Posts Tagged ‘The Oak Leaf’

Tree and Table Trimming Treats

Wednesday, December 5th, 2012

A Succulent Setting

We’ve been toying with the idea of using succulents as place cards for our Christmas Eve dinner and wondering what we could do to make them a bit more festive.  Fortunately for us, our friend Ernesto (who owns The Oak Leaf) has come up with a new twist on the terrarium for the holiday season – glass terrarium ornaments!

Terrarium Tree

These one-of-a-kind gems also make great gifts for the plant lover on your shopping list, a secret Santa or for that someone who’s impossible to shop for.  And there’s no need to put these ornaments away once the holidays are over since they’ll stay alive all year long!

Terrarium Ornament

Each terrarium ball is thoughtfully, carefully and uniquely created by The Oak Leaf just before it’s shipped out.  That way, the plant is fresh and has been recently watered (which is great since we tend to kill any live plant that enters our home within days!)

Ornament with Air Plant

Terrarium Trio

You can find these lovelies at The Earnest Sewn Jean shop in New York or online at Etsy – but hurry since we hear they’re selling quickly.  If you’d like to customize your own terrarium balls, you can contact Ernesto directly at oakleafshop@gmail.com.

Terrific Terrariums

Are you adding any new festive touches to your holiday table or tree this year?

Photos via Ernesto Lopez

 

 

Up On The Roof

Friday, September 2nd, 2011
Plants Bloom in NYC

Plants Bloom in NYC

You never know who you’ll meet at the NY Gift Show – retailers, designers, press, event planners, personal shoppers…  you get the gist.  Since standing at a booth all day can be a chore, we love the opportunity to get to know the fascinating entrepreneurs who are keeping our economy going.  One such person is Ernesto Lopez, the charming founder of The Oak Leaf, a company that specializes in container gardens and fresh flower bouquets.

An Oasis for All

An Oasis for All

After twelve years in fashion, Ernesto returned to his passion for gardening, putting to use his green thumb acquired at an early age while helping his grandfather tend to his flowers and vegetables.  Now he runs a successful business that nurtures his love for color and texture.  “Landscaping is like visually merchandising a collection only with flowers.  I pay close attention to sharp color stories, textures, seasonal items and shapes when I put a garden or bouquet together.”

Clematis in Hell's Kitchen

Clematis in Hell's Kitchen

Given that Ernesto can make anything grow anywhere, we asked him to share some pictures of a roof-top garden he designed with sustainability in mind.  Here are some of his favorite tips:

1.  Transform soda cans into planters and attach them to a trellis – perfect for small flowers like impatiens and begonias

"Can" Planters

"Can" Planters

2.  Use a coffee can for a fresh floral bouquet and use bright colors like white and yellow to play off the silver of the canister

Blooms in a Can

Blooms in a Can

3.  A wine crate makes a perfect planter for an herb garden and it gives the planting a vintage feel

Herbs in a Crate

Herbs in a Crate

4.  Line a root cage (usually discarded after a tree or shrub has been planted) with coco fiber and use as a hanging planter

Hanging Around

Hanging Around

5.  Take wooden palettes and create different heights for a potted garden

Palette Rise to the Occasion

Palettes Rise to the Occasion

We’re so inspired to put some of these great tips to work, even if we have to wait until next spring!  For more how-to’s and tips, visit The Oak Leaf’s Facebook page!

Photos via Ernesto Lopez