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Potted plants are a staple in many gardens, especially cozier spaces. They also have a funny way of multiplying, taking over every surface, including your ground, patio floor, and garden tables, until your place becomes a sea of clay containers.

As gardeners, plant habitat designers, and co-founders of The Horticult, we, Ryan and Chantal, know this dilemma all too well. In searching for ways to design with clay pots in attractive, space-saving ways, we hit a wall. Well, so to speak. We ended up designing a screen that turns a collection of clay pots into a vertical garden in which the pots seem to be levitating on top of each other. Bubbling over with flowers like nemesias and petunias, it’s also the friendliest kind of privacy screen.

As we share in the “I Did It!” section of the April issue of Better Homes and Gardens, this magical effect comes courtesy of some hardware and a little bit of muscle. We strung our clay pots together using all-thread rods, and turned plastic test plugs (found in the plumbing section of the hardware store) into drainable flanges that, in tandem with nuts and washers, secured the pots in place. Hooks and sleeve anchors allow you to hang your installation.

Another benefit of raising your containers to eye level? The more you see your plants, the more likely you are to take care of them. Keep in mind that hanging plants — especially those in breathable pots — tend to dry out faster than non-hanging plants. You can also adapt this vertical garden to many types of spaces. We’ve hung our floating planters from the eaves of friends’ balconies and attached them to our own rolling arbor.

We also built a custom frame for a super-size installation that’s now wild with glossy tropicals like anthurium and black gold philodendron. Attaching the hanging plants to a frame with casters makes it possible for renters to take their garden with them during a move. Get more gardening tips for renters here!

Want to make your own vertical clay pot garden? Pick up the April issue of Better Homes and Gardens now for the full DIY, or check out our blog for more instructions, photos, and pro tips!


Chinese Chippendale chairs

If there’s one thing I keep seeing pop up every time I turn around, it’s a Chinese Chippendale chair. I just got back from High Point market in North Carolina, and Chinese Chippendale influence was everywhere — and I couldn’t be more thrilled. These chairs are one of my absolute favorites. Characterized by their bamboo fretwork design on the back, they normally feature an upholstered seat and may or may not have arms. While they’re available new from a variety of retailers, you can almost always find vintage versions as well by searching on sites like eBay, Etsy, Chairish, 1stDibs, etc. And if you’re really lucky, as a steal of a deal on your local Craigslist. Originally designed by prolific English cabinet maker Thomas Chippendale in the 18th century, the Chinese Chippendale chair is a classic design that can work in practically any style of interior. If you’re traditional, it’s a great way to toss in a little chinoiserie; if you’re more modern, it’s the perfect contrast and unexpected twist. But above all, I adore it in a bright, bold color.

Chinese Chippendale chairs

Most of the images I found while doing a little Pinterest hunt led me to dining rooms like this fun Palm Beach-inspired room designed by Maria Barros. Pairing a Chinese Chippendale chair with the uber-modern Saarinen tulip table is a fun and unexpected combination of modern and traditional. I also love that the chairs are in two different colors.

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A pretty little breakfast nook via Quadrille Fabrics – again with a Saarinen tulip table — is rounded out with four white chippendale chairs. The gilded feminine chandelier keeps the scene traditional overall.chippendale breakfast nook

 

Here’s a preppy rustic dining room with loads of texture by AGK Design Studio. A big modern farmhouse table in a natural wood finish is an interesting and unexpected match for the white Chippendale chairs.chippendale brick wall

 

Stunning and bold red chippendale chairs are a statement-maker in this traditional dining room. Check out those tassels on each leg.

chippendale red dining room

But if you prefer something a little more natural, go for an unfinished bamboo chair – I saw a ton of this particular finish at market, too. (Via Sara M. Dorsey)

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For a more subdued or monochromatic interior, go for contrast with bold black against a crisp white table (via The Zhush).

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Are you inspired yet? I’ve got my eye on a bright blue set that I might have to snap up!


