Winter is finally over (we think) and these April showers had better be bringing many more May flowers. In our wardrobes, as well as in our homes, we tend to follow Mother Nature’s lead and commence with some seasonal brightening up at this time of year. Whether you are entertaining for Easter or just want to bring a little of the outdoors and some feng shui in, we’ve enlisted the help of a professional with a green thumb, a creative flair and discerning taste.
Mimsie Crump is a part-time associate at the Garden District and also works as a personal consultant, visiting homes or other living spaces to customize containers and arrangements that fit the needs of her clients. She enjoys her coworkers and the ability to share creative ideas daily at the shop. Today, she shares some her recent projects with us, and we’re sure you’ll glean some practical and inspiring ideas for your home.
I have a quirk. I have to have something green in every room in my house. This need not be elaborate, fresh-cut arrangements, though, as glorious as they are. A simple potted fern, grocery store orchid or even a snippet of laurel from the backyard all fit the bill. As cliché as it sounds, plants transform the dynamic in a space. They literally bring life into a room and add umph that you may not have even realized was missing. Green plants have the ability to add a much needed pop of color to a streamlined color palette, while conversely acting as a neutral in what may already be a busy room. They are pretty great.
In the shop, we often have clients and friends who have decorated homes but are looking for one last small thing to finish a space. Something for a coffee table, sideboard, kitchen counter, etc. A little piece of tabletop art, or something for those hard-to-fill spots like high shelves, narrow mantels or outdoor areas without irrigation. We sell a wide variety of containers, plants and cut flowers that work in those tricky spaces.
First you have to consider the spot and your lifestyle. Is it a high traffic area or hard to reach? Do you have small children and pets to add to the mix? Or do you travel a lot and need super-low maintenance? Next, think about your budget. I love to direct customers toward versatile containers, ones that can be dressed up or down or maybe look great even when empty. Here are some examples of projects I have worked on in recent weeks. Bring your ideas, your containers, your “problems” to me! I’d love to help you spruce up for spring and beyond.
The next two images are some great examples of versatile and inexpensive, narrow rectangular containers. At four inches wide, they are perfect for potted plants or succulents. The plate glass one allows you to see the layers of rocks, moss, etc. — lots of visual interest, in other words. The opacity of the zinc container allows you to keep plants in their original plastic containers for easy watering. And, it’s easily to add Oasis floral foam and fill with fresh flowers to create a beautiful, low centerpiece for a formal dinner party.
Here is another example of a great container for a high activity space: the breakfast table. Keeping it low allows for easy visibility if seated, while keeping it contained makes it more resilient to jostling.
A footed glass bowl is an elegant choice for any round entry table where height is not of concern. I like the transparency of the glass so that you can see the rocks and soil. It gives the hydrangea a little bit different, more modern and dressed-up vibe. Go all out by filling it with Oasis and a show stopper of an arrangement for a different look!
Mantels are tricky. They can be narrow, extra wide or super high. With a really strong piece of art, you can often leave them clean, but below are some fixes for this often challenging spot. Grouping items in a similar color palette keeps the mantel uncomplicated while the different textures add visual interest, as in this example below.
I tend to shy away from a mantel that looks too matchy. In the next example, the addition of a shorter vase on the left helps to keep the look from going there.
Here are some examples of how you can mix things up seasonally with the right containers for your space. In the before and after example below, I actually had a client remove unnecessary sconces and we replaced with ferns.
Porches and Outside Areas
You might have a green thumb, but then again you might not. Plus our Memphis summers are pretty brutal, and the last thing we want to do is send you home with something that you dearly love but cannot maintain. The following images are examples of some simple solutions for outdoor spots.
This tall but transparent container would also look fabulous planted with a variety of plants like baby orchids or even the family goldfish!
This is a great example of a container for your porch. While hearty succulents are perfect for our hot summers and hard-to-water areas, artificial succulents mean zero maintenance. That’s right. Garden District doesn’t frown at faux!
Thank you, Mimsie!
We hope that today’s post gives you some good ideas for bringing a little of the great outdoors inside this spring. If you are struggling to find a solution for a certain spot, head to the Garden District where their talented staff will always steer you in the right direction! gardendistrictmemphis.com