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Faux Balconies That Provide Real Curb Appeal

Adding a faux balcony, also called a “balconette” or “Juliet balcony,” is a great way to revive a tired-looking home and to add instant character and artistry to an otherwise boring facade. A seemingly small change, mounting a faux balcony has the same effect as an expensive home remodel, since the simple addition of a […]

The Best Cascading Flowers for Window Boxes

When it comes to window box planting, there is a rule of thumb that many are aware of; it’s known as the “thriller, filler, and spiller” rule, which gives the window box a balanced, beautiful design. Cascading flowers for window boxes, the “spillers” of the triune, are called such because they “spill out” of the […]

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 […]

Beautify Your Backyard with These Home Improvement Ideas

Warm weather season is here, and that means outdoor entertaining with family and friends. But what if your outdoor space is not yet ready for backyard barbeques and summer night stargazing? No problem—our backyard decorating ideas will transform your patio into a serene oasis where your guests will look forward to gathering. And if you’re […]

Wrought Iron Faux Balcony Decor that Instantly Transforms Your Home

Boost the Curb Appeal of Your Home with Wrought Iron Faux Balconies

Are you struggling to find a way to add more beauty to the exterior of your home? Window planters and landscaping can only do so much for your yard. The addition of wrought iron faux balconies could be the solution that you have been looking for.

Find out how to use faux balconies to boost the value and curb appeal of your home. Read more

This elegant Victorian lantern casts a warm glow and complements any space.

Creating Unique Arrangements with Terrariums & Lanterns

Everyone has a few empty spaces in their home that are just calling out for their perfect finishing touch to bring polish to the room. Artificial and living arrangements displayed in lanterns and terrariums are unique solutions to the riddle of “What could go there?” Here are some ideas to get you inspired filling up those empty spaces with the beauty of plants growing or arranged in eye-catching containers:

 

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  1. For the Walls. Everyone’s got them–those small spots on the walls that are noticeably empty but not large enough for a piece of art or a framed photo. Small wall-mounted terrariums and lanterns can fit into those spaces with ease, and there are many different types available. You can purchase terrarium kits with colorful flower seeds included like the Wall Cone Terrarium with Plants that give red, pink, white and purple flowers for no-fuss arranging. If you prefer silks to living plants, you can also choose something like the Valencia Hanging Wall Lantern and Hook Set and fill the globe with fake succulents, flowers or herbs instead of a candle.[/one_half][one_half_last]
    Valencia Hanging Wall Lantern and Hook Set

    The Valencia Hanging Wall Lantern and Hook Set can make your outdoor living room more cozy.

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  1. For Overhead Space. High ceilings make a room feel spacious and open, but they can pose some interior design challenges. In areas where furniture has a low profile, the wide open space can seem a little too empty. Installing a hanging lantern like the Antiqued Gold Gazebo Hanging Lantern filled with an arrangement of artificial flowers or faux greenery will beautifully fill the space without adding any extra maintenance to your home.[/one_half][one_half_last]
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    Antiqued Gold Gazebo Hanging Lantern makes a great accent lantern for outdoor living areas.

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  1. For the Corner. Is that one corner in the living room’s emptiness painfully obvious? A freestanding terrarium can transform that spot into a stunning indoor garden. An elegant design like the 58″ Tall Freestanding Wardian Terrarium Case will bring sophistication to the decor of the room where you entertain guests, and as an added bonus, you can be sure it will become a conversation piece. Everyone will want to get up close and marvel at your lovely garden.

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  1. For the Dining Table. Purchasing a fresh flower arrangement every time you invite guests over to dine can get expensive and be a hassle. Forgo the bouquets and perishable candle centerpieces and instead display a group of terrarium candles like our Hammered Hurricane Terrariums. Fill the bottoms with realistic artificial plants that complement your decor, and you’ll have a stunning centerpiece that will stand the test of time. You can even change out the plants to match the season or holiday or to complement the look of the dinnerware you’re using for every occasion.[/one_half]

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Hammered Hurricane Terrarium

Hammered Hurricane Terrarium can be easily personalized for the seasons with the use of different materials in the bottom.

