The whimsical sparrow wallpaper served as the inspiration jumping off point for this charming nursery. Walls were kept a soft neutral to allow the wallpaper to stand out, and another bold pattern was introduced in the yellow and white rug.
Have a thing for baskets? Don’t cram them in your closet. Hang them on your accordion rack with pride, filled with whatever you’d like — the options are endless. In the kitchen, fill them with produce or snacks. In a bedroom, try jewelry or scarves. In a bathroom, stuff them with pretty toiletries or washcloths and hand towels.
For late season color, it’s tough to be New York ironweed (Vernonia noveboracensis). This native plant hails from the Eastern part of the country; choose Western ironweed for gardens in the Great Plains and West. Purple flowers start opening in late summer and linger into fall, providing a late season nectar source for butterflies and other pollinating insects. Watch for migrating hummingbirds to visit this bloomer. Goldfinches and sparrows feast on the seed. Use ironweed in the back of the border or wildlife garden. Grows 4 to 7 feet tall by 2 to 4 feet wide. Hardy in Zones 5-8.