretty with all of your treasures. I like getting back into the routine also - kind of 'back to normal.'

Debra @ Common Ground said...

This is so pretty, Amy. Love dried hydrangea in any container, but that galvanized bucket is just perfect!!

Shay said...

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Olive Cooper said...

Eight kinds of wonderful.

Tricia said...

I am one who thrives on routine, too! I think your vignette looks stunning -- and magazine-worthy! I love all the wonderful textures you included.

Tammy ~ A Primitive Place said...

Hi Amy,
I completely agree!
And they sure look wonderful!
Of course everything you do always does.
Thanks for the awesome eye candy.


Just my style! It looks great Amy!


Rosemary@villabarnes said...

I love hydrangeas. I think they work perfectly with this vignette.

chateau chic said...

I find myself with the same decorating dilemma during the months following Christmas and before spring arrives. Love what you came up with.
One of your newer followers, Mary Alice

Laurel@chippingwithcharm said...

LOVE your design "rule"...I agree completely :) Looks lovely! Laurel

Sarah said...

I'm all in favor of your design rule! And your table top looks lovely. I like the mix of textures and the colors your pulled into your design. ~ Sarah

Shanon at Vintage Sparkle Chic said...

I with you on the design rule! I do what I love!
I love your dried hydrangeas, they look so pretty and perfect for these winter months until spring starts. I am really into the mercury right now, too. Your whole vignette is just lovely.


Liz said...

I'm with you! Use what works! :) Your buffet looks wonderful! :)


Mary Lou said...

Amy,I just threw out some dried hydrangea that crumbled when I touched them. I do love them anytime of year. I like your mercury glass too.
From another routine kind of girl.
Have a great week.

Lynn@ The Vintage Nest said...

I think it looks just perfect and dried hydrangeas work anytime. I even like to put them in the Christmas tree. You could also plant some amaryllis and paperwhite bulbs in your buckets. :) Happy Day!

Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

I love all of the elements you have combined...the hydrangea and pinecones, mercury glass and all comes together perfectly! Hopped over from Knick of Time~ I am a new follower!

Anonymous said...

Looks very nice. I think it's a great idea to decorate with what you like not what's popular-that's what makes it your home. Kathy

Okio B Designs said...

Love how you used your pinecones! And oh man that old iron is fabulous!


On Crooked Creek said...

I adore your vignette! The pastel hue, the natural elements, textures and the slightest hint of color. Perfect for the Season! Not only does your design ROCKS!!!

Chrissy...The Apothecary Shop said...

Hey thats my rule....use whatever makes you happy to heck what anyone else thinks!!! Love your sideboard vignette..I have the same grey basket thingy with the lid(what is it called) x0x0

Becky C said...

Pinecones and hydrangeas are working out perfectly :) Looks like a great design tip for winter! Do I spot a new chippy white window it!!
That is an awesome vignette and beautiful buffet. Love the mirror shot with jelly cabinet in the background. NICE photography skills :)

A Cottage Muse said...

I love what you have put together and I also love the reflection in the mirror!!

Vintage Home said...

The picture with the reflection in the mirror is stunning...great mirror on the other wall!
You can never go wrong with hydrangea!
And pine cones are my favorite..we have a pinecone & acorn snowflake winter white Christmas tree!

Anita @ GoingALittleCoastal said...

I love dried hydrangeas. I only wish I had saved some from this past summer. The ones I have are starting to fall apart a bit. I hope I get a great crop this year. Yours look beautiful Amy!