garden

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OUTDOOR : Courtyard Classic

1. planter :: opus concrete  2. bee house :: wudwerx usa

3. outdoor pillow :: custom corner decor  4. rodo chair :: artedelat

5. vertical garden :: industriametal  6. fire pit :: boldmfg

7. stool :: letreflebleu  8. moon chimes :: mudpuppy

Spring is here and Summer is on the way. That means lots of time to spend outside and enjoy the warmer weather.  I've been revamping my backyard all Spring. I removed some of the St. Augustine grass and decided to create a courtyard or basically an outdoor living room.  My home is a 1937 Spanish Revival so I built this collection around items that would work in my space.  

A perennial garden + decomposed granite path in my outdoor courtyard. 

A perennial garden + decomposed granite path in my outdoor courtyard. 

Upcycled trellis from old chaise loungers and planters full of sedum in metal part bins.

Upcycled trellis from old chaise loungers and planters full of sedum in metal part bins.

Everything is very natural in my courtyard. The space is decomposed granite filled with terra cotta, black and white planters.  I wanted to keep the palette simple ( no bold colors) and the materials very simple ( metal and stone). I am in love with that vertical garden and hope to create something like soon if I can fit it into the space. Hopefully this will give you some inspiration and go outside and create your own special outdoor space. Happy planting!

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Modern Home

MODERN :: Urban Jungle

1.  hanging planter  :: Amulettes   2.  brass planter  :: loop design studio     3.  succulent poster  :: Leah Duncan   4.  skinny scarf  :: c. banning accessories  5.  copper + concrete planter  :: Etta and Odie  6.  black ceramic planter  :: Melissa Maya Pottery  7.  xerographica air plants  :: air plant design studio

1. hanging planter :: Amulettes   2. brass planter :: loop design studio   

3. succulent poster :: Leah Duncan   4. skinny scarf :: c. banning accessories

5. copper + concrete planter :: Etta and Odie  6. black ceramic planter :: Melissa Maya Pottery

7. xerographica air plants :: air plant design studio

I've got an obsession with house plants. I currently have almost 40 plants in my house and I love each and every one of them. Plants just make me happy!  I've actually gone through probably hundreds of plants over the years, trying to get just the right plant for the right light.  If you are obsessed like me with houseplants, then you probably also love planters and well anything botanical.  I've picked out just a few of my favorites featuring concrete, ceramic, brass and copper.  

 

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Seasonal

Grow Spring Gardens

1.  GROW SIGN  by oh dier living  2.  SEED PACK  by cubits  3.  LARGE SPORA + WOOD HOOK  by light and ladder  4.  HERB GARDEN MARKERS  by alluvial  5.  WALL PLANTERS  by cor pottery  6.  CUBE PLANTER  by ross lab

1. GROW SIGN by oh dier living  2. SEED PACK by cubits  3. LARGE SPORA + WOOD HOOK by light and ladder  4. HERB GARDEN MARKERS by alluvial  5. WALL PLANTERS by cor pottery  6. CUBE PLANTER by ross lab

Each year, I watch for that last patch of snow to melt on my garden so I can start working the soil and planting my seeds.  Jillian and I both live on the east coast, but being further down the coast - warmer temps visit her before they do me.  She can happily play in the dirt while I still tend to my indoor plants and dream of getting my fingernails dirty.  Do you live in an area where you don't have space for a garden outside?  Not to worry - Today, Jillian highlight's a variety of ways to invite some spring green both inside and out!  Even if you're not able to till the soil and rotate your crops, you can still enjoy the beauty of spring gardens in your home!  

How does your spring garden grow?  Let us know in the comments below!  

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Stylist Series

Spring :: Garden Envy

1.  handpainted silk scarf  by klaradar  2.  vintage basket  by 5 gardenias  3.  garden markers  by studio by the forest   4.  rustic planter  by succulents galore   5.  wedding invitation  by willow and sass   6.  mosaic wall art  by romy and clare   7.  garden photography  by semi sweet studios

1. handpainted silk scarf by klaradar  2. vintage basket by 5 gardenias  3. garden markers by studio by the forest   4. rustic planter by succulents galore   5. wedding invitation by willow and sass   6. mosaic wall art by romy and clare   7. garden photography by semi sweet studios

Do you have garden envy? Not everyone can have a green thumb, but this beautiful collection styled by Pat of Giardino will give you some garden inspiration. Spring is upon us and it's time to go outside and start enjoying nature. Whether you have you just a few small planters or a whole vegetable or herb garden, going green this Spring will definitely cure the Winter blahs. 




