The Beauty of Fresh Flowers

Helpful Hannah Tip #2
Bring fresh flowers into your homespace.

Just recently I got a Facebook message from one of my nieces’, Jackie O’Connell.

She wrote, “I bought fresh flowers at the market today.  My inner Aunt Jamie came out.”

I wrote her back and said, “That’s not just music to my ears but, a full symphony!”

You see I love nothing more than to know that my love of creating beauty in the home has filtered through to my family.

Jackie and Sarah Shrader (her sister, my niece) had been shopping in an open-air market near Richmond, VA for a dinner that Jackie and her husband, Scott were hosting that night.  They came upon some beautiful bouquets of fresh wildflowers and stood there debating whether or not to buy them.

Suddenly, Jackie and Sarah looked at each other and said, “Aunt Jamie would!”

They were right.  For ten dollars, heck yeah.  In my view, the flowers would set the tone for the evening.

They did.

Jackie later told me that everyone that came into the house noticed them.  Smiles erupted each time they took the flowers in.  Even Ryan Sink (Jackie and Sarah’s brother-in-law, Christy’s husband, another nephew-in-law of mine!!!) exclaimed about their beauty when he saw them.  What compliments for ten bucks!!

So- here’s my Helpful Hannah tip:

Bring fresh flowers into your homespace.

Like Jackie, take the opportunity to bring the beauty of flowers into your home.  It will bring freshness and joy into your homespace, guaranteed.

Magnolia blossom

Photo credit: Sammi Blake

There are so many choices in the summer months.   Here are some ideas:

  • You can include your children on walks of nature hunting for flowering honey suckle.  My kids used to love to put sprigs of honey suckle in glasses of water on their dressers to smell the fragrance and let it fill the air.
  • You can find fresh lilac growing and bring stems into your homespace to perfume the air.
  • Cut stems of flowering outdoor plants such as lavender  to add to fresh flower arrangements.
  • Pick up inexpensive wildflowers from farmer’s markets in your area and put them in unusual containers such as crockery.
  • Pick wildflowers on nature walks to bring inside (make sure you are in a place where this is permissible).
  • Pick flower stems from the ones growing in your yard.  Cutting the flowers on a regular basis will make them produce even more flowers.

I am so happy that my nieces enjoy their homes.  More importantly,  I am happy that they are teaching their children to as well.  Another niece-in-law, Crystal  (aka “The Domestic Diva” on my Fan Page of Facebook) let her daughter, Ryleigh choose some flowers for the kitchen table just the other day.  Ryleigh chose some orchids that were on sale at Lowe’s for three dollars.  Ryleigh is learning both the importance of being frugal as well as learning how to bring beauty into her home.

My daughter-in-law, Kathleen Aliff is the consummate hostess.  Every dinner party or gathering of friends includes southern charm with her use of beautiful sterling silver to display her delectable food choices.  And, what does she always remember?   Fresh flowers of course!  She has even been known to call me excited with the unusual ones she has found for her home.  Nothing thrills me more!

Kathleen entertaining with sunflowers

Kathleen entertaining with sunflowers. Photo credit: Kathleen Aliff

So, go out and explore the abundant choices of flowers that summer has to offer.  Bring them inside.  It will make you and your homespace come alive!

One thought…

Flowers bloom and can make us bloom, too.

Go blossom!

Purple wildflowers

Photo credit: David Solganik

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Jamie Balzer

About Jamie Balzer

Jamie has worked in the field of interior decorating for over 10 years and has owned B&A Interiors, LLC for almost as long. Partnered with her daughter, Sammi Blake, Jamie has been honored to work in homes and businesses across the country. Knowledge and experience is but part of what she has to offer. As a young girl, Jamie intuitively understood that the placement of things, the color of things, and the arrangement of things evoke certain feelings. Working together with this knowledge, experience and intuition Jamie has answered the call to her life’s purpose- teaching the spiritual truth of what she believes- “Everything begins in the home”. As a branch of B&A Interiors, LLC, Living In Perfect Harmony emerged to teach her philosophy. Jamie believes, “if you live peacefully and beautifully at home, you are well, your family is well and that helps to make the world a better place”. Jamie's most passionate role is as a mother and grandmother. Jamie currently lives and works in the Chicago area but also continues her business in Charlotte, NC as both a decorator and a homespace coach. She is certified in Reiki Therapy which she believes broadens her success as a homespace coach. Jamie is available for private consultations, lectures and seminars.

6 thoughts on “The Beauty of Fresh Flowers

  1. Love flowers, I try and buy plants that will bloom all summer. Like the one you saw on my porch at the lake, it was $5.00. It is also nice to have a potted plant somewhere in front of your house with flowers. As you approach the house it is pretty, makes you smile and says welcome all at the same time. I have potted plants at all my doors outside.

    • M.A., I know you love flowers both to decorate the exterior of your home as well as the interior. And, it seems like every time I visit you, your wonderful husband has brought you flowers again. Your wet bar area that looks into your family room is always alive with the fresh flowers he brings home to you. You are one lucky woman!

  2. This reminded me of an old poster I had in my college dorm. “Bloom where you are planted”

  3. Ryleigh’s orchid is currently on our dining room table and she checks it often. Orchids are one of my favorite flowers, I like the simple beauty they bring (and they seem to be pretty low maintance, which is great for my not so green thumb)

    She was so proud when she found it on the clearance table at Lowes, and as frugal as I am, how I could I resist a $3.00 orchid! I’m proud of my deal buster daugher and her great find, simple beauty does not have to equal lots of money!

    • You are so right Crystal, simple beauty does not have to equal lots of money! All we have to do is look around, the simple beauty of life is all around us. Kudos to Ryleigh for her thriftiness. Does this also mean she loves yard sales?!?

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