With a fresh crop of garden produce filling fridges, pantries, and countertops, now is a great time to put your bounteous harvest to work in a useful way. While waiting to be consumed, there’s no reason to overwhelm your kitchen with a bevy of fresh fruits and vegetables. Instead, store them around your house in simple, stunning ways. While not all farmer’s market finds are durable enough to be used as decor (produce like lettuce, berries, and fresh-cut herbs are some of the more delicate fresh foods) many foods: citrus, squash, and most root vegetables will last for several days in a temperature-controlled home. Here are seven incredible, simple ways to stylishly store some of the hardiest seasonal crops as decor around your home.
Decorate with Artichokes
Artichokes are not only sturdy enough for a one-day decor job, but their pale green, floral-esque leaves create truly inspiring, peaceful centerpiece arrangements. Another option: slice the top off the artichoke, and scoop out the center pith to create a small, earthy vase for fresh flowers. (Photo: Mini Artichokes in White Pitcher from The Party Dress.)
Decorate with Potted Fresh Herbs:
Fresh herbs planted in small, inexpensive pots look especially stunning when displayed is a row on a windowsill. An indoor herb garden is also a handy way to save money on weekly grocery bills, while feeding your family with the health benefits that many fresh herbs provide. (Photo and idea from Shore Magazine).
Decorate with Rustic Gourds, Squash & Pumpkins
The season of fresh squash and colorful gourds is right around the corner. Get an early start of your holiday decor by hollowing out the center of your favorite decorative gourds to create flour vases and rustic candy jars. (For more great decor ideas, please visit Craftzine.)
Kumquats–tiny, olive-sized citrus fruits–make a beautiful addition to a basic floral centerpiece when added to the bottom of a vase. Lemons, limes, and oranges also work well as decor. Pile them on top of a porcelain cake dish, fill a large glass cube with them , or stack them in a cloth-lined basket for quick, eye catching home decor. The possibilities are endless!
Go green with country-style bushel baskets filled with a bounty of fresh, farm-picked apples. There is no sweeter way to decorate your kitchen table that to do it in a sustainable way. Select just-picked apples from local growers or visit a pick-your-own organic fruit farm for pure, healthy produce. For additional homestyle flair, scoop the center of a few apples out, placing a small tea light into the center. (Photo and original post can be found at Green Union.)
If you’ve ever come home from the grocery store with a bag full of firm, green pears, you know you’ve got several days of waiting until the fruit is soft, ripe, and juicy enough to eat. Rather than relegating your unripe pears to the corner of your kitchen, invite them to take center stage with the simple, lovely decor idea. Sugaring the pears allows you to present them in all their bright-greem beauty, while leaving them in a still-edible state. Better yet, USA Pears has a bevy of beautiful pear decor ideas on their website. If sugared pears aren’t your thing, you’re sure to find a decoration you adore among their list of incredible tips. (To find other pear decor ideas, as well as a how-to for these sugared pears, visit USAPears.com)
Asparagus and green beans don’t last long when left uncovered in a room-temperature environment. However, when tied to a large candle with a pretty ribbon, they make a beautiful centerpiece for a fancy meal. With their muted shades of green, asparagus and green beans are also beautifully paired with hollowed artichoke candleholders. (Find more great decor tips & ideas at DomestickGoddess.com)