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Indoor Terrarium Ideas

Friday, September 12th, 2014

The benefits of cultivating plant life in your home are numerous – plants produce an influx of oxygen, they moisturize dehydrated air caused by seasonal conditions and dry climates, and they purify the air by plucking out floating toxins, as well as improve mental health and bolster clearer thinking. Plants are nothing short of incredible for their propensity to heal, comfort, and celebrate – evident by their prevalence in hospital rooms and as traditional decorative elements at our big life moments – and can be woven into any design aesthetic with style and grace.

Square TerrariumThe latest in modern agricultural decor is the glass terrarium, a globe, pot, or case – either closed or open containing a mini ecosystem typically composed of plant life, soil, and a drainage system made from rocks, stones, gravel, or a mixture of any or all three. Terrariums are striking because unlike a planter, they expose a plant’s full scope – its roots and what keeps it rooted – on all sides, creating a modern and beautiful conversation piece for your space. Terrariums are also versatile because you can choose from a wide selection of plants, colors, and textures to fill them with, and in the realm of interior design, they aren’t a big splurge. (more…)

5 Bird Feeding Mistakes

Thursday, September 4th, 2014

Ceramic Hanging Bird Feeder

You bought a hanging bird feeder, hung it in your yard, and filled it with seed. You expected to see birds of all kinds flock to the
feeder, hungry and grateful for an oasis of plentiful sustenance. You check the feeder from time to time and the seed supply doesn’t seem to be dwindling. You also notice that there’s also not much bird traffic to and from the feeder. You think to yourself, ‘What did I do wrong?’ Unfortunately, attracting birds to your property is not as simple as placing your feeder in a random spot, filling it with seed, and waiting for the birds to congregate. Check out these five common bird feeding mistakes to avoid.

3 Ways to Update Your Space with Modern Décor Accessories

Tuesday, August 19th, 2014

cluster-of-lantersDoes your home need a design upgrade? Before you completely re-work a room, tear up the carpet, paint the walls, or buy new furniture, consider adding a few modern pieces to your space first. A couple – or even just one carefully placed object – has the ability to liven up a room or outdoor space without requiring a laborious and time-intensive makeover.
Why modern décor? (more…)

Nontoxic Spring Cleaning

Friday, March 7th, 2014

Nontoxic Spring Cleaning makes it easier and safer for your family!

There are certain things that we always think of when we hear the word “spring.” Among them are daffodils, rain galoshes, and of course, spring cleaning. While we can usually think of plenty of ways we’d rather spend our time other than cleaning, we admit that we do enjoy the post-winter opportunity to open the windows, clear out all the cobwebs and start fresh.

In recent years, you’ve surely noticed a nationwide effort by many around you to eliminate toxic cleaners from their homes. This makes perfect sense to us; after all, it is pretty counter-intuitive to wipe off a smudge of dirt with a dangerous chemical.


Pair Dainty Snowdrops with Roost’s Glass Bird Vases

Monday, February 27th, 2012
Snowdrops Roost Glass Bird Vases

Signs of spring are popping up in masses under trees, along walkways, or maybe even scattered throughout your lawn. Early spring flowering bulbs, like snowdrops, crocuses, and tulips, offer flower lovers the season’s first cut flowers for indoor bud vases.

We’ve discovered another perfect pairing for our Roost Glass Bird Vases. Snowdrops. You may not think of Snowdrops – or galanthus – as a cut flower, but their dainty, honey-scented flowers are natural companions for small vases with narrow openings.

What are Snowdrops?

Snowdrops are an early spring blooming bulb from the amaryllidaceae family, with over 20 different varieties to choose from. Look for Galanthus nivalis, or common snowdrop, it’s the most widely known variety and can be found in most garden centers. Galanthus elwesii, or giant snowdrop, have larger flowers and wider leaves than it’s more common cousin. Both varieties grow up to about 4-6″ tall.


The Entryway: Make an Impact with Decorative Accessories

Thursday, November 3rd, 2011

One of the easiest and most affordable ways to decorate your home is to focus on adding special touches to the most highly trafficked areas. In most homes, this is the bathroom, the kitchen and the main entryway. And you know what they say about first impressions! The entryway to your home is the very first thing that you and your guests see, so try personalizing it with some easy and pretty decorative touches.

