Spring is here at Nina Nguyen Designs!

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Spring is almost here and our current obsession around the Nina Nguyen office is the perfect compliment – terrariums! These beautiful creations are a staple of our new office’s décor. Because they make us so happy, I thought I’d share this fun and easy project with you!

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Here’s what you need:

  • Succulents- try combining a variety of heights and colors to make it more interesting
  • Glass container- there are tons of things that you can make a terrarium out of… the sky’s the limit!
  • Lava rocks/pebbles
  • Activated charcoal
  • Potting soil

Step 1: After you have found the perfect container, add a layer of lava rocks or pebbles for water to drain into. This should be about 1” deep, depending on the size of your container.

Step 2: Sprinkle a light layer of the charcoal on top of your rock layer, about ¼”. This serves to filter the water when it drops down from the soil above. Charcoal is especially important to prevent mold if you are using a closed container.

Step 3: Add your potting soil. Ultimately you want this to be a little bit deeper than the roots of your plants. I found it was easiest to start with only a little bit and then add more once the succulents are in place.

Step 4: This is the best part- plant your succulents! Experiment with the placement until you find a design that you love. Needless to say, Nina was awesome at this step of the process! Once they are in place you just add more potting soil and pack it down around them.

Helpful hint- If you’re planting a pokey cactus, loosely wrap a piece of paper around it to guard the points while you move it around.

Step 5: You can add a top layer of pebbles, moss, or bark if you want. It’s also okay to skip this step.

That’s it! Hooray! Check out these pictures of our terrariums around the office:

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INSTORE Magazine gets a little more Zen

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“Most of us returned from our last vacation with a suitcase crammed with souvenirs of questionable quality; Nina Nguyen, on the other hand, brought back inspiration for her latest collection. Her travels to Bali were the seed of the Zen collection. It consists of colorful Druzy and turquoise stones cut into geometric shapes and set in sterling silver with a 22K gold overlay.” 


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Nina Nguyen Fall 2014 ‘Zen’ Jewelry Collection

 

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Nina’s Fall 2014 ‘Zen Collection’, inspired by her recent vacation in Bali, merges Zen with the Art of Geometric thinking.

More than just jewelry, the “Zen Collection,” is a lifestyle statement, created to reflect the belief that keeping it simple is key to a happier life. The “Zen Collection” combines curves, angles and gemstones in a visually stunning presentation which embraces Zen ideals of doing more with less, and elevates jewelry from a physical object to a spiritual experience.

Complementing the minimalist design, Nina chose amethyst, sand, black and snowy white druzy along with turquoise as the stone for this collection. Drawing from her love of nature and travel, Nina continues to design fashion-forward collections using all-natural stones.

All pieces of Nina Nguyen Designs ‘Zen Collection’ is now available for purchase from retail partners in the United States and abroad.

 

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