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23.07 20150

Island Style

This year, my summer vacation was to St. Thomas in the US Virgin Islands. We stayed at the Ritz-Carlton, which was beautiful! We saw so many design ideas while there. The island old world meets new world style was evident everywhere. Here's a view of the entrance to the hotel: walkway

Indoors was gorgeous as well. Look at those dark ceilings, contrasted with the light walls.

ceiling

Here's a view of that mirror you can see in the corner. The bright sun motif really lights up that dark background, and the orange accents are understated but lovely.

restaurant

Another display in light airy colors. Neat and beautiful.

shelf

Light fixture at the end of a stairway. The metal work is old plantation style, charming but durable.details

Mirrors everywhere caught the light and background plants. The island was lush and vibrant.

mirror

The artwork kept to the tropical and island theme. Here's a pineapple print.

pineapple

An interesting fresco that caught my eye.

painting

Detail on the furniture added those little reminders that this was a sophisticated, but comfortable getaway.

woodwork

Flower and plant arrangements were everywhere, emphasizing the vibrant island life!

table and arrangement

Marble was a common element. It stands up to rough salty air well.

table

A potted plant surrounded by columns:

tropical foliage

Outdoors, I found one of my favorite things - an herb garden!

herb garden

A racehorse training in the water. I'm sure it enjoyed the chance to cool off.

water

Outdoor showerheads help get the sand and muck off of swimmers before they go indoors.

outdoor shower head

Many outdoor items had a patina. It's a good thing it's so beautiful and rustic looking, because on the island everything is subject to the elements.

Patina

A water fountain with lots of tropical plants around.

plants

Does anyone know what these plants are? They're very interesting looking!

tropical plant

This was the chalkboard at one of the restaurants. We definitely took some time to relax and unwind.

coconut cove

Another spot to unwind. Beautiful and tranquil.

view

The "wish you were here" photo everyone sends home. I loved the palm tree on the railing. And I had a great vacation!

island view

         

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04.03 20140

Time to Garden!

Let's face it - winter has been brutal this year. It has been cold, and there have been several cold storms that the South wasn't ready for. So almost everyone is ready for the green and new life that spring brings. Some people are forcing their bulbs to bloom right now to bring a little life into their world.

force tulips

 

This particular indoor garden is a little ray of sunshine in the middle of the winter.

winter garden

  A terrarium is a nice splash of green that would brighten up any room.  

Terrarium_small

Or perhaps this set of wicker trays (available at A Design Resource):

Wicker baskets.jpg

  Some people are getting ready to plant. Even the littlest helpers are excited about new life!

  Planting a garden

 

If you don't have a lot of space, you can always consider container gardening. herb garden

Look how great this balcony looks. It's a little oasis in the middle of a city.

balcony garden

The city of Pell City is working towards a community garden. I am on the planning committee and we're working on possibilities. As with any public work, we've got a number of issues to work through, including funding and plans. I'm very excited about the potential to bring some beauty to downtown Pell City!

High_Point_community_garden

Most of all, though, it's time for SPRING and LIFE and RENEWAL!  I love this time of year for so many reasons! What's your favorite part of spring? Do you have any plans for a garden or to add some green into your life?

 

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11.12 20130

Talladega Christmas Tour of Homes 2013

This Sunday, I  had the opportunity to tour a couple of the homes the Talladega Christmas tour. These are always fun for getting design ideas in general, but especially in decorating for the holidays! This Victorian home was built in 1906. The Lacys have lived here for 26 years and completely restored it. They were able to keep the original pine floors, as well as high ceilings, mantels, and fireplace inserts. Victorian home Talladega   I also visited this Greek revival cottage, built in 1950. It has been renovated and updated, but is a "work in progress." The owner is a fan of all things French, and it's apparent by visiting and seeing her interior.   Greek Revival cottage   Here are some of the interesting items I saw on the tour. You can see how just a subtle accent or two can make a beautiful home holiday ready.

bric-a-brac

 I love this cute little Christmas tree! Very understated and works well with the decor.

 subtle holiday accents

A splash of color is always festive and cheerful!

hallway

 Of course, sometimes you just want to go all out! This kitchen table is bright and cheery and cozy. It makes you feel like you're home. Christmas table There was plenty more to be seen. I've shared the highlights and best pictures from the day. Touring homes is a great source of inspiration and can put you in the holiday mood! I had a great time.

