This was last week..........
At the Ritz in Naples, celebrating our accomplishments with an interior client. The warm breezes, Margarita's and the scent of the sea
This is now........
Ahhh, the crisp fresh air and scent of evergreens. Hard to believe it is that time again.
Here are a few examples, and how-to's to get started.
This is your easiest composition; red twig dogwood set upright (in the remaining soil)with numerous boughs of cut boxwood stems set in an irregular, informal fashion. Come spring, this will be as intact and colorful as when originally composed
The entrance to a man's office; masculine and naturally woodsy
Up close, a saved birds nest found on the ground last fall, and pheasant feathers. The greens consist of the tree toppers, variegated Oregonia and Blue Spruce
A late day sunset highlights these whimsical posts set in front of a candy & popcorn shop. The ornaments on sticks are plastic and will endure all winter, or leave the sticks in until thawed and pop off the balls
Faux Holly berries, en masse. The rim of the urn is a boxwood WREATH, laid down
Consider the space. A black urn in front of dark green conifers = a dark space. The white birch sticks calls attention to this corner
Massive. When complete 4'+ tall out of the urn and 3'+ wide
A home with Teutonic leanings, requires the same of it's containers;
Spruce tree toppers
Red twig dogwood sticks
Blue Spruce, the underside up as it's blue is more vibrant
Birch Poles; tightly wired together in a cross fashion, then wired to the upright tree toppers
WARNING; These Silver Bell Eucalyptus add gorgeous color and texture to your outdoor containers. Indoors, as they dry, the strong scent of cat urine will alarm yourself and any guests!
Ribbon. This bow is from last winter. Real red velvet with an underside of green silk, the plaid ribbon is faux Duponi.
NEVER use the stiff, faux, 'velvet' ribbon....not when the real thing works so beautifully
And when the day is complete, add this....Salted Caramel Vodka Hot Chocolate
Here is a clever Gift Idea; A gift certificate to one of our AMY HOWARD paint classes that includes; one sample pot at no additional cost. A value of $69.00