It is a beautiful sunny day in Paris. We have had A LOT of rain recently followed by a gorgeous, full sun which means that the Spring flowers are coming out!
I love displaying freshly cut (and potted) flowers around my learning center. People often ask me how it is possible to have flowers, decorations and small souvenirs and other items of interest (called “bibelots” in French) around my center when children of different ages and varying disabilities and skill levels are coming in and out.
New families that come here see the porcelaine vases, hanging picture frames and delicate kitchen magnets and exclaim “My child will break something here!” or “I am afraid they will destroy your ______!”. I smile, knowing that yes, maybe they will break something (this does happen occassionally!) but mostly, because I know that they are more likely to learn to work in the space and to learn to respect it as it is, as if it were their own.
Most therapeutic centers are very bare – white, undecorated walls, no souvenirs hanging around any where, etc. Typically, these items are thought of as distractors – taking attention away from the tasks and programs at hand.
I am a firm believer that space needs to be organized and uncluttered. Everything needs to have a space and stored items need visual labels for learners with autism. But I also had a dream to create a comfortable and homey space for my little learners. A place that they love to come to, filled with beautiful and interesting items, artwork, toys and therapeutic materials. I believe that white, empty walls are a lot less inspiring than walls featuring colorful kids’ artwork and a collection of vintage Peter Rabbit prints (we actually have these here)! These décorations inspire the children to look around the space and often comment on what they see or ask to be icked up to take a closer look. The children who come here who have often been described as “absent” or “uninterested” in their surroundings love coming here and seem very interested in each thing they see each day. It’s really beautiful to experience! ♥
The families with whom I work are dealing with many different challenges each day and I think that when they come to drop off their kids or participate in family coaching with me, it is lovely for them to feel welcomed in a beautiful space with lovely decorations and freshly cut and displayed flowers.
Another bonus, is that the kids participate in cutting the flowers and putting them in the vases!
There are so many different beautiful ways to display flowers in any space. Flowers have a way of brightening up any room in a flash!
Today I am sharing 6 of my favorite ways to display flowers with you, dear readers!
1.In a large pitcher.
(Photo from Shabby Italia)
2.In a mason jar.
3.In mini vases.
(Photo from Made From Scratch)
4.In a wire basket.
(Photo from Dreamy Whites)
5.In large transparent vertical vases.
(Photo from Style Me Pretty)
6.In a copper bucket.
(Photo from Sundance)
How do you display flowers in your home? Does your child participe by cutting stems, arranging flowers and putting them in their container? I would LOVE to hear about your experiences with cut flowers! ♥
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