Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Store Display Ideas to Steal for Your Home

In my opinion, no one does store display better than Anthropologie.  Their merchandising is unique, creative, and always out-of-the-box.  I'm inspired and awed by their presentations.  I don't know about you, but I always take something away from their displays that I can use in my own home.

Not that I can even come close to Anthro's creativity, but I thought I'd share some ideas from this month's sale at our store, Buckeystown Design Co-op, that you could steal and use in your home.

We all have books on our shelves.  Did you ever think about using candlesticks as bookends instead?  These candleholders are made from porch balustraudes and perfectly support the books as well as adding interest to this dresser top.  Just for fun I added a crown instead of a candle to the candlestick and draped a beaded garland over the books.

CANDLESTICK BOOK ENDS

When vintage books have uneven ruffled pages, or even marbleized edges, I turn the spine to the back and let the decorative pages show instead.

BOOKS WITH SPINES FACING BACKWARDS

I always use architectural fragments in my displays.  One of my favorite fragments are large chippy corbels.  I used this fabulous piece as an easel.  It supports another book, but it could just as easily support a piece of art, a small mirror, a picture frame, or an interesting find.

CORBEL AS AN EASEL

Multiples always work.  I think groupings of threes or another odd numbered multiple works the best.  I even wrote about my fascination with threes in a previous blog post.  Click on this link to read it. 
You can also view my blog post about threes in my home here.


THREES ALWAYS WORK---OR ANY ODD NUMBERED MULTIPLE

Trays aren't just for food.  They can hold treasures or be changed up seasonally for holidays.   Note:  my metal tray is filled with a mix of sizes and textures.  What pulls it all together is the repeat of the colors gold, silver, and metallics.  Repetition is another of my go to display ideas.

REPEAT COLOR AND TEXTURE
Post office cubbies can hold your wine stash too.
See how I used post office boxes in my home here.

REPURPOSED POST OFFICE CUBBIES FOR WINE BOTTLES
Another idea for repurposing is to use the drawers in an apothecary cabinet as a jewelry box.

DRAWERS IN AN APOTHECARY CHEST FOR JEWELRY

So, in a nutshell:

Repeated Color
Layering
Out-of-the-Box Uses of Accessories
Mix of New and Vintage
Groupings of Like Items
Mix of Textures
Mix of Sizes and Heights
Books as Risers/Pedestals

( I've written about this in more detail before here.)


I'm looking forward to seeing all you Washington DC locals this weekend at the coop.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Cottage Garden 2017

I sometimes feel that my cottage garden is a bit unruly, even a bit out of control with its crowded bursts of color.   As the summer progresses though and the blooms take turns at center stage, I'm amazed at the variety of color and form.  One other thing I love about the cottage garden is the number of bees and butterflies in my yard.  Here are some of my most recent blooms.

I've had this speedwell for a while in the garden.  It's a deep purple that plays off the lighter purples of my lavender and russian sage.



Next to the speedwell is some salvia.  It popped up this year next to the speedwell.  The red/purple color combo is very appealing.  I love volunteer surprises.



The newest addition to my garden is a hydrangea tree.  It's about five feet tall and the blooms are so gorgeous.  It adds some height to the garden.  You can see the russian sage at its base and the lantana in the foreground.



My lantana is so happy that its growing beyond its bed and onto the sidewalk.  Oh how I wish it were a perennial in the north.  It thrives in the sun and heat.


Did you know that there's a perennial hibiscus plant?  In just one year mine has grown into a large shrub with enormous blooms.



I love how it weaves its way through my garden fence.



I hate that this perennial is called a joe pye weed.  
It has been covered with butterflies since it bloomed and doesn't look like a weed to me at all.


Do you have a cottage garden?  

Friday, July 28, 2017

Color Combo: Turquoise and Yellow

If you ever told me that I'd have turquoise and yellow in my kitchen,  I never would have believed you.   But, I fell in love with a boho chandy with just that color combo.

BOHO CHANDELIER IN TURQUOISE AND YELLOW

I recently purchased an L-shaped banquette.  For now I only have some linen pillows and some turquoise leopard print ones on it.  At some point I'll upholster it, but for now we're ok.  It has served us well when trying to seat a crowd during the holidays.  I also added some yellow and white striped draperies.

SNIPPET OF THE BANQUETTE AND PILLOWS

Did you notice the foo dogs?  They were in another room, but had to move to the window sill.

FOO DOGS ON WINDOW SILL

Around the other side of the banquette I have some chinoiserie chairs.

SNEAKY PEEK OF CHINOISERIE CHAIR
This fabulous yellow ware handled bowl also moved to the kitchen.

