A beautiful, effective way to bring Spring indoors is to create a "nature table," full of the season's curiosities. Natural collections of found treasures, stems, and branches can be combined with color coordinated vases, glass, ceramics, and terracotta. To add an unexpected twist, incorporate fruits, vegetables, and objects. Aim to create interesting textures and subtle tonal pairings.
Feeling colorful? Opt for brightly-hued flowers:
Here are a few handy tips for bringing nature and whimsy to your table:
Use small vases and jars for short, clustered stems of spring blooms, and longer, slim vessels (like bottles) for branches and single stems of flowers. Bulbs can survive in glass jars or vases without any soil; simply a little water to cover the roots will suffice. Watch as the flower gradually blooms during its time in the nature display!
Use books to help with height variation, and found objects (like shells and jam jars) because that's awesome.
Stacks of color-coordinated books help with the flow of color. They can also be used as stands for containers, creating varied heights and surfaces.
Clusters of fruits and vegetables dotted throughout the display provide an ambiance of old-fashioned feasting. To blur tradition, display your produce in vases, the way you might arrange flowers.
Can you spot the produce?Photo by Anna Potter
Complete the scene with smaller objects, figurines, candles, and/or sprigs of foliage. They tell stories of past adventures and evoke sentimental memories.
Spending Mother's Day at home? Tell us how you plan on decorating in the comments!