The absolute easiest thing you can do to improve a space is add “life” to it. That’s why — with respect to styling a room for a magazine — Eddie said, “when in doubt, add a kid or a dog!” Of course, my twin boys and my little dog — Coco, a very high-maintenance Maltese — add plenty of life to my house … at all hours of the day … but that doesn’t completely make up for the lack of a centerpiece. Enter today’s five minute fix.
Fresh flowers are wonderful, of course, and I am absolutely addicted to picking up a reasonably priced bouquet at Costco. But anything too complicated is unfortunately beyond my skill level — I wish Eddie and Jaithan were my neighbors! Wouldn’t you just love to watch him create this gorgeous bouquet? — or I just don’t have the time. And that is exactly when I hit the bulk fruit aisle. It’s easy enough to float Granny Smith apples in a cylinder, store Red Delicious apples or baby artichokes in a trifle bowl, add lemons to a wire cage, or stash limes in an apothecary jar.
Moss balls are another great option and they’ll last even longer than the fruit … although I must admit that my apple centerpieces start to look a little puny when I include them in school lunches. These moss balls are faux, but I’ve been really happy with preserved ones that I bought from an Etsy seller.
Inexpensive glass cylinders and apothecary jars are available just about everywhere — Michael’s, Hobby Lobby, HomeGoods and more. Slightly pricier versions can be found at Williams-Sonoma and Pottery Barn. What matters to me is finding a mix of sizes and shapes! And I adore the Pampered Chef trifle bowl for its versatility and ease of storage.
The Georgetown bowl from Tiffany & Co. was a favorite wedding gift — and probably one of the most used, too! Actually, it’s sitting in the middle of my breakfast room table with a bowl of lemons right now.
What’s on your table?