Now that spring is here, what better way to take advantage of the nice weather than to enjoy a cup of coffee (or wine) out on the balcony. Balconies are an extension of the home, and can provide a peaceful place to grab a bite to eat or a quiet location for curling up with your favorite magazine.

I am excited to partner with IKEA to share a variety of exciting ways to stylishly maximize a small balcony area, to ensure you are able to truly enjoy your outdoor living space while the weather, and the wine, is good!

IKEA Balcony

1. Select small scale furniture that is big on comfort. Oversized lounge chairs can quickly eat up limited balcony living area, so select pieces that are compact and can be sweetened by adding a throw cushion or two. Folding chairs that can hang in-between uses are extremely beneficial when space is tight, while outdoor cushions can triple as seating, a footrest or a table when paired with a tray. Another space saving solution is to utilize storage benches, which not only offer seating, but double as a place to stash away seasonal outdoor supplies.

Outdoor IKEA Balcony

2. Pull inspiration from your favorite street-side cafe and look for small bistro tables that are sized perfectly to hold dinner for two.

IKEA Balcony

3. Rolling carts are always a good idea, especially when it comes to outdoor entertaining. Although your table may be on the smaller side, roll out a small cart stocked with beverages and snacks or throw blankets and games for a perfect afternoon outside.

IKEA Balcony Tips

4. Take advantage of the area’s vertical space with the help of slender cabinets and shelving. Adding a cabinet to your balcony can provide you quick access to gardening supplies, grilling tools, outdoor serving pieces and seasonal textiles. The shelves can display greenery and lanterns day-to-day, and then set up as a serving station while hosting a few friends for dinner.

IKEA Balcony

5. Add life in the form of plants and herbs. By adding a few planters or a trellis, you are able to create some natural privacy for your balcony. Even if you live in the middle of a big city, planters and table top green houses make it easy to add some vegetable and herb plants to your balcony, and your home cooked meals.

IKEA Balcony

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For more inspiration, visit the IKEA Spring brochure.


12 Ideas to Make a Kid Friendly Garden

Trend: Ideas to Make a Kid Friendly Garden

It’s Spring and I’m guessing some of you are beginning to plan out what you will be doing in your garden. What will you plant? Are you building anything back there? How can you make it more kid friendly? I can help you with the last question. Below I’ve shared 12 ideas to make a kid friendly garden.

1) A pathway isn’t just a pathway. Add some numbers to the path to make a DIY Hopscotch game for the garden. Found on BHG.

A pathway isn't just a pathway. Add some numbers to the path to make a DIY Hopscotch game for the garden. Found on BHG.

2) Even though I LOVE cute playhouses, they can be a bit spendy. Skip building a mini house and use fence sections to create a little fort! This fun DIY was found on This Old House.

Even though I LOVE cute playhouses, they can be a bit spendy. Skip building a mini house and use fence sections to create a little fort! This fun DIY was found on This Old House.

3) Gather some rocks and grab some paint to make these very cute garden markers. Get your kids involved to make them. Found on Adventures in a Box.

Gather some rocks and grab some paint to make these very cute garden markers. Get your kids involved to make them. Found on Adventures in a Box.

4) On my to do list: create a fairy garden with my daughter. It’s definitely a fun project to get your kids outside. Found on The Magic Onions.

On my to do list: create a fairy garden with my daughter. It's definitely a fun project to get your kids outside. Found on The Magic Onions.

5) If your kiddo is a bit younger and wants to help you water the garden, this project is for you. I transformed an old milk jug into a kid friendly watering jug. Check it out on The Paper Mama blog.

If your kiddo is a bit younger and wants to help you water the garden, this project is for you. I transformed an old milk jug into a kid friendly watering jug. Check it out on The Paper Mama blog.

6) How fun is this little arbor bench? It’s the perfect size for kids. Found on The Crafting Chicks (from Ana White).

How fun is this little arbor bench? It's the perfect size for kids. Found on The Crafting Chicks (from Ana White).

