I do not have a green thumb. My mother is blessed with that talent, and unfortunately did not pass it onto me. However, I do love landscape design. I know what I like when I see it. I have found myself pinning lots of images with pavers. I have always been drawn to gardens and courtyards that have an English feel to them. I am not a minimalist when it comes to landscape design. The more “natural” and overgrown it seems the better! The pavers always seem to add an old world feel to landscaping, but still feel streamlined and elegant. I especially love pavers with moss, grass, or herbs growing in between them. I think I could keep moss alive…I think. Below are some images of exteriors and landscaping that feature pavers.
I love the checker board effect these pavers create. I do ot know why, but I always think of Alice and Wonderland when I see this photo.
Love the unusual fountain in the image. Simple, but very effective.
I am obsessed with the cheron pattern of these bricks and moss. Why use boring ole cement for your driveway???
Pavers and pea gravel are the perfect combination. Especially for people without a green thumb, like myself.
Love everything!! The climbing roses are very romantic.
I do not know if I am more drawn to the pavers, or the shoes!!
This is the perfect courtyard. Secluded and warm. Who wants to meet me for wine at this table?
I love how full and green this yard feels. The pavers only add to the charm.
Do not be afraid to experiment with pattern. These pavers are the star of this courtyard.
Love the way the herbs and flowers create an organic and colorful look with these pavers. Are you inspired yet?
This Tuesday afternoon I went over to Wynlakes Golf and Country Club to document Ashley, Amanda and Emi’s handiwork at making the floral arrangements for the March of Dimes 8th Annual March of Dimes River Region Citizen of the Year Testimonial Dinner honoring Dr. Jack Hawkins, Chancellor of Troy University and the 2011 Ambassador Family of the Year, our very own Ashley, Barrett, and Cates Gilbreath. The girls did last year’s floral arrangements and they were more than happy to volunteer for this year’s also.
Below are some action shots of them hard at work…aren’t they talented? Well, we knew that already, but look: their talents span the genres!
You may not know it, but November is Prematurity Awareness Month. Because Cates was born two months early, the NICU and the March of Dimes are very near and dear to this family’s heart. Not long ago, famed Montgomery radio personality Larry Stevens came over to Ashley & Barrett’s gorgeous Cloverdale home to interview the 2011 Ambassador Family. The final product of this touching story with a beautiful ending can be seen below. WARNING: you’ll probably shed a tear or two, but you’ll come away smiling whilst watching that healthy and happy baby girl bouncing around!
Tomorrow we’ll show you some ADORABLE shots of that sweetie in her pumpkin costume for our Friday Favorite! Be sure to check back in with us…
Of course this former city girl is in the dark when it comes to decorating the front porch for Fall. I didn’t have such luxuries in NYC, sadly. This fall I was reintroduced to the beauty of heirloom pumpkins, also known as Cinderella pumpkins down here in Dixie. I must admit that these are some of the cutest things I’ve ever seen. Ashley sent me to the downtown curb market a couple of weeks ago in search of some of these precious darlings for Parish. If I had an unlimited budget, I’d have bought the farmer’s entire stand. There were so many various shapes, sizes, and colors to choose from. Here are some of them basking in the early fall sun a few weeks ago at our Fall Free for All Sale. Huge thank you again to everyone who came out!
(I couldn't resist) via Pinterest
Once you know these exist, it’s hard to envision decorating your stoop with the standard orange grocery store pumpkin. (Not that there is anything wrong with those! What else do you use for carving on Halloween?) I did some searching via Pinterest (the greatest creativity source like, ever) and wanted to highlight some of the more interesting displays I found to give you an idea or two for decorating your front porch that will take you through Thanksgiving.
The Lucky Lass
Of course, you can’t sleep on the fall wreath.
Burlap wreath via Etsy
Cotton wreath via Pinterest
Cotton Hull Wreath via Etsy
And of course, the pumpkin wreath:
The High Heeled Hostess
The pine cone wreath:
…and the acorn and walnut wreaths:
Doesn’t this make you so much more excited for December and Christmas? Ha, one thing at a time… Fall is here and it is wonderful! Feel free to share some of your ideas with us here…we’re always happy to have a few new ideas!