Shannon Berrey

Decorating with dough bowls

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Sorry for the silence! I have been in and out of Dr.'s offices and in and out of the hospital....some mysterious infection/virus has found my intestine a lovely special happy place and has wreaked havoc on me this past week. I have been S.I.C.K, ya'll. I still don't feel 'good' but, perhaps a bit better. And as I type this, I am fever-free for the first time in 6 days. So, thankful for small miracles.  

Before I got sick, I was adding some accessories to a remodel I have been working on. It is a big open concept kitchen/living/dining room with loads of windows. I am a big believer in decorating with plants in a home. I love bringing nature indoors and if a client is agreeable, I add plants as a last detail in almost all of my projects. 

As in all successful accessory styling, scale and proportion are everything. My client has an enormous trunk from RH that she uses as her coffee table.


This image is from their website. I'm not sure you can appreciate how big this thing actually is. But trust me, it is BIG. Instead of styling it with lots of little items, {what's up with your styling, RH????} I decided to use a huge vintage 4' dough bowl planted with ferns and other green lovelies. 



They can be used in tons of different ways. Simply place a potted plant inside.



Fill it with found objects like these old fishing floats.



Or some dried lavender.



And seasonally, it can be filled it with pumpkins, pinecones, or christmas ornaments.



Or make it functional - how cool is this dough bowl turned rustic sink?


I own several of my own dough bowls and they are also great to use as serving pieces {line them and serve a huge salad, fill with ice and fill with beer/water}. You can find them in all sizes and this particular one was the perfect size to sit on top of the massive trunk. 



Using 2 trash bags, I folded them, and placed them on the bottom of the bowl. I actually took the dough bowl with me to White Rabbit Botanicals and filled it with lots of different plants, playing around with color and size. All of the plants were in 2 different plant containers so I used 2 different sized ziploc bags and slipped each plant into a bag.  



I could have filled the whole thing with dirt and removed the plants from the pots and planted them. But, I thought this bag technique was perhaps a safer alternative. This way, when you water, there is no way the water can escape through the wood. 



I arranged all of the pots until I found a pleasing look -- taller in the middle, shorter on the ends. I love the way it turned out. All of the great greens and textures look so great against the old wood. 



You really can't see the black pots, but I did tuck some moss into any holes I saw. 

 

I don't have any pictures of it in its new home, but, I hope to soon. Do you own a dough bowl? What do you use yours for? 







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