How to Keep Hanging Baskets from Drying Out

“Why do my hanging baskets die?” This is a common question, and yet the answer in most cases is surprisingly simple: they are not getting enough, or a consistent amount of, water. Because the plants and flowers that are planted in hanging baskets have little room to grow, and the small amount of soil included […]

How to Prep Your House for Airbnb Guests

New to Airbnb hosting? We’ll help you prepare your home for Airbnb with this list of tips on how to make your property a haven that your guests will remember. Some of the items on these lists are “must-haves,” while others fall under the “it would be nice to offer.” But one thing is for […]

Live Life in Color with These Effortless Curb Appeal Solutions

You do not need to spend money on major renovations to begin transforming the look and function of your backyard or the exterior of your home. With the help of window baskets, decorative outdoor planters, and eco-friendly materials, you can easily begin landscaping your home. Discover some of the best, and easiest, curb appeal ideas for 2016.

Bring More Color to Your Home with Beautiful Decora Liners

When choosing outdoor planters, there is a lot of options to consider. You should start by considering the look or style that you want to create and the curb appeal ideas that you want to incorporate. If you want a bold look, then you may want to examine the many Decora style planters and liners that we have available.

Del Mar Decora Window Box

The Del Mar Decora features hand bent scrolls and delicate details.

Metal Liners that fit Decora Window Boxes:

These planters are constructed from durable wrought iron that is powder coated to protect the planter against rain and severe weather. You can choose from multiple planter liner styles when adding a Decora planter, including real copper or galvanized metal liners. These window box liners should provide years of use and allow you to choose a color and style that matches your existing decor.

Complement Your Rustic Styling with Distressed Wood Boxes

For those of you that prefer a more rustic style, we also have a selection of distressed window boxes constructed from fiberglass. These planters are designed to mimic the look and feel of real distressed or reclaimed wood. You can choose from dark hickory, cherry, and driftwood finishes. By choosing a fiberglass window box, you can enjoy years of use, without worrying about warping, decay, and damage as you would a real wood planter.

Add Plant Life to Your Porch with Hanging Flowers

In addition to window cage planters and fiberglass wood planters, you can bring plant life to your porch with the use of hanging flower baskets. There are many designs to choose from. But, our most popular options remain the English Garden hanging baskets. These baskets are constructed from flat wrought iron bars and lined with an eco-friendly coconut liner. This is the perfect choice for displaying hanging flowers.

Step 1: Choose Hanging Basket Size

Step 2: Optimize Irrigation

Step 3: Stock Up on Replacement Liners

Choosing a Location for Your Outdoor Planters

There are many ways to use planters and hanging baskets to decorate the exterior of your home. Planters can be mounted below window sills, along railings, or on your balcony. Hanging baskets can be attached below the overhang of a porch or from a tall fence post. For all of your mounting needs, we have an assortment of window box brackets, braces, and planter hangers. This allows you to choose any location along the outside of your home for displaying vibrant plant life.

Here’s to All Things Easy–Especially Curb Appeal!

These are just a few examples of easy curb appeal ideas. There are many ways to transform your home. But, outdoor planters and flower boxes offer affordability and ease. Our selection of quality hanging flower baskets and wood boxes make the perfect addition to any home. They are easy to mount along windowsills, patios, railings, or hang from your porch.

If you are ready to add more color to the exterior of your home, then browse our wide assortment of quality, durable outdoor planters and hanging baskets.

 

Facing Forward with Exterior Shutters

Facing Forward With Exterior Shutters

Exterior shutters were once a real necessity for homes. House shutters were used to cover fragile windows during storms and block out the sun to keep temperatures cool during the hot summer months. Today, our windows are more durable and able to stand up to inclement weather. Plus, most homes have air conditioning systems or fans to regulate temperatures.

 

That doesn’t mean that there’s no place for wood shutters on homes anymore. On the contrary, more and more people are installing or upgrading cedar shutters and other types of shutters to enhance the curb appeal of their homes.

Exterior Shutters in 4 Easy Steps

If you’ve been considering a shutter upgrade or installing shutters for the first time, you can follow these four steps to ensure you select the perfect look for your home:

 

  1. Consider the Size. Shutters just don’t look right if they’re not the correct scale. Even though you’re not going to close them, you may want the illusion that you could. This means that you should select house shutters that are half of the width of your windows and equal to their height. Decorative shutters do not need to be exactly half the width, saving you money because they’re smaller.

