Chic on a Shoestring Decorating: Orchid Love

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Orchid Love

My sweet hubby bought me flowers a few weeks ago.  Instead of more conventional cut flowers, he got me a beautiful orchid that will last for years to come (unless I unfortunately kill it, I'm one of those "black thumb" people, you know, the antithesis of a green thumb but I'm working on it!). 

Knowing me so well and what a total cheapo frugalista I am he chose an orchid for me so it will last instead of having to be trashed after about a week like cut flowers. 

I don't know about you, but when those cut flowers die I always feel a little guilty like... well, those were beautiful for a week and I enjoyed them very much but now I'm throwing them (and the $30 or $40 bucks paid for them) right in the trash!   Not that I don't like a bouquet of roses every now and then (hear that honey?!? ;)... it's just so disappointing when they die and you have to throw them away. 

Since my orchid was SO purdy I wanted to display it somewhere where I would see it all the time.  I pretty much live in the kitchen so  I decided that's where it needed to be. :) 

It came in a really cute little white pot... like teeny tiny, surprised the weight of the flowers wasn't making it fall over size pot.  I wanted to put it on my kitchen island but the cute little pot wasn't substantial enough. 

Then I remembered my new fabulous green bowl from HomeGoods!!!!  (I get really excited about HomeGoods because I don't live very close to one, when I go it's like me going to Disneyworld... the happiest place on Earth! ;) 

The bowl was big and green (my kitchen accent color) and the best part, super cheap!  I put my orchid in the center and then threw in some natural decorative balls (also cheap) from IKEA to fill all the extra space. 

Check out the cute detail of the green bowl...

It ended up making a wonderful island centerpiece!


  1. Gorgeous flower and I love the way you have it displayed!

    LOVE, LOVE, LOVE your new blog "dress"....SO PRETTY!

  2. Beautiful! I adore the way you have it displayed! I love orchids too! I try to have a few around the house at all times!

    Unfortunately...I also adore fresh cut flowers! I think I would do without food before fresh flowers...LOVE THEM...they are a must have around here too!

    I could take a few frugal lessons from you;)! My husband would be thrilled!


  3. looks great! i would never have thought to do a whole display, and that's why i am not a designer/decorator. i will keep this in mind for myself, so thanks!!

  4. What a lovely display you've created!! Everything is enhanced!!

  5. How pretty, Kate! I love it! And mostly I wanted to give you 5 stars for that photo underneath the green bowl. I LOVE it! That looks straight out of a magazine. (ps...those stars aren't really good for anything....sorry)

  6. Ack!

    Oh dear. It's a beautiful flower but your comment that you have a black thumb makes me worry.

    ORchids need different care than normal houseplants

    Don't put them in normal potting soil, they need to grow in orchid bark

    do NOT water it too much. You need to let the potting medium dry out completely between waterings. The orchid roots have a special coating on them that act like sponges. They absorb the water and then, if the stuff they're growing in doesn't dry out, the roots rot. Fast.

    You need to provide it humidity. To do this without humidifying your home, put a deep pan full up large pebbles under its pot and fill that pan with water but do NOT allow the water to cover the pebbles. you don't want the pot sitting in water. As the water in the pan evaporates, it'll humidify the air around the orchid.

    You need to provide it light but no afternoon sun and more bright and filtered light, not direct light

    there are a lot more tips on my website at if you want to read them.

  7. That's GORGEOUS! ...and the centerpiece is FABULOUS!

  8. I agree with you that Home Goods is the happiest place on earth:)

  9. That looks just gorgeous, and I love the display...Home Goods, YAY!

  10. Oh this is gorgeous.. Simply love your centre piece.. its awesome! I love orchids... Loved your blog.. and am here to stay :-)


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