A Customized Winter Update

We’re sure you’ve had plenty to keep you busy so far this December. With the approaching events and family occasions, balancing it all while also having your home in holiday condition, can seem like an overwhelming task. The trick to juggling it all at once is to go to the right people and places for outdoor garden inspiration. Since the exterior of our homes offers so much for our guests, passersby, and for our own enjoyment, let’s take a look a few winter decorative elements we’ve been working on here at Marvin Gardens.

A favorite of ours this year has been the private decorating that we’ve been doing at client homes. Though we thoroughly enjoy working at the store, working directly with our clients in their homes gives us an opportunity to explore many more creative outlets. Take a look at some of our current installations. The urns display a variety of wonderful winter scenes perfect for the entire season.

winter urn with white birch branches

urn with natural colored branches

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you haven’t stopped by Marvin Gardens yet, take some time to do so! We’ll be happy to show you our large selection of vintage, antique, and eclectic outdoor items to outfit your home with. If you’re fond of the urns we showed you above, be sure to ask us about our custom painting service that’s available at no additional charge!

‘Tis the Season for Conservatory Style Decorating!

Conservatory Style Decor
Bringing the outdoors inside is easy when you see all the beautiful pieces we carry.

We can’t think of a better time than now to share with you our passion for conservatory style decorating. Have you heard of this method of design? If not, you might be surprised to learn that the style is much more common than you think. In fact, you have probably used the style in your home’s design without even knowing it!

Conservatory style decorating involves bringing the indoors out and the outdoors inside. It’s a way to incorporate your glamorous garden decorating into your living, kitchen, and family space designs. During this time of the year, when nature offers such lovely natural décor, it’s a perfect time to fine tune your home with conservatory style.

At Marvin Gardens are particularly fond of this style because of the timeless look that it offers. Though trendy patterns and pieces may be impressive décor at the moment, beautiful natural elements from the outdoors will always create a bold look.

How Will You Use Your Storage Bins?

There are few things in our homes that have a fantastic assortment of uses and can be used in many ways. Can you think of some of those things? It’s likely that baskets or some other type of storage tops your list. And why not? Those items create a beautiful way to display things, store things, and can even be set aside as general décor. Every once in a while something catches our eye and we get excited about its possibilities all over again. Such is the case with our industrial bins here at Marvin Gardens.

Can you guess some of the bold pieces we have at Marvin Gardens?

The industrial bins that we carry can be used as beautiful planters or as storage bins for wood. They can even be used for kindling and recycling – it all comes down to how creative you’d like to be. What’s more, our storage bins even have an interesting history. To learn more about the storage bins and our other unique designs, stop by to see us!

New Additions at Marvin Gardens!

Over the next few weeks, expect to see a lot happening at Marvin Gardens! Have you taken a look at our newest additions yet? With everyone preparing their own winter decorations, we couldn’t miss out on the opportunity to outfit our shop with fantastic holiday decorating.

outside of marvin gardens

There’s nothing quite as impressive as a bold look for your home. But how do you achieve this look during the winter and holiday season? Though it takes a little finesse, getting the right look that is both personalized for your tastes and is alive with holiday spirit can be done. At Marvin Gardens, we bring dozens of those kinds of options, inspired by our own decor and unique pieces. For example, have you considered using faux bois and vintage cast cement containers or birdbaths as holiday gifts or as dramatic table top interior pieces?

We would love to share more about how this can be done in your home! Take a look at our newest additions at Marvin Gardens by stopping by for a visit!

Use Interior Plants as Your Hostess Gifts This Season

There is no season quite like the season at hand. During the peak of fall, there are so many exciting events that are looming in front of us. In fact, with all of the approaching holiday parties, you might be getting concerned about gift ideas for your endearing hostesses. What kind of gift sends a polite message and is also useful? We have just the idea for you.

Interior plants have been a kind gesture for a long time. They have been both symbols of peace and beauty since the tradition of gift giving was even founded! This year, consider offering your hostess a striking angel vine, olive tree, or miniature potted lavender as a kind gesture. At Marvin Gardens, we also carry other ferns, succulents, or meyer lemon and tangerine trees that would serve as wonderful gifts. Afterward, your friend can use the plant to provide a lovely addition to the home’s interior space.

potted lavender
Isn't this potted lavender lovely?

If you haven’t been to Marvin Gardens lately, be sure to stay updated with our newest items by “Liking” Marvin Garden on Facebook. There, you’ll find pictures of our décor and plenty of inspiration for your home.

Eleven Shades of Brown!

If you’re a regular reader of the Marvin Gardens blog, you’re probably already familiar with the fact that we have a category called, “Eleven Shades of Grey.” Why, you may ask? Well that’s a completely separate story for another time. But one of the main things that prompted the category’s name was the fact that within every color’s index is an expansive catalog of hues or “shades”. Shades of red. Shades of yellow. Shades of grey. Aside from grey – which, as you can tell, we love – there are so many beautiful neutral and earthy colors that are adequately representative of both the garden and the home. Blues and beiges are great examples. Another wonderful example is the color brown, which also seems to be making a strong comeback in the design world.

