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I’ve mentioned before that my husband and I decided to move downtown over eight years ago, we had just bought a 1908 Craftsman bungalow. She was in pretty rough shape when we bought her and we began working on her immediately. We have been working on her ever since and still (sigh) have a ways to go.
Unfortunately, our neighbor to the right doesn’t share our enthusiasm for fixing up the neighborhood and has not improved the exterior of her home one bit in eight years. It’s so hideous that I cannot shoot any photos out my dining room or kitchen windows. I have to say, this is the only thing I don’t like about living in our downtown home.
Before we updated our kitchen last year I had red cafe curtains in both of our kitchen windows that I could close when I got frustrated with the view.
But since our update, I have not found the right curtains or fabric to make the curtains, so my windows are bare and there’s no disguising the view.
While my hunt for the right curtains continues I decided to direct my attention to my window sill and focus on what I can fix on this cloudy, winter day.
I saw this little Delft planter at an estate sale (of course) a few months ago and couldn’t resist her! Because she had a noticeable crack I only paid three dollars for her. I thought she was perfect! Blue and white (my favorite color combo) + old pottery, what’s not to love?
This is a super quick way to add a bit of greenery to a bookshelf, a nightstand, a small kitchen table and even a window sill.
I bought my faux boxwood greenery at Amazon.com for only 9.99. it comes with six sprays!
First up, I cut a green dry foam brick in half and tapered the edges so it fit snuggly into the planter. The foam bricks can be found at any craft store but click here if you would like to order them online.
I just used a steak knife to cut the brick but don’t tell me husband because I’m always getting on him for using our kitchen knives for non kitchen stuff. Lol
I stuffed the pieces that I cut off, on the sides of the brick. This won’t really impact the greenery that I’ll be sticking in but it will help hold up the moss that I will be adding later.
The greenery is actually taller than my little planter, I would like the bottoms of the leaves to sit right at the top of the planter.
So, I’m going to use the little ‘breaks’ that are on most faux flowers and greenery to make a cut that will shorten my stems.
If I wasn’t so lazy I would’ve gone downstairs to get my wire cutters, but instead I just bent the stem back and forth till the wire broke. #LookMaNoTools lol
I made sure the stems were evenly spaced in the foam and stuck them all the way in. Next up, I added green moss to cover the foam and hide the stems a bit. Moss is not absolutely necessary, but I think it adds a nice finishing touch. Moss can also be found at any craft store or you can purchase it here for your convenience. (This bag will go a looooong way!)
You can’t even imagine how creative I had to get with this next few photos to block out the view! lol
My Delft blue creamer (also from an estate sale) is a perfect companion to my planter and definitely makes my view a little cheerier.
Because blue is the primary color in my home color story, I can take my little planter into any room in my house and she will fit in perfectly.
REVIEW: Below is the boxwood greenery closeup so you can decide for yourself if it will work for you. I would say at first it seemed a little plastic looking because it was a little shiny, I’m counting on dust to dull that shine. lol For the price and durability, I will definitely buy them again. I only used three of the six stems for this planter so at only 9.99, that’s a great deal. At first I wasn’t sure about the light and green tones but by the time I was finished, the depth and texture it added had definitely grown on me. There was also a slight smell when I pulled them out of the packaging but that’s to be expected when they are stored in a plastic bag.
My curtain-less window sill is definitely feeling cheerier, greenery has a way of doing that.
If you have a space in your home that needs a little life breathed into it, be it in the kitchen, the bathroom or a bookcase in your living room, I can’t wait to see what you put together with some simple greenery and a planter.
As you have seen in this post, anyone (including you) can do this!
Well, I’m off to keep looking for curtains, I’ll let you know how that goes!