simple is beautiful

I Have Said it Before...

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

...and I will say it again.  Nothing gives a room a little warmth more that a cutting from the garden.  No matter the season, I love to clean the house, then go outside and take a few cuttings to display.


We have had such a beautiful fall here in NC, and I wanted to enjoy it inside.  So I cut a few branches from the dogwood tree in our backyard.


This is what I call the last hoorah.  Our Susanquas have bloomed for the last month.  Each week, I take a fresh cutting to have a few flowers inside.  Most people refer to these as Camellias, but they are their fall blooming cousins.  I love them because of the evergreen foliage and the fact that not much else is blooming this time of year.


Every southern garden needs a magnolia tree.  And it doesn't have to be Christmas to enjoy them indoors.  I take cuttings when they are in bloom in the spring and throughout the year because the waxy leaves are so pretty.

Kind of off topic, but I finally put some thought into a fall mantle.  (Now that it is time to decorate for Christmas).  I'm not much of a mantle person, so really the only difference is that I added a glass urn from Restoration Hardware filled with pine cones and branches.  Very impressive right ;) ?

So are you ready for Thanksgiving?  I have been working on a little project and just finished last night when it was too dark to take pictures.  So come back tomorrow for a table runner tutorial AND a little surprise.

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17 comments:

  1. so simple... so pretty Rene! :) happy holiday to you.

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  2. love all the natural touches! and with the pine cones, your fall mantle will transition beautifully to a holiday/winter mantle! ;)

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  3. Rene - i love those pictures. Such simple ideas. I had a Susanqua shrub in my front yard in my last house and i loved that when everything else was starting to brown, it was blooming it's little heart out. Great post.

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  4. I agree! I love bringing nature in. I have saved myself a lot of money by using cuttings from the yard, instead of purchasing fresh flowers.

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  5. Love your garden clippings -- and fall mantel arrangement!

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  6. the flowers are so beautiful. they are so natural.

    like the artwork on the last image. Wonderful!

    Hugs from Frankfurt

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  7. I agree! The dogwoods were so beautiful this fall. I live in NC also. I cant wait to see what you do with your mantle.

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  8. Rene, I love the natural elements you brought in. Your mantle is so pretty. I just love that painting. So peaceful looking.

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  9. Rene...I totally agree....what is more beautiful than nature and it is such a finishing touch in a room.
    Have a great Thanksgiving.

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  10. Love your garden touches Rene! Bring the outdoors in really does warm up a home. I wish that we could have magnolia trees here, they are one of my favorite!



    Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

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  11. Your mantle looks beautiful! I've been dying to paint mine white and you've convinced me! I love the arrangement with the pinecones - just beautiful! Have a blessed and Happy Thanksgiving!

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  12. Rene, I love bringing fresh cuttings from the yard too. Yours are beautiful! Your mantel looks very pretty too, I have a fireplace on my with list for Christmas...it is a wish list right?

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  13. Simple but stunning! I just gave away 9 boxes and 11 bags of "stuff" to a charity this morning, hoping to clear out some of the clutter from my house so it will look more like, well, yours. ;) I can hardly tell I made a dent!

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  14. How pretty! You've inspired me to go out and see what is left in my garden. I love your living room and that gorgeous painting over the fireplace.

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  15. Your home is so inviting. And I am in love with the lamps behind the couch. Such beautiful taste my dear.

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  16. Love the bits of fall foilage you brought into the house :o) Your mantle is so pretty! Happy Thanksgiving!
    Kristen

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  17. I love this natural beauty too. Wish there was more good-looking foliage in my yard! I never thought I'd say this, but now that it's getting to be holiday time I miss my evergreens. They were annoying 11 months of the year but handy for decorating!

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