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Sunday, December 4, 2011

Real vs Artificial House Plants: classic • casual • home:

Live, preserved, artificial or none at all? My vote says NATURAL ALWAYS, never artificial. Give yourself the gift of greenery with soul. Check out this great blog post with options and lots of wonderful fotos. Enjoy

"Just say no" to fake plants...
unless they are preserved boxwood or super authentic looking.
I don't have a green thumb either
(if that is what you are thinking), but here are some tips below.
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These beautifully preserved boxwood spheres in Debbie's entry are from Restoration Hardware.  They aren't cheap but they are on sale right now.
Don't buy the plastic kind at Pottery Barn.
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Here they are in the topiary version that would be lovely on a mantel or in a kitchen window. Even Target has cute preserved 
boxwoods by Smith and Hawkins.
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In my gym, every time I walk past the dusty ficus trees (where you can see the plastic branch to leaf attachments), I just have to shake my head. The place would be better off without them.
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How about using these organic looking spheres for some greenery, like my sister does on her dining room table?
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Or orchids last a long time. Just place a couple of ice cubes on top once a week. These are either from Home Depot or Trader Joe's. I added the moss.
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Claire uses succulents on her kitchen island...these are tough to kill.
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With saucers and felt pads, these would be charming inside and require little attention.

If you aren't around enough to water your house plant, use a Jardinier reservoir system.
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I filled the pot with some pebbles, potting soil, ivy and moss.
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Leaf shine adds a florist touch.
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Voila...only needs watering every week to 10 days.
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I put a cork mat under the basket to protect the floor.
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Donna uses the Jardinier system and has kept her tree alive for a couple of years (or is it even longer, Donna?). She also feeds it fertilizer down the tube. Note to self: buy liquid plant fertilizer.
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I am not a totally against fake plants. Look what I have in my laundry room--from Pottery Barn a few years ago. Ha! All the watering these get is to rinse the dust off.
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So what do you think? Live, preserved, artificial or none at all?


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Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Video: Colin Cowie's Tips for Entertaining on Epicurious

Colin Cowie's kitchen is built for hospitality.

via: Epicurious
Watch and see his tips for the ultimate entertainment setup and learn how to throw fabulous parties at home, from invites to decor to recipes for appetizers and cocktails. Video after the jump.

» Jonathan Adler, Jeffrey Lewis and Andy Cohen Together? Blue Key Studio Blog


On a recent BravoTV web exclusive, Jeff Lewis and Jenny from “Flipping Out” go to NYC and critique the decor in Andy Cohen’s office. The network exec got a bit of a ribbing from the designer and his kooky assistant. While the office was truly a bit of a mess, the seating area was actually quite cute. You can watch the video below.

What’s interesting to note is that Andy has the Jonathan Adler blue Capri tall table Lamps flanking his sofa. They look great and are a great choice, but that office definitely needs a bit of a clean up and rearrange. For starters he needs a bigger desk! What would you do to improve Andy’s office?

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