Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Your Next Outdoor Furniture Purchase Should Be Your Last

I just read an informative article by Cindy Metcalf', detailing what you should look for the next time you're in the market for outdoor furniture. She speaks about her naivity on the subject and hopes that everyone will learn from her mistakes. She confesses, "Unfortunately, I didn’t spend a great deal of money or time shopping around, and after only a few years, it’s beginning to show it. I’ve learned a few things about the quality of outdoor furniture and knowing a little more would have prevented me from having to purchase it again so soon."

She urges those in the market for patio furniture to do their homework. She said, "See if your retailer offers a variety of manufacturers for outdoor seating groups, lounge chairs and tables in materials such as wood, wrought iron, cast aluminum, casual aluminum and rattan wicker." (We do!)

From Woodard, this is the Terrace collection.
"Wrought iron is known for its strength and durability, but be sure you like the style, because you will probably keep this one for a lifetime." She goes on to say that with a little paint touch-up, it will last you for many, many years.

From Gensun, this is the Manhattan collection.
"Cast aluminum will never rust and requires very little maintenance." Also, this type is usually more decorative.

From Woodard, this is the Chatham Run collection.
Resin wicker is an all-weather material and looks very realistic.  It can also hold up to the most extreme weather. "Many of the better manufacturers provide aluminum framing underneath that will not rust." (We do!)

In the article, she sings her praises about Sunbrella fabric. She thinks it's "one of the best fabric manufacturers" out there because they are known for their durability and fade resistant colors. At Trees n Trends, you can coordinate your pillows, cushions and umbrella using Sunbrella fabric so everything on your patio matches.

At the end of the article, she reiterates, "Don’t be like myself and many others, going back just after a few years, doing it all over again!" I think what she's saying is, by paying more the first time, there may never be a second time. 

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Having a Ball With Boxwoods!


Call it what you will but this is the "little black dress" of home decor. It's a staple that can be used in a number of different ways. 

"What ways are you talking about?" Let me show you.

Setting one in an outdoor container on either side of your front door makes a bold statement.

Fill a birdcage with orbs to "fill the void" of where a feathered friends usually reside. 

Capture one inside a cloche, with or without a base.

Make your own topiary with three orbs of varying sizes. To learn how, go here:

Group a variety of orbs together for a centerpiece.

Set orbs atop candleholders, which would look splendid sitting atop a mantle.

I'm aware that these are succulents but you could always do this with the orbs.

I say "boxwoods" but these globes are also made to look like grass, eucalyptus, pine, asparagus, tea leaves, thyme, moss and even flowers such as lavendar. 

Let your imagination run wild...let me know how you would incoporate them into your decor.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

DIY Planter

Sure, I could go to the store and have someone in the floral department make me an arrangement. But where's the satisfaction in that? Sometimes I just want to do things for myself. 

So that's what I did.

I went to the store and found a metal urn.

As I was walking down one of the aisles, I spotted a wire hanging basket. I thought to myself, "I might be able to incorporate this in my design somehow." 

I removed the coconut liner and took off the "hanging" part of the basket. (It's very easy to remove since it's just clipped on.)

I took the wire basket, flipped it, and sat it on the top of the urn. I thought to myself, "I like the way it's going but it's missing something."

That's when I went to the warehouse and showed the girls in the design center what I was doing. I told them I thought I needed some ivy so they handed me about six bunches of English ivy.

After I attached the ivy with floral wire, I took a step back. "It's still missing something. Maybe I should fill the bottom with Spanish moss." After doing that, I showed it to some of the girls in the office. My pal Sandra offered her two cents. She said, "What about adding lights?" 


The lights were the pièce de ré·sis·tance. That's exactly what it was missing.

I think this would look stunning sitting out on a covered porch or lighting up a dark corner of a room. Where could you see using it? 

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Boxwood Bunny

Five (EASY) steps to the cutest front porch in the neighborhood. 

Step 1
Take one container...

Step 2

Set a boxwood orb on top of it. (Maybe use two-sided tape to secure it?)

Step 3

Set smaller orb on top. To attach it to the larger one, I used a floral stem to go through both. (Let me know if you can come up with a better idea. I was stumped.)
Step 4
Add ears. (This time of year, bunny ears are a-plenty! Cheap, too.)

Step 5
Add bow and you're finished!

This took me less than five minutes. Now I can't wait for everyBUNNY to see it! 

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Cushions and Pillows Galore!

Have you ever seen so many outdoor pillows and cushions in your life? Every color imaginable! So many different patterns! All different shapes and sizes! Visit your Trees n Trends to view them all, up close and personal.



What colors are you going to use this spring? Whatever you choose, I'm sure we'll have it. 😉