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Garden Inspiration

Hello Friends, it is Leslie here with June’s edition of Color Me Pretty on decor8. I have been spending many hours recently tending to my little garden so I have fresh greens on my mind. I know, it seems you either love green for design or you don’t. However, I am here to give spring green, chartreuse, blue green and yellow a chance. I hope you enjoy this simple palette.

Color Me Pretty

But first, here is where my inspiration began… in my very own flower garden at home here in southern California.

First, I thought it would be fun to do an arrangement of edible herbs from my garden. I picked sage, mint, thyme, rosemary, oregano flowers, cilantro flowers, arugula flowers and onion flowers for a little bouquet. I popped it into a glass jar and think it would be a sweet gift for my friend who enjoys cooking. The leftover sprigs went into some little vintage glass bottles. If it is summer where you are please take advantage of all the bounty at your farmer’s markets and stands. Make yourself an insanely large salad because it will taste extra good this time of year and pick up a bunch of herbs to enjoy in a vase. Mixing herbs with flowers can look beautiful too. Peonies and mint smell amazing together!

Then I felt inspired to pull together a mini mood board. On this small peg board I have a fun card by Cornelia O’Donovan for Pearl & Black, and some scrap pieces of fabric and papers. When using a limited palette like this it is nice to experiment with patterns. It is important to have both larger and a smaller scale patterns to create a sense of balance.

These patterned notebooks are by Labclip, o-check design graphics and bungalow.

I pinned up some butterfly tags I made to spruce up simple wrapping. I used the large “Punch All Over The Page” butterfly punch by Martha Stewart. I have been seeing framed collections of “punched” butterflies that also look pretty and provide an interesting way to showcase paper scraps you may have!

I hope I sparked an idea or two for you to take away for a project you may be working on. Thank you for having me here. See you next month, – Leslie.

(photography + styling: leslie shewring)

Posted by decor8 in Color Inspiration on June 27, 2011

Your comments...

  1. raspberry essence commented
    June 27th, 2011 at 11:43am

    love the colors! happy summer :)

  2. Jennifer commented
    June 27th, 2011 at 11:46am

    Lovely post, so fresh! I love the butterflies – such a good idea for the wee scraps of paper lying around :)

  3. petites et grandes commented
    June 27th, 2011 at 11:48am

    i can see that i’m not the only one who keeps the cover of those japanese books :D
    Fresh and colorful selection ! Bravo :)

  4. commented
    June 27th, 2011 at 11:55am

    Wauw, as I just look at the color combination on the pictures fabulous. Just my cup of tea. I love the picture with the little clothespins. Gonna try it!!!

  5. el {what you fancy} commented
    June 27th, 2011 at 11:56am

    What beautiful colours! And I might need to get myself one of those butterfly punches, so pretty :)

  6. Iris commented
    June 27th, 2011 at 12:04pm

    I am sitting behind my desk longing to go outside for a long picknick in the fields (it is a gorgeous sunny day here, at last) and this makes it even worse… :) I am inhaling the freshness of the herbs and the crisp colors brighten my spirit and senses. So I will just do a bit of daydreaming and then I will concentrate on my work again. Thank you for bringing me that happy moment.
    x Iris

  7. Heather Kendall commented
    June 27th, 2011 at 12:09pm

    Thank you! What a FRESH post! The 42 oz Coke Icee my son surprised me with at 8:30 pm last night didn’t help my sleep pattern and ur blog has helped me enjoy being awake, way too early. :-) I’m inspired to head out to my garden as soon as the sun rises. Only wishing I could grow Peonies with my Mint here in Hot, Sunny Florida!
    Keep up the great writing, photos and creativity!!!
    My best,
    Heather Kendall
    Tampa, Fl. USA

  8. Kristina - ingen vanlig dag commented
    June 27th, 2011 at 12:12pm

    Wonderful! Beautiful colors and I feel: summer, summer, summer!

  9. Lottie Frank commented
    June 27th, 2011 at 12:19pm

    Wow! What an amazing post and super inspiring! I think this is one of my favourites yet…Leslie you are just fabulous :) The colours are just stunning, it has inspired me for some colour re-touching in my kitchen :) have a great week x x x

  10. Jessica Carolin commented
    June 27th, 2011 at 12:22pm

    “GREAT” very nice

  11. Fiona Humberstone commented
    June 27th, 2011 at 12:28pm

    Leslie these are gorgeous! I always find nature so inspiring and I love how you’ve created those tags. You’ve got me thinking again…

  12. tinajo commented
    June 27th, 2011 at 12:33pm

    As always I feel both happy and full of inspiration after one of your colorful posts – thanks! :-)

  13. Hazel commented
    June 27th, 2011 at 12:38pm

    I love these images and I now feel super inspired.

    :) Hazel

  14. Hazel commented
    June 27th, 2011 at 12:39pm

    I love these images and I now feel super inspired.

