Branches in Bloom

March 13th, 2013

I’ve been feeling run down this week, disorganized, overwhelmed, out of sorts, and irritable as a result. One of the things I’ve learned about myself is in those moments, I need to step away from the things that cause strife and take a moment to seek serenity. Often I find it by sprucing or cleaning around the house – clearing out clutter and cleaning the countertops. Adding something fresh from nature always helps.

I read a great quote from Barbara Barry last week (one of my favorite designers) and she said, "To me it’s easy to be a designer. You just look outside and half your job is done for you."  How true is that?  I too am so inspired by nature, and I never tire of the organic shapes and color palettes that nature reveals with every season.

Spring comes a little earlier where I live (please don’t send me hate mail) so I popped into my local florist to spend a few dollars on some branches in bloom. The different varieties of quince and cherry and magnolia come into the shops from the San Francisco flower market and now bring a welcome dose of spring to our home. 

blooming branches in vases

 

Here are a few more of my favorite images of branches in bloom – proof that when  inserted into simple vases or vessels, any interior is instantly brightened. 

magnolia woodwoolstool

Wood Wool Stool

  

branches in bloom martha stewart

Martha Stewart

 

white cherry blossoms gardenista

Gardenista

 

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Buy or DIY: Outdoor Square Planters

March 12th, 2013

I’ve got a fever…. and the prescription is …to build planters for spring! I really do have a big case of spring fever right now and I’m sure do you too. I’ve got my mind set on filling up our courtyard with small trees and some climbing vines, and also sprucing up the front porch with beautiful new planters.

The old urns I’ve had there for years I can use elsewhere but right now I’m pretty much in love with these Chippendale style planters I’ve seen around the web. I want to make them in a larger custom size and for less money, so these are on my list as my next outdoor spring DIY project.

chippendale style planters

 

In my research for tips and materials and step by step instructions on building square and rectangular styles, I stumbled across plenty more inspiring outdoor planters that savvy DIYers have assembled, here you go:

diy outdoor planter projects

from top left: square planter with finials at ana white / chevron planter by zelo photo / simple planter by popular mechanics / tall dark and handsome planter by cleverly inspired / square cedar planters by being brook / tall white planter by lowes creative ideas / pallet planter by esprit cabane / white and steel planter by lowes creative ideas / cedar pine planter by infarrantly creative / pottery barn inspired reclaimed wood planter by the money pit / white planters by the accent piece / scrap wood planter by the book of jimmy / recycled wood planter by zelo photo / fence board planter by that’s my letter

 

If DIY is not your thing, here are some square and rectangular planters under $100:

outdoor planters under $100

from top left:  20” white square from Target, $50 / 16” blue wood by Simply Planters, $59 / 28” tall mayne fairfield from Amazon, $99 / 18” stained wood at Hayneedle, $80 / 14” Chippendale at Home Depot, $49 / 22” self watering colorful tapered by Improvements, $80 / 18” Wayfair square cedar $59 /  15” concrete planter at Target, $99

 

I’d ask you what spring projects you’re planning since I’d love to know but my comments are still not working, so sorry!  I’ve got my IT guy looking at it and the glitch will be fixed soon.

Related Planter Projects from the Archives:

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shim 2

mosaic

Recycled Wine Barrel

Weathered Wood Shim

Glass Mosaic Tile

 

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