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More Container Gardens in Chicago

We had the chance to do a couple more container gardens in Chicago this past week.  One was for a rooftop deck and the other was more window boxes and smaller containers.  I love how container gardens leave room for so much variety, so I wanted to share some of the pictures with you.  I […]

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Container Gardens (Sunny & Shady) in Chicago

I was so happy to create these shady and sunny container gardens for a repeat client in Chicago yesterday. (You can see what we did last year here and here.) The variety of color, foliage and blooms was so much fun to work with. Whenever I work on container gardens, I feel like an artist […]

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4 Seasons Recommends: The Hydrangea

Hydrangea from my indoor garden You probably recognize this type of non-hardy hydrangea from all of the garden stores and home centers. It’s a common indoor plant, especially around Mother’s Day. I love the hydrangea for more than just its blooming beauty though. This plant comes in a wide variety (many of which are suitable for […]

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Getting Ready for Summer Entertaining: Spruce Up Your Outdoor Patio

Spring is finally here! That means it’s the perfect time to start thinking about barbecues and summer entertaining outdoors. Here are a few key ways you can spruce up your backyard patio so that you’ll be ready for your first BBQ in no time. I found this helpful article on Houzz (while you’re there, check out my new professional Houzz […]

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DIY: Build Your Own Raised Beds

This year, I am embarking on another new adventure with my church’s new vegetable garden ministry! We aim to grow fruits and vegetables in our backyard to donate to local food banks and/or local needy families in the area. We are just getting started, but I am already learning a lot. Since we found out that […]

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4 Seasons Recommends: The Viburnum

[Photos courtesy of Lurveys.com] The Viburnum is a choice shrub for almost any garden. It comes in many varieties, but all grow well in partial shade to full sun and most produce beautiful, fragrant flowers in the spring. [Photos courtesy of Lurveys.com] The Blue Muffin, or Arrowwood, Viburnum grows well in shaded areas or full […]

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Recycled Painting Project: Repainting and Stenciling an Old Dresser

Every now and then, I like to give my creative muscle a little extra workout in designing or refinishing furniture, testing out new techniques or trying out different tools/products.  (Check out my new dining room chair covers here.)  Recently, we’ve landed upon some of our relatives’ old furniture and I’ve been dying to try something new with […]

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Starting Seeds

container garden for a client It’s hard to start thinking about Spring with so much snow outside (but how can you not with the promise of such beautiful flowers as above). If you’re planting heirloom seeds (which take a little longer to germinate), it’s just about time. And if you’re using other seeds, it will be […]

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New Seat Covers in 3 Simple Steps

I bought this cute retro cloth off of Etsy because I just had to incorporate it into my home somewhere.  A little while later – new chair covers!  The material is perfect as it’s durable and won’t wear from frequent use. I bought it from Jodi Walter Jones’s Etsy shop, Sew Fine Fabrics and she made it […]

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7 Great Reasons to Start Your Own Vegetable Garden

Having your own garden can give you much more than just a few extra tomatoes and cucumbers to share with your neighbors.  It can better MANY aspects of your life – including your finances, family relationships and of course, your health! Easy to say, but still wondering how this is possible?  Here you go! Easy access […]

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