How to create a shabby-chic garden
By Brittany Anas
Rain, rain come our way!
A home garden is not only a place where you can grow healthy eats, it’s also an outdoor display space that allows you to show off your style with whimsical potting plants and quirky garden accents. While you’re at it, strut the garden plots in style this spring by wearing watercolor floral boots on your feet and a rustic gathering basket slung over your shoulder.
Whether you’re planting your first-ever garden or adding to one that you’ve been tending for years, loosely sticking to a “shabby chic” design scheme will give a harmonious look and feel to your space. Shabby chic design is mindful of traditional pastel spring colors — sunny yellows, soft blues and cream colors — but juxtaposes them against handsome, distressed woods. The design technique is perfect for outdoors and it channels a yesteryear, vintage charm.
Here are some darling shabby-chic garden accessories that will infuse color and personality into your home garden:
Turquoise glazed garden stool: Every garden goddess needs a throne where she can admire the good work of her magical green thumb. This stool is handmade from ceramic and finished with a turquoise glaze that will glisten with morning sun rays. (Bellacor for $180.86 + 5 percent cash back)
Gardening pots: Terra cotta pots accented with delicate pastel prints of flowers and dragonflies come in small, medium or large and are handmade in Portugal. Mix them in with your plain pots for an unexpected, but delightful, pop of design. (Anthropologie for $38 to $98 + 3 percent cash back)
Gathering basket: Collect the fruits (and veggies) of your labor with a Paulownia wood-trimmed wire basket. The basket is sturdy enough it can tote your garden tools as well. (Williams-Sonoma for $39.95)
Resting bunny stake: Subtle garden accents are a fun way to personalize your garden. This animated bunny resting on a carrot stick is the kind of well-behaved creatures we like. Now if he could just train his rabbit friends to relax and not nibble … (Gardener’s Supply Company for $19.95 + 5 percent cash back)
Garden gloves: Smart design elements — like a carabiner hook to keep you from losing your gloves and reinforcements that will keep your gloves in place when you’re digging deep in soil — make these a win. (Garden.com for $23.76 + 5 percent cash back)
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