Bring in the Green
By Karen Parr-Moody
With a chill in the air, more than one tastemaker is rushing to the local nursery to fill their houses with reminders of the quickly vanishing summer. Putting greenery in beautiful containers is just one way to stave off winter's chill.
The bird wall pocket in the photo, right, is mixed in with some faux bois vases filled with moss (pocket, $7, faux bois vases, $24; Booth B-309). Leave it to GasLamp dealer and interior designer Jason Parker Counce to always have a booth filled with items for indoor cheer. This darling pocket, with its cheery bird, is perfectly used as a pen holder, or for notes or mail. But it would be equally at home as a bud vase or planter for bulbs. Imagine a couple of stalks of fragrant hyacinth above the bird's head for a gentle reminder of spring. Lushly evocative of woodland scenes found in nature, the faux bois containers of moss bring a touch of whimsy to any room.
The original use for this New England tole tub, left, was as a baby's bathtub ($95; Booth B-200). Originally sold by Yankee peddlers, particularly during the youthful days of the original colonies, toleware has gained in popularity in recent years. This one is filled with a bevy of dried blooms, which is a perfect usage. But it could just as easily be filled with some indoor plants that grow upright, so that the paintings on the sides will not be obstructed. How about a Meyer lemon tree at the center, with the outer ring filled with moss? A row of sweet-smelling forced paperwhites would also be lovely.
Dressing up a houseplant is easy with the shabby chic presentation of this vintage plant stand with ceramic planter, left ($45; Booth B-2012). This type of stand would look amazing filled with a multi-level arrangement with some height. Put a tall item in the center, such as a group of colorful tulips, then surround the center with some low-lying hens and chicks. Add some English ivy to trail over the sides for a cascading display. Such a miniature plant "garden" provides a hint of an outdoor garden; but thanks to the diminutive size, it can flourish where space is limited.
The wooden vases in the photo, left, are nice for the homeowner who doesn't have a green thumb (tall brown vase, $12.95; Booth B-215). This one begs for a tall, dramatic display; the addition of sticks of willow is an idea.
The winter doldrums might be seeping in, but for those who wish they could be outside gardening, lifting one's spirits with indoor "gardening" is a stopgap measure until we hit spring again. One can bring the outdoors inside by decorating with varieties of exceptional potted plants. Placing them on pedestals, in corners, on the stairs, and in hanging pots will envelop a a space with an indulgent mix of flowers and greenery to evoke warmer times of year.