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27.02 20150

Indoor Gardening

We had our winter blast here in Alabama over the past few days! Let's share a little green to chase some of those winter blues away.  Before the snow came I cut these beautiful daffodils from my yard and put them in a cut glass vase. When I see the daffodils blooming, it gives me great pleasure to know that spring is just around the corner. daffodils   During the end of February, and all the way into March, the weather here in Alabama might still be too bone-chilling to get out and play in the dirt. My suggestion to all you gardeners out there is to do some indoor gardening. Find a sunny spot in the front of a window and a portable planter. Plants some herbs or tulip bulbs or whatever your heart desires. Natural light is the key to a successful indoor garden. African violets and orchids are two species that thrive indoors.  Look for an attractive container and arrange them on a stunning shelf, and they will become the star attraction. Terrariums are eye catching and a wonderful way to bring the outdoors in. Find some green moss and a glass dome. Ivy or ferns work well. Citrus trees are another favorite for indoor container gardens. daffodil Source: Garden Magazine. Distinctive Daffodils. They range in colors from pure white to golden to nearly green, with orange. Pink and almost red cups. tulips Source: Atlanta Homes Magazine. Tulips are another sign of spring. If you plant bulbs early in your favorite vase or container in your shed or garage. You can bring them in the house and force their blooming. Don't forget to water. primrose  

Source: Martha Stewart Living Primroses. You might find Primrose at your local super market in the floral department. Bring one home and place on your windowsill.
tree seedling
Source: Martha Stewart Living. Pick up a tree seedling from your local nursery and enjoy on a tray in a sunny spot in the house until the weather warms up for outdoor gardening. Find the perfect spot in the yard to plant.
orchid
Source: Atlanta Home Orchids. Antique urns are the perfect home for a fanciful orchid.
amaryllis
Source: Lilly Designs Amaryllis bulbs are easier to grow. Place in a special container and place in a sunny spot and water regularly. From the time you plant it should take about 5 weeks to see the beautiful trumpet shaped flowers that will brighten your winter windowsill.
seedling
Source: Real Simple Magazine Seedling Starter. Poke a whole at the bottom using a pin feel with soil and plant your seed. I love this idea!
lavender
Source: Country Decorating Ideas French Country Style Magazine This container of Lavender sits on the counter in front of the kitchen window.
herbs
Source: Garden Design Magazine Herbs: rosemary, spearmint, basil, Spanish lavender, marjoram, sage, Greek oregano.
hens and chicks
Source: Garden Design Magazine Hens and chicks in homemade hypertufa container
bell jars
Source: Real Simple Magazine
A terrarium is a type of miniature ecosystem of plants. You can simply place a dome over a orchid or succulent to create humidity for your plant and it make a beautiful statement.

