how to instantly freshen up any room

Have you ever noticed when you look at a beautifully styled space that it always feels fresh? Have you ever noticed that there are usually flowers delicately on display in these images?

Does it feel unattainable?



The truth is adding fresh flowers regularly to your home is the best and quickest way to freshen up any room. It might seem obvious but for some reason when we see this done we think yeah, right, like I’ll be able to pull off/afford ALWAYS having fresh flowers.

But it can be done.

Let me tell you a little story about a girl who lived with 4 other people (2 guys and 2 girls) in a small 1 bedroom + 1 closet(2nd bedroom for the guys) apartment / office space above a church in the East Village, NYC.

Living on a super tight budget as a missionary in NYC was quite a feat. There wasn’t much of a budget for decorating the apartment but this girl was on a mission to make their tight-quarters home. So she had an idea.

Once a week or once every two weeks she would scrounge up $5 to buy a handful of flowers from one of the many local bodegas in her part of town. If each person contributed 1 dollar they could make it work. Everyone end up loving it so much that even after the girl moved on to bigger and better things, the group continued the tradition.

You see, it doesn’t have to cost more than a couple of cups of coffee to bring this bit of nature into a dwelling and the impact is huge.

Not only does it look great, but the act of going to pick out flowers regularly is a lovely little ritual to incorporate into your life.


If you haven’t guessed, that girl was me when I was in my early twenties.

Since that time I haven’t really kept up with this ritual, but starting this week I’m determined to make it happen once again.

The pictures above are of the sweet little grouping of tulips that I have on my desk (that I showed you last week) that I picked up this past weekend. And I intend on going next week too!

They really do make me feel like I’m living the dream life when I work in here, even if the rest of the apartment still needs some work. Plus I have the rest of the bouquet in a large vase in my kitchen. Its fun to break them up into multiple rooms!

Speaking of which, Holly Becker of decor8 will be publishing a book in the next couple of months exactly on this subject called “Decorate At Home With Flowers” – what a perfectly fitting title. You can get more info about it here if you want to be super inspired to incorporate more of this into your life & home.

Now I want to ask you, and be honest, how often do you bring home flowers to decorate, just because? Have you ever thought about it? Is it something you now want to start doing? Tell me your thoughts, I’d love to hear from you!

Thank you for taking the time to stop by my blog today, its always lovely to connect with you. If you liked this post I would love it if you shared it with someone who is looking for ways to freshen up their homes 🙂

Hope you are having a lovely week. Why not pick up some flowers today?



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