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  1. For Accent Tables & Shelves. You don’t want your home to look cluttered, but bare tables and shelves can be just too spartan. A terrarium filled with flowers, succulents or mosses can take up that empty space and transform it with living beauty. A small tabletop terrarium like our 8.5 inch Small Terrarium is a great choice for beginners, and this simple design will complement most styles of decor. [/one_half]

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Small English Style Terrarium

Small English Style Terrarium is perfect for summer tabletop centerpieces.

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Not only are these lantern and terrarium ideas the perfect way to fill up those empty spots in your home, but they’re also great for Mom’s house. Check out the selection of lanterns and terrariums at Hooks & Lattice to find the perfect pieces to spruce up your decor and get your Mother’s Day shopping managed at the same time.

How do you like to arrange and decorate your terrariums? Share your wisdom in the comments below.

Shop our full collection of terrariums and other home and garden accents HERE.

White window boxes set the stage for begonias, violets and euphorbias.

The Votes Are In! The Winners of the 2014 Window Box Contest Are…

You’ve waited all year to find out who the winners of the Window Box Contest for 2014 are and we have them for you! After much deliberating and deciding who should be granted the best window boxes in America, we’ve finally come to a decision. Check out the winners below, then formulate your 2015 photo contest takeover.

1st Place for Window Box on a Rail: Coming to Life: A Deck’s Transformation by Janet Sheehan

The transformation from the beginning of the season to the height of the season is just miraculous! Janet did a wonderful job making her grey patio into something that is just as beautiful as the forest behind her patio fence. Putting six flower window boxes on top of the rail creates a living wall, if you will, of falling vines and blossoming flowers once fully grown. Great job!

Jan's scalloped wood window boxes make a big impact on her deck.

Jan’s scalloped wood window boxes make a big impact on her deck.

1st Place for Window Box on a Wall: Presidential Window Box Splendor by Kevin & Annette Klingel

We must say that this has to be one of the most well thought-out home improvement projects that we’ve had the pleasure to witness. Kevin and Annette updated their entire home from top to bottom and not forgetting about the middle, added ten black window boxes to their home, garage, and shed. Using black Presidential style window boxes that match their newly painted shutters and updated roof, they contrast perfectly against the light exterior of their home for a complete transformation.

The Klingels black window boxes and matching shutters are a curb appeal knockout!

The Klingels black window boxes and matching shutters are a curb appeal knockout!

1st Place for Most Creative Window Box: Winter Decor in Boxes on Garage Wall by Cathy Litrofsky

Cathy did a fantastic job getting creative with her living wall planters! Filling a vertical wall planter, which once had succulents in it for summer, she used winter evergreens for a festive holiday look and placed these three light blue planters on a large wall of her garage that doesn’t have a window, so she improvised and made her own accent living window.  Just as a window or piece of art, these vertical wall planters bring life to what was once a boring wall.

Show Winter who's boss -  Add evergreens and pine cones for a festive display.

Show Winter who’s boss – Add evergreens and pine cones for a festive display.

The People’s Choice Award: Summer on Flora St. by Julie DeMarco LaPorta

These window box planters were definitely a favorite among everyone. With large blossoms of Violets, Begonias, and Diamond Frost Euphorbias, these window boxes are definitely the center of attention on Julie’s street which just so happens to be Flora St. As that may be a coincidence, it is not by coincidence that these window boxes won the People’s Choice as these window boxes were without a doubt, the most plentiful and beautiful.

White window boxes set the stage for begonias, violets and euphorbias.

White window boxes set the stage for begonias, violets and euphorbias.

Now that you’ve seen just how beautiful the best window boxes in America can be, it’s time to make a plan for 2015. Even if it’s cold outside, you can get started now on a window garden that can win you awesome prizes, gift cards, and special promotions from Hooks & Lattice. This year’s winners have already started their shopping sprees, entering is easy.

