Alix StowersComment

ranunculus and resolutions

Alix StowersComment
ranunculus and resolutions

Happy New Year, dear readers!

I hope your Januaries have been off to a beautiful start and you had a wonderful holiday season. Richard, Emma and I spent Christmas on Long Island with my mom and then I made my way down to St. John to visit with my brother and dad for a few days after. The long break with family, dear friends, and some tropical sunshine was just what the doctor ordered. If the old saying that how you bring in the New Year is how you will spend the next year is true, I am very much looking forward to 2018.

The genesis of this post and this years resolution is (surprise surprise)… flowers, specifically a bunch of white ranunculus I brought home last week. I’m not usually so big on resolutions, too much pressure and I rarely follow through, but this simple bunch of blooms got me inspired to take on a new floral (and life? maybe?) philosophy for the year:

Less is more. Embrace simplicity. De-clutter.


Let’s talk flowers first - maybe this is a phase many florists go through? I don’t know, but I do know that suddenly I am so much more attracted to a simple vase with a single varietal of flowers. No extra greens, no fillers, just beautiful, elegant flowers. Maybe it’s because I spend every day making arrangements with a ton of variety, texture and color (which I still love don’t get me wrong!) but when I get home I am suddenly craving a new level of simplicity. Who knows how long it will last but right now it is making me so happy and I can’t wait to continue dressing our mantel like this. I think hyacinth will be next, they smell too good to pass up! Or maybe tulips, the tulips this time of year are to die for. 


This newfound love of floral minimalism has been slowly spilling into other areas of my life as well. After taking down all our Christmas decorations I’m determined to keep the surfaces in our place cleared of my usual clutter - trinkets, candles, magazines, etc. I’ve also streamlined my makeup / skincare routine (we’ll see how long that lasts, we all know I have a slight addiction to products) as well as my closet. ThredUp is AMAZING and paid for our dinner last night :)

Anyway, nothing too life-changing or deep, I certainly have not gone full Marie Kondo over here, but I’m loving this new philosophy so far. What are your New Years resolutions and goals? Any tips for leading a more minimal life?