how to: style a stool

Something that we carry in our showroom, and use frequently on projects, are different types of garden stools. These decorative stools are so versatile on projects for their endless color options, shapes, sizes, and price points. There isn’t a space that we install that doesn’t have at least one of these little tables. Below are our top 3 uses for garden stools.

Grouping a few together not only creates visual appeal but can also replace the need for a coffee table. These little garden stools grouped together can add dimension, color and texture. You can put two together of the same color and size for a uniform look, mix up the sizes and colors for a little whimsy and/or pick the same material but change up the height. Possibilities are endless!

Another great way to use them is for decoration. We have a variety of stools in our showroom that we constantly move around for a pop of color, a place where we may need to display items and a spot for plants to land. Adding a potted plant (that may go unnoticed on the floor) to a garden stool automatically draws attention and visual interest.

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And as they’re most known for, we use them as a side table in any seating arrangements. A spot to place your drink, book or even feet as you are lounging outside. They are a great way to add furniture without it being too large for the space you are working with!

The opportunities are endless when it comes to using these stools. If you’re looking for where to get some, look no further than our showroom! Need help figuring out what would look best in your outdoor living area? We offer multiple types of design services to fit you and your space. Heather has an eye like no other and would love to help you with your design.

-Life outdoors is life fully lived

fall porch inspiration

There are so many different ways that porches can be styled for the season. We decided that we wanted to share some of the porches we pull inspiration from when decorating our own! The best part about decorating your home is that whatever color, style, or set up you choose is a reflection of your personal style. We love to see everyone’s personalities and tastes are displayed through the season. If you don’t love the warmer colors that fall tends to bring, then go for the lighter colors that you enjoy like the white pumpkins with pink mums rather than orange with a yellow mum. Mix and match, it’s all up to you. Here are some of our favorites!

In case you missed our fall favorites filled with our tips for decorating your front porch, we break down the different elements that takes the chore out of decorating, and leave you with the fun! Click here to check that one out, and don’t forget to tag us on Instagram when you style your own porch. Happy decorating!

Life outdoors is life fully lived.

fall favorites: front porches

Happy first day of fall! There’s nothing quite like the changing seasons, changing colors of the trees, the sweet smells of fall treats, and of course the relief of cooler weather. With fall comes changing out your vibrant colored summer decor for a more muted palette of warm browns, golden yellows, and deep oranges. These signs of fall, while exciting and heart racing, can also be stressful when it comes to decorating your front porch for the season. In this blog we’re going to be listing out what we think are front porch must haves for these cooler weather months, and also including a before and after to show you just how simple some of these swaps can be to give your front porch the perfect fall look.

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First of all, nothing says fall quite like a beautiful wreath. Warm colors mixed with beautiful greenery and touches of a neutral like the tan that comes with hay or wheat. Adding this to your front door gives the perfect mix of color and beauty while also adding that finished look to your front porch.

This wreath is a beautiful mix of elements from nature like wheat, leaves, seeds, and feathers. You can find this one  here , or another one we love  here .

This wreath is a beautiful mix of elements from nature like wheat, leaves, seeds, and feathers. You can find this one here, or another one we love here.

Secondly, you’ll have to have a good place to wipe your feet. During the fall, things get crunchy under your feet and no one wants to track that into their homes. A happy welcome doormat is the easiest solution that also brightens everyone’s day. The natural color of these doormats brings in a neutral to balance out and bring harmony to the other colors that you might have going on, and matches every house! we have to have some layered rugs. Just like how we like to layer up in the fall, so does your front porch! Adding some layering provides visual movement and an easy way to bring in those fall colors that won’t need watering.

These doormats and rugs are our absolute favorite! The welcome mats are a perfect size for any door, and the rugs make the space feel complete. You can find these doormats  here , and great layering rugs like this one  here !

These doormats and rugs are our absolute favorite! The welcome mats are a perfect size for any door, and the rugs make the space feel complete. You can find these doormats here, and great layering rugs like this one here!

Third, you guessed that these would be in here somewhere… pumpkins, pumpkins, pumpkins, and more pumpkins! You can never have enough pumpkins on your front porch. The more the merrier! Also the more you have, the more your porch will feel complete and visually interesting. Varying the size and color of pumpkins also adds to the polished and completed look of a front porch, and reminds everyone walking by the best part of fall.

