Oh winter, we have a tumulus relationship it’s true. I can’t say I’ve grown to enjoy or accept this season, but I’ll accept my winter blues when the cold bitter rolls in, and the snow on its tail too. How do I overcome months of hibernation? By surrounding myself with plenty of things that bring me joy and make me smile, like a new pillow or freshening up my vision board, but most times it’s with fresh flowers or greens.
And since we’re on the subject of winter, what’s most in season, or shall I say the only thing readily available, are greens like pine and eucalyptus. Fresh eucalyptus, whether silver dollar or seeded, is probably one of my ultimate favorite foliage. Yes it’s soft, pretty, romantic and works with many different styles, but my love for this lovely fresh green is more personal, it always reminds me of Portugal.
I love incorporating fresh eucalyptus into my floral pieces and clients who choose to incorporate this on their special occasions, so I’ll take branch dirt stained hands for days if it means my hands will smell like the natural fragrant scents of my Portuguese hometown eucalyptus mountains. And although, eucalyptus works in any season, I always love it more come the winter. Take Christmas, I filled our home with this fresh stuff everywhere, and I loved the way it made the whole house smell like mother nature. It was if we were outside, even though the cold temperature kept us indoors.
Since this weekend I helped put on the lovely winter garden bridal shower for one of my clients, and the room was not only filled with so much love and joy, but it was brimming with fresh eucalyptus too! In lieu, I’m sharing three different ways that bring nature indoors with pretty fresh eucalyptus in a way that is minimalist chic….
Starting back in Autumn I’ve had bundles of different varieties of fresh eucalyptus leftover from events and styling projects. Each time it was like being a kid in a candy shop styling these pretty greens a different way to style into our home. One of my favorite buys last year was my french market basket, and it’s my favorite way to display flowers in my office. It makes that small corner feel like a Parisian flower shop, especially when overflowing with silver dollar eucalyptus.
I love a classic wide drink pitcher, it’s great for entertaining and large parties but it also makes a beautiful piece to use as a vase, especially for summer. A classic pitcher may look simple but when lush eucalyptus is bundled with seasonal tree branches it becomes a beautiful minimalist statement arrangement for a dining space.
A wreath isn’t just for your front door, the can add to your home’s decor hung just about anywhere. For Christmas I hung our fresh eucalyptus wreath above our television mantle, and it still hangs there mostly because I think it’s too pretty too take down. But hang a wreath in the center of an office window, grouped amongst different sized frames or above a front entrance console table.
I love using eucalyptus for fresh wreaths, not only because they smell so good but because they also make a wreath look lush and beautiful, even when it’s on its own. Plus its one of the few fresh greens that dry just as beautiful and pretty as when its fresh. It’s a great plant to use for its lovely longevity! Create your own wreath following this DIY version, maybe even put in some red or pink touches for Valentine’s day.
Happy winter decorating! Here’s to only forty nine days until Spring!!