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Great Ways to Decorate the Garden with Flower Pots

As spring does its thing, I found some great ways to decorate the garden with flower pots, whatever your style! Last week I made up all these flower pots for my mom for Mother’s Day.

Flower Pots for mothers day

The bigger three on the right are full-sun for mom’s front porch and the 6 on the left are for shade on the back porch, including 2 hanging baskets and an aloe plant for summer sunburns. I also took mom out for lunch and a pedicure.

Moms yard 1

I also cleaned up her yard for spring 3 weeks ago and put down 58 bags of mulch and 6 bags of rocks.

Moms yard 3

Whew! That was a lot of yard yoga!  After I made up all the flower pots I was inspired to look for interesting ways to display flower pots in the garden.  I found some great ideas to share!

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This is a fairly classic way to use flower pots. The pots line a set of outdoor steps up to the front door or perhaps from the garden to patio doors.  The thing that struck me about this arrangement outside a house in Philadelphia is that the pots are graduated in size, getting larger toward the top, so they lead the eye (and the visitor!) up to the door.  It’s a nice spin on a traditional arrangement and very easy to do. The single-color flowers also add to the bold statement.

Collioure France Trip

Color plays a big part in this striking display too. Just pop a simple flower pot on top of a bright cafe chair for a very chic look. This photo was taken in France – you could have guessed, right? The French have a knack of making the simplest things look wonderful.  The combination of color, a sculptural outline, and the raised level of the flower pot make this a nice idea for a patio or deck. Maybe you have old or damaged pieces of small furniture kicking around the house or forgotten in the garage that you could repurpose as a plant holder? I wouldn’t do this with an antique chair, but for cheaper pieces or thrift shop finds, it’s a winner!

Landscaping & the Outdoors

Somebody got creative with a dead tree! It looks like they painted the trunk of the tree with a vibrant blue before stringing colorful flower pots up it and adding pretty outdoor lights too. This is such a fun idea to turn a potential eyesore into a focal point.

2004  :  Tuscan Stables, Ranch At The Canyons, Terrebonne, Oregon

Finally, this photo looks like it was taken in Tuscany, but it’s actually in Oregon! It is similar to the flower pots in the first picture as the pots are used to line an outdoor staircase, but actually I think the design idea is bigger than this. The row of pots attached to the walls on both sides create a wonderful architectural statement. You could fix flower pot holders to the walls to accent any architectural or landscape feature. How about hanging them on a wall in an eye-level row along a pathway to lead visitors through a floral vista? (Make sure the path is wide enough – you don’t want guests literally getting an eyeful of the flowers!)

Patriotic Vintage Bungalow

This is the outside of our 1920s vintage bungalow that we have been renovating. We have hanging baskets and also planters leading up the stairs to the door. Now I’ll have to think about other ways to decorate the garden with flower pots!

Have you got an interesting flower pot arrangement in your garden or patio? Tell us about it in the comments box – we love to hear from you! And if you are looking to buy planters, check out the beautiful planters on our website.

AimeeAvatarAimee owns EuroLuxHome.com with her husband and best friend, Greg. Aimee sources amazing antique furniture, vintage lighting, & high-quality reproduction furniture to help her customers decorate their homes in a unique way. She loves her 8 (you read that right) fuzzy children and is renovating a 1920s bungalow in South Carolina. Find us on Facebook or connect with EuroLux on Google+. Or you can sign up here to receive this blog in your inbox.

 

Vintage Life: April Showers bring May Flowers!

Greg and I love to putter in the garden – we find it so relaxing to be outside, digging in the dirt. I like to call it yard yoga. As soon as spring starts, we can’t resist working on the landscaping for our vintage 1920s bungalow, even though we still have so much to do inside! When the weather turns so hot we can’t stand to be outside, we’ll turn back to our inside projects. We’ve come a long way over the past few years.

Here are some photos from when we first cleaned up the front yard…

FrontYardCleanedUp

…then created beds, planted baby plants, and put down grass seed in the Spring of 2012.

