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my new gallery wall

June 3, 2014

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i struggle with big blank walls. i have always found it much easier to decorate around windows and shelves, or anything that provides a little structure. we have a large wall in our living room though, and after spending a year staring at it, i think i’m finally happy with it!

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a few months ago, i absolutely fell in love with the frames from change of art. let me tell you, this is one amazing company! first of all, the frames have a clean, modern look that would look good in any home (they are also available in black and alder brown). but more importantly, they are incredibly easy to hang (watch a video here), made in the U.S.A. and eco-friendly from the glass, frame and paint all the way down to the packaging.

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each change of art frame comes with a paper template that’s printed to look like the frame, so you can arrange your gallery before you begin putting holes in your wall. once you’re happy with the look, all you have to do is nail in the ‘button hanger’ and remove the template. they even come with their own nail and blue painter’s tape to hang the template with! seriously, they’ve thought of everything. there’s also no need to ever touch (or clean!) the glass or matte. simply insert your photo into the slot and you’re ready to go. there’s also a convenient pocket on the back to hold several art prints in so you can change the art frequently without any hassle. (perfect for children’s artwork!)

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most of the artwork is my own, besides a print from katie daisy and the homeground. tomorrow i’ll share with you how i made the brown wooden frames, and just in case you fell in love with my sweet as honey hexagon quilt, you can purchase the quilt kit here!



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geometric joy

May 28, 2014

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geometric homewares are currently all the rage, and i love how delicate and sophisticated they can be. add just a touch of geometric joy to your space to make it modern and fresh! head on over to my latest houzz ideabook to read more and grab the sources to these beautiful products!

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pure love lifestyle store

October 3, 2013

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though i can’t read a lick of swedish (anyone?), i couldn’t help but share some of pure love’s amazing products with you. if for no other reason, i think they’re incredible lifestyle inspirations. with a simple, light and airy feel to all of their products, i can’t decide which are my favorites!

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in love with... prism terrariums

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i just can’t get enough of these pretty glass prism terrariums. they’re perfect for creating little micro climates and can be planted with either moss or succulents (or both). hang them, set them on a desk or place them in front of a window to create an eclectic green space in your home! if you’d like to learn more about how to plant a terrarium, i really enjoyed this how-to video from sprout and know you will, too.

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best trees for indoor use

as a follow up to my indoor tree post earlier this week, i wanted to share with you a few of the best trees for indoor use. these 7 trees are best know for their beautiful leaves, ease of care and tendency to thrive indoors. if you’re looking to purify your air, they’re also great air filters (in addition to these plants)!

1. schefflera tree
also commonly called the umbrella tree, this plant’s large glossy leaves create a beautiful tropical display of foliage.

grow: medium to bright light; 60-75°F. keep soil evenly moist.
size: up to 8 feet tall and 6 feet wide.

2.  fiddleleaf fig tree
one of the trendiest indoor trees, it’s a popular pick due to it’s big leaves, beautiful shape and ease of care.

grow: in medium to bright light; 65-75°F. water when top soil feels dry to the touch.
size: up to 15 feet tall and 5 feet wide.

3. dragon tree
also called a ‘madagascar tree’, this is a versatile trees and is one of the easiest to take care of! feel free to angle and twist it’s branches as it grows.

grow: in moderate to bright light avoid direct sunlight); 65-75°F. water when top soil feels dry to the touch.
size: up to 10 feet tall.

4. rubber tree
a very versatile tree- keep it short and shrub like my trimming it’s branches, or let it grow into a large statement piece. either way, it will have big, dark and green shiny leaves that truly make any space beautiful!

grow: in medium to bright light; 60-80°F. water when top soil feels dry to the touch.
size: up to 8 feet tall and 4 feet wide.

5. norfolk pine tree
this tree is a popular choice to decorate indoors during christmas, but can be enjoyed as an elegant houseplant year round.

grow: in medium to bright light; 50-70°F. keep soil moist, but not soggy.
size: up to 10 feet tall.

6. lemon tree
lemon trees serve two purposes: to supply beautiful fragrant blooms and to provide delicious lemons for much of the year! they are hardy plants that can be moved to a patio for the summer and inside for the winter. these trees are always either flowering or blooming!

grow: in moderate light; 55-85°F. keep soil moist, and well drained.
size: up to 8 feet tall.

7. guinea chestnut
also known as the ‘money tree’, this is an easy tree to take care of. it loves lots of water and thrives in indirect light. perfect for indoors!

grow: in moderate light; 55-85°F. keep soil moist, and well drained.
size: up to 10 feet tall.

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i knew i wanted something big for the wall behind our dining room table, and finally decided a large mirror would serve the space well and bring in lots of extra light. i had a plan, but no mirror! i started scouring craigslist for something and turns out, large mirrors are pretty expensive. i fell in love with one for $160 and just couldn’t bring myself to get it. so, attempt #2 was to visit our local thrift stores. at the first one i stopped at, i stumbled across this giant beauty. and, (drum roll please) it was marked $10. yes, please!

$10 thrifted mirror - before and after!

ok, it wasn’t such a beauty in the beginning. i’m not sure what kind of paint was on the glass, but i could tell that it would come off easily. i went home, set it up and begin peeling off the paint with a razor blade. it only took about 15 minutes, and it was all gone! i then primed the edges and topped it off with a pretty mint green paint i had matched to a notebook at the hardware store.

$10 thrifted mirror - before and after!

ta-da! finished in just a few hours and hung by the hubs when he got home. i love what it brings to the space and all the natural light it reflects back into the room. for $10 + the cost of a little sample sized paint can, i couldn’t be happier!

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i spy at ikea

May 8, 2013

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i spy at ikea hanging planter | sommarfint tray | mandal headboard | rattan bowl | side table | watering can | money tree | wood log fabric

yesterday, my sister and i hopped over to our closest ikea. with notebooks and cameras in hand, we had a full day of planning projects, making notes and walking about (a lot). while becky was occupied planning out closets and pantries, i was busy brainstorming ideas for our new place and my booth at quilt market next weekend (eee!). needless to say, it turned out to be a full day’s work and we both came home happy and inspired- despite our tired brains and sore legs. above are a few favorite things i spotted while visiting, a few of which i purchased and a few that i’ve written down for future reference. with so much going on in the next few months i’m sure i’ll be visiting plenty!

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leif. the small things

March 12, 2013

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leif - the small things

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stacy founded leif knowing that the smallest things can inspire and enrich our daily lives, and her mission is to provide those for us. i think the small things are everything. filling my home with little pleasures makes me happy and keeps me refreshed and inspired.

here are a few small things i like to do around my home to keep things cheery:

- sprinkle plants around the areas i live and work in most
– keep pretty soaps by each sink
– use beautifully patterned notebooks and journals
– keep fresh flowers on the table
– drink out of a beautiful mug in the morning
– wrap up in a super soft blanket in the evenings

what are some of the small things you do to inspire and enrich your daily life?

the leif lifestyle is also one that i can definitely connect to. in stacy’s words, leif is all about growing indoor citrus trees, matte pastels, a collection of vintage glass bottles, old botanical and anatomical prints, meyer lemon butter on freshly baked scones, various breeds of succulents scattered throughout the home, a garden full of vegetables, freshly cut flowers on a reclaimed wood kitchen table.

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