Here’s what to do:

  • Grab an empty planter, or shop window boxes online to select your container
  • Take a break from Facebook and plan your plantings prior to delivery
  • After the thaw, insert plantings and snap a few photos
  • You can upload your entries to the site. Click Here to go to the 2015 Window Box Contest

After you entered and your post is featured, the more you share and tell your friends the more likely you are to win. This contest doesn’t just reward amazingly beautiful window boxes – it rewards gardening socialites! So enter away or simply contact us with questions or for assistance choosing the best window box planter for you.

Sales@HooksandLattice.com | 1-800-896-0978 toll-free

Use window planter reservoirs for container gardening success.

2015’s Top 6 Gardening Resolutions and Trends

It’s that time of year again, the time for making resolutions. Whether your resolutions are to get to the gym more, go to sleep earlier, or save more money, we’ve complied a couple resolutions that will still fall in line with the classic ones and a couple that that will be trending in the New Year.

Here are 2015’s Top 6 Gardening Resolutions & Trends:

  1. Get outside more. Take a walk around your building at lunch, walk around the block with your family after dinner, or do a little spring prep in the garden to ensure for a prosperous garden come springtime. Try container gardening if you’re in a region of the country where it’s just too cold to be outside right now. Window boxes with a cleat hanging system make perfect containers for small space gardening. Plant whatever your heart desires (keep in mind the small space), keep the box inside until it’s warmer outside, and then hang it below your window once it’s warm enough outside. Click Here to find out When and How to Start Seeds Indoors.
Egg carton and egg shells with young plants

Do-it-yourself seed starting in eggshells! Image from Hew and Sew.

  1. Use new gardening tools. If you’re an avid gardener or you’re just starting out, gardening tools are you best friends. Start off the New Year with new gardening tools. They’ll be all clean and shiny and you’ll want to get in the garden and yard ASAP to break them in. This is also a great time of year to order your garden trellises so they’re ready to use when you buy plants in the Spring.
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Sign up for our email list and we’ll deliver can-do curb appeal tips right to your inbox!

  1. Improve your home’s curb appeal. This is a biggie. You’re lucky if this can be accomplished in one afternoon, but for the rest of you, this will be an ongoing but incredibly rewarding project! All it takes is some motivation (like seeing a gorgeous house on Pinterest), dedication, and a plan. You can improve your home’s curb appeal by simply mowing the grass, trimming the grass along the sidewalk, and pruning bushes and trees. But if you really want to differentiate your home from all the other houses on the block, think about installing exterior window shutters, window boxes, or flanking your front door with planters with tall topiaries. Click Here to meet Sage, she’s our curb appeal expert. Follow us on YouTube and we’ll let you know when she has her next curb appeal tips video!

  1. Try new plants. This may seem daunting as you are probably very comfortable in your current flower/plant situation. But isn’t that was the New Year is all about, trying something different? Add a more colorful arrangement of flowers to your planters, mix it up with different heights and densities of plants, and plant some veggies that you’d like to cook up later to go along with the next resolution.
"A Cheerful Hello" - WindowBoxContest.com Entry

“A Cheerful Hello” – WindowBoxContest.com Entry

  1. Eat healthier. This one can be a little difficult for those of you that work from sun up to sun down but there are small and also very affordable ways you can make small changes that will make a huge difference later. You can grow your own herbs in your kitchen. I mean, come on, who doesn’t love fresh basil and mint? With container gardening, you can even grow mushrooms, tomatoes, and micro greens right on your countertop. Click Here to view seed starters and tabletop grow boxes.
This should spice things up!

This should spice things up!