YELLOW WARE BOWL AS A CENTERPIECE

Of course my black-eyed susans bloomed in the perfect color just outside the window.

BLACK-EYED SUSANS OUTSIDE THE KITCHEN WINDOW

What color combinations do you use in your home?  

Friday, July 21, 2017

Better Late Than Never For This Month's Sale @Buckeystown Design CoOp

This week just got away from me but I thought I'd share what I have for our July designer tag sale anyway.  You still have two remaining days to shop and plenty for everyone.


Enjoy.





















Please join us if you live in the Washington DC area.

Link to BDC Facebook page:  https://www.facebook.com/BuckeystownDesignCoOp/?ref=bookmarks

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

The First Blooms In My Perennial Garden

Last year I created a perennial cottage garden in my front and side yard.  It was late in the summer so this actually is the first time I'm enjoying all the plants as they take turns blooming.

I received these lilies as a birthday gift from a friend.  They surround the mailbox.

LILIES AROUND MY MAILBOX

All but one of the lilies is yellow.



I always think that a yucca plant is not very attractive, but when it blooms,  I totally rethink my opinion.  I couldn't choose just one shot of it.







EVENING PRIMROSE
My lime green hostas near my front porch are my absolute favorite.  The tall blooms are a bonus.

LIME GREEN HOSTA NEAR THE FRONT PORCH
The phlox isn't new to the garden but I always enjoy seeing its color near the screened porch.

PHLOX NEAR THE SCREENED PORCH
I also add some annuals for all summer color.  These vinca are very happy in their vintage cement planter.  How fun is the gargoyle?

VINCA IN CEMENT PLANTER AND GARGOYLE

How is your perennial garden growing?

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Happy 4TH of July

I hope you all have a fun, fabulous 4th.

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Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Easy Landscaping With Vines and Ferns

I'm all for little-effort landscaping.  I've found that vines, sometimes ones that are volunteers, and ferns will always be a part of my landscape.  And, as you'll see in the photos, I always have weeds in the mix.  It's okay.  They are green and easy maintenance.

 Since we moved to this house we've been trying to eradicate the ivy.  Recently it decided to climb the patio wall.  I'm thinking that I like it next to my chippy shutters.  I just may not dig this one up.

IVY AND SHUTTER ON MY PATIO WALL

I so regret planting this ground cover.  I thought it would be so pretty under my shrubs and thought it would keep the weeds down.  It's called houttuynia and it has taken over.    It's a variegated vine and it's everywhere.  You can see it to the left of the cement garden piece.  (It actually was the center of a victorian garden fountain.)  Believe me.  It's pretty but don't ever introduce it to your landscape.

GARDEN FOUNTAIN, HOUTTUYNIA. AND WEEDS OF COURSE

Ferns have become my favorite garden plant.  They're very inexpensive, need little care, and look lovely the entire summer into Fall.  I sometimes bring them inside and enjoy them all winter.

This fern is very happy in its chimney pot.  Chimney pots belong on a roof, but of course they've come down to be part of my landscape.  They make indestructible planters and are the perfect size for a fern.  I never take the fern out of its plastic pot. I just drop the whole thing into the chimney pot and it wedges at the perfect height.

FERN IN A CHIMNEY POT SURROUNDED BY PERENNIAL BEGONIAS

I have ferns in a pair of urns at the end of the walkway to the patio.

FERN IN A LARGE URN
 I haven't written about the huge vintage Chinoiserie planters I found.  I have a pair of them in front of the garage.  The large iron sphere keeps them from falling into the planter.  I put a plastic tray under the pot for easy watering.  Next to the planter is the metal clock I have yet to hang on the wall.

FERN INSIDE IRON SPHERE AND CHINOISERIE PLANTER
The ferns in the next photo are my rescue ferns.  My neighbor was digging them up and discarding them.  I asked for a few and over the years they've become one of my favorite perennials.  FYI, there's another chimney pot in front of the ferns.  I usually plant annuals in it but I just didn't get to that this year.

PERENNIAL FERNS ALONG THE PATIO WALL

What easy-care plants do you have in your garden?

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Design Musings: Out-Of-The-Box Ways to Arrange Your Artwork

I thought I'd give you some twists for displaying your art.  

Have you thought about placing the smallest piece of art on the bottom?
Love this top-heavy look.

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This is the same large to small arrangement but a mirror was added on top.

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Build a pyramid with art.

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What about filling a corner with art?

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Or, going around a corner?

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Symmetrical

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Asymmetrical

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Surrounding A Mirror

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Surrounding a Window

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On the floor and empty????

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In Panels

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In A Large Frame

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Layered Over Bookshelves

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Layered Over Windows

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Sideways

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