Home Decor

Air Plants: Care and Styling

Air Plants: Learn how to care for air plants and get ideas for incorporating them into your home decor.My success with houseplants over the past year has given me a bit of courage to try new – and possibly not-so-hardy – varieties, so last week I purchased a collection of air plants. Since I’m not very familiar with air plants, I decided on this set which features 10 different varieties for about $25.

I love the look of air plants and the added flexibility of not having to plant them in soil – it opens up all sorts of decorating possibilities. By ordering a variety, I’m able to experiment a bit and determine which ones I like the best and which ones prove to be the easiest to care for. (more…)

Spring Update: Six Low-Light Houseplants

Six fool-proof, low-light houseplants.

Every year about this time, I go on a houseplant shopping spree. Last year, the living room was the primary recipient of the new greenery, and my selection of plants centered around easy-to-maintain varieties. Purchasing hard-to-kill plants paid off, as many of last year’s additions are still alive and well.  This year, I’m taking a similar approach but since most of the plants will be placed in my office, a dark room with dark wood panelling, I decided I needed plants that also thrive in low-light conditions. The windows in my office are southern facing with a tree just outside blocking much of the light for all but an hour or two or so each day. As a result, low-light plants were definitely the only option. (more…)

Wish List: Desk Lighting

Desks have been quite a focus at our house lately: we recently added a desk to Jenna’s room, Jason’s desk received a Lego makeover and my desk, well, let’s just say that you can finally see it. Spending so much time at our desks has made me realize that we’re incredibly lacking in the lighting department, especially when it comes to my own workspace. Maybe one of these will make an appearance soon:

Desk Lamps: My Top Picks

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Bedroom Update: A Chalkboard Wall

Creating a chalkboard accent wall in a girl's bedroom. Such a great design for someone who loves to draw.

Doodling is something both of my children do with regularity, but with Jenna, there is almost a constant flow of output from pencil to paper.  She has notebook upon notebook of drawings and writings, and I have piles and piles of paper featuring the same. While I love displaying and collecting her work, I’ve also been thinking about giving her a giant chalkboard to capture some of this exploratory art.

Over the holiday break, I decided to tackle this idea and combine it with a mini-update to her room since she has also been asking for her own desk. And instead of a “giant chalkboard,” I went all in: a chalkboard wall. (more…)

Guest Post: Open Shelving Display

Open kitchen shelving with a DIY project for labelled jars.

We’ve just returned from a week-long vacation to Florida, and while the rest of the world is defining big aspirations for the year ahead, I’m setting a goal to crawl out from under a massive pile of laundry before returning to work on Monday.

For those of you ready to tackle bigger home organization goals, here’s a post I shared earlier this week on Modern Parents, Messy Kids about my recent updates to my open kitchen shelving, including a tutorial on labelled glass jars. Definitely a great project for anyone in need of more pantry storage.

Handmade Gift: Etched Glass

Create a simple, elegant gift with this glass etching tutorial. I'm going to etch glass jars and fill with cookies for our neighbors.

I was working on my next post for Modern Parents, Messy Kids this weekend, and I decided to do a test run of glass etching before tackling the project for the post. I had the impression that creating an etched glass effect would be difficult, but it turned out to be incredibly easy.

If you need any last-minute gift ideas, or if you are delivering cookies to anyone this week and want to personalize the container, I highly recommend this etched glass project. (more…)

Holiday Home 2014

We're going minimal in a major way with our holiday decor this year. And our reason? It's a secret!

Remember last year when we participated in our town’s holiday home tour? (if not, see here, here and here). Well, this year’s Christmas decor is decidedly minimal in comparison. We have our reasons, but they’re a secret, at least to our children. So when I found out that my son asked my husband last night “when are we going to decorate for Christmas,” I felt a little guilty.

We can’t tell him why, but I’m willing to bet, on Christmas Day, he won’t mind a few less wreaths on the walls and significantly less glitter on the floors. (more…)

Thanksgiving Table: Last-Minute Name Card Ideas

Simple last-minute place card ideas for your Thanksgiving table.

When I wrapped up this project for my recent guest post on Modern Parents, Messy Kids, I was feeling well ahead of the Thanksgiving curve. Our linens were hand-stamped, our turkey napkin holders were created, and we still had several weeks to wrap up any outstanding details.

Now we’re less than 2 days from Thanksgiving, and the possibility of my daughter creating place cards using post-it notes is becoming more likely. Sadly, it wouldn’t be the first time she made impromptu name cards with post-it notes.

To avoid this fate, I’ve assembled a few ideas for super simple place cards, all of which use easy-to-find materials. Now I just have to choose a favorite.

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Holiday Gallery Wall

Add an easy-to-install / easy-to-remove gallery of Christmas Pasts with this simple tutorial. We do this every year.

Christmas Photo Cards are an annual tradition in our family. Last year I framed all of our past cards and displayed them in the kitchen during the holiday months (and maybe a few months after). This year, we’re continuing the tradition, but the addition of this year’s card caused us to exceed the wall space in the kitchen. Luckily we have a living room with completely bare walls just waiting to be filled. (more…)

Make Room for the Holidays: A Houseplant Update

 

Our houseplants have been thriving for nearly a year! Here's an update with links to helpful houseplant resources.

My decorating habits over the past few years have definitely followed a trend. Every holiday season, we fill our living room with a gigantic Christmas tree and other trimmings only to be struck by a sense of emptiness once said decorations are removed.  Every winter ends with me buying a large quantity of houseplants to fill in this void, and, by summer’s end, most of the plants have been moved to the curb. It’s a circle of life.

So when I wrote this post at the beginning of 2014, I had no idea that our plants would be doing so well by winter (more…)