Preserved Boxwood Ball Decor

May 17, 2021

Today I'm going to share some ways I use preserved boxwood to decorate my home.

boxwood ball mantel decor

Just like faux flowers, faux greenery has come a long way. It's no longer considered bad form to decorate your home with faux flowers and/or greenery. (I mean,who can afford fresh flowers every week anyway?) To the contrary, it's becoming more and more common as the products become more and more realistic looking.

The preserved boxwood ball was provided by Nearly Natural. However, all opinions are my own. 

I'm going to be right up front about what type of faux greenery is my favorite: boxwood. Well, to be fair, it's really not faux per se. It's "preserved," which means someone went to the trouble to preserve real boxwood in a way that it will last for an inordinate amount of time without having to worry about it -- just like faux greenery (short of spritzing it with  a bit of water once a month). 

green leaves boxwood bush

We actually planted three boxwood bushes a few years ago and I had big plans for preserving some of it and making my own wreaths, topiaries, etc. 

small green leaves stems boxwood bush

Then I did some research and determined that I didn't want to go to all the trouble of preserving it myself and would instead purchase it already preserved.  

Christmas farmhouse dining room box wood wreaths

You can see one example of this in our dining room. I was inspired by a home goods design catalog that displayed hanging boxwood wreaths in the windows. So I replicated that look and never looked back.

boxwood wreath hanging window drapes

They're still hanging there, although I changed the red ribbon to gray. I even strung the wreaths with auto on/off happy lights so they glow at night.

 boxwood wreath pumpkin topiary tobacco basket

I also use some of my boxwood wreaths for non-traditional decorating, like using one as part of a centerpiece with a fall pumpkin topiary and farmhouse tobacco basket. 

shabby chic mantel balusters corbels boxwood

Recently I was asked by Nearly Natural to review something from their artificial plants collections and I chose -- of course -- boxwood. A preserved boxwood ball planter to be precise. I'll admit I already had one, but I've always wanted a set, so I was thrilled to get boxwood ball number two! Lucky for me they had a match (although it's a classic so I shouldn't have been surprised).   

large round boxwood ball green leaves clay pot

It is beautifully preserved -- a nice, deep, natural green color.

boxwood ball cathedral arch wrapped faux greenery

The leaves are supple and feel like they were just brought in from the garden. 

white shutters corbels balusters boxwood ball wreath 
Right now it sits on the fireplace mantel in the living room.

faux greens lambs ear garland preserved boxwood

I added a lovely mauve-ish velvet ribbon for a touch of color and elegance.  

French bergere chair boxwood mantel blanket ladder French door baskeet dried hydrangeas

More boxwood. The wreaths really compliment the boxwood ball, don't you think?

 small hanging boxwood wreath blanket ladder woven throw

 A great place to hang some boxwood is from my farmhouse ladder.

This thing is huge -- 15 inches tall, 12 inches wide at the top and 8 inches across the bottom of the pot. It has quite a stately presence. 

delicate velveteen ribbon lambs ear garland mantel decor

The pot is a nice, rustic-looking heavy clay pot. It's not vintage, but I dare you to call my bluff!


I know I've gone a little crazy with the photos, but I really do love it and how it looks on my living room mantel.

 Swoon-worthy I'd say.

I love placing my flea market wooden shutters in front of the fireplace to cover up the not-so pretty black glass front. I can leave it plain or adorn it with -- you guessed it -- more boxwood!  

While I have plans for displaying the two boxwood balls together (they would look awesome on either side of the front door), right now I'm enjoying the Nearly Natural boxwood ball planter all on its own.

For those of you who've fallen in love with my boxwood ball, or just want to peruse Nearly Natural's artificial plants collection to find just the right faux plant or flower(s) for your taste, I'm happy to be able to provide a 20% coupon code! The code is: hopefulhome20 - one use per customer, expires August 2nd, 2021!

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Rita C at Panoply said...

Love the boxwood planter you were provided, Kathleen. I have some I bought years ago, and I recently dunked them in water to clean them. It worked, and they've lasted all this time!

Junkchiccottage said...

How great to have your own boxwoods. Love the planter super cute. Happy Wednesday.

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