When I decorated the interior of my home I wanted to create a welcoming and functional space, blending my personal style with colors, textures and a splash of glitter. I do have a tendancy to bounce around between different styles, so I am constantly wanting to switch up the rooms in my home. In an attempt to keep from spending boat loads of money, I try to reinvent the space with smaller inexpensive pieces.
The exterior of my home is no different – I want it to be an expression of myself while also blending with its surroundings and neighbourhood. A great way to change up outdoor ‘accessories’ is window boxes. They are fun, inexpensive, and can be changed with the seasons.
Each summer I try a different arrangement of flowers, although I do tend to always use red geraniums as my base flower. They are easy to grow and I love the way they pop against the grey paint.
My only complaint about the window boxes is how much they need to be watered! Like every day. I do not have a green thumb so that is a big commitment for me.
As I type this I can see the flowers drooping over slightly. I need a water boy.
Usually by the time the lack of attention has killed the flowers, it is time for Fall decor. The shades of Autumn make for a gorgeous palette to work with.
I’ve used fall cabbage, mums, gourds, even teeny tiny scarecrows.
From there we head into Christmas….ohh Christmas. If you are aware of how much I love the holidays you are probably thinking it is my favourite window box season. Wrong. The main reason being that I usually wait until it is freezing cold outside to decorate them.
The first year I had them, I really wanted mini white lights throughout the arrangements, so I bought 4 battery sets from the dollar store. I nearly lost my fingers to frostbite trying weave them in and out of the branches, but in the end they looked great so I thought it was worth it.
Question for you… what happens when you leave a battery outside in frigid temperatures for long periods of time? It dies right?! So there I was every week in knee deep snow, changing all the batteries. For the sake of my precious fingers, the battery lights were replaced with solar ones the following year.
This past Christmas I wanted to take a break from the branches, birch logs and lights. I love the way they come together but wanted to try something more unique and creative.
Do you ever have a vision in your head of how you think, want, hope for something to turn out? Well I had a vision – window boxes filled with miniature Christmas trees and tiny white sparkly snowflakes. So off I went to camp to find my little trees – this adventure turned out to be a lot more difficult than I expected. Apparently perfectly shaped 12 inch Christmas trees don’t just grow throughout the forest, or at least they don’t at my camp.
You can imagine my excitement when I found exactly what I was looking for, at the Dollar store of all places. While I did not particularly want fake trees, they were the next best option and would look like real ones once in the window boxes. Ha! No they certainly did not – this my friends, was a decorating fail. The trees would not sit straight in the boxes and it was so obvious that they weren’t real. I don’t know how many times I would walk outside and one or two of the trees were hanging by a branch off the window boxes. And my mini sparkly snowflakes?? They were way too big for the trees, they looked like snowflakes on steroids. The window boxes turned out so bad that I did not even take a photo, but if I had this is what it would of looked like.
Oh well, not all decorating attempts can be successful. This year I will go back to what I know looks good.
Not every home has the windows or décor style to compliment a row of window boxes. If you are lucky enough to have the perfect spot for a few or even one, I highly suggest you make it a new addition to the exterior of your home – and if you find a good water boy, let me know!