Monday, August 2, 2010

Succulents in a Suitcase!


Look what I found last weekend at Sienna Antiques in Petaluma.
Although this cement planter isn't an antique, I didn't care because I immediately had plans for it.

Cast from an old suitcase, this thing weighs a ton! I knew it would be great planted with succulents. But first, it had to find a permanent home as it is too heavy to move around.

I decided to put it on this outdoor coffee table. The top is marble, which is great because there are drain holes at the bottom of this container. I don't have to worry about protecting the surface.

After planting the succulents, I got the idea to tuck in some lichen covered branches.

I added the stone candlesticks, brought in a few linen pillows, and voila!
I'm so happy with the final result!

Can't wait to sit here this evening and enjoy the new table top vignette, the view and a glass of wine with hors d'oeuvres.

Mr. A and I are taking a few days off and staying in the country until tomorrow. It's nice to have the time to do a little project like this, and just putter around. We're enjoying this unusual cool summer weather which is nice for working outside in the garden.

I'm joining Susan today at Between Naps on the Porch for Metamorphosis Monday.
Then on Tuesday, I'm joining Marty for Table Top Tuesday at A Stroll Thru Life.
Also, I'll join Tiffany at Making the World Cuter for the first time.
On Wednesday, I'll join Susan at A Southern Daydreamer for Outdoor Wednesday.
Thanks Ladies for hosting!

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35 comments:

Carrie said...

This gathering of succulents looks great in the planter...and the setting with the sofa and table is most inviting!

Vanessa said...

What a great find! That is a gorgeous arrangement and is only surpassed by your absolutely to die for outdoor area and view! Breathtaking! Not only does my house want to be your house when it grows up but I think my Blog does too! :-)
Vanessa
http://southerninmyheart.blogspot.com

Elizabeth & Gary said...

I love the arrangement! Its perfect for outdoors.
The suitcase planter was a great find! I would have purchased it too!
Have a sweet day,
Hugs, Elizabeth

Glenda/MidSouth said...

I like it planted with succulents and like those candle sticks. What time is Happy Hour? :-D

Allison said...

Delores- I love that suitcase planter! What a find! It's is gorgeous with all of your succulents. Your outdoor space looks heavenly and so relaxing. Enjoy your extra days off.

Linda @ A La Carte said...

What an adorable planter and with the succulents it is perfect. Great vignette. Enjoy your days off.

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Love that cute concrete suitcase. The succulents look great in that. Such a pretty place to sit and relax. What time is the wine and hors d'oeuvres being served? I wish we were having a cooler summer. Quite the opposite. Nice and cloudy today though. A good break from the extreme heat.

Chic Creations said...

Love succulents. Great look with the concrete suitcase. So pretty. Thanks for sharing.

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Wow, cement, never would have guessed it from the first photo the detail is great-enjoy!

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

What a fabulous idea. I love this look and perfect on the coffee table. Love the candlesticks too. Everything is just gorgeous. Hugs, Marty

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Well, I am just a little lame today. Thank you for joining TTT. I really do appreciate it. Great idea. Hugs. Marty

Rachel said...

How very clever of you! The succulent arrangement is FABULOUS!

Penny @ The Comforts of Home/Lavender Hill Studio said...

What a wonderful planter! It looks great filled with those succulents. I am having a glass on cab (Louis Martini 2005)right now - living in Asheville, NC it is 7:45PM.
Hugs,
Penny

once in a blue moon... said...

looks wonderful, i love the table too~ oh this weather is out of the world, i can't beleive its ca, it feels like nov!

Hill Country House Girl said...

That is a very cool planter - very cool! It looks great on your table and I hope you had a wonderful time enjoying it this evening.Isn't it fun and satisfying to create something new like that?

Greyscale Territory said...

That container for the succulents is a winner! And the atmosphere you have created is so magical! A lovely place to relax and enjoy the outdoors!

Pam @ diy Design Fanatic said...

Delores, I love it! Your succulents look fantastic in the suitcase planter!

Linda (More Fun Less Laundry) said...

Delores, I love this planter! Even here in New England I leave my stone planters with succulents out all winter, and they come back fine in the spring (usually:)). I think some of those in your suitcase will bloom! I'm always most partial to the little hens and chickens in the corner! Linda

AB HOME Interiors said...

Oh I just love succulents. They are such a great decorating tool. Love the basket you put them in too!
xo
amanda

Debby said...

That is the cutest thing I have ever seen. I bet it was heavy. It looked like it would weigh a ton. Your outside space looks so inviting.

Anne said...

I love the textural contrasts between the succulents and the concrete suitcase-- a perfect combination. What a view you have. I'd want to spend all my days in the country with a view like that! Your outdoor space looks like something right out of a movie, a fantasy land.
xo,
Anne

Susiet said...

I absolutely love the suitcase! The succulants look great. Such a fun piece!

Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

Pour me a glass girl I'm only 2 hours away from you ha ha!! love that suitcase how cool lokkin is that girl...Hope you have a GREAT week my friend...Hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

La Dolfina said...

I love it, it looks amazing. What a great and unusual score!!! Your planted it beautifully too :)

Mariette said...

Dearest Delores,

You have a very keen eye for special finds. Antique or not; this is so unique and pretty!
Lovely after you finished planting it...

Sunny greetings from Georgia/USA

MariettesBacktoBasics

Christie said...

This is just wonderful! And that view is spectacular! I would never leave that spot by that suitcase of succulents! Enjoy!
three pixie lane

The Barnett Family said...

Everything looks just gorgeous. It has been sooo hot in my neck of the woods. I would be in the pool NOT relaxing and enjoying the view. Your vignette is just darling and very creative. Thanks for sharing!

Donna said...

I absolutely love the succulents planted in the suitcase planter - so adorable! The view is just breathtaking and I love everything you do.

Enjoy your time off.

Razmataz said...

As always a gorgeous vignette. LOVE the suitcase.

Kathysue said...

Delores, it is so perfect on the table and in your beautiful setting. What a perfect spot to sit and enjoy the view and now you have your pretty suitcase to look at also. Enjoy your R&R it is a perfect place to take a deep breath and unwind. Hugs Kathysue

Donna (Timeless Settings) said...

How cute! I love succulents, they look great!

Donna

Olive Cooper said...

The concrete suitcase is a great container for the succulents. Succulents are easy and care free. I am visiting from Outdoor Wednesday.
olive

Sue said...

Love this planter!!! Filled with the succulents, it makes such a wonderful statement on the table. Love your view. I can't wait to get back to California. Such a beautiful state. Have just discovered your blog- it, too, is beautiful.
~ Sue

Linda said...

That planter is adorable! I love potting succulents in unusual ways...but that is too cute!

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Delores, I just read your post after this one, and I had no idea that wonderful suitcase was actually cement! What a great find, and I love it filled with the succulents. laurie

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