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  1. Choose the Best Materials. You can purchase shutters made out of many different types of materials, including vinyl and composite; however, if you want the most authentic look possible and want to maximize the value of your home improvement, wood exterior shutters are the best choice. Cedar shutters are among the most durable of natural wood options, as the material is naturally resistant to rot and pests. See all materials here.

 

  1. Select the Right Style. Shutters come in many different styles, and different types complement different styles of architecture. Here’s a quick look at some of the best pairings:

Victorian, Italianate, Georgian and Greek Revival Homes are all nicely complemented by Louvered shutters like our 12″ Wide Unequal Panel Cedar Louvered Shutters, which are made to order.

Cape Cod, Mediterranean, Spanish, Ranch, and French Country Homes will look best with Board & Batten designs. A style like our Painted Cedar Board and Batten Shutters, which can be customized with more than 35 cutout designs, will perfectly match the architectural style.

Federal and Colonial homes are often completed with raised panel shutters on the first floor and louvered on the second floor. Our made-to-order Cedar Raised Panel Exterior Shutters are available with numerous panel patterns to suit any homeowner’s tastes and pair wonderfully with our louvered cedar shutters.

 

  1. Pick Out Your Color & Hardware. Typically, shutters should show a high degree of contrast from the color of a home so that they stand out. You can use a color wheel to see what hues will coordinate best with the primary color of your home. While it’s not a necessity, hardware like false brackets and L-shaped shutter hinges can enhance the authenticity of exterior shutters and add to their charm.

Exterior Shutter Hardware

Hooks and Lattice make shopping for exterior shutters incredibly easy. We are truly your one-stop shop for house shutters and have a huge selection of styles, including a wide range of premium cedar shutters. Shop our full selection, where you’re sure to find the perfect look for your home.

 

Cedar combination exterior shutters can bring elegant curb appeal to any home.

How to Enhance Home Decor Elegance with Exterior Shutters

Boasting some of the most beautiful exterior shutters on the market, we here at Hooks and Lattice are devoted to elegance and beauty in the name of home decor. We believe every home, apartment, and business could use a little sprucing up, especially to boost custom curb appeal. Our array of window shutters vary in size, shape, and color – and we can customize those aspects to suit your decor needs and specifications.

If you have only just begun thinking about exterior shutters to enhance the elegance of your home decor, we have some helpful advice on shutter types, as well as how to measure & install shutters, to get you started.

Choosing the Right Shutter Colors

The right composite window shutters can make or break the curb appeal of your home, apartment, of business. Take for example a small office building incorporated within an old-fashioned, yet beautiful, Colonial home. The home could be lovely shades of blue and white with tinges of dark brown, representative of a timeless look. When pondering exterior shutters for this type of place, you would want to match the colors of the exterior home decor to the shutters. Tackiness can be the death of curb appeal.

Traditional louvered exterior shutters bring life to this home.

Black louvered exterior shutters bring life to this home’s classic brick exterior. Source

To choose the perfect shades and colors of your composite window shutters, you have to really examine your home – getting up close to pinpoint and pick out both bold and subtle hues in your decor. After that, choosing and matching up colorful, or neutral, exterior shutters should be a breeze.

How to Install Exterior Shutters

Hooks and Lattice shutters come with guarantees of ease. We believe the best house shutters are those that require very little time to install, but provide years, perhaps even decades, of beautiful decor elegance.

We offer two options for installation of your window shutters – decorative mount or operable use. Each pair of shutters includes the hardware required to mount them, as well as instructions on how to secure the pairs into place.

Architectural Louvered Fiberglass Shutters with Matching Window Boxes

For example, for fixed shutters, you would hold the shutter in place while drilling into your window frame. Hook the hardware into the drilled holes, and voila! You have a perfectly mounted pair of decorative shutters to accentuate your home and add instant elegance to your exterior decor.

Hooks & Lattice Shutters – For the Win!

We take pride in saying, and being able to back up the fact, that our exterior window shutters in all their colors and shutter styles are the best. You simply cannot find the quality, care, and customization in big box stores. Add to the fact that we offer advice on upkeep, as well as guarantees, and you can see why our exterior shutters have been ranked at the tip top when it comes to home improvement.

Bring elegance to your home decor with a pair of house shutters from our slew of high-quality house enhancements!

