Herbs are at their best this time of year. Heaps of basil are happy during these months, and replacing dry herbs for fresh ones makes for delicious summer meals. But herbs aren’t limited to just food; we see them pop up in decor, fashion and even event design. Here are some examples of how the TSG network is embracing the mighty herb these days.
According to Jon Howard of Howard Design Studio in Atlanta, “An herb garden is a must for anyone who loves to cook. Try a formal layout or a small area with raised beds. Always use organic soil and natural fertilizers.” The three images shown above are examples of his work; we especially like the herbaceous border. Call 404.876.7051 for details on design services available.
Herb and plant inspired decor is always classic. Laura Lee Clark chose a sage green fabric with plant inspired print to create chic curtains and fun pillow designs for this sophisticated living room. Based in Dallas, call Laura Lee Clark at 214.265.7272 for details on services offered.
Blackwell Botanicals in Richmond, VA is known for one-of-a-kind pressed botanical prints. Anne Blackwell Thompson, the founder, has embarked on a unique journey to preserve southern flora in this classic tradition. Many of the prints on offer are of rare herbal varieties. Call Blackwell Botanicals for the newest creations: 804.402.2609.
Oscar de la Renta has never shied away from a bold print. We love this herb-inspired fabric used to create this structured dress and peplum top. Sold through Marissa Collections in Naples, FL. 800.581.6641.
* TSG Tip: Instead of going to the store to buy flowers, next time you throw a dinner party, use the potted herbs you have growing around the kitchen as the centerpiece. Or, if you don’t have growing herbs, simply take the extra fresh herbs that you’re using to cook with and put them in bunches in simple vases along the table. So easy!
Taken from a book of prints that dates back to 1892, this collection of Antique French Pressed Botanicals have been framed beautifully. Garden Variety Design in Nashville, TN. Call them 615.509.2145 to see if there are any other botanical prints they’re selling.
Always inspired by garden design, Herend’s classic china pattern “Chinese Bouquet” in green and white is stunning. This ring box makes for a great wedding gift! Buy from The Registry in Nashville, TN. Call to order: 615.595.2323.
*TSG TIP: TREAT Herbs like fresh flowers. Trim the stems on an angle and place in a glass with 2 inches of water in the bottom. Place a plastic bag over the leaves and store in the fridge. They can last up to 2 weeks!
Throwing herbs like rosemary and sage into bouquets and boutonnieres is all the rage. Easton Events has beautiful examples of this in their lush portfolio. Call Lynn Easton 434.293.4898 for her thoughts on herbs in event decor.
Taking their influence from European gardening techniques, Page Duke Landscape Architects will plan out your very own herb garden (called a “Kitchen Garden”). Although based in Nashville, Page Duke will actually travel, so call them if you’re interested in having them design your herb garden: 615.320.0220.
LOCAL LISTINGS RECAP
Dallas, TX: Laura Lee Clark Interior Design (214.265.7272) for elegant interior design.
Richmond, VA: Blackwell Botanicals (804.402.2609) for pressed flora prints.
Naples, FL: Marissa Collection (800.581.6641) for Oscar De La Renta fashion.
Nashville, TN: Garden Variety Design (615.509.2145) for vintage botanical prints.
Charleston, SC & Charlottesville, VA: Easton Events (434.293.4898) for event planning.
Nashville, TN: The Registry (615.595.2323) for Herend china.
Atlanta, GA: Howard Design Studio (404.876.7051) for landscape architecture.
Nashville, TN: Page Duke Landscape Architects (615.320.0220) for garden design.
(Water color by Caitlin McGuauley. For other image sources, see our Pinterest board)