Well, hello there lilacs.
It’s so nice of you to bloom just in time for the summer home tour event organized by Marty of A Stroll Thru Life.
And it’s so nice of you to bloom just in time to greet the visitors who have found their way here from the oh so fabulous VEL at Life & Home at 2012 blog (and can I just say I covet VEL’s kitchen!).
The very minute I saw your beautiful blooms, I ran out with sheers and mason jars filled with water. I snipped and trimmed and very un-artfully arranged you. And then I spread you around the house. Starting in the dining room …
And then I grabbed a few stems, stuck them in a wreath and hung it from a ribbon from my window mirror.
Lilacs, you and your magnificent scent also adorn the living room …
Can’t you just smell them?
Funny story, lilacs.
And yes, I realize saying the story is funny in advance could be the kiss of death for this story …
The day I snipped and trimmed and un-artfully arranged you in mason jars and generously spread you around the house, my husband commented on your delicious smell after arriving home from work. And then he proceeded to walk right past you …
right past the antique-look toolbox filled with your blooms on the dining room table …
right past the wreath on the mirror with your blooms tucked here and there …
right past not one, not two, but three mason jars generously filled with your blooms in the living room …
… and made his way to the front door. Where he turned to me and said, The lilac bush is really strong this year. I can smell it right through the cracks in the door.
To which I replied, Um, yeah honey. Or perhaps it could be all the mason jars filled with lilacs like, um, everywhere inside the house!
Before you go, make sure you visit Anita at Far Above Rubies (click here). She’s the very last spot on this fabulous week-long Summer Home Tour!
And here’s the full line-up for today (Friday, June 10)
Refresh Restyle | Splendor Styling | Monica Wants It | Life and Home @ 2102 | Far Above Rubies
And …. for even more summer decorating inspiration, here’s the line-up for the full week of Summer Home Tours …
Monday – June 6
A Stroll Thru Life | Life on Virginia Street | Remodelando La Casa | Thrifty and Chic | Rain On A Tin Roof | Duke Manor Farms
Tuesday – June 7
Life Love Larson | Haneens Haven | Claire Brody Designs | My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia | The House of Silver Lining | Hymns & Verses
Wednesday – June 8
Dimples & Tangles | Our Southern Home | Simple Details | Decor To Adore | A Thoughtful Place | 21 Rosemary Lane
Thursday – June 9
Our Fifth House | Decorating Delirium | Driven By Decor | Making Home Base | Simple Stylings | Cuckoo4Design
Friday – June 10
Refresh Restyle | Splendor Styling | Monica Wants It | Life and Home @ 2102 | It All Started With Paint | Far Above Rubies
Beautiful, and so simple to do and oh the fragrance! I think you were referring to “shears” for cutting those beauties!
cassie @ primitive & proper says
they are so simple and perfect and i can practically smell them through my screen! my mom had several bushes by our house when i was growing up and i was always heart broken when they were done blooming.
Love all the blue, white and natural wood tones in your pretty home.
Laura Ingalls Gunn says
What a fabulous tour! The lilac paired with navy is perfection.
laura janning says
that’s a man for you. i can say that cause mine would probably say and do that too! your home is fabulous and the liliacs are just a bonus. dead weeds and your home would still look amazing. happy summer!
Kris @ Junk Chic Cottage says
Beautiful every picture. I love lilacs the fragrance is intoxicating. Have a great week end.
Marty@A Stroll Thru Life says
Love, love, love your lilacs and your home looks so pretty with the scattered about. Thanks so much for joining the 2016 Summer Home Tours.
Lilacs always bring a big smile to my face! When my son was three, we had three large lilac bushes right outside our kitchen window. I had heard that smashing the end of the stems with a hammer made the blooms last longer. I returned from putting a vase of lilacs in the living room to find my son walking away with the hammer. “What are you doing with the hammer?” I asked him. He very excitedly responded, “There’s a fly on the window. I’m gonna kill it!” Yikes! Seems like I returned just in time!
I have always been in love with the color combo of blue and lilac and I can never seem to pull it off, but you my dear, did so flawlessly! Love it all! So honored to share the Summer home tour with you! Cheers!
Hahaha it’s funny how husbands hardly ever noticed something! I can put an elephant in the middle of my family room and he doesn’t see it. 😀
The lilacs give your beautiful home a romantic feel this summer.
Hi Linda, Lilacs are my favorite. I love the scent and the delicate vintage beauty of the flowers. I have light, lilac, dark purple, and white lilac bushes. Mine bloom in April, so I’ve been missing them. Thanks so much for sharing yours today. Your home is just lovely.
Beautiful tour! I love your crisp blue and white combined with the lilacs! So pretty! 😉
Marian Emch says
I loved your home tour! Your home is beautiful!
Linda, I can gather only a bunch or so anymore, after leafy trees grew tall near them and blocked the sunshine they needed to produce blooms! Also, it didn’t help that after our first year in this house I thought I’d be proactive about care and maintenance of the lilacs and proceeded to prune–whatever season it was, it was the wrong season to be pruning, if it’s ever even correct to deadhead lilacs! Now, to have lilacs in the house I ask permission of friends and neighbors and homeowners I don’t even know to cut some of their blooms! Geographical note: Chicago seems to be two weeks or more behind New Hampshire in the arrival of spring. But spring flowers make it worth suffering through winter! ~ I really admire how you’ve painted furniture and objets in your home, it looks great!!
I did the same thing to my lilac bush! Gave it a big old haircut in the Spring and then it didn’t bloom for like 2 or 3 years. This is the first time in awhile that I got blooms! So happy about that!
Ah ha ha ha ha….. The funny story totally could have happened here. The beautiful clean house for a tour though, um, that could not right now!
LMAO I see your hubby and mine could be related! Loving your home tour, and the lilacs clippings! I really want to plant a lilac in my backyard but due to the root system they have after a few years, it would have to be at the back end of our yard. WHich after seeing your beautiful blooms just may happen!
Have a great week!
Anita Diaz says
Oh those lilacs are just gorgeous in your beautiful home!! Love how they pair with the blue, and I am sure they smell so wonderful!
where is this rug from!?
I purchased it like 5 years ago from RugsUSA.com but they no longer carry it. Sorry.