Will You Be Our Valentine?

Will You Be Our Valentine?

Are you aware we are only eight days from Valentine’s Day?  No?  Well let this be a friendly reminder that you need to do something for the loved ones in your love (This Means You Too!)  You still have time to come up with the perfect gift, but don’t wait too long as this annual love day will be here before we know it!

Can We Help?

We understand that finding a gift for that special someone (including you) can be difficult, but we would love to help in any way we can.  If you or your beloved loves gardening we offer a variety of beautiful wooden planters.  From gardening to home décor the uses for our planters are limited only by your creativity.

If your garden is the love of your life you are no doubt gearing up for spring.  We are only 43 days away from the official first day of spring and now is the time to start your seedlings to get a head start on your 2017 garden.

May we suggest some new wooden window boxes to aid your indoor container gardening projects?  We offer several different types of window boxes that can suit any need.  Our most popular window box is the scalloped 570 series.  As you may notice upon browsing our products many do not have a liner option.  This is because our wooden planters are mostly made up of Northern White Cedar, which is rot resistant and doesn’t need a liner.

Are You In Love With Home Decor?

If you said yes then you are in the right place.   Our broad variety of wooden products offers many unique home décor options.  Our whiskey barrel planters are perfect for storage as they are larger than most of our products, except maybe our barrels.

Speaking of barrels, have you seen our half barrels?  These barrels are perfect for any type of storage of dry materials.  They look great in any home as they blend in and take up minimal space.  Each barrel comes with a free sign with one of six labels as well as a blank option if you would prefer to make your own label.

We Are Here For You

If you are browsing our products, but aren’t sure just yet please know we are here to answer any questions or concerns you may have.  Feel free to contact us and we will get back to you as soon as we can.  Whether you want something for a Valentine’s Day gift or if you have a unique need for new planters we would be happy to help in any way we can.

Enjoy Your Valentine’s Day and make sure to show all of your loves just how much you love them!

For What Are You Thankful?

For What Are You Thankful?

Is everyone ready for Thanksgiving or Turkey Day as many call it?  Is the family coming over for dinner or are you the lucky ones who get to travel and not cook a huge feast?

As for us, we are a mixed bunch this Thanksgiving.  Half of us are headed to family and the other half are hosting.  Both sides have their benefits, but the biggest benefit is we get to enjoy time with our families, who we may not get to see all year.  I mean, who else would we want to stuff our face with once a year?

From football games to afternoon naps Turkey Day is all about quality time with the people you love.  It is a time to be grateful for the people around your table and to give pause for the people who couldn’t make it this year.  With comfort food and warm hearts we celebrate all of our blessings, no matter in what form they come.

So for what are you thankful this year?  As you look around your home as well as your table what rounds out your top 5 things for which to show gratitude?

We like to keep it simple.  The top 5 things for which we are grateful, in no specific order: our jobs, rooves over our heads, family to love and who love us, food in our bellies, and of course the ability to garden.  Gardening has often helped us bond or spend quality time with family on many occasions as well as produce healthier food options for the whole family.  It is amazing that the earth can help us provide for our families every year and is always something for which we are ultimately grateful.

Here’s to a great Thanksgiving from all of us here at Coopersmith & Son to all of you.  We appreciate you and we wish you the best Turkey Day ever!

Will Your Home Be Spooktacular for Halloween?

Are you excited about Halloween? Is this your favorite time of year?

It is for us.  The air gets crisp, the leaves change color, and then the holiday we all wait for (besides Christmas, of course): Halloween.  The one time of the year where we can become whoever we want, we get to throw wildly creative parties, and we get to scare ourselves half out of our skin if we so choose.  Halloween is definitely the most unique holiday we have each year and it allows our creativity to flow outside the box for this crazy one night each year.

How will you be decorating your home for Halloween?  Do you have a specific theme in mind or do you just go with spooky elements all around your home?  Perhaps you don’t like the scary aspects of Halloween and you stay with a seasonally rustic décor?

No matter how you decide to decorate it will be amazing.  We have found over the years that will a little creative and DIY ingenuity you can make anything work within your own Halloween aesthetic.  For instance, found these “pumpkin” crates on Pinterest.  Wooden crates have so many uses, but this is a really unique idea to spark your imagination.  It is easy to see how wooden props can add to the rustic feel of the season as well as the holiday, but painting them can often build steam for your own Halloween themed décor.

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If you do prefer the naturally organic fall look for your Halloween home décor wooden barrels would be your cup of tea.  In this picture (also found on Pinterest) one feels the fall ambiance barrels can provide.  From floral arrangements to a table top or even table legs for a buffet table top made out of a wood slab.

