December 4, 2017

Winter Containers


Winter Containers, 2017

Tis the season that arrives quickly with high demand and temperamental weather. Off we go, decorating local pots, window boxes, fences, benches, light posts..

Here are some of our examples and at the end a quick demo.

My perimeters.......
- Go big & full, greens will diminish as time passes, go back & add more fillers
- Relate your composition to your home, picking up styles & colors
- Finish with a spray of an Anti-dessicant, 'Wilt-Pruf' is one such brand
Simple & Easy
With a nod to the woodlands nearby, this is as easy as it comes. A boxwood wreath is laid across the opening while many bundles of birch twig is inserted. This composition will last until Spring...viola!
Big Red
Our clients request for these massive containers was for a predominantly red display. Red twig dogwood and faux plastic berry stems. A variety of foliage completes the look

Red Berry's
The center is filled with red plastic berry stems, never the coated styrofoam variety as they will pop and resemble popcorn. These can be re-used for years while providing all season long color. 

Here is a close up of some of the faux berries we use. Bent up, down, sideways..I think they look real!
How about these berries?! Beautiful hue of blue
Ornamental cabbage left in place while building around it, as the focal point, with seeded eucalyptus, blue fir and strips of birch skins 
On this massive property some of the urns are in the distance. Our solution is to fill these with vivid color; yellow twig dogwood and red faux berries
Same here with white painted birch sticks
 Sticks, eucalyptus, coned cedar. This is a good example of the container adage;
Filler (eucalyptus).   Thriller (sticks).   Spiller (cedar)





The red brought forward in the containers makes for a coehisive scenario.
But we were met with a problem........
Here is what we came to, dead topiaries. The problem is that we were running out of materials to provide height, and our suppliers were out. However I embrace problems as they usually provide interesting solutions we would never have thought of.
Left in place, the topiary stem and head were embellished. 
First thought was winding cedar garland around the stem with extra on top, left to drape down and wired heavily. Boxwood was inserted at the top and wired
Phew, it worked! What do you think?
Topped with a felt bow. Yes felt! We use silk, taffeta, real velvet and satin. Many of which can be used year after year

For an outdoor wreath

BUT NEVER, EVER, THE PRE-MADE 'VELVET' STIFF BOWS! 
The request was understated, woodland

Massive, the composition is probably 3-4' wide.
Think too about adorning objects outdoors, maybe something that can be viewed from inside your home



TUTORIAL........ Every year we participate in the Geneva, Illinois, Christmas event. Five designers in town decorate a home for the 
Christmas House Walk (next post to follow) Below is the design I created for this gorgeous home's front courtyard
  We brought in extra large fiberglass pots in a bronze finish to compliment the tones of the home..
Begin with the fillers, in this case Spruce



 Followed by Douglas fir which has a beautiful blue toned underside. Insert straight up & down, and sideways to provide some drape
 Three old tobacco sticks are inserted in triangle fashion to add height. A bundle of birch logs, lashed together with wire are added front center
Insert here and there RED HUCK and OREGANO stems. the red/yellow of the huck and the green white variegation of the oregano is a nice contrast and adds POP
 Securing the logs.....I cut a piece of long needle pine garland to wrap, stood back and pulled it off, it added nothing. The fun of these creations is the ability to stand back, access your work and adjust.
Pull out, re-insert, eliminate, it's easy, just learn to trust your eye.
 Twine, that did it, liked much better, added texture and dimension.
 The rope was left long to add hard plastic (will not freeze) pine cones. This look provides movement
 Feathers & magnolia leaves in the center to keep this as the focal point

Another week to go, and the temps are dipping, yikes!

 On another note......
     As much as I promise myself that I will become more consistent with blogging, it just does not happen! One place you can find me is on INSTAGRAM.  HERE


    I have been creating, and having great fun, with a series I call SOUL STYLE, a wordless color series of images that speak to me. HERE is an example
. If you wish to be included send me your email address and I will add you


                                             With love,
                                               Debra
and many thanks to our team.....with the help of
Kim Fuller. and. Gerrit Husar.....a budding genius!










































August 7, 2017

This & That.........


Anyone remember me? I hardly remember me. I have only been acquainted with the working me, the last 60++ days in a row
Since I would not want anyone else to write a blog post for me, I wait. Not the best use of social media but I see this as our exchange, you and I. Promises to myself to do better........seem to take a back seat

 One thing I have embraced is INSTAGRAM.  Many long lost bloggers are there, I find it to be an intimate way to stay in contact with designers, businesses, and of course friends or hey, movie stars if that is your vibe. Some of those I follow really inspire me from Morocco, England, Jordan, Sweden and France. Because it is so quick, I'm pretty close to my goal of one post a day. Give it a try, I had to be coerced.

