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This week we’re talking…Batik Indigo Floor Poufs, Window Treatments 101, House Terrariums, & More!
RACHEL’S PICK: INDIGO BATIK RECTANGULAR POUF
Batik-inspired and printed entirely by hand in the same beautiful tradition of batik printers centuries ago. With this unique dying and printing process this cotton filled pouf will flaunt unique characteristics and are sure to become the focal point of any room.
24″ L x 36″ W x 14″ H
Our very own Rachel Ambrose highlights her favorite item in the store. From furniture to accessories and everything in between, Rachel’s Pick is your guide to our favorite swoon-worthy finds.
As owner & Proprietor of Home Remedies, I guess you could say I’m the captain of this ship. After years of traveling out of state for a good selection of fabrics, I opened Home Remedies in April 2010. We’ve evolved quite a bit since then, and I’m so glad you’re sailing along on this journey with us!
IRON & GLASS HOUSE TERRARIUM
It should come as no surprise that we love terrariums around here… they are aethetically pleasing, self sustaining plant environments afterall.
And our pretty little iron & glass house terrariums have a hinged door, so it’s both an open terrarium and a closed terrarium. You get to pick the environment, so the plant choices are endless!
A match made in Home Remedies Heaven.
A BRIEF HISTORY OF TERRARIUMS
The first terrarium was developed by botanist Nathaniel Bagshaw Ward in 1842. Ward had an interest in observing insect behaviour and accidentally left one of the jars unattended. A fern spore in the jar grew, germinated into a plant, and the terrarium was born. The trend quickly spread in the Victorian Era amongst the English. Instead of the terrarium, it was known as the Wardian Case.
The story goes that Ward hired carpenters to build his Wardian Cases to export native British plants to Sydney, Australia. After months of travel, the plants arrived well and thriving. Likewise, plants from Australia were sent to London using the same method and Ward received his Australian plants in perfect condition. His experiment indicated that plants can be sealed in without ventilation and continue thriving. (source)
Here at Home Remedies we love windows. Window dressings are often the most overlooked design element when planning a space, but they’re so important and functional that we recommend starting with windows. Browse any design magazine or website and you’ll notice that all photographed rooms have window treatments. It makes the room look finished…and grown up.
In this 4 part mini series, we’re going to address how to shop for window treatments.
There’s nothing that a good window treatment can’t fix. Let’s first establish your functional needs!
Whether you live on a busy street, are in close proximity to your neighbor, or just feel like you’re in a fish bowl, privacy may be the driving factor for why you want to dress your windows.
Does your TV get a glare because of afternoon light? Are you concerned about the sun fading your furniture? Does the sun wake you too early in the morning?
Are you looking for some relief to the cost of heating your old Maine home in the winter? Do you feel a breeze coming through your windows or sliding glass doors? Or is the heat unbearable from the sun in the summer?
If style alone is what you’re after, what treatment do you prefer the style of the most? Maybe a simple valence is all you need, or perhaps you want the style of full drapery. Or, maybe you have a fabric already chosen that will dictate the treatment for you.
Stay tuned next week for Part II:
Take a look at your windows.