9.29.2009

Leaf & Petal

It's that time of year again when my garden begins to fade and only the evergreens remain, so this past week my kiddos and I headed out to Leaf & Petal here in Birmingham to pick up a few things for some fall color. Leaf & Petal always display the most gorgeous assortments for pots. Our normal drill is to pull in, find our favorite pot, and simply say I want to recreate that. Then they bring us around and tell us about our selections and load it all up. Really it is the perfect way for us to spend the morning and even more lovely when they begin to remember your face.


This is the assortment we picked for the main pot as you walk up to our porch. The main beauty is flowering kale, I love everything about her. Her color and shape have me swooning. A petite evergreen tree was added for year round color. The orange mums and purple snapdragons are short lived and will be changed out to pansy's in a couple of months, but for now they make me happy. Finally we added parsley, because every pot needs something good to eat according to my Ellie.


This is our front porch. We spend hours here in the fall as the weather begins to cool. Normally I do not put a pumpkin out till October, but Ellie made a good point on how beautiful this one was and we should keep it, so we did. The stump is a recent addition and I could not be more pleased. We have some friends who had a some trees cut down in thier yard and I asked for a stump and they so delivered. I love the rustic element it adds.


These are a few pots I bought on my recent trip to Ikea. I finally added a few ferns and am quite happy on the way it further divides the kitchen from the living room. Although the bar is meant to be used for eating it is at a ridiculous height so even the tallest stools we could find are still not tall enough, oh well. Also the backsplash still needs to be tiled. Such a big decision and a pricey one especially when we need about 30 sq ft. One day I suppose.

{Thank you to Gracie Belle Butterfly for my blog award. You made my day.}

32 comments:

Adriana said...

Hi Paula, I loved your porch personally, those rocking chairs are very cute

Laura Trevey said...

Hi Paula!!
I love ferns, and these look adorable in your kitchen....

Hmmm... I might have to take a trip to Strange's floral shop today :)
xo Laura
www.brightboldbeautiful.blogspot.com

Ink Obsession Designs said...

I think I am in love with your front porch! :)

nkp said...

A beautiful post. We are having a dare I say chilly morning here and your Fall photos perfectly fit the bill. I love the pot and the plantings and I am dying to go pumpkin shopping. Your porch looks so pretty decked out in its Fall finery!

Gracie said...

I'm swooning over those rocking chairs! I will definitely need some chairs like that one day.

I have a little something on my blog for you =)

Kasey said...

yes..swooning is a lovely word!
good idea!
xo

LobotoME said...

lovely pics of your home (especially your front porch!)

pk said...

Love the front porch! Looks so relaxing...
pk @ room remix

vanessa said...

Love your porch. A neighbor had a tree cut up on the side of the road last week and I had to grab a stump easy and cheap! Also I love the kitchen faucet, I have the same one.

Susie (So Blessed) said...

Brooke has told me how much she loves Leaf and Petal, but I've yet to go there while in B'ham. Love the plant choices you made...and the stump table looks great!
Oh, and Brooke loves ferns and Meyers, too! Ya'll have a lot in common! Hope I get to meet you some day!

Blueprint Bliss said...

Paula- it all looks so great.

I'll be happy to come help you do your backsplash one day. You could do it affordably w/ a 3x6 white subway tile. Just a thought!

Jennifer said...

oh I love Leaf'n'Petal. they are always so helpful!

Char said...

I love it all...and I love Leaf and Petal too. They have the most gorgeous displays that make me want to buy it all.

nikki r said...

oh my, i want to come over.

please sir said...

Love the ferns too - great insight into your daily day!

wide open spaces said...

Hi Paula- I see that you just got another award - you go girl! I just tagged you with the Kreativ Blogger award. I don't typically do this type of thing so I am not the least bit offended should you decide to forgo. Just thought it might be fun during baby waiting time. You can get all the details on my site. Much love!

Estelle said...

Wow, I love the pot. You've inspired me. I was feeling a bit burnt out on my garden until this morning. And I LOVE the stump. What a great addition.

Kotori said...

Oh I wish I lived closer to you so maybe you could help me grow a green thumb... you seem to have a way with plants (I'm just pleased that I have a few that are still alive!).

Hanako66 said...

how lovely, everything is beautiful!

Amanda said...

I love that you actually HAVE a front porch. Sitting on a porch is such a lost pasttime these days.

LindsB said...

You have the most beautiful front porch, I could spend hours out there just enjoying the nice crisp weather.

Beautiful flower pot- I love the colors of kale too.

Jackie said...

It all looks so pretty! LOVE your front porch, I am so jealous. I've always wanted a big front porch to put a few rocking chairs on (ever since Tim McGraw;s song about "pointing our rocking chairs towards the West"-dorky, huh?). And I see you have Ms Meyer's sage dish soap-that is my favorite scent by far. Actually gets me excited to clean!

High-Heeled Foot in the door said...

It all looks so pretty. You are totally inspiring me to go out and get some greenery in my home.

I love the tree stump. We have the same thing out back. They all go around the outdoor firepit we have.

Blair said...

Oh, wow! Love your front porch and what cute pots for those ferns. So lovely!

eco-stylista said...

Your garden looks great! And the Ikea pots with the ferns are beautiful!

Lauren said...

beautiful!! the pic of the ikea pots looks straight out of a magazine!!

Deliciously Organized said...

I'm in awe of your front porch. It's beautiful. I could spend hours there!

Ellen said...

Oh Paula, your porch looks like the perfect place to sit and relax with a cup of coffee. I personally love the stump! I also love that your Ellie thinks that every pot should be good to eat! So cute!!

Sarah said...

Cozy chairs, I wish I had a porch to sit on.

Suzanne : : S.HOPtalk said...

Swooning over your front porch. I love it!

julia said...

I love your tree stump - so cool.

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