Get It Together: Bringing Nature Indoors

I loved this Apartment Therapy picture from a recent round up of rooms featuring botanical-inspired art. The modern lamps and industrial cart are nicely accented with worn elements like the suitcases and exercise pins.

Start with a reclaimed wood and metal console table and add a pair of green bottles, that you could easily have wired to turn them into a pair of table lamp, topped with textured shades in a natural fabric.

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Get It Together: White-Washed Porch

Since the weather is warming up, most of us are looking forward to spending as much time outdoors as possible. I love this bright and airy porch set-up with plenty of vintage finds to create a unique decor.

Let’s break down the elements of this relaxing porch…

Around Town: Brooklyn Botanic Garden

Happy Earth Day! Last weekend, I spent some time appreciating nature and checking out the first of the cherry blossoms at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. Most of the early blooming trees were surrounding the pond, so I didn’t get to see the iconic main lawn covered in falling petals. Thankfully, the day and the gardens were beautiful just the same.

See more of the gardens…

Farmhouse Friday: Near the Berkshires

Our friends Adam and Chrissy rented an amazing house in Great Barrington, and they invited us to visit last weekend. We relaxed in front of the fire, ate delicious meals, and explored town. Saturday afternoon cocktail hour was enjoyed around a long farm table at the Bell & Anchor. On Sunday, we stopped by the amazing Great Barrington Antiques Center, where I found two new mashers for my collection, and the Hillsdale General Store, which offers new and vintage housewares.

Cathy’s Hudson Valley pick: Hillsdale, NY

Hillsdale is just over the Massachusetts state line from Great Barrington and has a lovely downtown. In addition to the Hillsdale General Store, there was an ice cream shop and a country restaurant.

I love that most of the interior of this house is white washed, giving it an airy feel, and much of the bead board remains. The huge upstairs bedroom looks perfect for big groups, and the master bedroom has a wood burning stove!

See Erika’s pick in Great Barrington after the jump…

Armchair Junking: Garden Markers

This spring, I want to start an herb garden! I’ve been scoping out the offerings at the local farmers’ market, and I’m just trying to decide where to keep my plants. Ada loves greens and would chomp them down if within reach, so I’m looking into window boxes or a shelf indoors. I also would like some adorable labels to go with them:

1) These chalkboard painted silver spoons would be perfect for your indoor herb garden.

2) Whimsical pottery markers with adorable veggies.

More garden markers this way…

Armchair Junking: Garden Decor

You’ll notice from last week’s Farmhouse Friday post that we’re in serious spring dreaming mode. Today, I’m rounding up unique vintage accents to make any garden seem just a little more magical and otherworldly.
1) This hanging bird feeder would look particularly dreamy nestled in a flowering tree.
2) A collection of old water faucet knobs would make cute stepping stones stuck into a path leading out to a patio.

Farmhouse Friday: Lovely Gardens

As the sun begins to set later and the temperature slowly climbs, we can’t help but look outside. We’re dreaming of candlelit patios, glasses of wine and garden parties.

Hudson Valley: Catskill, NY

It’s rare to find an old house with an interior as stunning as the exterior and grounds, but this house is one. Stone edged flower beds, casual gravel paths, and a screened in porch beg for some outdoor living. Best yet, this garden attains the natural, overgrown look without appearing sloppy.

Check out the lovely gardens in New England…