We find that some of the best pumpkins with the most variety can be found at your local nursery, ours is  Calloway’s ,  Trader Joe’s , and  Market Street !

We find that some of the best pumpkins with the most variety can be found at your local nursery, ours is Calloway’s, Trader Joe’s, and Market Street!

Fourth thing, a beautiful planter in our eyes is like having the perfect couch for your pillows, or furniture for your other decorations. You can’t have a great front porch for things like flowers and other plants without the perfect planter. You can find some of our favorite planters here, and here!

Fifth, of course you need plants! Some of our favorite fall plants are mums, of course, and we always love a good boxwood. Nothing too crazy or high maintenance. Just bringing in some life to a front porch adds tremendous amounts of interest and a polished look. Our recommendation for finding the perfect plants to polish off your front porch is to go to your local nursery!

We hope that you have fun refreshing your front porch for fall! We would love to see your transformations, so be sure to tag us on Instagram so we can see your handy work! Here is a little before and after of a front porch we refreshed for the season.

introducing e-design services

We are so excited to announce our newest service: e-design. This service is perfect for those who are not local to the DFW area, but still would still like the opportunity to work with us. E-design is perfect for those who are looking for a professionally designed space regardless of budget or location.

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Through e-design, we will work with you virtually to provide the best plan for your space. Heather works one-on-one with our clients to create a visual “shopping list'“ in which you can go out and purchase on your own. We start out with a phone call to hear about your space. From there we collect photos, measurements, and any other information from you to get started. Heather then creates vision boards

There are a few ways we can go about working with you through this service:

Inspiration

A one hour Facetime or Skype call consultation with Heather and you. This is similar to our in-home consultation service, except we’ll be virtual. During this time, you can ask Heather any and all questions, advice, how to arrange furniture, where to buy accessories, etc. This is best for those who have a general idea of what they’re doing with their space, but just need to bounce ideas off of another creative, get advice on colors, and/or find the last missing pieces to make your space complete.

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Blueprint

This is where Heather creates a vision board with different furniture ideas, color palette, accent pieces, etc. Think of this as a picture shopping list for you to take as you shop on your own.

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Master Plan

This service is the full shebang. It’s everything above, including furniture layout, pricing, and links to purchase items. All you have to do is shop, order, and wait for your goods to arrive.

We wanted to offer different levels of service that clients can choose from that works best for them. We are very excited to be starting this service, and look forward to working with you, wherever you might be!




Interested in having Heather help design your space? Click here to contact us!

Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree Care


Right now, the fiddle leaf fig is a hot commodity. Everyone everywhere is getting one and using it to decorate, but not a lot of people know how to properly care for these trendy trees. We have two of these beauties in our showroom and studio. One is absolutely thriving and one may or may not be coming back from the dead. This just goes to show that there really is a right way and a wrong way to caring for these plants.

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The fiddle leaf fig tree, also known as the ficus lyrata comes all the way from the jungles of West Africa. They start off small, just like every plant, but they can grow to become over 6 feet tall. When properly cared for, they can grow a couple of feet every year. One last fact about this beloved large leafed plant is that those lovely large leaves are toxic to animals. If you have a dog or cat that gets into everything, you may want to invest in a fake tree.

Now let’s dig into the proper ways to care for the fiddle leaf fig tree.

Let’s talk sun. Just like you and me we need vitamin D from the sun, and this plant loves to soak up the sun too. It’s best to have the tree near an east facing window to ensure that it gets plenty of that filtered sunlight. Every few months, we would recommend turning the tree so that all sides of the tree can get the sun. Another important note is the necessity of wiping down the leaves maybe once a week so that the leaves can absorb as much sun as possible. Their large leaves are a great place for dust to settle, so when you’re wiping down your table tops and other dusty places, get your tree in on the action too!

Besides the sunlight, the other most important factor when caring for your tree is water. There are ways to over water and underwater and we are here to tell you how to notice the symptoms of both, and also how to cure it!

Knowing when to water is always something that people struggle with, as well asknowing how much. You will want to wait until the top inch of soil is dry before you water. Also, fiddle leaf figs like to be thoroughly watered but they don’t like to sit in it, so it’s important to ensure that the water has filtered through the plant and is not sitting in it’s container.

