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Decorating With Roses On Your Wall

June 4, 2014

Would you like to see a simple floral project that came from discarded roses? Yesterday I was with my baby, mom and husband in the gorgeous Herrenhausen Garden and I came across a most beautiful site that everyone else seemed to walk right by… A massive pile of rose heads that had been trimmed from the Rosengarten and were getting ready to be discarded. The pile was massive, see?

Decorating With Roses On Your Wall
My husband was sweet enough to venture in to fetch some of the best heads for me. Here are the fruits of his labor here in my hands…

Decorating With Roses On Your Wall

I decided to take them home, so I tucked about ten of them away from the sun into my cooler bag and, despite knowing we wouldn’t be home for hours, I thought I’d risk it anyway and hope for the best. By the time we arrived back home, they were slightly wilted so we placed them in the fridge in a bowl (without water). Here is what they looked like this morning – plump, perky and lovely! And they smell divine…

Decorating With Roses On Your Wall

Because they lack stems, and I wanted to decorate with them, I thought to simply tie neon yellow string to them and tape each onto my dining room wall with some Liberty washi tape that I bought at Merci in Paris. They can dry this way but be decorative too.

Decorating With Roses On Your Wall

Decorating With Roses On Your Wall

Decorating With Roses On Your Wall

Decorating With Roses On Your Wall

Decorating With Roses On Your Wall

It’s always so amazing to me how little things make a big impact – even flower heads found alongside of a rose garden (meant for the trash!) can be a thing of beauty. It’s important to look at everything a little differently, to see the potential in all things, don’t you agree?

(images: third: thorsten becker, all others: holly becker for decor8)


  • Reply jook June 4, 2014 at 7:53 pm

    What a lovely idea! Greetz from Holland, Jook

  • Reply Alexandra June 4, 2014 at 8:53 pm

    There’s treasure everywhere, you just have to see it. And once again – Holly does see it. What a beautiful idea.

  • Reply Sarah June 4, 2014 at 9:40 pm

    I love the vibrant pink of the roses siting against the white wall, with just a hint of neon yellow!

  • Reply Hajir Al June 4, 2014 at 11:07 pm

    Omg this is so beautiful! <3 roses are perfect srsly, and the final project is so amazing .loved how just a small touch made a huge difference! thank you alot dear for sharing <3!^_^

  • Reply Zandra Zuraw June 4, 2014 at 11:29 pm

    I love that you found a way to take something that wasn’t meant for decor and turned it into a beautiful piece of wall art! (Also, thanks for the tip about putting the wilted flowers in the fridge…didn’t know about that one!)

  • Reply Shalagh Hogan June 4, 2014 at 11:42 pm

    And that is why you are the master of the decorating with flowers obvious. And that your husband would fetch them for you gets extra points. So sweet and perfectly simply necessary.
    Love to you,

  • Reply Anna June 4, 2014 at 11:42 pm

    So pretty!

  • Reply merilyn June 5, 2014 at 12:43 am

    just gorgeous holly and ofcourse thorston! love it! m:)X

  • Reply Chantele June 5, 2014 at 12:57 am

    Pretty and so creative!

  • Reply Kati June 5, 2014 at 2:32 am

    What an inspiring post. It is always easily said to look for and enjoy the small things in life but you actually did it and came up with such a cool idea.

  • Reply Michelle - Jarrah Jungle June 5, 2014 at 6:55 am

    They look so pretty, cant believe they were being thrown out :)
    I didnt know about the fridge trick will have to try that next time!

  • Reply Kate @ Songs Kate Sang June 5, 2014 at 7:03 am

    Oh how absolutely lovely!

  • Reply Sandra June 5, 2014 at 8:51 am

    Good morning!

    This is so awesome.
    I didn’t know the trick with the fridge. How long did you let them in the fridge?

    Best wishes from Braunschweig to Hannover :-)

  • Reply Marie Solveg June 5, 2014 at 12:27 pm

    I love your ideá to take care of the roses.
    Lovely husband, to think good for you.

    Have a nice day.

  • Reply Tanya June 5, 2014 at 2:01 pm

    Hi Holly,
    Looks fab…indeed it does inspire one to see beauty even in (almost) decay! love it, looks very pretty x
    ALso, any heads up on when you’re going to London…for book launch?
    Hope your having a fab special time with your Mam around – so nice, enjoy every minute
    Tanya x

    • Reply decor8 June 5, 2014 at 7:10 pm

      @Tanya – Yes the date is set for SEPTEMBER 17 at Anthropologie on KINGS ROAD! :) YEAH!!!

  • Reply Janelle@awhitefarm June 5, 2014 at 2:27 pm

    SO pretty!! And I love that beautiful heap of rose heads on the ground…I bet it smelled divine!!! :)

  • Reply Sabbie Narwal June 5, 2014 at 6:51 pm

    Absolutely agree! These look so, so lovely. And it’s great that they’ll dry nicely there too. What a fun, lucky find!

  • Reply Mariz June 5, 2014 at 7:11 pm

    Amazing, i love flowers <3

  • Reply Emma Harris June 5, 2014 at 10:55 pm

    What a brilliant inspirational idea, they look beautiful on the wall!

  • Reply Clever Girl Reviews June 6, 2014 at 7:43 am

    I love that little display, I might do the same thing with Peonies!

  • Reply Lucy Chen June 6, 2014 at 1:08 pm

    Love this little project! You really have an eye for beauty in the simplest things, Holly. This can work with not only roses, but many other flowers, right?

    • Reply decor8 June 6, 2014 at 8:42 pm

      @Lucy – Yes definitely!

  • Reply Olivia June 7, 2014 at 4:32 pm

    Wow, I love little things like this! Treasures always pop up in the funniest places, don’t you think? Beautiful post, beautiful photos. You’re blog is so inspiring! thanks for brightening my day :)

  • Reply L'atelier Azimute June 9, 2014 at 4:55 pm

    Wow, I love the Idea ! I hope you don’t mind, I shared it on my blog (with a link to yours). It didn”t color the walls ? How long did they last without water ?

    • Reply decor8 June 9, 2014 at 5:29 pm

      @L’atelier – they lasted one day – then I put them in a dish of water to float on my table. No, they didn’t color the walls.

  • Reply Decorators Best June 10, 2014 at 4:35 pm

    Loving that you used real flowers! If only they could last longer. Sigh.

  • Reply Hannah June 16, 2014 at 4:12 pm

    How unexpected and lovely! Thank you for sharing, Holly :)

  • Reply L'atelier Azimute June 16, 2014 at 10:44 pm


    Thanks :)

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