Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Simple Pleasures

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Fresh flowers on my dining room table.

I love having fresh flowers in my home and I’ve found that the best place to buy them is at the grocery store.
Vase

I’m fortunate that my local grocery store marks down their flowers every week. But even if they didn’t, I’d still buy a bouquet.  I budget $5-10 every other week for flowers - it's that important to me!
Flowers

I’ve found that I don’t have to buy them every week. If you take care to change the water frequently and remove the leaves below the water, they will often last up to two weeks (and I’ll confess that I use faux flowers if they don’t)!
runner
Another thing I love – pom pom fringe! Everything looks so much cuter with a few pom poms don’t ya think?

53 comments:

Linda said...

So pretty, Manuela- just love the color scheme!

Love the Decor! said...

your table runner is beautiful... love the fringe too!!

Sherri @ Design2Shine said...

Love the tea pitcher! I wish I would buy 'real' flowers more often. They look so pretty.

Nadine said...

Simple & beautiful!

Blessings!
~Nadine

Kathleen Grace said...

The white mums look so simple and pretty. I love a red toile runner and with pom poms? I love it even more:>)

Stephanie @ La Dolce Vita said...

Lately my local grocery has gotten the prettiest flowers - the pink and green ones I posted a few weeks ago were from there. And they last at least 10 days. Love it! Good for you for budgeting some beauty into your week.

Stacey said...

I just think I need something in my house with pom pom fringe!

Your flowers are so pretty. I can get them at my store for $3.00 for a small bouquet. You are right, if you keep the water fresh and trim on the flowers a little, they will last a long time!

Debbie said...

I so very much agree about the impact of fresh flowers. If I could, I think that I would have them in every room of the house.

Loved yours. Of course, I always love what you post.

Michelle Hoad said...

My husband always buys me fresh flowers and I feel so guilty when he does, like we should be spending the money on something else. I should just enjoy their beauty and let him spoil me.

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Simple and So Pretty!! I agree with you about buying them at the grocery. I picked up a small bouquet to take to my daughter's house last Friday, and started to buy extra for me, but I have been buying annuals to plant these days. :-)

Ally's Corner said...

Grocery store flowers are the best. My mother found some that last a long time.

Christina said...

Beautiful flowers! They do make ones day don't they.

We buy the marked down flowers from time to time and my hubby will bring me grocery store flowers every month or so. Another tip I use to help them last longer---or at least perk them up---is to take them out of the vase every few days and cut just a little bit off of the bottom of the stems. This allows them to pull up fresh water and it seems to help.

I saw a man buying a beautiful bouquet of pink tulips today in Target. Someone will def. have a wonderful day when they receive those.

Cathy said...

ME TOO...ME TOO!!!

Enjoy!
XOXO
Cathy

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Love your flowers, Manuela! I think that's a nice idea to do something for yourself and get some flowers. I do notice that my supermarket has some pretty nice bouquets but I usually only grab one if I'm going somewhere or having people over. Maybe I'll treat myself this week!

Shelia said...

Hi Manuela! Oh, I love your decorating. Your table runner is the most darling thing! I love fresh flowers too and yours look gorgeous sitting in the pretty white pitcher.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

trish said...

What a good idea, to budget for fresh flowers. They look so pretty and thanks for the great pointers on keeping them as long as they will allow by snipping leaves and fresh water. :o)
Sincerely ~ Trish

Megan said...

Your flowers look so pretty in the white pitcher with the black checked ribbon. There is just something about flowers that brightens up a room. Enjoy.

Laurie Anne said...

Manuela,
I love your colour scheme, the pom-pom fringe is sweet!
My husband buys me flowers every two weeks at the local grocery store...I love having fresh flowers at home especially through winter :)
Have a great day!

KATHY said...

Looks so pretty...Kathy

KATHY said...

Looks so pretty...Kathy

KATHY said...

Looks so pretty...Kathy

1 Funky Woman said...

I love the idea of fresh flowers every week, what a great thing to budget!

Brenda said...

I love fresh flowers also. I use to do A/P for a market that had a fresh flower department. Of course I got a discount but they had a great assortment of a little bunch of this and a little of that and you could put together your own bouquets at home. Moved an hour away from that area and I do not have anywhere close to buy flowers anymore. So I am waiting for my blooms here at home. Thanks for stopping by!

Kathleen said...

I love fresh flowers..can't wait till I have some in the garden so I don't have to spend on them.
Love pom poms too..Once I had curtains trimmed with them in our summer cottage. When we came back in Spring the mice had eaten all the pom poms! Imagine!

Penny @ The Comforts of Home/Lavender Hill Studio said...

