Fern Window Boxes


This past weekend we added window boxes on a whim.  I've always wanted them and they were on sale at the garden center so we went for it.  I loooove quick projects and this one was simple.  (Especially for me watching while Dave was up on the ladder ;) ;)


So far, I've been caring for them through the windows and I went with ferns because they do so well with the moisture from that air.  I'm completely blanking out on the other plant I chose but I loved it's almost flourescent color & white blooms.



The plants are so pretty from the inside too.  You can see them from the window and it feels like they're in the room with you.  We recently switched the boys' rooms so now they're sharing a bedroom and the second bedroom is a playroom.  (Over the summer when we stayed with my dad they got used to sharing a bedroom and wanted to keep it that way when we got home.   I love seeing them so excited to be together.)  Christian's "job" is watering the plants because he knows mommy runs a plant hospice.


Over the next few months we taking down a closet in the boys room to make room for a big boy bed for Justin.  I'm planning on doing duvet covers out of one of my fabrics, "Filigree Chevron" and I can't wait to see how they turn out!

We're going to my friend & photogapher Helen Norman's farm this weekend to shoot my new line of fabrics.  The crazy amount of rain we've had has but a bit of a {literal} damper on our original plans which included lots of field shots, but Helen's property has so many beautiful spots I'm not worried.  My  first textile collection is completed and I have 14 different designs with multiple colorways in each pattern for a total of about 60 different fabrics.  I plan on adding a few new designs seasonally.  I've pulled a ton of inspiration images and can't wait!!  love the idea of stacking the fabrics inside a piece of furniture like this one:


{image from theselby.com}

Enjoy your day!!

xoxo, Lauren

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28 comments:

Kristen | Cottage Modern said...

Lauren--those window boxes are a lovely exterior detail. Love the shot of your boys too--they are adorable! Can't wait to see your full line of fabric--I've been excited for a while to get the "complete" picture. You do amazing work!

~merk~ said...

Lauren - you need to get a product like this for your window boxes! http://www.moistearth.com/ Mix them into the soil and you will not believe the difference in how often you have to water them. You can get a similar product at Home Depot - just ask in the garden department. Its about $13 for a bag, but it will last you forever! My mom told me about them last summer and FINALLY I have container gardens that survive!

Acquired Objects said...

I love your window boxes and wish I had thought of putting ferns in mine. Your boys are so cute together and enjoy it while it lasts that they want to be together. I'm excited about your new line and can't wait to see it I want to use one of your fabrics in my bedroom redo!

Sheila said...

LOVE! What a great addition :-)

Lauren said...

ooooh merk- THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THE TIP!!!! you made my day!!

xoxo,
lauren

Ann from On Sutton Place said...

I may have missed it but did you tell us where your fabric can be purchased? To The Trade? (Hope not!) Thanks and the ferns look lovely.

Linda in AZ * said...

*** WOW, the boys are getting so B*I*G... and soooooooo C*U*T*E!!!

We don't have any window-boxes here in AZ (they're just waaay too much "trouble", competing with the OTHER plants/flowers I T*R*Y to keep alive!), but living 18 years in Europe SPOILED ME~~~ EVEN MY HUSBAND LOVED THEM!!! (The Europeans are SOOOO GOOOD with them... they're DEFINITELY DROOLWORTHY over there!)...

I, too, always loved the look from INSIDE to the window boxes OUTSIDE!!!

They look lovely~~~ enjoy, Sweetie!

Linda in AZ *
bellesmom1234@comcast.net

P.S. LOVVVE the few fabrics you've designed so far!!! (And YOUR fave happends to be MY fav, too!)

Linda in AZ * said...

*** TO "MERK"~~~ MANY THANKS for the tip to Lauren... I'm going to purchase some, too!!! Linda in AZ ***

Kristy @ I Design Love said...

Looks fabulous! I can't wait to view your new fabric line. I am sure it is going to be amazing!

Kristy
www.idesignlove.com

Cristin {Simplified Bee} said...

your fern window boxes are lovely!

xo,
cristin

Loretta Fontaine (APPLESandRUBIES) said...

Lauren- That photo of the two boys in matching shorts is priceless. They are waaay too cute!

Can't wait to see the new fabrics!

Loretta

sme said...

Lauren, ihave twin boys who share a room too. Trying to redecorate their room. Can you post pix of the boys shared room??? Glad it's working out well!

