Spanish Moss

Hey, y’all. We’ve got something to admit. We are in absolute adulation. The head-over-heels totally infatuated kind. We are in love with spanish moss. It’s whimsical and oh-so-romantic in the way it drapes, it swings and it sways.

Like a curtain that sprawls to the floor, falling heavy in some creases while lightly in others. It’s the quiet blind that shades the canvas. Hanging naturally beautiful, it grows rampantly throughout the canopy of the south. And we say grows because afterall, it is a bromeliad air plant that thrives on nutrients and moisture. It breeds and lives.

Once you lay your eyes on this iconic fixture in trees throughout the southeastern United States, ,you’ll be smitten too!

Ready to take a peek? 

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   What do you think?

 It’s soft to touch while easy to forage and collect. Gathering enough for our shop plants makes for a peaceful, quiet undisturbed afternoon. In fact, we’ve all volunteered to be the weekly moss collector.



Providing rich, luxe protection for indoor plants, spanish moss is the satin and lace that dress your girl. It’s the beautiful skirt that your favorite plant wears about the container that practically mulches her roots keeping her warm and protected.  It provides one of the prettiest frocks you ever did lay eyes on.

The Grumpy Gardner calls it a signature plant of the Deep South. And, that it is.

So now you know our secret obsession with fresh moss. You can probably guess why we don’t buy it in a box. Why we spend afternoons collecting. Why we all jump at the opportunity for have the next responsibility of collection.

The next time you see a Colonial House plant happily growing in a container look at the dress… and, you’ll know exactly what it is: spanish moss.

How To: Make a Gourd Luminary

[photo martha stewart]


Gourd Luminaries

Not ready to break out your Halloween decorations yet? No worries. Us, either. Instead, why don’t you craft this project. It’s perfect for welcoming fall around your house, perfectly brings the outdoors in.

Decorate your home for fall with a lovely luminary made from seasonal gourds.

Step by Step Directions, here.

Sunday Style Tip: Spray Paint Mini Pumpkins

Ideas for Fall Decorating - spray painted mini pumpkins

Sunday Style Tip!

Set the mood for Fall entertaining. Spray paint mini pumpkins for instant chic. Pop them on top of candle sticks or cake plates for a glam and quick & easy, yet unforgettable centerpiece.

PS: Our mini-pumpkins will be in this week!

We are constantly dreaming up DIY projects that we can easily do, and that others can quickly & inexpensively create.  Fall is just fabulous… love it. And, can’t quit dreaming up ways to decorate.

“Bring the outdoors in,” say the Colonial House staffers. If you hang about the shop you’ll hear it over, and over again. Autumn offers a perfect opportunity to live up to the company mantra especially with items like, pumpkins so-everywhere.

Casa Cullen has simple decorating ideas with pumpkins that we totally fall for:

A pumpkin as a cooler? Impressive.

With a few steps this one’s pretty easy, too. ‘Looking glass’ spray (we have a can at the shop if you want to borrow) can transform plain glass pumpkins into these show stopping centerpieces. Use a metallic spray first to get the best effect, and seal with clear spay.

Thumbtacks never looked so glam and festy.

Enjoy the easy craft!

Candy corn pumpkins have to be the Last-Minute-Decoration of the day! Despite the minimal amount of time required to complete this task, they look polished. 


Oh, and this one’s a score. The Eyes have it! This is a perfect decoration for children. 


This is sophsticated style with the fewest supplies with little supplies: gold craft paint , gold glitter dimension paint and some vellum leaves. Easy! 

 In a constant quest to easily bring the outdoors in, to create something surprising and easy, we’d love to know how you decorate for fall. Better, share a picture.

Happy Easy Fall Decorating, y’all!





Colonial House Crush: Pam Heavner

Pam Heavner of Pam Heavner Fabrics in Chapel Hill, NC  is the most amazing southern woman we've ever met. #Gorgeous

Pam Heavner’s first design project was building her own Barbie Dream House. Who wants to live in pink plastic when it could be oh so much better? Oh, oh, she is sooo our kind-of girl! Her gorgeous fabrics will make you swoon with visions of new drapes and upholstered chairs in your head. We promise. You will be in L.O.V.E.

So, here is the story: Christy met Pam, who is from Chapel Hill, North Carolina, this summer while working on a project in Washington, D.C. As two southern women amid a group of designers from around the country, the two immediately struck a bond. The conversation quickly turned to the beauty of the Sea Islands, Pam’s summer’s along the Georgia Coast and terrariums.

When Christy amitted she is “ga-ga” over greenery and adores terrariums. Pam confided that she makes them all the time and incorporates them in her interior design projects.  “I love them, too,” she said. The conversation was so enthusiastic that others in the room giggled (alright, the truth is they laughed really loudly!!) at their oomph and vivacity for these joyful little worlds. christyhulsey

Undistracted by the chortle, a friendship was struck. And, to our proud pleasure the accord didn’t conclude that week in the capital city. The two are collaborating with the Colonial House to bring Terrarium Building Workshop to you!

So, it is always a fantastic day when we get to announce a Terrarium Workshop. But when it involves our favorite people, in our favorite spot on the planet? It’s a learning extravaganza, an experience not to be missed. I’m talking all afternoon alongside Pam Heavner & Christy Hulsey as they share the ins and outs of making a terrarium. And set in the stunning Garden of the Coastal Plain, we are more than tempted to go set up camp under the barn right now.

Back to Pam. She recently showed The Scout Guide the easy steps to making these elegant little works of natural wonder. This is a picture from the feature article:

Terrariums with Pam Heavner. LOVE HER! And, am so proud that she is collaborating with us on our October Terrarium Building Class at the Garden of the Coastal Plain. Excited!

You can catch up with The Scout Guide of Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill’s afternoon with her, here.

In the case you’re as taken with Pam Heavner as we are, still wanting to know more this is her biography:

Pam Heavner 

       Pam Heavner’s mission is to remind the world to make time for Home. Whatever that is. A baking oven, a blooming garden, an ancestral photograph on the mantel. With a career in Interior Design specializing in historic renovation, she realized the outside of the house is as important as the inside. Coming from three generations of florists, gardening and floral design would complete the picture. “My grandparents had 8 greenhouses on their property and from the first time I saw all those plants living under glass and inhaled that organic, damp smell – I was a gardener”.
      As Pam’s business grew, and time management was the one in charge, terrariums started taking up residence. “It was someone who lived here who could feed and water them self. Viola”!  This vibrancy made it look and feel like home – even when we were gone. “Its the only smell in the world that is described by a color -green”. 
       Studying Fine Arts at the University of North Carolina turned into a 25 year career in Interior Design, specializing  in historic renovation. Pam’s diverse interests have placed her in “Bon Apetite” magazine for her culinary talents, and taken her to the White House to help in the Flower Shop with everything from Christmas to Inaugurations. In 2012  “Pam Heavner Fabric” entered the market place. A collection of linen designed for drapery and upholstery that is marketed and sold internationally on line and at the Atlanta Design Center.  2013 brings the newest division – “Pam Heavner Paper”, a line of fine stationery and paper goods. 

About the Terrarium Workshop: 

Dates: October 26, 2013
Location: Garden of the Coastal Plain at Georgia Southern University, Statesboro, Georgia

Bring: a vase, any thing you specifically want to put in the terrarium (pine cone, plant, or even a smurf)

For more details and to register, head right over here!