7) Make a special space in the garden that is just for your kid. Four years ago I made this small raised garden bed for my daughter (she’s so small in the photos) and she still loves it! It’s strictly a strawberry garden now, but it’s hers to take care of and she loves to show visitors her garden. Check out how we made this on the BHG Style Spotters Blog.

Make a special space in the garden that is just for your kid. Four years ago I made this small raised garden bed for my daughter (she's so small in the photos) and she still loves it! It's strictly a strawberry garden now, but it's hers to take care of and she loves to show visitors her garden. Check out how we made this on the BHG Style Spotters Blog.

8) I had to share this full list of backyard games that Better Homes and Gardens put together from 14 different blogs. 14 game ideas to keep those kids busy outside! Check it out right here. The image below is from Studio DIY.

I had to share this full list of backyard games that Better Homes and Gardens put together from 14 different blogs. 14 game ideas to keep those kids busy outside! Check it out right here. The image above is from Studio DIY.

9) Kids go through bubble solution FAST and it’s kind of a pain to be refilling it non stop. Setting a a bubble refill station is genius! Found on Peninsula Kids.

Kids go through bubble solution FAST and it's kind of a pain to be refilling it non stop. Setting a a bubble refill station is genius! Found on Peninsula Kids.

10) My daughter doesn’t really like drawing with chalk on our walkways (we do have chickens walking around bugging her), so this framed outdoor magnetic chalkboard would be perfect! We could attach it to our fence and she can draw away. Found on My Colortopia.

My daughter doesn't really like drawing with chalk on our walkways (we do have chickens walking around bugging her), so this framed outdoor magnetic chalkboard would be perfect! We could attach it to our fence and she can draw away. Found on My Colortopia.

11) Create this wooden slice pathway to cut a path through your grass. Kids will have fun hopping along the path through the yard. Found on Better Homes and Gardens.

Create this wooden slice pathway to cut a path through your grass. Kids will have fun hopping along the path through the yard. Found on Better Homes and Gardens.

12) Okay. Your backyard is now the kid friendliest backyard around, but where are you going to store all those toys? Hide them in a storage bench. Storage and seating in one piece. Found on I Heart Organizing.

Okay. Your backyard is now the kid friendliest backyard around, but where are you going to store all those toys? Hide them in a storage bench. Storage and seating in one piece. Found on I Heart Organizing.

We want to see what you’re crafting! You can share a link to what you’ve made in the comments below, or tag me on Instagram with a photo (my user name is @thepapermama).

- Chelsey, The Paper Mama


Flea Market Chic-Clever Ways To Use A Trunk

I have a new found respect for trunks since writing my last post about adding vintage character to your little ones spaces. I wrote the piece with the intent of sharing ideas and ways to make a kids room feel complete {since I was in the midst of making over my boys rooms}. But, what I was left with was a fascination with trunks, especially after seeing this room reveal below. I knew a trip to my favorite local salvage shop was in order, as they have a huge selection of vintage trunks. Jackpot, I found a beautifully weathered piece with a green patina, it was used in WW2 to hold electrical supplies. It is perfect to house all the sports equipment in my oldest son’s bedroom. In addition to using vintage trunks in kids spaces, there are many other clever ways to use them, here are some fun ideas to incorporate them into your home or for a special event….

SABBE INTERIOR DESIGN

SABBE INTERIOR DESIGN

Entry way & mudroom storage, who doesn’t need more space to hide items away?! I struggle with this all the time & the great thing about trunks is the size, add some casters to the bottom and you now have a piece that is accessible and functional. Imagine all the things you can store here, from shoes to hats & gloves to even coats. Just be sure to clean the inside thoroughly.

BHG-Hallway Storage-Use a Vintage Trunk

BHG

What a conversation piece to use a vintage trunk in your living room as a table, with a bonus of extra storage. Another ideal quality of a piece like this is the top, once it is closed you can layer your accessories or flowers on top but still be able to retrieve what is tucked away inside, maybe it’s your BHG magazine collection:).

