Fakes are fine with me

In response to the HGTV special about decorating mistakes, the worst of all (according to them) being fake flowers and plants, The Nester is asking us to show our fake plants, good, bad, and in between.

As I said yesterday, I am not good with live plants. Even though fake plants do get dusty (and I do wipe them off now and then), they last a lot longer than real ones do, and they add a welcome bit of color and cheeriness. The HGTV team recommends fruit (but a jar or plate of lemons or whatever just doesn’t do anything for my decorating sensibilities. Nothing wrong with that as decorations — I just don’t like them personally) or dried materials (which also gather dust and decompose after a while), so I will stay with my pretty fake flowers, as long as they look nice and aren’t frayed, thank you very much. 🙂

Here are a few of my “fakes”:

New flower arrangement

Heart wreath

Pink rose topiary

New floral arrangement


Spring windowsill

Spring flowers

Hidden nest arrangement

I haven’t decorated for fall yet, but these are around my house most of the time, except for fall and Christmas.

If you’d like to join in or see other “fakers,” The Nester has a list of links here.

(You know what’s really odd…my blog stats show this post has received 126 viewings so far, but there are only 10 comments at present. I wonder if the other 116 disagree? Or hate my arrangements but are too kind to say so? I guess I’ll never know…

BTW, it’s ok to disagree [kindly]. That’s what makes all of our styles uniquely our own. 🙂 )

16 thoughts on “Fakes are fine with me

  1. Those are pretty, I always love your home decor, I’m clueless in how to decorate my home, well except from toys spread from one end to the next LOL.
    and I love fake flowers.. I can’t kill them that way. 🙂

  2. “Faux” is the fancy word!! LOL!

    I love live plants. Before I had children, I had lots of them. After children…not so much. Just did not have time.

    I’ve always loved doing arrangements with silk flowers, I do like dried arrangements–but at one time had a friend who was deathly allergic to them.

    Fake, faux, silk, dried–all work much better for me and my lifestyle.

    I always cringe when I hear them say “Real plants!” on HGTV.

    Lovely photos as always!!



  3. Seeing I cannot keep real roses alive for more than a day fakes are the way to go for me in that area!

    The ones on your windowsill really do brighten up that big window don’t they!

  4. Wow. You do have a lot of fake flowers, don’t you?! 🙂

    I’m going to dissent with the consensus here and agree with HGTV–I love plants! I don’t think I have a lot of them, but just about every room in my house has one or more. As I sit here looking around my living room, I see 8 potted plants: two aloe vera, three shamrock plants, one snake plant, one philodendron, and one spiky, stalky plant whose name I don’t know. I always think of the benefits of having plants around–especially the fact that they help to clean the air. I’m hoping that’s true.

  5. That’s great if you can do it, Bet. I can’t seem to keep real plants alive, and don’t really have the time to add more care-taking to my list of things to do or the interest to learn what to do besides the occasional watering. And some of them do seem to invite little bugs and such.

    Besides, I like the colorfulness of the arrangements.

    To each her own. 🙂

  6. I love fake flowers. Those photos are gorgeous!! I’m shocked they are all yours. Your place must be beautiful.

    After you left a comment at http://www.writingfundamentals.com today, I got back to work at making the rss feed work, so readers could subscribe. Ugh! I needed to learn how to set up an xml file. But I did, and it’s working now!!

    Thanks for the nudge. 🙂

  7. Well, I can agree if they’re the old nasty plastic looking fake colored fake flowers;).
    But some of the new ones are gorgeous. I like yours Barbara!

    I kill plants, so the few things I have are “faux”.

  8. Oh, no, I totally agree (and I’m no lurker!!)…fakes ROCK! They do add a nice pop of color and a certain level of comfort. Aaaahhhh.
    Roots & Wings
    P.S. I get a lot of hits and very few comments, too–lurkers are a bummer!!

  9. I guess I am out of it, because I enjoy fake flowers. They are much cheaper than the always having fresh around. Of course, when my roses are blooming, I LOVE bringing them inside.

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