Sunday, March 20, 2022

Vintage Cottage Weekend: Blooming Seed Box Display

Hi Friends, thanks so much for coming by our (Amber and my) new weekend get together where we are sharing our thoughts, ideas and inspiration for vintage cottage living and decor. 

A few weeks ago for a birthday outing we made a visit to a longtime well established nursery here in town. I was on the hunt for some Spring flowering bulbs to cheer up the house while it's still been mostly cool and rainy. That first weekend I styled the flowering bulbs in a vintage metal lunch hamper that I found last winter. I really enjoyed that spring-y grouping and they looked so pretty, but thought I might see what kind of display I could put together in an old seed box.

This is my old Mandeville Seed Box and I chose it because it's not as "busy" visually as some of the other's I have. Basically it has a neutral background where the pretty blooms can show off. Below are a  few pics from Wickmans' Gardens earlier this month. We had fun browsing the plants and seed varieties in the shop at the front of the store. We also were able to visit with Miss Figgy the "shop cat". I would have taken her home but she's a bit of a celebrity fixture.

Just had to share those adorable kit kat photos!

I'm here in the Hearth Room on the old family sideboard that we've carted around through a dozen or more moves since we found it in my dad's storage back when we first got married. If you're new here you've probably missed when I finally decided to paint this piece white. It was a pretty piece of furniture before but not something I wanted to use. (that dreaded orange oak finish) When we moved to this house 3 years ago, I finally had room to actually use the sideboard. So it's here upstairs next to the kitchen where I use it for vintage kitchen linens storage.

I love it's beautiful back piece that has the original beveled mirror and quaint little shelf; just perfect for displaying small collections. Right now my antique pottery crocks are out, and two of my fois bois vintage pitchers.

My long time affection for vintage garden goods causes me to try to incorporate something "garden-y" in many of my seasonal vignettes, especially in the Spring Garden Room where the light is always good. The Hearth Room lighting isn't optimal for plants, but this display will work for a bit since the blooms are starting to be past their prime.

Here's the display from a couple of weeks ago in the metal hamper.

Here are some pics from a St. Patrick's Day/Spring post at our previous home. I used this little green vintage box with some seed graphics on the inside lid. No plants in this one, but some fun green items to decorate the baker's rack like green transferware, flower pots, seed packets, and old gardening tools to celebrate the start of Spring.

Using old seed boxes in decor can be fun and versatile. They can be garden related or used as a box or tray to corral dishes, ephemera, garden tools, vintage garden pots. etc. Don't just save your seed boxes for spring, they can be used throughout the year for fun displays.

Don't have a Seed Box...?

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Hope you're having a wonderful weekend.
thanks so much for coming by to visit.

Be sure to run by Amber's blog to see what beauty she's creating 
this week for Vintage Cottage Weekend.

We hope you'll come by the Link Party Monday evenings!

joining in here:

The House on Silverado,  Love Your Creativity at Life and Linda
All About Home at Common Ground and Follow the Yellow Brick Home
Inspire Me Monday at My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia 
 Met Monday at Between Naps on the Porch 
  Inspire Me Tuesday at A Stroll Thru Life   Wonderful Wednesday at LeCultivateur 
Turnabout Tuesday at My Wee Abode,  Centerpiece Wednesday at Karin's Kottage
Share Your Style at French Ethereal,  Vintage Charm at Our Hopeful Home,  
Thursday Favorite Things at Follow the Yellow Brick Home,  
Create, Bake, and Grow at Shabby Art BoutiqueFarmhouse Friday at  County Road 407
Friday with Friends at My Hubbard Home, Fabulous Friday at Vintage Home Design
Friendship Friday at Create with Joy  Funtastic Friday at 2 Chicks and a Mom


  1. So pretty Debra, the perfect touch of Spring! And using a tray makes it easy to move around!

    1. Hi Jenna, thanks so much. Borrowing your love of beautiful flowers with these displays. Hope you having a lovely Sunday!

  2. Looks so pretty Debra. So nice to think Spring and color and flowers coming soon. Miss Figgy has beautiful markings what a sweet kitty. Happy Sunday. xoxo Kris

    1. Isn't she sweet. She wanted to play and let me pick her up for a cuddle. I'm such a sucker for a pretty calico face! Happy Sunday Kris!

  3. Oh what a feast for my cottage-garden loving eyes! The spring bulbs are so beautiful,definitely my favorite time of year in the garden. I love all your seedbox displays and of course I am eyeballing that advertising ironstone too!

    The garden center is full of charm. Little kitty has a happy place to live! So happy you were able to get out and enjoy it.

    I am inspired to put together a little box of bulbs now. Happy weekend!

    1. I can't tell you how much joy that little flowering bulb display has brought me. I know how much you love Spring flowers. Have a happy Sunday, Amber!

  4. Hi Debra. I love seeing what you've come up with each email. Everything always seems to be so genuine and 'you." Lots of great personality and beautiful always. Love the idea of having a holiday display piece and surely your visitors make a detour to see what's there every time they come by. Thank you for very lovely and inspiring ideas.

    1. Thankyou so much Carol, such a sweet complement. Thanks for coming by and brightening my day!

  5. Love that seed box , I am on the look for one


  6. The vintage seed box provides an ideal backdrop for the flowering bulb plants. I like the green picnic hamper, too. Everything looks so fresh and happy for spring!

  7. I've DIYed my own seed box because I have never seen one for a price I could afford. It was so much fun picking out the graphics. Your seed boxes are gorgeous. Your displays are perfection.

  8. Love this, Deb, a real taste of Spring. So many gorgeous blooms and love the box.

  9. This is so pretty and I really like the vintage pitchers. My mom used to have one of those, brings back good memories. I would love if you shared this at our Senior Salon Pit Stop link party. It's open through Saturday afternoon. Visiting from Thursday Favorite Things #655. Pinned
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