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Let’s Talk About Plants

Let’s talk about plants (again). Okay so I’m not a plant person, I’m a total flower girl. And this has NOTHING to do with not liking plants and more to do with killing them quicker than I’m betting any human can possibly kill a plant. I was raised with plants in the house, my mother loves them, and my husband has a windowsill full of them in his home office which he cares for beautifully. Me, well I have a single aloe vera plant on my window and in the kitchen, a few unknown species and some succulents, and I’ve even managed to kill succulents so you can already see that something wasn’t wired correctly in my head. It’s really lame honestly and breaks my heart a little bit that plants never became part of my decor or life in general because I’m a bit intimated by them. Well, not a bit. A lot.

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By the way, what kind of succulent is the first one shown far left on the above bench? I’ve been trying to ID it for days… I digress.

I love nature, I mean I love it. LOVE. IT. I could adopt every stray animal, bring home motherless squirrels by the truckload and I’m constantly hauling home branches, leaves and other fallen objects from trees whenever I’m walking in the forest. In fact, I live in this particular house because we have a million acre (not really but it’s massive) forest behind us. Nature is my thing; I grew up on the coast and spent nearly every day on the beach until I was in my twenties. Why aren’t plants a part of my life and furthermore, when I do adopt them, why do I neglect them so terribly? What am I missing here? Are you the same, or?

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I thought I’d dedicate this post to those of us who are finally catching on to plants and who are considering adding them to our decor, and even more, maintaining them so they live for awhile. I’m hoping that you plant PROS out there can leave us some advice in the comments section – I certainly need it. We have a few three-season porches on our house and a balcony along with big windowsills in every room so there is more than enough room to decorate with plants. And we have nice daylight, too. I keep looking at those fiddle leaf plants, because they’d be gorgeous on the porches, and I really love succulents because they are so low maintenance, but I really need to branch out (literally).

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Can you suggest some good starter plants for a total plant-phobic? Something easy so I don’t have to water them a thousand times a day, that aren’t poisonous (in case my future baby decides to chew on a leaf when I’m not looking) and I certainly cannot have plants that will run the house, plants that my friends will want to roll and smoke, and plants that go so wild that my home becomes a jungle that I have to constantly dust and maintain, I don’t want to live in the Rain Forest Cafe if you know what I’m sayin’. They also cannot require full on sunlight all day because we’re all not lucky enough to live in the Mediterranean or LA. See, I have a real plant anxiety disorder, don’t I? Plant worry grips me.

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Looking at these photos, I can definitely get behind the whole plant trend right now, can’t you? I love how clean and modern these spaces look without a 70s/80s flashback into my childhood home. I love my mother, but we had so many hanging plants and plants in macrame and plants growing other plants (spider plants with their “babies”), it was all just too much for me, I would feel suffocated with so much crowding my windows and my home in general. But I can definitely do a few here and there and honestly, I should because they are great for the air quality and look so pretty! What about you?

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So guys, what do you think? Any advice for me and others reading this blog who haven’t jumped onto the plant bandwagon yet? Any tips and tricks to share? Product suggestions? Plant species you’d think I’d like? With Spring coming, I’m ready to make a commitment to a few green cuties and honestly, it’s about time I grow up – I’m going to be a mommy soon for goodness sake.

Here is another post of mine from last year where I talk about plants and show some gorgeous images, too. But I’m ready to walk the talk now guys. I’m ready to haul butt to the garden center in a few months and get rollin’ on this whole plant thing, so help me if you can!

