antique french enamel pot filled with hydrangea, pink peonies



There’s no getting around it. After the holidays, the winter blues can set in.  You can beat the January blues by creating a flower arrangement to brighten your home.




Outside, it may be cold and grey, but inside, you can warm up your home with one simple addition : blooms!  It has been scientifically proven that flowers have the ability to elevate your mood.






I’ll be linking to my good friends Shirley and Mary at the bottom of this post. Our Pam has to miss this time, but she’ll be back in February!





From boosting mood to lowering stress, studies over the years have found that flowers can help improve your mental health by triggering happy brain chemicals such as dopamine, serotonin and the love hormone, oxytocin. A fresh flower bunch lightens and brightens your home interior to reflect the fresh, new year.



And flowers are just simply a gift of beauty, aren’t they? Flowers just can’t help but brighten up our decor.



blue and white on a mantel with pink peonies




To bring some early year cheer to our newly remodeled master bedroom, I added some bright flowers to the antique French mantel.  The larger antique Delft urn I inherited from my Mom is filled with faux branches, the bright green leaves whisper about the promise of spring.


I filled a French blue enamelware with the fresh flowers. No instructions needed, just snip, place in water, and done!







Flowers always make people better, happier, and more helpful; they are sunshine, food and medicine for the soul. – Luther Burbank



{Luther Burbank was an American botanist, horticulturist and pioneer in agricultural science. He developed more than 800 strains and varieties of plants over his 55-year career, most notably the plumcot.}






I have to tell you that I was so so surprised to find a little clutch of pink peonies at the market.  Here in California we may have access to more flowers at times than in other states, but peonies only come around in May.



Our market had just two sad looking little bundles left, the flower manager said they sold out in about ten minutes! I believe it..who doesn’t love peonies?! Anyway I bought the almost fully bloomed peonies for half price, because…peonies. : )




mantel decorated with pink peonies in French enamelware




If you are having a little tiny bit of the January blues, why not treat yourself to a beautiful bouquet of flowers?  They always make you smile, don’t they?




ps. If all else fails: Treat yourself a little more. A hot bath, giant chocolate bar and a Netflix binge can be just the thing to spark your joy!




sitting area in master bedroom with built ins and french antique gilt chairs






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pps. If fresh flowers are near impossible to find in your corner of the world in winter, rely on faux blooms! Honestly, todays flowers are so well made, you can barely tell the difference!





Please visit my lovely friends Shirley and Mary, you will be blessed by their beautiful floral creations!



Shirley at Housepitality Designs


Mary at HomeIsWhereTheBoatIs



I hope you buy yourself some flowers this week! Beat the January blues by creating a flower arrangement to brighten your home. Have a beautiful week, and I’ll see you back here in a few days.



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