archive: April, 2013

Posted by in simple living

top 10 air filtering plants

with a new house in the works and a baby on the way, i’ve been doing everything i can to make sure our new place will be green and healthy. one of my most biggest concerns has been to reduce the level of toxins in the new home, especially since we’re planning on doing a few renovations (a big no-no when you’re pregnant, apparently!). if we could afford it, we would just install the greenest materials known to man. you know, like 100% wool carpet, pure bamboo floors with no adhesives and locally crafted cabinets. since that’s not possible for us though, i’ve looked into some other things we can do to make sure our space remains healthy. we’re planning on installing the most eco-friendly wares we can afford, and then supplement those with organic products, healthy alternatives and air filtering plants.

i’ve known for a long time that plants can filter our air, but it wasn’t until recently that i discovered just how much. according to this study by NASA, the top ten air filtering plants (above) remove 90% of formaldehyde, benzene and trichloroethylene within 24 hours. 24 hours!

another study shows that one 6″ houseplant per 100 square feet of living area will be sufficient at filtering out the pollutants. and, the more vigorous the plant, the more air it can filter. so keep those plants pruned and watered! the plants filter the air by breaking down indoor pollutants and absorbing the chemicals through their leaves. the bacteria associated with the roots help break down contaminants which are then taken up as nutrients. so amazing, right?!

i was so excited when i learned this! usually our homes are the most toxic areas since they are usually kept closed up. with so many VOCs floating around, the air inside our homes is usually much more toxic than the air outside. since it’s the place where we spend the majority of our time, i want to do everything i can to make sure our space is as healthy as possible.

i’ve got some really neat plans on how to incorporate many of these air filtering plants into our new home, so stay tuned! i can’t wait to share them with you. :)

interested in learning more? check out this list of air filtering plants and this book on how to grow fresh air.

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april roost tribe recap

April 29, 2013

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april roost tribe recap

hello, lovelies! today i’m sharing this month’s recap of the roost tribe, which gives you a sneak peek of what april brought to the roost tribe. i also wanted to let you know that it’s not too late to get all of april’s content! i’ll be sending out an april recap on thursday, may 2nd with all of the content from april in it so no one will have missed anything, regardless of when you might have joined.

that means, that if you join before thursday, may 2nd you’ll still get all of this yummy content from april plus may’s content as well- that’s two months for the price of one!

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a pattern collection of plaids & pretties, inspired by the golden hues of spring, the petals of growing flowers and the geometrics of freshly cut grass.

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a set of party printables to help in all your party planning!

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a set of 50 straight pins, t-pins and safety pins! easily layer them on photos with notes or on backgrounds to make them looked pinned.

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a guest article by nancy chalmers on the sexy sugar free vegan project and a delicious recipe for sugar free chocolate chip peanut butter truffles yum! april roost tribe recap (2)

a set of summery inspirational desktop & iphone backgrounds.

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an adobe illustrator tutorial on how to create your own stationary and bookmark templates.     april roost tribe recap (7)

a set of vintage vases clip art. april roost tribe recap (8)

a simple living article on how to grow strawberries in a hanging basket. april roost tribe recap (9)

community support and discussion for this month’s roost tribe book club pick, the handmade marketplace by kari chapin.


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a yummy (vegan & gluten free) recipe for thai peanut vegetable saute.



plus more! tribe members also participated in this month’s roost tribe challenge, received a list of favorite links and resources and more. being a member is tons of fun and we would love to have you join the family!

join the roost tribe! >>

want to learn more? head on over to read this post or check out the FAQs.

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octavia bloom giveaway!

April 29, 2013

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octavia bloom giveaway!

to celebrate octavia bloom’s new jewelry and amazing sale, we’ve joined forces again to offer one of you a $50 gift certificate to enjoy! each piece of jewelry that jenny makes is handmade with love and inspired by the wildflowers of spring. now you can take a little bit of spring with you everywhere you go!

pssst.. mother’s day is just around the corner, and you still have plenty of time to shop octavia bloom for the occasion!


deadline: giveaway will end sunday, may 5th at 12am, eastern standard time. the winner will be drawn using a random number generator and announced on this post shortly after.

to enter: head on over to octavia bloom  and browse her shop. then come back here and leave a comment letting us know what your favorite piece is.

additional ways to enter:

>> share on twitter and include the handle @gohometoroost and hashtag #octaviabloom.