  1. Save more money. Isn’t this something everyone strives for in the New Year? You can accomplish this multiple ways this year. Save money on your water bill by using planter reservoirs in your pots and hanging baskets so you never need to worry about over or under watering your plants. You can also save money on your water bill by planting drought-tolerant plants that naturally require less water. Dramatically reduce your grocery expenses by growing your own herbs, veggies, tomatoes, and lettuce. You can even plan ahead and start growing your own lemon tree for delicious citrus in the coming years! Click Here to view planter reservoirs.
    Use window planter reservoirs for container gardening success.

    Use window planter reservoirs for container gardening success.

    You can shop all of these great gardening solutions at www.HooksandLattice.com, or simply pick up the phone and call us for guidance: 1-800-896-0978.

 

Hooks & Lattice Holiday Gift Guide 2014

Top Ten Gardening Gifts for Christmas 2014

Holiday Gift Guide 2014

 

Hello, holidays! ‘Tis the season to discover wonderful and unique holiday gift ideas for family, friends and Secret Santa trades. Check out these home and garden decorations to delight a range of loved ones and colleagues on your shopping list this year.

This set of mini garden statues fit gardens of any size.

This set of mini garden statues fit gardens of any size.

1. Gorgeous Garden Statues 

Price range: $30-$70

These pretty little toadstools make great gardening gifts all-around. Whether planting in small containers or a large back yard, statuettes lend an element of surprise to botanical arrangements. In addition to bright, whimsical colors our selection also features metallic styles like pewter statues for more minimalist gardeners.

 

Glittering with fresh 'snow' this live pine wreath welcomes everyone warmly.

Glittering with fresh ‘snow’ this live pine wreath welcomes everyone warmly.

 


2. “Whispering Winds” Winter Wreath

Price range: $50-$60 with shipping

Delicate snowflakes, noble fir sprigs and silvery frosted accents – it doesn’t get more wonderfully wintery than that! This living evergreen wreath makes an elegant front door hanger for the holidays. Great for party hosts, office gift trades and next-door neighbors.

 

Fun and unique for the gardener who has everything.

Fun and unique for the gardener who has everything.


3.Decorative Moss Obelisk 

Price range: Starting at $46

Although these garden decorations are not officially holiday-themed, they certainly feel seasonal. Each cheerful wire obelisk is embellished with lifelike moss-mat material. Gift recipients will love them for front steps or the holiday hearth. Available in three sizes.

A complete DIY kit for indoor gardeners.

A complete DIY kit for indoor gardeners.

 

4. Hanging Teardrop Terrarium Kit

Price range: $25 + shipping

Whisk life and color into someone’s wintertime decor this season. Terrarium kits are among those unique holiday gift ideas with a “green” spirit. And anyone can assemble and enjoy with this easy all-in-one package – kids and growing-novices included!

 

Fun and modern, terrariums fit in windowsills and on desktops for a pop of color.

Fun and modern, terrariums fit in windowsills and on desktops for a pop of color.

 

5. Bottle Terrarium Kit for Tabletops

Price range: $39 + shipping

Just a touch more advanced than our #4 gardening gift suggestion, this tabletop terrarium kit lets indoor growers start from seed. Again, we love this as a Christmas gift idea for eco-inclined youngsters. Terrariums also make memorable ideas for holiday gift exchanges with a $50 spending limit.

 

Rolls come in 4, 8, 16 and 33 foot lengths.

Lengths: 4, 8, 16 and 33-foot

 

6. Coconut Coir Liner Rolls

Price range: $25 and up

This may not seem like the most exciting of garden gifts, but we guarantee container growers who use coco husk will love you for it! Want to spruce up the presentation? Add fun wrapping paper and tie springtime seeds onto the roll with a festive bow.

 

Urban dwellers love these modern hanging planters.

Urban dwellers love these modern hanging planters.

 

7. Lunar Hanging Bowl Planter

Price range: $24 and up

Know someone with an eye for modern details? This indoor hanging basket is oh-so sleek and stunning. Potted with simple green grasses and herbs, it’s the ultimate addition to minimal-chic home decor. Also available in sphere and oblong shapes for a modern mix-and-match.