From Canadian House & Home:

Brown tones are just so darn classic and versatile, and their earthiness brings warmth to a farmhouse or lends a posh feeling to a penthouse. And yes, I know for many of you classic sophisticates, brown has never left.

London Clay (244) from Farrow & Ball is a muddy brown favorite of mine.

Durango (2137-30) from Benjamin Moore is nice, too.

 

Above is Michael Penney’s fave: Bittersweet Chocolate (2114-10) from Benjamin Moore.

And how about a timeless fabric?

Photo credits via Canadian House & Home:

1. London Clay (244), Farrow & Ball
2. Durango (2137-30), Benjamin Moore
3. Bittersweet Chocolate (2114-10), Benjamin Moore
4. Imperial Trellis II in Java/Cream (174413), Schumacher

Caring for a Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree

One of the most beautiful uses of an indoor plant can be seen in the Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree. Its gorgeous leaves enliven a room and make it feel fresh. Bringing this bit of vogue into the room doesn’t come without costs however. The tree must be well taken care of to survive indoors, so we thought we’d share with you the best way to care for a Fiddle Leaf Fig tree.

fiddle leaf fig tree in sunroom

Before watering the tree, make sure that the top soil is dried out. Then, water the tree slowly around the stem and continue around to the outside of the soil. Stop watering once you see water coming into the bottom tray. If you don’t have a tray to judge by, use about 3-4 cups of water in all. Also consider keeping a close eye on the tree – some weeks might require more watering than others. Another way to care for the tree is to give it some fresh air once in a while. Avoid especially hot or cold air, but take advantage of mild breezes.

fiddle leaf fig tree in breezeway

Taking special care of this extraordinary tree is well worth the effort. It looks fantastic in a variety of interior settings and complements any space well. For more ideas on beautiful plants for your indoors, contact Marvin Gardens.

Photos courtesy of Habitually Chic.

Get on the Ball with a Marvin Gardens Subscription!

Do you like us? Like really, really like us? Well then you should subscribe to our blog if you haven’t done so already! Join the many that already have and opt in to receive our every update in your e-mail inbox! As a subscriber, here’s how it will work: every time we update our blog with a new post, you’ll receive a notification directly in your e-mail with the option to either read the entire post there (great if you’re on the go and just want easy access the blog information) or go to our blog and read that post as well as browse ass Marvin Gardens posts, past and present. It’s as simple as that!

Here’s how to get started:

In the upper right corner of the blog’s homepage is an area that says “Get Posts in E-mail”. Enter your e-mail address in the box right below. One you’ve done so, you’ll receive a verification e-mail asking you to confirm your subscription. After you’ve confirmed, you’re all set and on your way to staying up-to-date on all things Marvin Gardens! So hop to it!

Arrange Containers to Maximize Landscapes

Interested in adding some variety to your landscape this summer? Then consider incorporating an assortment of planters of different shapes and sizes! Whether they’re rustic and weathered or polished and chic, they will add depth and flavor to your garden.

Marvin Gardens has a handful of tips for you from container gardener Steve Silk to get started. Take a look below:

Even unfilled pots can be useful in the garden: Even though it wouldn’t seem like it right off the bat, it can become a fine focal point or seating area.

Use containers as a means of traffic regulation: Nothing slows a group down in their tracks like a narrow passageway. Group some containers together closing up a walkway to naturally slow visitors down.

Use pots to describe garden spaces: Things like hallways, enclosures and corners can all be created by with containers. This gives a unique “space” feel to any garden.

Arrange fragrant container plants to freshen walkways: The fragrance of varieties like pineapple sage, scented geraniums, rosemary, lavender and other herbs are wonderful container species that can be grouped in front of an entrance way for a nice burst of luxurious fragrances.

Contact Marvin Gardens today form more information on our wide variety of unique vintage garden containers!

Photo Credit: Pompeii

Introducing Rosemary Milner!

If you’re not already familiar with the deeply imaginative work of Rosemary Milner, then pay attention. Marvin Gardens has absolutely fallen in love with the screen-printed wallpaper, books and fabrics from this English artist. Her patterns are whimsical and she loves traditional approaches to printing and production and has perfected the art of hand stitching, hand etching, silk-screen printing and lino illustration. We came across some of her swatches on decor8 and we’re simply enamored with her current collections. They are inspired by flora and fauna with historical narratives including woodland animals, British birds and botany, alongside her own fresh take on them. Take a look below at some of the sweet and charming patterns that possess a fairy-tale like quality. From the soft butterflies to the fleeting foxes and everything in between, her patterns are perfect for a powder room or perhaps and children’s room reading nook.

Rosemary’s designs have a traditional, rural and bespoke quality; hand stitched motifs, stitched-into papers and fabrics and embellished vintage found items are quintessentially Rosemary’s style. The range also extends into mass-printable linens and furnishings for the home, evoking a subtle, composed feel for interiors.

Visit Rosemary Milner’s website to learn more about her creative designs!

Photo Credit: Rosemary Milner