Of course, there are many ways to add life to a room, some are easy and some are decidedly more complicated ~ kids and pets fall into the latter category!
Now in the interest of full disclosure, I would like to state that I have kids and pets and they certainly liven up the place, but the Exquisitely Unremarkable decorating mantra is easy, easy, easy, so I don't recommend keeping them around solely for that purpose.
I prefer that my decorating be done without the endless requests for snacks, rides, money or dander.
So I opt for plants.
You see, I do not have a green thumb. My husband has lovingly nicknamed me a plant murderer, although I think that is a gross mischaracterization.
I don't kill them on purpose.
I am just not good with the watering and the feeding.
And the watering.
I try, really, I do, but it's enough work to keep those kids and pets watered, the plants just fall by the wayside. If only they could yell out that they're thirsty or bark or meow. Uh, I'm a terrible plant mother, which is precisely why I love lemons and cut flowers!
I am all about cheap decorating ideas, so I usually purchase the least expensive bouquets I can find. Tulips are my absolute favorite flowers and lucky for me, I can find them in my area for $3.99 a bunch from about late December until May.
After that, I cut from the garden. Those flowers are always free! I love that. Once the fall tumbles in, I replace flowers with pumpkins and gourds....
...and then we're back to tulips again!
Lemons and limes are in season all the time, they're inexpensive and they pack a powerful punch of color. I always have them around. I put them on cake stands, under cloches, in fruit bowls and on plates.
I just love to see their cheery little pops of yellow and green. It makes any time of the year feel like spring.
Right now, I have ivy in my kitchen and it seems to be doing quite well. I am trying not to get too attached, because, well, you know, but it's very sweet and I do talk to it often and I really am hoping for the best this time.
My husband said, "Welcome to death row, buddy." I'd like to prove him wrong.
I'm pretty sure the plant would like that too.
What color is your thumb?
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