After I posted about packing away my Christmas decorations and how I left pinecones and moss in my wake, there was a flurry of questions on my social media streams about how I care for those moss displays in my house. To be honest I don’t do ANYTHING! I set it out and forget it – that is the beauty of decorating with preserved moss. The bottom line is that it brings a pop of color into the house during the grey days of Winter, without any fuss and it lasts a lot longer than store bought fresh cut flowers. (Heaven knows it’s Alstroemeria season at the grocery store, and there won’t be a lot of other choices until after Mudseason is over. Blah!) I usually get tired of having the moss out on display before it starts to look dusty, discolored, or matted down – but if it does – I’d simply dispose of it and start anew.So first things first: when folks were asking “How do you keep it looking green?” It never occurred to me that they thought I might be using fresh moss. I should clarify that I am not running out in the back yard and harvesting live moss off the rocks. I purchase bags of preserved Reindeer Moss, Spanish Moss and Sheet Moss from the wholesale flower district. (In the previous sentence, I have linked to where you can buy it on Amazon. Just click the type of moss you want.) I also recently saw it at our local garden center so it is readily available to the general public.The key here: don’t waste the moss. Take the container that you plan to fill (hopefully it is opaque!) and make a ball of crumpled news paper that fills the vessel nearly to the top, creating a cap or dome shape that you want the moss to emulate. This will provide a base for the moss to rest upon. This way, all you need is the top dressing of moss to make it appear as through the entire pot is full and alive. For inquiring minds: The walls are painted Wickham Grey by Benjamin Moore. The beaded board, window trim and the custom shoe cabinet are painted White Dove, also by Benjamin Moore. On the floor I have a ‘Lakehouse Khaki/White Indoor/outdoor rug‘ by Dash and Albert, the floors are Quarter Sawn White Oak with a Zero VOC Rubio Monocoat Belgian Oil finish. The light fixture is a George Nelson Bubble Lamp from Modernica.The custom made bolster pillows sitting upon the bench are Julia Double fabric by Mally Skok Designs. The under bench baskets are from Pottery Barn. (BTW: they’re having a big basket sale right now!) The Gustavian bench and the set of botanical prints are hand-me-downs from my mom. While she did not have them displayed in the same rooms of her house, they sure look good together! The Mally Skok bolster pillows pull all the colors in the room together.