Quirky Cool: Tigertree

Quirky Cool: Tigertree

Remember that elementary science project where a bean was planted in a soil-stuffed Dixie cup? Niki Quinn does.

"That was our inspiration for this," said Quinn of the clothing boutique's recent plant window display.

She swapped the beans for basil, peas, mint and marigolds, and the Dixie cups for nearly 100 Ziploc baggies. She hung them in the store's window using nylon string, and sat back and watched the flowers grow.

"For the first month, it just looked silly," she said. "And I guess I didn't think about the maintenance this would require. They all had to be watered every day."

The work was worth it, though.

"We've never had a window that's brought so many people in," she said. "We first hung them in February, and I think people were itching for green and growth."

According to Quinn, having plants dangling in the window helped convey the message and lifestyle the shop promotes.

"It's about seeing everyday objects in a new way," she said.

Try it at home : Hang on.

There's no real display space in Tigertree's window, so Quinn makes hanging mobiles to grab the eyes of passersby.

"Hanging things takes little to no space," she said. Take a peek up in the trees outside the boutique, and you'll see bird cages painted in the store's logo colors.

Hanging decor pieces rather than making room for them on the ground or on shelves can be especially helpful in smaller living spaces, Quinn said. Tigertree's displays are made with string slung over a sturdy piece of hanging wood.

Try it at home : Start collecting.

Currently there is a mobile of globes hung at different heights in Tigertree's window. Quinn and her husband, store co-owner Josh Quinn, have been collecting them for a couple of years. The couple also keep an eye out for used, brightly colored yardsticks, which they plan to turn into a window display someday.

Show off your collections on a bookshelf or use them as wall art. Get creative: Yardsticks could become the base of a coat rack.