Tuesday, October 18th, 2016

ELEVATED PUMPKINS

It’s pumpkin season and never before have pumpkins been so sophisticated!  From ghost white to shades of grey and blood orange hues, the specialty pumpkins, gourds and squash in our pumpkin patch are a decorator’s dream. To celebrate this beautiful variety, we couldn’t help but get a little bit creative. Here are a few pieces of inspiration to take your pumpkins and gourds to new heights.

STACK ‘EM UP

Instead of storing away your garden obelisk after your climbers are finished for the season, use it to take your pumpkins and gourds up a level.

How to: Simply stack pumpkins and gourds in and around the structure for a visually surprising and earthy element to your home.  Take it a step further by stringing a few strands of mini-lights through and around the arrangement so that it can be enjoyed in the dark!

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EASY PUMPKIN MACRAME

Believe it or not, macramé has made a big comeback in home décor in recent years. This is a great way to change up any hanging displays you might have in your home already, or a great reason to add a hanging element to your home.

How to: Simply hang your choice of pumpkin or gourd using a macramé plant holder. Here, you can DIY using twine or rope that you have around the house, or stop in and pick up one of our cute little wooden beaded hangers.  This easy hanger can be placed indoors or outdoors.

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Grab a pumpkin spice latte from the Secret Garden Cafe and explore Shelmerdine’s designer pumpkin patch!

Words + Photos by Sarah Carson @the.botanical

Saturday, October 8th, 2016

HOW TO: FORAGED AUTUMN WREATH

It’s no secret that we love the season of colorful crispy leaves, cozy scarves and just about everything that comes with the slightly slower pace of fall. The only trouble is that autumn comes just as quickly as it goes. This little project is super simple and requires no special supplies (festive and free!) and is a great way to spend time with family or friends during the short-lived autumn season.  

Let’s head outside . . .

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Step 1: Forage

To start, all you need to do grab a pair of pruners and go for a short walk to source your natural elements, or simply collect items from your yard. Willow branches make a great base here, but use whatever thin, malleable branches are handy. From there, collect a few other elements (think leaves, grasses or berries) that you find along the way to dress up your wreath.

Step 2: Assemble

Simple shape your willow or other branch into a circular shape and fasten into place. Floral wire is handy, but not totally necessary. Here, we used a combination of thread and twine to shape the wreath and add natural elements (even twist ties will do the trick!).  This wreath can be dressed up with as many colours and textures as you choose. Or, go for a more minimalist look it’s up to you! The real trick is not to worry about supplies or sourcing the ‘perfect’ elements — everything is beautiful at this time of year! 

Step 3: Enjoy!

Hang your wreath in an entryway, from a door, or on whatever wall you please – your home will feel more warm and welcoming!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Words + Photos by Sarah Carson @the.botanical

 

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