Wednesday, March 23, 2016

7 Quick Tips for Spring Decorating


I realize the recent snow storm kind of takes the spring out of this fling, but it's still time to freshen up your home. And we've got just the quick tips to make that happen. Gardner Village is blooming with ideas and it also happens to be the annual Spring Sale (through April 30), so you can get great deals on fresh spring things. Let's peruse few of those finds available at CF Home Furniture & Design, Down to Earth, Layers Beautiful Bedding, and Upon the Shelf!

Down to Earth

Quick Tip #1: Bring Spring Indoors with Artificial Botanicals 
The flowers may not be in full bloom just yet, but that doesn't mean we can't bring a little of that green feel into the home. Here are a few options available at CF Home today.

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Separate your plant pieces into a series of small containers for a look that's both affordable and sophisticated. Down to Earth is full of sweet vase options.

Down to Earth
Group several small vases together (think odd numbers) in a container or tray. With or without florals, this creates an eye-catching focal point.

Down to Earth
If the look of florals is more your style, check out this sweet plate from Upon a Shelf.

Upon the Shelf

Or bring the botanicals to your bedding. You must see this gorgeous pillow from Layer's Beautiful Bedding in person. It's like a floral painting and will add instant vibrancy to any bed! (Seriously, this photo doesn't begin to do this pillow justice.)

Layers Beautiful Bedding

Quick Tip #2: Make Your Home Shine with Metallics 
Whether you're gaga for gold, smitten with silver, or crazy for copper, the metallics continue to be a big trend this spring and will add instant appeal to your surroundings.

Down to Earth

Down to Earth
Quilts, blankets, and pillows aren't all you'll find at Layers Beautiful Bedding. Embrace the metallic trend with this trio of mirrors.

Layers Beautiful Bedding
Metal chairs have been hugely popular at CF Home and are another way to sleek shine in no time.
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Quick Tip #3: Think Pink... and Coral
Embrace the softness of spring by adding these on-trend colors to your space. By changing out your throws and pillows, you can create an instant update without having to overhaul your home's design.

Layers Beautiful Bedding

The same can be said for enhancing a table setting. You don't have to replace all of your dishes to get a vibrant spring update. Instead, work in new accent pieces, such as bowls in coral (and other spring hues). Aren't these from Down to Earth just delicious? I'm kicking myself for not snagging them when I was there last.

Down to Earth

If updating on a larger scale is something you're looking to do and you find yourself captivated by the coral, you're going to want to sit down for this set, available at Down to Earth!

Down to Earth
Those chairs!

Quick Tip #4: Accentuate the Positive
Surround yourself with positive affirmations and you're sure to feel your overall mood shift. There are many uplifting options at Upon the Shelf, including this sweet number.

Upon the Shelf


Quick Tip #5: Play Up Your Table Top
The center of your table is a great place to add a little decorative flair. Think about how you can gather smaller pieces together and group them for an attractive addition.

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A serving platter works to contain this grouping, available at CF Home.

Down to Earth
A scarf as a table runner? Brilliant! And the ceramic pears are an awesome pick! All available at Down to Earth.

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Go for the same "grouped" idea in a guest bath or powder room. Think about ways you can combine textures, as CF Home has done with this piece.

Quick Tip#6: Think Beyond Basic Neutrals
Navy is an on-trend way to spice up those neutral backgrounds.

Layers Beautiful Bedding
Layers Beautiful Bedding

Pair your blue hue with warmer shades of orange or yellow for a sunny spring focus.

Layers Beautiful Bedding

Layers Beautiful Bedding
Bring blue to your walls to, with fabulous frame options at CF Home.

CF Home

Quick Tip #7: Keep Holiday Decor Simple Yet Sophisticated
You can easily add Easter attire to your home without having to spend hours transforming every available surface. Hang a wreath for a fast yet effective splash of seasonality.

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Upon the Shelf
Or place a few small Easter-themed pieces in with your other home decor.

