A Succulent Spring


One of our New Year’s Resolutions is to unpack the basement. This is a resolution that isn’t new to our list. Since we got married, Don and I have moved five times. There are likely boxes that haven’t been unpacked ever. I’m thinking that this year, since I’m telling you, maybe we will finally cross off “unpack the basement” from our perpetual list? Maybe…

We made a valiant effort down there in early January, making space to move all of the pantry’s contents into the basement. Our brilliant carpenter has been working hard to gut renovate our scary 1881 pantry into the butler’s pantry of our dreams. For the past 2 months, I’ve been running up and down the basement steps multiple times a day for more paper towels, boxes of tomatoes, stationary, small appliances, etc. On one of my trips, two bowls on a shelf caught my eye.

My Mom gave me these antique pewter bowls that belonged to my Grandmother. I’ve always wanted to do something with the bowls, but could never figure out how to use them. I absolutely love that the bowls have been passed on through generations.  I try to decorate with things that have meaning, but accessorizing my home has never been one of my strengths.  It could be because it’s all the same stuff we’ve always had — just in different houses.  

The bowls were empty on the mantel while I thought about what to do with them. Last week with the sun shining and the snow melting, I had my moment: succulents! But can you plant succulents in antique bowls?   Yes, you can!


Sage Market + Design is my favorite florist here in Newburyport because it’s not your typical florist.  It reminds me of florists in Paris, and I love popping in to see what’s new while supporting a local business. The owner Beverly helped me choose a few succulents and then planted them for me in my pewter bowls. Planting isn’t really my thing so I was pretty stoked.  I couldn’t be more thrilled with the result. The colors of the succulents bring out the jewel tones in the living room and the pewter bowls really compliment our sconces

Succulents are easy to keep alive because they store water in their thick leaves. No green thumb necessary! All you have to do is spray them with water once a week.  They look so dewy and fresh with the beads of water sitting on top of the leaves. Fresh like Spring! It’s here, by the way. What?!? Spring? Probably in other places but not here in Newburyport. My yard has a snow pile that’s over my 5′ 3″ head. 

Anyway, Happy Spring!  I can’t wait to show my Mom that I’m finally using the bowls. She is going to smile, and no matter how old I am, I still love making my Mom smile. 

Have you decorated with succulents? Check out this blog and articles for inspiration:
Succulent Blog: Succulents & Sunshine
Better Homes and Gardens: Top 10 Succulent Plants for the Home
Southern Living: How To Plant Succulents in Containers

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