Use our Exterior Shutter Buying Guide to help you choose the best shutters for your home or business.

How to Use Planter Reservoirs to Conserve Water & Help the Environment

Water is not always a free-flowing resource, especially as we look for new forms of conservation and ways to limit our impact on the environment. Luckily, there are steps you can take to ensure you do not waste water while keeping your plants healthy. Whether you have difficulty keeping your plants watered or want to learn new ways to help the environment, the use of self-watering planters will be beneficial. Keep reading to learn more about self-watering reservoirs and how to begin conserving water to do your part for the environment this Earth Day.

 

How to Choose a Planter Reservoir

When choosing a planter reservoir, pick from a range of sizes to fit your existing planter or contact us for custom sizes and orders, including planter reservoirs for window boxes, planter boxes, and even hanging baskets. No matter what type of plant you want to grow, you can make any container self-watering by adding one of our quality water reservoirs.

 

Setting Up a Self-Watering Reservoir

In order for your planter to properly disperse water, follow our instructions for using a planter well self-watering reservoir and look over some of the sizes we have available. This is something that any homeowner can do and setting up your self-watering planter is not a complicated task. In addition to window boxes, we also have a range of options for those wanting flowerpot reservoir inserts.

Make your flowerpots self-watering planters

Make your flowerpots self-watering planters

If you need to utilize a hanging basket for your plants, we have you covered. We have two separate options for your hanging plants – choose from a fiberglass hanging basket insert, which is a perfect match for our coconut coir basket liners, and a hanging basket planter reservoir. Both are easy to install and simple to refill.

 

Hanging basket fiberglass inserts with planter reservoirs are the best solution for hanging basket flowers.

Fiberglass inserts and planter reservoirs are the best solution for hanging basket flowers.

We also have square self-watering systems for square containers and large rounded reservoirs for larger planters. These reservoirs are installed in the same manner as the other water systems and over time you will discover that they offer a great return on investment.

 

Yet another solution for saving water and the time needed to refill your reservoir is the use of a rain catcher. These large water reservoirs can collect rain run-off from your downspouts, making the entire process hassle-free.

Rain catchers are a great way to save water and use it where you need it.

Rain catchers are a great way to save water and use it where you need it.

Save Time and Money

Having a planter reservoir can help you save time and money by limiting the amount of work needed to care for your plants on a regular basis and helping you conserve water. In some areas, recent droughts have led to water rationing and an increase in water utility rates. Save water in the garden and time needed to care for plants. As a bonus, conserving water is a great step towards limiting your use of natural resources and helping out the environment.

 

For any type of plant life, you can save water, time, and money, by using a planter reservoir. To start saving water while caring for your plant life, visit our website and take a look at our self-watering reservoirs for window boxes, planters, and hanging baskets. For custom sizes and order, feel free to contact us any time.

Faux Bracket Placement Guide for Window Boxes

With their crisp lines and beautiful plants and flowers, window boxes are a great addition to any interior or exterior window. But the finishing touch to creating a show-stopping piece is something small – a faux bracket or decorate corbel. Our window planter boxes are so sturdy and easy to install that they don’t need visible brackets supporting them from underneath. However, faux brackets can add a great detail to a window box and provide the perfect finishing touch.

No-Rot, Everlasting Beauty

Our faux brackets come in a variety of styles to match our many window box options. Faux brackets for our PVC window boxes are made of resilient weather resistant materiel and are designed to not rot or mildew while providing you a lifetime of beautiful flower boxes that look like real wood. Check out our selection of composite flower boxes and brackets to find the perfect style for your home.

Fake brackets for direct mount window boxes can be painted to coordinate with the flowers or color scheme of your home. If your PVC flower boxes fall into the XL category (these boxes have an XL before the name, such as XL Premier Hampton or XL Premier Laguna), the classic XL faux bracket is the right size and style for you. All other types of PVC window boxes work well with the standard faux bracket. No matter the size, the traditional shape of these brackets make them a subtle but stylish accent to complete your look.

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How many brackets do I need?

Once you have determined the style of your window box brackets, you need to purchase the correct amount. Faux brackets are sold individually, so you can purchase as many as you desire.

In general, we recommend:

  • 2 brackets for 24″ to 48″ window boxes
  • 3 brackets for 60″ window boxes
  • 4 brackets for the 72″ window boxes

When using multiple brackets, measure in from the sides so that the brackets are spaced evenly to create a cohesive and uniform look. Installing the brackets is a simple process – after measuring and lightly marking where each bracket will go, use a PVC adhesive to attach brackets to the bottom of the window box and allow to dry. The window boxes can them be hung easily using normal installation instructions.

