How To Use Flea Market Favorites To Create Container Garden Magic!

Spring is a time to dream.  Thoughts of balmy breezes and slow meanderings through a lush flower garden full of color means rounding up the gardening gear and plant catalogs to map out a plan to make those dreams come true. Since spring also marks the beginning of prime vintage and flea market shopping ahead with a season chock full of outdoor events, it only follows that any rational person would find a way to include some of these favorite found treasures in their planting plans to create the perfect flea market container garden!


Your favorite vintage finds become magical flea market container garden pieces with a bit of ingenuity and a touch of DIY! The possibilities are endless!

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Reader’s Favorite Home And Garden Posts–2016

Are you ready for new adventures in 2017? I’m right there with you in spirit! However, with the end of the year flu that hit our household last week I’m struggling to feel quite my adventurous self physically speaking. So while I work on disinfecting our domain and making the switch to winter decor, take a few minutes and peruse through the final wrap up of 2016.  Last week I revealed your favorite DIY projects of the past year.  Today I am putting the spotlight on your top 5 overall favorite posts of 2016 for the home and garden!


Wrapping up the overall reader's favorite Designing Wilder posts of 2016 featuring both home and garden ideas, tips and a few flea market shopping tricks!

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Easy Fall Centerpiece To Celebrate The Harvest

So Halloween is over and you’ve  taken down your cute spooky creations.  Do you find yourself feeling a little blah? Are you getting a little bored with fall?  Don’t feel bad, it happens to the best of us!  It’s only natural that after the festivity of Halloween is over, a case of fall decorating boredom would set in.  The cure?  It’s time to shake things up! How about putting together this easy fall centerpiece that will repurpose your current fall decor and carry you all the way through your Thanksgiving celebrations at little to no extra cost?


Multi-colored heirloom pumpkins combined with white pumpkin pie pumpkins, dried hydrangeas and faux bittersweet vines to create the perfect easy fall centerpiece!

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Flea Market Shopping List–Garden Edition!

True confession time! I totally screwed up on my recent trip to the flea market!

One would think I would have learned by now!  After all, I have loved flea market style since I was in college.  Probably because I needed inexpensive home decor at that point in my life, but through the years it has transitioned into a statement of my personality. Something that makes my home uniquely me. I’m a big believer in staying true to yourself and designing your surroundings in a way that makes you comfortable and happy despite whether or not it is the current trend.

  One of my hard and fast rules for myself when finding a truly unique item is that, if the budget allows, one should buy an item when you see it!  Let’s face it, many flea market events are only for a limited time and involve out of town vendors so you can’t go back in a couple of days to get something you originally passed on.

Last weekend I broke my own rule! You see, I ran onto a vendor that had all sorts of vintage galvanized pieces that she had cut designs or quotes into using a laser cutter.  She had so many really sweet pieces, but the one that caught my eye as a potential piece for the cottage on the creek was a galvanized tub that had been adorned with a bird sitting on a flowered branch that encircled the top of the container.  I went back and looked at it twice!  And, it was a great price!  I would have to pay the same price, or likely more, for a plain one in the antique shops back home. But, you guessed it, I didn’t buy it.

Flea Market Shopping Sign

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