We’ve been introducing you to our blog columnists since last Thursday. Now that you’ve met everyone, we thought we’d compile links to their blog posts as our Friday Favorites! Click on their banners below to read their debut posts, and meet us back here on the At Home in Arkansas blog each month to get to know them better! They’re experts in their fields, brimming with fabulous ideas to share.
Now you can have your melon and eat it too! Our resident garden expert, Chris Olsen of Botanica Gardens, shows you how to use the summertime favorite in your exterior decor. Just one more reason to throw a party!
When I think of summer, I imagine a tasty cold slice of watermelon. Watermelons are ready for the picking in summer, and they are not just for eating. Why not decorate with them???
Create that perfect centerpiece for your next summertime function. All you have to do is slice your melon into two halves. Then divide that half into two more halves. Take each of the quarter slices and remove about 8 inches of meat from the center. Then slip in place of the missing melon flesh, a pre-moistened piece of floral oasis foam. Now you have the perfect base for a summer arrangement. Just use flowers like colorful zinnias right from the garden, blue thistle, vibrant mums, and even fresh foliage. This arrangement should last for about 4 or 5 days.
Hereâs another idea for you!!! Take an assortment of color watermelons and tuck them around your potted containers and even in the garden as you would pumpkins in the fall time. Create groupings of two or more melons. They will last for only about 2-3 weeks outdoors before turning to mush. Watermelons can become that perfect summertime accessory for your patio, deck, or landscape.
After a long, hot summer, there’s an inkling that fall might (finally) be in the air! Not one to waste time in the decor department, garden guru Chris Olsen of Botanica Gardens is already planning ways to celebrate the new season in his home decor. This month, he turns to his mantle, decking it with gourds, mums and other tell-tale fall finds.
For more info about Chris and his new book, visit www.chrisholsen.com!
With the cooler temperatures and the shorter daylight hours, most of us start to get motivated to change our dÃ©cor from summer to a colorful autumn display. Since your mantel is usually the main focal point in your home, then why not start there first? Whether you have a flat TV screen or a piece of art hanging above your mantel, add some vertical emphasis by decorating with an odd number of colorful containers just bursting with fall mums and 48 inch high contorted willow branches.
Why stop there? Battery lite candles and an assortment of gourds will finish the mantel look. You never want to use real candles under a plasma TV. I am talking from experience. Live and learn.
Dare to be different and dress up your firebox as well. Here I stuffed the firebox with an assortment of real pumpkins and gourds and a few croton plants to add fluff and hide the ugly charred walls. Then I placed lite squash candles to warm the chilly autumn nights.
Hereâs an easy way to add color to your mantle in a hurry!
You will need:Â 3 potted mums, 3 containers, and 6 large curly willow branches, assorted sizes of small pumpkins and gourds, and candles.
Step 1 – Place your mum in a container. (Note: Be sure to use a liner inside your container to prevent leaking when watering.)
Step 2 – Using 2 branches for each, push branches into dirt of pot. Branches will add height.
Step 3 – Add candles and small pumpkins and gourds to mantle.
What could be more luxurious than having both the time and a day bed set aside for a mid-day nap? It appears At Home columnist Cece Fourchy of Mississippi Maven agrees! Cece’s discerning eye for design never lets us down. This month, she’s pulled together seven of the most glorious images, celebrating day beds in all their stylish, self-indulgent glory.
Ever since I visited Versailles in 8th grade, most of my days have been spent dreaming I had Marie Antoinetteâs life (without the whole guillotine ending). Since I canât have her clothes, her lavish parties or her royal title, Iâd like to take a cue from her decorating style. Yards of fancy fabric would be fabulous, yes, but what I really want is a daybed. Iâd lounge in my cozy oasis all day, sipping my tea (champagne) and eating fresh fruit (pain au chocolat).
Seriouslyâ¦.itâs a bed, specifically for day time. I just canât get enough of the idea! Apparently Iâm not the only one who loves the concept. Check out these other delightful daybedsâ¦.
This rustic daybed (above) is right at home in this Italian setting. The fabulous flooring, dramatic chandelier and painting are the perfect combination. (www.weheartit.com)
This little reading room is painfully chic. âIâll take my cappuccino on the antique daybed while I flip through art books, please.â Â (C Magazine)
Iris Apfel, eccentric queen of style, has this eclectic daybed in her apartment. Dotted with bright pillows and covered in saturated fabric, itâs safe to say sheâs not afraid of color. (Architectural Digest)
Celerie Kembleâs daybed hideaway would be perfect for me. I donât think sheâd notice if I secretly moved inâ¦. (Lonny)
The best of both worlds: a day bed AND a breakfast table. And that fabricâ¦. need I say more? (source unknown)
I love this ornate piece featured in ELLE DÃ©cor. I think I need it for my (imaginary) Moroccan vacation home.
Fashion designer Erin Fetherstonâs Parisian living room serves as constant inspirationâIâm sure she loves to lounge in her bright pink daybed when dreaming up her gorgeous clothes! (Domino)
It seems like just yesterday that Chris Olsen, of Botanica Gardens, was showing us his favorite outdoor projects for the summertime! But, alas, Christmas is nearly here, and we have holiday decorating to tend to. Today, Chris shows you an alternative to the traditional wreath. His creative front door decor packs a highly festive punch, don’t you agree?
Save the best for last, and give your guests a real treat by drawing their eyes directly to your door. Who needs a wreath when you can take silk branches, wire them together to create a type of âscreen door,’ incorporate some of the same decorating details from inside, and spray it a glittering silver. It weighs almost nothing and can come down with ease. But its effect is immediate.
You will need:
6 two-inch blocks of wood, pre-drilled for dowel rods
6 dowel rods, two for each side of frame and one each for top and bottom
Enough silk branches to recreate the frame, and diagonal pieces for your âscreen door.’ Our branches came from a local craft and hobby store. (Note: you can use branches from your own yard. Sweet gum, oak, birch, and pine are simple to use. Theyâre pliable enough to bend, yet can be wired to each other easily.) Youâll want branches not much larger than the dowel rods. Measure the area and cut to size.
Hereâs how to create your door piece:
1. Attach the first two wood blocks in place to create frame base. You are creating a rectangle that follows the outline of your door.
2. Thread dowel rods into and through them. Screw remaining blocks and insert dowels.
3. Criss cross branches between the dowel rods, wiring in place as you go. Finish by wiring branches to the rods, hiding the dowels and blocks.
4. Attach decorative pieces (we added these awesome snowflakes).