    :) Hazel

  15. Chiara75 commented
    June 27th, 2011 at 1:02pm

    Fantastic! I love your palette!
    Have a nice summer!
    Kiss from Italy

  16. Brenda commented
    June 27th, 2011 at 1:15pm

    Beautiful garden and I love those bright colours.

  17. Jennie commented
    June 27th, 2011 at 1:26pm

    Leslie, your garden is to die for! I share a veggie garden at my parents home with the entire family…a nice family project in my opinion. I can’t wait to show my dad this photo…he’s going to love it! Beautiful!

  18. meenal @ maison marigold commented
    June 27th, 2011 at 1:42pm

    love the herbs in glass bottles..and the mix of blue and green is so refreshing..xx meenal

  19. Monica commented
    June 27th, 2011 at 1:43pm

    Lovely color palette! Your garden is gorgeous. Love the white and purple blooms and all of the green.

  20. sally commented
    June 27th, 2011 at 1:45pm

    Nice iced tea it is very hot here in The Garden of England today ! Just right for sipping under a sun unbrella in the garden :)

  21. Jodi commented
    June 27th, 2011 at 1:49pm

    Love it! Great palette…if it works in nature it can work anywhere. Reminds of my first colour consult years ago…the client’s first words to me were ‘I hate green’. I took her on a walk through her house and pointed out all the green she had weaving through all of her favorite things…she realized she maybe didn’t dislike it as much as she thought… We ended up picking a very soft creamy colour that had a hint of sage green to it. It was fabulous. Thanks for another great post!

  22. Cristina commented
    June 27th, 2011 at 1:54pm

    Nice color palette! ^^

  23. Jane commented
    June 27th, 2011 at 2:34pm

    Oh, Leslie! I’m in heaven. Blue and green – my favourite colours. Ooh, I have to re-read this and savour it. Thanking you in faraway Australia J x

  24. Melissa de la Fuente commented
    June 27th, 2011 at 4:19pm

    Oh…my. Gah, I love green….I really do. It makes me happy…and with that gorgeous turquoise? perfect. Happiness inducing! :) Thank you hun for the gorgeous inspiration and um, your garden? heaven. I will be there, forthwith, with cookies and tea. Ok? :)

  25. Andrea commented
    June 27th, 2011 at 4:22pm

    I’m really interested in knowing about those books in your last photograph!

  26. Angela commented
    June 27th, 2011 at 4:54pm

    Wow, Leslie – your garden is beautiful, love the white boxes. What a fresh, happy and inspiring post!

  27. molls commented
    June 27th, 2011 at 6:13pm

    Such beautiful colors! I love how they pop!

  28. Art commented
    June 27th, 2011 at 6:17pm

    I want to be in your garden right now!

  29. allyoursites commented
    June 27th, 2011 at 6:47pm

    Leslie, it’s beautiful. Those colors for summer are the most inspiring.
    Refresh just looking at it. The arrangement of edible hiercas will copy it!

  30. Pamela Bates commented
    June 27th, 2011 at 8:29pm

    Leslie, wonderful inspiration. Just posted some of my own garden inspriation on our blog this morning. Hard not to see inspiration all around after a walk through the garden! Yours is beautiful by the way. thanks for sharing.

  31. cafenoHut commented
    June 27th, 2011 at 8:37pm

    I was hypnotized when I saw this lovely, amazing, unique images… You are the best Leslie…

  32. desiree - Vosgesparis commented
    June 27th, 2011 at 8:50pm

    I love the white wooden kinda boxed planters with the little stones on the floor! such a great idea ;)

    Thank you for sharing, desiree

  33. valerie commented
    June 27th, 2011 at 8:58pm


  34. EmmaMT commented
    June 27th, 2011 at 9:11pm

    Leslie your garden is beautiful. Makes me want to go out and potter with the soil right now!

  35. EmmaMT commented
    June 27th, 2011 at 9:12pm

    Hi Leslie,

    your garden is beautiful. Makes me want to go out and potter with the soil right now! how much fun is growing?

  36. decor8 commented
    June 27th, 2011 at 9:12pm

    @Angela – Hi!!! :) I’m waving to you from Hannover today. Can you see me? :) xo Holly

  37. Amber commented
    June 27th, 2011 at 9:26pm

    I’m in love with those notebooks but can’t seem to find them online anywhere in English or a US website that I can purchase them from (I have a slight pretty notebook obsession). Can you help a girl out?

  38. Beach Coast Style commented
    June 27th, 2011 at 9:35pm

    This might just be the best one ever and all of them are great it’s something about green and the inspiration from nature.

  39. Laura commented
    June 27th, 2011 at 10:06pm

    Leslie your garden is so beautiful!! Truly lovely. Gorgeous images too.. I now would like one of those butterfly punches!!! x x x x

  40. christopher commented
    June 27th, 2011 at 10:23pm

    Wauw, as I just glance at the colour mixture on the footage great. Just my mug of tea. I adore the picture with the small clothespins.

