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Dedon SeaX Armchair by Jean-Marie Massaud

Comfort should be at the top of your priority list when shopping for outdoor furniture. Whether you are spending $100 or $1,000 for an exterior dining chair, the price point becomes obsolete if the piece isn’t cozy enough to use. If it doesn’t pass the tush test it isn’t worth it. I spent this gorgeous St. Patrick’s Day afternoon testing out furniture at Dedon and came up with two chairs which are at the top of my list for comfort.

Dedon is about as topnotch as exterior furniture comes. Their new SeaX line designed by Jean-Marie Massaud is impeccably designed. I instantly fell in love with the dining armchair which happens to collapse into what becomes a very modern take on a folding chair. The back is designed to swivel but still provide support. Crafted with wood detailing in the armrests and optional leather or twill fabric (both suitable for outdoors) this chair gets a big thumbs up.

Play Chair by Philippe Starck for Dedon

Philippe Starck married Dedon’s classic woven fiber look with clean design in the Play line of chairs. With a multitude of frame and backrest colors, you can coordinate this chair with a variety of furniture settings. The frame is crafted of durable polypropylene and is both lightweight and sturdy. The backrest is positioned perfectly for dining. Starck made considerable leaps and bounds in the comfort and usability of this piece when compared to the Louis Ghost Chair he designed for Kartell.

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While planning a mini garden, keep light requirements in mind for interior plants.  There is more leeway for seasonal displays (mini Daffodils in the spring, Shamrocks/Oxalis for St Patrick’s Day, etc) which are rotated out as the season passes so they are always looking fresh.  Permanent plants in the garden should have the same light needs as each other. High light plants placed in low light conditions will fade out and the same applies for low light plants placed in sunny windowsills.

Mini Interior Garden

Mini indoor gardens use the same design principles as their exterior counterparts.  In addition to texture, color, balance and all the others, scale is one of the most important things to consider.  The leaf size and plant heights need to correspond to container size or the garden will look disproportionate.

Silver-Spotted Philodendron Adds a Pattern to this Garden

Add simple sculptures for interest and finish off  the look with rocks for a polished feel.  For ambitious designers, use a smaller size pebble to make paths through the garden. This is an excellent project for gardeners of all ages.

Article Written by Lilyofthevalley for Erbology

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St. Patrick’s day should be a gardener’s favorite holiday. What’s not to love about
a day of feasting, indulging and celebrating all things green? In honor of this
once religious holiday, I am celebrating one of my favorite annnual plants.
Moluccella laevis, known more commonly as Bells of Ireland, is a fantastic
addition to any garden.

The spikey flowers easily reach 24″ tall in full bloom. Modified lime green
calyxes line the stem of the flower stalk and add a striking texture to flower
beds. The flowers can be used for cut arrangements both fresh and dry.

Sow your seeds for Bells of Ireland now and transplant them outside in late April.
Though they won’t be ringing, you can celebrate St. Patty’s Day with these
Bells of Ireland all summer long. They bloom profusely mid to late summer. Find seeds here: http://www.burpee.com/

Bells of Ireland Add Great Texture in the Garden

Bells of Ireland Make Excellent Cut Flowers

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