Inspiration: Decorating with Produce

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We're all familiar with using a big bowl of citrus fruit in our living rooms. A big bowl of oranges, lemons or limes is a familiar sight in decorating magazines. And green apples have become de rigeur in catalogues. Why not try it with other produce?

A lot of produce should never be refrigerated. Tomatoes turn mushy if stored in the refrigerator. Instead, line them up along a console to add a spot of color while they ripen. Piled in a bowl, the dark green textured skins of avocados are a refreshing visual change from limes. You'll remember that artichokes are flowers when you see how decorative they can be spilled out on a platter on your coffee table. A solo artichoke on a mail spike is as intriguing as a succulent. Peaches, plums and nectarines are not only beautiful but give off an aroma that will permeate your space with the fresh scent of summer. A few stalks of broccoli, a single stem of brussel sprouts, a bushel of garbanzo beans. Think outside the refrigerator and the kitchen. Just don't forget to eat your decor! Check out our sister site, The Kitchn, for great recipes.

[image via Jackie-Dee's Flickr page, with a Creative Commons License]