Fresh Lilacs & Woven Baskets

I gotta be honest guys, I’ve been in a bit of a creative funk. I’m not sure why exactly, but I’ve just felt uninspired when it comes to decor. I’ve felt bored with the same old things, which is why I haven’t really shared a lot of decor posts lately. And I wasn’t even planning to blog today, but this weekend I finally got a little creative spark when I noticed that our lilac bushes were blooming. So I went outside and did what any reasonable person would do–I cut approximately 381 lilac branches. True story. I couldn’t help myself. They were just too pretty. And once I had all 381 branches laid out in my kitchen, I finally started to feel a bit of creative inspiration coming on. Hallelujah! I ended up using all of the lilacs in a pretty little centerpiece I put together with woven baskets and I’m excited to share it with you guys today.

Simple summer centerpiece with fresh lilacs and woven baskets. Easy farmhouse inspired decor idea!


So since I was finally feeling creative, I wanted to come up with a new way display my lilacs. I started brainstorming different buckets or bins I could use around the house, but then I remembered these white woven baskets I picked up at Target a few months ago. They’re actually pretty small, so I knew they would be the perfect size for my lilacs!

Simple summer centerpiece with fresh lilacs and woven baskets. Easy farmhouse inspired decor idea!

Obviously I needed something to actually hold water for the flowers inside the baskets, so I dug around in my decor closet until I found these vintage jars. Turns out they were exactly the right size for the baskets. SCORE. I put the two together, filled them up with all the lilacs, and here’s how it looks:

Simple summer centerpiece with fresh lilacs and woven baskets. Easy farmhouse inspired decor idea!
Simple summer centerpiece with fresh lilacs and woven baskets. Easy farmhouse inspired decor idea!
Simple summer centerpiece with fresh lilacs and woven baskets. Easy farmhouse inspired decor idea!

Aren’t they so pretty?! I love how the lilacs look in these white baskets. And you’d never know there was actually a jar in there, huh? Oh the trickery!

Simple summer centerpiece with fresh lilacs and woven baskets. Easy farmhouse inspired decor idea!
Simple summer centerpiece with fresh lilacs and woven baskets. Easy farmhouse inspired decor idea!
Simple summer centerpiece with fresh lilacs and woven baskets. Easy farmhouse inspired decor idea!
Simple summer centerpiece with fresh lilacs and woven baskets. Easy farmhouse inspired decor idea!

Now I just need some kind of fancy tea party with little pink cups and delicious cookies to go along with this pretty centerpiece. Too bad I don’t have anything like that scheduled soon. But either way, I’m still LOVING this easy centerpiece and I can’t get over how pretty those lilacs look in the baskets. Such an easy little trick! And I have to say, playing with these fresh flowers totally gave me the kick in the pants I needed to get creative again. I guess I need to start looking for more inspiration outdoors!

Well I hope this post gave you an idea or two for displaying your own lilacs. I mean, that is if you have any growing in your yard. OR if you neighbor does. Surely they won’t notice if you trim a few branches. Just be sneaky.

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42 Comments

  1. Valerie wrote:

    Your decor posts are my favorite! You house is so pretty and full of natural light. It inspires me to futz around in my own house! I love the lilacs, they turned out great! Bet your house smells AMAZING!

    Posted 5.20.19 Reply
    • Sarah wrote:

      an thank you so much Valerie!! xoxo

      Posted 5.22.19 Reply
  2. Melissa Filson wrote:

    Gorgeous!! Now I want lilac bushes at my house!!! 💜💜

    Posted 5.20.19 Reply
  3. Lovely idea! Your lilacs look stunning in those baskets, the perfect pop of colour! Thanks for sharing. Carolina at Hamilton Billiards.

    Posted 5.20.19 Reply
    • Sarah wrote:

      thanks so much!

      Posted 5.22.19 Reply
  4. Your table looks great! Love lilacs! Ours should be opening up soon. They will definitely be coming indoors!
    Have a great day!

    Posted 5.20.19 Reply
    • Sarah wrote:

      Thanks Dot! Hope yours open soon. xo

      Posted 5.22.19 Reply
  5. Sandy wrote:

    Beautiful Sarah! Can you please remind me what color paint is on your walls in the dining room? The wall color is different from the trim color, yes?

    Posted 5.20.19 Reply
    • Sarah wrote:

      Yes the color on the walls is different from the color on the trim. The walls are Alabaster by Sherwin Williams and the trim is Cloud White by Sherwin Williams.

      Posted 5.22.19 Reply
  6. mary wrote:

    lilacs are my favorite and i too, fill the house with as many lilacs as i can. wonderful perfume!
    by the way, just noticed your great cushions on the dining room chairs, where did you buy them?

    Posted 5.20.19 Reply
    • Sarah wrote:

      Those are from Cloth and Cabin actually!

