A blog from Visual Jill, East Bay Interior Design

A blog from Visual Jill, East Bay Interior Design

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

One Love: Metal Stock Tanks in the Garden

If your garden is full of terra-cotta and painted pots, why not try something different? We love this metal stock tank (also called a cattle trough) that's housing our new herb garden.

We bought ours at our favorite local nursery -- Flowerland in Albany (which was also recommended by Berkeley designer Erica Tanov in the September '11 edition of  Elle Decoration UK). These troughs come in different sizes (3-8 feet long), and they complement all types of spaces--from urban rooftop to country garden. They are especially great for growing bamboo, which can become unruly if planted directly in the ground.

Maybe it's the juxtaposition of the industrial (metal) vs. the natural (earth); maybe it's the contrast of the green against the silver. Any way you look at it, these are beautiful and modern alternatives to more traditional container gardens. Special thanks to Marco, our landscape designer!

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Neutral + Color = A Beautiful Balance

Camel. Beige. Tan. Cream. Taupe. What do these neutrals mean to you? Calm? Peaceful? Safe?

Now add a little something . . . how about a pop of pink? A bit of bright blue? A racy orange stripe or a burst of yellow?

A little color can change everything. Lately we’re noticing some great blends of neutral sofas and chairs combined with shots of color via pillows, lamps, blankets and artwork.

If you love your creams, whites and camels, try layering a little color on top and see what happens to your room. And when you’re ready to change the whole feel again, just change out your color accents. It’s the fastest, easiest and most affordable way to make your room feel new.

Images via House Beautiful and Elle Decor

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Seaweed Lamp by Sarah Foote

 We bought a new lamp!! We found this item at the Lolahome store located on College Ave.  The seaweed lamp is a great addition to our entry way. It adds a whimsy, natural and organic element in the space.  Since its such a unique piece it can also serve as a conversational feature.  With its twisted and tangled white maple wood veneer strips it is reminiscent of a hanging nest.  Sarah Foote, the creator of the lamp, is originally from the bay area, but she now resides in Brooklyn.  She has been creating lamps for 10 years.  You can go to her website and check out her other artistic home products.

                                                                                Here it is in our entry way!