I’m lucky enough to be in a book club with a great group of smart and funny women. Our latest pick was The Language of Flowers, a debut novel from Vanessa Diffenbaugh. This month we celebrated our book club anniversary and it was hosted by our founder Ashley (and Susie) in her beautiful backyard.
The book tells the story of Victoria Jones, a struggling foster child who ages out of the system. Victoria explores the Victorian language of flowers and uses flowers to communicate and thrive. The hosts used hydrangeas from their gardens to decorate the tables—simple and gorgeous! The conversation is always good, and we always know to come hungry. An al fresco salad bar with tons of chopped veggies—-my favorite!!Admittedly, book club wouldn’t be complete without a few drinks. Wine glasses and Ball jars with colorful straws were at the ready!
Ball Jars make such cute drinking glasses! I was so inspired that I picked up some Heritage Blue Ball Jars. I’m using one to store makeup brushes, and my daughter snagged one to store hair accessories!
Besides wanting to share the beautiful backdrop for book club, I also started thinking about the main character, Victoria Jones. If she had a budget to decorate, what would it look like?
Using the book cover and narrative as inspiration, I think she’d like to surround herself with bright and beautiful objects, things she could get on a tight budget! If you read the book, you’ll also recognize that she may want a hyacinth painting of her own.
1. This Amethyst Sphere Lamp is from Pier One and can be had for $75.
2. This Oval Gemmed Filigree Mirror from Pier One would make a beautiful accent for $24.95.
3. The Hyacinth Print can be found in various sizes at Fine Art America.
4. The Rayna Fabric Sofa comes in a variety of colors from Macy’s.
5. This Yellow Botanical Accent Chair is on sale at Target for $139.
If you’re looking for an easy, good summer read, I’d recommend The Language of Flowers!