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Bringing In a Little Cheerfulness for Gray January Days

Monday, January 14, 2019

Fresh flowers from the Piggly Wiggly

Happy Monday, My Lovelies!  This time of year I enjoy fluffing our home with fresh flowers and plants.  These additions help to brighten-up dreary, gray winter days.

And we've had bunches of those lately....

But fortunately for me we had a couple of sunny days recently so I could take some halfway decent photos in our home. 

I placed our fresh flowers in our powder room and kitchen:

I always scatter primroses around our home during January.  I also purchased a new fern and a cineraria.

Primrose in our family room

Cineraria in our foyer

New fern also in our family room

I moved this philodendron from our kitchen to the foyer

I decided to keep this red primrose on the breakfast room table for Valentine's Day

I usually don't decorate for Valentine's Day so early, but I decided to go ahead and decorate the breakfast room table.  I will probably change it closer to the big day...maybe change the runner and bring in roses.


Primroses:  The Leaf 'n Petal
Raffia hearts and rose napkin rings:  Pier1
Hearts teapot:  Emma Bridgwater
Runner and heart dessert plates:  Williams Sonoma
Napkins:  Anthropologie
Heart shaped dishes and bowls:  MacKenzie-Childs

I can't decide how to decorate our dining room.  I asked my Instagram Friends, and some of them had funny responses.  ;P  The three choices I asked their opinion about were: Mardi Gras, winter (which I'm sick of....but mayhap I should embrace the coldness and gray skies), or Valentine's Day.  Right now I'm leaning towards Mardi Gras!  What do you think?

I'm thinking about going out today and buying more primroses.  Maybe I could arrange them at each place setting in the dining room because it's the darkest and most depressing room in our home!  

How do you beat the post Christmas I hate winter because it isn't baseball season yet blues?

Until next time...

Ricki Jill


  1. Love all your pretty plants and flowers and decor for Valentines Day. I love seeing the sunshine in your pictures too. We need some of that sunshine here in Illinois.

  2. Love your flowers! I miss the Pig! We don't have Piggly Wiggly or Publix in Texas! Wish they would find their way out west! Definitely Mardi Gras! Hugs!

  3. I love all your sweet heart dishes - I guess I need to bring out some of mine now that it's just a month until Valentine's Day.

    I always wished we had Piggly Wiggly stores. I would love to say to Steve, "I'm going to Piggly Wiggly"!

  4. I like fresh flowers,there was a time I didn't way back when but not now days

  5. Hi,
    No sun here as well and no snow! We are having rain today and that will bring more ice.
    Piggly Wiggly is in the Southern part of Wisconsin. I have stopped in when visiting my aunt. I just love the name. ;-)
    I like the fern. I like the Valentine's Day table.
    xx oo

  6. Oh- I love all your sweet plants. They add so much to a house. Your winter decorations and so cute they can carry you through February for sure. xo Diana

  7. All that is VERY cheerful and welcoming, Ricki Jill! I have really gone bare bones post Christmas, just sick of decor, in general. Even my dish displays are sparse. I have a few succulents (aloe, flapjack, and jade), and my Christmas rosemary tree is still thriving. Maybe I should turn the corner and go for early spring to change my 'tude! I think you should go Mardi Gras, but Lent/Easter are so late this year, you have plenty of time to still enjoy the hearts, still have MG, and then spring right after!

  8. How do I beat the season? I read. Paint. Maybe the movies. Winter is long here!

    I'm like you -- I get fresh flowers all the time in the winter, more than the summer, I think, because I need the color and life of them around me. Yours are so pretty. And I love the Valentine decor -- it's fun, cheerful and so happy. What's not to love with hearts and flowers?

  9. I love football so I hate to see the season winding down. I had some snowmen out but put them all away. I'm ready to get out some hearts! Love your pretty flowers too...they brighten a home!

  10. Is that gorgeous piece of furniture in your powder room a humidor? It is so unique!!

  11. This post makes me so happy, the sunshine and the bright flowers, plus a table full of hearts! What a difference a day of sunshine makes!! I need to get more flowers today!!


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