(images linked to their sources above)

Posted in Decorating Tips on January 15, 2014

My Dining/Work Room Progress

Okay so I’m decorating our new dining room at the moment as you may know- today, it will be painted in Farrow & Ball’s “Dimpse” (shown here) and I bought this vintage Moroccan rug from Pink Rug Co. (here), so I wanted to add a new pendant light to the mix with a very casual yet classy vibe. I also didn’t want anything weighty but light and airy… I currently have a white shade with a gold interior in this room but have decided to put that elsewhere so I needed a new, large pendant to replace it. After spending hours sourcing stuff, I kept coming back to the Z1 Cotton Lamp By Nelson Sepuvelda on the Bodie & Fou website. It was the only light that spoke to me that also spoke to my wallet so I just bought it from Karine Kong at Bodie & Fou. Here’s my new dining room light…

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And how it looks in an actual space… Not my space, but a space in general…

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And my quickie mood board which helped me to imagine how everything will work together with my current furniture… I’ve had the HAY table, HK Living white wooden cabinet and the 6 eames chairs with wooden legs for several years already…

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This redux means I only need to add the rug, wall color and pendant to the current mix and move two cabinets from another room into this one.  I want to bring in more black and gray through other elements and then, add in metallics, natural wood and some color depending on the artwork I end up installing here. I want it to be Nordic Feminine, a style term that is all my own (ha ha). I’m very excited to see how it will come together and to show you when it’s finished! I may paint the white cabinet, though I have another cabinet (not shown) that is white that Leslie and I painted the hardwood black and the doors chalkboard black for our book. I will drag it into the room to bring out the black in the rug into other parts of the room. I need to first move into the new space and see what ends up feeling like a good mix as I unpack and shuffle things around. It’s important to get a feeling for a space before decorating it!

Once the room is pulled together, I’ll share it with you on my blog! Which will most likely be in January after we move in. The move date is during the first week of January and the baby due date is January 25th so here’s hoping my energy levels work in my favor – eek!!!!

Are you doing anything new to your home at the moment?

(image: 1st image: En Ny Lampa, next 2: bodie and fou, all others linked to sources.)

Posted in Decorating Tips on November 28, 2013

Painting With Farrow & Ball

Hi everyone! Aside from rugs, I’ve been dreaming about pale gorgeous paint colors lately that let in and bounce around a ton of light. Yesterday, my Farrow & Ball order arrived and tomorrow, it will go up on some of the walls in my new place. I truly cannot wait. Here are the colors I’ve chosen for my dining room (which doubles as a teaching space when I hold classes), kitchen and our baby’s room. I’m still trying to figure out what to do with our hallway so if you have any paint suggestions I’d be tickled to learn more because it’s the one space in the new apartment that I can’t seem to envision. I have this vision of every other room except the hallway.

Okay so Dimpse (pale gray) will be the color of my dining room/teaching studio.

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Cabbage White (greenish) will go into the nursery…

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And Borrowed Light (blueish though it looks green below, I know) is the paint color I’m undecided on. I was going to put it in my kitchen but when I opened the can, it looked way more baby blue than gray blue so I’m frightened but I want to rebel a little anyway and just go for it! I imagine it will look great with white tiles and black accents along with our shiny white kitchen cabinets and natural wood countertops. I’ll test it tomorrow on the wall and let you know… My current kitchen is Elephant’s Breath and I love it but wanted to try something new this time.

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Now for the hallway. Here is a photo I snapped a few days ago… I plan to get a radiator cover for the heater.

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The painters told me to paint the hallway pure white, which is fine, though I wanted to wallpaper the left wall to give the hall something a bit unexpected, but they told me it will not look good and I didn’t feel like battling them because I wasn’t convinced myself. Then they suggested wallpapering one strip, painting one strip, wallpapering one strip, painting the other… So alternating between wallpaper and paint, and I stood there and thought, “What the huh!?”. No way. So only paint will go up on the walls because I don’t have time to order wallpaper since they need to paint it this weekend. I don’t think pure white is the answer here but I’m undecided… It tends to not be a very bright hallway, and I love light and joy in my home, so I’m thinking the color really needs to be uplifting, understated and give the hallway a little impact. I almost wonder if Borrowed Light should go in the hallway instead so it doesn’t go to waste if it’s not looking right in the kitchen…Or a lovely pale stone color… Hmmm.

We are installing industrial white pendants down the hallway that we already own and don’t plan to get rid of, and they’ll just disappear into the whiteness of the walls. Unless I spray paint them! The floors, by the way, will be new Acorn hardwood with a matte finish and be installed sometime in early December.

So much work, but so rewarding… I will keep sharing photos as we go along so you can follow our progress.

