The Soft Glow of Candlelight and Lavender Roses ~ A Vignette

I think I am the only one around still putting away the Christmas decorations.

They are all out of the rooms throughout the house; however, 

they are hiding in the bonus room waiting to be boxed up and put away. 

When you know that there is still much work to do

but you need a little break now and then,

you need that quiet place where you can sit

and have a sense of beauty and serenity around you.

Dried lavender roses vignette - Housepitality Designs

So I created my first winter vignette of the year for the coffee table.

Dried Lavender Roses Vignette - Housepitality Designs

Several months ago, I spotted these beautiful lavender roses in the grocery store.

After a few days of being in the vase,

I decided that they would be wonderful dried.

So I proceeded to dry them rather than let them bloom out in the vase.

Dried Lavender Vignette - Housepitality Designs

The bouquet of the dried lavender roses have been

gracing one of the shelves of the dining room hutch.

Until now . . . placed on a silver trophy tray with a lidded monogram candle

and one of my favorite ironstone creamers.

I accompanied the silver tray items with an ironstone tureen of preserved boxwood

and an ironstone pitcher that sits on top of some decorating books with lavender covers.

(Vintage by Nina, by Nina Hartmann and Through the French Door, by Carolyn Westbrook)

Dried Lavender Roses Vignette - Housepitality Designs

When I was at the grocery store, I spotted more lavender roses.

They jumped into my cart.

I am not sure why I have been so attracted to the lavender roses lately.

As yellow roses are truly my favorite.

Into a vintage ironstone creamer they went.

Lavender Roses and Ironstone - Housepitality Designs

Could it be the soft romantic color of it?

Not to mention loving the fragrance of lavender itself.

Lavender Roses and Ironstone - Housepitality Designs

Maybe attracted to the soft romantic colors during the winter

that go so well with the warm glow of a candle.

Lavender Roses Vignette - Housepitality Designs

So how about you? Are you more attracted to the softer colors of flowers during the winter?

Or do you stick with your favorite colors and even those that coordinate with your room.

What is your favorite rose?

Have a great day!….Glad that my site is back as it was down for a couple of days.

But all’s well that ends well!

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  1. Yay, it took a bit of waiting, but the blog finally loaded. I hope they get this fixed.
    I love dried roses and the lavender is gorgeous. Hmmmm, I may need to go get some flowers. That will add some life to the house while it is so bare outside the windows.

  2. Those are so pretty, both fresh and dried! My favorite roses used to be white and are now tangerine. Beautiful vignette. I worked ALL day yesterday putting Christmas away. Still have 2 things to do this morning! Left my gingerbread bar in tact and the snowmen in the breakfast room (yesterday’s post). XO
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  3. Oh, those are so beautiful! LOL, no you’re not the only one still working on boxing up the Christmas decorations! And, I even bought some more…it’s not my fault! I took a prescription to my drug store, and while browsing while it was being filled spotted their Christmas decor marked down…there were mercury glass birds on clearance! They just spoke to me, demanding I purchase them for next year! How could I resist? And the battenburg lace runner was 35% off! I NEEDED it for my hutch! *sigh* I’m a sucker for markdowns, what can I say?

  4. Beautiful winter vignette. I too am a fan of dried roses and preserved boxwood. Both look wonderful with your white and silver pieces. I think you most certainly achieved a romantic look and feel.

  5. Amy Kaminski says

    Like you I removed all of the holiday décor from the main rooms of our home and now it’s staring at me from the den downstairs waiting to be boxed and put away. I’m lucky to have such a helper in my husband. He’s retired and I am still working. He trekked it all down there so all I have to do is actually box it. So nice! Love your roses. You are always so inspiring. Off to Trader Joe’s I go 🙂

  6. Lovely winter vignette Shirley. Don’t you just love how the pretties just jump in the cart?? I enjoy to dry roses too and use them in different ways. My favs are red, white and pinks and some yellows too. These all dry with a vintage look to them. Enjoy the week and thanks for sharing the inspiration. xo

  7. So cozy-looking! I wish we’d get lavender roses at our grocery store! Stay warm, my friend.

  8. Those roses are beautiful….the color is amazing!!!
    Such a pretty vignette…..
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  9. Your lavender roses, both dried and fresh, are such a yummy color! They look gorgeous against the white and silver…beautiful, Shirley!!
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  10. Looks so pretty and I bet smells so great with the candle burning. Love the lavender roses.
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  11. Shirley, glad you are back up and running! The dried lavender roses are so soft and romantic! What a beautiful vignette, so perfect for winter! Blessings!

  12. Your lavender roses are beautiful and I know they smell divine. Your vignette looks so pretty on the coffee table with all you pretty white iron stone dishes.

    Don’t feel bad about Christmas decorations, I got them put away, but every time I walk into a room I find more stuff that didn’t get put into the right tub. So, I am sure next Christmas I will go crazy looking for the items.

    I wondered why you hadn’t posted for awhile. Glad everything is fixed.
    Have a great week Shirley.

  13. The roses are beautiful- dried or fresh! I think your right…I kinda feel like I’m drawn to softer colors during this time of year as well. Maybe it’s because we know that Spring is only a couple months away?
    red rose is always classic and stunning, but I do love those coral-colored ones as well! Have a great day, Shirley!
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  14. I have never seen or noticed lavender roses before. So now I will be on the lookout for them! What a beautiful vignette, Shirley.

  15. it sure looks pretty and serene…
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  16. Your lavender roses are lovely…both fresh and dried. Just like you…yellow roses are my favorite! 😉

  17. Your Winter vignette is lovely! The lavender roses are gorgeous and dried beautifully. The silver tray and monogrammed candle lid look are a perfect addition to your vignette. I love the sparkle- it reminds me of sunlight on snow. So happy your blog is up ad running again!
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  18. So pretty, and what a wonderful color. I always tend to pick color that coordinate with my home, how silly right? I should buy the colors that I enjoy more often.

  19. Beautiful vignette! Glad you site is back up and running. My favorite color of roses is red and yellow. They both go with my color scheme.
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  20. Yellow roses are my favorite roses too! LOVE the dried lavender ones. I can almost smell the wonderful aroma coming from your winter vignette in my mind! Been out of commission lately with a bad cold! FYI Chris is going to have another one of those horrible operations on his other hip. We are all dreading this! Pray for us… thanks!
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  21. Love the roses…….I’m still undecorating as well. Loved this Holliday season and hate to let go of it.

  22. The roses are so pretty Shirley! Glad that your blog is back up. I know that had to be very stressful. You are not the only one still putting up Christmas. At least yours is in the bonus room. Mine is all piled in the dining room. Trying to get inspired but after a month of rushing its kinda nice to just be.

  23. Sherry Myers says

    No, Shirley, you are not the only one! We just finished taking down our last tree. Believe it or not, I hated to see the last item packed away. I love how warm and rich the house looks and feels throughout the Christmas season. And I hate how bleak and bare everything can look when it’s all packed away. So, it was a delight to see this inspiring and comforting post. Just lovely. I love your vignette. Sweet. Keep that candle lit and I will be right over with my book and hot tea! Love your blog..still!

  24. What a beautiful reminder of warmer days to come!

  25. Those roses are so beautiful. I’m not sure I’ve ever seen any before. It’s also nice to know I’m not the only one with Christmas decorations not put away. I’m so behind. You can tell by the fact that I’m just now reading yesterday’s emails!

  26. Beautiful post. Love the vignette.

  27. It’s definitely rose season with Valentine’s Day just a month away. There’s nothing like flowers to chase away the winter blues!
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  28. Love purple… What a nice idea to keep them going… Lovely…
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