Decorating with Tulips {And Dear Lillie Blog}

The best part of Spring is flowers.

Flowers make me happy.

They make me smile.

They give me hope that warmer weather is around the corner.

If you were following my blog last year, you know my love for buttercups.


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Buttercups are very sentimental to me because they symbolize a special bond between my mom and I.

They will always be my favorite spring flower.

My second favorite spring flower is the tulip.

I am in love with the fabulous colors of tulips.



You can place a single tulip in a glass jar and have a breathtaking centerpiece.

I bought some tulips to display on my table makeover.



I loved the combination of the orangey-red tulips with the blue in my table.



A bundle of tulips at Walmart are only $5.00.

These lasted over a week in our home, and they were worth every penny.

I even got some tulips discounted for $2.00 to put in our guest house when we had company this past weekend.




I put them in the pitcher I got at the Ballard Designs Outlet on my shopping trip with Sarah.



I started falling in love with tulips when I stumbled upon a blog called Dear Lillie.


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It’s one of my new favorite blogs.

Jennifer’s decorating skills are breathtaking.  It seriously makes me drool.

She uses a lot of tulips in her decor that are just beautiful.

Here is a whole lot of eye candy from Dear Lillie…







Master Bedroom…




The new nursery…






Party decor…






The Kitchen…






These pictures are just a sampling of all the beautiful pictures on her blog.

If you never have visited Dear Lillie before,  you are going to love me for introducing you to it!

Jennifer also has an amazing Etsy shop full of lots of goodness.

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Go check it out and have a fabulous Friday!!!







  1. Love me some tulips!! They are by far my most favorite spring flower!! I did a post on them not too long ago & was playing around with the manual mode on my camera…think I am finally starting to get the hang of it!! Also had a spring/easter photo shoot with my boys last weekend with my neighbor’s buttercups! :) Have you stopped by my blog today? I would love for you to stop by & read my post! I have been feeling a push for the last few weeks…feel like God is asking me to do more with my blog, so I opened up (which is really hard for me) about my faith for the first time! Was so nervous about doing it, but so glad that I did! The feedback has been so positive! After the post went up, I went to twitter to post the link & my daily devotional came up in my twitter newsfeed….”Well done good & faithful servant! I have trusted you with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Matthew 25:23. How cool is that! Totally made me smile! Sorry for the long comment…really wanted to share that with you!

  2. You are so sweet to mention us!!! And yes, haha, I do LOVE tulips! (Partly because they are inexpensive. I can a pretty decent sized bundle of them for less than $5 at Trader Joe’s and so that keeps me out of trouble). Love your tulips both on your beautiful new table and in your guest house! (Love those pitchers too!)

  3. I love flowers in the house. I garden so a large part of the year I have flowers to cut in my own yard but, when fresh flowers are out of season, I love grabbing the little bouquets at the market. It feels great to have a bright spot in the house during the miserable months and the smell is an added bonus.

  4. Hubby brought home daffodils yesterday and I said a little prayer for you and the lovely Wanda! I have been bugging him for them for 2 weeks. He bought the first batches of the season from Trader Joe’s and they now grace the entry to my kitchen. They make me smile every time I pass by. Because of your love of them and your wonderful story about what they meant to you and your mother, they have been become my favorite spring flower.

  5. I love tulips, they are my second favorite flower, peopnies being the first. Iadored your table redo, its lovely! And I totally LOVE LOVE LOVE Dear Lillie, the blog if phenominal and the shop even better!

  6. I love daffodils and tulips too. Did you know that the tulip is the only flower that grows after it is cut? And just like other growing plants they will move toward the sunshine. I could not figure out why my tulips always seemed to rearrange themselves. Or why I always thought that I had cut them too long for my vase after a few days. Luckily the florist at Von’s told me this little known facts or I would still wondering.
    Thanks for sharing all of these lovely pictures.

  7. I have a pitcher of tulips sitting in front of me as I type. They are one of my all time favorite flowers and make any room look prettier. We’re hoping to take a trip to the Kuchenhof in the Netherlands in May to see the tulips in full bloom. If we do, I’ll post a million photos on my blog.

  8. My husband and I are both of Dutch background (our last name means “yellow hat”); we took a trip to Holland to see the tulips in bloom at Keukenhof and visit the village where the Yellow Hats came from (there’s even a little restaurant on a dike) several years ago. If you ever have a chance, it would make a great spring trip (end of April/early May) to see FIELDS of tulips! :)

  9. I love all that you posted here – tulips and Dear Lillie. :-) I have oodles of tulips popping out of the ground around my house and can’t wait to cut some and have them inside to enjoy as well. In the meantime, I’m enjoying my daffodils/buttercups!

  10. Your master bedroom really caught my eye :-) I painted my master gray last year and I love the color and yet the room isn’t working for me … any chance you’d share more photos of the room and ideas?

    Thank you so much!

    PS – I love the tulips too – such a sign of spring :-)

  11. I have never commented, but I read your blog often. I love it!!

    I have a daughter with Down syndrome, and tulips are sort of the “unofficial flower of Down syndrome” because of this poem. It’s kind of a tearjerker, but I hope you like it…

    Welcome To Holland
    Emily Perl Kingsley

    I am often asked to describe the experience of raising a child with a disability – to try to help people who have not shared that unique experience to understand it, to imagine how it would feel. It’s like this……

    When you’re going to have a baby, it’s like planning a fabulous vacation trip – to Italy. You buy a bunch of guide books and make your wonderful plans. The Coliseum. The Michelangelo David. The gondolas in Venice. You may learn some handy phrases in Italian. It’s all very exciting.

    After months of eager anticipation, the day finally arrives. You pack your bags and off you go. Several hours later, the plane lands. The stewardess comes in and says, “Welcome to Holland.”

    “Holland?!?” you say. “What do you mean Holland?? I signed up for Italy! I’m supposed to be in Italy. All my life I’ve dreamed of going to Italy.”

    But there’s been a change in the flight plan. They’ve landed in Holland and there you must stay.

    The important thing is that they haven’t taken you to a horrible, disgusting, filthy place, full of pestilence, famine and disease. It’s just a different place.

    So you must go out and buy new guide books. And you must learn a whole new language. And you will meet a whole new group of people you would never have met.

    It’s just a different place. It’s slower-paced than Italy, less flashy than Italy. But after you’ve been there for a while and you catch your breath, you look around…. and you begin to notice that Holland has windmills….and Holland has tulips. Holland even has Rembrandts.

    But everyone you know is busy coming and going from Italy… and they’re all bragging about what a wonderful time they had there. And for the rest of your life, you will say “Yes, that’s where I was supposed to go. That’s what I had planned.”

    And the pain of that will never, ever, ever, ever go away… because the loss of that dream is a very very significant loss.

    But… if you spend your life mourning the fact that you didn’t get to Italy, you may never be free to enjoy the very special, the very lovely things … about Holland.

  12. This post isn’t about buttercups or tulips, although I love them too. I was wondering how you are doing after your flood. I know how hard the clean-up can be and it puts you out of sorts and pushes everything else that needs to be done further down the line. I think the mental anguish is just as hard as the physical exhaustion. Just a note to let you know that I am thinking about ya and hope things are coming along.

  13. Tulips are my all time favorite flower. Your look lovely in the white pitchers, too! Thanks for the introduction to Dear Lillie…looks beautiful.

  14. Wow what a beautiful blog, I am here from Lillie’s and so glad I popped in to *meet* you. I am your newest follower! I too love tulips and can’t wait for mine to show up shortly I hope!

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