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If simply seasonal decorations don’t work for you barrels can be used to house fake body parts or any other number of atrocious Halloween party effects.  One could also use the top of the barrel as a flat surface to place a guest book amid many bloody eyeball floral arrangements as well as fingers dipped in fake blood as pens.

When you have the right props you can make anything work for your personal Halloween concept.

So how will your Halloween go?  Super spooky? Or seasonally charming?

2016-mb-twitter-halloween-retail-display-idea-1 If you need to get some wooden planters, crates, or barrels for your Halloween bash please make sure to check out ours at www.coopersmithandson.com.  We would love to help your party be memorable until next Halloween…

Allow Color to Refresh Your Life

As we get the first glimpse of spring, we ache for a refresh of ourselves and our homes.  From wardrobe adjustments to suit the new person we believe ourselves to be in the New Year to home alterations for a new perspective; however, with so many renewal options available the process can seem a bit overwhelming. 

That is why it is always to our benefit to get an idea of what is trending.  Sometimes it is just a matter of seeing specific colors or textures to help us focus our energies.  This is how seasonal color trends can help.

Here is a 2014 Trend Report from Elle Décor.

Powerful Hues: Cayenne, Radiant Orchid, Dazzling Blue, Freesia, and Celosia Orange

Calming Hues:  Sand, Placid Blue, Paloma, Violet Tulip, and Hemlock

Color to Your Taste

Depending on your personal preferences, there will be only a few colors catching your eye.  Once you have a focus on the new colors you wish to incorporate into your style revision the process becomes easier.  As your mind begins to imagine the ways you can gain your renewal you will begin to see what will work for your situation.

Adding different colors into your life does not have to be an expensive project.  Sometimes just adding pops of color is enough to sate our need for a change.

Add Color & Convenience

An easy way to add color to your life is by adding inexpensive pieces such as belts, costume jewelry, pillows, or even planters.  Home and clothing accessories come in a wide variety of colors so it is not hard to find items with the accent colors you seek.

The great thing about home décor is that the items are often available in a broad variety of colors so you can customize your item for a relatively inexpensive price.  For example, we offer all kinds of wooden planters in stains to suit any preference, as seen from the color pallet shown below.

Stain Color Pallet

Comparing the colors within the pallet against the trend report from Elle Décor one can see a many color combinations to suit any personal preference.

Now, you may be thinking to yourself, why would I want to add color through the use of planters?  I don’t even like to garden.  Well, the great thing about wooden planters is the limit to their uses depends on your imagination.

Wood crates are great for storage as well as home or work organization.

Wooden window boxes are great to organize your kitchen or to mount on the wall for additional shelving space.  They also make great centerpiece containers for additional dinner conversation.

Wooden tubs and whiskey barrels have sizes to suit any storage or craft need.

Wood cube planters can hold shoes in your entry way or towels in your bathroom.

The beauty of wooden planters is you can purchase the natural planters and stain, treat, or paint them yourself to create your own unique touches of style within your home.

Hopefully this encourages your creative side and offers an uncommon way to renew your house in an inexpensive manner.  The less money you spend on home décor alterations increases money for a clothing and accessory budget.

Now spring will be here soon enough.  Get out there and renew your individual style statement.

Express your style and enable change in your life.

Creative Fix-It: Wooden Planters

Creativity and functionality is the name of the game for any home purchase.  Whenever we purchase personal items, we often justify the expense, especially in this economy. 

How useful is this item?  How long will it last? Is the price equal to the product value?

In other words, we need to ensure this purchase is beneficial as well as functional for our homes.  The same thought process occurs for any garden planter purchases.  This is where the level of functionality relies upon creativity.  As trends progress over the years, it is easy to see how valuable wooden planters are to one’s home.

Upon consideration, one can even make a case for the value of wooden planters within each room of your home.

  1.  Kitchen – For an herb garden.  Grow your favorite herbs in your kitchen and have the necessary ingredients available to complete the recipes your family loves.
  2. Dining Room – Centerpieces for your dining room table.  Brighten up the mood of your dinner table or simply add some festivity to a holiday meal by using a planter as a centerpiece.  Keep in mind, the centerpiece does not always have to showcase a beautiful floral or plant arrangement, but can also hold condiments to increase accessibility for your dinner guests.
  3. Living Room – For storage.  Add a rustic feel to your living room as you increase the visibility of important living room items.
  4. Bedroom – For a night table.  By flipping a wooden planter upside down and using the bottom as a table you have a perfect night stand for your bedroom.  Let’s face it, we all want convenience in our bedroom.  Once you are all comfy in your bed the last thing you want is to have to get up to get something.  Allow your wooden planters to make your life easier and your nights more relaxing.
  5. Bathroom – For space saver.  Bracing wooden planters on the wall provides additional storage to hold toiletries, wash clothes, hand towels, etc.  Using a wooden planter in your bathroom enables convenience and also frees up more horizontal space for other things or to simply organize your bathroom.
  6. Porch/Patio – This space for your home can be a little tricky as it is often open to the seasonal elements and you need to have items that can either be easily mobile or impervious to whatever weather occurs.  Wood planters, especially cedar, are wonderful as they are made for outdoors and are rot resistant due to Cedar’s organic makeup.  On your porch or patio wooden planters are great for a small table between two chairs or as actual planters to provide additional privacy/beauty to your exterior space.