 

Faux brackets are a simple detail that can make a big impact on the overall look of your window boxes. It doesn’t take much time or effort to put together a flawless and complete look! For more information about decorative brackets for window boxes, go to Hooks & Lattice and check out our Brackets section.

Ever wonder how these things just 'float' under windows?

Installing Window Boxes the Right Way

Ever wonder how these things just 'float' under windows?

Ever wonder how these things just ‘float’ under windows?

Planter boxes are timeless and beautiful home and garden additions. A well maintained window box planter can add a touch of elegance to any home. At HooksandLattice.com, you can choose from lots of different kinds of container designs and materials, like vinyl, wood, fiberglass, and various types of metal, but the material with the most versatility is that of the composite PVC window boxes.

Life’s Easier with PVC

PVC planter boxes have the appearance of wood and can be custom painted by HooksandLattice.com, like this ArmorCoat Bronze Laguna with Cleat Mounting System, which is actually a real bronze coating (install guide included). PVC composite material looks as elegant as true wood without the hassle of maintenance. PVC window boxes don’t feel like plastic, and when painted, they look and feel like actual wood.  Unlike vinyl, wood, and most metal boxes, a cellular PVC will not rot, bend, sag, crack, or rust.

How to Perform Your Window Box Installation

An improperly hung window box can not only cause damage to your home, but can also cause serious injuries to yourself and others. The following instructions are included only as an installation guide, and because PVC boxes can be installed on almost any siding, specific instructions will vary. Be sure to contact a licensed contractor for your project before you hang your PVC window box.

Measuring

For the most traditional and simple way to hang a new window box, use a direct mount window box planter. Before making your purchase, you want to make sure that you’ve got the right sized window boxes. As a general rule of thumb, it is recommended that you measure the window you intend to use so your planter box doesn’t extend more than four inches past your window.

Mounting for Wood/Vinyl/Stucco

  • Use a stud finder to locate the studs in your wall underneath the chosen window. Mark the spot of each stud. Not having a planter box properly secured to a stud in the wall is the quickest way to bring it and maybe even part of your wall to the ground.
  • Center the planter box underneath your window. Transfer the markings from the studs to your container and drill holes into the box. It is important to properly align your markings before you transfer them and start drilling so your project will be level.
  • Recenter the box underneath your window and mark the wall through the holes you just drilled in the box. This is where you will drill the pilot holes into your siding. If you don’t properly align your markings, you’ll be sure to have a lopsided planter box.
  • Drill the bolt holes through the marking you made on your siding, then bolt your container to the wall. PVC window boxes are often heavy, so it may suit you to use other tools, like heavy duty clips in addition to your bolts to keep your planter box secure.

 

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Do I need Brackets?

Before bolting composite flower boxes to the wall, you may want to add a pair of decorative brackets to your direct mount for additional decorative flair and support for your container. A window box can be heavy on its own, but its weight grows even more when you add soil and plants. While not necessarily required, decorative brackets can be useful to provide support in windy or otherwise dangerous areas. Click here to peruse both decorative and functional support brackets. Installing planters on brick or masonry? Our installation guides cover both!

Now that you know how to hang window boxes, your house is posed to be the talk of the neighborhood. Explore our selection of charming PVC window boxes and brackets on HooksandLattice.com to bring some variety into your home and garden today.

It's easy to incorporate artificial arrangements into any baby shower theme. Think color!

Baby Shower Flowers for Every Season

Baby showers are a time to celebrate a sweet new bundle of joy and a great opportunity for ladies to get together for a fun party. But when planning a baby shower and dealing with all of the games, food, and decor, it helps to have something to save time and make a statement. Artificial floral arrangements are a simple way pull things together for a polished and creative baby shower and make for unique baby shower decorations. No matter the season of your baby shower, artificial flowers are always in bloom.

It's easy to incorporate artificial arrangements into any baby shower theme. Think color!

It’s easy to incorporate artificial arrangements into any baby shower theme. Think color!

