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One of the best things about spring and summer is bringing all those fresh blooms indoors! Today I want to show you how to make a stunning centerpiece for your kitchen table using some snips ‘n’ clips from your spring garden.

Materials Needed:
Bucket of water
Hydrangeas

Gardening 101: Fresh Cut Arrangements by Carmen Johnston Gardens

Gardening 101: Fresh Cut Arrangements by Carmen Johnston Gardens

Gardening 101: Fresh Cut Arrangements by Carmen Johnston Gardens

Fresh mint
Hosta leaves
Lady Banks
3 glass containers

Directions:
1. Build a foundation of blooms! Cut the stem of your hydrangeas at an angle and then simply place on top of your container.
2. Add mint! Place the mint directly into the hydrangea blooms.
3. Add hosta leaves and lady banks next.
4. Group all three containers together at the center of your kitchen table.

So simple and so chic–spring chic, that is! There is nothing quite like the smell of flesh flowers and herbs mingling with your morning coffee. Enjoy!

Keeping It Green

For more fresh cut arrangement ideas be sure to check out this gorgeous tablesetting idea.

If there is one gardening staple that I think everyone should have it is the ivy topiary. I have had mine for a few years now and no matter how hard I try–for instance, forgetting to water them in the summer heat–they simply refuse to die.

I have two topiaries, one on each side of the sink in my potting shed. Every now and then, I like to take them out and dress them up for a party. These plants are perfect for any last minute decorating you need to do. You don’t even have to purchase anything new! With a trained eye–or, a little help from me–you will be surprised at what you can find around the house to decorate your topiary with for an instant centerpiece.

I want 2015 to be all about inspiration and innovation. No more spending way too much money on decorations that you only use once a year. Starting with today’s post, I will be sharing easy decorating tips for every occasion. The holiday seasons are busy enough without having to worry about how to decorate your home. With that being said, it gives me great joy to introduce you all to the 5-minute centerpiece… citrus topiaries!

Warm up your winter decor with these simple ivy and citrus topiaries.  Carmen Johnston Gardens shares just how to created this quick and easy plant decor.

I can’t think of a better way to begin the year than with a colorful ring of citrus fruit! Everything is still so dreary outside, which is why God created citrus for this time of year. The bright colors bring instant happiness to anyone who sees them.

Warm up your winter decor with these simple ivy and citrus topiaries.  Carmen Johnston Gardens shares just how to created this quick and easy plant decor.

We had a lot of citrus left over from the holidays and I thought, why not? So, I sliced them up and created a citrus skirt around the base of my topiary. To keep some of the citrus in place, I simply used bamboo skewers.

Warm up your winter decor with these simple ivy and citrus topiaries.  Carmen Johnston Gardens shares just how to created this quick and easy plant decor.

Warm up your winter decor with these simple ivy and citrus topiaries.  Carmen Johnston Gardens shares just how to created this quick and easy plant decor.

Warm up your winter decor with these simple ivy and citrus topiaries.  Carmen Johnston Gardens shares just how to created this quick and easy plant decor.

Warm up your winter decor with these simple ivy and citrus topiaries.  Carmen Johnston Gardens shares just how to created this quick and easy plant decor.

Warm up your winter decor with these simple ivy and citrus topiaries.  Carmen Johnston Gardens shares just how to created this quick and easy plant decor.

Who says we can’t live like the French? This citrus topiary is basically like having a little Versailles Orangerie all to yourself.

Warm up your winter decor with these simple ivy and citrus topiaries.  Carmen Johnston Gardens shares just how to created this quick and easy plant decor.

Warm up your winter decor with these simple ivy and citrus topiaries.  Carmen Johnston Gardens shares just how to created this quick and easy plant decor.

Don’t let all that citrus go to waste! Once your guests are gone, have a little after party for yourself. Slice up some fruit and make a Mixed Citrus Liqueur or some Citrus-Infused Vodka, Gin, and Tequila for later.

Mixed Citrus Liqueur

You can purchase your own topiaries online at The Garden Gates right now.

Quick and Easy Plant Decor: The 5-Minute Centerpiece  10

My topiaries in the potting shed where they stay for the majority of the year.

If you are looking forward to warmer weather… I just know you will also like this simple centerpiece idea

Simple Centerpiece Idea

Sunday, in a biblical sense, is meant to be a day of rest. For some, Sunday means waking up early for church followed by a relaxing afternoon, enjoying a delicious meal with family and friends. For others, Sunday means sleeping-in one last time before Monday morning sounds its inevitable alarm. Some people have to work on Sundays and other people view Sunday as nothing more than another day of the week. However, for me, Sundays are a significant day—the beginning of one week and the end of another. In my opinion, Sundays should most definitely be spent relaxing but also spent reflecting on all of the accomplishments from the week before and the goals and aspirations for the week ahead. It’s important to take inventory of your life, to celebrate the good and to improve upon the bad.

I also enjoy having a big, Sunday dinner with family and friends. Sundays are the perfect excuse to get together with loved ones, celebrating each other’s lives. For me, this means finding new ways to decorate my table each week. I know what you’re thinking—There is no way I am going to spend time and money on a different tablescape every single week! While I thoroughly enjoy the time spent designing centerpieces and arranging tablescapes, I understand that not everyone shares this passion. My goal is to show you a variety of simple, cost-effective ways to create tablescapes for those rare, special occasions or, if you’re feeling ambitious, for your very own Sunday’s table.

Sometimes, a simple centerpiece makes all the difference and this Sunday’s Table is about as simple as it gets. Find a container, something you already have lying around the house, and then fill it with heirloom pumpkins and tomatoes from your garden. Don’t let words like “decorate” or “design” fool you; sometimes it’s just that easy! Now you have a simply stunning centerpiece for any and every occasion this fall.

The month of November is all about giving thanks and I most definitely have a lot to be thankful for. Today I find myself overwhelmed with gratitude for the opportunity to be a guest blogger on Interior Canvas. Anna Kristen and Cameron, the remarkable ladies behind this blog, are fellow design enthusiasts. Their love for interior design is simply contagious!

They enlisted my help and asked that I show them how to create the perfect Thanksgiving centerpiece. I was beyond flattered and more than happy to show them a few of my tricks. Arranging this centerpiece definitely put me in the Thanksgiving spirit and I couldn’t be more excited to share it and my gratitude with all of you.

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To see how I put together this fun, fall-inspired centerpiece, check out the full post here and be sure to follow Anna Kristen and Cameron’s blog for even more tips on how to decorate your very own interior canvas.