Thursday, March 18, 2010

Decorating to EnLIVEn Your Home!

A very simple, inexpensive way to liven up your home and make it a more Welcoming place is to try to have at least one "live" thing in each room!

Live items could include:


Flowers (Cut or Potted)

Fresh Fruit or Veggies Piled in a Colander or Bowl

Beautiful Music


Shells, Starfish, Coral

A Flickering Candle

Breeze Coming Through an Open Window, Fluttering the Curtains



Things Living or Found in Nature


Having "LIVE" things in a space really makes your Home feel warm & inviting.

Not to mention the joy these items bring because of their beauty!

I can't imagine that there is anyone who doesn't want to bring some


& freshness

into their Home!

These flowering dogwood branches in our last home really made our breakfast room feel so beautiful and fresh and cozy all at the same time!


Makes me want to have a friend over for tea & cupcakes just looking at it!!

Fresh fruit or veggies look so amazing when they're put in a pretty bowl or basket in the kitchen. Who wouldn't want to eat healthier when you're looking at such colorful produce?!!

{I'll admit that I even use real-looking but fake lemons piled in an apothecary jar....they are so cheery you can't help but smile when walking past!}

Even small rooms like a bathroom could use some "live"-ening up!

Here an old scale holds pretty soaps and a towel, but when I placed the coral & starfish on there -- LOVE it!!

The candles in the background can be lit for taking a relaxing bath.

Some moisture loving plants do very well in a bathroom too, due to the humidity.

Flowers are one of my very favorite ways to bring "life" to a space!

Whether they come from your garden or your local grocery store, flowers are a wonderful way to enjoy the Creator's handiwork up close!


But most of all, it's the love & laughter of family and friends being together that really makes a House a Home!!!


Melanie said...

I love ALL of those ideas! And that scale in the bathroom with soaps & coral is FANTASTIC! I'm going to be on the look-out for one of those! Thanks for some wonderful inspiration!

Amanda @ Serenity Now said...

That last photo is so pretty! I just recently bought some fake lemons from excited to use them now that it's (almost) Spring. :) I LOVE the coral. Just beautiful!

I've got a Giveaway going on today from The Tattered Flower. :) I hope you'll stop by to check it out!

Melissa Miller said...

~Beautiful displays Stacey!

Love the shells and scales. It's so pretty and unexpected. :)

Erica said...

I love the scale in your bathroom! What a great idea ;o)

Judy@cutest-little-things said...

What an inspiring post! Great ideas!

By the way, I love the dogwood branch and that chalkboard frame is spectacular!


Gina said...

Very pretty! I especially love the scale!

Joy@thiftyparsonageliving said...

I love the scale with the coral and soaps.Thanks for the inspirational ideas!

frillsfluffandtrucks said...

That dogwood is so pretty!

~ Sarah

Shell in your Pocket said...

Just beautiful!

sandy toe

Stacey said...

Absolutely great ideas! I too have an apothacary jar full of perfect faux lemons.

I also love it when the curtains just slightly blow in the today. ;)

Merri Ann said...

We have a ton of coral and I've never been able to figure out how to display it ... Thanks for the ideas. I, too, love the scale in the bathroom and the chalkboard.

Have a great weekend.

Cheryl said...

Great ideas Stacey. I see these ideas used a lot when they stage homes. I would love to have fresh flowers in every room in my house everyday. It would certainly make me smile.

Richella said...

A lovely post! Full of life :) and beauty.

Hope you have a wonderful day!

Becky@Beyond The Picket Fence said...

I love bringing nature indoors--the coral in the scale is beautiful!

Jena Williams, Not So Shabby Interiors said...

OK, you got me in the mood! Thanks for such great ideas!

bmabey said...

What a great use for the vintage scale and I love the coral in the pewter urn too. The contrast in textures is stunning!

shopannies said...

love the white sea shells and the lemons in the jar the pictures are all great but these were my 2 favorites

Mc Allen said...

wow,these are really great and creative!! Im inspired, thank you!! xoxo LA

Melissa Lester said...

You have a lot of life in that post! I have a favorite little grocery store to visit for fresh flowers. I feel such happiness when I spy a bouquet on a hectic day!

trish said...

Hi Stacey.
You always have such nice ideas to making our houses into homes. Now that life is coming about outdoors, thanks to Spring, I would like to bring more of it indoors. :o)
Sincerely ~ Tricia

Its So Very Cheri said...

I love the old scale-it is my favorite.

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Sausha said...

I LOVE that old scale, i want one!! Great ideas!

Sausha @ {show & tell}