4.18.2014

HOW SIMPLE GARDEN CONTAINERS CAN CREATE A SPRING ENTRY

When we first moved to our townhome in Florida, I really got into container gardening. The grounds around the townhome were hard to dig into - I'd hit coral rock inches after digging through ground cover and dirt. Flash forward to living here in Arizona, and I still experience the same hard ground to dig into (mainly red rock due to droughts), plus the added challenge of finding flowering annuals that can also take the dry heat. For our first Spring here in AZ, I potted several colorful flowering plants on our stoop, and it looked great - for a few days - then most started to wilt and die. The same thing happened last year: I either over water or under water and the pretty potted plants die. This year, I kept it simple by only buying one type of flowering plant, I've seen regularly thriving in flowerbeds at entries here in Phoenix: Petunias. Since I refreshed some of my containers I had painting them black & white, it still created a fresh crisp look - and layering in more greens (I also already had) helped to create a refreshing and simple Spring stoop entry...



I had picked up these galvanized containers while thrifting back in November. You can read how I painted them on my previous post at,











Last year, I had also put potted plants out on the two outer ledges flanking the steps, but since the sun has shifted, and shines on this spot at our hottest part of the day, I skipped doing it this year. Here's a look back + links to previous Spring entries I've made with container gardening...


The two large urns I use are old window display props. They are made of fiberglass and are easy to move + paint. Most of the other posts I've collected through the years, mostly from Big Lots. I like their shape, but not their color, so I usually paint them. I like using  lanterns to create interest and height in the container mix - and i usually pop out the glass (especially helpful when refreshing with paint). I usually find most of my lanterns I use from HomeGoods.



You can read how to create a Spring style stoop at  my previous post, 




You can also see my Florida Spring Container (image 28) - plus other & tips - at HGTV.com's



This was my Spring Stoop I did last year, also with containers...




Although this years containers are more simple, it still works to create a welcoming entry, for Easter and Spring. The white petunias and green asparagus ferns are from Home Depot. The petunias I picked up for Spring, but the fern I picked up back in December Yay! Something green grew here in AZ - other than cacti! :)


Do you do any container gardening where you live? 
Or is it still snowing by you? This should warm you up: we already experienced 100 degree temps just this week in AZ! Containers at the door help frame the entry + give it personality...


Happy gardening and thanks for stopping by!






4.17.2014

PAINTED FRENCH FLOWER MARKET BUCKETS - BEFORE & AFTER

During the holiday season last November, I lucked out and scored these great French Flower Market Buckets while thrifting. During Christmas, I left them in their natural galvanized finished. For Spring, I painted them two-toned black & white, a better contrast for our front entryway. Last Spring, I had done this finish to the large urn I already have at the entry: painted the base black and just the top quarter white. Painting this treatment now to the galvanized containers created a more cohesive look. Rather than being all black, the white banded tops set a nice contrast for a crisp look that will work for both Spring & Summer. Since the flowers I've planted for our Spring Stoop the past two years here in Arizona have died (from the heat) within two weeks, I did less flowers and more green - still a fresh look for Spring and Summer...


Here's what I did...


Cleaned and pre-drilled holes in container bottoms...



I sprayed on a FLAT black from Rustoleum - and just rough brushed on the white to the tops, and inside tops too...



After the paint dried, I sanded off some of the patina from the handles to reveal a little copper glow...



I cleaned and refreshed the larger urns. During holiday, I had painted over the white with black - now they're back to their white tops...


  I found these French flower market buckets at Goodwill, during a Super Saturday Sale, so they were 50% off. A floral shop had closed and donated a TON of these containers to Goodwill. I bought four: two medium and two large. The two medium containers also still had the black plastic reservoir insert I was able to use (in reverse) inside the large container, as a riser for the plants...



While I painted the galvanized containers, I also refreshed a few existing containers with the same finish to use in the back yard (last year, I had used the pots on the right for my Spring Stoop...


I use rocks in the bottoms of the containers as weight, and I use them in the bottoms of the planter, before adding potting soil + plants. The rocks help with drainage. The white flowers are simple petunias I picked up at home Depot (my mother use to call me that - Petunia)They were a pretty reasonable deal during their Spring Black Friday Event: 5 pks of 8 for only $10. Since they're white, I'll be able to use them both in the back yard and front stoop for my Spring Spruce-Up...


 The containers helped to create a simple Spring stoop... Here's a peek:



 Happy Spring & Thrifting!


