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Easy Weekend Project - Planters

Looking for a quick little project to spruce up your outdoor entertaining space for the holiday weekend?  A planter is an easy way to add color and interest.   Plus you can enjoy your planter for many months to come.   Below I've included some pretty planter pictures (try saying that three times in row!) but also some tips for creating a successful planter.

Don't have a container?  Here are a couple of ideas for reusing items you may already have around the house.

Apartment Therapy Blog

Canadian House & Home
 Here are some planters with a classic look...

Martha Stewart

Country Living

Cote de Texas Blog

Martha Stewart

Martha Stewart

Martha Stewart

Here's a couple planters with a more contemporary look...

Canadian House & Home

Repetition always makes an impact...

Apartment Therapy Blog

 Love the use of pebbles in pictures above and below.

Martha Stewart

Tips for Making Planters
  • Group plants with similar light and water needs.
  • Consider growing habits.   Plants with looser growing habits can be grouped together while plants with denser growing habits may be better left alone.
  • Bottoms of containers should have holes for drainage.
  • Leave a little room at the top so water can pool and drain down slowly.
  • Enjoy your plants year after year by choosing perennials.
  • Keep taller plants in the center or towards the back.  Trailing plants should be close to the sides.

Check out this informative article from Southern Living on how to pick a good container...Pick the Perfect Garden Container.

Going to be in DC sometime in July?  Stop by the Foundry Gallery to see Donna McGee's new work at her exhibit called Celebrate the Child in You.  You can learn more about Donna from a previous post...Local Talent II

Icing on the Cake
Have a wonderful holiday weekend!


Bedroom Canopies

It's been a crazy couple weeks.  I can't believe this is my first post for June...yikes.  My goal is to do one a week so I've got some catching up to do.  Last week I had a great trip to Detroit.  I now know the Michigan Design Center inside and out.  It was a great design center but I have to say they were missing two of my favorite fabric lines...Osborne & Little and Quadrille!  They would have been perfect for my client to check out.  Not too big a deal.  I sent her lots of samples once I got home.

I'm currently working on a design plan for a master bedroom and bathroom for a beautiful historic home in Annapolis.  I would love to incorporate a bed canopy into the design.  A canopy seems so luxurious.  But they are also cozy.  Almost like they give you a big hug when you are in bed.  Some even remind me of being in some faraway land or better yet on vacation.  I'm not planning a four poster bed canopy but an abbreviated version to cover only the headboard and and pillows which works great for a smaller room.   I found some great examples that I wanted to share.

Here's a great use of pattern.  I really like the valance fabric with the pretty blue ceiling.

Southern Living

So soft and pretty and using one of my favorite colors.  The stripped bolsters are adorable.

Southern Living

What a great canopy for a little girl's room.  I don't think it's possible to have a nightmare while sleeping in this bed.

Canadian House & Home

 Another serene room in green.  It looks like the wall lights are coming out the sides but they must be on swing arms coming from the back wall.

Canadian House & Home

 Interesting shape for the upholstered valance.  Very fun.


 A simple canopy with gorgeous embroidered bedding.

Meg Braff

Great embroidered detail on the valance.  I like the subtle pattern on the inside of the canopy.

Coastal Living

 Love the simple contrast banding on the valance and panels.  The designer really packed in a lot of goodies for such a narrow room.

The green lamp shades are very cool against the all that pattern.  I like the use of hardware up top and on the sides.

I like seeing the artwork or mirrors displayed in front of the panels.


What a gorgeous canopy for a daybed.  One of my favorites.

Ooh la very french.  

Oh...just in case you didn't hear...I just started blogging for the Severna Park Patch.  Check out my first post here...8 Design Tips for the Active Family.   Please leave a comment!

Have a great week!