Nature’s Neutral “Greenery”

Between freezing temperatures, buckets full of rain, and howling winds, l think we all could use a little “greenery.”  Pantone’s color of the year has me panting for spring to arrive.  However, while I wait I am going to brighten up my home with pops of green.

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Adding a little green decor will brighten and enliven any space.  It’s simple to add subtle touches of color with accessories such as lamps, pillows, small rugs, or vases.  It doesn’t take much color to bring a little life to a room.  You can add these items in small amounts to try out the color and see if it works for you.

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If your timid about adding green into your home, try adding some natural greenery with flowers and house plants.  A little touch of greenery creates an inviting atmosphere to any space.  In addition,  adding greens from nature brings the outdoors in creating the feeling of warm, spring days even as the winds are howling outside.

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 Green adds personality and peacefulness, while keeping the atmosphere natural, soothing, playful and fresh.  Green has a way of brightening a room that has too much brown making it a delightful complement to a dark leather sofa.

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Green is often known as “Nature’s Neutral” bringing the serenity of nature into our homes and creating a sense of balance and harmony.  Green brings to mind relaxing days spent in lush tropical gardens.  Can you think of a better way to chase the winter blues than by adding a little inspiring green?

So Stay Calm and Go Green!

xxoo  Gerri

Disclaimer:  Images on this post were found via Pinterest.

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New Beginnings with Pantone ‘s “Greenery”

It is two weeks into the new year and I am excited about new beginnings and the challenges this year will bring!  Pantone’s 2017 color of the year, “Greenery” expresses this feeling perfectly for me.

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“Greenery symbolizes the reconstruction we see with nature, one another and a larger purpose.”  – Leatrice Eiseman

The year 2016 was a challenging and turbulent year for many of us.  In America, we experienced political upheaval and witnessed horrific violence in our cities and around the world. Personally, I suffered a great loss in my life this year and am eager to move on and restore.  I don’t believe that I am alone in yearning for peace and serenity in this new year. If you desire love and good will towards men, the place to begin is your own home.

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After doing a little research on Pantone’s color “Greenery”, I discovered that green, the color of nature, symbolizes growth, harmony and freshness.  Green offers a great healing power and also produces a calming effect.  Green is associated with tranquility and calmness.  Green not only restores depleted energy, but also cultivates a sense of well-being.  Green promotes a love of nature, as well as a love of family, friends, pets, and the home.  Hmmm, I think I could use these things in my life.  In my opinion Pantone couldn’t have chosen a more perfect color for the new year!

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Now I admit, I am not one to want to include a green velvet sofa in my home.  I probably won’t be painting any rooms green either.  However, adding a little “Greenery” in the form of candles, pillows, ceramics, or plants just might what’s needed to freshen a space and give it new life.

“Green is the prime color of the world, and that from which its loveliness arises.”  – Pedro Calderon de la Barca

Wishing you all much joy, peace, and serenity in 2017!   xxoo Gerri

How to Build a Raised Bed for Your Garden – part 2

 

I am so excited that we have completed our garden and I wanted to share with you the final steps!  This really has been a relatively simple project.   This is really easy for me to say since my husband did most of the work.  However, the time involved in this project was only a few hours.  This could have been done in a day.  We broke it into to two separate afternoons simply for our own convenience.

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Step 2 really just includes laying the ground cover, adding the soil, and the exciting part is adding the plants!

For our ground cover, we chose Vigoro Weed Block Fabric from Home Depot.  We simply covered the ground with this fabric and stapled it to the sides of the cedar boards.

Then came the mulch.  We used an inexpensive mix of topsoil and composted manure to layer the ground.  For our top layer of soil we used 6 bags of Kellogg Raised Bed and Potting Mix.                                                                                                                                                                                                      image

The best part was adding the plants.  After some research about the best place to purchase vegetable plants, we headed off to a lovely little nursery near us called Plants for all Seasons.  I seriously could spend all day in this place wandering around and exploring the wide variety of goodies for your garden.  As usual, my husband attempted to keep me on task.

One of the main things we wanted in our garden are tomatoes.  We decided on Celebrity Tomatoes because they are the best selling tomato.  We also purchased summer squash, basil, rosemary, and oregano.  We wanted to plant some seeds as well, so we purchased Kentucky Wonder Green Beans, and cucumbers.

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We actually finished planting a couple of weeks ago, but as to frequently happens, life gets busy and keeps me away from posting. I am amazed how much the plants have grown and the seedlings that we planted are already popping up!

I will definitely keep you posted on the progress of our little garden.  Hopefully, we will be slicing up fresh tomatoes and cooking summer squash for dinner in no time!

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How to Build a Raised Bed for Your Garden – part 1

Can you think of anything tastier than home grown tomatoes or summer squash fresh from your own garden?  Have you ever longed to stroll into your own garden to pluck fresh herbs or vegetables for your evening meal?

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Although my husband and I have dabbled a bit with growing veggies in our garden, we’ve never really gotten serious about it.  One season we experimented with planting tomatoes. Another year we tried our hand at growing strawberries, but we’ve never made a major commitment to a true vegetable garden.

Years ago we had a very sweet neighbor with an amazing vegetable garden.  She would keep us supplied with tomatoes, cucumbers, squash, and zucchini all summer long.  Oh how we enjoyed the fruits of her labor!

Well, we have made the decision to truly commit to growing our own veggies and herbs in our own garden!  We will finally be able to enjoy our own fresh tomatoes and share our abundance with others!

Our first step to this exciting project was a trip to Home Depot to purchase supplies.  We knew we wanted the garden to be a 4 x 8 raised bed.  The benefits of a raised bed include better drainage, protection from pests, and easy access to your garden.