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29.05 20130

Succulents

By: Renee Categories:The Garden

Even if you have a black thumb, you can probably grow a succulent! Succulents are neat little plants that don't require a lot of attention or cost. To be a succulent, a plant needs to have fleshy, water storing organs. Most people recognize the most commonly used succulents: aloes, jade plants, and cacti. You've probably seen lots of other interesting succulents at your local nursery. Renee Lilly's succulents

Care for succulents is fairly simple. The hot Alabama summers are just fine for succulents. They love the sun, but just like us, they can get sunburned if they are overexposed to the sun. Pick a place that has lots of light but gets shade part of the day. The afternoon sun is especially brutal, so pay attention to how the light falls on any outdoor plants.  They actually prefer poor soil because they are adapted to the desert. Choose sandy soil that drains well, so that when you water them, they don't get waterlogged. Over-watering is the biggest cost of succulent failure, so make sure to err on the side of under-watering.  Once a week should be fine in the summer, once a month in the winter. These plants come in a variety of leaf sizes, colors, and different textures, so they can be a great outlet for your creative side!  Some people create rock gardens devoted to these little wonders. Pots of succulent gardens have such great visual interest, and are really inexpensive to create on your own. Personalizing the project makes it so much more fun, too!Vertical garden at Lilly Designs, a Design Resource Some of you have seen this wall in front of my store front for Lilly Designs. The project turned out so beautifully. There's a lot of information on the web on how to create your own vertical succulent garden. We used marine board, plywood, chicken wire, dirt, and sand to create this living work of art that I'm proud of. I hope it inspires you to buy a few succulents of your own and experiment!   Reneesig    

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18.04 20130

Gardening!

The plants are starting to wake up and come to life again! This time of year is amazing because of the transformation that the world undergoes. Everything that looked so dead is now becoming bright and cheerful. Planting your own garden is a great way to participate in the miracle of spring. fiddleheads

Some of us don't have a lot of room, but we can still bring a lot of healthy plants into our lives with container gardens. Don't be fooled, these little gardens can yield a surprising amount of produce. Apartment dwellers and those with small yards can still have some green in their lives with a little creativity and effort. After you start eating fresh herbs or tomatoes that you grew yourself, the stuff you buy in the grocery store seems a little lackluster and boring.

Container Garden

Others have the room to completely overhaul their yards into fabulous landscapes full of beauty and vegetation! This garden looks like it would take a lot of work, but imagine if this was the view from your kitchen window. I'm sure this gardener has an enormous sense of accomplishment after putting together such a picturesque kitchen garden.

Kitchen_garden

There are so many ways to enjoy plants, and now is a great time to get started. We are beginning to learn that something as simple as getting out into the fresh air and digging some dirt is good for your health!  Even if you don't have a good space, there are NASA studies that prove that growing houseplants can improve the quality of the air you breathe. Beauty and a quality of life increase. How can you beat that?

gardening pots

I hope this inspires you to go out and get some fresh air and dig around in the dirt. It's a fun hobby that can scale with your budget, land, and free time. Start small, and see what works for you. Experiment, and don't get discouraged. Sometimes it takes a little time to figure out what your soil and lighting conditions need, but eventually you can have a beautiful, natural exterior to your home that you can be proud of. I even have some pots and accessories available at my design business, so that your interior . Give me a call or write a comment to see what ideas I have for you!

 Reneesig    

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01.03 20120

Outdoor Design at the American Red Cross Designer Show House

The outdoor rooms at the American Red Cross Designer Show House exemplify the options for outdoor spaces by combining landscaping and interior design.  

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