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It May Be Wet Outside, But It's Dry Inside WISH!

It May Be Wet Outside, But It's Dry Inside WISH!

I love fall, it has always been my favorite season!
I just can't get enough of the flowy grasses and textures, many that have made their way into my own home! I love to incorporate natural elements into my home décor, and there isn't a better time than fall, to do that!
If you have been following WISH on social media, you would see I have a passion for fresh flowers, and have them in some form, part of my everyday life! But many fresh flowers can serve a greater purpose, long after their vase life.
Dried flowers have become a huge contributor to the rustic décor trend, going on right now. This year's fall fave, has definitely been the fabulous pampas grass, with its feathery delicate display. I have recently placed a few stems in a grey toned bottle vase, on my fireplace. The beauty of this distinctive grass, and many other dried botanicals, is heightened by not only its longevity, but its versatility, when used as part of your décor. So many fall elements can be used throughout the year, without creating a distinctive season. Just don't forget that the vessel you choose, should reflect the style of your home. My pampas grass display, will remain on my mantle well into spring(and probably longer), though I may end up adding a few fresh stems of fresh flowers to it, or perhaps a twig garland with mini lights, and a few of my ornaments to the mantle, to transition into the winter/Christmas season.
My design style when using not only dried elements, but fresh as well for home décor, is to keep it simple!  Actually I prefer to say "modern rustic" since the elements are displayed a lot differently than how our grandmother's might of arranged them! Your display and the elements in it, should be simple, whether using singular blooms(all of the same), or slightly mixed(variety) of stems. Keep the display airy, mix up the textures by using branches, pods and grasses. These are natural elements, and should be made to look as natural as possible, even in the design.  The container and botanicals should work as one, complimenting, and accenting each other.
At WISH, you can now pick up bundles of dried botanicals, like pampas grass(pictured above), rabbit's tail, limonium, protea, seka willow, silver dollar eucalyptus, magnolia, cotton, fall grasses, hydrangeas, branches & lavender. You can also bring in your favorite vase, or pick one out at WISH, and we can design something specifically for you, whether it be for a gift, or for your office or home!
Rhonda Radmacher
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A few of the plants I have in my sun room!

Green is the NEW Black!

One of the biggest trends in home décor and gift gifting, is the unassuming house plant! It has actually been a big trend for a few years now, and it doesn't look like it's going to change anytime soon! 

I've always been a fan of the house plant, so I embraced this tropical trend with open arms.  The scent of the Geraniums from my grandma's kitchen window when I was a little girl, has stayed with me after all these years, and puts me right back in that kitchen, every time I breathe in their scent. When I was younger, my mom had a huge Aloe Vera plant in our living room. If we would have a burn or an itch, she would simply break off a piece and rub it on the bothersome area.  Most,(in my age group atleast!) know of the health benefits of this magnificent plant, but I find so many of the younger generation seeking out this plant, primarly for it's décor use, are unaware of these benefits.

Interior plants bring atmosphere to a home. I love natural elements in my home, so plants are an obvious choice for me. Plants not only look good in a room, but they clean the air & bring freshness to the room. My interior/exterior design staple, has always been, adding lots of green! Nothing feels better than being surrounded by nature's green. 

The three most important keys to keep in mind when buying a house plant; PLACEMENT, SELECTION, and the PERFECT POT

When adding a plant as part of your décor, you need to decide where it is going to go.  One thing I always do, not only with plants, but when decorating a room with décor or a furniture piece, is to go to the entrance of each room, and see where your eye automatically goes, find a focal point, see how it feels when you first look into the room, without over thinking it!!  Does it feel comfortable? Is there a spot that seems bare or dull? Don't limit the space to just the floor, but perhaps a hanging pot on the wall or hanging from the ceiling, or from a curtain rod. It has to not only look right to me, but more importantly, feel right! When using plants as decor, they should always accent the space, not over power it!

Now you can pick out the perfect plant.  There are so many great stylish & easy to care for plants out there, now a days.  At WISH, we have a variety of plants, from Snake Plants, to ZZ Plants, Fiddle Leaf Figs, and Ferns. A lot of these plants are versatile, and will suit a combination of locations.

Lastly, planting with the right pot. I can't say enough, how the pot is truly half of the display, and it is really worth the money, to take your plant one step further, allowing it to truly be an eye piece! We carry a variety of pots & stands, floor pots, to mid century modern patterned counter pots, as well as basket pot covers, in a variety of sizes, shapes, textures & colors. At WISH, we always add products like moss, wood chips, glass chips, or recycled cork chips to our potted plants. These not only finish off the look, by adding a modern touch, but it also helps keep the soil evenly moist. With all this being said, if you already have plants in your home, you can step outside the box a bit, and try mixing a pot outside of your home style. Here is an example of what I mean. Let's say you have a modern home, you would typically go with a clean lined, solid colored pot, however, now you may choose to mix it up by choosing a pot made of wood in a white wash finish, more of a rustic feel. If your home doesn't have a lot of color, choosing a colored pot, can give that pop of color, you were looking for. If you want to group a variety of plants together for maximum impact, perhaps try grouping two different sized plants and incorporating a décor piece in the grouping, such as a basket, or lantern or other décor piece, appropriate to the room it is displayed in.  This way, it allows the plants to still stand out without blending into one another, as well as allowing the display to be creatively more pleasing. If executed right, mixing modern & rustic, and other styles together, can be inspiring!

I've included some pictures of some of the plants & botanicals, I have in my own home!

Rhonda Radmacher
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Officially Open!

Officially Open!

Well WISH has officially been open for one week!  We are looking forward to our TKEES flip flops and sandals arriving, hopefully bringing along with them some warmer weather!  Our website has had a few set backs, but I am happy to say, you can now order online at www.wishhomeandgift.com...
Rhonda Radmacher
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