Jillian Harris-Living Room Trunk, Great For Added Storage

Jillian Harris

Target-Vintage Trunk Turned Into Coffee Tabke

Target

Bedroom side table/storage all in one, now that is a win-win. My side table is stacked with books & magazines, so this clever idea is super useful. If extra height is needed you can always add legs to the bottom to give your piece an added boost. Also, placing one at the bottom of your bed is pretty & practical, now have a place to store all of those blankets {& pillows} and sit for a bit.

Jenna Sue Co. Trunk Bed Side Table

Jenna Sue Design Co.

Liz Marie Blog-What a Beautiful Trunk Used as a Bedroom Side Table

Liz Marie Blog

The Picket Fence-Using A Trunk For Added Bedroom Storage

The Picket Fence Projects

As summer approaches and we begin to entertain again why not use an old trunk as a place to serve drinks. I love this idea of placing one on a luggage rack and adding a tray to the top. You can also layer a few for added height and even bring this great idea outdoors for your next event.

My Sweet Savannah-Trunk Bar

My Sweet Savannah

Pottery Barn Trunk Bar

Pottery Barn

Lets continue with the outdoor theme and entertaining, why not use a variety of perfectly worn trunks to set the stage for an outside wedding. They can be used as tables, extra seating and even to hold keepsakes & cards. They add a layer of charm and character with their rich patina, plus they are easy to transport and store items for the big day.

Style Me Pretty-Long Island Wedding-Using Trucks to Create a Vintage Inspired Wedding

Style Me Pretty

The Wedding Chicks-Using Old Trunks for Wedding Cards

The Wedding Chicks

I hope after this post you will never pass by a good trunk again:). Thanks for stopping by!

Jen-City Farmhouse


I don’t know what the weather has been like in the rest of the country, but here in western Oregon, it has been H-O-T this week! We are such wimps when it comes to warm weather that my kids think 70° is too hot, but it was in the mid-80′s today, so it was legitimately summery. And all of this warm weather has been longing for a dreamy back patio on which to spend the evening. We have some old patio furniture and gravel/weeds right now, so it’s not too inviting. But one of our house goals for this year is to get a concrete slab out back, to drag our furniture out there, and to string up some pretty globe lights. That will be enough for this year. Then we can work on making it really beautiful

I love how tihs patio looks comfortable and chic at the same time.

I think this photo is of my friend’s parent’s backyard. I can’t even see what’s going on anywhere else besides this little corner, but it looks amazing! Comfortable but so chic. [photo from Mae Woven on Instagram]

My dream patio would definitely have strings of globe lights.

I can’t even tell you how many pictures I have pinned or how many instagrams I have liked that have globe lights strung over an outdoor dinner table. It’s probably in the hundreds at least. It adds such an charming touch to a back patio. We actually already have the lights; we just need the space! [photo from Local Milk]

I would love to have this pool and patio combination in my backyard!

This is one of the first backyard photos I pinned when we started designing our house and backyard. I know it’s pretty extravagant, but I just love everything about it. The pool, the umbrellas, the patio, the landscaping. Gorgeous!! [photo from Houzz.com]

This dream house has a dreamy back patio with plenty of comfortable seating.

Everything about this back patio makes me weak in the knees, from the giant, rectangular umbrella over the table to the stone tile on the floor. I especially love the generous amount of comfy seating. [photo from the HGTV Dream Home 2015]

This swinging bed is like the grown-up version of hammock!

When I was growing up, my parents had a big hammock under the second story wrap-around balcony. It was in a nice, shady spot, and I loved taking naps in it on warm afternoons. This swinging bed is like a grown-up version of my childhood hammock. [photo from BHG]

So, tell me: what would your dream patio include? Does it have globe lights and lots of seating like mine? Or maybe a pergola or a built-in fire pit? Leave a comment and let me know!


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