Easy ways to make an impact with your entryway

  1. Turquoise entrywayUse intense color. Try painting the walls of your entryway a bold color, such as chartreuse, turquoise, or honeysuckle. Choose a color that makes you feel comfortable and happy, and it is likely to make your guests feel the same way.
  2. Maximize your space. We like using mobiles to add decor in particularly tight spots. Not only do mobiles take advantage of rarely used overhead space, but they are also a perfect way to decorate if you have a small entryway without room for a table or other furniture.
  3. Vases for entrywaysAdd seasonal touches. Adding seasonal elements from your garden creates a nice transitional flow between the indoors and the outdoors for your entryway. In the summer, place some snipped Lilies or Coneflowers in the playful Jacks Vase. For spring, the Glass Bird Vases are perfect for little Pincushion flowers, or one brilliant Peony blossom. Tall ornamental grasses and Chocolate Cosmos pair beautifully with the Roost Glass Reed Vase in the fall. It’s easy to arrange flowers in a vase, so adding seasonal elements is something anyone can achieve quickly.
  4. Bottle Lanterns for entrywaysCreate juxtaposition. Unexpected pairings really help to create visual interest. Try hanging a cluster of Roost Recycled Bottle Lanterns, a hard and rustic element, above an earthenware bowl of Irish moss, a soft and earthy element. Or, place a few of the Roost Lucie Hanging Votives next to a small fountain or goldfish bowl.
  5. Keep things in proportion. In a small area, you can add light and the illusion of space by adding a mirror to one wall. If your space is large but lacks architectural interest, try adding a decorative wall shelf to the wall that faces you when you first step through the door.
  6. Poppy Candles for entrywaysPlay with ambient light. Ambient light makes everything look softened and oh-so-welcoming. This makes the entryway a great place for some candlelight. Try a pretty row of the Poppy Candles and Recycled Plates along a shelf, or a Glass Tealight Log on a narrow console table.

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DIY Halloween Decorations: Using Items in Your Home and Backyard

Tuesday, October 11th, 2011
Halloween decor door

Image from the I Heart Shabby Chic blog

One of our favorite parts about Halloween is decorating our home and garden. While we love store-bought decorations such as rubber bats and plastic skulls, this year we’ve renewed our commitment to be kinder to the Earth and use less plastic. So instead of rushing out to purchase Halloween decorations that are both made of and packaged in plastic, we’ll be creating our own super cool decorations from items we can find in our house and our backyard. After all aren’t real, natural and earthy elements just more scary looking than an inflatable ghost anyway? We think so.

Green Halloween Decorating Ideas

Cicada exoskeleton 1. Spooky Skeletons. You know what’s spookier than some store bought bones made of cardboard or plastic? Real ones! Try looking around your backyard for exo-skeletons of cicadas. Because cicadas molt, they leave behind a “skin” that is an exact replica of their body. You are likely to find them along wooden fence posts, or clinging to the bark of trees in your backyard or in wooded areas. The exo-skeletons can easily be hooked onto the petals of a flower arrangement to make it ultra creepy.

You can also preserve and display other skeletons such as chicken bones and crab shells. To thoroughly clean them, soak them for one week in a solution of Dawn dish soap and water. Drain them, then soak them in a solution of 50% water and 50% hydrogen peroxide. (Do this in a garage or laundry room because it’s a bit stinky.) Remove the bones and let them air dry for 24 hours. The bones will then be clean, degreased, and white washed. They’ll look totally spooky arranged in a tall, clear vase on a fireplace mantle.


Create Instant Art with Decorative Floral Frogs

Monday, September 19th, 2011

Flower frogs are simple structures, traditionally made of glass, metal or ceramic materials, to support single flower arrangements. If you are quick to envision the common craft fair find– a spiky metal platform surrounded by earth-toned ceramic– we have something more stylish in mind for you. Before we discovered Roost’s Flower Frogs and Glass Vases, we thought frogs were tacky, with no place in the modern home. But the Roost Flower Frogs actually feature the metal architectural supports and geometric shapes that are often found in modern designs. Regardless of your style, floral frogs make arranging flowers fun and simple. Anyone can use one!

Flowers to Use for a Frog Arrangement

You can use any kind of cut flowers you like for a floral frog arrangement. You may also want to gather some greens, depending on what you want the overall look to be. Some great autumn flowers that we like are:

  • cleome
  • gerbera daisies
  • chrysanthemums
  • black eyed Susans
  • sunflowers
  • zinnias
  • asters
  • queen Anne’s lace
  • asters
  • ornamental grasses
  • What tools do I need to arrange flowers in a frog?

    You will need your frog, of course! We would recommend selecting one of the Roost Flower Frog and Glass Vase sets, because this way you will know for sure that the frog will fit your glass vase perfectly. Plus, you can choose from four shapes: large square, medium cylinder, small cylinder, or small square. The only other tool you will need is a pair of sharp shears or a knife to cut the flower stems. It is important that the blade is nice and sharp so that you do not damage or crush the flower stems.


