20 Spring Projects to Add Beauty to the Everyday

We’re all in need of beauty now more than ever. I am always surprised how much taking the time to add something simple and beautiful to my life can lift my mood. Whether it’s tossing some fresh flowers on to a meal, working on a sewing project, or composing a bouquet of flowers for a gift. Enjoy these ideas to add a bit of beauty to your Spring 2017!

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Graca Flower Seller

I am interested in flower sellers of all kinds from the trendy flower shop in the posh part of town, to the grower at the morning market, to an elderly woman selling on the street. This week I met Maria, a florist for 48 years! She has a colorful flower booth in the center of Graca, a residential neighborhood up high on a hill above Alfama in Lisbon. The center of all the activity is the Largo Graca where older folks gather on benches and young parents pick up kids from school. Under large green trees, Maria sits with her friends, and sells flowers. She was kind enough to let me take her photo and to put up with my broken Portuguese.  I brought home one of her lovely ivy geraniums for my city garden. She instructed me on the proper way to carry it (holding the top of the sleeve in a handful).

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How To Make a Spring Floral Centerpiece

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Today we are celebrating the first day of spring by sharing how to make a spring floral centerpiece! It’s easy to make a centerpiece using seasonal flowers to decorate a table for a special event or wedding. The biggest tip is to make the centerpiece low so that people can see each other. Using a shallow vase is the easiest way to do this, but you’ll need a few expert tips for working with a shallow vase. Jennifer, expert cottage gardener and floral designer from Fir and Flora, invites us into her darling cottage today to share a few tricks and the recipe for a classic spring centerpiece! Click through for the full details and the full flower recipe.

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A Visit to Monet’s Giverny

Today, let’s escape to Giverny. On a day last June, Gemma, a world-wanderer and Australian ex-pat, snapped these gorgeous photos of Monet’s garden. I adore the window shots through his painting studio. Gemma remembers, “Deep pinks, violets and pops of vivid colour splatter the garden like a dream in the countryside home of French painter Claude Monet.” Click through for this colorful, visual tour of Monet’s Giverny. And see more of Gemma’s Paris wanderings and tips here.

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