1.11.2016

Decorating With Preserved Boxwood

 

Everyone has that go-to plant or accessory you like to use for decorating.  Mine is preserved boxwood. 


I enjoy touches of green around my home, especially in wintertime. With preserved boxwood, you get the beauty of a live plant without any of the work! 


Preserved boxwoods are made from live boxwood clippings that have been soaked in a solution of dye and glycerin and then allowed to dry. I've never tried making one myself, but in case you would like to try preserving your own you can find a tutorial here. You can also purchase preserved boxwood branches to make your own designs. One source is Bella Marie (this is not a paid source).


I recently re-decorated one of my mantels using some of my collection. What I love most about preserved boxwoods is that they can be dressed up or down and used in virtually any style of decor. I would often use them in the parade and model homes I've decorated over the years to add a live element without the maintenance.


To keep your preserved boxwoods looking great for a long time, lightly mist them once a month with a spray bottle, keep them out of direct sunlight, and keep them indoors. You don't want to mist them too often, however, because they will mold. 


Here is a closer look at my mantel... 



 



Here are a few additional ideas for inspiration...






Have a really great week. 
Warmest regards,

4 comments :

Jinaya Whiting said...

I absolutely LOVE your mantel!!! Looks amazing! I really like the look of preserved boxwood and will be heading out today to get some. Thanks for the inspiration!!

Alexis Gruninger said...

Thanks, Jinaya. I'm so glad you like it.

Amber said...

LOVE this mantel!! And these pictures look amazing, the lighting looks so good!!

Miranda said...

Great post! I love your decor. Where do you get your preserved boxwood from? I usually get mine from www.homedecorativeaccents.com

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