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Upon the Shelf

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Here's the best part--you'll find amazing Easter sales going on right now at Gardner Village! It's not too late to hop in and get a few things for this year's celebration or you can always get a jump on next year.

Brunch Reminder
Speaking of Easter, don't forget our Easter Brunch this Sunday at The Gathering Place


Find more information on this event here.

The Time to Spring Into Action Is Now
Open up those windows and add a few fashionable updates to your home. With these quick tips, you can create a seasonal sanctuary in no time.

Down to Earth

And thanks to our Spring Sale, going on now through April 30, you'll find many attractive deals throughout The Village that will make it easy to update on any budget.



Cheers!
Megan Hoeppner

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

A Behind-the-Scenes Look at the Gardner Village Fairy Displays



Have you ever passed the long building painted to look like a horse corral, located in the northeast corner of Gardner Village and wondered what it's all about? Yeah, me too. Until now. I'm here to take you on a behind-the-scenes tour inside this mysterious little Village spot.



You won't find horses inside, but it does contain livestock... if adorable black kitties count. Gardner Village rescued two beautiful babes from a field and gave them a new home here. From what I witnessed, they're quite the happy helpers. With this building holding the Gardner Village witch displays during the off season, it's no wonder they're so at home.



These cute cats have their loving companion, Careen Densley, to thank for their much improved living situation.


Careen has worked for Gardner Village for 20 years and spends much of her time inside this mysterious building. Peek inside and you'll likely spot her, hard at work on the next Gardner Village displays and decor. From witches and elves to her latest magical project... fairies!



With the launch of the second annual fairy display on April 1, we're going to focus our behind-the-scenes look on these friendly faces today.


There are 16 total fairies in The Village. Each special touch--wings, outfits, hair, etc.--was handcrafted by Careen. And designer Debbie Sampson created the mold for their faces and painted each one.



I'm a crafter, and I about fell over where I stood upon entering Careen's undercover corner of The Village. It's a creator's dream, with paint, ribbon, glitter, thread, fabric, and other supplies as far as the eye can see!






This building has to be fully stocked, as the little fairy friends are just the beginning of what is created and given TLC in this space. During the "off" seasons, this is home to the fairy displays, elves, witches, and other seasonal decor.


To give you an idea of Careen's magic, take a look at this transformation.
First, she gathers piles and piles of sticks...


Which she then slices, cuts, and carves.


From the wood disks, she crafts tiny (and adorable!) fairy furniture!


She actually used pine cone parts on these chairs. So clever!


These petite thrones are just the beginning of the handmade touches. Every aspect of the displays were dreamed up and turned into a reality by Careen and her second crafting companion, Wayne VanValkenberg.


This gazebo alone took 6 solid hours to create! The time and attention to detail is something else!


Wayne constructs the larger fairy dwellings, which are quite phenomenal!

I wasn't the only one taken in by this enchanting workspace. As I was visiting, Toni, a Gardner Village guest, actually pulled her car over, hopped out, and came over to see what Careen was up to. Like Careen, Toni fancies fairies. She has a small garden at home she's working on, so she was overwhelmed and in awe of Careen's handiwork. It was fun to witness Careen humbly sharing all she's done. (I think SHE must be part fairy herself. Hmmm... Could she be...)


The Gardner Village fairies will officially wake from their long winter's nap on April 1. Make sure you stop in to see the full effect. With four unique display areas throughout The Village this year, you won't want to miss this growing attraction.

And if you happen to see this sweet face while you're at it, make sure you tip your hat. It's because of her and her team that we get to enjoy so many enchanting (and free!) displays from season to season. Thanks, Careen, Wayne, and Debbie! 

Winner, Winner
Smells like chicken dinner in here! Must be time to announce our winner of the Easter Brunch for 2 giveaway. Thanks to all who entered. We're thrilled to treat JAYNE VANCE to a delicious spring meal on us this Easter Sunday. Please email marketing@gardnervillage.com for details on claiming your prize.

Cheers!
Megan Hoeppner