Lemon Love
& How to
Turn a Ficus into a Lemon Tree

Raise your hand, if you suffer from lemon love.  OK, both hands raised here.

In fact, I’m quite enamored with lemons.

They smell great… the color lemon brightens any room it’s displayed in… they add a twist of citrus tang to favorite desserts and they remind me of summer and warm temps.

My lemon love list is pretty long.

lemon tree plates

A friend recently gave me these beautiful assorted salad plates and one of them features… what else?… lemons.

She knows what I love.

The other three plates in this set are imprinted with various other delicious citruses.

lemon spoons

Throughout this post, I’m sharing a few of my favorite lemon-themed items from around my house.

What do you think about these lemon measuring spoons?

I think they’re just oh-so cute and they cost me less than $5.

lemons measuring bowls

I found these lemon measuring bowls several years ago at a different store but they totally match my spoons.

Lemons accessories do so much to brighten up a kitchen space.

lemons linens

While on the subject of kitchen items… I’ve gotta say, I’m a sucker for lemon-adorned tea towels.

I have several but these are the two that are tops in my book.

I’m always on the lookout for freshly-squeezed linens.

lemon bars

If all this kitchen talk has you a little hungry.. be sure to check out my light and airy lemon bars and tarts.

They’ll melt in your mouth and you can get the recipe from an earlier delicious post HERE.

lemon tree loft space

Meanwhile,  you may remember my small space makeover of my loft area which I filled with delicious shades of lemon… and greens.

By the way, yellow and green are my favorite colors.

My lemon-inspired projects in this space range from my  handmade window treatments, tutorial HERE to my coordinated lemon-yellow DIY lampshade, tutorial HERE.

space makeover desk

Lemons make such beautiful accents too.

Try filling a clear vase or bowl with fresh (or artificial lemons) and see how much they brighten the space.

Color-coordinated Forsythia branches also help frame my desk decor.

lemon branch bouquet

Imagine how I felt when I spotted these lemon branches at Pier One Imports for…. wait for it… $1.98 each.

I promise this is not a commercial for that store, I just want you to know where I got these lovely lemon stems.

The exact same branches are available now for about $13 each but because the ones I purchased were from “last season”, the store had them piled up on a clearance table for under $2.

Now, that’s the kind of deal I can truly get behind.

lemon tree ficus

Hmmm, now where to put my new lemon branches?

This ficus tree in my loft area looked like an intriguing possibility.

lemon tree

The leaves on the ficus aren’t exactly the same as the leaves on the lemon branches but I feel they’re close enough.

Who’s looking that closely anyway, right?

Once I stuck the branches down into the dirt and stepped back to take a look, they blended in and looked like they had always been there.

lemon tree stem planting


Wow, that little (slightly bare) Ficus has a whole new look now.

I think the addition of multiple lemon branches add some much-needed density to the tree.

Finally, I rubbed a small amount of lemon oil on a few of the artificial leaves and now a hint of fresh lemon scent fills the room.

It certainly looks and smells like a real lemon tree.

lemon tree planter box

When I initially picked up these $2 stems, I really didn’t have anything particular in mind for their use.

That’s what makes an unexpected transformation like this even more enjoyable.

The lemon stems have a new home… and I dare say, my ficus tree and the loft space… is better for it.

lemon ficus tree

ficus lemon tree graphic

Thanks for stopping by.

See  you back here next time. 


  • Jeanne

    Hi Lisa – I so enjoy your blog. I nominated you for the Liebster Award. You can check out the post here:
    Happy Monday!

    • Lisa Tutman-Oglesby

      Thanks so much, Jeanne for your sweet comments and your support of my creative efforts. I really appreciate it and I’m thrilled to know you’re finding things around here that interest you.

  • Jessica @ Jessica in the Kitchen

    This is such a fascinating post Lisa! Thanks so much for sharing your knowledge!

  • Suz Kuhns

    what a great idea! It really brightens up the room!

  • [email protected] Designs

    I love everything lemon….lemon in food and lemon in decor!….now I have to run to Pier 1 to check to see if they still have those lemon tree branches…and how clever and creative to place them in the ficus tree!…LOVE it!….and I must say that I so loved seeing that “small space” again…it is one of my fav rooms!

    • Lisa Tutman-Oglesby

      Thanks Shirley. Thanks so much. That small space is among my favorite spots too.
      Also, check with Pier 1 on Mondays because the saleswoman told me that’s when they mark their merchandise down. I would have a hard time spending $13 for one lemon tree branch knowing that they could be $2 each any day-lol.

  • Puja Darshan

    Such a lovely post. AWSOME!!!

  • Rebecca

    I love your style, and your posts, especially this one! For whatever reason, about two years ago, I began craving lemon yellow in my house. (Perhaps because it’s my mother’s favorite color? Or because the kitchen in my childhood home was yellow?) Eventually I hope to replace my busy kitchen wallpaper with something modern, and “lemony.” For now though, I’ve been collecting “lemon” kitchen towels, and yellow accessories. For Spring, I filled a big white fruit bowl with lemons and placed it on my coffee table where I can better enjoy it, instead of the kitchen table. The big bag of fresh lemons was less than three dollars at Walmart. That’s less than a bunch of flowers! (But I bought some of those too, ha!)

  • Marisa Franca @ All Our Way

    Hi there!! I feel so horrible admitting this. I had a gorgeous lemon tree I raised from a 12 inch twig — a gift from my son and his wife. It grew to five feet tall. It was producing lemons and I was so proud of it. We had quite a few lemons off of it. It was getting – B-I-G!! For the winter we put it into our garage and we left for three months. We had a drip line giving it water. I guess it wasn’t enough. It died. I love lemons too 🙁 I may have to make a faux one and remember the “good times”.

    • Lisa Tutman-Oglesby

      Oh, Marisa I know that was crushing to lose your tree, especially one with such a sentimental attachment.
      That must have been pretty awesome to watch it grow to such a height too.
      You won’t have that problem with my technique (smile). Maybe one day, you’ll give a real tree another try.

  • Jeanne

    Such a happy, sunny, lemony post…love your attention to details that make the whole room sing. 🙂

    • Lisa Tutman-Oglesby

      Thanks Jeanne!
      That loft space is one of my favorite rooms in the house precisely because of the cheery lemon colors.
      I love yellow (and green).

  • Laurie

    Love it! So simple but it really brightens the house up for spring.

  • jae

    Clever! Love your yellows and green…so fresh and inviting. Always wondered why lemons get such a bad rap….I love when life gives me lemons! 🙂

  • cindy

    Great idea with those lemon branches, and your loft looks bright and cheery:) Oh and I love the idea of using the lemon oil on some of those faux leaves! Now I’m ready for some freshly squeezed lemonade! LOL!

    • Lisa Tutman-Oglesby

      Thanks Cindy. The lemon oil was an after-thought but it does work.
      Hmm, I’d like some lemonade too after writing so much about lemons-lol.

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