Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Watering Tips from Terrain

I’ve kind of been obsessing over Terrain at Styer’s website ever since I first heard of them in the spring of 2009. And even more so since they launched their online store last fall. Terrain is a nursery/cafĂ©/landscape design company outside of Philadelphia. I’ve never been there, but based on the site, I pretty much like everything they design and sell. It’s owned by the same folks who own Anthropologie, so I guess that explains why. They have that whole French/vintage/cottage/boho aesthetic going on.

In their Bulletin, which is basically a blog, they often have useful gardening tips. Their latest one is on watering during the summer. As a newbie, I found it pretty helpful.

Incidentally, they’re also having a 30%-off sale on outdoor furniture right now. Very pretty stuff!

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

My Mom's Garden

For Mother’s Day one year I got my mom a card that said, “Everything you touch grows.” This statement describes her perfectly: she’s extremely nurturing -- and an insanely good gardener. I can only hope that gardening talent is something that’s inherited. Both of her parents are/were very good gardeners (my grandfather grew the best tomatoes), and I think I’m starting to get the hang of it.

These photos are of the front of my parents’ house (they live in the Cleveland area). Not only is something always in bloom in the spring and summer, but whatever is blooming is vibrant. That pop of lime green against the dark green, purple and pink in the first photo is fantastic! And the house is surrounded by big, old trees. When I was growing up, each spring my front bedroom window was filled with light-pink crabapple blossoms. But the real stunner is their back garden and patio. It’s a beautiful, restful little haven -- it looks like something out of a magazine. I hope to have photos of that space to share here soon.

I wish I had had more of an interest in gardening when I was younger and living at home. I could have learned so much, and perhaps I would have become interested in entering a field having to do with horticulture or design at a younger age (before I went to college and grad school for other things). I guess I was too worried about hanging out, getting my homework done and participating in the five million activities I was always a part of.

At least I picked up on a few things. And I have sweet memories from when I was really little of helping my mom plant gladiolas and marigolds (I can recall that scent at any time), and of being amazed at her roses that twined their way up to the balcony off of my parents’ bedroom.

My mom's name is Rose; maybe she was destined to be a good gardener. My namesake is not a flower, but I still hope to reach her level of skill someday.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Twig Pick: Enameled Tinware on Sale @ Viva Terra

These cheerful tinware bowls from Viva Terra ($29 - $32) just exude summer (and vintage style). I think of picnic lunches in the park and dinners on the patio. You can also get a coordinating pitcher, cups, plates and tray. They're all on sale until tomorrow, June 24.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

This Summer: Outdoor Market @ Stifel & Capra

Every Saturday through August, Stifel & Capra (260 W Broad St, Falls Church 22046) is holding an outdoor arts and vintage market in their parking lot. It's like an addition to what they have inside -- which is a great selection of vintage goods, jewelry (artisan and vintage) and affordable art.

I didn't hear of this gallery/shop until we moved to Falls Church last year, which is a shame. I've found some wonderful vintage jewelry, kids' decor items (like this switchplate cover ($7) we put in our son's room) and wacky things like a 1950s BBQ set in perfect condition ($18). They also have a large selection of pretty vintage linens, including tablecloths. You should definitely check them out.

Monday, June 14, 2010

Twig Pick: Hooked Wool Rugs by Hable for Garnet Hill

The Hooked Wool Veggie Rug by Hable Construction for Garnet Hill is just about the cutest rug I've ever seen. Perfect for summer, especially in a kitchen or sunroom, or even a hallway. The Garden and Sunflower Rugs are sweet, too. $128 for 2'6"x3'6" and $178 for 2'3"x5'10".

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Twig Pick: Anthro’s Tudor Garden Bench

Once again, I’m obsessing over something expensive and absolutely unnecessary from Anthropologie. This time, it’s a round, metal garden bench with a canopy. Because of its charm, it could easily transform your (or my) garden into a beautiful and romantic space. However, we really don’t have an appropriate spot for it in our yard -- and I don’t need to be spending $1,698 on it. But I do like looking at pictures of it.

Monday, June 7, 2010

Cord Control Ideas from Designers Call

Desigers Call posted a really helpful cord control round-up last week. Cord clutter drives me absolutely crazy, but I haven't been able to come up with a satisfactory solution for our home office yet, where we have a "leggy" desk (and we moved into our house over a year ago!). I'm definitely going to give one of these ideas a shot.

[Photo: Apartment Therapy - Boston, via Designers Call]