Enough is enough! My simple white winter flower decoration

Blogging and Pinterest and the internet is a wonderful thing. We get to peep into other people’s lives and homes and make friends along the way. And yet….

Sometimes I hate it all too. Everyone and the rest of them out there, seems to have it all together so much. All the homes seem to be bigger than mine, more beautiful. All those women are so incredibly creative and original. And it all comes with such a strong message


A pretty yet simple white vignette with crocus bulb flowers. The perfect decoration for a winter day. http://www.songbirdblog.com


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I could go on and on. The internet, and this home decor community has given us more freedom to live our dreams and passions than ever before. But with it seems to come this urge for perfectionism.


A pretty yet simple white vignette with crocus bulb flowers. The perfect decoration for a winter day. http://www.songbirdblog.com


We can’t just sit around sipping a regular old tea from a chipped mug. No we have to have a special tea that comes in super stylish tins with birds on them (and costs enough to feed a family), and then we have to style that cup of tea along with a homemade cookie and a carefully selected flower that “just happened to wander into the image” and then we take a photo of that and put it on Instagram. So that everybody knows we are drinking our tea in style. 

Don’t get me wrong I am not complaining, and I play this game along with the best of us. 


A pretty yet simple white vignette with crocus bulb flowers. The perfect decoration for a winter day. http://www.songbirdblog.com


But after my Christmas decorating spree, after hours of visiting home after home decked out for the Holidays, one even more beautiful than the next, I felt tired, uninspired and unmotivated. 

How could I ever keep up? How could I ever measure up? Did I even want to anymore?

If you are a long time reader you noticed my absence this month. January is in many ways not a good month for me. Spring is too far away, the weather is dull and grey, the days are short and there is just not enough light. It darkens my mood, it drains my energy. 

And of course during my Christmas break I had been plotting big plans for the new year. From under the Christmas tree everything seemed possible. In January came the realization it all meant more work. And I already felt so busy.


A pretty yet simple white vignette with crocus bulb flowers. The perfect decoration for a winter day. http://www.songbirdblog.com


Now before I get you all depressed and moody with me. Let me tell you that the worst of my funk is over. And all it took was a quiet afternoon, creating a bit of beauty in my home. 

Not a pinnable decoration. No tutorial to drive in the crowds. Nothing out-of-the-world original.


A pretty yet simple white vignette with crocus bulb flowers. The perfect decoration for a winter day. http://www.songbirdblog.com


Just a little decoration in white. My flowering crocus bulbs along with some white accessories. The meringues were leftover from Christmas. Since they are now officially decorations I guess they won’t get eaten at all. 

My house felt so empty and hollow after Christmas and I did not have the spirit to redecorate, now this little table decor has helped me over the hump. 

A pretty yet simple white vignette with crocus bulb flowers. The perfect decoration for a winter day. http://www.songbirdblog.com


And my head is spinning with ideas again, and my fingers are itching to start on some projects. Will they measure up? I don’t know. Will it bring hoards of new people my way? I hope so, but probably not. But as always all those projects come from ideas I have for my own home, my own life, to make it better, more beautiful or more fun. And that are winning projects in my book any time. 

 Sometimes all it takes is a little decoration to set the mood, in your home, in your head, cause enough is enough.



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  1. says

    I know exactly what you mean. I sometimes become disillusioned with the perfectionism of pinterest and beautiful blogs. In a world of images of perfectionism, thank you for your simply beautiful vignettes and decor.

  2. Melissa Leach says

    Please don’t be too hard on yourself. I love your Blog and your style. Your home is beautiful! Your white crocuses took my breath away this morning. Thanks for being the real deal.

  3. says

    What a difference a pot of spring flowers can make!! I’ve been wanting to pick one up since the first and still haven’t gotten around to it….I totally understand how they can lift your spirits!! I too started January out with the what am I doing and why bother blues…..but for me Pinterest speaks to my creative side…it inspires me and pushes me on…Finally yesterday I deiced no matter how tired I am after work I’m going to start on a piece of furniture.
    As for my bog…I wish I could grow it but I don’t have the time to figure that part out so I’m choosing not to worry about it and just enjoy the what I have!!
    (And by the way your blog rocks)!!!