Hope my friends in America enjoy Turkey Day! I’ll be dreaming of being at my mom’s house for turkey and stuffing…

(photos: farrow & ball, bottom: holly becker)

Posted in Decorating Tips on November 27, 2013

Decorating Our Baby’s Room: Part One

Hello everyone! I thought you may enjoy to see the mood board to our baby’s room that I’ve been working off of for a few months now and to learn a little about the process of putting it all together. I didn’t imagine a “blue” room and wasn’t interested in mixing in pop culture references or anything too theme-y, so I kept it light, friendly, creative and happy and also in colors that work with the rest of our home. Here is my mood board and the 12 steps that I took to pull the look together.

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CLICK ON IMAGE TO SEE EVERYTHING CLEARLY AND TO READ MY COMMENTS

1. Inspiration + Mood. First, I selected a “jumping off point”, a place to begin. For me, it was a patterned wallpaper. I had wanted wallpaper in the space since I first began thinking about a nursery so this was a natural starting point for me. I also started a private pinboard and a file on my desktop where I have been saving all of ideas from lighting to furnishings.
2. Measurements. Next, I measured the room.
3. Wallpaper + Colors. I decided if I wanted all walls patterned or just one. Decided on just one. Then I thought about the mood that I wanted to create. The color palette came naturally when I found the wallpaper that I loved. I pulled the palette directly from the pattern. Easy!
4. Paint. I picked a paint color for the other 3 walls to coordinate with the wallpaper, choose all white paint for the ceiling.
5. Flooring. The floor in the new apartment, at least in the back part of the house where the bedrooms are, was originally faux wood linoleum. It was a mess with tons of scratches. We decided on an Acorn hardwood floor with a matte finish and it is currently being installed. Yay!
6. Furnishings. I had nothing to put into the room, so I had to start from scratch so I chose the eco-baby bed first, then moved on from there. I’m still looking for a free-standing wooden closet. After the crib and storage, including wall boxes, a small bookcase and stackable wooden storage boxes for the floor with cut out faces, I thought about a comfortable rocker but I wanted something very well made, cozy and more of a glider but nothing that screamed out, “Baby Rocker!”. That’s not a bad thing, I simply want to be able to have my son use this chair in his room for many years.
7. Rugs. I choose two. A round felted rug that I’ve custom-ordered with hundreds of tiny balls to form a circular rug. The second will be a larger, rectangular (5×7) flokati rug because I love how soft and cozy they are and I know it will look great against the wood flooring.
8. Lighting. I ordered a sweet porcelain owl lamp and my friend gave me a darling hedgehog night light, so I’m now trying to find the perfect pendant for the room and a reading light for next to the chair…
9. Bedding. I started to buy bedding and finished the quilt I had begun making before I got pregnant for my “someday” baby. I’ve also been gifted with bedding so I’ll work that into the room after everything is in place – so far, all of it works color-wise so it will be pretty.
10. Windows. Soon I’ll have a custom roman shade made for the window. Thinking to do white with a yellow border so it looks very neat and I can bring out more of the golden yellow in the room. The yellow is the exact color of billy buttons (craspedia) so I’d like to work more of it into the room. Or I may go with a very nice patterned shade. Still thinking about that one…
11. Art. I’ll pick out art for the walls, make my own artwork (I have a nice idea for this), create a bunting, and add a few more accessories to warm up the space. I would rather wait though until I have everything in place and then think about artwork, especially since I have some pieces in storage that may work that are also meaningful to me.
12. Accessories. With the basics in place, I’ve already begun to slowly buy a few accessories, children’s books and of course, sweet tiny baby clothes. I would rather let this part grow organically since I know my friends and family will enjoy giving us sweet things. I’d rather have the accessories be very memory rich for us all vs. stuff I just loaded up on pre-birth from a store.

I’ll soon show you before and during photos, link to all of the products that I end up using in the design, and then… the big AFTER reveal! I should have the part two post up by mid December and the “After” photos during the first week of January… So stay tuned!

What do you guys think??? 

Posted in Decorating Tips on November 23, 2013

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