Christy Spearman said...

It looks like those chartreuse plants are Corabells "Key Lime Pie". Love the lime green with the gray & orange! Here are some other great plants that would look great in your flower boxes:

http://www.karensgardentips.com/garden-types-styles-and-designs/theme-garden/six-special-plants-with-chartreuse-foliage/

And, BTW, my favorite pic is of your son with the light saber (I think?) in his shirt! As the mother of 2 boys, 15 & 17, it cracked me up! I love that you show real life on your blog!!!

Julie Taylor and Danni Greenwalt said...

Congrats on your fabric. Your such an inspiration. I have followed your blog for awhile now and you have come so far. Can not wait to see your fabric.

under spanish moss said...

Love the window boxes. Ferns are one of our favorite plants. The boys are too cute and how heartwarming for you guys that they are bonding in a special way. Can't wait to see the results of the photo shoot. Good luck with the weather.
Angela and Renee

Marta (Montenegro) Martin said...

Awww! Love that they are sharing a room. Can't wait to have another Little Frien of my own so that he/she can share a room with our eldest. Its sweet when siblings grow up so close...as so much gets lost in the McMansions of today. Like, how to share. How to negotiate truces. How to live with and LOVE another human being. (The window boxes are cute too! We have a drought in Texas, so no new plants for us...)

Fiona said...

"Mommy runs a plant hospice" made me laugh. :)

Windlost said...

hey old man, i can't wait to see the helen norman photo shoot pictures. she is sooo good and your designs and your family are lovely, so i know the photos will be FAB! love the duvet cover idea. make me one too, ok? haha.

by the way, that soup looks great and i am printing out the recipe for my file (i like easy). your photo was great - i wanted to eat it!

by the way, we are whipping through DC in two weeks time but i have not told anyone as we are pretty booked up (it is a civil war trip for david's birthday). we will be back next year so i will try to see you then. i am meeting pat (pat's addition) in alexandria on friday, sept.30 for lunch, but i assume you work that day, but if you are around....!!!!!

otherwise i promise to visit next year and make time for bloggy friends...

xox terri

Kathy said...

I love the fern window boxes. (did a post on them recently).....my favorite fern is "Autumn Fern"...it is not deciduous...the new growth is copper (fab color next to your house) that turns a pleasant green...they get huge...so not really appropriate for your window boxes, but would look great in your foundation plantings to tie in the "boxes" and have a bit of green in the winter while the other shrubs are dormant. Have a great weekend...k

Carol@SofasandSage.com said...

I've always been a window box fan and yours are great with the ferns. I am dying to see the photos you are going to take of the fabrics. I know they will be creatively done and I'm looking forward to looking at them with my morning cup of coffee! Hurry and post them :) please!

Laura said...

Beautiful window boxes and the fabric cupboard had me drooling (literally - sorry if that's too much information)! My stash cupboard looks a little like that altho it's not nearly as neat and tidy! (Methinks your post was a subliminal hint for me to tidy it.....) Great post. lol

Linda@ Lime in the Coconut said...

Gorgeous window boxes...you do green so beautifully! And those boys!! My guys loved sleeping in the same room...THREE of them!

Can't wait to see your fabric shots!!

Debi@7Gates said...

Love the term "plant hospice". Look forward to seeing your fabrics.

Mom&ArmyWife said...

Love the idea of ferns in window boxes... perfect timing since I just purchased a dozen or so 'Autumn Ferns' from my local Wal-Mart on clearance. I'm not sure how well they would do staying in the window boxes over the winter here in good ole' Missouri. I might would have to over-winter them in our garage. Just had a brainy idea - could buy extra liners (on clearance also) and switch out liners leaving the ferns planted and intact... that way could decorate the boxes for winter and then pop the ferns back in their place next spring :)

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{darlene} said...

so wonderful about your fabrics!!!

I LOVE window boxes. So afraid I will kill the plants. My challenge would be watering them since I can't get to them from the inside {our 180 yr. old house has interior storm windows on the inside so we didn't have to get rid of the old wavy glass windows}... but the front of our house is just begging for them. Don't you think??

this post made me smile; I have 2 boys and one is Christian.

hugs!
- {darlene} @ fieldstone hill design

{darlene} said...

just read merk's comment. is there hope for Fieldstone Hill after all???

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