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Inspired By

Inspired By :: Garden Dreams

   1.  BOTANICAL PRINT  by shadetree photography  2.  GEOMETRIC TERRARIUMS  by waen  3.  CORK & WOOD BOWL  by melanie abrantes  4.  ROSEMARY & GARDENIA CANDLE  by aziz light apothecary  5.  CERAMIC HERB MARKERS  by m bundy  6.  FLORAL ART PRINT  by willow and sass  7.  LINEN TEA TOWEL  by jenna rose handmade  8.  ORIGINAL WATERCOLOR  by francesca lancisi

 

1. BOTANICAL PRINT by shadetree photography  2. GEOMETRIC TERRARIUMS by waen  3. CORK & WOOD BOWL by melanie abrantes  4. ROSEMARY & GARDENIA CANDLE by aziz light apothecary  5. CERAMIC HERB MARKERS by m bundy  6. FLORAL ART PRINT by willow and sass  7. LINEN TEA TOWEL by jenna rose handmade  8. ORIGINAL WATERCOLOR by francesca lancisi

By this time of year, I can pretty confidently say that I am totally over winter.  I don't want to play in the snow anymore, nor do I want to shovel another inch of white water crystals.  I want sunshine, flip flops, tank tops...to feel like I live in a salad - you know?  A pretty salad with mesclun greens and purple carrots, heirloom tomatoes with pecans, tossed with a zesty citrus vinaigrette.  Ok, well clearly what I wanted to say was that I want to eat a salad - not necessarily live in one!  But wait a minute - tending my garden is kinda like living in a salad.  I love eating cherry tomatoes right off the vine and picking fresh arugula for a quick salad.  Come on, you're talking to a girl who grew up wanting to eat salads over birthday cakes!  Yes - it's true.  I'm delirious from winter and I cannot wait for gardening weather to arrive!!  Until then - my garden dreams will have to do.  

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Meet the Makers

Keys to Success with Sea & Asters

air plant containers

air plant containers

The Shop:  Sea & Asters

The Owners:  Monica and James

The Goods:  terrariums, air plants, plant pods

When and why did you choose to open an online shop on Etsy?

Several years ago, I made a few terrariums as Christmas gifts for my friends and family.  My two sisters came to me afterwards and said “You have to set up a shop and sell these!” I was quite hesitant at first but then I thought why not give it a try? I was a huge fan of Etsy and the idea of buying directly from the artists and makers. James and I opened our Etsy shop soon thereafter.  I am still in awe with the response that we have received.

an assortment of air plants on display at their studio

an assortment of air plants on display at their studio

What got you started in your craft?

We’re huge fans of gardening and all things botanical, so much so that I decided to pursue a degree in Environmental Horticulture.  I discovered tillandsias while studying and became completely enamored with the plant genus. The tillandsia forms look like art on their own, so we decided to create planters and terrariums that will only enhance and focus on the natural sculptures.

Monica with a plant pod + tillandsia

Monica with a plant pod + tillandsia

Who or what influences your style the most?

We are highly influenced by botany, simplicity, and the combination of vintage + modern. We make items that we would personally like to have in our home.

  

a variety of tillandsias

a variety of tillandsias

How do you stay focused and motivated?

Of course we love what we do so it’s easy to fall into the go-go-go mentality. I’ve actually discovered recently, especially after our little one arrived (yay!), that we must take some time off.  It’s so important to have balance in your work and life. Taking time allows me to re-focus and re-inspire so we can stay motivated for the remainder of the year.

James and Monica

James and Monica

What would be your insight on "Keys to Success on Etsy"?

High quality images and descriptions are super important. Your customers cannot see the product in person so you have to have great photos and descriptions to showcase your product.  

Etsy is a wonderful marketplace but it is also a vast marketplace. Networking with other Esty sellers and joining teams has helped us tremendously. Not only are you learning from other sellers, you are also helping promote shops that you love!

Always seek ways to improve and enhance our shopper’s experience. 

a collection of shells

a collection of shells

A big thanks to Monica and James sharing their Etsy story with us! 

For more Sea & Asters information: 

Featured Seller interview on Etsy

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