Hosta in the House and Some News

warning: please ignore water drops & baby formula powder on counter! It's been a typical morning here! ;)



As you might know, I'm all for easy, simple prettiness.  I love using what we have to make the house feel good, and right now, we have some massive hosta leaves.  My mom gave the plants to us last year from her garden, and fortunately, they've gone wild!  Hostas give me a good feeling, reminding me of summertime at my Grandma Maestranzi's lake cottage as a little girl.  I used to love "popping" the purple blooms which are just now budding at out house.  I love using them to freshen up rooms, so I thought I'd share a few pics with you.  I placed a few leaves in the vintage drink shaker that used to belong to Dave's Great Aunt Stella.  I've always loved it for parties (so handy with recipes right on the glass!) but wanted to bring it out even when we're not partying because I think it's fun and happy-feeling.  In the background (below) you can see one of my favorite cut glass vases also filled with hosta leaves.

{How cute are the little martini glasses on the shaker?!}

Below, a chemistry beaker holds some more leaves on the lucite table in the living room.  (I know how this must surprise you! ;) ;)



I am crazy about this beautiful antique pitcher I found recently and I love its romantic lines in contrast with the modern-feeling hosta leaves.  I don't even mind the bug-munches:


One last more photo I couldn't resist taking because Ashby (below) wandered in to my "photo shoot":

{Poor little girl just want some loving}

Anyway, I just love the fresh, modern, summery feeling the hosta leaves have brought into our house, so if  you're in the mood for simple greenery, just grab some hosta.  It's so easy.

Have a great weekend!!
xoxo,
lauren

ps-  I wanted to let you know that I'm opening an online shop for my vintage & antique finds called "Pure Style Home."  I'm just working on getting the site up and running and can't wait to share it with you!!  My motto for the shop is "If I love it so much I want to keep it, it's worth parting with."  I am always out and about falling in love with things that I can't justify buying for myself, so I've tried to think of a way to share the finds and I think this is it.  Each & every piece will be something I want myself.  No exceptions. 

Can't wait!! :)

36 comments:

Kathysue said...

Lauren I have ferns in my yard that I bring in and put in simple vases. Just the touch of natural green brings so much life to a room. the Hosta leaves are great because of size and shape. I need to plant some hostas in my shade garden!! Happy weekend, to you and your sweet family and congrats on your new venture,Kathysue

Alicia said...

Very excited to hear you are opening an online shop! I will in Victoria B.C. and I follow your blog daily, I love your creativity! I have been madly searching for a crystal chandelier like the one in your master bedroom, I fell in love with it at first sight!!

Starfish and Sundresses said...

Can't wait for your new shop! P.S this last photo looks straight out of a magazine! I wish I could take such beautiful photos! xx

cjm said...

Photos are always better with a dog thrown in. :) Love the hostas. Love your blog.

Janell @ Isabella and Max said...

Your photos are always stunning, regardless of what you are shooting!!
Janell

Erin said...

I can't wait for the shop!!!! How exciting! Have a great weekend! :)

Dagny @ Scandinavian Chic said...

Oooh, how EXCITING!!! And I love the hosta's!

xx
dagny

Red Door Home said...

Love seeing your hosta pictures. Hostas are so beautifully simple and elegant at the same time. Unfortunately in our area it is a constant battle with the deer. They seem to like them as much as I do!

Vanessa@decor happy said...

My hostas have gone mad too - must bring some in. Congrats on your new shop - hope you will be shipping to Canada!

lisaroy said...

Great idea with the hostas! I wish I could plant them near me but it would be like a salad bar for the deer! Love your kitchen btw and your little dog really makes the photo! Can't wait to see your shop!

Jacci said...

I feel very chic now :) I just cut some of my hosta leaves yesterday and brought them in. I put them in a little jam jar from Sam's grandma's house. They're now on my laundry room window sill.

So excited to see your new store! And thanks so much for the sweet comment on our blog. You *are* the real deal, honey :)

~Jacci

pam@pixelimpress said...

super idea! never thought of bringing in a few hosta leaves. thanks. pam

Karen@StrictlySimpleStyle said...