      Posted 5.22.19 Reply
  7. Rose Martinez wrote:

    So pretty! This has definitely inspired me, thank you for sharing. I already looked online and my Target has the baskets. 😁

    Posted 5.20.19 Reply
  8. Mary wrote:

    So pretty! I’m not sure if my 3 lilac bushes will bloom this year (in Michigan) no sign of any buds yet. Thinking maybe a late frost got them 😕

    Posted 5.20.19 Reply
    • Sarah wrote:

      oh bummer! Hoping they bloom for you Mary.

      Posted 5.22.19 Reply
  9. Bev wrote:

    I love lilacs but unfortunately none in our yard. But we do have beautiful rhododendrons blooming now. I’ve brought them inside to enjoy! 🌺
    Your lilacs are gorgeous 💜

    Posted 5.20.19 Reply
    • Sarah wrote:

      oh that’s awesome Bev, enjoy!

      Posted 5.22.19 Reply
  10. Nikki wrote:

    I love this, Sarah! So simple and pretty.

    Posted 5.20.19 Reply
    • Sarah wrote:

      thank you Nikki!

      Posted 5.22.19 Reply
  11. Lilacs are my favorite!!!!! I wish that spring flowers would last longer. Love, love the lilacs in your baskets gorgeous! Have a wonderful day!
    xx Jo

    Posted 5.20.19 Reply
    • Sarah wrote:

      thank you so much Jo! xo

      Posted 5.22.19 Reply
  12. Jena wrote:

    I love it! Makes me inspired to do the same with my peonies! Thanks for sharing these beautiful flower ideas!

    Posted 5.20.19 Reply
    • Sarah wrote:

      Thanks Jena, definitely give it a try!

      Posted 5.22.19 Reply
  13. Marilyn Cordell wrote:

    These are so lovely. I just love lilacs. Wish they would last a little longer. I can imagine how wonderful they must smell. The white baskets set them off so beautifully.

    Posted 5.20.19 Reply
    • Sarah wrote:

      I wish they would last longer too!

      Posted 5.22.19 Reply
  14. Deedra wrote:

    Absolutely beautiful!! Lilacs are one of my favorite flowers in the springtime. Your dining room is so pretty!!

    Posted 5.20.19 Reply
    • Sarah wrote:

      Thanks Deedra, they’re one of my favorites too!

      Posted 5.22.19 Reply
  15. Brenda Johnson wrote:

    I adore Lilacs, they are not only so pretty but have the most amazing fragrance ever! You are so lucky to have lilacs, they don’t grow in the south and I miss them so much (I grew up in Michigan). The baskets are perfect, just beautiful!

    Posted 5.20.19 Reply
    • Sarah wrote:

      Yes! They smell soooooo good. My favorite!

      Posted 5.22.19 Reply
  16. Faith wrote:

    Bet it smells great too!

    Posted 5.20.19 Reply
    • Sarah wrote:

      Yes! Seriously so good.

      Posted 5.22.19 Reply
  17. Mary wrote:

    Love this!

    Posted 5.20.19 Reply
    • Sarah wrote:

      thank Mary!

      Posted 5.22.19 Reply
  18. So pretty Sarah! I like that you used the 3in the same spot! Really does make a great impact! Love it! Mmm your house must smell awesome. I’ll bring the pretty cookies you have the pretty cups! 🌿🌿💜💜💜💜💜

    Posted 5.20.19 Reply
    • Sarah wrote:

      thank you Becky!! They did smell so good. Too bad they’re starting to wilt now.

      Posted 5.22.19 Reply
  19. Amy wrote:

    So cute! It’s good to know that bloggers get caught in a rut too. Thank you for keeping it real.

    Posted 5.20.19 Reply
    • Sarah wrote:

      of course Amy, it definitely happens!

      Posted 5.22.19 Reply
  20. Laura wrote:

    Your 381 stems of lilacs look lovely !😂❤️
    You always make me smile. I love the fresh clean look of your home Sarah. You do a wonderful job at decorating your home.

    Posted 5.20.19 Reply
    • Sarah wrote:

      thank you so much Laura! xo

      Posted 5.22.19 Reply
  21. Lynn Hall wrote:

    Beautiful!! I love the baskets and lilacs! I’m on the hunt for the baskets and jars to fit. Lilacs are gone, but will try with other flowers this summer.

    Posted 5.24.19 Reply
  22. Mary Beth Sinnott wrote:

    Sorry you are in a funk. I totally get it, I was feeling that way in March when we had too much rain and not enough sun. Time for a little shopping (flea market, garage sale or your favorite antique store). Spend sometime enjoying a favorite beverage and pouring over some of your decorating magazines or Pinterest saves for inspiration. Watch a favorite romantic comedy. You deserve some downtime.

    Posted 5.24.19 Reply
  23. poonam wrote:

    So pretty! l inspired me, .those woven baskets are very nice . So simple and pretty

    Posted 5.27.19 Reply
  24. Marti Lambert wrote:

    L o v e Lilacs’!

    Posted 6.1.19 Reply

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