Yard Spring2012

The following spring in May 2013, the roses were in bloom, the grass was starting to fill in…
Spring 2013 Front Yard…and the jasmine and climbing roses were taking over the trellis. spring 2013 rose trellis

Last spring, we worked in the back yard. We hadn’t done much since 2012 when we cleared it, put up a fence, and planted baby trees:

BackyardAfterCleanup2012

In the Spring of 2014, we tore down the old dilapidated shed
and built a pretty, new shed for garden tools:

building a new shed

This is the finished shed – it matches our vintage 1920s bungalow!
Shed to match vintage bungalowWe also built two raised garden boxes and planted peach trees and fig trees: Planted garden boxes

We’ve been busy this year planting more flowers in the front yard…
Spring2015 planting the front yard…and in the side yard:
SideYard planted Spring2015We added four planters on the steps – two of which belonged to Greg’s great grandmother – family heirlooms for blooms! We also added hanging baskets, bird feeders and a couple bird baths, and I built a rose bed around the mailbox out of vintage bricks.
MailboxRoseGardenSpring2015In the backyard, we built two more raised garden boxes.
Raised boxes EarlyGarden2015We have strawberries in one bed; corn, beans, peas, and cucumbers in another; watermelon, cantalope, and zucchini in a third, and tomatoes, eggplant, and peppers in the fourth.

Raised bed garden 2015

I think we’re going to have a bumper crop of tomatoes this year!
Raised garden vegetables
Do you love to garden? Tell us about it in the comments!

AimeeAvatarAimee owns EuroLuxHome.com with her husband and best friend, Greg. Aimee sources amazing antique furniture, vintage lighting, & high-quality reproduction furniture to help her customers decorate their homes in a unique way. She loves her 8 (you read that right) fuzzy children and is renovating a 1920s bungalow in South Carolina. Find us on Facebook or connect with EuroLux on Google+. Or you can sign up here to receive this blog in your inbox.

Bookshelf: Paris Gardens and Inspirations

If you’re looking for some garden inspiration, these beautiful books on secret gardens and entertaining in the garden might encourage some new ideas to bloom! Even if you don’t have green thumbs, there’s nothing to stop you sighing over the alluring photos in these recently published garden books.

Garden Inspirations

Garden InspirationsWith ideas from flower arranging to table settings to using outdoor colors for interior home decor, Garden Inspirations aims to make the garden a part of your everyday life whether you are outside in the garden itself or bringing the garden indoors. The author, interior designer Charlotte Moss, takes readers on a trip through her own gardens, talks about the famous European gardens she has seen and offers tips on garden entertaining. She also collects beautiful vases to display her just-plucked blossoms… some of them are right there on the vibrant book cover! We too love blue and white ceramics, as you’ll know if you ever browsed all the antique Delft vases, plates and other pieces in our online store!

Private Gardens of Paris

Private Gardens of ParisGreg and I find most of our antiques in France so we are always happy to hop on a plane to Paris. It’s a great mixture of business and a little pleasure too. While we are there, we enjoy wandering around the stately Paris gardens. However, the ones featured in this book are private gardens… so the only way to get a glimpse is to leaf through these gorgeous photographs.

The private gardens tucked away from the bustle of the Parisian streets include fashion designers Hubert de Givenchy’s formal garden and Kenzo’s Japanese-style retreat.

In and out of Paris: Gardens of Secret Delights

Paris Gardens of Secret DelightHere’s another book about Paris gardens that was also recently published. There must be something in the air.  But you can never have too much Parisian style and there is plenty of creativity in these 30 gardens. Author Zahid Sardar, the design editor of the San Francisco Chronicle, explores projects ranging from the tiny terrace in the Marais owned by couturier Martin Grant to the rooftop in Montmartre belonging to Mexican painter MariCarmen Hernandez. (Do you think there is anything in the world more romantic than a Montmartre rooftop garden?)  American architect Michael Herrman also pays homage to Le Corbusier’s Champs Elysées garden for one of his clients.

After such a long cold winter for so many people, it’s a joy to get outside again, isn’t it? I hope these books will help you conjure up some magic for your own garden! Or leave a comment to tell us about your own favorite garden books.

AimeeAvatarAimee owns EuroLuxHome.com with her husband and best friend, Greg. Aimee sources amazing antique furniture, vintage lighting, & high-quality reproduction furniture to help her customers decorate their homes in a unique way. She loves her 8 (you read that right) fuzzy children and is renovating a 1920s bungalow in South Carolina. Find us on Facebook or connect with EuroLux on Google+. Or you can sign up here to receive this blog in your inbox.

Vintage Life: Hello Flowers!

Everything is coming up roses!  As you’ve been following our progress on our 1920s bungalow renovation project, I thought you’d enjoy seeing the results of our landscaping efforts while everything was still in bloom at the end of the summer.

The grass came in pretty well, even though we still have quite a few weeds.  The baby grass was too fragile to put down weed killer this summer, so we’ll knock out all that crabgrass in the spring.  The caladiums were a riot of red, white and pink, but most of the other bulbs didn’t come in.  We added more ferns, hostas, blue hydrangeas, multi-color azealas, gardenias, and pink camellias.