I love using hosta leaves in my arrangements and alone in a glass vessel. They look really pretty as the base of an arrangement with a single variety of flowers in the center.

Emily said...

Lauren! That is so exciting :) I cannot wait to see what you put up on your new site. And I'm wondering - can we order for pick-up if we're local? :p

Deliciously Organized said...

i love your antique pitcher...can't wait to see what you add to pure style home!

Windlost said...

Hi dear Lauren, love the hosta leaves and dear sweet Ashby! I wish you guys a wonderful summer and I bet Dave cannot wait to be done with school - you guys will have such a nice summer.

i had a great trip out east and came home with a few finds (suitcase was stuffed!) - will blog about them soon. Just odds and ends. I love the idea of your shop!! I have thought about that too, but since I have a 40h/wk day job, I cannot justify doing a shop - need some down time as it is!! I know your shop will be amazing and will keep you busy but is just the right direction for you and your finds!

xo Terri

LindsB said...

The color green is so vibrant- I love it in your home!

Congrats on the new shop opening- its going to be fabulous and wildly successful, just like you!

Maillardville Manor said...

Congrats on the store, very exciting!!!
I love the hosta leaves, it's fresh and understated.

Julie Holloway said...

Please let me know when you have some great things! You have been such an inspiration to me, I want to go ahead to commit something wonderful as a giveaway on my new blog. Thanks, Julie

The Bed Lady said...

Lauren... Good luck on your new adventure - looking forward to your great finds. I feel the same way about my store "The Trendy Bed"... When you get time check out my new blog site, "The Trendy Home" Have a great weekend and enjoy reading your blog - I also have a link from my blog to yours. :-)

Cathy C
The Trendy Bed

Debra Phillips said...

great news lauren!
enjoy the process. there is nothing like another excuse to shop and then when someone buys......heaven
xo
debra

1 Funky Woman said...

I love how simple but yet such a pop a leaf or three can make. I love the vintage drink shaker and beaker used as vases. Congrats on opening your on line shop. Can't wait to check it out!

Lovely Little Nest said...

The open shelving in your kitchen is too fabulous! I love it! And it looks really great against the beadboard walls :)

Tonia @Chic Modern Vintage said...

Hostas so simply fabulous, I have a question, is the fridge painted with chalkboard paint?

Kathy said...

love Ashby, and love your blog, looking forward to your store

Kathy said...

You know Lauren....
I have hostas all over the place,
I never think to bring the leaves in.
Thanks for the inspiration girl!
Happy weekend,
xoxo~Kathy @
Sweet Up-North Mornings...

ashlina {the decorista} said...

hosta leaves are the ish! i love the color!!!! great photos too and yay for your store. :)

Annie Wilcox Designs said...

Gotta get over to my neighbors yard and steal some of theirs.

pretty pink tulips said...

Lauren, Too funny! I have vases and vases in my home right now filled with hosta leaves. Free and so beautiful. This is the first year I did it --- next up are my hydrangeas! Excited to see your new online store!!!

Laura Casey Interiors said...

The leaves look great. Good for you about starting an online shop. I have been thinking about it but haven't taken the leap yet. Love the shed too, your boys will have a blast back there.

24 Corners said...

Lauren...the Hosta's, your kitchen, your new chair...and your sweet dog are all wonderful!!! An inspiring and lovely post! xo J~

Ness Lockyer said...

Love your Hostas and they look great in your beakers. Cant wait to see your store. I am sure it will be filled with gorgeous things...there will have to be beakers, right?
Ness xx
Love your new blog layout btw =0)

Maurie said...

Love your motto for your shop. Here's wishing you great success!

Lisa Rusczyk said...

This is a great idea!

Sonja @ Uberbliss.blogspot.com said...

I LOVE decorating with hostas! I have 10 different varieties and I put them everywhere. Thanks for reminding us that simple is sometimes the most beautiful thing of all.

Jessica said...

thanks for this great idea!! I don't have flowers in the backyard as it's overgrown with raspberries (yum) but I do have some hostas and I never would have thought to bring in some leaves - will be doing that very thing this weekend!