We invested the weekend spring cleaning the residence and garage, every thing indoors was dusty and cluttered and the garage was the definition of a disaster. Final 12 months, we’d brought residence from Matt’s grandmother’s estate furniture and boxes of belongings and we’ve been housing it in our garage, gradually distributing the possessions to family members.

I consider not to be also sentimental about my personal materials factors since they can get lost or destroyed, and when I die someday I’m not taking them with me. But some of my issues possess which means due to the fact they have been a present, are connected to a special memory, or belonged to a person I love.

As I was sorting through the final two boxes of her issues, I came across a charming tiny pot. What was so exciting about this specific pot was that I had been casually searching all around for a chinoiserie ceramic version for an orchid, nothing low cost hunting, one particular with intricate detail and character, and there to my surprise in that last box of possessions sat the prettiest tiny pot there ever was with no indication as to whom it need to go to. At that minute, it was if it winked at me.


chinoiserie pot with orchid

Grandma Verna labeled all of her issues the last handful of years of her lifestyle, jotting down the origination since she had kept only the unique treasures from her travels. Most almost everything had a note about the supply and who she wished to have it. She and her husband had traveled all more than the world, Europe, Africa, India, etc. and she stored journals of her travels, ones we brought out from time to time to read to her but not that it was required, her thoughts was as sharp at 103 as it was at 53 and she could recall each detail she had written down in people journals from fifty years prior to.

The pot had no note attached to it so I determined to adopt it and make it portion of the collection of items she had presently meant discover their way into our living room. Grandpa’s piano. Artwork from their 1978 journey to India. Their Swiss gold LeCoultre Atmos clock from the 1960s.&#160

potted plant vignette

The discover inspired a spring refresh in the living room, it is the 1st space you come into when you enter our property so I like it to be brilliant and welcoming, classy nevertheless casual. I swapped a couple of things about from buying my home, like the wing back chair that sat upstairs.

I brought in some of my previous favorites, the white sculpted urn, the fretwork canister. I also additional a couple of new factors, the chain link mirror I ordered from Lamps Plus and a handful of accessories discovered at HomeGoods this kind of as the navy geometric pillows and the orchid pot on the mantel.

navy white mantel centsational girl


Matt is an orchid whisperer and his grandmother was one too, she had the most stunning orchids all over her home, a lot of gathered on prime of her credenza and in bloom during the year. Each time we would check out and comment on their elegance she would say “Never in excess of water!” and “Find them a happy area!” (in filtered light).

navy and white living room


blue orchid pot gold link mirror


When I was a little lady, calla lily plants grew outside my bedroom window in the side yard of our home, we’d run previous them when we have been enjoying and my sister and I could see them if we leaned out the 1st story window in our shared bedroom. Large bunches of them even in in mini kind remind me of my childhood house.

calla lillies in speckled vase


reading chair navy pillow console table


I purchased a couple of orchids at Trader Joe’s on Saturday, they have so several inexpensive exotic varieties. That lovely blue vase filled with cherry tree clippings from our yard was also from HomeGoods. I wish I could declare it was DIY but it’s not, how awesome is the drippy paint result? 3 of the four artwork prints I created on my very own, the abstract is from Minted.&#160

art prints and vase


A trio of pillows discovered their way to sofa across from the mantel, the diamond Ikat is from Joss &amp Primary obtained a handful of years ago, the medallion pillow I located at Pier One.

living room tufted sofa with navy pillows


pillows on sofa


All of it inspired from a minor pot that produced its way into my existence, my new treasure. A reader shared this is a classic pattern, Mottahedeh&#8217s Tobacco Leaf pattern.

orchid in chinoiserie pot

Is not it funny how specific flowers remind you of factors from the past just like calla lilies remind me of my childhood house. I’m curious, is there a specific flower that you attach to a memory from your previous? I’d enjoy to know!

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