Here is our materials list:

  • 6    2 x 6 x 8      Cedar boards                        11.93 ea.         71.58
  • 1     4 x 4 x 10    Cedar post                                                     20.60
  • 6     copper end caps  ( optional )                 3.77 ea.        22.62             Total Cost 114.80

We used 3 cedar boards from materials we already had so our materials cost was actually less.  My husband chose to use cedar for this project for its extreme durability  and resistance to rot.  The copper end caps were totally optional.  We thought it would give the garden a touch of panache!

Here are the steps for constructing the raised bed:

  • Cut 2 of the cedar boards in half.  These are for your end pieces.
  • Cut cedar posts into 6 equal pieces of 20 inches each.
  • Assemble your frame.
  • Using 2 1/2 galvanized screws attach boards to post.

The time required for constructing this raised bed was probably under two hours including cutting the boards.  The assembly went really quickly.  Of course, my husband did the work.  I stood by and cheered him on!

We are excited to have this portion of the work complete.  Next, we will be adding a ground cover, soil, and finally the plants!

I will keep you posted on how this garden tuns out!

                                                                          Happy Gardening!

xxoo   Gerri

Time in the Garden

Who doesn’t enjoy spending time relaxing and taking in nature in a beautiful garden. But did you know that relaxing or working in the garden can actually benefit your health?

The sights, smells and sounds of a garden promote relaxation and reduce stress. If you actually spend time working in the garden, planting or pulling weeds, you get the added benefit of physical activity.

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Spending time in a garden is a way to nurture and replenish our spirit.  In general, our society spends way too much time at the computer or plugged in to other electronic devices.  All of this time spent focusing on electronics can create attention fatigue adding to our already stressful lives.

The effortless form of attention spent enjoying a beautiful garden helps us replenish that attention fatigue which leads to reducing stress and improving our mood.  Just 15 minutes a day spent spent soaking in the sun in a beautiful garden atmosphere can elevate your mood.

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Another benefit to gardening is that it is a great form of physical activity.  Digging, planting, weeding, and watering gives your body plenty of opportunity to move and stretch without hitting the gym.

You don’t need a big backyard to enjoy the benefits of gardening.  If you have a small patio you can get started with adding small houseplants or even container gardening.

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The most important thing is to break away from your electronic devices and begin enjoying the improved mood and health benefits of spending time in a garden.  As we approach the end of summer, it’s not too late to try your hand at some simple gardening and discover for yourself  an elevated mood and improved health!

Happy Gardening!

Let me know what’s growing in your garden!  I love hearing from you!

Gerri

Summer Patio Escape!

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Summer’s warmer temperatures and longer days offer the perfect invitation to escape life’s frantic pace in the sanctuary of a backyard oasis.  This is a place to relax in complete privacy away from the hustle and bustle of vacation crowds and enjoy the company of treasured family and friends.  It is peaceful and serene, an ideal spot to escape a too busy world with a cool drink in hand.

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Our backyard entertainment includes watching the birds and squirrels play as the tall pines gently sway in the warm, summer breeze.  There are hummingbirds that chase each other from feeder to hibiscus and then off and away.  Of course, there is always Bear (our dog) and Heisenberg  (our cat) chasing each other around the yard adding a comical element.

Our backyard sanctuary is a favorite place for summer entertaining.  Focusing on simplicity,  this is the perfect spot for relaxed summer entertaining with family and friends.  Here are my tips for creating a simple, summer barbeque.

imageBe ready for those uninvited guests – bugs!  Where I live,  it’s a good idea to fog to minimize mosquito attacks.  It’s also effective to have some bug wipes on hand to offer guests as needed.  Citronella candles are another way of keeping those pesky insects away. Try displaying them in colorful lanterns for a festive feeling.

  1. Make it easy on yourself by making preparations ahead of time.  Summer buffets are excellent, but for a small group, I usually have the table set  and ready to go.
  2. Keep the food simple and light.  I prefer salads I can prepare ahead of time.  This leaves me plenty of time to visit with my guests when they arrive.  Vegetable or fruit trays are another easy option for carefree entertaining.
  3. Fire up the grill.  My husband is a mean grill master and serves up great summer barbeque menu.  Whether you choose chicken, steaks, or your basic hamburger, it’s bound to taste great when you cook it on the grill!
  4. Relax and enjoy!  Keep it simple!  It’s all about spending a special time with family and friends!

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Creativity Starts at Home

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 My home is my haven.  It’s my favorite place to spend my time.  Even when we have been away on a relaxing vacation, I am always happy to come back home.

My home is the place that I share with my favorite people, my family and friends, the people that are nearest and dearest to my heart.  I am passionate about creating an environment where family and friends can come together, relax, enjoy a good meal and pleasent conversation.

I have put alot of time and effort into creating the haven that I want my home to be. It hasn’t happened over night.  It’s not perfect.  It continues to evolve over time and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

  For me, creativity starts at home, the place where I explore and experiment with ideas that pop into my head.  It’s not unusual for me to take everything ( or almost everything ) out of a room and totally restage it.  Once I’m finished, my home feels refreshed and new again to me.

I have to admit, there are days when I get so frustrated that I would like to call in a professional to make it all perfect.  Then I remember that’s not my goal.  My goal is creating a cozy environment that reflects my stlye (and my husband’s).

I’m not quite sure why I started this blog other than I felt inspired to share ideas and communicate with others who love their homes as I love mine.  Feel free to leave a comment and return as I continue to explore creativity in my home and lifestyle.

Life’s a journey! Enjoy the ride!