Bringing the Outside In

Every spring as I see the little green stems poking out from the ground and pink flowers start to burst on the trees, I get excited about leaving winter behind. While I do love the coziness of being huddled inside near the fire, after awhile I start longing for the first glimpse of spring.

The signs in nature of a new season emerging make me smile. I am in awe of the amazing textures and colors God created, so why not enjoy them inside too?

Here are a few ways I am bringing the outside in around my house!

I use fruit both as a way to nourish my family and a way to add color and beauty to my kitchen. It is fun to put fruit in a unique container to display on the counter.

Sticks and branches can be a beautiful addition to a vase! This bamboo makes a great textural contrast to the shiny green glass.  You can use any sticks that you find outside!

Moss comes in so many different varieties and textures. I put moss on top of the dirt in potted plants, or create my own topiaries with it.

Shells remind me of lazy summers at the beach. I filled a container with pretty shells and set a candle on top for a little coastal ambience in the guest bath. You can do the same thing with sand or rocks.

So next time you are outside, think about all the pretty things God made and see what you can bring inside to decorate your home!

Genesis 1:1 NIV In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.

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©2009, Melissa Michaels

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