Window Wear: Boxed Bouquets

Another cheesy post title?  Probably so… Maybe I should hire someone to come up with creative blog post titles for me… Ha.

Like I said, this week I am writing blog posts that will get us excited about Spring.  Sharing some of my favorite window boxes definitely fits that criteria.  What could be cuter than a box of pretty flowers under a window?   [On Tuesday I shared some pretty branches in case you missed it.]

I have two tiny balconies off of my apartment and I’ve often considered hanging a planter/window box off of the railing like some of my skillful neighbors, but I wouldn’t know where to start.  What flowers should I plant? How should I take care of them?  Maybe I should hire someone for that too… With alllll that money I have ;)  My fiddle leaf fig tree gives me enough stress as it is – and it’s probably one of the most low maintenance plants on Earth!  Like I’ve said so many times before: I don’t have a green thumb :)

Enough complaining from me, now here are the pretties.

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boxwoods in a window box?  THIS is what I NEED!!

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By the way, THANK YOU to Benji for accidentally giving me the name of the branches we used at the engagement party last weekend.  It was Forsythia!

This is what they looked like… about half a dozen of them growing on our neighbor’s land… Shhh, don’t tell our neighbor though.

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summerfield - Forsythia

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Beautiful Branches

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I’m starting to think my blog post titles are really cheesy… I just didn’t want to name this one plain “Branches”…

Anyway…

This past weekend we hosted an engagement party for a family friend at my parent’s cabin.  The party was on Saturday afternoon.  On Friday night (sort of a last minute decision) my mom and I decided to wander over to our neighbor’s land/driveway and steal borrow some branches from these huge yellow bushes that lined their driveway.  Technically we did not ask to borrow them, but they are never home and we didn’t know them so we had no choice!  We already had our minds set on making arrangements for the party out of these branches with pretty little yellow flowers.  I’m not sure what kind of bushes/flowers they were, and of course I didn’t take a picture, unfortunately.  But these arrangements made me realize what an impact pretty little branches from your neighbor’s yard can make to the look of a space.  We brought in other flowers too, but I have to say these little branches were very pretty on their own!

Take a look at how much prettier these spaces look with the addition of just a few branches (I’m not saying all of these branches came from people’s backyards, but it is possible;))

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Look at all those cherry blossoms!!!

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Joe Jumper, The Clay Pot

Joe Jumper, The Clay Pot

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Joe Jumper, The Clay Pot

Joe Jumper, The Clay Pot

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McAlpine Tankersley

McAlpine Tankersley

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Happy Easter!!!

I hope everyone had a good Easter!  How pretty is this wreath made of tulips?  I’m so excited about this Spring weather.  But I have to admit I’m already kind of dreading 100 degree temperatures so hopefully those days will hold off… I think the temperature is supposed to get up into seventies in Atlanta today – yay!  This week I’m going to try to post some Springy pictures to put us in the mood.

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Bunny Williams

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Honey Collins Interior Design

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Red and Pink

In honor of yesterday being Valentine’s Day, I thought I’d share some lovely pink and red pretties.  Actually, I forgot to make a post for Valentine’s Day.  I wish I could say I’m still getting used to this blogging thing, but that doesn’t work anymore since Summerfield is more than one year old (still can’t can’t believe it!  I still feel challenged in the blogging area… maybe you can tell, haha).  Therefore, no excuses.  I will remember my Hallmark holidays and plan my blog posts accordingly from now on ;)

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Miles Redd

Miles Redd

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Sally Benedict

Sally Benedict

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Suzanne Kasler

Suzanne Kasler

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By the way, this is my Valentine.  He is the sweetest, cutest, most loving Valentine in the whole world!  His name is Gus and I’m so sad we didn’t spend Valentine’s Day together.  XO

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Photo of the Day

This sweet vignette of a bathroom makes me happy.   I’m ready for this rain to stop and the sun to come out!

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From Lonny magazine October/November 2009.  Interior design by Kate Simpson.

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Sneak Peek: Thanksgiving 2012 at Summerfield

I took the time / remembered to take pictures of my Thanksgiving!  Yay me!  As always, the house looked absolutely gorgeous with silver goblets, tasteful flower arrangements, white linens and my family.  My aunts (and mother) and their help work hard each year to make Thanksgiving at Summerfield so special for my entire family EVERY year.  There were thirty four of us this year, which is a low number compared to years past.  In the past, we usually have close to fifty people for Thanksgiving lunch.  Each year I appreciate this house and this family more and more.  Thankful is an understatement! :)

These are some pictures from my iphone (and a few other people’s iphones), but I also took some pictures on my mom’s super nice camera that I will post as soon as I figure out how to upload the pictures to a computer, etc.  (which could be years from now, but hopefully not).

If you follow me on instagram (@wheelerlewis1) you may have already seen a few of these.

That is me holding my beautiful godson, James, who I just met for the first time!

I had to take a picture of the spanish moss.

James loves his godmother already :)

p.s. Roll Tide!!!!

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Botanicals

Botanicals are an inexpensive, easy way to add artwork to a room.  They add a little greenery too.  And they’re almost always on sale at One Kings Lane and Etsy

 

 

 

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Suzanne Kasler designed some framed botanical prints for Ballard Design.  I love the sepia tone.

 

Wisteria has a variety of framed botanicals and other prints.  I love the framed butterfly prints and other insects.

 

I think my favorite are the simple green Perennial ferns from Wisteria.  We all know I love a little green :)

 

 

 

 For some reason my gmail is acting funny today and I can’t source the images perfectly but I did my best. 

All unknown pictures are from Pinterest.

 

 

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Happy Friday!

Happy Friday!  I’m headed to the great state of Alabama for a friends wedding.  I couldn’t be more excited to reunite with college friends.  It is way overdue.  I hope everyone has a fabulous weekend!

p.s.  I love mason jars.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

and ROLL TIDE!!!!

 

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Another wedding weekend…

I feel like I go to weddings, engagement parties, and showers every other weekend.  It’s exhausting…  But totally worth it!  I had so much fun in Spartanburg, South Carolina with so many great friends.  Congratulations, Garrett & Katie!

Please excuse the quality of the iphone pictures…

Pretty friends

 

My friends are very mature :)

Now back to reality…

 

 

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Green Thumb Envy

My roommate has planted a vegetable garden in our backyard and it is growing like crazy!  I am so impressed with her patience and green thumb!  I can’t wait to eat tomatoes and cucumbers from it.  She’s growing all kinds of fruits, vegetables, and herbs.  I’ve taken progress pictures so I’ll share them when the first tomato sprouts.  From the looks of it, that could be any day now!  Way to go, Mary Claire :)

I’m jealous that I can’t grow a beautiful flowers in our backyard and front yard.  Like I’ve said before, I can’t even keep an orchid alive for more than a couple of weeks.  One day I’ll just pay a landscaper to make my yard look like one of these…

Designer Robin Belle’s gazebo via House Beautiful

 

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I love vines growing on houses.  My mom is growing a vine on our house in Chattanooga and it looks great!  Maybe I will inherit her green thumb :)

 

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Bella Pollen’s English country house

 

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Jill Sharp Brinson’s gazebo via House Beautiful 

 

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I love a cute window box!

 

And last but not least… Elizabeth Locke’s farmhouse:

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Yep, my yard will look just like Elizabeth Locke’s farmhouse.  

Does anyone want to refer a good landscaper?