What’s Your Favorite Comfort Food?

After a long, hard winter’s day full of the hustle and bustle of life, there’s something so soothing and nostalgic about savoring a bite of warm apple pie just like mom used to make. Comfort foods soothe the psyche by reminding us of fun childhood memories and usually invoke feelings of nostalgia, safety, and security. For the most part, comfort foods  epitomize home cooking; dishes can range form casseroles and stews to pies and  puddings.

Over the next few months, Marvin Gardens will be making available to you our own line of specialty soups. These southern style soup mixes include Texas Tortilla Soup and Lone Star Chili and are designed packaged to be given as gifts. Keep an eye out for more information on all the delightful varieties we’ve got to offer.

In the meantime, we’d like to know, what’s your favorite comfort food?

Photo Credit: Big Blend Magazine

Gorgeous Fall Planter Ideas!

There’s something so enchanting about a vintage, silver-plated item. Be it a serving platter, lettered cuff links or even an ornate chandelier, silver tells a story and adds character to any setting. If you’re searching for some decorative planting ideas this fall, track down some silver goblets or vases and transform them into gorgeous planters! Take a look at a few of our favorite silver containers-turned-succulent planters!


Photo Credit: Etsy

Contact Marvin Gardens for more design ideas by e-mailing MarvinGardensUSA@gmail.com.

Does Travel Inspire You?

There’s usually no better vehicle for inspiration for a designer than visiting another country. Often times, international voyages provide them with a feast of ideas to bring back to the drawing room when planning their next remodel or maybe it rouses ideas for items to be on the lookout for on their next buying trip.

HM Oliver’s own Amabel Chan is no stranger to this concept of travel-inspired design. She took a trip to France last year and came back with tones of great ideas, as noted in our last post, “Get Inspired.”

Well now, the opportunity to travel abroad to seek out your own inspirations is all yours. Design Sherpa, the Atlanta-based Social Media marketing team, asks the question, “What Inspires You?”  in their upcoming designers contest. The designer with the most compelling answer can win $10,000 and an all-expenses-paid trip to Paris, France to attend the Maison & Objet show at the Paris-Nord Villepinte Exhibition Centre.

At Home in Arkansas Editor-In-Chief Diane Carroll and renowned design blogger Tobi Fairley, will be part of the panel of judges that have been hand-picked by Design Sherpa.

Click here for details on your chance to win!