Do you feel this way? After packing away the Christmas decor my house always feels empty and bare. Does yours? It doesn't make sense because I loved my house BEFORE I put out all the decorations; in fact this year I was even hesitant to start the Christmas decorating because I didn't want it to feel cluttered. But after having all the colorful balls and the sparkle, and the warmth that the tree brought in, it takes a while to adjust back to the way it was. Which is weird because I was anxious to move it all out.
So yesterday, I took a few minutes (well, maybe more than a few) and went out to enjoy some of the warmth outside and
trim prune some of the rose bushes. I was surprised to find that even in late January and although very scraggly, there were still a few beauties out there. I had some market roses already in a vase, so when I pruned I brought in a few spectacular ones and added them to the mix (falling apart quickly though!). Just adding this little pop of color sure makes a difference in the room.
My favorite roses are my David Austins ... for me, there is just nothing that compares to them. Well, maybe a peony but sadly they don't grow here. Oh, yes, I've tried. One year Roger's Gardens even had a special variety of peonies just for Southern California. They didn't make it. And I would think it was just me, but my very talented gardener friend tried as well and hers flopped too. But these David Austin roses are wonderful and they have the most amazing scent - just heavenly! If you have a chance you should pick up one ... or two. Actually, since you should always try to 'accessorize' in odd numbers, maybe even three!
And even though we are still on a spending freeze over here ... I couldn't resist a couple of new Target (bless you Target!) pillows just to add a little change and pop in a little color. I have been shopping and shopping and shopping for clients and just needed to bring a little something home for me ;.)
What a simple way to brighten up a room!
I hope you are having a good week and don't forget to sign up for the CSN Stores giveaway that I posted yesterday! The odds are pretty good right now!