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Archive - November 2000

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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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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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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