A sign that you are over watering your tree is that the leaves will develop brown spots around the edge and all throughout. The soil will also be quite damp and maybe even have a bit of an unpleasant odor.

A sign that your tree is under watered is if the leaves get brown around the edges and throughout, and also may start to develop holes throughout them.

If these problems are left unchecked, your trees leaves may begin to be holey.

There are a few other things to take into consideration when caring for your tree. Be sure to replant the tree into a larger planter once it begins to grow more than a few feet. Cramming the tree into a little pot will not lead it to thrive. Also, if bugs begin to collect on the underside of the leaves, grab a warm wet cloth with a little soapy water and wipe down all of the leaves. If that doesn’t do the trick, head to your local garden specialist for advice.

We hope you love your fiddle leaf figs as much as we do!



Celebrate Labor Day the Right Way

For some, Labor Day means the last day to wear white, and for others it means a day off from work. Around here it means a day that we can relax by the pool or lake with our family and friends, and of course with a cocktail in hand. We’ve got the perfect recipe for you to ring out white for the season.

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This light and refreshing drink will pair perfectly with whatever you’re doing this Labor Day weekend. It’s also a great way to use some of your fresh mint from your garden! This blueberry mojito blends together the bright, sweet flavor of blueberries with the refreshing accents of mint straight from your garden (or the grocery store, we understand). The best part about this drink is that it’s super simple to throw together.

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First you need to gather all of your ingredients. Grab some blueberries, mint leaves, some sugar in the raw, a little fresh lime juice, light rum, crushed ice, and some chilled Prosecco or champagne. Put all ingredients into whatever pretty glass (preferably 12 oz) that you would like to use. We like our swig tumblers for outdoor use - keeps our drinks cold and if they tip over, no glass breakage Then, (if you’re a professional drink maker) grab your muddling tool (or if you’re not a pro) you can grab a spoon, and muddle the ingredients until the blueberries have released their juices.

Next, fill the glass with crushed ice and graciously pour the rum over, stir it up, and top with the sparkling drink of your choice and garnish with extra mint and blueberries. (and then snap a cute picture to tease all your friends!)

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That’s it! Now you have a beautiful and delicious drink to celebrate Labor Day. Of course we would recommend getting into your outdoor space and soaking up that vitamin d. As we like to say “life outdoors is life fully lived.”

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(Recipe courtesy of Serena of Domesticate Me)

INGREDIENTS:

1/3 c. blueberries, plus extra for a stir stick)

6-8 leaves fresh mint

1 tbsp. sugar in the raw

2 1/2 tbsp fresh lime juice

2 oz light rum

crushed ice

2 oz chilled Prosecco or champagne

INSTRUCTIONS:
1. Put first four ingredients in a 12 oz glass and muddle until blueberries release their juice.

2. Fill up the glass with crushed ice and pour the rum in. Stir it up.

3. Top with chilled Prosecco or champagne and garnish with mint and blueberries!


nine creatives to follow on instagram

We all love some good inspiration, am I right? Here are 9 creative accounts you should be following too!

1. Studio Lifestyle // so much happy in one feed. beautiful spaces, both indoors & out!

2. Camille Styles // perfect mix of entertaining, food, lifestyle. camille makes me want to entertain every day.

3. Becki Owens // a talented interior designer in southern california. becki’s feed constantly has me thinking about painting our brick.

4. Christopher Architecture and Interiors // such a talented designer & his sketches are amazing!

5. Jumiper Home // daily dose of inspiration to make your home a beautiful space!

6. Mollywood Garden // ever stumble upon another creatives feed, and think to yourself “if we met, I think we’d be friends?” that’s the case with Molly’s account. she’s a landscape designer in california, and her spaces make you want to live outside all the time (which is our motto too)

7. Stationery HQ // the perfect amount of sass to make you stop scrolling and laugh out loud. if you are a creative or designer of any sorts - you need to follow this feed!

8. Think Outside Gardens // ridiculously gorgeous outdoor spaces. enough said.

9. Sunny Circle Studio // erin is a designer out of north carolina, and every photo she posts makes me happy. her spaces are bright + colorful with the right about of black and white, the use of natural materials (indoors) and pops of green.

Have you stumbled upon any new creatives lately? Or feeds that stop you in your track? We’d love to hear!

xoxo,

Heather

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