Soooo pretty! I love the simplicity of a single color and style of flower so much more than a bouquet of different colors and stlyes.

I buy mine at the grocery store too....
xo
Penny

Melissa Miller said...

Very fresh and pretty! I'm not sure I know what kind they are? They are really lovely. :)

Julie Harward said...

Love the pom pom's and I love fresh flowers too...good old Walmart..same price and they are nice ones too...yours are just beautiful. Come say hi :D

Angie said...

I agree - flowers and pompom fringe are great!!!

Storybook Woods said...

Isn't pom-poms such a fun, cheap way to bling up something xoxoxo Clarice

Betsy said...

There's just nothing like fresh flowers! Lovely!

Sue said...

I love fresh flowers too...I always pick up the 3 bunches for $10. at Publix and if you pick the right kind they really can last up to two weeks...it is a real bargain....

The Tablescaper said...

Fresh flowers are wonderful. they can make such a difference. And I love the pom poms!

- The Tablescaper

A Gardner's Cottage said...

Couldn't agree with you more on both accounts!

Donna said...

I love fresh flowers too! A simple pleasure and a beautiful one.

donna rae said...

So fresh and lovely! I, too, love fresh flowers. We've had lilacs on our table for the last couple of weeks as our lilac bushes are in full bloom.

Always Nesting said...

Completely agree about the flowers. I found, on clearance at TJ Maxx, a beautiful creamer,stopped by the florist on my way home and picked up just enough to fill that little beauty. I've enjoyed the fresh color for over a week and decided I need fresh flowers, inside, every day. Even if it's only in a tiny creamer :)

Yes, love those poms.

Barb~Bella Vista said...

Hi Manuela, your sweet post reminds me...I need to do this. I love, love fresh flowers!

Barb

Cozy Little House said...

Flowers say welcome and love to me. Unfortunately, I have a cat that eats cut flowers. So I enjoy mine in the garden.
Brenda

Richella said...

There you go, Manuela! I'm a flower lover, too. And that pom pom fringe is great--such a cheery bit of fun!

T's Daily Treasures said...

Nothing ever goes on sale over here. Not even holiday candies. Carnations last forever so they are a great buy! Love those little tole trays you found for .55 cents. They are just adorable! Have a great rest of the week. :) Tammy

Cindy said...

Gorgeous mums and yes, everything looks cuter with pom-pom fringe! Hugs, Cindy S

Terri and Bob said...

I love fresh flowers, too. I feel like my house is fresher for having them.

In my first kitchen I had yellow gingham curtains with pom pom trim. They are still my favorites!

salmagundi said...

I would love to have fresh flowers more often, but I limit myself to only when my house is clean from top to bottom. It saves a lot of money that way!!! Sally

June said...

Your flowers and runner are both so pretty!

My Cozy Cubby said...

Good for you! One of my simple pleasures would have to be dark chocolate. I just had some too!

Pamela

Melanie said...

I might just have to start buying me some fresh flowers. They do make me smile:)

Sweet Cottage Dreams said...

Yes, pom-poms do add just the right amount of fun!

I am right there with you when it comes to having fresh flowers in the house. They really do add a lot to a room!!

hugs,
becky

Jenni @ nest to keep said...

Yes, I agree! Fresh flowers are definitely a "simple pleasures priority"! I budget for them, too, because especially during the dark winter months, they add a spot of color to my home! :) And I LOVE that pom-pom fringe! So cute!

I wanted to let you know that I am having a giveaway on my blog, if you'd like to check it out! :)

I hope you are doing well, and have a wonderful weekend!

Julie said...

I know I bought some before Easter for me and my mother-n-law and I have so enjoyed having them that I decided tell I have some in the yard to cut I'm going to keep buying them. Walmart had tulips for just $5.00 yesterday.

Tracey McBride ~ Frugal Luxuries™ said...

Yes I do!! Charming, charming, charming. I love your philosophy...feeding your soul's love for beauty is an essential...so wise of you to budget for it.
Love,
Tracey
x0x

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

I love pom pom fringe too. It just makes me happy to look at it (especially when it is attached to a beautiful toile runner)! Your flowers are so pretty. I may have to start budgeting for flowers too. It sure makes me happy seeing yours. laurie

Dawn said...

Just so gorgeous... yanno, when I'm flipping through blog posts in Google reader at breakneck speed, I can always tell your pictures and your house without having to look at the title... gorgeous pics, and even more lovely home :)

Kim said...

So true! 5-10 dollars will actually buy a nice bouquet at the grocery store. I need to remember that. And, I also am a pom fan...:)