Honored to create, style, and share advice for this story on Mother's Day botanical gifts with Pottery Barn, we've begun kicking into overdrive planning and prepping since the holiday is just around the corner. The one thing I've learned over the years is to make the one's we love like MOM (!!!) feel extra loved and special -- what better way than a gift made from the heart and hands? See how easy it is to style the new Pottery Barn containers with CHOF arrangements -- and freshen up gift giving with herbs and fresh flowers this May holiday. Click through my favorite DIY below full of imagery from Katrina Barrow Photography at my friend Lisa Furey's Duck Crossing Low Country Bungalow at Palmetto Bluff. Jump over to the original advice & inspiration. And get crafty!
"Pottery Barn content collaborator, Christy Hulsey of Colonial House of Flowers is an expert at setting the mood for a variety of special occasions, so we asked her how she would create a Spa Day specifically geared towards pampering Mom. Below are her tips for how to give Mom a relaxing and peaceful Mother’s Day.
Very easily, Mother’s Day is my favorite day of the year. It’s right around the corner! What better way to celebrate than with a gift to pay Mom, Grandma, an Aunt or dear friend for all the things they do every day. If I am being honest, I still do things to make my mom pull her hair out. Right? So whether she’s a mother of adult children or small kids, I’m confident she deserves something she’ll really love!
I confess, I am a mom. And I know I am a challenging person to shop for and so is my mom and all my mom friends — all the Mothers in my life, actually. Why? Because we always kindly say: “You don’t have to get me anything.” I know the truth is you don’t have to get me a single thing but there sure are some things I’d like!
Since all Mother’s deserve something refreshing to thank them I teamed up with my great mom friend, Lisa Furey a former attorney who attributes her Grandma for her the inspiration behind her relaxed, chic interior designs and you may remember from the DIY Cake Stand Centerpiece that I do, too! We’re spilling the secrets to what we think is the perfect day; an unattended day spent at home batching it. You heard me right, traveling light. Think about it from my shoes, I spend my days making sure everyone’s calm, happy, car pooled, cheered on and lifted up. Don’t I deserve some relaxation — complete with a fluffy towel, nibbles, a keepsake piece you’ve made yourself, a DIY beauty mask and the whole place to myself?
Captured by Katrina Barrow Photography, these are definitely ideas of what you want to do to give the moms in your life what they really want – a day just for her.
MAKE A LIVING CENTERPIECE – GARDEN TO GO
Combine her penchant for practicality and natural herbal therapy, put a few plant store finds in a serve bowl which is just the right size for creating a tabletop garden that’ll live long after the day. We think herbs are extra special for their meditative, symbolic and culinary qualities. Did you know Rosemary like in the cereal bowl grows where a strong woman lives?
Put one of your favorite memories in a frame. We know for a fact, she’ll love this! Effortlessly place it to really make the scene.
MAKE HER FEEL LIKE SHE’S VACATIONING
Think votives, pillar candles, plants in baskets or leaving out ingredients for a facial mask. We can’t send her to a private spa in Italy this year but this is pretty close, right? Remember who introduced you to Sleeping Beauty — now it’s your turn to make your Cover Girl’s haven a relaxation paradise. Think fresh towels, books, eye masks, and foods she likes.
SET THE PERFECT STAGE
Bring the celebration to wherever she will go. Go for indulgences like a tray set for breakfast. Spa food is the best, and it’s a treat! Anything on NOT on her current diet will help her take a breather.
The bedroom is always a very good idea, or the kitchen or porch if that’s where she generally goes. In fact, you can add a bundle of fresh cut roses from the supermarket to a vase like this eye catching Portofino Vase. Faux botanicals will last longer.