A Festive Fall Table

tsg-fall-table-christy-fordEarly fall is a wonderful time to entertain outdoors. The air feels fresh with welcome hints of chilliness, and while the vibrancy of summer still remains evident throughout nature, the beginning of fall has begun to creep into the landscape in lovely and subtle ways. When setting our outdoor tables, we try to mimic this sense of autumnal anticipation, celebrating the beauty of spending yet another evening outside while acknowledging the changing season with a slightly more muted and sophisticated palette.

tsg-fall-table-top-1The foundations for a festive fall table are comprised of chic, rustic elements that will anchor the look. The Reclaimed Iron Wood Plank table and Bench and set of henan weathered blue pottery, available from Circa Interiors and Antiques in Birmingham, and Natural Antler Handle Flatware, available from Maze home in Chicago, will beautifully set the tone for an elegant outdoor evening.

tsg-fall-table-top-christy-ford-2tsg-fall-table-table-3Dappled light always sets a magical scene, and with the sun setting earlier by the day, this robin’s egg blue hued metal filigree lantern from Dwelling and Design in Easton, Maryland, is a must. The handcrafted artisan edges and earth-toned hues the Joan Platt stoneware, available from Atlanta’s Signature, make it a natural choice for a casual yet refined outdoor affair. The clean lines of this concrete and fiberglass table from Baton Rouge’s Red Onion would contrast well against a natural backdrop and suit outdoor hosts with more modern tastes.


tsg-fall-table-top-4As the above tabletop by New Orleans’s Leontine Linens proves, cool blues mixed with jewel tones form an absolutely lovely combination that would be perfect for autumn. Get the look with an ocean-colored linen dinner napkin from Leontine Linens and the amethyst juice glass from And George. And should you wish to complete the scene with a New Orleans balcony of your own, call realtor Lynn Morgan at 504.473.8320.

tsg-fall-table-cford-detailFor the truly perfect fall table, add a few finishing touches: something personal, something whimsical, and something natural.



Rooted in Spring

tsg-planters-16Spring planting season is so close we can almost smell the freshly tilled soil. In the meantime, we are getting our flora fix by starting plants indoors in a variety of vessels and incorporating the bulbs and blossoming buds into our decor. The result is so refreshing we might have a hard time parting with them when it’s time for them to leave the nest, though the silver lining of the soon-to-come outdoor splendor will more than make up for the loss. tsg-planters-17Glazed vessels in natural colors have major indoor/outdoor appeal. The pottery above from The Mews would be perfect for holding branches of forced blooms while we wait for the trees to catch up.


Silver cups, salt cellars, and julep cups like the sterling one available from Friend & Company above are excellent homes for herbs and other starters. Feel free to skip the polish – a little bit of tarnish only enhances the natural look.

tsg-planters-6Plants in traditional terra cotta pots are gorgeous grouped together. Playing with different sizes and heights and creates visual interest and lets the natural shape and beauty of the vegetation shine. Living Green has tons of pots available to help you achieve this look.

tsg-planters-2tsg-planters-1Starting herbs in kitchen staples like a lion head soup bowl available from The Happy Cook is a delicious way to help the plants come full circle.

tsg-planters-9tsg-planters-8Classic white jugs arranged in a group or placed in a row along a windowsill or side table look oh so pretty. We love the worn look of the one on the left, available from Table Matters, and the elegant simplicity of the water jug with handles on the right, available from The Plant Gallery.

tsg-planters-13tsg-planters-12Vessels with a bit of texture play nicely off of bulbs, shrubs, and any type of foliage. The two-toned jug from Roxie Daisy (top), olive jars from Red Onion (left), and hand-thrown and hand-glazed pot from Nest are plant-ready perfection.


Autumn Gardening


{Photo courtesy of Lambert’s}

Contrary to popular belief, cold weather does not herald the end of the planting season. In fact, as Dallas-based landscape architectural firm Lambert’s reminds us, this is an excellent time to plant and prepare for spring. The ground is not yet frozen, and newly planted trees and shrubs can get their roots established now that the stress of summer heat is no longer an issue. It’s also a perfect time to dig large trees and shrubs, which are going into a dormant period.

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{Photos of winter pots from Pinterest}

In addition to planting and digging, now is a good time to winterize your garden. To that end, Lambert’s provides this useful checklist for after the initial winter chill:
- Container Care: After the first killing frost, pull out spent annuals and pitch them into the compost pile. Scrub pots with a stiff bristle brush and store them in the garage or garden shed.
- Maintain Trees: Wrap the trunk of young trees in burlap to shield the tender bark from sunscald.
- Don’t Over-prune: Resist the urge to cut everything back. Perennials left standing provide architectural interest, plus habitat and food for birds. Of course, if plants are diseased, discard them, but otherwise let nature take its course.

Whether you’re looking for an excuse to get outside or simply miss tending to your plants, bundle up and enjoy helping your garden grow.

Lambert’s // Dallas, TX // 214.350.8350


Fall Flowers

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Roost Flowers and Design // Virginia Beach, VA

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The Perfect Petal // Denver, CO

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Tourterelle Floral Design // Charlottesville, VA


Gorgeous & Green

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“Green is the prime color of the world, and that from which it’s loveliness arises.”
- Pedro Calderon de la Barca


1. Perfectly manicured lawn from Richmond’s Cartwright Landscaping is dependent on not using straw. In their words:

“By using straw to grow what you hope will be your beautiful new lawn, you are setting yourself up for failure. Straw is a weed the germinates as seen in this album cover. Its base is thick and unsightly and will stick out readily in a nice rescue grown grass. Don’t use straw. Instead, use premium topsoil/organic, nutrient-rich compost mix when growing grass in bare areas. The topsoil’s weight holds the seed in place and the make-up of the compost being granular allows the seed to healthily root in soft soil. Topsoil alone will not work as it hard packs when watered and will not enable healthy rooting of new grass.”

2. Take a look at this magnificent specimen mesquite Desert Star Construction was able to salvage from a new home site. Based in Phoenix, AZ, this expert building company continues to prove their commitment to environmentally conscious choices that we believe in.

3. Adaptive reuse of an old train station via Tyson Geary Interiors.

(First two images, courtesy of Cartwright Landscaping and Kip Dawkins photography.)


One Last Summer Look: Window Boxes


As we bid Summer farewell, we thought we’d share some enchanting shots taken of elaborate window boxes from the cottages located on the island of Nantucket. We love how old-fashioned they feel, and how varied they can be. It’s such a concise way for the gardener to express themselves. Enjoy.

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Go practical: grow your herbs and lettuce in your window box.

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Angelonias, part of the Snapdragon family, are very heat and humidity tolerant. They begin flowering after planted in the late spring and will fully bloom until frost begins in the fall

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Caladiums, either heart or arrow shaped, are a breeze to grow and strive for well drained soil as well as filtered sun light or shade.

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Succulents outside of a shop; such a different choice! So chic.


Happy weekend!