I like flowers as much as the next person. But being as frugal as I am, paying for a bunch of petals is another story.
I do appreciate that flowers can add so much personality and life to any room. Colors and sweet fragrances can quickly change the mood for the better. So what does a plant-loving, thrifty-person do?
Here are 5 easy alternatives to brighten your home without spending a bunch.
1. Living plants
Although I love to garden, I don’t have much luck with plants. So the ones that do survive a year with me, I consider them the hardy heroes. In a pinch, I can always count on a few of my heroes to brighten up any indoor space.
2. Cut greenery
I have a yellow iris in our front yard that is borderline out-of-control. So I don’t mind chopping off a few of the stalks to make a simple green arrangement inside. The flower only last 2 days but the green stems will last an entire month in a vase of water. It’s simple and free.
3. Branches or natural materials
A few years ago, on a neighborhood walk, I picked up a bunch of fallen branches from the sidewalk. Mother Nature makes the coolest art. I love how the branches bring nature indoors.
4. Bowl of fruit
I love a bowl of oranges or lemons on the dining room table. Not only do they add vibrant color and aroma to a room, they are also within arm’s reach for quick smoothies. And since my trees are abundant with fruit, they don’t cost me a cent. I can’t wait for mango season!
5. Fun, colorful pillows
I love dark teal pillows for the winter. But for spring and summer, I like to lighten the room with pattern and playful colors.
Do you decorate with real flowers? Show us how these tips can help you.
About Terri Dux
Besides being a writer, passionate blogger, and photographer for HomeWorld Furniture, Terri is also co-owner of a local t-shirt craft company. When not watching her favorite TV channel, HGTV, Terri likes to sew, vermicompost, and thrift at neighborhood garage sale
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