How to brighten up your home in February

February rolls around and it’s usually about the time that I notice my house needs a major refresh in the plant department.  I try every year to save my outdoor plants by bringing them inside, like the giant Kimberly ferns that fill our patio urns and Eugenia topiaries that flank our porch and garden shed every summer.  The vibrant green color of the ferns and sculptural detail of the topiaries add so much to a landscape or room. They just work so year after year they’re there.  I bring them in, my house turns into a greenhouse of sorts and then the dry air takes them down…or I forget to water them.  I then have to buy them, again. But let’s blame it on the radiators.

Last week I decided to spruce up our house with some new plants.  I usually buy my plants locally at nurseries or at the Boston Flower Exchange but I was at Home Depot buying paint (another way to spruce up your house in February!) and noticed they had a very full selection of plants.  I lucked out!  Below are some of the plants that came home with me.

 
Cacti and Jade plant.  Not my usual go to but they work with a colorful knit tapestry I  found recently for my daughters room.

Cacti and Jade plant.  Not my usual go to but they work with a colorful knit tapestry I  found recently for my daughters room.

 

About the tapestry for my daughter Eloise's room. This purchase made me so happy.   I snatched it up for $10 dollars!  I can't help but think it would be seen in domino or dwell magazine and for a lot more!

Colorful knit tapestry.

Colorful knit tapestry.

 You will always find ferns in my house.  I love them, again for the color they add and because for the most part they are affordable and easy to care for

Ironstone tureens are in constant rotation around here.  For the holidays they were filled with paperwhites.  Here they have a Boston fern and succulent in them.  I enjoy changing them up seasonally.

Ironstone tureens are in constant rotation around here.  For the holidays they were filled with paperwhites.  Here they have a Boston fern and succulent in them.  I enjoy changing them up seasonally.

Bronze fern ( a variety of maidenhair fern, my favorite!)

Bronze fern ( a variety of maidenhair fern, my favorite!)

Like I said earlier, cacti and succulents are not usually my thing but they looked healthy and I wanted to try something different.  Below are an unlikely pair that I think go quite well together.

I almost feel like I'm in Sedona with all these cacti around. Almost.

I almost feel like I'm in Sedona with all these cacti around. Almost.

So we've discussed plants in the house.  They are always worth it. Go on out and buy yourself some or call Poppies to help you out.   Another way to freshen up a space is with fabrics.  I rounded up a few of my favorite pillows, that go with my plant theme and work well together (or at least I think they do!). They keep our real plants company.

Palm and animal print fabrics are fun to mix and match.

Palm and animal print fabrics are fun to mix and match.

Last photo of the day.  While treasure hunting with a friend she spotted this planter and insisted I have it for Poppies.  I wasn't so sure and left without it.  Days later, I was regretting that I hadn’t taken her advice, so I went back to see if it was still there...it was!  It puts a smile on my face and reminds me not to take things too seriously.  Which is always a nice reminder. 

McCoy frog planter. 

McCoy frog planter. 

Placing unique objects around your house is a great way to personalize and freshen up a space. Keep your eyes peeled for unique wall coverings, plant vessels or anything that might look nice and unexpected in your home.   And remember plants always bring life to a room!

What are your tricks for sprucing up a space?  Feel free to share below.