    Set the Mood For Autumn: Transitioning Your Decor From Summer to Fall

    Wednesday, September 7th, 2011
    Fall inspired decor

    Image source: theLENNOXX

    Every year there is an obvious change that occurs outside in our gardens and backyards during the early fall season. Seed pods and berries are starting to emerge on flowers and shrubs, while pumpkins and squash are nearly ready for harvest. The air is tinged with coolness, and the days are growing significantly shorter as the birds begin to migrate South. As your outdoor garden and patio space naturally makes this transition, your indoor decor and entertaining scheme should shift as well. The fall home is about warmth and coziness; we think of spicy aromas and dim, ambient lighting.

    Transition Your Home Decor from Summer to Fall

    Recycled Bottle Lanterns Add mood lighting: With the daylight hours turning shorter and shorter every day, it’s time to strategically place some nice ambient lighting around the house. Mood lighting is the easiest and most effective way to cast a certain warm, friendly tone in your home, whether it is for you alone or for guests, or even a large dinner party. For a small space, such as a bathroom sink or a fireplace mantel, we love the Roost Pinecone Tealights. They’re easy to place and quite cute. For a larger space, such as a dining table centerpiece or an end table, we choose the Roost Recycled Bottle Lanterns. This fall, we are going to place a cluster of the lanterns inside our fireplace and fill them with white votive candles for a romantic glow.
    Colors of fall Savor some autumn scents: Conventional aerosol air fresheners can be filled with all sorts of chemicals and synthetic fragrances. Blech. For a nice, cozy autumn scent that fills your home, try an easy and natural home fragrance instead. Place a small saucepan on your stove with a cup of apple cider and a cup of water. Toss in a tablespoon of ground cinnamon and a few cloves, and bring this to a simmer on your stove. As it simmers, it will fill your home with a warm, spicy apple pie scent.
    Earth tones are easy: (Anyone get the 80s movie title reference there? Bonus points if you do!) During the summer, we are all inclined to fill our homes with breezy fabrics such as lightweight cotton and silk, and bright colors such as yellow, coral and turquoise. For fall, replace these home accents with darker earth toned ones. For example, if you have a neutral colored couch, add throw pillows in dark orange, olive green and deep aubergine. If your summer white curtains are still hanging, replace them with heavier, thermal ones in a dark clay red or earthy brown. Check out these photos from Hooked on Houses to see how a few strategically placed fall earth tones can really work well with any interior decorating scheme. Still feeling unsure of how to change a room’s color scheme to reflect the season? Watch this quick video from Apartment Therapy on Easily Changeable Color.
    Decorate with natural accents Decorate with natural accents: There are so many cool and interesting things you can find outdoors in the fall to decorate your home. Take a leisurely stroll around your block or in a local park to go for a little treasure hunt. A basket or galvanized tub filled with twigs and firewood looks pretty in an entryway or next to the fireplace. A ceramic bowl or vase can be piled high with branches of colorful leaves, or guards and pumpkins. Long stems of pussywillows or goldenrod would look gorgeous clustered in a Roost Copenhagen Carafe & Terrarium.
    fall table decor Prepare your dining room for dinner parties: During the summer, your most frequently used dining area is probably the patio and the grill, while your kitchen and your dining room take a hiatus. Now it’s time to bring some life back into your dining room and get it ready for fall dinner parties. Add cushioned seat covers to your dining room chairs in order to soften the look of the room, and a tablecloth or table runner. For a look that says “welcome, come sit down” definitely add your mood lighting to this room, and “stage” the table with your favorite serving dishes. For more ideas on how to transition your dining room from summer to fall, look to House Dressing and Centsational Girl for inspiration.

    How To Use Ornaments in Your Garden

    Thursday, July 14th, 2011

    Garden sculpture image from Front Garden Home Design


    How To Use Ornaments in Your Garden


    Why should you bother using decorative ornaments outdoors in your yard and garden? Because it is an awesome way to personalize your space. As Real Simple points out in its June issue, garden ornaments should be added for the same reason that you would add colorful pillows on your sofa or framed photos on a wall– to add personality and polish. Obviously, we’re not talking about bearded gnomes or gray cement geese.

    Our Six Favorite Ornaments and How To Place Them in your Garden

    Teardrop Mosaic Hummingbird Feeder

     Modern Glass Hummingbird Feeders We just love ornaments that are both decorative and functional. These beautiful Modern Glass Hummingbird Feeders fit that bill perfectly. hung at varying heights from a tree branch, they almost look like stained glass. Plus, they attract beautiful little hummingbirds. What could be prettier in a garden than that?


    Galvanized Metal Garden Planters We love using galvanized metal and iron in our garden. It looks cool even after it is weathered, and creates an interesting contrast between the hard, industrial metal planter and the softness of the plants within. We dig these nice worn in planters. And any time that you use a tub as a planter, make sure to first drill a couple holes in the bottom to allow for water drainage.