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Surviving the Drought!

This year's drought has taken a hold of California, leaving most of the state with extreme conditions and with many SoCal cities, like LA, with water restrictions. With a major cutback on how much we're using our hoses, we know that the lovely leaves you may have just planted could be suffering , too. Plants are the base of the food chain and sustain our habitats, it's important we keep them healthy and thriving. We've highlighted some drought-friendly plants that will help cheer up your garden!

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Lavender is a great shrubby perennial that has fire-resistant characteristics, is great for slopes, and attracts all kind of wildlife from the buzzing bees to lovely butterflies. A lush succulent never fails in the sun, as they love the heat!

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Variegated Thyme is also another great drought-resistant pick that does well in the shade. The fragrant aroma keeps wildlife around, plus you've got an amazing fresh herb perfect for kitchen use!

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Creeping Thyme makes a lovely, fragrant ground cover and is an extremely low maintenance plant that requires very, very little care.

dr_5dr_6 The bold, succulent Agave creates an architectural focal point that will refresh your garden. It's drought tolerant and an excellent choice for a dry, sunny spot!

A great way to cut back on your water usage is to train your plants to use less water: water as needed to keep the root system moist but not saturated until the plants become established. Happy Gardening!

Summer Green Thumb

Ah, Summer! We're enjoying this weather and the chance it gives us to get outside and into the Garden.  We've had some beautiful plants & flowers blooming around the store that we couldn't wait to pair with some of our new containers. This time of year is perfect for transferring and re-potting any plants in need of a new face lift, so we got right to work!

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Basil, Oregano, Peppers, and Cat Thyme are striking in these white containers! We added our stake herb markers complete with chalk accents to identify our garden friends. If you're in a gardening rut, propagate and divid some of your Spring-flowering perennials. Or get your green thumb started and sow up any of the following: English daisies, forget-me-nots, pansies, lettuce, kale, broccoli, cabbage, radishes, and arugula for Fall harvest!

Happy Gardening!

DIY Recycled Bottle Vases!

Reuse, Recycle, and Reclaim! Nothing beats taking a piece of trash and turning it into a treasure, which is exactly what we wanted to do. With outdoor entertaining at an all time high, we saw that glass bottles were being easily tossed aside and took the chance to create a simple, fun DIY perfect for Summer! With only glass bottles and a few colors of spray paint, these DIY recycled bottle vases make the perfect centerpiece for your next outdoor celebration!

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We spray-painted our used glass bottles with a white base coat and let them dry overnight, then selected a metallic spray paint as our accent color to create some contrast. After they dry, turn the bottle upside down (and don't forget to protect the area you're working over with scrap paper), then spray the paint with light pressure at a 45 degree angle over the bottle. Move the  can upwards on the bottle while continuously spraying another layer to achieve a subtle ombre effect!

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 We also spray painted a few bottles entirely with the metallic bronze color to create a mixture of finishes. Make sure to let the bottles dry at least overnight before adding water. The next step; add a mixture of your favorite flowers! We chose a palette of purple, pinks, and greens for a pop of color.

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Stunning. easy, and a great way to recycle! We can't wait to put these vases to use for the rest of Summer. What color would you love to see these in? Happy Crafting!

Be the Artist of Your Garden

As Shakespeare once wrote, ""A rose by any other name would smell as sweet." We couldn't agree more! What's better than the sweet scent of flowers wafting through the Summer breeze? Not much! Roses are in bloom and we're here to give you all the tips & tricks you need to ensure your flowers stay healthy & bloom beautifully every year.

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ON PLANTING // Sunlight is a Roses' best friend! They need at least 6 hours of direct sunlight a day, However, if you live in a hot, dry area, be sure you plant them in an area where they will receive a bit of afternoon shade. Also, make sure to choose a good gardening soil with lots of nutrients to keep your flowers healthy.

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ON WATERING // Be sure to water the entire root of your plant, not just the top of the plant or the soil. Roses need an inch of water every week to stay healthy.

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ON PRUNING // Pruning is SO important for your Roses! It's a crucial step that many people tend to skip. When pruning, take extra care to cut off dead or damaged parts of the bush 1/4 an inch above a leaf bud to keep it healthy. The best time to prune? Early Spring.

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ON WINTER PREP // Winter time calls for prep, too! Stop fertilizing your roses 6 months before the first frost. Fight the urge to prune the wilting flowers at this time because it will encourage new growth and kill the bush during the cold months. Once most or all of the leaves have fallen off the bush, cover it with about 10 inches of mulch. Extreme winters call for bushes to be wrapped in burlap.

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Whether you're new to the world of maintaining Roses, or a veteran if these beautiful bushes, there's always something new to learn about these lovely plants! We're still deciding which color we must have in our garden.. What about you? Happy Gardening!

Textures & Details

The essence & aesthetic of our stores dwell on the way we carefully implement details and layer our textures. There’s a beautiful quality to the way a piece of furniture ages through years of wear. After noticing the wonderful mesh of textures continuing to accrue in our stores, we picked out some of the most unique finishes that continue to capture our attention.

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IMG_2957 copyA floor-length candelabra blooms with hints of rust and wear in our Grey shop // Where brushstrokes are welcome – in a cool tone of grey washed over the perfect table.

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Handles to a wardrobe are framed by a simple curved design, creating a romantic and delicate touch.

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The finish on a mirror gleams golden age. Multiple layers create dimension and depth and add a luxurious touch.

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Luxury doesn’t diminish with time. The ornate design on top of this chair is fit for a royal. Little details like the dainty floral pattern complete the design //  Age is beauty; beauty is age. The signs of wear are evident in the beautiful rust on this reliquary piece.

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The rust-colored peeling & crackled paint on an urn container create a striking display. Hints of a prior color peek through the topcoat, instantly creating a depth and intricate amount of aged detail.

With a bit of texture and a little detail, you can create a new ambience for your space. When designing, keep in mind a piece with character can make or break a room depending on the personality of the item. Texture plays a key part! We hope you come and explore our stores for even more unique textures & details, Happy Designing!