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 […]
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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.
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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:
- 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]
- 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]
- 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.
- 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]
- 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]
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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!
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Baby Shower Flowers for Every Season
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.
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.
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.
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.
Is there any nature lover who doesn’t adore birds? Waking up to the delicate tones of birdsong and bird spotting in the early evening are just a few of the joys that birds bring to the world.
Birds: Universal Motifs of Peace
Images of birds have created a relaxing aesthetic in home décor for centuries, and pieces inspired by bird cages have rose in popularity since the Edwardian era. They add rustic charm to indoor and outdoor spaces alike. Here are five of our favorite bird products, from bird cage planters to bird houses.
- Wood and Wire Birdcage Centerpieces. This set of two centerpieces measure 9.5″ W by 19.25″ H will charm your guests and create a sweet atmosphere in your home. However, we cannot recommend decorating your backyard with these centerpieces – their wooden base has not been treated to handle inclement weather.
- Veranda Decorative Bird Cage. If you do want to express your love of birds on the outside of your property, consider adorning your deck or patio with this elegant fountain-like monument. The cage’s thin wires are perfect for displaying flowers you’ve grown in your garden, combined into a vibrant bouquet.
- Medium Bird Cage Planter. With this indoor planter, you can move on from just showcasing your flowers and plants to growing them in a bird cage-inspired planet. The planter bowl is 9.5″ deep, and the iron wire frame of the cage is sturdy enough to support climbing vines. Every one of these planters has been painted by hand, so you’ll know that each one is truly unique!
- Medium Glass Bird Cloche on Stand. Say goodbye to traditional candy or pastry trays, and say hello to this coffee table-friendly glass cloche. It’s an ideal gift for anyone who’s had trouble deciding how to display their knick-knacks, collections, and other small treasures worthy of being shown off. The metal and iron wires of the black stand are reminiscent of a bird cage. This piece stands 7″ H, while the bowl itself is 1.75″ H and 6.5″ in diameter.
- Driftwood Birdhouse. Out of these five products, this is the only one that real birds should actually use. This birdhouse is just as beautiful as it is functional. It’s sure to become a focal point of any outdoor area. Birds will flock to this birdhouse year after year to start families of their own, while you and your own family look upon the hatchlings with delight.
Unless the bird product you want to complement your home’s atmosphere specifically states that it is intended for use by actual animals, please do not use it for the housing or shelter of real birds. When in doubt, talk to a specialist at your local pet store about the best habitat for both domesticated and wild birds.
Love to admire gorgeous railing and window planters teeming with botanicals? You’re not the only one! It’s this appreciation for the best window boxes and flower arrangements that makes Hooks & Lattice so proud to sponsor the nationwide Window Box Contest each year.
Today, we congratulate the 2013 contest winners across four categories. Additionally, to all entrants, we warmly thank you for participating. Each contestant serves to grow our online community of passionate container gardeners. And it’s our belief that the more beauty and inspiration there is to go around, the better.
Now, the moment we’ve all been waiting for – it’s time to announce the victors!
Winner #1 – Window Planters On A Wall
Our first category was ripe with competition last year. But in the end, Stella Anastasia’s “Seeing Red” arrangement proved simply irresistible. Tapered Copper Window Boxes provide the ideal contrast against bright white siding. And the whole presentation pops beneath a noteworthy red roof.
Winner # 2 – Railing Planters Category
And the prize goes to: “A Cheerful Hello” by Joe McGarvey. This green thumb knew what he was doing with texture and color, layering in dimensional vine and floral combos. And making the whole display possible is two affordable railing planter boxes – beautiful and budget friendly. Couldn’t be any better if we’d dreamt it.
Winner #3 – Most Creative Window Box
Our winner is “Marvelous Mandevilla” submitted by Joanne Ahern. Can you believe this was once an unremarkable greenhouse riddled with exposed valves and eyesores? Joanne really outdid herself using a pair of window planters and cleverly placed mirrors to finish her space off in gorgeous fashion.
Winner #4 – Before & After
Sweet, sweet curb appeal is the real winner in this category. Along with contestant Stefanie Meyers and her “Summer of Abundant Colors” entry. Talk about a transformation! This clever homeowner used our Presidential Vinyl Window Boxes in red to match her front door. And by adding flower arrangements for shade she capitalized on a tricky environment, resulting in a spotlight on her light grey home’s exterior.
You Could Be A Winner in 2014!
All you have to do is enter by uploading photos onto the contest website.
This year we will feature three exciting categories of competition. Along with bragging rights, winners will receive garden-centric prizes to delight their taste for outdoor living. Let the container gardening games begin!