Winter Survival Guide – Bring the Outdoors In

We were so anxious for 2020 to be over we forgot to consider what to do with ourselves once it was! With the excitement of the holidays behind us, we are now faced with several months of winter remaining before the temperatures warm up and eventually draw us out of our hibernation. It has been a long 10 months but the light is visible at the end of the tunnel. In this blog series, Winter Survival Guide, we will share a few tips and resources to nurture your mind, body and spirit to help you finish strong.


Using greenery with interior design

As humans we have an innate connection to nature. We also spend almost 90% of our lives indoors with little connection to it. And that is a pre-COVID stat! The practice of incorporating nature in our built environments is known as Biophilic Design and IT IS NOT A TREND. Biophilic design reduces stress, promotes well-being, improves the ability to concentrate, boosts our creativity and expedites healing. YES, PLEASE!

Don’t have a green thumb? No worries! Stick to succulents, aloe and cactus varieties. Need help getting started? Whether you prefer to shop from the comfort of your sofa or if you prefer to venture out, these local gems have you covered!


Bowood Farms (4605 Olive Street, 63108) is an experience! They offer online and in-person shopping with curbside pick-up for your convenience. The Studio at Bowood offers a variety of uniquely fun and creative workshops (virtual options available!) and there is always something new to see in the beautiful courtyard and nursery. Prepared to be inspired!

Bowood Farms in St Louis MO

Here are some helpful links to get you started……



Flowers and Weeds (3201 Cherokee Street, 63118) is open for business and observing social distancing to keep you safe! If you prefer to shop from the comfort of your own space, their online store offers a variety of terrarium kits, house plants and my personal favorite, the fiddle-leaf fig. And talk about immediate gratification, online orders are available for pick-up the next day! If flower arrangements are more your style they offer everyday arrangements for pick-up or delivery and a monthly flower subscription.

Flowers and Weeds in St Louis MO

Here are some helpful links to get you started…..

CHECK THIS OUT! It’s not to late to sign up for their Terrarium Virtual Class. Join them via Zoom on Saturday, January 23rd at 5 pm to create your own custom terrarium. All materials for the class are provided and available for pick-up the week prior to the session.

Hang in there and be well!

Trend Watch – Welcome To The Jungle

banana leaf printI don’t know about you but I am currently loving the resurgence of this tropical trend in decor and accessories. And its a good thing because I can’t open a magazine or my Instagram feed without being overwhelmed with designs or accessories embracing this element.


The banana leaf was made popular in the 1940’s when decorator Don Loper designed and installed over 5 1/2 miles of the now iconic, Martinique wallpaper, in the Coffee Room and the hallways at The Beverly Hills Hotel. At the same time Dorothy Draper was beginning a major renovation at The Greenbrier Hotel in West Virginia giving us the iconic Brazilliance wallpaper. Truly standing the test of time, the wallpapers remain in both hotels today.


While there used to be an almost 5 to 6 year lag from the runway to interior showrooms we now see an immediate correlation between the two. This is due mostly to the popularity of blogging, social media and communication between the creative minds in each respective field. Today you can find banana leaves on everything from iPhone cases to swimwear.

What are your thoughts on this tropical inspired trend? We would love to see how you are embracing this in your everyday life!