Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Succulent Secrets From a Wannabe Gardener.

A couple of weeks ago I shared this DIY agate art and in the pictures were some succulents in one of my favorite milk glass jars. Today I thought I'd share my succulent secrets... if you want to call them that.

I love the multiple shades of green  succulents offer when they are grouped together, not to mention how easy they are as they don't require too much maintenance. However I still have managed to kill every one I bring into the house, although on the plus side they do last longer than any other kind of plant I try to bring inside.  So here is how I'm making this group last... They're fake!
I spotted them in the Make Market at Michael's and out of all of the fake succulents I have ever seen, these by far look the most real. In fact next to my real ones, they look identical! So go ahead and buy yourself a few sticks, trim them down however much you need them to be ( I took off those purple flowers), and arrange them in a pot full of soil, (it not only helps to fake people out but also holds them in well).

Stand back and admire your plants that you know you won't have to worry about watering and killing if you have a black thumb like me.

Here is a picture of my fake ones and my real ones next to each other... pretty much the same right? Although to be perfectly honest, the real ones were photographed a few months ago and have now exploded and outgrowing the bucket they are in, but they are still alive which is a huge accomplishment for me!

The moral of the story, in the past faux plants looked nothing like the real thing and often way to plasticy (it's a word), but now a days you can find almost any plant in a faux version that will trick almost any eye into thinking it's the real thing!

Now to get a faux fiddle leaf tree, I've heard Pottery Barn has a good one however I can't seem to find it on their site...

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Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Christmas in July Sale

It is officially 6 months until Christmas, which means it's time for the Christmas in July sale! When do you begin your Christmas shopping?  Are you a last minute shopper or do you look throughout the year? Which ever the case, I have a fun stocking stuffer for you in the shop. The Brighton Crown is perfect for your little one who likes to dress up no matter the occasion or un-occasion! 

The Brighton Crown is on sale from $20 to $15. The sale will go through to July 1 so hurry up and snag one for your little prince or princess!

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Saturday, June 13, 2015

Pillow Talk: Feeling Blue.

Lately I've been in a blue mood which is good because I'm currently working with a couple of people on their homes who have requested the main color scheme be on the blue side of the color wheel. I thought I would share with you some of my favorite blue pillows I've come across during my search for them. The good thing about sticking to a monotone color scheme, is the majority of these pillows will all work with each other. Throwing different shades of blue together will give your room dimension and interest. Clicking on the pillows below (or the word below them) will bring you to their direct link. Happy shopping!

image of Indigo Knife Pleat Pillow image of Chain Triangle Pleat Pillow
image of Striped Island Pillowimage of Border Printed Pillow




Jaipur Dabu Handmade Cotton Pillow

Belgium Cotton Velvet Pillow Cover - Blue - 24 inch - BOTH SIDES - Royal Blue Pillow - Navy Pillow - Navy Velvet Pillow - Decorative Pillow  LIMITED 013 // Batik Indigo Pillow Cover - Boho Pillow - Ikat - Batik - Vintage - Navy - Indigo - Lumbar Pillow - Hmong - 12x20 inch


  Designer Pillow Cover -  Lumbar, 16 x 16, 18 x 18, 20 x 20 - Danda Medallion Block Print Light Blue

Designer Pillow Cover  -  10 x 20, 12 x 16, 12 x 18, 12 x 20 - Prasana Indigo  Designer Pillow Cover - Large Cobalt Paisley Pillow Cover - Pick your pillow Size - Solid back Or Print Both sides - 16x16 - 26x26 available

  Christopher Farr Carnival Pillow Cover in Green

Are you craving blue lately? If so maybe a pillow or two will help satisfy the quench!


Monday, June 8, 2015

Design Board: The Cullen's Foyer

My sister and her husband just moved into a new house and have asked me once again to help them make it a home. My sister wants the main color in the house to be blue. She inherited a console table from my parents which she painted a muted navy and placed it along the wall in their entryway. She's also placed the blue and white Ralph Lauren gourd lamp on top of it. Here is the inspiration board I came up with to help her with the rest of the space:

Cullen's Foyer

Cullen's Foyer by winderandmain

I'm suggesting a large white mirror (it's a pretty big wall), possibly scalloped to provide some interest against their cream walls. The lamp's shade should be replaced with a classic black one. Some woven baskets for storage (possibly shoes or extra toys that make their way down stairs from the playroom) gathered under the table. A ceramic garden stool in a white and blue stripe pattern next to the table (holding some greenery if her little one and dog will leave it there ;) ). A Persian rug in neutral colors with a hint of navy and blue to anchor the space. And a pop of coral on the table as a tray or little box to hold keys or any loose items.
What do you think? I'm kinda in love with it!

