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Tuesday June 17th, 2014

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10 Planters To Brighten Your Garden

This year I seem to have finally made it into the safe zone with my at-home herb garden. The Bellocq Tea team gave us a stunning footed planter as a gift last year (the one above – full of paperwhites!) and Julia and I bought a mix of mint, rosemary and thyme to grow inside…

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Thursday December 12th, 2013

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30 Gifts for the Gardener

As much as I wish I was able to have my own garden, I’m so thankful for the friends and family who’ve been kind enough to share theirs with me this year. From fresh tomatoes at my parents’ home in Virginia to herbs from a friend’s Brooklyn terrace garden, I felt the garden love even…

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Friday October 11th, 2013

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18 Fun Doormats for Fall

This morning felt like the first official cold day of fall. Leaves are everywhere in Brooklyn, the wind is picking up and I seem to be bringing more and more muck home on my shoes from the dog park every morning. So rather than continuing to trek the entirety of my neighborhood park onto my…

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Friday October 4th, 2013

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Striped Watering Cans

I know that prime summer gardening season is behind us, but it’s never to late to plan for next year- or to keep your indoor plants thriving. I’m loving these beautiful hand-painted watering cans that come in a cheerful range of red and green colors. They’re pretty enough to leave out during the day (so…

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Thursday April 11th, 2013

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25 Gardening Essentials

This month is all about GREEN so I’ve been loving the chance to bookmark all of my favorite gardening accessories. I may not have a yard to cultivate larger scale things, but I’ve been elbow-deep in potting soil this season getting my kitchen garden and about a dozen pots of begonias and ferns ready for…

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Tuesday April 9th, 2013

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30 Must-Have Hanging Planters

Yesterday we enjoyed a seriously incredible spring day that hit 68 degrees. Amy and I had a meeting outside, in the park, with our shoes off. It doesn’t get much better than that. In light of the amazing spring weather- and our April “green” theme- I decided to dedicate some posts to great planters of…

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Tuesday April 2nd, 2013

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Our Top 25 Watering Cans

Last weekend I hit up the incredible plant sale that Saipua had to support their new flower farm upstate. In addition to checking out some crazy beautiful plants and awesome cacti, I brought a few begonias and ferns home with me. I’m hopeful that my track record with these particular plants will mean they thrive…

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Thursday December 13th, 2012

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2012 D*S Gift Guide: For Gardeners

I have absolutely no green thumb, so I’ve worked hard to cultivate friendships with people who do. From those talented florists and gardeners I’ve learned a few skills that have helped me keep a couple plants alive in my apartment over the years. Those plants and flowers make me so happy, so this holiday season…

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Thursday September 6th, 2012

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beaded plant hanger

I’m always looking for ways to bring more plants into my home, but realistically, there’s only so much surface area. While I’m certainly a fan of macramé, I love how clean these wooden beads feel. The hangers are made my Melissa Hruska of Etsy shop AMRadio. Melissa lives in Grand Rapids, MI, where she spends…

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Friday August 24th, 2012

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hardwood paddle ball

I’m heading out to the beach today (take that, pale legs!), so I’ve got beach games on the brain. I actually ordered boogie boards online this week; the only thing missing from an afternoon of fun is a good game of paddle ball. I grew up with the soft neon foam sets, so this striped…

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Friday August 17th, 2012

Tuesday August 14th, 2012

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beetle & flor

I’m always looking for an excuse to bring new planters into my home. And when they’re geometric, I barely even need an excuse — I can’t resist them. These modular planters from Beetle & Flor in Brooklyn are made of hand-cast terracotta and would work really well for small kitchen herbs. You can combine them…

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Tuesday July 24th, 2012

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sweet details

I’m neither a wine drinker nor a homeowner with a place for a mailbox, but that’s not going to stop me from wanting both of these pieces at BHLDN. Who wouldn’t want to get love letters in a heart mailbox? And if you’re pouring someone special a glass of wine, why not cork it with…

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Monday July 9th, 2012

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potted

Vertical gardening is incredibly popular with city dwellers, but it’s not always possible to do en-masse like you see in lush garden magazines and on television. Most of us have limited light and space, so creating a full wall isn’t feasible. These super sleek City Planters from Potted in LA are a great alternative because…

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Monday June 25th, 2012

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joey roth self-watering planter

I’m always excited to see new designs from Joey Roth. His ceramic speakers are my favorite on the market, hands down, and his newest design is a great addition to existing outdoor options. Inspired by Olla, an ancient irrigation tool that farmers still use to conserve water in arid climates, Joey designed this self-watering planter…

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Monday June 4th, 2012

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color wonderful at leif

If I could give awards to shop keepers, I would. Maybe I should. Some sort of store appreciation award is definitely in order for Leif. I am constantly bookmarking or posting everything in their “new” section because the owners do an impeccable job of curating. When a shop is that spot on, someone behind the…

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Monday April 16th, 2012

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halona glass plant toppers

Oh, Halona Glass. You can do no wrong in my book. Ever since Kate surprised us with a gorgeous arrow-shaped prism from Halona this spring, I’ve been giving them as gifts whenever I have an excuse. So I was happy to see that Halona added some new pieces to their Etsy shop, including this beautiful…

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PUTIKmade

Now that the sun seems here to stay, my window plants are happily soaking up the extra rays. I’m usually content to crowd all of my terra cotta pots on a single windowsill, but hanging planters are starting to make a lot of sense to me. They free up counter space (which makes my cat…

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Wednesday April 11th, 2012

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eggplant garden hose

For someone without a yard, I spent an inordinate amount of time thinking about garden hoses. Namely because it’s branch season, and filling up my demijohns (which have crazy tiny necks) with cup after cup of water is excruciating. So I’ve been looking for a hose to attach to my sink, and this purple garden…

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Monday April 9th, 2012

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carved oak rope swing

Speaking of warmer weather, is anything more summery than a rope swing? Amy and I have been dying to set up a swing (to join our library ladder of joy) in the office, so this guy could jump to the top of my office wishlist. Dzierlenga F+U created this swing exclusively for Kaufmann Mercantile using…

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