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.

Here’s a few other posts you might want to check out while you’re here:

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  • Valerie
    May 20, 2019

    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!

    • Sarah
      > Valerie
      May 22, 2019

      an thank you so much Valerie!! xoxo

  • Melissa Filson
    May 20, 2019

    Gorgeous!! Now I want lilac bushes at my house!!! πŸ’œπŸ’œ

  • Hamilton Billiards
    May 20, 2019

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

    • Sarah
      > Hamilton Billiards
      May 22, 2019

      thanks so much!

  • Dot Gallant
    May 20, 2019

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

    • Sarah
      > Dot Gallant
      May 22, 2019

      Thanks Dot! Hope yours open soon. xo

  • Sandy
    May 20, 2019

    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?

    • Sarah
      > Sandy
      May 22, 2019

      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.

  • mary
    May 20, 2019

    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?

    • Sarah
      > mary
      May 22, 2019

      Those are from Cloth and Cabin actually!

  • Rose Martinez
    May 20, 2019

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

  • Mary
    May 20, 2019

    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 πŸ˜•

    • Sarah
      > Mary
      May 22, 2019

      oh bummer! Hoping they bloom for you Mary.

  • Bev
    May 20, 2019

    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 πŸ’œ

    • Sarah
      > Bev
      May 22, 2019

      oh that’s awesome Bev, enjoy!

  • Nikki
    May 20, 2019

    I love this, Sarah! So simple and pretty.

    • Sarah
      > Nikki
      May 22, 2019

      thank you Nikki!

  • Joanne Boulter
    May 20, 2019

    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

    • Sarah
      > Joanne Boulter
      May 22, 2019

      thank you so much Jo! xo

  • Jena
    May 20, 2019

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

    • Sarah
      > Jena
      May 22, 2019

      Thanks Jena, definitely give it a try!

  • Marilyn Cordell
    May 20, 2019

    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.

    • Sarah
      > Marilyn Cordell
      May 22, 2019

      I wish they would last longer too!

  • Deedra
    May 20, 2019

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

    • Sarah
      > Deedra
      May 22, 2019

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

  • Brenda Johnson
    May 20, 2019

    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!

    • Sarah
      > Brenda Johnson
      May 22, 2019

      Yes! They smell soooooo good. My favorite!

  • Faith
    May 20, 2019

    Bet it smells great too!

    • Sarah
      > Faith
      May 22, 2019

      Yes! Seriously so good.

  • Mary
    May 20, 2019

    Love this!

    • Sarah
      > Mary
      May 22, 2019

      thank Mary!

  • Becky Johnson
    May 20, 2019

    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! πŸŒΏπŸŒΏπŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œ

    • Sarah
      > Becky Johnson
      May 22, 2019

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

  • Amy
    May 20, 2019

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

    • Sarah
      > Amy
      May 22, 2019

      of course Amy, it definitely happens!

  • Laura
    May 20, 2019

    Your 381 stems of lilacs look lovely !πŸ˜‚β€οΈ
    You always make me smile. I love the fresh clean look of your home Sarah. You do a wonderful job at decorating your home.

    • Sarah
      > Laura
      May 22, 2019

      thank you so much Laura! xo

  • Lynn Hall
    May 24, 2019

    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.

  • Mary Beth Sinnott
    May 24, 2019

    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.

  • poonam
    May 27, 2019

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

  • Marti Lambert
    June 1, 2019

    L o v e Lilacs’!

  • Mona
    September 6, 2020

    I love your flower basket creation but I’d also love to know where you got that fabulous chandelier.