>> share giveaway image on pinterest and include hashtags #goinghometoroost & #octaviabloom.

be sure to leave a new comment for each additional entry so it counts (limit of 3 comments per person)!

good luck! xo, bonnie



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point and shoot 4.25.13

April 25, 2013

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hi friends! if you follow me on instagram, you probably know i’ve been hopping around the states this past week. i’ve been on a work trip with my sweetie and we’ve spent a few days in summerland, nevada as well as a few in santa barbara, california. today, i get to go back to out old town, santa ynez and stay in our sweet little vine covered cottage! my bestie moved in after we left and i’m so excited to be able to spend some time with her and soak up the sunshine through our beautiful old home. i’m using this week for some much needed rejuvenation, so thank you for hanging in there with me! xox, bonnie

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20 weeks, i’m halfway! :)

love, bonnie

do you have a favorite photo from your life this week? post a link to them in the comment section so we can see!

instagram this post was made possible by the lovely iphone app, instagram. you can follow me here or find me by searching for @goinghometoroost. all photos by yours truly. :)

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celebrating your dog

April 23, 2013

Posted by in handmade

**hey guys! please welcome cara today as she shares with us the different ways we can celebrate our furry friends in our interior spaces with style. xo, bonnie

about vixen goods: cara’s designs are inspired by her affection for dogs, which all began when with her childhood dog toto, a gray poodle mix. she’s passionate about finding stylish ways to celebrate our trusty sidekicks, and each of her pillows are handmade with this in mind.

Celebrate Dogs In Your Interior Space

Dogs have always had a special place in my heart. It all began as a little girl with a small gray poodle mix named Toto. Now, I’ve got Parker, a huge rough collie who is as big as me and a dead ringer for Lassie. When decorating, I’ve always enjoyed surrounding myself with dogs of all pedigrees.  And it was that passion that inspired me to start my collection of modern appliqué pillow covers featuring dog silhouettes. In the spirit of our trusty sidekicks, here are a few of my favorite ways to bring a love for dogs into your interior space!

Celebrate Dogs In Your Interior Space

Add a bit of kitsch with vintage figurines.  Antique, thrift stores and flea-markets are fantastic places to search for these treasures. Some of my special finds include a black French poodle candle, a dachshund ceramic planter, and a gorgeous pair of brass hound bookends. My favorite is the rough collie figurine—classic 60’s—he looks stately placed on my sofa end table and always makes me smile. Figurines look fabulous placed on mantels, open shelves and anywhere else you’d like to add a light-hearted accent.

One of my little pleasures is inviting Parker up on the sofa to snuggle up with and watch a scary movie.  To keep my upholstery protected, I found a chic faux fur throw he lays on contently like a prince.  I rest easy knowing I can simply throw it in the wash.  I love the idea of a throw with your dog’s name monogrammed to add a personal touch. This preppy striped washable wool throw from Land’s End can be monogrammed with your dog’s initial or name.

I love retro periodicals, books and photographs. When I travel, I drag my husband into the local used book store to take a quick peek around their selection of dog books. Many vintage dog books have frame-worthy photos and pages with illustrations of grooming styles and breed profiles.  Frame them in thin black metal frames and white mats to add a sleek gallery look.  Vintage women’s magazines from the 60’s and 70’s often have entertaining ads featuring dogs that make a cheeky statement.  And I can’t resist old black and white photographs, like this one with a lady walking her beautiful Borzois.

Modern photography celebrating dogs in action can set the scene in a room. Photographer Ron Schmidt captures dogs with a sense of humor. I absolutely love his “Obedience School” print. Find his clever images at Plow & Hearth. Etsy is a great place to find modern photos including this lovely print of two boxers on a dock.

Custom paintings add a personal touch.  My dog before Parker was a blonde mutt named Kona. To honor his memory, I painted his portrait and he hangs in an ornate frame in my living room. It could get frustrating trying to find items with my little guy on it. But now with all the custom options available, it’s easy for those with “League of Nations” dogs to find something just right.

