My friend Liz Roth (of @desertdecor) gets a lot of feedback from her followers about the evolution of her country living style, which started out in full-blown French country. That’s actually how we connected, as Vic and I have always included our favorite French country items in our store and online.
These days, Liz has a new philosophy on how she styles her Arizona home: “I just add things that I really like – not going with trends – and I encourage others to do the same,” she said.
Liz and I were drawn together likely because our eyes catch on some of the same things – such as this showcase piece.
If you're looking for a larger focal piece indoors for a locale that needs some “wow,” this massive, wooden urn is gorgeous, natural-toned and makes a spectacular statement. This urn is the ideal home for your faux stem greenery and faux flowers. This piece also works well for a covered porch, patio or solarium. Just keep in mind, it’s real wood, so it’s not good for wet/damp climates. We also don’t suggest planting in it as it will likely damage/ruin the wood. But that’s one of the reasons we all adore faux greenery for spring décor, right?
“I’m looking to simplify areas of the home that feel full of tchotchkes or are cluttered. I hone in on bigger, simpler pieces that make a statement – and this urn makes a statement,” Liz said.
The smooth, thin truck of the faux tree Liz added to the urn does not take away from the natural wood grain. Liz styled a round table that doesn’t get everyday use with some items we chose for our spring collection. The table runner, for instance, was a very happy find for us.
We searched high and low for a longer table runner and now we finally have one! With a large weave, frayed edge, and chunky tassels, this runner has an almost bohemian feel. Really though, it will fit any style from farmhouse to coastal to modern.
I am also excited about what Liz did with two of our new wood compote holders. I never thought about placing one under a glass dome. Marvelous ingenuity, Liz! And the other looks great with some creamy, thick candles.
If you’re seeking a gift for a loved one who’s hard to shop for, take a look at these precious turned wood compote holders. They also work with a mini wreath candle ring, or consider adding small pieces of fruit or pinecones inside. These natural beauties will look lovely on display each season of the year.
We often mention how pops of green really set off a natural, classic vase or receptacle. And just look at the dynamic leaves coming out of this vase in Liz’s tableau!
This stunner of a ceramic vase has beautifully wrapped handles. The texture shows a bit of earthen clay tone under a creamy glaze with a hint of celadon. It’s the perfect vessel for all seasons, but especially spring.
However, if green isn’t your style, consider some pampas. We’ve just added a lovely variety for the season.
Pampas are all the rage right now in spring décor. We love the natural look and feel of this native grass - and the faux version gives you the look without the mess. The small stem is best for vases and indoor areas, where the long will look great in a vintage vessel on your porch.
“I love pops of bold color in the right season: burnt orange in the fall, winter green in winter and in spring, pastels,” Liz added. Those green and pink pampas sprays work well in the ceramic vase above, too.
Styling our spaces has kept many of us from going stir crazy over the last year. Liz has some wonderful advice for all of us, whether we prefer country living, boho or modern styles.
“What’s interesting about being stuck in your home, is that more people realize, ‘I just want to get things that make me happy or things I love.’ I say, stay away from trends and stay true to things you love. If you purchase things you love, you’ll keep them longer,” she said.
I’m excited to profile a different partner once a month on our blog. It’s something new for us, and we’re thrilled to introduce you to ideas from our friends all over the country.