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20.02 20150

Romantic Style

I hope you all had a lovely Valentine's weekend and had the chance to experience some love and romance! I’d like to talk about Romantic Style. Imagine the fresh smell of white Oriental lilies, with their intense fragrance wafting in the air in your Romantic style cottage. The Romantic Style is a comfortable design style that appeals to the senses through flower arrangements, soft fabrics, painted furniture, or light filtering through sheer linen curtains. When creating the romantic style think about white washed walls, color palettes, fabrics and textures, and cherished items. Here are some things that work well when you are creating the Romantic style. Furnishings: Painted pieces, small accents with graceful curves and dark or natural wood accessories. Color: Soft grays, dusty blues, sage greens, antique ivory. All of these colors I’ve used when decorating in Romantic Style. I believe color schemes with muted tones  are best to use to create comfortable and relaxing rooms. Fabrics: Plush is the word that comes to my mind. Velvets, linens, lace. Soft, supple fabrics, like Egyptian cotton sheets. And don’t forget to add a touch of silk! Decorative Accents: Bring in silver frames with your loved ones photos. Candelabras or lighting with sparkling crystals. A carved French commode for a bedside piece. Sentimental family objects. IMG_6608   Love the champagne color velvet and the nailhead trim. IMG_6720 French dining table with acanthus leaf carving is gorgeous in this room with the white antique linens and antique candelabra. IMG_6471 Nothing is more romantic than a roaring fire. The beautiful antique tapestry looks lovely hanging on the wall next to the stone mantel. IMG_5615 I'm a lover of blue and white china. Blue willow, transferware, and flow blue are just a few I've collected through the years. In 1824, the Ceramics Act was passed requiring all pieces to have a country of origin mark. IMG_4721 Beautiful! A grapevine basket filled with the most magnificent color of roses. IMG_1299 A dining room should, in my opinion, have a beautiful center piece on the table with the perfect chandelier above. And of course, it should have fabulous artwork on the wall. IMG_9966 What a great spot to curl up and enjoy that juicy romance novel. IMG_4184   Bedding is where I love to go wild with pillows. How about a little pillow talk or maybe a game most commonly played by children but also enjoyed by adults? Let's have some fun and frolic with a good old pillow fight!   All pictures from Better Homes & Garden's Romantic Styles & The Cottage Journal 2014.

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13.02 20150

Valentine’s Day

By: Renee Categories:Buzzworthy

Every year on February 14th, many people around the world exchange candy, gifts, flowers, jewelry, and cards. It’s been estimated that one billion Valentine’s Day cards are sent yearly. Here are a few items for that special someone that you can get online at ADesignResource.com, and at our retail location located at 1917 Cogswell Ave in Pell City, Alabama.

http://www.adesignresource.com/product/dog-pillow-always-kiss-dog-goodnight/

I had a wonderful time over the weekend creating a valentine for that special man in my life. Two of my best girlfriends and attended a workshop at The Black Sheep in Harpersville. We all created wonderful homemade valentines. We used things from our past that I’ve kept through the years like lace, buttons, photographs, etc. The girls and I had a great time sipping on good wine and nibbling on great food while we created our masterpieces.

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I would recommend to all to put some time aside to have some fun and frolic with your girlfriends while creating something special. Whether it be a homemade valentine for your loved one, or painting a piece a furniture that you picked up and a yard sale, it will be a blast. Of course, the best gift you can offer someone on Valentine ’s Day or any day is investing quality time together.

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I consider myself to be somewhat of a romantic. I love lace, pearls, white linen, chaise lounges, candlelight, and gentle settings. I enjoy bringing that sense of romance into my work with clients and into my retail shop.

Handcrafted silver finish candlestick

Enjoy looking at some inspiration for the Romantic Style!

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Happy Valentine’s Day. xoxoxoxAntique rose

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03.02 20150

Organizing and the New Year

By: Renee Categories:Bee Inspired, Buzzworthy

Whew! I can hardly believe it’s already the first week of February! I’ve spending my days in January enjoying wood burning in the fireplace and the scent of my paper whites blooming throughout the house. I’ve been doing a lot of time reorganizing and purging pantries and closets. I have bags and boxes ready to donate to The Foundry’s new location downtown Pell City. I’m so excited to have them right around the corner from Lilly Designs, Design Resource & City Market!Couch with basket The beginning of a new year is always a prime time for me to reflect on what is working in my life, and what I can do to incorporate some fun new ideas to help stay balanced in this very busy world we live in today. Before I’m overcommitted overtired overwhelmed, it’s important to take this time to refocus. The time I’ve taken in the past month will help me through the new year to be better organized a more balanced.   Organization In other news, January’s market was bustling and chock full of great new product! I picked up a great basket line to add to my stock while shopping. I love baskets for organizing, because there are so many ways to use baskets. They’re beautiful as well as functional. They add that bit of organization and beauty that I’m looking to add to my life at this time of year. mainly baskets Don’t forget to shop at Adesignresource.com for fun items to use while embracing order in your life!

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