With Spring and Summer comes playful home designs and bold colors. The 2017 warmer months are no exception with the uber-popular cactus trend comin’ in hot (it was too easy of a joke not to incorporate!). It can be seen on everything from pillows to stationery, prints and fabrics. It is most definitely the mother nature-derived motif of the year, replacing the pineapple of years past.
We LOVE the trend and want to share simple and small ways you can use it in your home. The thing with trends, and especially one like cacti, is that they should be used in moderation so when the fad has passed we are not having to replace everything! READ: the chevron-ing of five years ago that gives us all the shivers.
We can all look forward to an abundance of parties and BBQs in the coming months. From seasonal kick off parties to Memorial Day celebrations, incorporating cactus in to the decor is the perfect way to show off your style to neighbors, friends and family.
Polished Cookies and our favorite #girlboss baker, Kelsey Metsker, provided these oh-so-adorable cactus cookies for a segment on KC Live. We used this one item for THREE purposes. One, it acts as a placard for an informal dinner party. Use with black, white and gold or copper accessories as a way to make the occasion feel more sophisticated and less cheesy. Place the cookies in a small copper pot, found at any craft store and using a gold paint pen, write everyone’s name on the planter. Second, it is the perfect favor for everyone to take home at the end of the night. Last, it’s a dessert you do not have to make. This is the triple threat of all partyware.
Shelf or Table Accessories
Shelf and table accessories are easily exchangeable and feel more seasonal in nature than permanent. For these reasons, we always go trendy with this type of decor rather than spending a ton on a fast fad fabric for a large piece of furniture or expensive art display.
Use inexpensive items, like we found locally in KC, for a way to jazz up any small space in your home! Make the gorg copper himelli from one of our very own Take & Make Kits at Bella Patina. Use it as a defining structure for a living cactus we found at Goldie & Myrtle’s.
Or take a collage of products and make your boring bookshelves stand out! Using two ceramic cacti from Goldie & Myrtle’s, a corresponding print (Black Lab Prints), wall art (Axel Co USA) and planted cactus, we made a collection that is modern and fresh. We love how the geometric nature of the wall art complements the shape within the print, the copper planter matches the frame and the set of three cacti finish off the display in terms of color and accent. When arranging your products, make sure to think in odd numbers. Use groupings of three or five for balance.
It also looks really great at the center of a dining room table. Simply switch the wall art to a trivet.
Lastly, use the product we demonstrated on KC Live as a fun way to accent any party tablescape, give a shelf some needed pizzazz or for a quirky kitchen display. A cactus made of coasters is both cute and functional! Simply remove the coasters when you have to set down your prickly pear margarita. Yum. Is it 5:00 yet?!?
Follow this link for our tutorial and to see that we got to make it with Morgan Fairchild. Say what?!? We officially have a girl crush on her.
Happy making and decorating!