By T.K. Wismer, Blue Oak
Photographs courtesy of Blue Oak
Labor Day marks for many the end of summer, but the official last day is September 22. With temperatures hovering in the upper 80's and 90's in areas, it is hard to believe that cool, crisp days are coming soon. Yet now is a great time to start thinking those autumn thoughts to ease you into the next season. We are constantly searching for fun new palettes, products and ideas. Here are a few inspirations that will have you falling for fall.
Fall Worthy Color Combos
Without going all pumpkin spice on you, here are two color combos that nod to cooler temps without entirely letting go of summer's vibrancy. Get the look by switching out pillows, adding a cozy blanket, accessorizing and planting for fall blooms.
Gold and Plum
The subdued dusty plum is highlighted by soft golden tones that mimic the early fall leaves, such as gingko and witch hazel.
Burgundy and Blue
Blue tends to be closely associated with September and when mixed with cranberry tones it becomes the perfect transitional palette to ease into fall.
Products to Extend Your Season
A few new additions to your outdoor oasis will have you enjoying the final days of summer and preparing for the cooler temps ahead.
Fire tables: Nothing says ambiance like the flicker of a flame. The new generation of fire tables is designed with entertaining in mind. This one from Blue Oak Outdoor due to launch this fall offers a generous rim so guests can set food and beverages along the side. When not in use, the protective cover doubles as additional surface space.
Rechargeable lamps: With shorter days approaching so is the need for additional lighting. Rechargeable lamps and lanterns give you the option to move the light when and where needed without being tethered to an outlet.
Picnic basket stocked with outdoor supplies: The last time I packed up a picnic for the park was like, never. However, I have found that keeping a cute picnic basket stocked with simple outdoor entertaining items keeps me from making multiple trips inside and makes clean up easy. Here are a few great ideas for stocking your basket.
S'mores supplies - I keep the marshmallows in a small mason jar so they stay fresh.
Campfire incense - This adds the subtle smell of a campfire without permeating clothes and hair. This is also the perfect complement to a fire table.
A dedicated torch lighter for lighting candles, incense or grills.
By Susan Martin for Proven Winners,
Photographs courtesy of Proven Winners
When you head to the garden center this spring, you'll find more patterned flowers than ever before. All those stripes, speckles and pinwheels are dazzling but it takes a little know-how to pair them with other flowers in container recipes. Here are five creative ways to design spectacular container recipes using patterned flowers.
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