Brownstone Stories : A Little Nature Goes a Long Way

4 years ago


My husband, Grant, and I moved into our brownstone in March 2011.  It was our dream to move into a home where we'd have more space to spread out and have a little piece of NYC land that we could call our own. Our home is our castle and it's also the perfect laboratory for my decor and home improvement experiments!


Last summer we had our backyard landscaped by a professional. (It was a huge undertaking that we weren't ready to handle ourselves). We didn't want to neglect the front of our home, so we also had two planters installed on our stoop, a window box on our front window and two window boxes hanging on our front gate. The addition of greenery added such a welcoming touch to our humble facade.


Now that it is summer, I've been focusing more time on our outdoor space. This year, it's my turn to tackle the planting of the window boxes (and save money by NOT calling in the professionals)! Yes, it's a small project, but you have to start somewhere, right? As it turns out, it was the simplest project ever and even satisfied my need for instant gratification!


The first stop was my local, independent nursery.  We live in Harlem, NY and we went to Urban Garden Center. The selection was great and the service was excellent. (The experience was nothing that you'd get at some big box store.) I wanted to achieve a very full, colorful and dynamic arrangement. First, I selected a grass for the back layer for height and a soft, airy texture. I wanted to make sure I had tons of color, so I chose coleus for the vivid green and eggplant colors. Mother Nature nailed that color combo! I complemented that same color palate by planting a bit of red cabbage. I threw in some dusty miller for its beautiful silvery color and soft texture and topped off the arrangement with begonia and marigold to add a colorful counterpoint to the greens and purples.


Voila! Instant sunshine! Next stop is to spruce up the backyard with some new decor and flowers. Stay tuned!







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