    Going to try it!!!

  41. Zoe commented
    June 27th, 2011 at 10:36pm

    Green is my favourite colour, whatever the shade, especially chartreuse. I love the butterflies, just going to see if that punch is available here in the UK!

  42. Shelly commented
    June 27th, 2011 at 10:58pm

    I love the garden inspiration you shared…so fresh and beautiful. The butterfly tags are so cute and the herb arrangement is lovely. Thanks for sharing all your beautiful images…they are truly inspiring.

  43. Julie the Alkaline Sister commented
    June 27th, 2011 at 11:02pm

    Your fresh lively colour combinations cease to amaze me and this one really speaks as I adore blues & green! Love the butterfly punch, may need to find me one! Thanx for brightening an otherwise grey day:)

  44. Amy - pride of place commented
    June 27th, 2011 at 11:16pm

    Beautiful ideas and images. I love greens, I just bought the brightest green shoes for my wedding – I love them!

  45. Will commented
    June 27th, 2011 at 11:27pm

    Gorgeous paper, greens and interiors inspiration, Leslie. Thanks for providing us with all this eye candy!

  46. Suzanne commented
    June 28th, 2011 at 12:30am

    I really like your blogposts, i always look forward to the moment you leave a new post. All these beautiful materials you use, the beautiful pictures and colors! i enjoyed it again!

  47. Zsa Zsa commented
    June 28th, 2011 at 3:38am

    Absolutely love the colors! Spring green, chartreuse, blue green and yellow scream summer and all these photos just made my day, thank you! :)

  48. Mel @ Georgica Pond commented
    June 28th, 2011 at 4:55am

    Leslie – as usual your sense of colour, balance and harmony are beyond perfection. You have such an eye for detail, your styling and crafting skills are stunning and your photographic work is beautiful. It is always such a pleasure to read your posts, as you put so much effort into creating them and the results are always spectacular. Thank you.

  49. fenny setiawan commented
    June 28th, 2011 at 5:11am

    I always love Color me pretty column. And today post is blown me away. I envy Leslie’s garden :). Love the color green and love the idea of Martha Steward’s butterfly tags.

  50. elisa commented
    June 28th, 2011 at 6:14am

    leslie, sweet to see a bit of your garden. that’s a fine idea, mint & peonies! my children love to gather edible plants and make soups and drinks and bouquets, i’d like to gather more little bottles for their creations. some taste glorious!

    i love craft punches, i’ve been using one lately and it is such a delight to get that sharp shape. those butterflies are dreamy. x

  51. evaone commented
    June 28th, 2011 at 11:01am

    I really love those flowers because i love flowers a lot. and also like the butterfly tags so cute..

  52. MorningSun commented
    June 28th, 2011 at 1:45pm

    Oh my ! I am so in love with your garden right now ! It’s just so beautiful !

  53. Traveling Mama commented
    June 28th, 2011 at 4:33pm

    Leslie, your garden is beautiful! Do you take care of it all on your own or do you hire help? Thank you so much for inspiring me. This gives a whole new twist to “Think Green”!

  54. Laura K. Aiken commented
    June 28th, 2011 at 4:40pm

    Thanks for sharing this group Holly. I love your garden photos.

  55. Pippa Jameson commented
    June 28th, 2011 at 4:42pm

    Beautiful post Leslie, such a pretty and fresh look. It’s inspired me to get creative! xx

  56. Sarah commented
    June 28th, 2011 at 4:59pm

    Your garden is beautiful & lush. I feel very ashamed i havnt done more with mine. I am personally a fan of green when mixed yellow to perk it up. Love wht you did with the butterfly tags

  57. Caitlin commented
    June 28th, 2011 at 5:12pm

    This is so gorgeous! I love those butterflies, such a cool idea!
    The garden looks so lush, it would be so nice to sit there and relax with that beautiful glass of iced tea :)

  58. Tracey commented
    June 28th, 2011 at 7:20pm

    As always ….. beautiful and so inspiring. Lovely garden !!

  59. Janet commented
    June 30th, 2011 at 12:44am

    Love your use of herbs in an arrangement! My Aunt who, retired from McCormick Spice Co., passed away last week and I did the altar flowers using flowering parsley, cilantro,rosemary and marjoram for the greenery. Mixed with roses and baby carnations, it made a lovely statement.

  60. Malou commented
    July 3rd, 2011 at 12:27pm

    Love the colors – and the butterfly tags are sooo pretty!

  61. Flourish and Blume commented
    July 6th, 2011 at 2:49pm

    Absolutely exquisite! Butterfly tags are our favourite!

  62. Ann commented
    September 9th, 2011 at 9:20pm

    Do you know if there is anywhere to have a punch made of your own design?
    Ann´s last blog post ..A Picture A Day-Giulio Paolini

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