Where we live this time of year is quite…gray. Lots of overcast days, cloudy skies and generally very little light. The fact that nothing is in bloom doesn’t help matters either. In an effort to combat the dullness of the season I like to bring green life into my home. The patio plants come inside and I never go to the store without buying fresh flowers. But these ‘fixes’ are just temporary, as plants don’t live forever – especially grocery store blooms.
Fear not – preserved boxwood to the rescue.
I absolutely love anything boxwood – wreaths, shrubs, balls, trees…I don’t think it’s possible to have too much. The bright green color completes any room and the leafy texture adds fun depth in a way wall art just can’t. And it’s an extra bonus that many of these things are available in a preserved variety that last for years.
I get my love of all-things boxwood from my mother. She has little boxwood balls on bookshelves, topiaries on desk corners, wreaths on otherwise plain walls, and she often uses little potted boxwood trees as centerpieces. It was my mom who had the genius idea to hang boxwood wreaths above the bookshelves in my living room.
I was debating for months over what to put there. Art didn’t seem like it would take up enough space visually (as it has no depth) and it would probably clash with whatever I hung above the fireplace. Mirrors would be too expected. And putting nothing there seemed like an oversight. I was lamenting this struggle to her one day and mentioned that I wish I had little windows there to bring some of the outside in (as is often found on older craftsman style homes). That’s when she suggested bringing the best part of the outside, green liveliness, inside via some boxwood wreaths.
Brilliant! Thanks mom!
So although the room is still kind of bare with the empty mantle, unfinished fireplace and missing bookshelf décor, I’m already feeling better about this space. And since buying these two wreaths, I’ve bought a few more small ones to go up my stairway or hang on the back of dining room chairs, or wherever else I feel needs a little ‘sprucing up.’ And I’m currently on the hunt for various balls and a potted topiary or two…