Inspirational Palette: Getting Ready For Spring!

8 Mar

If you’ve been following my blog for some time, you know that I don’t claim to have a green thumb.  Last year, however, I started a container garden that was pretty successful; now I’m unexpectedly enthusiastic about planting my veggies, fruit, and herbs for 2011!

A typical weekly summer harvest from last year: all from my balcony!

I already know that I’m going to be including lots of tomatoes: we got so many perfect tiny red cherry tomatoes from our single plant last year that I am certain we’ll triple the plants this time.  The green peppers did well (and lasted until October!), and of course, herbs were a phenomenal success and make cooking much more fun (and less expensive!).   Snap peas were a huge bust, despite my husband spending hours to build an intricate rope lattice for them to climb: I think we grew less than 15 of them. For the next few weeks my gardening activities will consist of figuring out what to grow.  I’m really looking forward to making the selections!

Until then, here’s a virtual room inspired by last year’s harvest. Though the colors evoke “Christmas” I think it comes off as very fresh.  I particularly love the grass-upholstered chairs from Chaircouture, and I am really attracted to the materials that conjure up images of garden tools like the mercury glass planters and wooden pendant lamp.  Enjoy, and me know if you have any ideas for planting!

Images clockwise from print at top left: Antique Seed Ford print from, $1111 (sold out) (image via; Antique Green Bottle (source unknown); Red Mirror by Howard Elliot, $430 (image via CSN); Pair of vintage french chairs from Chaircouture, price on request (image via Chaircouture); Custom Curved Table from Pieces, $1885 (image via Pieces); Ale Rug by Second Studio, $600-$1100 (image via 2Modern); Farmer's Almanac Console, $1495 (image via Hudson Goods); Jarrod Pendant by Arteriors Home, $1595 (image via Clayton Gray Home); Bitossi planters with mercury glass glaze from Satyricon, price on request (image via 1st Dibs)

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