Hi, all! I’m Amy, from Ms. Toody Goo Shoes, and I’m so happy to be back here at Claire’s for my monthly Home and Garden post. I was really hoping to do something outdoors this month, but winter here in NJ keeps on hangin’ on.
Today, it is finally a little warmer, but up until yesterday, I was still sporting a down jacket and scarf.
Sometimes, the simplest things make me happy, like this little rustic box, which I’ve had for years. It’s been so long that I can’t even remember where I got it.
When I first bought it, I used it for its intended purpose…as a planter. But only when I started thinking outside…or maybe I should say inside the box, did I come up with unique ways to fill it with this and that.
Now, I’m going out on a limb here, but I’m guessing you don’t have this very box. However, there is a good chance you have something similar, and if not, think of this as an excuse to get yourself over to Home Goods, or to spend some time perusing some home accessories websites. It’s so versatile, it’s worth the purchase!
Granted, I can’t fill it with ice and make it an ice box; nor can I fill it with records and make it a jukebox…but there are lots of other things I can put in my little wooden box.
Some things are meant to be paired…Bagels and lox, shoes and socks, silverware and box. OK, that was a stretch, I admit, but I do love-love-love the combo of my grandmother’s antique silver with the rustic box. Such awesomeness on a buffet table!
Faux or real, fruit looks right at home in a box. I use lemons, apples, mini pumpkins, clementines…whatever is in season.
Those lemons aren’t real, by the way. I got them at Pier 1 years ago, and love them almost as much as the box. Paired together on the kitchen counter makes me doubly happy.
Filled with bottles and flower stems, my box becomes a vase. Daffodils, zinnias, roses, daisies, peonies, echinacea…endless possibilities for all seasons!
I like to think that if my rustic box and toile wallpaper met each other on match.com, they’d hit it off immediately, and live happily ever after.
Toiletries look much prettier corralled together, instead of lined up on the counter.
This might be the world’s easiest centerpiece, taking all of 39 seconds to assemble. You may remember when I did something similar here.
I think it goes without saying that it’s not the best idea to actually light candles in a wooden box, so don’t, ‘kay?… use the battery-operated ones instead.
Sometimes it’s good to go with the obvious and call it a day. Outdoors, the box gets filled with herbs…
…Indoors, three little house plants look just right.
Have a great April, and I’ll see you in May. I’m determined to be outdoors by then!