Wednesday, October 27, 2010

I've Been Going A Little Potty Lately!

Spring has well and truly sprung and what better way to celebrate the fact than by decorating your outdoor room with loads of character old terracotta pots and filling them with a glorious range of annuals. What makes it even more fun is colour matching the annuals to the pots. Take a look at the pics and you'll see what I mean. My favourites are the multi coloured violas and petunias.

I can't believe people actually pay for reproduction terracotta pots straight out of China...ludicrous!! All the little terracotta pots pictured were sourced from my local hospice store. Each cost the princely sum of $1 or less.

I've also created a small potager and am so excited to see potatoes are starting to sprout, cherry tomatoes are now flowering and strawberries are ripening as we speak. I've also planted some gorgeous crunchy baby cos lettuces into individual pots which are flourishing nicely. My little birdie friends are also particularly interested in whats being produced so have resorted to covering with mesh netting to keep their eager beaks at bay.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

This goes with that!

I love mixing and matching....not clothes but my odd, sometimes battered, usually distressed, abundantly worn objet d'art I seem to have the uncanny knack of attracting into my world.

Here's the recipe to create this unconventional collection. Take one battered old farmhouse mantel piece preferably encrusted with palettes of faded pastel paints. To that position beneath a slightly warped and faded character hall table. Throw in a couple of mellowed terracotta pots...preferably with cracks and a few chips.

Complete the setting with a sprinkling of budget accessories which include one used birds nest, an old duck decoy and some ancient bowling balls. Pretty it up with your finest antique linen teacloth, a healthy flowering hydrangea and pretty pink and cream marble eggs. There you have it.

I hope you can take some inspiration from this electic vintage menage and create your own cosy outdoor room setting.