10 Accessories Gardenia Lovers Will Adore
Stop and smell the ... gardenias?
Is there anyone out there that doesn’t truly, madly, deeply love gardenias?
Image courtesy of Bailey Nurseries, Inc.
With spring around the corner, it’s no surprise that many of us are already dreaming of new gardening projects. But even if you have a not-so-green thumb, you can still enjoy the magic of this gorgeously fragrant flower around your home.
Here are 12 of my favorite picks for gardenia lovers who are ready to add more of this gorgeous white flower to their home.
1: Glass Bowl
Gardenias look beautiful in shallow vases or floating on water. It allows you to see the flower while also enjoying its fragrance. If you don’t already have them growing in your garden, you can purchase a bundle of gardenias from your local florist and float them in several bowls, like this one, throughout your home.
2: Hand Soap
This gardenia hand soap would be a wonderful choice for a guest bathroom or your kitchen sink. Along with the gardenia scent, this soap also includes star jasmine, tuberose, citrus and other essential oils. If you love this scent, you can also purchase additional gardenia products, including hand lotion, dish soap or a scent diffuser.
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This candle would be a wonderful spring scent to carry throughout your house.
Here, a gorgeous pillow features gardenias based on a watercolor painting and pencil sketches from artist Luli Sanchez. The cover is removable, so it can easily be cleaned.
5: Removable Watercolor Wallpaper
Removable wallpaper is another fun way to update a space in your home without making any permanent changes. You could create an accent wall with this pretty, gardenia wallpaper design.
If you’d like to create some of your own throw pillows, a blanket or even reupholster a piece of furniture, this pink gardenia fabric could be the perfect choice. Most gardenias are white; however, if you’re lucky, you might come across a pink one. This large-scale design would look particularly beautiful in a sunroom or on a charming front porch.
$17.50 per yard, spoonflower.com
7: Fragrance Oil
If you like to use an essential oil diffuser at home, you should definitely consider adding a gardenia fragrance to your rotation. You could diffuse the gardenia scent on its own, or mix it with other essential oils (such as jasmine or eucalyptus) for a more layered scent.
8: Linen Napkins
Oscar de la Renta loves gardenia flowers, which explains why he created this lovely set of linens as an ode to the pretty, white blossoms. If you dig this pattern, you can also purchase his gardenia placemats and napkin rings.
9: Area Rug
This simple, hand-tufted rug would look beautiful in almost any space, especially in a more modern bedroom or dining room. The blue-green background would pair well with a gray or beige palette.
10: Soaking Stones
These lovely soaking stones were created by holistic clinician Dr. Kristina Ivy. The stones are meant to help detoxify and relieve tired aches and muscles. In addition to the Spanish gardenia, the stones also include honeysuckle, hibiscus, bergamot, vetiver and green tea. The stones come in a pretty glass bottle that would look gorgeous displayed on your bathtub.
Cheery + Charming
If you’re hosting or headed to a house warming, dripping paint bucket floral arrangements might be the perfect fit. Pick up an empty aluminum paint bucket from the home improvement store, lay out a drop cloth along a long, flat surface, then use a turkey baster to add a dripping effect from the opening of the bucket to the bottom. Let the paint dry for about three to four hours, then use a utility knife to cut any paint buildup from the drop cloth.
This uncomplicated, freshly-picked arrangement captures the lush, natural abundance of spring. Tulips and billy balls are especially beautiful tucked into a simple pitcher with bright pink peonies, but you can use whatever you have in your garden.
Arranging flowers needn't be intimidating or complicated. Simply choose three flowers in complementary colors and shapes. Cut stems so flowers sit about two inches above the top of container, remove all leaves that will fall below the water line, and bunch flowers together in a tight, mounded arrangement. To keep arrangements fresh, trim the ends and change the water every few days. Typically, most arrangements last about a week or two.
This whimsical centerpiece is perfect for spring-inspired dinner parties and is surprisingly simple to create. Towering curly willow branches in a tall vase juxtapose simple white hydrangeas in glass vessels. Design by Kate Riley of Centsational Girl