Back to blogging....... as soon as landscape season hits, alongside interiors &; the shop........I'm drawn and quartered. So much has happened I'll think, "oh, have to write a blog post about that!" then promptly move onto something else, forgetting what I wanted to share.....

So here is what I remembered......sad, I know......

Atlantas Gift Market
My maiden name was Byers, (buyer) get it? Cannot get enough of shopping for the store and for our clients. Back at the shop goods are flying in with the holidays coming up. Did I just say that? The holidays?
Well look at the summer, 30 seconds ago it was spring. 

Trends………..
Indigo everything, gray is still with us but manufacturers are trying to shake up the grey phenomena 
 

Mohair, the fabric. On the pricey side l but  pillows are doable, throws, I even saw holiday ribbon...yes, I bought some for the shop, very very cool
Tribal inspired,  everywhere.  Art, fabrics, especially Mud Cloth, furniture, these stools which are really comfy, and even wallpaper


Here we go,  Indigo & Tribal

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Other Discoveries………

Frizzy Hair?????  
NO MORE….really, and I did not have to have a treatment. Sachajuan Hair Cleansing Cream from Sweden. Having read about someones changed hair, I had to try……anything to avoid the summer frizz/brillo pad/electrocuted looking hair of summer. It worked, even in Atlanta in July, perfectly calm hair,
smooth and even.
My stylist asked what I did as the texture of my hair had actually changed, "who's hair is this?" she asked, disbelief on her face.    YES!!! (fist pump)
   


                                                                    

HAIR CLEANSING CREAM
REFRESH YOUR HAIR WITH THE NEW SACHAJUAN HAIR CLEANSING CREAM, WHICH CLEANSES THE HAIR USING A NEW, NONTRADITIONAL TECHNIQUE BASED ON CARING WAXES.
THE NEW CREAM FORMULA DOES NOT LATHER BUT CREATES SHINE, LUSTER, MOISTURE AND SOFTNESS WHILE REFRESHING YOUR HAIR. SUITABLE FOR ALL HAIR TYPES INCLUDING DRY, BLEACHED, COLORED OR DAMAGED HAIR.
APPLY ON WET HAIR AND MASSAGE FIRMLY INTO THE SCALP FOR ONE MINUTE, LEAVING THE PRODUCT TO ABSORB INTO THE HAIR DURING YOUR DAILY ROUTINE. RINSE WITH WARM WATER TO ALLOW THE PRODUCT TO SOAK INTO THE ENDS OF THE HAIR – REPEAT IF NECESSARY.
ALLOW ONE WEEK OF CONSISTENT USE FOR THE SCALP TO ADJUST TO THIS NEW INNOVATIVE WAY OF CLEANSING

                                                 

Have a pool?   
When our pool opens I begin the fruitless process of coming up with something that will save the little critters that fall in. Frisbees, floating pieces of wood, styrofoam…..and my husbands ire. But, I cannot bear looking in to find a downward facing, floating animal. That is until I this discovery…..
Not one critter this season. I placed one on each side of the pool, and magic, a wildlife savior. They easily climb the ramp to safety and that makes me so happy.

While in Atlanta, I went around to my haunts and the antique shows. 
My 24’ trailer and my van were loaded, packed….full! 
After 10 days, the shop is nearly empty and I am headed back this week, two shopping trips back to back?! Those are pre-2008 levels, thrilled. Thank you all.


While in Atlanta I have a source for upholstery fabrics, often designer or of generally excellent quality at really good prices, so good that I am able to pass on to you . We are building our collection, all at $20.00 per yard. Includes linen, heavy tweeds for fall/winter and velvets, quilted.......

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LOCAL NEWS!!


WHEN FASHION + ART MERGE.  
AUGUST 10TH,  5:30PM

We are having a party & hope you can join us!
                       
     

                                   

Rising star Ann Everett, a Chicago fashion Designer, is bringing her goods to the burbs
Ann is from Ireland and has channeled an old world aesthetic with a real modern twist culminating in  fun and elegant clothes plus leather bags. Really good leather. My all time favorite top is by Ann,  I am stopped all the time when I wear it.

Isn’t it always fun to drink wine & shop with girlfriends?  I always thought so, come on by!

Well that's a recap, minuscule one, but hope to be back sooner,  things have settled a bit........for now


If you are reading this, you have stayed with me. Thank you!


Debra



































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