In the bed to the left of the front porch, we have a Japanese magnolia with purple flowers, gardenias surrounding the magnolia, and (white, lavender, yellow/pink and red) rose bushes with boxwoods in front and clyera behind.

The bed to the right of the porch was extended to include a bed around a trellis.  The trellis isn’t quite all the way up yet, as we have to wait until we finish the screened porch to finish it.  However, you can see that we’ve framed out the screened porch.  The trellis is meant to give privacy and shade to the porch.  We planted jasmine and climbing roses around the trellis with boxwoods in front.

Look how great the sidewalk looks!

For my birthday, Greg bought me awesomely cool 1950s vintage porch furniture in the basketweave pattern (matches the sidewalk!).  We have 2 stationary chairs, 2 rockers, and a glider.  Of course, they all need to be sandblasted and powdercoated – but that is a project for the future (after we’ve moved in!)

Ta-da!  Are you impressed with our landscaping?  We are!  (We’re not for hire though, so don’t ask!  LOL)

This photo was taken the day we closed on our little “money pit”, over a year ago now.  We still have a long way to go, we’re still best friends, and we’re still smiling.

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Vintage Life: Good Grass!

While we waited for the grass to grow, we built a brick sidewalk from the porch out to where the new driveway will eventually be.  First we put in the bed, put down landscape fabric, and then added a tamped-down layer of crush and run gravel.

Next came a layer of sand and then we did a basket weave pattern using old bricks.

You might be wondering where we got such cool old bricks.  We actually dug up quite a few out of the yard itself.  We also gathered some from an old family plot at a local cemetery where a brick wall had fallen down.  We hope we didn’t bring any ghosts home.

Finally, we put sand over the top of the finished brick pattern, and will continue to add sand over time, as it settles down between the bricks.

We plan to put in a brick driveway too, so we’re still on the hunt for more old bricks.  We’ve found some from several different people on Craig’s List and have only paid $20 so far!  We also found a bunch in the basement of a building we own on Main Street.  We still need several thousand more, so please let us know if you want to get rid of some old bricks!

We also needed to give a little love to the backyard too.  We made beds along the sides of the fences where we had planted evergreens, put down landscape fabric, and of course, shoveled more mulch.

Next to that giant pile (another 18 cubic feet!) of mulch that is taunting Greg, we planted two peach trees and an additional fig tree next to the one that was already there.  Now we have an orchard!

Along the back fence, we used all of the cement pieces we dug up out of the front yard to create a bed.  Then we planted leyland cypress trees, which will eventually block out the neighbor behind us as they should grow 50+ feet tall.  Greg and I also took down three relatively small oak trees along this back fence line by ourselves, and we only damaged the neighbor’s fence a little tiny bit.  (sorry.)

And guess what?!?!  The grass is starting to grow!  (Sing with me…) Cel-e-brate good times, come on!  Let’s all celebrate and have a good time!

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Vintage Life: Mucho Mulch

 

Cleaning up the jungle that was the yard of our 1920s bungalow was a tremendous effort.  However, the work didn’t stop there.  Greg and I plan to refinance (fingers crossed) next year, and wanted to make sure we worked on the curb appeal too.  We started by painting the red bricks around the bottom of the house.

Next we tilled up the entire front yard and put down lime to improve the ph of the soil.  Then we put down zoysia grass seed and crossed our fingers that it would take, as that is a much cheaper option than sod.

Next we put in large beds on either side of the front porch and in a big heart-shaped area underneath a huge, old oak tree where it is always shady.  We planted hydrangeas around the oak tree and added more azealas to help fill out the existing hedge. I also planted 250+ shade-loving bulbs: caladiums in multi-colors, ferns, hostas, and white and pink astilbes.

Offset from the front porch, we also added a circular bed where we planted a Bradford pear tree in the middle surrounded by pink crepe myrtles.

After we put in the beds, I put down landscaping fabric and Greg ran an above-ground sprinkler system in the beds that will run automatically.  Finally, we shoveled, and shoveled, and shoveled (18 cubic yards! of) mulch.  Here is the mulch pile, which Greg claimed was taunting him.

And a finished product: beautiful, mulched bed with sprinklers running!  In the far bed by the fence, you can see gardenias under the existing Japanese magnolia.

 

  Aimee owns EuroLuxAntiques.com with her best friend, Greg.  Aimee sources amazing antique furniture, vintage lighting, & high-quality reproduction furniture to help her customers decorate their homes in a unique way.  She loves her 8 (you read that right) fuzzy children and is renovating a 1920s bungalow in South Carolina.  Connect with or sign up to receive this blog in your inbox!

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