Wooden planters can assist any home or garden situation.  When you are considering a unique way to solve a problem, keep in mind wooden planters are ready and willing to provide a remedy.

Top 5 Benefits of Northern White Cedar Products

 

  1. Longevity

Cedar is a naturally durable wood.  This is the reason people have built barns, fences, etc. with this wood for many years.  Cedar is a wood that can withstand rough weather conditions and keeps a beautiful appearance as it ages.

     2.  Rot & Decay Resistant

Cedar contains organic oils to protect the wood against rot and decay.  This is one of the strongest benefits to this wood type as it enables anything built with this wood to last longer than most other wood products.  The durability of Cedar can double the life of the built product as it not only withstands the brutality of weather, but also the natural weaknesses that arise as the wood ages.

     3.  Easily Treatable

If your design calls for a wide variety of stains or other treatments, Cedar is perfect.  The organic makeup of Cedar enables it to be naturally easy to stain or otherwise treat.  If you decide that you want to keep the natural wood look with no treatments, well then you have chosen the right wood because Cedar naturally weathers into a beautiful silver gray.

     4.  100% Biodegradable

As Cedar is an organic material, if it contains no treatments, it is 100% Biodegradable, which is great for the environment.  If you prefer plastic, metal, or even ceramic planters they do not provide the environmental benefits many gardeners prefer.  Organic options are better for the environment and provide a warmer aesthetic for any garden space.

     5.  High Quality

One can purchase many different kinds of wood depending on the project and the budget.  Unfortunately, Cedar can tend to run on the more expensive side; however, you get a higher quality wood for your money.  As one can see from the first four benefits Cedar makes the money you put into any project worthwhile.

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We hope for future gardening or home décor projects you will consider purchasing our Cedar products to enhance your space.

Reference:

A-1 Fence Company, Inc. – The Many Benefits of Having A White Cedar Fence

Container Gardening: A Trend That Makes Sense

We Want A Garden & We Want It Now!

No matter where you are in the world, at some point, there is a time when gardening is not optimal in your area.  That is why container gardening is a great solution for any lifelong or would-be gardener.  While you are patiently waiting for the ground to thaw or the soil to dry out you can be enjoying gardening without missing a seed.

Trendy & Convenient

Container gardening also happens to be a popular trend in 2014, so it seems everyone is sowing the planter towards gardening freedom.  Whether you are growing herbs for your delicious home cooking or creating a beautiful floral arrangement to distract you from the bleakness outdoors, container gardening is for you.

It is perfect for people who don’t have the luxury of a spacious backyard.  Set a raised planter on your balcony, in your entryway, or even in your kitchen to grant your gardening fix.  If you want to start small, window boxes are perfect start-up planters.

All Gardeners Welcome

Gardening is not just for people living in the country any longer.  It is becoming more commonplace for city dwellers to join in the growing fun; especially, as there are many health, as well as economic, benefits to growing your own veggies.

Cedar Container Garden Planter Growing Lettuce

Benefits of Container Gardening

This shifts us right into another popular 2014 trend: Edible Gardening.

You heard me, edible gardening.  If you are not aware of this trend, basically it is the general idea of farming brought back to popularity by all the health and money conscious gardeners out there.  Growing your own herbs, vegetables, fruits, etc. enables you to choose what goes into your body.  It also gives you the power of providing organic foods without the organic price.

Of course health benefits for you and your family aside, saving money isn’t a minimal benefit considering the current economic state.  Edible container gardening allows you to grow vegetables and fruits for your family all year round as you avoid high grocery costs.

If this blog post peaks your interest in edible gardening, container gardening, or perhaps a combination make sure to check out these informational links:

Edible Gardening:

http://www.almanac.com/content/information-about-plants-vegetables-herbs-fruit-guides

Container Gardening:

http://www.organicgardening.com/learn-and-grow/container-gardening

If you are seeking planter options to create your own container garden Coopersmith & Son suggests our:

Cedar Cube and Rectangular Planters

Cedar Deck Rail Planters

Cedar Window Boxes