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In addition to the excitement around opening the first Burke Decor boutique in Ohio, I got to take my son with me, and being a born and bred Angelino, that meant he got to see fall for the very first time. I honestly did not know how really beautiful fall is. It never looks like this in LA.
AND THIS is the song we’d been singing to get ready for our trip.
I love wall plants. You can say they are a little too “done”. But I don’t care. I love them, always have, always will. The picture above is of my newest staghorn fern and i think it is AWESOME,
I used them as a project in my first HGTV Room Crashers episode. I had to compromise a little due to time and budget – I wanted to do a “trophy wall” of staghorn ferns but had to settle for two large panels:
Julianne Moore’s garden was featured in Architectural Digest and had exactly the look I was dreaming about:
Stag Horn Fern’s aren’t the only option for wall mounting plants. We have quite a few wall mounted plants around our place – here are some highlights:
Got to spend some time with our friends from Organic Hammer this last weekend. Organic Hammer is an awesome sustainlble landscape design firm located in Encinitas CA. A totally inspiring visit with the Amy and Steve, their kids (pretty much the two cutest little girls on planet earth) and a sneak peek at Amy’s new permaculture farm in Leucadia. She just got access to the land and is in the very beginning stages of a HUGE permaculture project. “Organic Hammer is starting a new project: a permaculture farm on a ½ acre site in Encinitas that will supply organic produce to local restaurants, serve as a permaculture showcase, and small permaculture plant nursery.”
It is really amazing and an inspiring place to visit. We are considering getting some backyard chickens so it is great to see how a suburban family is really making a sustainable landscape work. You can also check out Amy’s blog with tons of tips and info on creating a sustainable life for yourself at PeoplesPath.com
And the perfect place to let little ones run wild.
A childhood friend of my good friend Rebecca has started an amazing company here in the bay. She has named it Dirty Boots and her purpose is to design, install, and maintain productive vegetable and fruit gardens in urban spaces. Whether you live in a home with little outdoor space or a condo with a deck, Courtney and her dirty boots crew can assist your urban gardening needs. That is if you live in the bay area.
Here is Courtney of Dirty Boots photographed at an Oakland Farmers Market this month representing. Just dreaming about my lettuce, tomato & basil garden bed on our outdoor deck. I’ll let you know if my dream comes to fruition.
My name is elise, and I have a chair problem. I buy chairs I don’t need. I have chairs in storage, chairs in every room, chairs in the garage, chairs in the backyard. it’s a problem. Part of the problem is that they all need work. Primarily reupholstery, and some finishing. sigh.
anyway – I had sworn off chairs (see my recent end table find) and was really trying to just focus on clients (oh I can’t wait to show you the fabulous set of chairs I am re-doing for a client, – craigslist find turned fabulous). But then, we went to the flea market and I fell off the wagon.
Ohio has been trying to stop me… from planting the woolly pockets I lifted out of the stock room. I super wanted the woolly’s for our porch, but frost in the night is still happening here (yes, dear California homies and friends in the deep south, it’s true). Except with a whole weekend on hand, I couldn’t wait any longer. So, here are some quick phone photos of my indoor / outdoor woolly pockets. The selecting, planting and subsequent admiring is too much fun. I’m limiting myself to 2 per weekend…maybe.
Stay tuned for your chance to win up to $200 of woolly pockets. Starting June 1st BurkeDecor is sponsoring a SHOW US YOUR BEST WOOLLY POCKETS STYLE contest. Kind of like an old school flower arranging contest, only way more modern day & rad. More rules to follow, but basically ~ 1. Snap an iPhone photo of your best Woolly Pocket installation; 2. Post it to our FaceBook page; 3. Wait until the end of June for the ‘judges’ to rank your Woolly Pockets Style. FIRST PLACE: $200 in woolly pockets + a spot to showcase your talent on the BurkeDecor homepage. SECOND PLACE: $150 in woolly pockets. TRES PLACE: $100 in woolly pockets. Fun, fun!
a little garden update – things are growing!! I was planning on posting some food porn with the amazing zucchini basil soup and zucchini bread we made last night…but, umm we ate everything before i remembered to take pictures. Ooops. either way these are the recipes we used. Zucchini Basil Soup (even the basil was from our garden!)
(This is the epicurious photo – but ours looked just like it – i swear!)
We also added some beans – and they are growing like crazy! Next up – the cool new uses I came up with for the bamboo poles. They are so inexpensive and have solved a number of problems around our house…. I’m off to the hardware store for a few extra detail, check back soon!
Planting Day!Today I (re)planted my little mini garden and I am super excited. I’m calling it the “salsa garden.”Behold:
Basil and cilantro – not sure if they are going to be best buddies but I thought the herbs should stay together, partly because I didn’t have enough pots and the soil in the yard is super hard.
These are my heirloom carrots I planted several months ago ( from seeds) they are little french carrots that are small and fat, I think they’ll be ready in a month or two.
Three of the containers (peppers, zucchini, strawberries)… my strawberries, which I think will be ready fairly soon! I’m nervous about this guy, it’s a Burpless cucumber and i have 5 more starters to plant, but they are supposed to be on little hills about 4′ apart, this one in in the ground but it took a long time to till the soil enough to plant ( and i am still not confident that it was enough). The other thing is they smell amazing ( like cucumbers ) and I am afraid the neighborhood raccoon will dig it up. fingers crossed…. Zucchini – I LOVE fried zucchini flowers so i am hoping this one does well… Two kinds of tomatoes – sweet 100′s and yellow pear plum tomatoes…
And heirloom tomatoes… and two kinds of peppers, ancho and jalapenos
and a ranunculus cause it’s pretty… and in the bathtub with my carrots are onions, lettuce, lemon verbena, and hopefully some beets…. I’ll post new pictures in a month or two, hopefully everything will be huge then – and better manicured