 

This should spice things up!

This should spice things up!

 

8. Hot Pepper “Foodie” Growing Kit

Price range: $22 + shipping

Help friends and family heat up cold winter nights with some spicy, homegrown peppers. Ideal for lovers of cuisine or as a creative $25 gift exchange idea. All materials and instructions included. Foodie Seed Kits also come in tomato and basil varieties.

 

Eco-conscious giving never looked so stylish!

Eco-conscious giving never looked so stylish!


9. Lavender Seed Kit and Bamboo Planter

Price range: $20 + shipping

Looking for Secret Santa ideas in the $25 range? Tap into the appeal of lovely lavender for your lucky recipient. This handy growing kit is made in the USA and totally eco-friendly. Great for windowsills and work desks. Not into purple? Check out green herb alternatives like mint and parsley.

 

A green & recycled gift for small space gardening.

A green & recycled gift for small space gardening.

10. Basil Seeds & Recycled Bottle Planter Kit

Price range: $40-$45 with shipping

Calling this the ultimate “green” Christmas gift isn’t a stretch. A re-purposed wine bottle turned into eco-friendly growing space? Um, yes please! Add some basil seeds to the equation and you’ve got a delectable pesto-producing plot that doubles as attractive home decor. A no-brainer for anyone on your holiday shopping list. Check out more ideas like this one here.

 

For more unique, garden-centric holiday gift ideas be sure to visit us at http://www.hooksandlattice.com and follow us on Facebook and Pinterest.

Welcome guests with the fresh look and SMELL of balsam pine boughs.

Fresh Ways to Use Christmas Wreaths

Welcome guests with the fresh look and SMELL of balsam pine boughs.

Welcome guests with the fresh look and SMELL of balsam pine boughs.

Fresh Ways to Use Christmas Wreaths

Smells have a way of evoking feelings and memories from long ago.  For me, the smell of cut pine will forever make me think of carefully crafting Christmas wreaths with my father in our back yard.  While I no longer make my own holiday wreaths thanks to time constraints and lack of easy access to materials, I enjoy the flood of memories that comes whenever I get a strong whiff of evergreen.

Fresh Christmas wreaths have been used for centuries to celebrate the season.  Traditionally hung on the front door to welcome guests from next door or across the county, creative homeowners have been coming up with some interesting Christmas decorating ideas using this age old symbol of the season. 

Where to hang your Christmas Wreaths

While a wreath hung on the front door will never go out of style, there is no reason to stop there.  With a little imagination, a wreath can be turned into a multi-purpose Christmas decoration.

In a window

Many holiday wreaths are hand crafted works of art, to beautiful to keep to yourself.  If you are looking to share your Christmas spirit with the whole neighborhood but don’t want to subject your wreaths to the elements, try hanging wreaths inside your home in street facing windows.  If you like the idea of a wreath hanging in your window but want to enjoy it yourself, just hang your wreath inside the curtains.

Over your table

A big part of Christmas celebrations is the family meal.  The memories made when gathered around the table with close friends and family really is the reason for the season.  Help bring the spirit of the season to the dining room by hanging a wreath horizontally above the dinner table like a holiday chandelier.  Any meal eaten under a wreath is bound to be filled with joy and holiday spirit.

 

Above your bed

Around the holiday season, sleep can become pretty rare.  Between visits with rarely seen relatives, late night and early morning shopping trips, and the always-enjoyable gift wrapping sessions, sleep deprivation can set in early around Christmas.  When you do get the chance lay your head down, wouldn’t it be nice to drift off with memories of Christmases past floating through mind?  Hanging a wreath above your headboard is a great way to remind yourself why you love the season each night before bed.

This year when you decorate for Christmas, remember that wreathes are not just for the front door, spread the joy around your home with these Christmas decorating ideas. For the highest quality fresh Christmas wreaths visit HooksandLattice.com. Handcrafted fresh Christmas wreaths shipped express to doorsteps around the country and guarateed.