A Closer Look at the Darien Estate

If you’re interested in amassing a collection of objects for your home that conveys a strong sense of individuality and energy, you’ve found your creative partner in Marvin Gardens! Contact us today to learn more about how we can assist with your next design project. In the meantime, take a closer look at one of the residence we recently helped seasonally decorate!

Photo Credit: Marvin Gardens

5 Festive Winter Plants

Contrary to popular belief, it’s very possible to have a beautiful and healthy garden in the winter time. There are a wide variety of plants that can be grown successfully during the cooler months and with a little bit of know-how and some TLC, they can thrive wonderfully into the spring and even the summer of the following year.

At Marvin Gardens, one of our favorite winter plants has always been the Poinsettia with the whimsical Christmas Cactus not too far behind. They both add such a festive touch of cheer to any yard and also liven up interiors just as nicely!

A few others include:

Skimmia x confusa Kew Green: Shiny green leaves with fragrant greenish-yellow flowers. great for under trees in partial shade, drought tolerant.

Choisya ternata Sundance: A rounded dense shrub, evergreen with bright yellow-green glossy leaves. Scented white star shaped flowers in clusters in late spring.

Helleborus niger ‘Christmas rose: Clustered light green flowers on strong stems, forms bold clumps of deeply divided evergreen foliage.

Contact Marvin Gardens today to learn more about how we can help with your holiday decorating!

Decorative Repurposed Garden Animals

If your garden needs some character, there’s no way you can pass up this adorable collection from Marvin Gardens. Featuring a wide variety of animals from piggies to goats and everything in between, “Animals” is a collection of Mexican folk art that’s been created from recycled pieces of industrial and agricultural sheet metal. Many of the pieces are life-sized creations that still bare original paint and lettering. These repurposed little guys make great holiday gifts so purchase a few today!

Contact Marven Gardens for more info and visit the Animals album on our Facebook to see more from the collection. And don’t forget, you don’t have to be a member to view our Facebook page!

Photo Credit: Madeleine Stanley

4 Favorite Bold & Beautiful Rooms

How adventurous are you willing to be with interior wall colors? There’s something to be said for bold splashes of colors and it certainly can completely transform a space. On the other hand, various shades of white and eggshell colors are very neutral and versatile and can be the most efficient rout to take for some people. So which category do you fall into when it comes to your preference for room colors? The bold or the boring?

At Marvin Gardens, we just love character. Whether it comes in a simple shade of grey, a flashy firecracker red or a plain-Jane white, character is what counts. But if you are thinking about adding some a bold new shade or two to your walls, take a look at a few or our favorite rooms as pictured in Canadian House & Home!

Photo Credit: From Tricia Guild’s On Colour: Decoration, Furnishing, Display (1992 Abe Books), photography by Richard Bryant

Photo Credit: Martha Stewart

Photo Credit: From Coco + Kelley Favourites photo gallery on Houseandhome.com, room design by Suzanne Kasler

Photo Credit: The City Sage, February 10, 2009

Dressing Up Your Gingerbread House

Crafts and the holiday season inevitably go hand-in-hand. Decorating Christmas cookies, glittering stockings and of course hand-making ornaments are just a few of our favorites here at Marvin Gardens. One of our particularly favorite holiday projects is building gingerbread houses. Not only do gingerbread houses make the perfect holiday centerpiece, but they’re delicious and creating them is a fun activity for the little ones. If you’re planning on taking on the task of building one this holiday season, we’ve got something for you. Take a look these tips from Canadian House & Home for making sure your project goes off without a hitch! For more information on how to improve and simplify your holiday craft projects this season, contact Marvin Gardens.

Photo Credit: King of Prussia Mall

A Closer Look at Some Elegant Items from Marvin Gardens’ Fall Collection!

Elegance, timelessness and quality are three characteristics you’ll always find in Marvin Gardens’ fine home and garden decor. Accessorize indoors or outdoors with items from our antique, vintage, contemporary and traditional collections to craft a genuinely unique ambiance that cannot be found elsewhere. Take a look at some of our newest fall items for sale. Contact Marvin Gardens today for more information!

Old 46"D Firepit Available for Sale
Redding Estate Large Teak Root Ball: Marvin Gardens Landscape Architect: Richard Hartlage, AHBL.com
Ridgefield Estate, 2010 Large AgriOrb: Marvin Gardens Other Styles and Sizes Available for Sale
Redding Estate Custom Pergola by Marvin Gardens, 2004 12'x16', Aluminum Columns, Painted Redwood
Redding Estate Garden Cloche Landscape Architect: Richard Hartlage, AHBL.com
Jacquemart Iron Dogs French Reproduction Available for Sale

Photo Credit: Marvin Gardens

Garden Favorites from the Shippan Designer Show House

If you didn’t have a chance to visit the Shippan Designer Show House over in Stamford last month, then you’re in luck. We’ve managed to find some fabulous photos from our pals over at Victoria Lyon Interiors of their Creative Garden Retreat. Lyon, an Old-Greenwich-based designer, worked in tandem with friend Robin Horton, creator of the award-winning blog Urban Gardens, to create the lovely space.

Lyon is also responsible for the show house’s elegant “Cocktails at Sunset” room, which was decorated almost entirely using eco-friendly processes and materials. Brava!

Photo Credit: Elements of Style

Brilliant New Flooring That’s a Pretty Penny

If incorporating new flooring into your latest room design is a task on your to-do list, there are literally dozens of different materials to choose from: laminate, bamboo, tile, cork wood and vinyl, just to name a few. The possibilities of what you can use are endless and various options can beautifully complement a specific room better than others depending on the décor you have in place. Additionally, certain materials may be better suited to your needs depending on the type of climate that you live in. For example, if you live in an area with high humidity and moisture, then it is best to choose flooring material as like stone, marble, granite or concrete slabs because it won’t rot and does not absorb water. If you live in a cold climate, then carpet might be a good option as it’s a good insulator and will help keep your space warmer than it’s cool counterparts.

A recent post from Inhabitat introduced us to an innovative type of flooring material that might just be versatile (and hip!) enough to be used in any home. Take a look, it’s absolutely brilliant!

Photo Credit: Inhabitat

Contact Marvin Gardens today to learn more about how we can help with your next remodeling project.

Take a Look at Marvin Gardens’ New Design!

You’ve probably noticed some changes to the Marvin Gardens blog this week. But fear not, all the same information that you’ve come to expect from us is still right here! We’ve simply changed the design to be more efficient and accessible to our readers. Some of the new features include:

  • Boxes at the bottom of each post that suggest similar content for posts that “you might also like”
  • More posts on the homepage arranged as smaller excerpts
  • Facebook “like” and “tweet” buttons at the top of each post so that you can easily share with friends on your social networks
  • A cleaner featured-post gallery window at the top of the blog that previews recent posts (see below)

Leave us a comment today and tell us what you think about our sparkly new look!