It might be a stereotype of the South to see people sitting on their front porches, but here in the south, we know the front porch is the first glimpse into your home. Now is the time of year when we enjoy porch sitting the most, especially as the weather cools a bit and the sunsets start turning magnificent colors. So whether you're making your porch more inviting for guests, … [Read more...] about It’s Front Porch Season
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Tired of looking at your own wall, wishing you could redecorate your home? Now you can! Using Islands Art & Bookstore's new "Room Viewer" website feature you can preview what their prints will look like in your home! You can also see the artwork on sample walls too. It's an easy to use feature. Browse for artwork as you usually would, and when you want … [Read more...] about Refresh Your Decor From Home
The scent of a gardenia is unmistakable, the sweet delicate perfumy aroma brings to mind intoxicating light flowery smells of fresh-cut flowers. Just a waft in the breeze is a signature scent that can be identified immediately by anyone who has ever smelled it before. Gardenia is such a classic Southern plant that many Southerners assume it originated here. It did not. … [Read more...] about A History of Gardenias
Spanish Moss clinging to Live Oak Trees is imagery connected to the South. We see it swaying along with the tree limbs and picture old Southern Plantations and ornate Southern gardens. And while it does grow in the Southeast from Virginia and the Carolinas down to Alabama and all the way over to Texas, it actually grows just about everywhere. The plant consists of one or … [Read more...] about Why Is It Called “Spanish Moss”?
As North Carolinians find ways to get outside and enjoy the final days of summer while social distancing an outdoor garden by the sea seems like the perfect answer! Generations of locals and tourists travel to the historic property and leave amazed by the breathtaking display of elaborate gardens, local wildlife, historic structures, walking trails, sculptures, 10-acres of … [Read more...] about Explore Airlie Gardens: A Historical Garden by the Sea