With a couple weeks off from school, my time off has been consumed with around-the-house to-dos. One would think I’d appreciate a break from interior design, but it couldn’t be farther from the truth. Now, I get devote all my creative strengths to myself, my home, and my own aesthetic. The change is liberating!
Updating my outdoor space, or more specifically, making it more season-appropriate, has been near the top of my list for weeks. Despite the fact that the hubs and I use our back door more often than our front, it’s become one of the shabbiest looking areas of our whole home. I decided that a neatly tailored vine, climbing along a topiary trellis would give the space the TLC it so desperately needed. I also reasoned that the rich forest greens and chocolatey browns would welcome in fall.
I started the back door makeover with an inexpensive terracotta pot, but quickly discovered the bright orange was just too much for my taste.
One part lime powder (which you can get in the garden or lumber section of your hardware store), two parts water, mix well…
…then brush on using a coarse-bristled paint brush.
When the white is set, but still wet, spray the pot with water using a spray bottle. I skipped this part, but wish I hadn’t.
Once the pot has completely dried, sand it down with a medium grit sandpaper in a varied pattern until you get the mottled, naturally aged look you’re going for.
Fill your pot with plants, flowers or a vine. My look was created using a 6-pack of wire vine, which were planted inside the ring of the topiary trellis, then piece by piece, I am training it to climb the trellis.
I love how the wire vine evokes such a whimsical feeling, and I also love how well it goes with the aged terra cotta. From what I’ve heard, wire vine grows like a weed, and in no time, my trellis will be covered in lovely, vibrant green! I can’t wait!