Playful accessories perk up your space with vivid shots of color! This cushioned green rug with dog silhouettes makes a cute statement in a mud room, laundry room or kitchen.  Inject a happy splash of color in a bathroom or entryway with these fun wall hooks. This magazine holder with a graphic yellow pup and Foo dog lamp could add the finishing touches to a home office.

Whatever your decorating style, you can make it work for you. After all, “Home is where the dog is!”

How do you celebrate your dog(s) in your interior spaces?

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sacred spaces

April 23, 2013

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sacred spaces today i’m sharing some of my favorite picks from my latest ideabook over on houzz. sometimes the simplest things can make the biggest difference. i think by adding just a few simple delights, a bathroom can turn into an oasis away from the world- a rejuvenation station! head on over to my ideabook to read more and grab the sources!

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diy may day baskets

April 22, 2013

**when bley from bibliosophy handmade sent over this pretty diy project for may day baskets, i instantly fell in love! it’s simple, thoughtful and such a great idea for mother’s day. i hope you enjoy getting to know bley and following her sweet tutorial! xo, bonnie

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My name is Bley Hack and I create nostalgic paper and home goods for my shop Bibliosophy Handmade. This year for May Day I want to surprise my friends with some sweet little flower posies on their doorstep.  The tradition of leaving May baskets filled with flowers on May 1 was a colonial American tradition, and one worthy of reviving, don’t you think?

For my posies, I started with the Victorian-era “language of flowers,” where different flowers were assigned different meanings. For example, pink carnations mean “a mother’s love,” rather perfect for Mother’s Day and beyond.  You can find more flowers with their meanings on the language of flowers.

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To start, choose a small container that you can make into a hanging basket.  I used a French fry scoop, from garnish, and a printable template that you can make into a basket.  To use the template, simply print on cardstock, cut out, and secure at the dots with metal brads or tape.  Using baker’s twine, punch two holes in the sides of the basket, and tie with twine to create the basket’s handle.

download the templates:

- plain may basket template

- ribbons and bows may basket template

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Now, gather your choice of flowers with a little bit of greenery.  You can visit the grocery store, or a farmer’s market, or raid your own flower beds, as you desire.  Choose 1-3 blooms (these are posies, which are meant to be small) and arrange them in one hand until the composition pleases you.  Don’t forget to add greenery for interest and as a filler.  Now, take some washi tape or twine, and wrap the stems together tightly; trim the stems to an even length to fit your container.

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Pop in your container, and deliver some floral cheer!

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Some helpful hints:

  • Place a large marble or floral stones in the bottom of your basket to give it some weight so it hangs correctly on the door.

  • If your baskets will be left hanging all day, purchase some floral water tubes from a local florist to help keep your posy hydrated until it’s found.

  • Use the blank printable template as an art activity with your kids.  Let them color it with bright colored crayons, then paint over with one color of watercolor for a unique basket.

  • For a special surprise for Mom, place your posy in a tiny teacup, box and tie prettily, and deliver on Mother’s Day.

about: bley is inspired by all things vintage, including old textiles and hankies, vintage children’s books and illustrations, and the simple, sweet ways of times past.  each friday on her blog, she shares a new vintage children’s book find that her and her three kids are currently reading. join the fun and share your favorite vintage reads!

All photos: Briana Snyder Photography

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our old homestead

April 22, 2013

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our old homestead

hello, lovelies! this afternoon, we arrived to santa barbara- our old stomping grounds! we’re here for a little bicycling (business) trip, but at the end of the week i get to go stay in our old homestead with my bestie who now lives there. i’m so excited to return to it’s sunshine and views for a few days! i plan on using it as a time for a little rejuvenation and rest before i return to a very (very) busy month at home. you can join me by following along on instagram, i’ll meet you there! (just search for @goinghometoroost.)

i’ll be popping in and out this week with some posts for you and am also sharing my workload with a few fabulous guest bloggers. i know you’re going to love what they have in store for you! xox, bonnie

photo: santa barbara by bonnie christine | going home to roost

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