  4. Marilyn says

    Dear Marianne, I think perfectionism is a trap most of us fall into from time to time-and gray days certainly don’t help! But I love it when I see your blog in my inbox. It brightens my day. You bring me bits of beauty. I love your tulips in the background, for instance–not to mention your pretty white vignette. That’s one thing I like about The Nester’s blog, as well-her constant reminder that “it doesn’t have to be perfect to be beautiful.”. So I want to encourage you to keep bringing us (and you) those bits of beauty–and remember, Spring is coming! :-)

  5. Jeanine says

    You have a beautiful home, I love your style. I have never seen white crocuses, they are so pretty. I look forward to reading your post everyday.

  6. Gwen says

    What popped into my head ? The quote,”to thine own self be true.”
    I guess I create for me and then get embarrassed that it is silly. I’ve had people say little comments that are critical and I cry and hold on to that instead of the joy I receive looking at my red special painted area over my fireplace…that nearly 13 years later remains my favorite feature point with its round mirror. I change this and that but I’ve decided I like what I like–crocheted doilies and runners…pottery barn stuff mixed in…and changing things up often so I don’t stare at the same items day in and out!!
    And so, white is a color so soothing so restful on the eye. I’m glad I got to see your post today! Restful. Pretty. Unique to Europe. I don’t want you to change!!!!

  7. says

    Reality is much more interesting than the I-have-created-this-for-the-blog-world. Your home and blog always feel so peaceful and calm. I feel I could just step in and have a quiet cup of tea. The white crocuses remind me of my first trip to London 35 years ago. It was early Mach. The snow and city was grey and a little depressing after leaving an Australian summer but then little pops of colour emerged as the crocuses pushed through. They made me smile with their beauty. Mmmmm, I think I’ll just go and make that cup of tea.

  8. Donna says

    Marianne, I’m sorry that you were feeling blue, and glad that you are feeling better now. You are one of the few blogs I check every day, because to me, you are a real woman who loves her home, and shows it love in a sweet, unpretentious way. Your style, to me, is so clean and uncluttered, but so beautiful in its simplicity. Yours is a home I could live in.

  9. Emilou says

    Hi Marianne, Yes, there is so much out here on the internet and it can be overwhelming. Your home is decorated with what you love and enjoy. That is one of the many things I like about your sharing with us. You create, you do and you live. You share yourself with us and that is a lot more important than decorating. Consider yourself hugged. Your friend, Emilou :-)

  10. Linda says

    Good morning, Marianne!
    I was reading your post and find myself agreeing with the whole thing! I LOVE Pinterest, but I do find I can not measure up. I like to peruse the fields of photos and ideas for inspiration, then gather my favorites on my boards. Then I said to myself, just because I “pinned” it- doesn’t mean I created the project. I like to gather my favorites so I can look back – like re-reading an article in a magazine without having to save it. If I feel like doing a project I can look to my favorite pins for inspiration.

  11. says

    What would you say if I told you I felt like you were one of those AMAZING blogs where everything was light, bright and beautiful? That is why I visit you. You make me forget my mess. :)

    The strive for pins and numbers and all that stuff does get old. It’s nice to just be us, isn’t it? Kudos! I love your flowers just the way they are.

    p.s. they are very pinnable! haha

  12. Aide says

    Oh Marianne I’m the one that looks at all your blog dreaming that someday my home will look like that someday it’s funny how do you get your husband to like your decor my husband wants in it he loves his speaker how do you hide speakers stereos It hard but guess what all the bloggers inspire me so much. Thanks

  13. Linda says

    Oh, I know exactly how you feel! The Christmas season is over and no where is Spring in site. We are stuck in a cold wintry hell. Especially me. With Grandkids, great grandkids and I babysit, decorating the way I want is pretty much impossible. So I absolutely LOVE to see how you and others are decorating. I look forward to each and every post. And I have been able to use a few of your ideas, mostly in organizing. Thank you so much for letting us dreamers enjoy your ideas.