Top O’ the Friday mornin’ to ya! It’s Saint Patrick’s Day and time for the “Wearin’ O’ The Green!” On my blog it’s the “Sharin’ O’ The Green!” I love my Celtic heritage and I enjoy creating vintage vignettes using green for the holiday and spring. Since Easter falls in April this year I have had a chance to add a few little St. Patrick’s day touches around the house before going full out with spring and Easter decor. I used to buy a lot of fun commercial decorations when my boys were younger and made leprechaun traps, but now I just use what I have around the house to add some festive green touches. There are many creative ways to create vintage vignettes using green without spending a lot of money. I have discovered that many of my blogger and Instagram friends also decorate by using what they have, and today I’ll be sharing some of their photos along with some of my own to give you some ideas. Take a look!
This year I have been so busy getting my new blog up and running that I just created a quick vignette for the holiday and to share on my Instagram account. The faux shamrocks I showed in my previous post are now displayed in an old brass tureen along with some other faux herbs. The plants weren’t quite large enough to fill the container, so I looked around the kitchen for something to stick in the back to take up space. I ended up finding some green Fiestaware dishes in my Etsy shop stash and this dark green saucer worked nicely. The antique postcard is my one and only St. Patrick’s day card, and I look forward to displaying it every year in March. I didn’t really have any other green items, so I came up with the idea to make a crayon “bouquet” using various shades of green crayons. I really think this is my favorite part of the vignette. After all, green is my favorite crayon!
Style Tip: Shop your house for any items that may be related in color or style to the vignette you are wanting to create. Don’t be afraid to think outside the (crayon) box and do your own thing! Anything can work to create a fun and festive display if it is related in some way by color or theme.
Until I was styling this vignette I had completely forgotten about those few pieces of green Fiestaware I picked up at a yard sale last summer. Every day I use my white Fiestaware mug, but today I decided to use the green mug and saucer instead. Maybe it’s the holiday magic in the air, but it’s just sort of fun using the green! I love sipping my tea and looking through my Instagram feed for inspiration. Below are some of the beautiful vintage vignettes I found.
Katherine @lalunedesigns always inspires me with posts that literally stop me in my scroll! This one is a particular favorite because it has so many things I love. That old dark wooden table! That dreamy, creamy ironstone pitcher! That tureen filled with live shamrocks! That vintage green croquet ball!!!! I am a wee bit green with envy! She certainly has a knack for artistic styling, fabulous flatlays, and photography. If you love all things vintage be sure to give her a follow on Instagram HERE.
Next up is Jana, host of #guiltypleasuredecor #frugalfridayfinds and #vintagetoolboxdecor Instagram. Jana always has the best vintage finds and displays them in the cutest ways. She is also a “use what you have” decorator, and she designed this adorable vignette based around an old thrifted painting of a green covered bridge. She grouped some vintage green books, fun Rae Dunn bowls, and a vintage horseshoe to create what I call a “happy-go-lucky!” vignette. Her account janajgraf is a must follow for any vintage lover!
As I am writing the blog post I am on my third cup of green tea! Have you had your daily cup of tea or coffee? Or how about your daily cup full of vintage and beautiful home decor via Jann Olson Have A Daily Cup of Mrs. Olson blog? I became acquainted with Jann several years ago through her weekly blog party “Share Your Cup.” We enjoy the same love of all things vintage. From kitschy collectibles, to rusty wagons or stacks of tea cups, Jann’s photos always make me smile and want to hit the yard sales running! Here she created a gorgeous, garden-themed vignette using old flower frogs, moss balls, stacks of green vintage books, and a fleur de lis garden accessory. This display works wonderfully for March and St. Patrick’s day, even though there are no direct references to the holiday. It will also transition perfectly into the warmer gardening months ahead. Jann’s styling proves that you can use what you have to create fun seasonal displays without paying for overpriced commercial decorations. If you love thrifting, collecting and decorating with a variety of vintage styles, you will certainly want to follow Jann on her blog and Instagram @haveadailycup too!
Nest and Feather
Looks like Leslie @nestandfeather IG found all the treasure at the end of the rainbow, and I don’t mean the gold coins! It’s those vintage green mercury glass ornaments that I would be hoarding! Of course the green book collection with gorgeous gold typography is amazing too. Actually this whole vignette is just perfect for Saint Patrick’s Day. Lovers of vintage mercury glass Christmas ornaments are always looking for ways to decorate with them year round and this is a fantastic idea! She certainly is lucky to have so many green ones. If you love mercury glass and other vintage collectibles, be sure to follow Leslie on Instagram.
Melinda Prince Marks
Blog parties and hashtag parties on Instagram have introduced me to some really talented decorators and fantastic people. I also met Melinda Prince Marks through Instagram when she shared for the #madforplaiddecor hashtag party I host. I love, love, LOVE her charming cottage style and knack for adding just the right touches of seasonal color to her decor. Everything about this photo had me swooning with all it’s chippy-white goodness! I adore the burlap and twine wrapped plant, and that stamped silver spoon is such a fun and quirky nod to St. Patrick’s Day! All of Melinda’s vignettes are delightful. If you love cottage style you certainly will want to give her a follow on IG @melindaprincemarks.
Here is one of my older St. Patrick’s day mantel vignettes. Like Melinda I will add anything white and chippy to my displays every chance I get! I love junkin’ for Celtic-related objects, so whenever I come across vintage leprechauns, postcards, books, or shamrock designs on dishes and artwork I always snatch those things right up. I also have a hoard of 100 year-old Kentucky horseshoes that I add to my March vignettes for a bit o’ luck and whimsy!
While my predominant choice of decor revolves around shabby chic whites and neutrals, adding touches of green is always fun after a long, dreary winter. Regardless of the fact that it’s snowing today (typical Kentucky March!), nature is showing lots of signs of green too. Right outside my living room window I can see the bright green ivy growing up our yellow brick porch, and I know that the green is here to stay through November. That definitely puts me in a festive Saint Patrick’s Day mood!
Even though I am not one to design and decorate based solely on trends, it seems that green will be sticking around in home decor for a while too. Greenery is Pantone’s color of the year for 2017 and many other shades of green paint are gaining popularity. I am always a step ahead of the trends for some reason! Three years ago I painted my music room dark green. Now I am getting ready to paint it creamy white, even though green walls are in vogue! A whole room was just too big of a commitment for me. I do love green accessories though. Check out my “Decorating with Green” Pinterest board HERE if you would like some more inspiration.
How about you? Does green make you feel “blah,” or are you feeling “green with envy” over all the beautiful greens showing up in home decor? Let’s talk more green! I would love to hear your ideas and comments about this trend!
Happy Saint Patrick’s Day!
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