I'll keep you updated on the status of how this space comes along (and the rest of the home too).


Sunday, May 31, 2015

DIY: Framed Agate Art

I've slowly been working on our master bedroom, like at a snail's pace kind of slow. We finally got nightstands about a year ago that I love although I still need to repaint the hardware because the silver just doesn't go as well, probably black. And a few months ago I scored a duvet cover on clearance I've had my eye on, for how much you ask? Less than $30 for a king!! I actually had sent a friend/client to get one for her bedroom makeover and when she said there was 2 I had her pick one up for me as well. I was also able to score those coveted threshold lamps from Target's spring (or was it summer) line last year, on clearance as well... can we see a theme going on here? I'm cheap when I know I can get something on clearance for half or even a quarter of the price (yes the nightstands were on clearance too)! 
Anyway, one thing we are majorly lacking in is art for the room. I hung these DIY mirrors soon after we moved in but that was about the end of it. I don't want too much stuff on top of the nightstand as we now have a little one on the run and ready to grab anything within reach, so it had to be something that could hang on the walls but still look a part of the nightstand vignette. Enter one of my latest favorite natural stones, the agate.

Here's what you'll need:

A frame in your choice size with a mat (this one is from Target under $13)
Nice paper (I used watercolor paper because I like the texture)
Your stones (mine are actually beads from Michaels and I don't think they are real agate, only look alike)
And some tape or tacky dots

First remove the back of your frame, clean the glass if you're OCD like me, and then play around with the stones (if you have more than one) to see what arrangement you like best. Keep the mat in the frame so you know your borders.

Once you have them how you like them, add a tacky dot to the the back of them (the side that is facing you when you are arranging them).

And last lay your paper down on top and press down on the stones so they stick well. You may want to add some dots to the corners of the paper so it doesn't shift in the frame. And put the frame backing back on.

Your art should look like this when you're done. If you are using a single large agate stone, I would suggest using a square frame with it.

You also want to be conscience of how thick your mat is. The thicker the better as it will allow the stones to fit into the frame (and for the back to be placed back on). 

I hung it on my side of the bed... just not too sure hubby would appreciate it like me! ;) Also I centered it with the nightstand instead of the mirror for a bit of contrast. The white frame also helps break up all of the brass I have going on in this area, and the blue of the stones works well with our bedding.

I also may have a slight obsession with hob nob milk glass!

All together this art cost me less than $20 to create and I think it totally makes this space!

Now to think about where I could add more of them in the house...

I have other ideas for art on the other side of the room, just need to make up my mind on which pieces I like best (post coming soon about it!)


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Wednesday, May 13, 2015

DIY: From Coffee Table to Bench

In the One Room Challenge I created a bench area against one of the walls. The bench was another DIY project for the room and was originally a coffee table.

I purchased the table a few years ago to use as a display table for craft fairs but eventually down the road I had plans to turn it into a bench for the end of our bed. I had repainted it a few times, the last paint job was distressed gold legs to go with an upholstered top that never got around to getting upholstered... until now.

First you need to find an assistant, train them young is our motto in this house (this is how most of the projects go in this house)! And unscrew the top from the apron and legs...

If your table is similar to mine you will have 2 pieces like this...

Next I had to get rid of the overhang since this was going to now be a bench. Bat your eyes and flirt with your hubby or any guy who has a saw and cut off the overhang. We followed the marks left from the apron and legs on the bottom of the table top and some painters tape.

Once the overhang is no longer and the sides are sanded down, you will need to start laying down your layers to put it all together. First lay down your choice of fabric, then batting (I have it doubled), then your foam (a cheap source for foam is a mattress pad instead of the foam by the yard from fabric stores), and then your top. Obviously make sure your foam is cut just a hair bigger than the top and everything else big enough to wrap the sides.

Then begin stapling it all together. I begin in the middle of one of the longest sides and pull tight on it, and follow that until one side is complete. Then I do the opposite side making sure to adjust the foam first as it might shift after pulling the first side. Continue these steps until all four sides are stapled and last do the corners (my technique for this changes with each project and however I can get the fabric to fold well).

Celebrate and clap once you've stapled all the way around! Your top's bottom should look like this (fold over any ends so they don't shed and fall apart)...

Last re-attach the top to the apron and legs, then sit down and enjoy your coffee table turned bench!

To see the rest of this room you can click here!

Hope this inspires you to give something old a new purpose!