Creative

One Flower, 3 Ways

With our upcoming workshop on orchid design, we got inspired to start some Spring arrangements early. Inspiration comes from a huge range of resources, for these arrangements, we used nature itself. Take a look at how we translated the orchid into 3 unique looks.

For a traditional take on the orchid, a concrete pot adds an outdoor aesthetic. We started with a baby arrangement, perfect for the nightstand or a small space like a bathroom. On the right, adding more orchids called for a larger pot that works as a table centerpiece.

The multiple heights and buds on the stems draw the eye to several points of interest and the combination of vivid greens keep this arrangement simple yet modern.

For a more unconventional design, we started with an earthy birch tree pot. The bamboo stick tied with twine adds a realistic, still-life element and gives height to the arrangement.

We kept the mossy base neutral and realistic looking, maintaining the earthy aesthetic. The addition of a spiky succulent adds a contemporary touch.

For our final design, a deep, oversize vessel with pops of color makes an elegant yet bold statement in any room.

The interaction between the different florals creates an eclectic base while the height and ambiguity in the taller flowers creates movement in the design.

Join us for our FREE orchid design demonstration on January 28th, and receive a discount on supplies to create your very own! RSVP Here

Pantone Color(s) of the Year 2016: In the Bedroom

With the new year comes a new Pantone color of the year, or should we say ‘colors’ of the year. 2016 marks the first year that 2 colors were crowned the top spot, and Pantone experts kept them in a similar range, angling for gentler colors. Pantone claims the shades represent consumers' quest for mindfulness and a reflection of culture's increasing acceptance of gender fluidity. Meet the Winners:

 Photo | Pantone

Photo | Pantone

Joined together, Rose Quartz and Serenity demonstrate an inherent balance between a warmer embracing rose tone and the cooler tranquil blue, reflecting connection and wellness as well as a soothing sense of order and peace. While it’s hard to get past a nursery mindset when looking at these pastels, these hues really can be sophisticated and chic. In the name of home decor, we’re giving you a primer on how to incorporate the colors into your bedroom—without turning it into a pastel playground.

MAKE IT PRETTY

The obvious and easy route for using Rose Quartz in the bedroom is to keep it soft and ladylike. Choose to use it in rooms that exude femininity, like the bedroom or bath. By candlelight it will provide a luminous tone in the room, creating a flattering and soothing ambiance.

MAKE IT MASCULINE

The more interesting thing to do is to take some dark rich grounding colors—some charcoal, navy, deep rich brown, even burnt orange is gorgeous with these colors—and create a sophisticated palette using Serenity and Rose Quartz as accents.

 photo | Pine Cone Hill

photo | Pine Cone Hill

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MAKE IT PLAYFUL

To combine the colors for use in one look, keep it playful by using patterns. The colors come together in a pattern and make an ideal accent to an otherwise solid base. Beyond the watercolor floral print shown here, these colors will also work as a paisley, or in a plaid.

To shop any of the looks above, stop in and see our Bella Notte and Pine Cone Hill Bedding, among others.

Have you Met Melinda?

You've probably encountered her milling around in her Sunday's best at our Encinitas location and thought to yourself, 'I wish I could pull that look off." At least that's how we feel- Melinda just so happens to be our resident fashionista. She first got her name when Lili's granddaughter came by and was enamored by this lady's charming presence. Every time we do a floor move, Melinda celebrates the occasion with a new look. Let's take a look at how Melinda's taste has evolved over the years...

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When the weather warms up, Melinda tends to go for a natural look by visiting our botanical bar. In this look, she opted to drape a shawl of floating lotus.

One of Melinda's favorite accessories is kitchen utensils. In these two looks, she uses both balsa wood and stainless steel flatware to circle the neck. In look 1, a ribbon circles the waist and Melinda recycled printed paper bags to complete a sustainable pleated skirt.  In look 2, she kept things chic with a simple utensil print pencil skirt.

Last Halloween, Melinda opted for a Victorian goth look to get into the holiday spirit. Using our printed kitchen paper to form a pleated strapless dress with a sash empire waist, she elevated the look with a feather boa and draped netting.

Instead of the traditional red-carpet look, Melinda opted for a classic Dash & Albert black and white striped rug, accented by a second mint colorway for the bustle. She completed the look with rustic branches at the neck to keep the Gardenology aesthetic.

A ragged hem sways with linen napkins in assorted neutrals. To top it off, Melinda added the Vietri Lastra jumbo and regular mug as charms at the neck.

So there you have it. Keep an eye out for Melinda the next time you visit our Encinitas location, and please share with us your favorite look!

Gardenology Ties the Knot

Well, sort of. In truth, we were swept off our feet by Carmen (Carmen Santorelli photo) and Kasia (Plenty of Petals) when they popped into our Encinitas location with plans to shoot an exquisite photoshoot at Hamilton Oaks Winery. Naturally, they fell in love with our Vietri tabletop pieces and requested to feature them in a shoot they were collaborating on with a group of talented local creatives. Kasia also made use of our Whitestone urn in one of her stunning floral designs. We featured some of our favorite shots from this ethereal photoshoot below. You can view the full feature on Style Me Pretty!

Photography: Carmen Santorelli | Floral Design: Plenty Of Petals | Venue: Hamilton Oaks Winery | Bridal Boutique: Elle Bridal Boutique | Event Planning + Design: Meadowsweet Events | Furniture Rentals: Hire Elegance | Hair + Makeup: 10.11 Makeup | Linens: La Tavola | Paper + Calligraphy: Type & Title | Ribbon: Bellame Ribbon And Co. | Tabletop Rentals: Gardenology