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Antique Vases and Garden Decor

The annual Antiques and Garden Show of Nashville is coming up in February at the Nashville Convention Center. This is a show with beautiful floral presentations and of fabulous antiques and decorative arts.

You will see antique vases, porcelain, silver, paintings, oriental rugs and more at the antique booths. The horticultural booths will have architectural elements for the home and garden. They will have furnishings, orchids, whimsical accessories and more. There will also be exhibition gardens designed by Nashville landscape professionals.

There will be more than 150 antique-selling booths and garden booths at the show. The show attracts thousands of attendees of all ages each year. Going to the show is a great way to get inspiration for decorating your home inside and out.

Two well-known experts in the fields of antiques, decorative arts and landscape design will be speaking at this event. New York-based interior designer Charlotte Moss will be one of the speakers. Charlotte has written seven books and has designed collections of china, fabric, carpet, decorative accessories and home fragrance. Sarah Champier will also be speaking at this event. She was the personal florist to Prince Charles for 11 years.

The Nashville Convention Center is in the heart of downtown Nashville Tennessee. Visitors to the Antiques and garden show may also want to visit some Nashville tourist attractions. The Country Music Hall of Fame and the Ryman Auditorium are both within walking distance from the Nashville Convention Center. There are also plenty of downtown Nashville restaurants for dining.

Accent Your Living Quarters With Wrought Iron Home and Garden Decor

Wrought iron home and garden décor makes a great accent to any living space.  You can find a large selection of items for the kitchen, bath, bedroom, dining, family room, and garden in a wide variety of designs.  Wall art is a favorite that  brings style to any room. 

Dating back to ancient Roman Times, wrought iron started as a functional metal from water pipes to nails and various other mechanical and building needs. Through time, wrought iron has developed into a fine artisanship in ornamental yet highly functioning gates, as seen at Westminster Abbey in London dating back to the 13th-century, and other decorative home and garden décor. 

The artisanship that has been around since the European Middle ages has brought decorative wrought iron home and garden décor the rich touches to railings, doors, and furniture, to subtle finishing touches such as cabinet handles, light switch plates, candle holders, wall scones and décor.  This metal has many places in history and was once an essential material in numerous products.  

Wrought iron in the 20th century is used for primarily for decorative purposes and can definitely add charm, style, and beauty to any home or garden. In the garden or on the patio, wrought iron not only offers great decorative value it also offers the durability needed to withstand Mother Nature’s elements. In the home, it adds a rich touch to your home décor from the subtle touches to a café dinning set or a wrought iron baker’s rack. Even a simple candleholder can add a touch of class to a dinning room table or as mantle centerpiece. 

In the garden or on the patio outside, wrought iron décor can create spaces to a garden such as a quaint and quiet reading spot by simply adding a wrought iron bench. Trellises can section off the area and with some deep gorgeous green ivy growing up the trellis, you will have a little slice of heaven to enjoy a good novel. The patio is a terrific location for a wrought iron garden table with some matching decorative garden patio chairs. Accent your garden chairs with just the perfect hued cushions to bring your patio new life and elegance. This creates yet another completely new living quarter to a home and makes a great place to entertain guest in style while enjoying the fresh air. 

A garden path is nicely accented by wrought iron garden rails or fencing accented along the path with a decorative flower pot or two to add the finishing touches. No classy home would be complete without a wrought iron lamppost placed prominently in the front of the home.  There are many ways this special metal can add classy charm to any home interior as well.  

You cannot go wrong by adding wrought iron home and garden décor to the interior, patio, or garden of your living spaces. 

The Benefits of a Home Herb Garden and How Easy They Are

In this article we will discuss why and how to have a home herb garden.

There are many reasons for raising your own home herb garden. Herbs can be used for teas as a healthy alternative to coffee. Some varieties produce beautiful flowers for your home or garden. Some herbs add flavor to your food others garnish your plate. Some herbs are grown for their aromatic foliage for use in perfumes or potpourri.

A lot of herbs are grown for their healthy medicinal benefits. Some herb doctors will give you one specific herb to produce a specific health benefit sometimes they will give you a package of mixed herbs that you boil in 4 cups of water until it’s down to 2 cups which you drink hot as a healing tea. Herbs can be grown indoors in pots or in a garden

Some herbs are even used in pest control. Curiously herbs in general seem to be immune to the diseases and insect attacks that all other plants are susceptible to. And oddly enough fertilizers aren’t even necessary for herbs.

Those are some of the reasons for having your own home herb garden now let’s get into the how-tos.

Herbs prefer well-draining soil. If your soil it to compact and clay like it would be best to get some porous soil from the nursery. It very cheap in fact it’s dirt cheap (ha). For growing herbs in pots use 2 parts of the porous soil and add one part sand (or perlite) with an inch of gravel in the bottom of the pot to ensure good drainage.

Almost all herbs can be grown from seeds but you can also buy herbs in the plant form and plant those in your garden. Sure it is faster to use the already grown plants but it’s more fun to grow your own herbs from seeds. Seeds are best started in pots with the well draining soil and since they have very shallow roots the seeds should be planted very shallow (with very little soil above them). After they’ve grown sufficiently you can transplant them to the garden or leave them in the pot as an indoor herb.

Growing your own home herb garden is truly easy. To find out just how easy it is start with growing a few in some indoor pots. Once you see for yourself how easy it really is and how useful herbs can be you can expand from there.

Obviously there is a lot more to herb gardening but this is enough information to get you up and going.