Baby Shower Flowers for Every Season

Spring

Welcome the bright blooms of spring with silk flowers-no need to worry about getting your bulbs in time to enjoy a breath of fresh air. Spring is all about new life, so incorporate bright colors and interesting shapes. After a long winter, it’s nice to have flowers that bring joy and gladness. A chic spring decoration is this potted peony arrangement. The vivid pinks and crisp whites paired with a chic container make for the perfect springtime baby shower décor for a baby girl. For a boy, incorporate green, blue, or yellow flowers.

Summer

Let your creativity run wild in the summer. It’s time for a laid back shower with bright colors and interesting blooms. Break out of the mold and try arrangements in unique shapes and containers, like this country delight arrangement in a watering can. Sunny colors and big blooms make summer arrangements extra special. And with artificial flowers you don’t need to worry about the heat turning your baby shower flowers to a crisp-they can look great and last throughout the season.

This artificial arrangement has tulip, roses and hydrangeas - the perfect baby shower centerpiece!

This artificial arrangement has tulip, roses and hydrangeas – the perfect baby shower centerpiece!

Fall

As the air begins to grow crisper, bring in the warm earth tones of autumn with color and earth-inspired textures. Fall flower arrangements can be rustic and include pumpkins and hay bales, or can stay sophisticated, like this rose and hydrangea arrangement in stunning fall colors and perfect for a boy or girl. No matter the style, look for artificial flowers in coordinating rich reds, oranges, and browns to match the changing leaves outside.

Winter

Keep things crisp in the winter by using monochromatic flowers in somber shades. This stunning gender-neutral snapdragon arrangement uses crisp white to match the snowfall, but brings in rich emerald greens for a dash of color. Winter floral tend to be more sophisticated and traditional, but don’t be afraid to bring in color in small doses.

Throughout the year, artificial flowers are the perfect accent to a baby shower. And with quality design and artificial arrangements, your guests won’t even be able to tell the flowers aren’t real. After the party planning is done, you can enjoy the beauty of a gorgeous floral arrangement and the smiles of a newborn baby.

The sulfur compounds in garlic make it a tasty ingredient and great way to lower your blood pressure.

Growing Garlic in Containers

There aren’t many scents more delicious than garlic-laden food simmering in your kitchen. This bulbous plant is used around the world as a seasonings and condiment. Its popularity has made it a staple in modern grocery stores and specialty markets.

Still, store-bought garlic can’t compare to fresh garlic grown right in your own home. Garlic is a very hardy plant that can even be grown in the winter, so you and your family can enjoy its savory goodness all year long. Growing garlic is similar to cooking with garlic, because both beginning chefs and seasoned cooks can excel at it. And here’s the best part: when you’re growing garlic in containers, no garden is necessary.

The Best Containers for Growing Garlic

No matter what container your select, make sure that it can withstand long exposure to sunlight. Here are two that are perfectly suited for the task.

Tinley ceramic planters. Designed with a tree-bark texture, these planter pots come in black, white, or brown. They are 13″ in both diameter and height, so they’re compact enough for any area of your kitchen, windowsill, or patio.

– Vertical garden with containers. This multi-use product can be used to grow garlic or virtually any herb or seasoning you could imagine. The tough fir frame holds 16 small terra cotta pots that are as cute as they are functional.

The sulfur compounds in garlic make it a tasty ingredient and great way to lower your blood pressure.

The sulfur compounds in garlic make it a tasty ingredient and great way to lower your blood pressure.

How to Grow Garlic

If you’re not sure about what variety of garlic to plant, DigginFood has some great tips about selecting local garlic varieties.

Step 1: Choose a high-quality potting soil. Garlic is known to develop root fungus when grown in subpar soil. Fill your container with your soil, leaving approximately two inches of space at the top.

Step 2: Select the largest cloves and break them apart. Make sure not to break the paper-like wrapper that encases each clove. Plant them 3″ deep within the soil, and 5″ apart from each other. Fill each hole back up with soil, leaving 1″ between the tip of the clove and the surface.

Step 3: Gather straw or bamboo. During cold months, cover your garlic with these materials to keep them warm. Remove them immediately when the weather heats back up.

Step 4: Wait for your garlic to grow. Keep the soil moist at all times. Begin fertilizing it every three weeks with a liquid fertilizer.

Step 5: Harvest. When the bottom third of the leaves have yellowed, it’s time to pick your garlic!

There is an endless amount of recipes you can prepare with garlic. From sauces to meat, your home-grown garlic is sure to be a hit with your family, friends, and guests.

 

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