Great Ways to Improve The Livability of Your Yard!

Great Ways to Improve The Livability of Your Yard!

Whether or not you're maximizing the use of your landscape, you are PAYING for that space. While big changes can be expensive, there are lots of simple projects you can do to improve the usefulness and enjoyment of your outside spaces. Below are a few of Victoria Candland's favorite ideas: Summer is officially here and with it comes lots of time outside in your backyard. Whether you’re swimming in your pool, reading with your kids under a tree, or hosting Labor Day festivities, your backyard plays an important role in the summer season. You may be thinking that you want to spruce up your … [Read more...]

Vintage Dresser Turned Electronics Charging Station

Vintage Dresser Turned Electronics Charging Station

One of the telltale signs you're living in the modern age is a dearth of electronic gadgets which can fill up your countertops and kitchen cabinets with electronic clutter! As the Mom to 13 year old twins and a 10 year old not to mention my tech-nerd spouse, we have LOTS of electronic gadgets ALL of which need to be powered up daily. 5 people x 12 handheld electronic devices = mayhem. It  doesn't have to be that way! There are a lot of options for charging stations out there but mine, inspired by the Hooker Furniture original, provides plenty of space while stowing gadgets safely away. This … [Read more...]

Succulent Monogram Wreath Tutorial

Succulent Monogram Wreath Tutorial

Succulent Monogram Wreath Tutorial Succulent pictures and wreaths have been around for awhile now, but there's a new trend that combines the two and packs a fun punch.  The Succulent Monogram Wreath was introduced by Rooted in Succulents and they sell some gorgeous completed wreaths as well as the letter frames which you can simply purchase if you wish.  For the work involved, the cost is reasonable. If you're not into the whole do-it-yourself thing, purchasing one ready-to-go is the way to go! It should be noted that the versions that come from Rooted in Succulents contain gorgeous but … [Read more...]

Air Plant Shower Friends Tutorial

Air Plant Shower Friends Tutorial

This week I am showcasing three fun ways (easy, moderate and challenging) to bring the outdoors, indoors.  Stave off the January blahs with some fresh LIVING green plants in your home. I'll be demonstrating some fun NON-TRADITIONAL ways to bring living plants into your living spaces at the Salt Lake Home Show, January 10-12, 2014 and you can meet up with me there! The project for this post is one that literally ANYONE can copy and grow.  No green thumb is required. It's SO simple, I'm almost embarrassed to create a whole post about it! We're making "Air Plant Shower Friends".  Shower … [Read more...]

DIY String Garden/ “Kokedama” Tutorial

DIY String Garden/ “Kokedama” Tutorial

String Gardens, traditionally called "Kokedama", are nothing new in the plant world- but they are new to most of us!  I made my first "string garden" last winter and I was immediately hooked!  I've since put together several of these unique little critters using a variety of plants and even some bulbs I've been surprised at how well they grow.  I have one, a fern, that's been going for a year now and it is still surviving well.  If I fertilized it a little more frequently, it would be thriving.  In any case, I think this new "trend" will continue to catch on because the end result is sure to … [Read more...]

Home Tour: 1905 Cottage

Home Tour: 1905 Cottage

Yesterday I attended the 4th Annual Tatertots & Jello Cookie Exchange hosted by Jen Hadfield who blogs at "Tatertots & Jello".  I wanted to attend for two reasons.  First, Bloggers usually make DELICIOUS food and second, I REALLY wanted to see the finished 1905 cottage that Jennifer has spent the last year remodeling.  I was not disappointed on either front! Jen is a lucky lady.  She does not LIVE in this cottage- she's got a family home in the general neighborhood- the cottage is her own, personal playhouse! Take a minute to let the shear awesomeness of that soak in.  I'll … [Read more...]

Club Classes: Seasonal Decor & More Summary

Club Classes: Seasonal Decor & More Summary

Excuse my slowness in getting this post up! It would seem the "Fallidays" have begun in ernest and I'm caught up in the same flurry of activity as the rest of you. In any case, we had the FUNNEST class (yes, I know funnest isn't a word and yet it is still the best descriptor) back on October 10th. In fact, it was such a hit that we hope to do it again as the final class for the next Club season- but with different projects. We changed up the class format a bit and enjoyed displays and live demonstrations on holiday DIY decor ideas from a number of local artisans, crafters and bloggers. … [Read more...]

10 Gorgeous Grasses for Fall Landscapes

10 Gorgeous Grasses for Fall Landscapes

I love the Garden in fall! While the trees may be the stars of the fall landscape, having a good "supporting cast" only increases their appeal. Ornamental grasses are a wonderful addition to the landscape and provide contrast, texture, movement and (in some cases) color for the fall landscape. They also feel "right" in the high-dessert climate we live in here in Utah. Growing plants that are happy to live here makes not only an "honest" landscape but a much lower maintenance one. Obviously I have a bias toward "growing local" (which I define as growing native AND regionally adapted plants) … [Read more...]

Seasonal Decor: Succulent Pumpkin Placesettings

Seasonal Decor: Succulent Pumpkin Placesettings

Last year we shared our first "succulent topped pumpkin" tutorial.  The succulent pumpkin idea was born from the need for an event centerpiece here at the Garden and having $0 in the budget for it.  Luckily, we had succulents and pumpkins out in the Garden so we upcycled them!  You can read the original tutorial HERE.  If you'd rather read an updated version with bigger pictures, you can check that out on my personal blog, HERE. We're going to try to use the same technique but simplified even more to create cute little place setting floral arrangements.  I think these would be so cute for … [Read more...]

Fitted, No-Hem Ruffle Tablecloth

Fitted, No-Hem Ruffle Tablecloth

Those who have been able to attend our classes and events in person may have noticed the ruffled outdoor tablecloth that the Club uses. It was made especially for the Club to use because I LOVE the look of ruffled burlap tablecloths in garden settings. However, burlap is not particularly washable and thus not particularly practical for our application. Burlap is a rough fabric that creates a lovely contrast with the frilliness of ruffles and we wanted to replicate that impact. We found the perfect compromise by using Painter's Drop Cloths. Shopping Home Depot for fabric was a first for me but, … [Read more...]