Thanks for stopping by!


 


4.16.2014

EASTER IDEAS FOR ENTERTAINING & EGG DECORATING

As Easter approaches this weekend, which color palette do you prefer for your Easter table? Will you do pinks and yellows? Will you go for Robins egg or China blues? Will you go with a hue variation from Pantone's color of the year - Radiant Orchid? Or will you keep it simple, pure, white and natural? From inspirational pictures, tips, details, menu ideas and even Easter Egg Decorating ideas to inspire and help you celebrate Easter, visit the blog Hadley Court today to read my guest blog post:  - Easter Entertaining + Easter Egg Decorating: Preparing for A Gracious Holiday. Here's a peek at what you'll find...


Lovely Lavender table ideas...

Relaxed outdoor Easter Brunch ideas...

Ideas to welcome guests at your door...

Using your favorite collection for a Formal Easter table...

Beautiful blue table ideas...

Easter Egg Decorating ideas... and more.


Thanks for stopping by and I hope you 
enjoy my guest post at Hadley Court.


4.14.2014

Local Love: #StyleHunt at My Sister's Closet


Consignment stores and thrift shops don't usually have 'sales' as big box retailers do. To help drive business, but still make shopping a fun experience for consumers, they'll have shopping events. A consignment chain here in AZ (and located in California too) does a good job at hosting fun events - from their end of season progressive sales to their seasonal unveiling -- and now, a Style Hunt! What is a Style Hunt? A Style Hunt is a way for you to be rewarded for shopping all 11 Sister locations or all 6 locations here in the Valley. If you shop all 11 April 14 thru May 31, you can be rewarded with a $75 store certificate and if you shop all 6 Valley locations within the same time frame, you can receive a $25 store certificate.
 
 

Just pick up you store location map at any location, including their Men's Store: Well Suited AND their Home Store: My Sister's Attic, and start shopping. This is a great way to save on some wardrobe or home updates for Spring / Summer, and have a little fun hunting while you're at it - with a reward in the end for additional savings.


While you're shopping, share your finds with them at
@MySistersCloset on Twitter (or their Facebook page) and use the hashtag #StyleHunt.


Happy hunting and Thanks for stopping by!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

4.10.2014

DREAMING OF SUMMER AT POTTERY BARN

Probably because some of my background is in retail, I always enjoy touring stores for decor inspiration. One of my favorite stores to tour during the change of seasons is Pottery Barn. Their visual merchandising teams always do such an excellent job truly featuring lifestyle for the seasons. Although Spring has just sprung, Pottery Barn is already "Dreaming Of Summer", as their catalog + site + stores stories tell. Living here in the desert, I particularly enjoyed the coastal inspirations I saw when I toured the Chandler Arizona store yesterday - Although if I were still living in South Florida, those enormous banana tree palms would be real (and free!). But that is what 'inspiration' is all about - seeing something you are personally drawn to, and making a variation of it to create your own style. Not ALL good styling ideas for decorating come off of Pinterest, blogs, Facebook and Instagram - From time to time, it's really good to get offline, and get into some of your local brick and mortar stores, before they're no longer around. Here's some of what I saw for Pottery Barn's Dreaming Of Summer set....

LOVED these Indoor/Outdoor slip-covered dining chairs (also available in white)...


Great storage ideas - tucked behind the family room sofa...

Love the look - Could also possibly recreate for an outdoor setting...



Great idea! 
I think I have a round metal plant stand in the garage & a glass globe or two in the living room! Inspiration for a new look!

Love the look of the Tuscan artisan olive jars from Fall, now creating a simple Summer story...

Sun-bleach branch bundles - SO SIMPLE to recreate here in the desert!

Love the Look - Not all hurricanes hold candles. Above has the bleach branch bundle.
For sand to full cylinders & glass containers for Summer: Get a bag of play sand from Lowes - 50 lbs is only $4.67.


That's wild! It reminds me of the cat tails my mom would decorate with back in the 70s!

These are probably my favorite pottery barn baskets!

Stylish pet & floor pillows - Love the ticking stripe + denim + canvas mix!


Love all the blues & naturals...


Over the years, I've collected quite a bit of wooden beads from thrift. Love their look on this glass jug...




Adorable navy polka-dot pillow cover plus LOVE. THIS. CHAIR!
It's called the Bennet Chair.
 


Great little side table!





 Have you been to Pottery Barn lately?
Tons of inspiration to see!



Thanks for stopping by!



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