Decorating With Summer Flowers

It’s been awhile since I’ve shared any seasonal decorating updates – and to be honest, with our graduations, other family activities, and increased work, I just didn’t have the desire. I simply updated the late spring mantel occasionally with a vase of whatever was blooming from our garden. And that’s just fine sometimes. But I did get the new Green Ball Heritage Collection mason jars (affiliate link) awhile ago and wanted to use them somewhere and decorating with summer flowers just seemed like the perfect combination.

Simple Monochromatic Hydrangea Summer Mantel - An Oregon Cottage

A simple row of them on the mantel in front of our vintage-window-turned-mirror seems perfect right about now – simple, yet adding a pop of color.

Summer Little Lime Hydrangea Mantel - An Oregon Cottage

And why not pair them with blossoms from my Little Limelight hydrangea and make it a monochromatic look? Well, if you don’t count the black in the frame, which I’m obviously not. I’m on a major purge of our house right now, getting ready for an epic garage sale in a few weeks, and I’m pretty much wanting everything cleaned off and simplified, so this look is making me happy.

Simple Summer Mason Jar and Hydrangea Mantel - An Oregon Cottage

Of course, if I get tired of the all-green, I think this would look fantastic with my blue-purplish mop-head hydrangeas, especially more towards the fall when they start to have hints of green in them.

Sunflower-Ikea Container Centerpiece - An Oregon Cottage

And speaking of happy (I was, remember?) sunflowers just make me happy. I usually count the days until our garden sunflowers are ready to pick. My sister-in-law gifted me with this set of light green containers from Ikea (I love the delicate cut-out tops, don’t you?) and I simply stuck a couple of sunflowers in each of them with an extra bit of greenery (actually still left from my Mother’s Day bouquet, if you can believe it), set them in a row on a white thrifted platter and called it good.

Sunflower Centerpiece - An Oregon Cottage

Seriously, what it is about sunflowers? I can’t look at them without smiling.

What are your favorite flowers to decorate with?



  1. says

    Don’t you love those green jars!? I got some and made solar lights out of them. I just used the cheapy ones from the Dollar Store. Pulled the solar part off the stake and they fit perfectly inside the lid rings. I gave three as a gift, made two for myself, and the last one has a batch of your pickles in it. :)

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